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  • Apple manufacturing expenses surge to $15.4B in Q3

    25 July 2014, 1:46 pm

    Data from Apple's 10-Q filing with the SEC indicates that Apple spent $15.4 billion on manufacturing and components during the June quarter, a 22 percent increase quarter-over-quarter, notes Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. Apple put another $5.6 billion…
  • Production of new iPads, 5.5-inch iPhone yet to begin, rumor claims

    25 July 2014, 12:15 pm

    Although mass production of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is underway, other Apple products due this fall -- including new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, and the 5.5-inch iPhone -- have yet to begin assembly, according to Chinese-language publication UDN. The…
  • iPhone Apps: Tweetbot, Fantastical, Reeder

    25 July 2014, 12:03 pm

  • Friday Deals: 4TB Hard drive, Surface RT, OTA TV streamer, more!

    25 July 2014, 11:43 am

    It's that time of the week again! Time for 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…
  • Swiss Apple Store expansion may require first 'open-air' temp shop

    25 July 2014, 10:46 am

    Apple is building its first-ever "open-air" provisional store in Switzerland, a local report says. Macprime notes that as far back as March, it learned that the Glattzentrum Apple Store in Wallisellen, just outside of Zurich, is expanding into a neighboring…
  • ComiXology starts offering DRM-free backups of digital comics

    25 July 2014, 7:16 am

    ComiXology, the digital comic book retailer owned by Amazon, is now allowing users to make backups of some downloaded comics. For a number of publishers, the service will make PDF and CBZ versions of comic book purchases free of any digital rights management…
  • OS X Yosemite public beta includes iTunes 12 beta access

    25 July 2014, 2:24 am

    Apple is pushing OS X Yosemite public beta users access to the new iTunes 12 beta. Developers were granted access to the iTunes 12 beta earlier in this week, and similarly OS X Yosemite public beta users will receive a notification via the Mac App Store…
  • Briefly: Gmail for iOS update, EverWeb for Mac 1.5

    25 July 2014, 1:56 am

    Google has updated its Gmail for iOS (free) to allow users to leverage the company's Google Drive in two new ways: users can now save attachments in emails directly to Google Drive, and users can now access Google Drive directly from within the Gmail app to…
  • Review: Razer Taipan mouse

    25 July 2014, 1:45 am

    The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, already containing some well-known names in the industry. Many PC gamers know one such name, Razer, as the go-to company for…
  • Judge expresses concerns over Apple's e-book settlement deal

    25 July 2014, 12:09 am

    In an unsurprising move, US District Court Judge Denise Cote hinted that she may overrule a settlement worked out between Apple and the attorneys general of 33 states and territories along with consumer groups over e-book pricing, expressing "concern" that one…
  • Reviews: Razer Taipan mouse

    25 July 2014, 12:00 am

    The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, already containing some well-known names in the industry. Many PC gamers know one such name, Razer, as the go-to company for…
  • Potential 5.5-inch iPhone flex cables, SIM trays leak

    24 July 2014, 9:50 pm

    A new set of pictures from a Taiwanese enthusiast site could provide the first evidence of the existence of a 5.5-inch iPhone if legitimate. The images, showing flex cables for the volume-mute button as well as the wake-sleep control, also include an unknown…
  • FCC gets a chance to flex muscle on municipal broadband issue

    24 July 2014, 9:48 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could soon have a chance to act on Chairman Tom Wheeler's promise to overturn state laws when it comes to municipal broadband networks. Today, the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB) filed a petition with the…
  • Crowdfunding Critic: Pond wireless charging system

    24 July 2014, 6:28 pm

    Historically, MacNN and Electronista have covered few, if any, in-progress crowd-sourced projects unless there was something unusual about them, like making 100x their goal. Starting this week, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons we're going to look at…
  • Network glitches hit iCloud Mail, iTunes, App Store services [u]

    24 July 2014, 5:45 pm

    [Updated with spreading service issues] Apple online services have been affected by a pair of problems on Thursday, the company's system status page indicates. Still ongoing is a glitch with iCloud Mail, resulting in "slower than normal response" for some…
  • SampleTank 3 gets new interface, built-in MIDI engine

