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EU: Apple failing to make 'true cost of apps' clear on App Store [U]

07/18, 6:34pm

[Updated with Apple rebuttal] Despite both Apple and Google being asked to take measures to make the "true cost of apps" clearer before they're downloaded from an app store, Apple is providing "no firm commitment and no timing" for action, according to a statement from the European Commission. At issue are so-called "free-to-play" or "freemium" apps, which are technically free to use, but often require in-app purchases to make real use of them. Some games, in particular, have exploited lax authorization measures around those purchases to lure children into buying dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of dollars' worth of digital content without their parents' consent.

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Forums: SuperDuper vs. TimeMachine debate continues

07/18, 2:51pm

The end of the week has been rather quiet in the MacNN forums, however forum members continue to debate the best way to backup data, with some saying SuperDuper (or "cloning" programs like it) are a better solution, others stating the best is Time Machine due to it highly self-regulating nature, and some taking the middle road with a "why not both?" approach. Earlier this week, Fresh-Faced Recruit "Rolando_jose" asked fellow forum-goers if it was possible to control Keynote using the Keynote remote from another iPad, for example, controlling the iPad Air with the iPad mini.

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Apple deals: iMacs from $1,099

07/18, 2:50pm

This week at Apple's online store, find deep discounts on refurbished iMac models. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $200 down to $1,099. A $570 discount drops the price on the 27-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,129.

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DealNN: MacBook Pros, printers and more

07/18, 2:48pm

This week, Adorama.com has the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display for $1,699. That's $100 off the list price of $1,799, and the lowest price we have seen on this Mac model by about $50. This MBP features Retina display, 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Troubled Hannover Apple Store may open in late September

07/18, 11:05am

Apple's planned store in Hannover, Germany may finally open its doors in late September, say sources claimed to be connected to the company's local retail team. The shop has been under development for some time, with black construction facades first going up in April 2013. The delay is said to be linked to fixing up problems in the building, including mold, bad ventilation, and general defects.

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Friday Deals: Dell 4K monitor, Pixelmator sale, solar charger, more!

07/18, 9:45am

Yes, its that time again! Time for another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service

07/18, 9:29am

Following a leak from earlier this week, Amazon has launched its subscription e-book service. Named Kindle Unlimited, the service operates as a form of "Netflix for e-books," providing all-you-can-eat access to over 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of Audible audiobooks via Kindle devices or the Kindle apps on smartphones and tablets for $9.99 per month.

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Briefly: PureGear's flexible folio, Brother's new color inkjet

07/18, 2:25am

PureGear has announced its new offer of a versatile folio case for tablets and e-readers. The new Universal Tablet Folio can protect, prop, and provide multiple viewing angles for any seven- to eight-inch, or nine- to 10-inch tablet. Its flexible bands can hold virtually any tablet in place, and it utilizes built-in props for hands-free viewing and typing. The Folio has a magnetic closure for folding back while the tablet is in use. Pricing starts at $40, with the Universal Tablet Folio available for purchase online.

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Departing Campbell reveals Cook gift, talks Jobs, more

07/18, 12:39am

In something of an "exit interview" with Fortune magazine, outgoing Director Bill Campbell -- who started with Apple in 1983 and has served on the Board of Directors since 1997 -- talked about the late Steve Jobs, current CEO Tim Cook, his sideline seat watching Apple go from nearly broke to the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world and other topics. He also revealed that Cook plans to make a contribution to Campbell's hometown of Homestead, Pennslyvania.

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Rumor: iPhone 6 production to start this week, claims paper

07/17, 10:58pm

Taiwain's Economic Daily News, which has been on a spree of sometimes-dubious claims about the forthcoming new iPhone and possible additional models, is now reporting that Apple's alleged 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" model will begin production next week, with the supposed 5.5-inch model starting production in the second week of August for a later launch date. Foxconn has inadvertently supported the report by confirming plans to hire 100,000 new workers.

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Briefly: Google Analytics app, Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas debut

07/17, 8:52pm

Google has released its Analytics app, optimized for iPhone 5 users. The app allows users to access web and app data from Google Analytics, and the company aims to offer a variety of marketing research tools to generate more viewers and more revenue. The mobile app eliminates the need to view account information through a browser page, and users can monitor real-time reports. Available for iOS 6 or later, the Google Analytics app is free to download.

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New photos show progress, tunnels at Apple Campus 2 site

07/17, 8:17pm

New aerial photos of the site of Apple's Campus 2 construction project taken by KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi have revealed further progress on the construction, including completed perimeter walls for the below-ground portion of the main structure. As revealed in previous pictures, the spaceship-style primary building will be ringed with an underground "trough" thought to be a tramway for busses to help transport workers to and from the massive facility.

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Bill Campbell retires: BlackRock cofounder named to Apple's board

07/17, 7:05pm

On Thursday, Apple announced the retirement of its longest-serving board member, Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell, and his replacement: global investment firm BlackRock co-founder Susan Wagner. Campbell originally joined Apple as VP of Marketing in 1983 under then-CEO John Sculley, eventually becoming the head of the Claris software division. He was appointed to the Board of Directors by Steve Jobs upon the latter's return in 1997, and has served on the board since then.

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LiquidFun 1.1 brings Google's 2D physics to iOS, Chrome

07/17, 3:33pm

Google has released v1.1 of LiquidFun, its open-source 2D physics engine. The software now officially supports iOS, as well as desktop versions of Chrome, the latter via extensions. It was previously possible to make LiquidFun run on iOS, but Google didn't enable that compatibility by default.

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Unreal Engine 4.3 adds support for Apple's Metal API

07/17, 3:00pm

Epic Games has released v4.3 of the Unreal Engine, code that undergirds many desktop, console, and mobile games. Although most of the changes are of interest only to developers, the update also includes the first support for Metal, Apple's new 3D graphics API. Developers must be using the Xcode 6 beta to compile it, and it's not enabled by default. It can however be toggled on via a game's Project Settings.

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