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  • Sign in China store may have revealed next Retina MacBook Pro specs

    28 July 2014, 3:16 am

    A sign spotted by a Mac user at the new Paradise Walk Apple Store in Chongqing , China may have leaked the changes coming to the next lineup of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, with the most dramatic being the bump up to 16GB of RAM as standard on all models, even…
  • Review: JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

    27 July 2014, 9:52 pm

    For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just right. For consumers searching for a strong sound but who don't want to shell out a couple hundred dollars on over-the-ear…
  • Reviews: JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

    27 July 2014, 8:00 pm

    For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just right. For consumers searching for a strong sound but who don't want to shell out a couple hundred dollars on over-the-ear…
  • Samsung patent application for tablet sleeve uses prior Apple art

    27 July 2014, 5:30 pm

    A new patent application from Samsung has surfaced, in which the company is seeking to claim a patent on a new type of sleeve for tablets. While that would not be cause for concern in most cases, some of the art in the application makes a direct call to a…
  • The Pirate Bay debuts 'The Mobile Bay' website, talks new sites

    27 July 2014, 3:45 pm

    The Pirate Bay, a website linked to illegal torrent downloads, launched a new version of the site last week that aims to make the experience of using the service easier for mobile users. The new website, aptly named The Mobile Bay, revamps the design of the…
  • Briefly: Ozone 2014 Personal Learning Edition, VocaLive 2

    27 July 2014, 1:09 pm

    E-on Software has announced the release of its Ozone 2014 Personal Learning Edition, a sun and atmospheric lighting simulator. The software produces ultra-realistic environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion, and natural phenomena such as…
  • NCTA to FCC: Google, Facebook may charge ISPs for customer access

    26 July 2014, 12:55 pm

    In a letter filed with the US Federal Communications Commission regarding the pending net neutrality proposal, pro-cable company advocacy group The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) believes that if the "fast lane" net neutrality proposal…
  • Coalition of authors blames 'thuggish' Amazon for Hachette dispute

    26 July 2014, 11:01 am

    Some authors have begun to side with publisher Hachette in its struggle against Amazon. A letter, signed by almost 900 authors, is objecting to the way that Amazon is handling Hachette, saying that the fight is "harming authors who have nothing to do with this…
  • Briefly: Incase's Icon Sleeve, Chronos' Labelist 8

    26 July 2014, 10:52 am

    Mac accessories producer Incase has announced the introduction of its newest sleeve case for MacBook Pro and iPad. The Icon Sleeve features a construction comparable to that of performance footwear, offering lightweight framing material that can absorb shock.…
  • Yosemite public beta launch doubles presence in web traffic

    26 July 2014, 1:12 am

    Though the increase is insignificant in the larger picture of overall global Mac web traffic, new numbers from GoSquared suggest that the release yesterday of the Yosemite (OS X 10.10) public beta, limited to a pool of one million Apple ID holders already…
  • Apple buys book analytics site BookLamp to aid iBookstore discovery

    25 July 2014, 11:04 pm

    On Friday, Apple revealed that it had purchased book analytics and discovery company BookLamp for an undisclosed sum, though TechCrunch estimated the sale between $10-15 million. While it acknowledged the deal, the iPhone maker's only comment on the deal was…
  • Report: Apple bought back another $5 billion in stock in June quarter

    25 July 2014, 8:52 pm

    Regulatory have revealed that Apple spent another $5 billion during the June quarter as part of its share-repurchase program to retire an additional 58 million shares of stock at an average (split-adjusted) price of $85.23 per share, still well below the…
  • Cellphone unlocking bill without bulk unlock ban passed by House

    25 July 2014, 5:10 pm

    In an unexpected move, and avoiding a potential fight, the House of Representatives has passed bill S517, aiming to make cellphone unlocking legal. The amended bill, passed by the Senate last week, was passed with no changes -- a controversial clause of the…
  • Forums: Why isn't anyone excited about Yosemite?

    25 July 2014, 4:46 pm

    This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" asks "Why isn't anyone excited about Yosemite?", to which a variety of answers ranging from "I'm ecstatic" to "Yosemite is...eh" have been provided. Dedicated MacNNer "gregfripp" is trying to fix something…
  • Verizon to begin throttling some 'unlimited' LTE users

    25 July 2014, 4:45 pm

    Starting October 1, Verizon will begin throttling some of its "unlimited" LTE users, according to an official announcement. The carrier promises that only five percent of that group -- those using 4.7GB or more per month -- will be affected, and "only in…
  • Apple deals: budget priced Macs from $719

    25 July 2014, 4:45 pm

    Today Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished Mac models on sale, starting as low as $719. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been reduced by $130 to $719. A…
  • DealNN: $300 off 15.4-inch rMBP

    25 July 2014, 4:44 pm

    This week at B&H.com, save $300 on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro which has been cut from $3,099 down to $2,799. That discount makes this nearly $160 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Included is a free copy of either Parallels Desktop 9 or…
  • Bose suing Beats over infringement of active noise reduction patents

    25 July 2014, 4:29 pm

    In a court filing discovered today, Bose is suing Beats over noise cancellation headphone technology. Bose claims that Beats has knowingly infringed on 50 years of "signficant investment in the research, development, engineering, and design" on the technology,…
  • Users of iOS iPhoto may lose Journals, Books, Slideshows in iOS 8

    25 July 2014, 4:04 pm

    Beginning with iOS 8 beta 4, Apple is warning owners of iPhoto for iOS that some features may not make the transition to its replacement, at least at first. Much as with iPhoto on the Mac, users will eventually be migrated over to an all-new, native Photos…
  • Lyft caves to NYC regulators, strict TLC-regulated licensure required

    25 July 2014, 2:24 pm

    Lyft has conceded many of its talking points to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), but has forged an agreement to commence operation. Pickups will commence today at 7PM in all five boroughs, but all drivers need to be licensed by the TLC…
  • 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 current 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…
  • 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…

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