    24 July 2014, 4:47 pm

    IK Multimedia has started shipping SampleTank 3, an upgraded version of its "groove workstation" for Mac and Windows users. The main addition is a redesigned interface, newly streamlined into three pages: Play, Mix, and Edit. The first allows for performance,…
  • Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

    24 July 2014, 2:55 pm

    Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets and DAC models as there are models of laptop, and as many opinions on the efficacy of various implementations. Cambridge Audio…
  • OS X Yosemite public beta now available

    24 July 2014, 2:01 pm

    As promised earlier this week, Apple has begun seeding the first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Access is limited to the first million people entered into the OS X Beta Program. That requires having both an Apple ID and a Mac running OS X Mavericks....
  • Briefly: Oyster for web, mobile web browsers, IFTTT's Square channel

    24 July 2014, 1:41 pm

    Oyster, an e-book subscription service, has announced its launch of new web and mobile web readers. The expansion marks its second new platform in the past month (with the first launch specifically for Android users in June). Pages in the web reader will…
  • Reviews: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

    24 July 2014, 1:00 pm

    Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets and DAC models as there are models of laptop, and as many opinions on the efficacy of various implementations. Cambridge Audio…
  • Apple's iPad maintains global dominance, but loses further ground

    24 July 2014, 12:55 pm

    Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million…
  • Wuxi, China Apple Store to open on August 2nd

    24 July 2014, 11:26 am

    Apple will open its next Chinese store in the city of Wuxi on August 2nd, at 10AM, according to an official listing. The outlet will be based at the Wuxi Hang Lung Plaza, and operate from 10AM to 10PM every day. Wuxi is on the east coast in the cluster of…
  • Google adds Explore location discovery to Google Maps mobile apps

    24 July 2014, 11:15 am

    Google is adding a new option to the Google Maps app for Android and iOS, providing suggestions for nearby locations to visit when traveling. The new "Explore" button, appearing on the apps this week, will offer up a variety of restaurants and coffee shops in…
  • Swatch denies any involvement with Apple on iWatch tech

    24 July 2014, 10:53 am

    Swatch has quickly denied a report that it's working with Apple on iWatch-related projects, according to Reuters. A spokeswoman for the company claims that the report is unfounded, and that the only involvement Swatch has with phone makers is supplying various…
  • Apple seeds new betas of Safari 7.1 and 6.2 to developers

    24 July 2014, 10:01 am

    Apple is distributing new developer betas of Safari 7.1 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for OS X Mountain Lion. In release notes for both, the company is asking developers to test AutoFill, extension compatibility, and "general website compatibility." The…
  • Apps: Little Snitch, Output Factory, Cyberduck

    24 July 2014, 9:25 am

  • Briefly: Booq's Cobra pack, NatureArt 6.0 released

    24 July 2014, 2:38 am

    Booq has announced the release of its newest laptop backpack offering this week: the Cobra pack. Comprised of a 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with a water-repellent coating, items within the pack are protected from weather conditions, and its quilted…
  • Rumor: Apple working with Swatch, Timex, more for 'iWatches'

    24 July 2014, 12:16 am

    Though Swatch is perhaps best-known these days for pooh-poohing the idea that Apple's forthcoming "iWatch" health device would "be a revolution," a new rumor from anonymous sources claims that the Swiss watchmaker may be among other watch firms working with…
  • RBC follows others, raises AAPL to $110 by year's end

    23 July 2014, 10:10 pm

    Despite some disappointments in Apple's latest quarterly earnings report, analysts appear to be satisfied that the company's overall financial picture is in order, particularly on the strength of rising margins and strong developing market sales. The stock…
  • Report: Apple could debut payments system, e-wallet with iPhone 6

    23 July 2014, 8:00 pm

    A new report is claiming that Apple is accelerating its plans for a grand "digital wallet" mobile payments system, which could even be ready to debut in the same time frame as the expected "iPhone 6." The company is said to be in talks with Visa to create a…

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