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Apr 19 2014 11:57PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.

Apr 19 2014 9:17PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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You have a variety of audio needs. When you're at the gym or sitting at your desk, you'll want a nice set of headphones. When out and about, you want to kick out the jams with a speaker. And when you get an important call in the car, you want to go hands free with a speakerphone. You can get all of that out of the Monocle. It's on sale now in our Deals tab.

The Monocle provides top not audio quality with the flexibility that your life requires. Built with a 40mm high quality audio driver, you know you'll be taking a fine sound system with you where ever you go. With a duplex-enabled microphone, you'll get crystal clear calls. Plug in the Monocle into any 3.5mm audio jack and enjoy its awesome audio experience. It's made to travel with you or hang out in any situation where you want to pump some music.

The Monocle usually retails for $50. Head to our Deals tab and you can get it on sale for 30% off the retail price. That makes your total just $34.99. It's a great price for an awesome and versatile audio accessory, so grab this offer today!

Apr 19 2014 3:11PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Google included the pattern unlock option for Android phones way back in the initial public release circa 2008. It’s one of the few security features that have persevered all this time, and Apple […]

Apr 19 2014 12:37AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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There's never a convenient time to run out of batter. You always want a fully charged device, but with the amount we ask our portable tech to do for is, it's unrealistic to expect them to last as long as we'd like. But you can give them a quick recharge with the equally portable Bookmark backup battery. It's on sale in our latest Deal.

If you're on the go all day then you need your backup battery to be just as mobile as your smartphone or tablet. The Bookmark backup battery can come with you anywhere. It's the world's thinnest backup battery, measuring just 4.7mm thin. Despite its slim style, it packs plenty of punch, providing 2,500mAh capacity--good for over 12.5 hours of video playback. It's flame resistant, protected against short circuiting, and built with shockproof casing so it can take a beating and keep on charging.

The Bookmark backup battery usually retails for $60. Head to our Deals tab and you can take 35% off that price. that means you'll pay just $38.99. It's a great price for an amazing convenience to have with you, so grab this deal today!

Apr 19 2014 12:30AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

If this week was notable for anything, it was a plethora of iPhone 6 rumors, leaks, potential leaks, and concepts. To think, last week we were all talking about the iWatch. Looks like the Apple rumor mill operating system isn't in any need of an update.

Apr 18 2014 11:49PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The last few days have given us plenty of rumors concerning what the next iPhone may look like; now it's the iPad's turn. While the leaks for the iPhone all point to a larger screen, One More Thing notes (via Cult of Mac) that the latest supposed iPad leak from a source in China points to a thinner device than ever as Apple seems to be using integrated displays for the first time.

By contrast, Apple currently uses separate components for the LCD screen and surrounding panel for the iPad and the iPad mini. If the photos are accurate, Apple could start integrating them both into one a single glass sheet.

At first glance, it looks as though Apple's trying to make the device even thinner than it already is. The present iPad Air's front panel setup already measures just 1.55mm, and the extra space gained from combining the two components could result in an even lighter unit.

But it's also possible there's a more practical reasoning for the integrated display. The thinner panel could allow Apple to maintain the same thickness of the original iPad Air while improving it to support a stronger battery or more memory, which would alleviate some concerns about frequent app crashes with the current model.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Apr 18 2014 11:42PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Through what appears to be a stroke of (dubious) luck, Apple Maps has proven more useful than Google Maps in the long search for Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster. As reported by Britain's Daily Mail, amateur monster hunters Andy Dixon and Peter Thain uncovered what looks like an underwater outline of the beast while scanning the lake with satellite photos from Apple's navigational service.

"It was purely by accident that I came across the image," Dixon told the Mail. "I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness."

It's tempting to debunk the image. Even though it looks like a gigantic catfish-like creature from the air (as opposed to "Nessie's" traditional "plesiosaur" shape), it could just as easily be the wake of a passing ship. (And indeed, that's what some skeptics are saying, such as Southern Fried Science.) The problem, as so-called, unnamed "experts" point out, is that there's no visual trace of any ship. Other boats are visible in the area in the photo below, which means it's also difficult to dismiss it as an imaging error.

