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  • Hands On: Framed 1.0.0 (iOS)

    12:01pm
    Framed by Loveshack is a slick film noir-style story of an epic foot chase told in a graphic novel format. The only problem is that every page results in cops nabbing the person with an all-important briefcase, or that person falling to their death. The user's…
  • Hands On: Friendly for Facebook + Messenger 5.2 (iOS)

    9:14am
    If you're like us, nothing frustrated you more about the more recent Facebook updates than when, for no discernible reason whatsoever, Facebook decided to split its messaging system into a separate app from everything else. Despite the outcry, Facebook hasn't…
  • Pointers: Yes, you can still burn a music CD in iTunes

    12:50am
    Today's Pointers column is inspired by a lamentation from a veteran Mac user of our acquaintance who expressed some regret over the upgrade to iTunes 12 (he had jumped several versions in finally doing the upgrade). Among the other changes the recent version…
  • Briefly: HomeKit gadgets to ship next week, new Manhattan Apple Store

    Fri 6:46pm
    Just ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off June 8, a number of manufacturers are set to announce the first HomeKit-compatible products arriving at retail, according to sources. The home-automation technology allows common household…
  • Forums: MacBook Air strange issues and more

    Fri 5:21pm
    This week in the MacNN forums, members help each other troubleshoot MacBook Air problems, storage issues and more. Mac Elite "And.reg" is still trying to figure out what is going on with his MacBook Air after reporting strange issues months ago. Forum goers…
  • Apple deals: up to $600 off MacBook Pros

    Fri 5:20pm
    At Apple's online store today, save up to $600 on refurbished MacBook Pro models. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen a $270 price cut to $829. A $340 price cut drops the cost on the…
  • Hands On: Google Photos 1.0.0 (iOS)

    Fri 5:08pm
    It's not as if Apple owns the rights to the word "photos," but with the new Google Photos 1.0.0 for iOS launch, there are going to be some short but confusing conversations. Are you going to store your photos in Photos or in Photos? Look into Google's…
  • Apple Game Roundup: Subject 13 launch, Chivalry Community Fest, more

    Fri 3:42pm
    On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. In today's entry we look at the launch of Subject 13, increased legendary drop rates in Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel, the Chivalry: Medieval…
  • Hands On Simple Machines 1.0.1 (iOS)

    Fri 3:40pm
    Simple Machines by Tinybop is less like a game, and more like a collection of scientific toys. The mechanical demonstrations are certainly like games, and some of them have goals the user can shoot for, certainly. There are no points, and very little in the…
  • Daily Deals: $800 MacBook Air, 5TB external storage, hard drive bundle

    Fri 3:33pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, where we search the Internet to find sales, discounts, bundles, and offers on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The usual recap of still-active deals comes after the new wave…
  • Lyve Cam unveiled as 4K-shooting camera that uploads to cloud storage

    Fri 1:57pm
    A new camera intends to make it easier to take pictures at social gatherings, by automatically shooting high-resolution stills and video, and upload them to cloud servers shortly after they have been taken. The Lyve Cam from Lyve Minds is a cylindrical camera…
  • Briefly: Apple retakes top brand from Google, best service from CR

    Fri 12:57pm
    With a staggering "brand value" growth rate over the last decade of 1,446 percent, Apple was again awarded the "top global brand" for the fourth time in the last five years in the latest BrandZ brand value report by marketers Millward Brown. Google had…
  • Mac Game Review: Total War: Shogun 2 Collection

    Fri 10:33am
    Persevere and never fear. Excellent advice for those who choose to undertake the massive gaming experience that is Total War: Shogun 2 Collection, from Sega and Feral Interactive. For those who have never delved into the series, the Total War games are a…
  • MacNN Deals: Protect yourself from losing your smartphone data

    Fri 9:30am
    Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing a few of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we're looking into ways to protect your precious data stored on your smartphone, including backing up your data, recovering it…
  • Hands On: HTML Studio 3.5 (iOS)

    Fri 9:00am
    If you're a web designer, a big part of your job is being chained to your computer, typing away endless amounts of code. But what if you wanted the option to travel lighter? What if you didn't want to tote around a laptop or sit at home? That was the reasoning…
  • Jawbone sues Fitbit over claims it stole confidential information

