Platforms include iOS, Apple TV, Android, Windows
DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers to the satellite-based TV service access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect, the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers such as cable operators.
Device cheaper than rival Thunderbolt docks
CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock.
New content delayed without verified cable subscription
Users of the Watch ABC app on the Apple TV set-top box can now watch full episodes a week after they air without a subscription, ABC has announced. Previously the app was like most network-based offerings on Apple TV, limiting that content to people who could authenticate a cable subscription. Watching the latest episodes as soon as they're uploaded (next-day) still requires authentication, as does the live feed available in select cities.
Newly-discovered bug introduced in 2002, affects most unpatched devices
Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as routers, beginning in 2002. A conservatively-estimated 12 million un-patched devices, connected to the Internet in 189 countries, are at risk.
Two- and four-bay models kick off 50T, 51T lines
Taiwanese network storage solutions provider Asustor launched four new NAS devices today. The two- and four-bay models in each of two new lines come in advance of eight- and 10-bay models, which will be released at a later time. 'The new 50T and 51T series NAS devices feature high performance CPUs that can automatically increase their frequency when needed,' said Asustor Product Manager Johnny Chen, adding that the ability provided reliable transcoding and management under load.
Can a Sandforce-based SSD thumb drive be used as a portable OS drive?
USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy -- despite being on the new USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply-named VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. We've lived with a 120GB version for a while, and have used it for various tasks, including as the carrier for a laptop operating system. See what we thought about it.
Gift cards are impersonal. Get a gadget instead!
The rubber's hitting the road on the Christmas season, and if the throngs around you aren't in the holiday spirit (read "panicked about buying") then they will be soon! Fortunately, its not too late for online ordering, and we've got your back! MacNN and Electronista have been squirreling away ideas for the gadget and accessory freak in your life. We did part one of this list last week, so here's more ideas for those hard to buy for people instead of a boring gift card!
HP Envy monitor, iMacs and more
At Amazon, get the HP Envy 32-inch Quad LED-backlit LCD monitor on sale for $433.82 with free shipping. That's a savings of $65 off the list price of $499, and the lowest price we have seen on this by nearly $70. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1440, a 7ms response time, built-in Beats Audio speakers, wide 178 degree viewing angles, two USB ports, HDMI input, and VESA mounting capabilities. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.
YouTube app brought up to parity with other platforms
The Apple TV has received several new app updates. The most important of these may be a revamped YouTube app, bringing its features closer to par with other platforms. Search results are now displayed while typing, for instance, and users can subscribe to a channel directly, instead of having to use the desktop website or a mobile app. The Apple TV app has also brought in recommendations based on viewing history.
Keypad uses Bluetooth to bring Apple-matching style to numeric entry
Most of the OS X machines Apple sells these days are laptops with the built-in keyboard that includes no number pad. The vast majority of the remainder are iMacs -- also most with an abbreviated keyboard. Despite Apple's minimalist design, users sometimes could use a dedicated numeric keypad. Accessory manufacturer Newertech has a wireless solution -- a Bluetooth Wireless Aluminum Keypad. MacNN has lived with one for a while.
It can be Black Friday every week if you read this column
Welcome to the post-Black Friday edition of Friday Deals! Each week, we round up some great savings on cool stuff for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. During the holiday buying season, the deals are plentiful, so keep checking back over the weekend, as we add new deals we find or that readers let us know about! As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later time. Double-check before buying!
Get nearly everyone on your list something good
Gift hunting can prove to be difficult, especially if you're trying to find something for a gadget lover or general tech enthusiast. Not because there are no options, but that there are so many -- even when narrowing down your scope to tech accessories. To help with the gifting season stress, we've compiled some great suggestions for surprising your friends and loved ones.
WorkForce Pro WF-8590, WF-8090 print at up to 24 pages per minute
Another two printers in Epson America's WorkForce line have been unveiled, this time offering A3 printing capabilities and cost savings compared to color laser printing. The WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090 are heavy duty printing machines for small and medium-sized companies, with the pair using Epson's PrecisionCore technology for fast and accurate printing results.
Also improves audio, USB features
Video accessory maker Elgato has released the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, an update of a product it shipped earlier this year. Because of the switch to Thunderbolt 2, it's capable of supporting configurations such as dual displays or a 4K monitor. Elgato has also made other improvements as well, such as amplified audio output, and stand-alone bus power for USB devices. This means that the dock will power USB devices regardless of whether a computer is on or connected.