"Whatever it is, it's just below the surface and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie," said Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club.

It could all be hogwash, of course, but it makes for a bit of Friday fun. Apple receives its aerial imagery from satellite company DigitalGlobe, but it's unlikely that anything besides luck contributed to the sight of the object on the Cupertino's company's mapping service over that of rival Google.

Interested in seeing for yourself? It's on the north end of the lake, just northwest of the village of Dores. You can access the satellite imagery on your iOS device or Mac running OS X Mavericks by clicking here.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Apr 18 2014 8:30PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Google glass
We’ve all been hearing about Google’s wearable computing experiment, Glass, long enough at this point. It’s not vaporware — it exists and you’ve probably seen people wearing them around — but it inhabits […]

Apr 18 2014 8:19PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is dominating the box office rankings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out in a couple weeks, and X-Men: Days of Future Past is just around the corner. Big superhero movies often also mean big superhero games, and the genre’s improved significantly since the last time we took a look in early 2012—many of the games listed then were barely decent. Some stinkers have still come in the last couple of years, but mostly we’ve seen an array of solid-or-better games based on comic heroes. Here’s a selection of eight enjoyable iOS games where you can battle crime and wield some powered-up muscle.

Apr 18 2014 8:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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All of your social media news feeds get overrun by the simple photos that your friends capture and apply filters to. It makes even the most basic of photos look professionally captured. But you can one-up everyone in your news feed and get some photos that really deserve attention, no filter necessary. Snap photos near and far with the Ultimate iPhone Photographer's Lens Kit. It's on sale now in our latest Deal.

There's no angle you can't master and no image you can't capture with the iPhone Photographer's Lens Kit. Coming enclosed in a lens wallet to carry all your gear, you'll find a telephoto lenses of 2x and 8x, a 60x microscope lens, a fish eye lens, a wide angle lens, and a tripod to keep your iPhone steady. Forget shots of the sunset or pictures of food, you'll be able to take photos of just about everything with this bundle.

The iPhone Photographer's Lens Kit usually retails for $199. If you head to our Deals tab now, you can save yourself 65% off. That makes your total just $69. That's a great price for all the great pictures you'll be able to take, so grab this offer today!

Apr 18 2014 7:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Cable clutter is the leading cause in anxiety and annoyance among home and work offices. There's no science to back up that statement, we we do know that it's extremely unpleasant part of our relationship with technology. You can get your cords back under control with the CableHub two pack. It's on sale now in our Deals tab.

If you're thinking about taming the unkept wild of your cables behind the desk, you can count on CableHub to help you wrangle in the cords. Use each CableHub to hold up to seven wires at the same time, and wrap up an unpwards of 12 feet of cable around or through the CableHub disc. You can count on CableHub to keep all of your cords in line and under control as well as improve the look of your work space.

The CableHub two pack usually retails for $25. Head to our Deals tab and you'll save 40% off the retail price. That means you'll pay just $14.99. It's a great price for an amazing organizational tool, so grab this offer today!

Apr 18 2014 6:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Mark Karpeles, the chief executive of Mt. Gox, said he would not come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange's U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday.

Apr 18 2014 6:36PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
An iPhone 6 announcement is imminent. Here's what I want from Apple's next handset.

Apr 18 2014 6:33PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - A group of investors seeking to buy Mt. Gox has launched a website to garner support from creditors of the bankrupt bitcoin exchange to prevent a liquidation of its assets.

Apr 18 2014 5:07PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Some game studios have big weekend sales going on featuring tons of titles for the holidays. We've grabbed a select sampling, but you should definitely be checking out the full catalogs for the range of deals. So don't wait around for a six foot bunny to bring you goodies this weekend. Check out what Mac|Life's found for you.

