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App Update: VueScan, LibreOffice, TunnelBear, more

08/28, 12:01pm

App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to VueScan, LibreOffice, TunnelBear, NepTunes, Ringtone Adder, and ScreenSleeves.

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Back to School gift guide: for the student

08/28, 11:42am

Kids headed back to school has been a lucrative market for ages, and this year is no different. There's always been the need for television and music. Additionally this year's crop, like every other for the last 15 years, is digital, connected, and with these come an insatiable need for power to charge these devices. We've got ideas for the back to school crowd, to keep things organized, drown out the noise of the neighbors, and just to get things done.

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MacNN Deals: Three software offers to improve your Mac

08/28, 9:54am

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we are highlighting some software offers, including one way to easily maintain or repair your Mac, an app to organize your iTunes library, and a bundle of nine apps to help you become more productive.

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Pointers: Getting Things Done with Apple Gear - Conclusion

08/28, 8:58am

It's a big job, Getting Things Done. David Allen's clever system takes effort but it actually works and despite all the work you have to put into it, you do tend find yourself feeling lighter than you used to. Fewer things are pressing on your mind because you're handling them all. If the hardest part of GTD is keeping at it then we'd say the second hardest part is understanding Allen's corporate language. Hopefully we've dealt with translating that all week – including yesterday's coverage of the single most vital part of GTD – but now we want you to go do things. We want you to do them with our recommendations of specific Apple technologies and software.

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Sprint tempts DirecTV customers from AT&T with free year of service

08/28, 8:37am

Sprint is attacking AT&T and "celebrating" its competitor's merger with DirecTV, by offering existing DirecTV customers free service for a year if they switch carriers to Sprint. Starting from today and running until September 30, existing customers of the satellite TV service can activate new lines on Sprint and get 12 months of service with no monthly fee, including unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 2GB of data per line per month.

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Hands On: Workflow 1.3 (iOS)

08/28, 8:31am

Once again, this app has had the tiniest of point number updates from 1.2 to become Workflow 1.3 but what it's added is hugely significant. Previously we've reviewed this and we've tried it out and we have completely understood that it is a marvel of automation for your iPhone and iPad. Intellectually, we understood that it meant you could speed up things, make a single button that launched complicated sequences involving different apps. We understood all this intellectually – but now because of just one of the new features, we get it.

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Apple executive Ian Rogers leaving two months after Apple Music launch

08/28, 6:57am

A key executive that helped with the launch of Beats 1 has resigned from Apple, just two months after it went live as part of Apple Music. Ian Rogers, instrumental in the creation of the always-on streaming radio station, is said in reports to be moving on from Apple to work in an "unrelated industry" for an unnamed company in Europe, with the decision to leave Apple being described as an unexpected departure by the executive.

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Game Replay: The Witcher 3 hits 6M sales in first 6 weeks

08/27, 11:35pm

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, CD Projekt managed to achieve over 6 million The Witcher 3 sales in six weeks, Rovio announces more job cuts, AMD reveals details of the Radeon R9 Nano GPU, and the creator of Gears of War unveils his latest project.

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Briefly: Square Appointments, (Apple) PayAnywhere launches

08/27, 9:00pm

Payment firm Square has introduced a new service and iOS-only app, both called Appointments, that is aimed at businesses that rely on client bookings, such as (for example) a cleaning service or landscaping firm. The iOS app is free, but the service costs $30 per month for one user, $50 per month for two- to five-person teams, and $90 a month for unlimited employees or owners. For those who use Square Register to accept credit-card payments, the service connects to that automatically.

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Hands On: Tears Revolude 1.0.2 (iOS)

08/27, 3:18pm

Role playing games have been popular for the past couple of decades at this point, with Japanese role playing games being some of the best selling titles in the genre. Prized for their upgrade systems and turn-based combat, many gamers can't get enough of them. If you're into turn-based RPGs, we've got one to show you today, a JRPG called Tears Revolude.

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Daily Deals: Bose SoundTrue, 32GB Flash Drive, Destiny: The Taken King

08/27, 2:34pm

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include Bose SoundTrue headphones for $80, $10 off the Destiny: The Taken King pre-order price, and a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive for $12.

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Belkin ships trio of fashion accessory USB to Lightning cables

08/27, 2:29pm

Today Belkin announced a new line of fashion-inspired charging cables. MFi certified to ensure iOS compatibility, these Lightning to USB cables are designed to clip on and off any bag, purse or keychain, so that users are never without a cable to charge their iPhone, iPod or iPad. The new fashion cables are available in three design options: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip, and a metallic keychain.

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App Update: PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, MainStage, more!

08/27, 1:15pm

App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, FileMaker Pro, File Juicer, and Apple MainStage.

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Apple patent application describes noise cancelling EarPods

08/27, 1:03pm

Apple is experimenting with ways to use bone conduction technology with its EarPods, in order to make calls through headsets clearer for both parties. The patent application, recently published but originally filed in February last year, explains a system where untethered earbuds include a multitude of sensors and microphones that can combat background noise and wind, allowing the wearer to be better heard by the other party of a call.

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Bad Apples: the worst Mac products ever

08/27, 12:38pm

There's a discussion on this week's new MacNN: One More Thing podcast about Macs versus Windows wherein one person says it would now take dynamite to get him off OS X. Just occasionally, it's as if Apple says Challenge Accepted because alongside gorgeous iMacs and sleek MacBook Airs, it has also devoted its design skills to some truly dreadful hardware. Machines so bad that we know they lost Apple customers -- even when they were specifically meant to celebrate the company's skills.

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