Giveaways now live at MacNN and Electronista
Over the course of the last couple of days, MacNN and Electronista have been making it rain prizes. Maybe it was the turkey going to our heads, or the lack of news stories that drove us to this madness. Perhaps we were just feeling very generous. Whatever it was, we wanted to make sure that you knew about all the great prizes we had to offer. Below you will find a list of the giveaways that are going on right now.
win a Penclic K2 wireless mini keyboard
Black Friday is in full swing, but instead of door-buster deals, we have more prizes to give away to our readers. To get things started today, we have the Penclic K2 wireless Mini keyboard. Reclaim your desk, and create a healthy working position while you're at it. Find out how you can enter to win below.
Elecronista and MacNN's guide to gifts for the digital audiophile
Audio enthusiasts might be some of the easiest people to select gifts for during the holidays, if for nothing else than the wealth of choices available. From Bluetooth speakers, headphones, audio amplifiers and radio options, it can be overwhelming to pick something. Here at Electronista and MacNN, we'll attempt to give shoppers some directions for the music lovers in their lives, compiling some of the best audio gear for the year in our annual gift guides.
LG 34-inch monitor, storage and 3D printer
Save $490 on the LG 34-inch UltraWide LED backlight LCD monitor right now at Newegg.com. It carries a retail price of $1,299, but has been slashed to $899. Use coupon code EMCWWHE25 to drop the price further to $809, making this the lowest price we have seen on this monitor by about $90. The LG UltraWide monitor features a resolution of 3440x1440, an aspect ratio of 21:9, 99 percent color reproduction of the sRGB standard, and is compatible with both Mac and PC.
Patriot upgrades LX Series of SDXC, microSDXC cards
Ecamm has announced the release of its Call Recorder for FaceTime, available for download on the company's own site. Allowing users to record FaceTime audio and video calls directly to one's Mac, Call Recorder can record manually or automatically. Recordings of FaceTime chats, podcasts and interviews record footage side-by-side in HD resolution. Calls handed off from an iPhone can also be captured. Available as a seven day free trial, the full version of Call Recorder for FaceTime is priced at $30.
Home IP surveillance camera Spotcam launches
Cloud-based video system Spotcam, has announced the debut of its home surveillance system with remote access. Featuring a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with two-way audio, users can view live or recorded footage of their home or office to ensure that all is secure while away. The Spotcam system is accompanied by a free 24-hour loop of stored footage, aiming to provide an affordable alternative to more elaborate security systems. Spotcam's camera features 720p resolution and a 110-degree wide angle lens, with proficiency in low-light conditions as well as night vision capacity. Spotcam can be set up on both Android and iOS devices, with purchase of the camera system priced at $150 through Amazon. For larger footage storage, pricing begins at $4 per month for access to a three-day duration.
Brother introduces first label maker with full-color LCD display
Brother has announced its new P-touch label maker this week, featuring a full-color LCD display. Designed for high-volume business use, the PT-D600 includes an easy-type keyboard with display that allows editing in real time. High-resolution barcodes and labels can be created with information stored in an Excel or Access database on the user's computer. Brother's label library includes ready-to-print business labels and pre-programmed with 14 fonts, 11 styles, 99 frames and over 600 symbols. The PT-D600 works with other 60 TZe tape cartridges in a variety of colors and sizes as well as specialty tapes. Up to 99 labels can be stored in internal memory for quick reprinting. Priced at $100, more information can be found through Brother's website.
Includes twin Thunderbolt 2, five USB 3.0 connections
Other World Computing has announced a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. The device expands the number of connections available on a Mac, mainly through twin Thunderbolt 2 ports; while one is meant to connect to the computer, together they can daisy-chain up to five extra Thunderbolt devices. USB devices can be connected through one of five powered USB 3.0 ports.
Port tech should simplify some accessories
As a part of last week's Made For i conference in China, Apple introduced a pair of important changes to standards for Lightning connectors. Above all is that accessory makers will now be allowed to include built-in Lightning ports. In the past, companies have been forced to include separate USB connections for charging products, even though Lightning is fully capable of delivering power.
win a Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
According to a recent survey conducted by Logitech, 65 percent of Americans are distracted by messages from one of their devices when using another. In fact, multi-tasking is the new normal, with more than three-fourths of Americans using two or more devices simultaneously a day. Fortunately, Logitech has the cure for this affliction. It's called the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480, and it's designed to be used with computers, tablets and smartphones. MacNN has teamed up with Logitech to give away one of these keyboards to one of our readers.
Yosemite update fixes serious Wi-Fi issues
Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 for Mac copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets.
