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MacX Video Converter Pro & WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe Giveaway

Today’s big gift giveaway offers you a fastest way to convert your video clips for watching on iPhone/iPad, editing in Final Cut Pro and iMovie, uploading to YouTube and Facebook and more. All Mac users can download a free copy of MacX Video Converter Pro and all Windows users can download a free copy of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

MacX Video Converter Pro delivers the world’s fastest video conversion for Mac by leveraging Intel@ Quick Sync Video technology. It’s an all-in-one video solution to convert videos in almost all the formats/resolutions for iPhone, iPad, Android etc, download video from YouTube, capture screen activities, record & edit video.

With hardware encoder built-in to make full use of CPU and GPU, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe now speeds up the overall UHD/HD & SD video conversion by 16x faster. It supports ton of input and output options for various video formats. Built in downloader makes you to maintain large collection of videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vevo etc.

How to enter:
For Mac users, please submit a valid e-mail address as a prerequisite to download. 1,000 free copies only each day.
For Windows users, just click the “Get Giveaway Version” button on the giveaway page to download. No email address required.

Review: Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet

A relatively new player in the iOS ecosystem, Grid Connect's ConnectSense Smart Outlet ($80) provides a more unique HomeKit outlet solution, giving you two independently-controlled outlets in a single package while also throwing in controllable status LEDs and a 2.4A USB charging port. As with other HomeKit accessories we've looked at, ConnectSense provides its own companion iOS app for setting up and configuring the device, but as a HomeKit accessory, the outlets can be controlled by any third-party HomeKit-compatible app or by using Siri voice commands.

Apple’s Eddy Cue shares his hopes for Apple News

Apple SVP Eddy Cue laid out the company’s vision for Apple News in an interview with CNN, touting the app as more of a public service than a money-making venture. Cue said Apple is working hard to steer clear of the economics of the news business, focusing more on building the platform for news organizations to leverage on their own. While Apple offers to sell the ads that display next to content—claiming 30 percent of the revenue for ad space it sells—the company also gives publishers the ability to sell their own ads and keep 100 percent of the profits. (It’s unclear how many news organizations sell their own ads, and how many rely on Apple at this point.) Cue said the app aims to clear away hurdles that keep publications from delivering content to consumers. “News organizations today have lots to worry about: Each of them has to worry about building their own apps, the interfaces, the user experience,” Cue said. “This gives them an opportunity to focus on what they do really well, which is the journalism part, and let us handle the technology piece of building the apps and distributing them.”

Report: Apple testing dual front cameras, wireless charging, and more in iPhone 7 prototypes

A new report claims that Apple is experimenting with no fewer than five different configurations of the new iPhone 7. According to G for Games, sources in China said prototypes include features like wireless charging, dual front cameras, USB-C ports compatible with headsets, displays able to read fingerprints, and multi-Force Touch capabilities. The company is also said to be testing AMOLED displays, although most rumors estimate that technology won’t makes its way into an iPhone until 2018. The site is quick to point out that its source has been right in the past, but isn’t a “certified” Apple Insider. Still, rumors of Apple getting rid of the Home button in favor of displays that can perform Touch ID fingerprint scans anywhere on the screen date back to June, and Apple has shown an interest in AMOLED screens as far back as 2013, so even if the new configurations don’t end up in the iPhone 7, it’s believable that Apple could be testing them out. Other recent reports claim Apple is mulling doing away with the iPhone’s headphone port entirely.

Review: iDevices Switch HomeKit and Wi-Fi enabled plug

iDevices' new Switch ($59) was one of the first HomeKit accessories we encountered earlier this year at CES, a connected outlet that allows you to control a standard 120V appliance such as a lamp or fan from your iPhone, with the added twist of integrating with Apple's new HomeKit ecosystem, thus providing Siri voice control and unified control of other HomeKit accessories, regardless of manufacturer. As with other HomeKit solutions we've looked at, iDevices provides its own app for setting up and controlling the Switch — although like other HomeKit solutions we've looked at, any HomeKit app capable of controlling outlets can be used with Switch — and adds in a couple of other useful features that take it a notch beyond a simple power outlet.

Apple expands Personal Pickup to 6 more EU countries

Apple has expanded Personal Pickup to six more European countries, German site Macerkopf reports. Customers in Germany, Spain, France, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands can now opt for in-store pickup of items they’ve purchased online if the items are in stock. The option — previously only available in the U.S. — has launched in the U.K., Canada, and Australia in the last few weeks. [via Apple Insider]

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Review: Urban Armor Gear Composite Case for iPad Pro

We've seen Urban Armor Gear's Composite Case a number of times for a variety of iOS devices, and the familiar case has now made its way to iPad Pro. Rather than simply increasing the size of Composite Case for iPad Pro ($80), though, UAG has actually considered the features of Apple's newest iPad. The case has a built-in holder for Apple Pencil, an aluminum kickstand that can be set into five different positions, and a removable piece that allows the iPad Pro to attach to a Smart Connector keyboard while the case is still on. All of the ports are left exposed. There is no button coverage, but UAG claims the rubberized case with soft touch elements meets military drop test standards.

Apple Music coming to Sonos Dec. 15 through public beta program

Sonos and Apple have announced that Apple Music will be coming to Sonos on Dec. 15 as part of a public beta program. Apple Music will be able to stream on Sonos’ speakers for the first time on that date, and prospective users can join the beta on Sonos’ site. Of course, this means Apple Music tracks will be able to stream to multiple speakers in separate rooms. All Apple Music features will be supported, and a family account will allow up to six users to connect to Sonos speakers with Apple Music. No timeline has been given for an Apple Music + Sonos final release, or for how long the public beta will last.

Apple to drop headphone jack from next iPhone?

In a bid to slim its new iPhone down even further, Apple is considering removing the traditional headphone jack entirely, a “reliable” source tells Macotakara. The source said the new phones will likely be 1 mm thinner than current models, forcing Apple to ditch the headphone jack, since its port is based on a world standard that can’t be made thinner. While Apple has registered a patent for a thinner headphone plug, the new report suggests the company may be abandoning the idea of creating a completely new type of headphone jack in favor of connecting wired headphones through the Lightning port. The source said new “supplied ear pods” for the iPhone will have the Lightning connector, and Apple already supports Lightning cable MFi headphones, but very few of those have been introduced thus far. Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones would also be an option for getting around the lack of a headphone jack, but obviously any change to the existing headphone jack risks serious blowback from users who would need new equipment to listen to their iPhone.

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