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  • Happy Fourth of July from MacNN and Electronista

    Fri 9:00pm
    Happy pre-Fourth of July! We here at Electronista and MacNN wish our readers a happy US Independence Day -- yes, even our readers from the UK, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. In all seriousness, we've still got great things planned for the weekend. We'll…
  • Dr. Dre to debut hour-long radio show July 4 on Beats 1

    Fri 8:15pm
    Following the decision to release his first album The Chronic as an Apple Music exclusive, untitled Apple executive Dr. Dre will debut a new bi-weekly radio show on Beats 1 on Saturday, July 4, entitled "The Pharmacy," focusing on West Coast urban music and…
  • Pointers: play nearly any media file on your iOS device

    Fri 7:10pm
    Today's Pointers is going to be a bit short and sweet because, like everyone else in the US, we're itching to get out of the office and engage in dangerous, noisy, polluting activities of an excessive nature. So while you are waiting in the burn unit or drunk…
  • Reddit moderators set communities private to protest employee firing

    Fri 6:43pm
    The firing of an employee has caused community outrage over at Reddit today, prompting many parts of the site to be hidden from view by volunteer moderators. A number of the site's communities are setting their subreddits to private in protest of a decision by…
  • Hands On: Ball Alien 1.0 (iOS)

    Fri 6:30pm
    If we say platformer, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably a game like Super Mario Bros or Super Meat Boy, or maybe even the original Donkey Kong. Something classic and straightforward -- but the truth of the matter is that the platformer genre…
  • Alleged 'iPhone 6s' logic board, case suggest only internal upgrades

    Fri 4:15pm
    Possibly anticipating continued record sales, Apple has allegedly already begun preliminary production for this fall's anticipated iPhone 6 refresh, with the new models presumably called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Images of a new alleged motherboard…
  • Hands On: 2F1B 1.8 (iOS)

    Fri 3:58pm
    Two Fingers, but only one brain (2 F 1 B) is a series of 20 mini-games that are mixed and matched to appear two at a time on the user's screen. At first, we weren't sure we were going to like that, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our first encounter with…
  • Apple gains share in US market, narrows gap with Android

    Fri 1:24pm
    Matching its performance in the previous quarter, Apple's iPhone again gained nearly two percent market share in the US in the last three months, according to ComScore, widening its lead as the dominant smartphone maker. While Android as a platform continued…
  • Daily Deals: Curved LG monitor, 960GB SSD, Roomba cleaner

    Fri 1:21pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the…
  • App Update: MacFamilyTree, Maya, Economacs, more

    Fri 1:20pm
    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…
  • Hands On: The Nightmare Cooperative 1.0 (Cross-Platform)

    Fri 1:20pm
    Roguelikes can be an intimidating genre. They're generally known for complicated stat management systems, complex maps, and for being absolutely unforgiving to new players. If you're looking for a gentler roguelike to jump into, we'll show you the pros and…
  • Hands On: Learn Discovery 1.2.0 (iOS)

    Fri 10:54am
    Ah, Wikipedia, our torrid little knowledge love affair. Sure, it's not always the most accurate, but it's certainly the most convenient. We're not going to pretend like we're not the type to spend an evening hopping from article to article, reading as much as…
  • MacNN Deals: Upgrade how you use the Apple Watch

    Fri 10:27am
    Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection revolves around the Apple Watch, including two stands to stylishly charge the smartwatch, as well as a way to…
  • Plex forums breached, user data held to ransom by hacker

    Fri 8:55am
    Plex is under threat from a hacker, attempting to blackmail the service by holding some of its customer data up for ransom. The streaming media software developer's forums have been breached, with the hacker demanding bitcoin from the company, otherwise the…
  • Hands On: Scanner Pro 6 (iOS)

    Fri 8:30am
    There is no iPhone scanning app that will get you the same results you have from a desktop scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap or a portable document one like a Doxie. However, even portable ones need carrying around, and desktop ones need a desktop, whereas your…
  • Chicago extends existing laws to tax online services 9 percent