Mac mini for $450, 27-inch monitor for $204
At BestBuy.com right now, get the previous-generation Mac mini on sale for $450. That's a savings of $150 off the list price of $600, and around $40 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. The site also has it in open-box condition for $405. This Mac mini features a 2.5GHz Intel core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. It is backed by Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
monitors, printers and more
This week at Newegg.com get a great deal on a bundle that includes a 28-inch Acer widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor and a Canon ImageClass MF3010 monochrome laser printer. These items carry a retail cost of $700, but are only $400 when purchased in this bundle. That's a savings of more than $150 over buying these items individually anywhere else.
$100 off 16GB iPad mini
Today only save $100 on the iPad mini at Walmart.com. It carries a retail price of $299, but has been reduced to $199, making it about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free delivery is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad mini comes in space gray or white, has 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime camera. Included is Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor.
Also includes on-demand material from shows like 60 Minutes
The Apple TV has been quietly updated with another new app channel, CBS News. The app is entirely free, and in fact features CBSN, a newly-launched streaming service. CBSN coverage is live, and anchored between 9AM and 12AM Eastern time every weekday; in the event of special reports or breaking news, it will offer simulcasts with CBS News itself. The service is ad-supported in the form of commercials between segments, and should pull in material from CBS-owned sources such as CNet and Entertainment Tonight.
Thin Bluetooth keyboard features touchpad, allows users to configure 15 gestures
A new Bluetooth keyboard from Rapoo is bringing some of the functionality of a notebook to wireless keyboards. The E6700 Bluetooth Touchpad Keyboard features a "touch area" on the right side of the thin keyboard, that has added functionality for gestures. The E6700 lets owners configure 15 different gestures, bringing the keyboard closer to the use seen in MacBooks and other notebooks. The "touch area" also has a glass surface, which Rapoo says makes it scratch-resistant and easier to clean.
Excalibur RGB gaming keyboard features backlighting in a 16.8 million color palette
Tesoro Technology has announced the introduction of its Excalibur RGB LED backlit mechanical keyboard, featuring a 16.8 million-color palette. Gamers can choose virtually any hue for backlighting their keyboard, and illumination can be set to breathing mode, color loop mode and two gaming modes, where only the gaming keys are illuminated. Its Full N-Key Rollover offers gamers full anti-ghosting functionality or USB 6 N-Key Rollover, and its 512KB of onboard memory allows for recording sophisticated macros without the need for external software. The keyboard's mechanical switches are engineered for 60 million key strokes, and an anti-slip rubberized foot design keeps the keyboard in place. Priced at $120, the Tesoro Excalibur RGB mechanical keyboard will be available in December.
data restoration, Mavericks notifications and more
Today, forum-goers attempt to assist "l008com" with restoring data from an erased SSD/TRIM-enabled Mac, and wonder if Data Rescue will find nothing in the free space. Yesterday, Mac Elite "Matt OS X" turned to the forums looking for a way to completely disable notifications using a command line in Mavericks, and has yet to get a response.
Broadcom, TI and Marvell shipping chips needed for 'smart home' accessories
A new report says that at least two of the three Apple-approved vendors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips that feature Apple's HomeKit embedded in the processors are now shipping the components to home appliance manufacturers. The news, confirmed by Forbes, suggests that products taking advantage of HomeKit technology should be appearing more commonly in the market over the course of the next few months. Though several HomeKit-centric products are already out, a forthcoming conference should vastly increase that number.
Apple Store app currently offering Camera+ app for free
Users of the Apple Store app for iOS can currently access a free download of photography app Camera+. Camera+ is still priced at $3 in its normal place on iTunes, however a free version can be redeemed from the Stores tab when using Apple Store.
Mac Pro, iMac, printers and more
Currently, MacMall.com is offering a $150 discount on the Mac Pro six-core computer, which has been reduced from $4,800 down to $4,650. That price break makes this the best price we have seen on this Mac Pro configuration by $50. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.5GHz Intel six-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics. As always with Apple, it is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
Razer adds Chroma lighting system to Naga gaming mouse
Razer has made an update to its Naga gaming mouse, by giving it the Chroma lighting system the company introduced in August. The Naga Epic Chroma, fitted with an 8,200 DPI 4G laser sensor with wired and wireless modes, a grid of 12 customizable buttons on the thumb grip, and a total of 19 buttons overall, can change its lighting scheme to any of 16.8 million color options, or alternately let it cycle through most of the color spectrum. Shipping in early November in the United States and Europe, Razer is pricing the Naga Epic Chroma at $130.
Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to USB cable!
Tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN and have a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up, we have three JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more.
