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  • Hands On: Sorcery! 3 – The Seven Serpents 1.0.2 (iOS, Android)

    Fri 8:25pm
    The third installment of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! game series is now available from iTunes. It isn't necessary to play the first two chapters to enjoy the third; each leg of the journey is its own self-contained quest and story. However, for those willing to…
  • Hands On: Hazel 3.3.5 (OS X)

    Fri 5:24pm
    You don't hear enough about Hazel from Noodlesoft. Its simplest description is that it automatically does things for you to do with files and folders, it moves and renames and sorts them. Unfortunately one reason you don't hear enough about it is that once…
  • Apple unveils three new TV ads for Apple Watch

    Fri 5:00pm
    Celebrating the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has posted three new ads showcasing its newest device -- complete with Apple's signature style of illustrating everyday use of the Watch ahead of explaining features or giving the product a false image…
  • The Feature Thief: Apple taketh away, sometimes giveth back

    Fri 3:51pm
    Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple takes one of its key software applications, radically changes it, losing important features along the way. Existing users say Apple has dumbed down an app that was perfect, while new users say this is fantastic, they can…
  • Forums: New iMac problem, jpg editing on iPod Touch, more

    Fri 3:20pm
    Today in the MacNN forums, Forum Regular "Harvey" explained some troubling behavior with their 8-month old iMac and wonders if anyone else has experienced anything else like this on Yosemite. Also today one Mac Elite was trying to figure out how to edit jpg…
  • Apple deals: up to $600 off Mac Pros

    Fri 3:18pm
    At Apple's online store this week save big on refurbished Mac Pro models, with savings of up to $600 off. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced to $2,549 for a savings…
  • Daily Deals: Crucial 960GB SSD, Jongo T2 speaker, Garmin Vivofit

    Fri 2:10pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search online and offline retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on an array of hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we cover the still-active deals from…
  • Apple Game Roundup: Batman GOTY, Total War: Warhammer, D&D VTT

    Fri 2:05pm
    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 Total War: Warhammer's announcement, Retina MacBook gaming benchmarks, Dungeons & Dragons downloadable content for…
  • Hands On: Deliveries 6.1 (iOS, Mac)

    Fri 1:33pm
    We've said it before in other venues, but it's worth repeating: when you become an adult, you get really excited over the strangest things. You know that part in the 1979 film The Jerk when Steve Martin's character jumps up and down yelling, "the new phone…
  • Ahrendts in China, lines at boutique locations for Apple Watch launch

    Fri 12:47pm
    While Apple has since abandoned its former April 24 retail launch day for the Apple Watch due to a global sellout, a few select stores -- almost entirely third-party fashion boutique sellers who secured allotments early -- are said to have or have had actual…
  • Plug officially pulled on Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger

    Fri 10:59am
    As expected, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have both walked away from the blockbuster merger deal, citing governmental resistance from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. In a statement about the collapse, Comcast CEO Brian…
  • Briefly: Google Maps image insults Apple, X-Files HD hits Netflix US

    Fri 10:07am
    Users of Google Maps may find an odd image if they search Pakistan. Team Android reports someone has inserted an image of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple Logo. While it is unlikely to be an addition by a Google employee, it is possible that the image…
  • Apple Watch Sport laid bare in disassembly by iFixit technicians

    Fri 9:58am
    As is the norm for the iFixit crew, a teardown of a new Apple device has been accomplished -- this time, the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is on the disassembly bench. Alongside the breakdown, the company has disclosed the chipsets accompanying the watch, with a mix…
  • Pointers: Timers, Siri and soft-boiled eggs

    Fri 9:00am
    This is not going to be the longest tutorial you've ever read. Here it is: you can tell Siri to set a timer that includes seconds, not just the whole minutes you're forced to with the dials. Its a bit finicky, but here's the way to do it. That's it. It's…
  • Briefly: iMac graphics update, 15-inch MBPs growing scarce

    Fri 8:31am
    Apple has issued an update for selected 2013 and later model iMacs that fixes a graphics issue that caused the machines to freeze after viewing large JPEG files in either Finder or Preview under OS X 10.10.3. The problem specifically affects the late-2013…
  • Apple updates iMovie as AV software head Ubillos retires

