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Apple CEO gives commencement speech to Washington DC students

05/18, 7:07am

This past weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement speech to The George Washington University graduating class of 2015. In it, he discussed his first trip to Washington, DC at the age of 16 in 1977, as well as the 1998 meeting with Steve Jobs that convinced him to join Apple, as part of Jobs' efforts to save the then-floundering company. Cook also expressed his thoughts on the importance of human rights, and the ability of individuals to affect positive change, even in the workplace.

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Review: Leitz Icon label printer

05/18, 4:10am

When you say the words "label printer" to people, they either just really don't care or they get incredibly excited. This is one of those "the new phone book is here!!" moments we discussed back in our Hands On for the iOS app Deliveries. Today, we're looking at the Icon label printer by Leitz. It's a bit smaller than a breadbox, and can be used without wires for power or data; most of the printing we did was though apps on iOS and Android devices. Check out what we thought of it here.

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Game Replay: Diablo III Cow Level, Ubisoft quits last-gen consoles

05/17, 10:06pm

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly post where MacNN and Electronista writes about some of the major stores in the wider world of gaming that developed over the last few days. In today's edition, Blizzard brings back Diablo's "Cow Level" secret, Ubisoft gives up on previous-generation consoles, and Candy Crush Saga will be heading to Windows 10.

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Hands On: BitTorrent Bleep 1.02 (iOS)

05/17, 1:54pm

It's hard to have a conversation about the Internet without also having a conversation about privacy, or the lack thereof. As a response, BitTorrent Bleep is a new messenger service brought about by a desire for a little more privacy than the average text or IM program. We sat down with Bleep to see just how well this newcomer holds up to its promises.

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Hands On: Mobee Magic USB 3.0 Hub (iMac)

05/17, 9:08am

If there is a first rule to reviewing then surely it is to be useful. This is what something is, this is what it says it does, this is whether it does it and why you would or wouldn't benefit from spending whatever it costs on whatever it is. With that in mind, then, Mobee's Magic Hub is a device that attaches to the stand on your iMac and lets you plug in more USB devices. It'll set you back $50 and it's worth it. Off you pop.

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Hands On: NYT Now 2.0.1 (iOS)

05/17, 8:59am

If you're confused by The New York Time's range of online and mobile apps, the short answer is that this is the one you want, this is the one that ought to be on Apple Watch -- and this one is now free. It used to be a subscription-only app, but this week that changed, and you can the get the good one, the NYT Now 2.0.1 app, for nothing.

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Briefly: Sprint free data roaming changes, Virgin Mobile plans update

05/16, 10:42pm

Sprint is adding more countries to its International Value Roaming plan, providing free data at 2G speeds and unlimited text messaging in a total of 22 countries. The carrier has added service in Colombia, Denmark, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Paraguay, and Sweden, with travelers in these countries able to upgrade their data to 3G speeds by acquiring roaming data passes.

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Hands On: Carrot Fit 3.3 (iOS)

05/16, 7:15pm

Oh Carrot, how we enjoy your sardonic attentions. She's back, our favorite digital overlord, with a fitness app. CARROT Fit - 7 Minute Workout, Step Counter & Weight Tracker by Grailr LLC, is here to get you moving and track your efforts. The app has a number of features that must be unlocked by leveling up, but even before you achieve those there's lots of fitness goodness to be hand.

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Update: Zombies Run 4.0 (iOS, Android)

05/16, 10:59am

As we've said before about Zombies, Run!, it's ingenious. We quite like this app. The story is compelling, and has made us behave strangely in public on more than one occasion. Developer Six to Start is definitely a groundbreaker in the "crying while running" genre of fitness apps -- we're looking at you, episode A Voice in the Dark ... looking at you with red, puffy, tearful eyes. Previously, the app cost $5 from iTunes and Google Play, with in-app purchases for subsequent "seasons" of the audio-drama missions, but all that has changed. With the update to 4.0, Zombies, Run! is now free to play up to season four.

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Hands On: Alternote 1.0 (OS X)

05/16, 7:11am

It's not so much "alter" as in "change," it's more "alter" as in "alternative." Alternote 1.0 is an alternative to Evernote, or at least it is a better way of writing notes into Evernote. It's not a true alternative like Microsoft's OneNote, where the two do the same jobs of both entering and storing notes. Instead, Alternote is a substitute for the Evernote note-entering interface: you can write in this faster, and it's a much cleaner, simpler, OS X Yosemite-like application that is visually appealing.

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Windows 10 free upgrade will not be available to pirates

05/15, 11:10pm

Microsoft will not be providing the free Windows 10 upgrade to owners of pirated operating systems, the software giant has clarified. A blog post by operating systems vice president Terry Myerson doubles back from earlier comments suggesting users of pirated software would receive the update, with the affected users now being required to pay for a full Windows license before receiving Windows 10.

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MCE launches FCPX-compatible BluRay authoring system for OS X

05/15, 4:19pm

MCE Technologies (MCE) announced today that it has begun shipping its USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for the Mac. The new Blu-ray Authoring System takes advantage of the powerful high-definition video editing capabilities of the Mac Pro, iMac with Retina 5K Display, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display and is compatible with Final Cut Pro X's ability to author and burn Blu-ray Discs with themed menus.

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Hands On: Toca Tailor 1.0.5 (iOS)

05/15, 3:50pm

Toca Boca is a developer we feature regularly here, and it's not hard to see why. Their apps are bright, friendly, easy to use, and consistently ranked among the top apps for young kids. Today we checked out Toca Tailor, a sandbox-style game with a similar feel to games like Toca Hair Salon and Toca Mini.

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Apple Game Roundup: Zombies, Run goes F2P, Massive Chalice, more

05/15, 3:48pm

On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at a massive content upgrade for Stardrive 2, the exit of Massive Chalice from early access, Badland: Game of the Year Edition, and iOS runner Zombies, Run! going free to play.

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Oculus outlines Rift PC requirements, stops OS X, Linux development

05/15, 3:45pm

The consumer version of the Oculus Rift will require a high-powered PC when it is finally released. Oculus VR has advised of PC specifications recommended for the "full Rift experience," and though it includes some fairly standard components for a gaming PC, including 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5-4590 processor, it will also need a graphics card that is at least the equivalent of an Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 or an AMD 290.

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