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Saturday, August 29

Briefly: Ive and Iovine, Intel's Skylake, healthiest mobile users

Among the list of speakers coming to the New Establishment Summit hosted by Vanity Fair in October will be Apple's Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive, making a second appearance at the event. He will be joined in Apple representation by Beats co-founder and Apple music executive Jimmy Iovine, though it is unclear if the two will appear together. The event will run October 5–7 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Fra...

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Friday, August 28

Apple Watch: third-party items, Currys/PC World in UK, try-ons

Apple Stores around the US are now selling third-party Apple Watch accessories at the stores, often featuring packaging co-designed with Apple in an effort to give accessories a more uniform look. The first of these new products is the NightStand for Apple Watch, created by ElevationLabs. The new unit is only available in retail stores, and has not yet appeared online....

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Apple deals: Up to $600 off refurbished Mac Pros

At Apple's online store today, take advantage of steep discounts on refurbished Mac Pro configurations. Starting at $2,549, after a $450 discount, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Next up, priced at $2,889, is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core E5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage. ...

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Rumor Roundup: the September 9 event gossip scorecard

So now that it is finally confirmed that Apple has chosen September 9 for its big event, and a different venue than usual to accommodate more press and that requires some street closures for a likely outdoor component (which hints strongly that something unexpected is up), the rumors are again flying about what we should expect to see at the event. Let's have a look at what's being whispered about, and a (speculative...

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Daily Deals: Kingston SSD bundle, Onkyo A/V receiver, 24-inch display

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a pair of 120GB SSDs for $85, a 24-inch Monoprice gaming monitor for $160, and an Onkyo 5.2-channel receiver for $180. ...

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Confirmed: One to One program at Apple Stores being retired

As previously reported, Apple is retiring the $99 per year "One to One" training program in favor of an upgraded and free workshops program as of September 28. The company, in a leaked memo to employees, cited lower attendance as the primary reason for the sunsetting of the paid program, and has reorganized its workshop scheduling pages on its website to make it easier for users to schedule classes....

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Samsung upgrades Ultimate Test Drive with $200 switching offer

Samsung, in an attempt to make its current "switcher" promotion more attractive, is offering iPhone users who switch to its smartphones extra bonuses. On top of what participants of the existing Ultimate Test Drive receive, Samsung is offering $100 in Google Play credit if the user actually purchases a Samsung device after the trial period -- with an extra $100 check awarded if they trade in their iPhone with their c...

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Pentagon works with Apple, other companies on wearable technology

Apple is working with the US government alongside a number of other major companies and institutions to develop new wearable technology. The Pentagon project, said to be using third-parties instead of its own development resources due to the rapid pace of creating new technologies, is aiming to create ways for sensors and other electronics to be embedded into the outwards-facing surfaces of vehicles, such as a jet, o...

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App Update: VueScan, LibreOffice, TunnelBear, more

App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to VueScan, LibreOffice, TunnelBear, NepTunes, Ringtone Adder, a...

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Back to School gift guide: for the student

Kids headed back to school has been a lucrative market for ages, and this year is no different. There's always been the need for television and music. Additionally this year's crop, like every other for the last 15 years, is digital, connected, and with these come an insatiable need for power to charge these devices. We've got ideas for the back to school crowd, to keep things organized, drown out the noise of the ne...

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MacNN Deals: Three software offers to improve your Mac

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals store. Today, we are highlighting some software offers, including one way to easily maintain or repair your Mac, an app to organize your iTunes library, and a bundle of nine apps to help you become more productive. ...

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Pointers: Getting Things Done with Apple Gear - Conclusion

It's a big job, Getting Things Done. David Allen's clever system takes effort but it actually works and despite all the work you have to put into it, you do tend find yourself feeling lighter than you used to. Fewer things are pressing on your mind because you're handling them all. If the hardest part of GTD is keeping at it then we'd say the second hardest part is understanding Allen's corporate language. Hopefully ...