    Thu 11:13pm
    As if on cue, Apple on Thursday announced a bug-fix update to its consumer video-editing program, iMovie, on the same day that the head of Apple's photo and video software teams, Randy Ubillos, announced his retirement. Ubillos, who has been with Apple for the…
  • Apple Watch: now shipping, Watch App Store opens, Ion-X scratch test

    Thu 8:33pm
    There are an indeterminate number -- possibly as high as a couple of million -- very early pre-order customers who are very excited today, having received confirmation from Apple that their order for the Apple Watch has shipped. Various forms of evidence, from…
  • Review: Brother HL-3140CW Color Wi-Fi Printer

    Thu 7:43pm
    It's inevitable, at some point somebody needs a hardcopy of a document. Paper never runs out of battery charge after all. Our Mom, just as an example, prints out recipes like most people eat corn chips. We've been throwing all of our print jobs at a Brother…
  • Microsoft profits down on reported revenue rise to $21.7 billion

    Thu 7:18pm
    Microsoft today announced that revenues for the quarter that ended March 31 grew to $21.7 billion. Net income, however, was a bit less than expected, coming in at $5 billion -- a 12 percent drop from the same quarter a year ago. These financial results…
  • Amazon continues trend, posts $57 million loss on $22.7 billion sales

    Thu 6:29pm
    Despite posting sales figures of $22.7 billion, e-retailer giant Amazon has posted a net loss of $57 million in its first quarter of business of 2015. Net sales increased 15 percent to $22.72 billion in the first quarter, compared with $19.7 billion in first…
  • Reviews: Brother HL-3140CW Color Laser Printer

    Thu 6:00pm
    It's inevitable, at some point somebody needs a hardcopy of a document. Paper never runs out of battery charge, after all. Our Mom, just as an example, prints out recipes like most people eat corn chips. We've been throwing all of our print jobs at a Brother H…
  • Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal near death; may be slain tomorrow

    Thu 4:51pm
    Facing stiff opposition from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as well as staunch opposition from the Department f Justice and members of Congress, Comcast is reportedly going to drop plans to acquire Time Warner Cable. A final decision will be…
  • Daily Deals: Sony Action Cam, 3D scanner, Seagate 4TB NAS

    Thu 2:45pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, and offers, compiling the more notable items into a single post. The usual recap of still-active deals is joined by a Sony Action…
  • Nokia courting Apple, others to buy Here mapping tech, reports claim

    Thu 2:00pm
    Apple and a number of other companies -- including Facebook, Amazon, Sirius XM, and China-based services Alibaba and Baidu are among many other firms being targeted by Nokia as it prepares to sell off its Here mapping service and technology. While Apple has…
  • Hands On: OmniPlan 2.1.1 (OS X, iOS)

    Thu 1:55pm
    OmniOutliner is for everybody, OmniFocus is for most people, but OmniPlan is is for comparatively few. It and the graphics app OmniGraffle can therefore seem the least important of the four Omni applications that have now been brought to the iPhone but if you…
  • Investment bank bets AAPL will hit $185, become trillion-dollar firm

    Thu 1:00pm
    Although it is well-known that Apple is the world's most profitable and most highly-valued publicly-traded company, most of the public and even many investors are unaware that its market valuation of nearly $750 billion now puts it 75 percent of the way to…
  • Hands On: Tiffen Dfx v4 digital filter suite with video demo

    Thu 12:36pm
    For more than 70 years, Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of professional filters for photography and film. Generally, their premium glass filters are the first thing that comes to mind for anyone who hears the name "Tiffen." These filters would need to…
  • Apple Watch tutorial video set now complete, offers 10 'guided tours'

    Thu 11:00am
    After releasing the videos in drips, Apple now has completed its set of 10 "guided tour" videos covering the main functions of the Apple Watch. The last three, dealing with Apple Pay, the Activity tracker, and the Workout app were posted on Wednesday, joining…
  • Briefly: new Apple stores, PR chief retires, Maps transit hiring

    Thu 9:28am
    Apple appears to be constructing a second, but thus far unannounced, Apple Store in Cologne, Germany, report enthusiast sites Macerkopf and Apfelpage. Photos taken from a building opposite the proposed site on Schildergasse appear to show the company's…
  • Hands On: Carcassonne 4.10 (iOS)

    Thu 8:33am
    If it were any more famous, you'd have heard of it. Or possibly also have been there. For Carcassonne is a French town, and it's a board game, and it's now an iPad app. Take on the world through Game Center, take on the people in your house, or just play…
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