    Fri 8:12am
    Fitness tracker producer Jawbone has sued Fitbit for acquiring confidential documents, shortly before its competitor holds its initial public offering of stock. Filed in a California State Court on Wednesday, Jawbone accuses Fitbit of "systematically…
  • Man fined $120 for using Apple Watch while driving

    Thu 8:00pm
    A man in Quebec, Canada has been ticketed with a potential fine of $120 for using his Apple Watch to manually change songs remotely on his nearby iPhone, sparking a debate about whether the Watch can be as distracting as the smartphone it ostensibly replaces…
  • Google I/O: Google Cardboard upgraded, brought to iOS

    Thu 7:47pm
    Google spent some time during its Google I/O keynote talking about its virtual reality efforts. Google Cardboard has received an update, with the budget VR headset now able to work with iOS devices, while its other video-related efforts involve a new design of…
  • Appeals court slams Bromwich, but denies Apple request for replacement

    Thu 7:30pm
    The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Apple a minor defeat on Thursday in its fight to both get rid of the antitrust "watchdog" a biased lower court had appointed for it, as well as overturn the earlier court ruling entirely. In a decision on the fate…
  • Apple buys German augmented-reality firm Metaio

    Thu 5:29pm
    Apple has bought out the assets and technology of Volkswagen-created augmented reality (AR) firm Metaio, which developed AR-enhanced business and product-oriented interactive software for websites and companies. The acquisition is not the first of Apple's…
  • Hands On: Final Draft Writer 2.0 (iOS)

    Thu 3:21pm
    Now that Final Draft has come to the iPhone –– in form of Final Draft Writer 2.0 –– you could in theory write the next Hollywood blockbuster on your phone. You won't. Nobody will. What you could well do is make changes and as any screenwriter would…
  • Daily Deals: iPad Air 2, Xbox One Assassins Creed Bundle, Monitors

    Thu 3:17pm
    Welcome to Daily Deals, where we search the Internet to find sales, discounts, bundles, and offers on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. The usual recap of still-active deals comes after the new wave…
  • Google I/O: Brillo, Weave revealed as Internet of Things projects

    Thu 3:06pm
    Google has unveiled its attempt to help development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, by launching Project Brillo. Based on core components of Android, the IoT operating system is designed to run on low-powered devices, and includes native support for…
  • Google I/O: Google Photos available now on Android, iOS [u]

    Thu 2:57pm
    Updated with iOS version availability. At today's Google I/O keynote, the search giant unveiled Google Photos. The new service by the company allows Web-based users, as well as Android and iOS device owners a file repository and discovery utility for unlimited…
  • Hands On: Transcriptions 1.1 (OS X)

    Thu 2:06pm
    We start the day thankful. We're running this Summer Project about researching, writing and publishing books and in looking up a link for you in it, we found that one of our favorite software tools has been seriously updated. We've no clue how we missed it,…
  • Amazon same-day delivery adds free option for Amazon Prime members

    Thu 12:12pm
    Amazon has modified its same-day delivery service, expanding the utility for Amazon Prime members. Starting today, Amazon Prime members in select areas will be able to order from a million-strong catalog, and receive free same-day delivery if the order exceeds…
  • Apps: PopChar, iFFmpeg, Picasa

    Thu 12:08pm
  • Hands On: D3lta 2.0.1 (iOS)

    Thu 11:05am
    Geometric designs are "in" right now, and being popularized in clothing styles, jewelery, website designs, artwork, and more. Just about everything that can feature geometric designs can and will, and it's the benchmark of being on the forefront of trendy. We…
  • Avago buys chip supplier Broadcom in $37 billion deal

    Thu 11:04am
    Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion. Upon completion of the…
  • MacKeeper developers facing class action suit, $2M payout proposed

    Thu 10:33am
    ZeoBit, the developers of MacKeeper are facing a class action suit, alleging that not only did the "utility" not function as advertised, but was deceptively marketed. Under a proposed settlement, the company will deposit $2 million into a fund to reimburse…
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