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Sprint tempts DirecTV customers from AT&T with free year of service

Sprint is attacking AT&T and "celebrating" its competitor's merger with DirecTV, by offering existing DirecTV customers free service for a year if they switch carriers to Sprint. Starting from today and running until September 30, existing customers of the satellite TV service can activate new lines on Sprint and get 12 months of service with no monthly fee, including unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 2GB of data p...

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Hands On: Workflow 1.3 (iOS)

Once again, this app has had the tiniest of point number updates from 1.2 to become Workflow 1.3 but what it's added is hugely significant. Previously we've reviewed this and we've tried it out and we have completely understood that it is a marvel of automation for your iPhone and iPad. Intellectually, we understood that it meant you could speed up things, make a single button that launched complicated sequences invo...

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Apple executive Ian Rogers leaving two months after Apple Music launch

A key executive that helped with the launch of Beats 1 has resigned from Apple, just two months after it went live as part of Apple Music. Ian Rogers, instrumental in the creation of the always-on streaming radio station, is said in reports to be moving on from Apple to work in an "unrelated industry" for an unnamed company in Europe, with the decision to leave Apple being described as an unexpected departure by the ...

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Thursday, August 27

Game Replay: The Witcher 3 hits 6M sales in first 6 weeks

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, CD Projekt managed to achieve over 6 million The Witcher 3 sales in six weeks, Rovio announces more job cuts, AMD reveals details of the Radeon R9 Nano GPU, and the creator of Gears of War unveils his latest project. ...

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Briefly: Square Appointments, (Apple) PayAnywhere launches

Payment firm Square has introduced a new service and iOS-only app, both called Appointments, that is aimed at businesses that rely on client bookings, such as (for example) a cleaning service or landscaping firm. The iOS app is free, but the service costs $30 per month for one user, $50 per month for two- to five-person teams, and $90 a month for unlimited employees or owners. For those who use Square Register to ac...

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Hands On: Tears Revolude 1.0.2 (iOS)

Role playing games have been popular for the past couple of decades at this point, with Japanese role playing games being some of the best selling titles in the genre. Prized for their upgrade systems and turn-based combat, many gamers can't get enough of them. If you're into turn-based RPGs, we've got one to show you today, a JRPG called Tears Revolude....

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Daily Deals: Bose SoundTrue, 32GB Flash Drive, Destiny: The Taken King

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include Bose SoundTrue headphones for $80, $10 off the Destiny: The Taken King pre-order price, and a 32GB Kingston DataTraveler flash drive for $12. ...

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Belkin ships trio of fashion accessory USB to Lightning cables

Today Belkin announced a new line of fashion-inspired charging cables. MFi certified to ensure iOS compatibility, these Lightning to USB cables are designed to clip on and off any bag, purse or keychain, so that users are never without a cable to charge their iPhone, iPod or iPad. The new fashion cables are available in three design options: a leather tassel, a braided USB clip, and a metallic keychain....

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App Update: PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, MainStage, more!

App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we look at revisions to PopChar X, formZ, VirtualBox, FileMaker Pro, File Juicer, and...

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Apple patent application describes noise cancelling EarPods

Apple is experimenting with ways to use bone conduction technology with its EarPods, in order to make calls through headsets clearer for both parties. The patent application, recently published but originally filed in February last year, explains a system where untethered earbuds include a multitude of sensors and microphones that can combat background noise and wind, allowing the wearer to be better heard by the oth...

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Bad Apples: the worst Mac products ever

There's a discussion on this week's new MacNN: One More Thing podcast about Macs versus Windows wherein one person says it would now take dynamite to get him off OS X. Just occasionally, it's as if Apple says Challenge Accepted because alongside gorgeous iMacs and sleek MacBook Airs, it has also devoted its design skills to some truly dreadful hardware. Machines so bad that we know they lost Apple customers -- even w...

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Apple media event scheduled for September 9 in San Francisco

Apple has officially invited media to its September 9 event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The heading for the event is "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referencing Apple's voice recognition and interpretation technology that may extend itself past the iPhone and iPad at the event in either OS X or other hardware....

