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  • Judge offers preliminary approval of Apple, states e-book settlement

    1 August 2014, 8:11 pm

    Having just raised doubts about the fairness of the proposed settlement between Apple and a coalition of states' attorneys general and consumer groups over the alleged e-book "price fixing" scandal, US District Judge Denise Cote has apparently reconsidered the…
  • Forums: iOS 8 questions and discussion

    1 August 2014, 5:57 pm

    With the Beta release of Yosemite in the hands of a million Mac owners, and questions about that subsiding, the next big question in the MacNN forums is about the future of iOS 8. Forum-goers discuss the future of the Mac desktop in two different threads, one…
  • Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $719

    1 August 2014, 5:56 pm

    This week at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $719. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $719. A $150 discount is offered…
  • DealNN: MBPs, iMacs, cameras and more

    1 August 2014, 5:54 pm

    Adorama.com currently has the previous generation Retina 13.3-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $2,250. That' s $150 less than their regular price of $2,400, and $250 off the MSRP of $2,500. This MacBook Pro features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM…
  • WSJ: Beats Music head Ian Rogers to take charge of iTunes Radio

    1 August 2014, 5:23 pm

    Beats Music head Ian Rogers will also take charge of iTunes Radio as a part of Apple's acquisition of Beats, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The people add that having Rogers in charge of both units is intended to generate cohesion in Apple's streaming…
  • President signs DMCA exemption bill, cellphone unlocking legal again

    1 August 2014, 5:02 pm

    President Barack Obama has signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making cellphone unlocking by individuals or businesses legal again, at least temporarily. The bill reauthorizes an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright…
  • Aereo files for emergency aid, company is 'bleeding to death'

    1 August 2014, 4:00 pm

    Aereo is "figuratively bleeding to death" according to a court filing made last night by the Supreme Court-impacted Internet video service. The filing cites "staggering costs" that it is still paying to stay alive as a business entity while the and US…
  • No layoffs at Beats yet, source claims

    1 August 2014, 3:57 pm

    Although layoffs may be coming, no one at Beats has lost their job yet as a result of Apple's takeover, a source tells Billboard. "Every single person is going through Apple orientation, they're signing up for healthcare," the person comments, noting that…
  • Briefly: Delta Airlines' iOS in-flight entertainment, Chameleon 8.5

    1 August 2014, 3:51 pm

    Delta Airlines today release an update for both of its Fly Delta iOS app, now allowing access to free in-flight entertainment content. Available through its new Delta Studio initiative, the service will be available on all domestic and two-cabin aircrafts, and…
  • Leak claims redesigned home buttons for 4.7-, 5.5-inch iPhones

    1 August 2014, 1:55 pm

    Photos obtained by a French site show what are claimed to be home buttons and connected flex cables for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, sometimes dubbed the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air, respectively. Both differ not only from the iPhone 5s, but each other, with…
  • Friday Deals: iPad Air, Readdle apps, OWC Garage Sale, more

    1 August 2014, 1:28 pm

    Once again, it's time for the MacNN and Electronista Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, our faithful readers. All…
  • Vivendi/UMG transfers Beats stake over to Apple in $404M deal [u]

    1 August 2014, 12:15 pm

    (Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple…
  • Casio G-Shock GBA-400 includes SoundHound-powered music recognition

    1 August 2014, 11:43 am

    Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe…
  • Apps: OmniPlan, ExpanDrive, Together

    1 August 2014, 11:24 am

  • NetShade 6 adds KeyShade password manager, UI improvements

    1 August 2014, 10:57 am

    Rayner Software has released Netshade 6, an update of its proxy/VPN client for the Mac. The main addition is actually KeyShade, a tool for storing passwords, notes, and bank and credit card info. Data is encrypted using AES-256, and synced across devices.…
  • Briefly: Wunderlist, Indiegogo apps; Typo 2 keyboard in pre-order

    1 August 2014, 3:02 am

    To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also…
  • Briefly: Roam Mobility's new low rate plans, iKlip Stage app

    1 August 2014, 2:10 am

    Roam Mobility, a Canadian independent roaming SIM replacement provider, has announced its new unlimited roaming plans for travellers while in the US. Upon purchasing a one-time upgrade to the network ($2), users with one of the company's SIMs and an unlocked…
  • Review: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear wireless headphones

    1 August 2014, 1:00 am

    When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't…
  • Reviews: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones

    1 August 2014, 1:00 am

    When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't…
  • Apple updates Epson drivers, Yosemite Feedback Assistant

    31 July 2014, 10:30 pm

    On Thursday, Apple updated its supported drivers for Epson printers and scanners for all OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9) users, and also added an update intended only for those testing the forthcoming OS X 10.10…
  • Briefly: Wikipedia for iOS revamped, Ember screen recording launches

    31 July 2014, 9:12 pm

    The official Wikipedia app for iOS has received a major update, including a complete native rewrite and new additions. The free encyclopedia contains more than 32 million article in 280 languages; the newest version now features localization and international…
  • Square announces expansion into EMV chip card readers for business

    31 July 2014, 9:05 pm

    Square, a company that helped open mobile payments up to the masses, released news today that it would be expanding its device offerings with a reader for chip-based credit cards, now frequently used outside the US. While the company states that typical…
  • Facebook updates photo app Slingshot, chat app Messenger for iOS

    31 July 2014, 7:49 pm

    On Thursday, Facebook updated two of its applications for iOS users: the now-required Messenger chatting program, and its SnapChat-like photo-messaging app Slingshot. The latter's biggest change is the removal of what was previously a puzzling core requirement…
  • Briefly: Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 3, Blood Bowl on tablets

    31 July 2014, 6:28 pm

    During last week's San Diego Comic Con, Telltale Games, the developer of narrative-based adventure games like The Wolf Among Us, announced that it would be producing a third season of its popular The Walking Dead game. Details on the next season of the title…
  • Office for iPad gets PDF export, new fonts and Picture tools

    31 July 2014, 4:32 pm

    Microsoft has updated its trio of Office apps for the iPad -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- adding a number of significant features. Perhaps the biggest addition is support for PDF export, but new third-party fonts have also been added, as have new Picture…
  • Apple CDN now live in US and Europe, analyst says

    31 July 2014, 3:42 pm

    Apple's proprietary content delivery network is now operational in the US and Europe, says Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. Its status was determined by conducting traceroutes for OS X downloads, which show that files are being shuttled directly from…
  • US, Canadian Apple Stores to start iPhone 5s screen replacements

    31 July 2014, 1:56 pm

    US and Canadian Apple Stores will finally start conducting iPhone 5s screen replacements on or around August 4th, sources say. Some US stores have been piloting the service for the past several months, but now Apple Stores are reportedly receiving "large…
  • Sky Mobile wireless service launches in US on Sprint frequencies

    31 July 2014, 1:25 pm

    Sky Communications has launched a new wireless provider, Sky Mobile, across the US. The new carrier offers several options for mobile users, with basic users still being able to purchase flip phones, while smartphone users are able to choose from devices from…
  • Apple confirms Beats layoffs; 200 people expected to lose jobs

    31 July 2014, 1:21 pm

    Apple has confirmed reports of job losses at Beats as a part of its $3 billion acquisition. "We're excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee," says Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr. "Because of some overlap…
  • Macphun brings Tonality to photo-editing lineup for B&W images

    31 July 2014, 1:00 pm

    Photo software maker Macphun has unveiled a fourth tool in its suite of image-editing apps, this time creating one aimed at the art of black and white photography, whether the image was originally shot in color or not. Called Tonality, the program works with…

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