    Fri 7:19am
    Users of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other streaming services in Chicago can expect to pay a higher subscription rate in the future, after the city changed laws. The "cloud tax" is effectively an extension of existing laws to add a nine-percent tax on streaming…
  • Universal issues first full 'Steve Jobs' movie trailer

    Thu 7:28pm
    Universal Studios has released a full-length, two-and-a-half-minute trailer for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is set to open on October 9 and features Michael Fassbender in the title role, along with Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John…
  • Hands On: GarageBand 10.1 (OS X)

    Thu 6:26pm
    Following the launch of Apple Music, Apple pushed out the latest version of GarageBand for both Mac and iOS. GarageBand, as you are likely aware, is Apple's entry-level music production software that ships free with all Macs. While the latest release doesn't…
  • Daily Deals: Bose Solo TV, MacBook Pro, Brother printer

    Thu 4:50pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the…
  • Prince removes music catalog from majority of streaming services

    Thu 2:47pm
    The battle for musicians to receive payment for their music from streaming services has resulted in an unusual move by one artist. Prince has started to request that all streaming services pulls his back catalog of tracks from their collections, with Spotify…
  • Apple warns users on new Trim support in 10.10.4

    Thu 2:30pm
    Although many are celebrating the long-awaited arrival of Trim support for third-party SSD storage that can be enabled by users, Apple's implementation of it should be considered preliminary, and comes with an unusual and strongly-worded warning that offers no…
  • Hands On: Hook 1.03 (iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

    Thu 1:34pm
    Sometimes, we want to engage our mind, while at the same time turning it off. Hook by Maciej Targoni is a super-minimalist puzzler with simple controls for solving problems that can be fantastically complex. It's all about interlocking pieces that fit together…
  • App Update: RapidWeaver, M3Unity, Printopia, more

    Thu 1:11pm
    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…
  • MacNN Deals: Three discounted subscriptions for online services

    Thu 1:10pm
    Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we have a trio of online services that can help you back up your data, create a business plan, and privately browse the…
  • Some PC users won't get Windows 10 update on July 29 launch day

    Thu 11:50am
    Prospective users of Windows 10 may have to wait before being able to use the next version of Microsoft's operating system, the software company has revealed. A blog post advises that it will be rolling out Windows 10 to Windows Insiders first on July 29, then…
  • Hands On: OmniFocus for Apple Watch

    Thu 11:30am
    It's not even an app. The actual app is OmniFocus 2.5.3 for iOS, it's just when you get that, you get this. Yet the Apple Watch version of OmniFocus is good enough, and complete enough, that you could genuinely use it by itself. You'd be mad to, with the…
  • Giveaway reminder: Win an Apple iMac with Retina 5K display

    Thu 10:33am
    If you want to get your hands on the Apple iMac with Retina 5K display for free via the MacNN Deals giveaway, this is your reminder to enter. The competition, to win the iMac with a 27-inch 5120x2880 IPS display worth $2,000, will be closing in less than a…
  • Apple Music launch cripples Home Sharing, alters iTunes Match

    Thu 9:46am
    The heralded Apple Music service launch has accompanied a merger of iTunes Match with Apple's new streaming service. However, possibly to appease record labels, some significant changes have been made to iTunes functionality, including the removal of Home…
  • BlueStacks releases Mac version of Android emulator

    Thu 9:16am
    BlueStacks has released a completed version of its BlueStacks for Mac app, allowing for Android apps and games to be played from OS X. Originally launched in 2012 in alpha but only being finalized now, the BlueStacks App Player for Mac emulates the same…
  • Hands On: Xenowerk 1.2.4 (iOS)

    Thu 8:45am
    We're not sure if anyone expected iOS to be home to so many shooters, but lo and behold, a quick search for shooters in the App Store yields thousands of results for tons of action-packed, gun-slinging adventures, but so few of them are done well. It's a…
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