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Back to School gift guide for the newly freed adults

Kids are great -- except when they aren't. The fall is fabulous for many reasons, not the least of which is sending the munchkins off to be educated for the day, and off to college for the older set. Yeah, kids are the future, but parental freedom is good -- and necessary too. In this gift guide, we look at a few options for parents sending their entire brood off to school....

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Logitech debuts Artemis wired, wireless PC, gaming headsets

Peripheral and accessory manufacturer Logitech today introduced two new gaming headphones, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Gaming Headset  and the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum Gaming Headset. The headphones are fully customizable, feature RGB lighting, swappable backlit speaker plates and programmable G-keys. When paired with Logitech Gaming Software for Windows or OS X, users can customize audio setti...

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Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, and Ultra Thin Apple Watch cases

Accessory maker Griffin Technology has announced two new accessories for the Apple Watch -- the Survivor Tactical Case and the Ultra Thin Case. The new Survivor Tactical Case lets users wear the watch knowing their investment is protected, while the Ultra Thin Case adds snap-on color and style to the Apple Watch....

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MacNN Deals: Three accessories to make travelling easier

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are highlighting some of the items available over at our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we are looking at three accessories that can be useful if you travel a lot, including a USB-powered razor, a low-cost light bulb powered by USB, and a device that can allow you to charge your mobile devices wherever you are in the world, regardless of the electrical outlet. ...

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Review: ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. Honestly, we don't blame you. Until recently, your options for home projectors have been slim, all with obvious downfalls. Most home projectors weren't affordable or user friendly, or if they were, they simply weren't bright enough or designed to work with your electronics. That's not univer...

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Canon bringing EOS M3 mirrorless camera to US in October

Canon has confirmed it will be bringing the EOS M3 mirrorless camera to the United States in the near future, following its launch in European and Asian markets earlier this year. The compact snapper, which houses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 6 image processor, will be arriving in the country in early October, with it keeping exactly the same list of specifications as its international counterpar...

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Amazon think tank Lab126 hit with layoffs, project cancellations

According to recent reports and rumors out of Seattle and Cupertino, e-commerce giant Amazon is scaling back some of its hardware ambitions. Amazon's Lab126, its hardware incubator has contracted somewhat, with "several hundred" of the 3000-strong staff looking for work following a combination of hardware development projects and the cancellation of some upcoming projects killed in the wake of the Fire Phone's failu...

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Hands On: Wanted Poster Pro 2.4 (iOS)

So with Halloween on the horizon and convention season being a year-round thing, we've decided to bring you a little gift. What if there was a quick way to create some themed decorations for your haunted house or themed party? Today, we humbly suggest Wanted Poster Pro, an app that allows you to create your own wanted posters right from your iPhone or iPad....

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LG teases new universal Bluetooth Rolly Keyboard for mobile devices

In an effort to capture a larger share of the fast-growing mobile accessories market, LG will unveil the industry's first solid rollable wireless portable keyboard at the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin, Germany. Unlike other portable keyboards on the market, the Rolly Keyboard folds up along the four rows to create a "stick" that fits into a pocket....

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Facebook starts public testing of 'M' digital assistant in Messenger

Facebook has started to publicly test its own attempt at a digital assistant to its users, as previously rumored. Codenamed Moneypenny but now known as "M", the assistant exists within Facebook Messenger for a small number of users, and allows them to complete various shopping-based tasks on the user's behalf, such as acquiring and delivering gifts to family members, booking a table at a restaurant, making travel arr...

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Pointers: Getting Things Done with Apple Gear, part 5: Review

If anyone ever manages to collate some statistics about Getting Things Done, the productivity cult (nee methodology) of David Allen, there are some figures that are certain to be there. For a start, the number of people who begin using GTD and give up will be high. Equally, though, the customer satisfaction rating for those who stick with it will be enormous. You can just bet, however, that a giant number of GTD user...

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Giveaway: Win a GoPro Hero4 Session with MacNN Deals

The latest competition from our own MacNN Deals page is giving you the opportunity to film yourself while performing outdoor activities using the GoPro Hero 4 Session, worth $400. Launched just last month, the compact sports camera is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than its Hero4 stablemates, but is still able to record high quality video in extreme situations. ...

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