Keys-To-Go supports all iOS devices
Logitech has announced a trio of new iPad keyboard accessories, beginning with updates of its Type+ and Ultrathin cases for the iPad Air 2. The Type+ is a thin folio design, with features such as automatic wake/sleep magnets for both an iPad and the keyboard itself. It costs $100, and comes in black, blue, green, or purple, with extra "synthetic" versions of the first two colors.
Xtreem debuts new 3-inch drone toy
Xtreem, a range of remote controlled toys designed by Swann, has announced the release of its new Atom RC Mini Drone. Focused on precise maneuverability, the drone uses an infrared signal to communicate with its joystick remote control, which offers eight-way multi-dimensional movement, and heights of up to 100 feet in the air. The helicopter's Li-poly battery provides up to four minutes of continuous flight time, and can be recharged via its remote control or by plugging it into a USB port. Priced at $40, the Atom Mini RC Drone is available at Fry's.
Large LG monitor opts for higher-resolution Digital Cinema 4K standard
LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K television or display, all packed into a screen measuring 31 inches diagonally.
Now reads heart rate from devices, sends NikeFuel and workout data to Health app
Nike has announced a significant update to its Nike+ Running app for the iPhone, which now natively supports the resolution of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In addition, the app now features cooperation with the Heath app included with iOS 8. The Running app itself can now also read from the M8 motion co-processor, including changes in elevation. It can now read heart rate data created by third-party hardware that is sent to the Health app, and can report NikeFuel and workout data to the Health app.
NeoFinder releases update, supports iCloud Drive, OS X Yosemite
NeoFinder (formerly named CDFinder) has announced its release of a new version of its file organizing software. NeoFinder allows users to keep track of one's digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB drives, DVD-ROMs, CD-ROMs and other media formats. Generating thumbnails and reading metadata during the cataloging process, NeoFinder assists in creating powerful searches, smart folders, albums and more.
Feeln comes tied to monthly or annual subscription
Two new channels have been silently added to the Apple TV. The first of this is A&E's FYI, formerly known as Biography and rebranded in July. Most of the network's content is reality TV programming such as Tiny House Nation and Best in Bridal. On the Apple TV some videos are free, but full access requires authenticating with a cable provider.
Gaming notebook powered by Intel Core i7, activates kickstand when opened
CyberPower PC is releasing a new gaming notebook next month starting at $1,100. The Fangbook III HX6 features a 15.6-inch full HD LED backlit IPS display, capability of resolutions up to 1920x1080 with anti-glare technology built-in. The Fangbook III is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of DDR3 memory and a 500MB 7200RPM hard drive. While the company stated in its press release that it comes with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, this appears to be under a Halloween promotion.
Unit has three-inch depth
Alpine has begun shipping the previously-announced iLX-007, its first receiver to support Apple's CarPlay platform. The device has also been given an $800 pricetag. It sports a 7-inch 800x480 touchscreen, three 2V preouts, one aux input, and an input for rear-view camera systems. Like other Alpine receivers, it uses a technology called MediaXpander to try to improve the quality of compressed digital audio.
Service would help shoppers make better decisions about online purchases
Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely instead of just aiming for the cheapest price. The company, which launches next year, will help consumers make smarter choices on buying, such as educating shoppers on the finer points of a camera to promote the best overall value.
Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in biopic, according to interview
Christian Bale is set to play the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic film written by Aaron Sorkin. Previously considered for Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Sorkin said in Bloomberg interview that there wasn't a need for Bale to audition for the role due to being a good fit. The latest screenplay is comprised of three thirty minute scenes of backstage goings on prior to three keynote presentations.
Rapoo 3920P wireless laser mouse
What is Rapoo? Rapoo makes peripherals for computers, gaming and mobile phones as well as smart home devices. Why does that matter? Because Electronista has one Rapoo wireless laser mouse to give away to our readers. This mouse retails for $40 and we think one of our readers should own one, so we are giving it away.
Monochrome Ricoh SP 213 series printers include Ethernet, Wi-Fi networking
Ricoh has launched a set of three monochrome laser printers in the United States. The SP 213SNw and SP 213SFNw multifunction printers and the SP 213Nw printer all offer print speeds of up to 23 pages per minute, a low 10-second wait for the first print, minimal warm-up times, and a number of different connectivity and networking options.
$120 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro
Right now at B&H.com, get the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook on sale for $1,280. That's a savings of $120 off the regular price of $1,400, and it is $109 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Also provided is a free gift of either security software LoJack or Windows virtual environment software Parallels. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.