Apr 18 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

From the moment the App Store launched, The New York Times has been at the forefront of the digital newspaper revolution. There's been a constant stream of apps and subscriptions, but for the most part, its initiatives have revolved around an unimaginative repackaging of the paper. With NYT Now, the Gray Lady seems to have figured out a formula that may pay off. Rather than delivering a rich stew teeming with every subject it has to offer, the app serves as sort of a greatest hits package, aimed at casual readers who might not have such a ravenous news appetite.

The app does well to keep the general look and feel of the Times website intact, but everything is presented in a more traditional mobile fashion, which has its drawbacks. The main page consists of an occasional daily briefing—where you can quickly scan a smattering of stories across a variety of topics—along with a current list of articles handpicked by the Times' editors.

Navigation is mostly accomplished by scrolling, but there's not a whole lot to distinguish the importance of one story over another; on the web, there's a clear hierarchy of news that isn't quite as obvious in the app, despite its top-to-bottom layout. Articles can be easily bookmarked and shared, but any related videos and galleries that appear on the main page strangely aren't packaged in the story view.

With such a stripped-down interface, we expected to get a condensed summary when clicking on a story, but that's not the case—subscribers get access to the full stories as they appear on the Times' site, reformatted in a neat Instapaper-like presentation. So while the content may be limited, the $7.99 monthly subscription presents a decent value based on word count alone. However, its target audience probably doesn't want to scroll through a thousand words on the Korean ferry crash, so we'd like to see a cheaper (or free) version that lifts the 10-article limit and offers edited versions of stories.

The bottom line. NYT Now is the Times' best effort to date to reach the mobile generation, but it's still a bit more iterative than innovative.

Review Synopsis



The New York Times





iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later


Good concept targeted at mobile readers. Natural navigation makes it easy to find and read stories. Excellent curation of articles.


Layout doesn’t do much to promote stories. Lots of scrolling. No condensed versions of articles. Videos and galleries don’t follow through to main story view.

3.5 Good

Apr 18 2014 3:39PM EST | Source: Geek.com
iPhone 6
Apple has a well-established tick-tock update cycle for the iPhone at this point. Ever other year we see a big refresh, with the others bringing a spec bump and small tweaks. Having just […]

Apr 18 2014 2:50PM EST | Source: Geek.com
NASA has been working on a robotic platform that can fly around in zero gravity on the International Space Station to help out the astronauts or even perform basic maintenance. The platform is […]

Apr 18 2014 1:50PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters.

Apr 18 2014 12:16PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Loom + Dropbox

The cloud photo storage sands shifted this week as one popular option regrouped under the ever-expanding wing of Dropbox, while the granddaddy of them all tries again to make another go of mobile.

Cloud-based photo service Loom announced Thursday that it's packing its bags and joining forces with Dropbox, closing up shop on enrolling new users and giving existing customers one more month to enjoy the service.

Loom customers are encouraged to move their data over to Carousel, the new Dropbox app for iPhone and Android the cloud storage giant recently debuted. On the good news front, switching to Carousel will give free Loom users an equivalent storage bump on the Dropbox side, while paid users will be able to use their quota for the next year, at which point they'll have to pony up for Dropbox storage.

"We know this is a big deal," Loom wrote on its blog. "This decision was made with great care. We have worked hard on our product and feel that our vision aligns perfectly with Dropbox’s vision for Carousel."

Speaking of aligning visions, Yahoo took yet another stab at getting mobile right on Thursday with the debut of Flickr 3.0 for iPhone and Android. The new version is a complete reimagining of the venerable photo service, which appears to be adopting more of an Instagram look and feel than the previous version.

The new iPhone app includes 14 live filters that work will full-resolution photos as well as up to 30 seconds of HD video. Flickr has also beefed up the app's search and discovery features, and photos can now be easily shared right to Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook as well.

Curiously, the Flickr iOS app is still not a native build for the iPad, which has become something of a glaring oversight with the passage of time. Otherwise, the refreshed design seems worthy of a download, especially when Flickr serves up 1TB of free cloud storage for all, which the company claims is enough space for more than half a million photos.

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