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Review: Cambridge Audio Go v2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Every few years, an accessory category reaches saturation due to the number of similar options already in the marketplace — right now, that category is Bluetooth wireless speakers. Unknown developers are releasing new speakers every week, and established companies are already on their third, tenth, or twentieth iterations on the genre. Today, we're looking at three new portable options with somewhat different features: Cambridge Audio's Go V2 ($180), Soundfreaq's Double Spot SFQ-09 ($120/$150), and iHome's iBN6 ($100). Each speaker connects to your iPhone, iPad, or Bluetooth-ready iPod.

Review: Soundfreaq Double Spot SFQ-09 Wireless Speaker

Every few years, an accessory category reaches saturation due to the number of similar options already in the marketplace — right now, that category is Bluetooth wireless speakers. Unknown developers are releasing new speakers every week, and established companies are already on their third, tenth, or twentieth iterations on the genre. Today, we're looking at three new portable options with somewhat different features: Soundfreaq's Double Spot SFQ-09 ($120/$150), iHome's iBN6 ($100), and Cambridge Audio's GO V2 ($180). Each speaker connects to your iPhone, iPad, or Bluetooth-ready iPod.

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Apple: Celeb photo hack ‘very targeted attack’ on accounts

In response to allegations that iCloud played a role in the recent release of many private celebrity photos, Apple has confirmed that “certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet.” Despite the account intrusions, Apple claims that none of its systems, including iCloud and Find my iPhone, were breached. The company also claims it has already investigated the photo theft for more than 40 hours. To protect against such attacks, Apple suggests that users select a strong password and enable two-step verification.

Review: iHome iBN6 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Every few years, an accessory category reaches saturation due to the number of similar options already in the marketplace — right now, that category is Bluetooth wireless speakers. Unknown developers are releasing new speakers every week, and established companies are already on their third, tenth, or twentieth iterations on the genre. Today, we're looking at three new portable options with somewhat different features: iHome's iBN6 ($100), Soundfreaq's Double Spot ($120/$150), and Cambridge Audio's GO V2 ($180). Each speaker connects to your iPhone, iPad, or Bluetooth-ready iPod.

Daily Deal: The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up eight great Mac apps for only $39.99—that’s 95% off the regular price—in our MacLovin’ Bundle. The bundle includes Cinemagraph Pro, Djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype, Dropzone, Moom, and Boom. Plus, as an added bonus, you even get the OS X App Master Class—22 hours of instruction on how to make fantastic Mac apps.

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Apple investigating “iCloud” celebrity photo hack

Apple is “actively investigating” a recent celebrity photo hack that may have involved its iCloud service, Re/Code reports. The hack has leaked a large number of private, revealing photos of various celebrities, and iCloud has come under fire. Actress Kirsten Dunst tweeted a sarcastic “Thank you iCloud,” with some choice emoji. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said.

It’s unclear, however, how culpable Apple really is at this point; some reports have suggested that the leak included iPhone images alongside videos and Android images that presumably wouldn’t have come from iCloud servers. As reported by TheNextWeb, it’s possible that a hacker used a brute force password attack — a vulnerability that Apple notably didn’t patch until Monday. While Apple does its own investigation, the FBI is conducting the official investigation of the hack, The Telegraph reports. Apple does offer two-step verification that could have thwarted the hacker, but it’s not a surprise to see many not using the feature. We’ll see what comes of the investigation, but it calls Apple’s account security into question — bad timing, considering the company will reportedly debut its own mobile payment system as soon as next week.

Elgato debuts Eve home sensor product line

Elgato has debuted its new Eve line of home sensor products at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin. The line of sensors — six are shown on Elgato’s website — will gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and energy and water consumption in a home. Users will be able to access all the data in Elgato’s free upcoming Eve app. The company says it will “announce and make available solutions” based on Apple’s HomeKit once iOS 8 becomes available. Pricing and availability for the Eve line is expected to be announced soon.

Elgato also introduced its Avea ($50) smart LED bulb, which can create dynamic mood lighting and scenes through an iOS app. The bulb, which uses Bluetooth Smart, is designed to be bought individually rather than in packs, and doesn’t require a hub like Philips’ Hue system. Additionally, Elgato’s new Smart Power ($100) is a 6000 mAh, 2.4A battery that can send a notification to an iPhone or iPad when it’s time to recharge.

Happy Labor Day from iLounge

In observance of Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day in Canada), iLounge will be on a limited posting schedule today. We will return to our normal schedule with regular updates on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great holiday!

iLounge Weekly coming Monday, last chance for August giveaway

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form below to submit your email address, if you haven’t done so already.

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This is also your last chance to get in on our uNu Aero Wireless Giveaway, in which iLounge and uNu are giving away six uNu Aero Wireless Charging Battery cases and mats for the iPhone 5 and 5s in two different colour options. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page; the giveaway ends August 31, 2014 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!

Mac: Autodesk Pixlr

Autodesk’s popular web- and iOS-based photo editor has now come to the desktop as Pixlr for Mac, providing most of the same fun effects and photo enhancement features that users of Pixlr Express for iOS have come to know and love. Users can apply quick fixes and effects from a pallet of hundreds of available options, including one-click fixes to balance out colours and lighting, or can dig deeper into advanced editing features such as merging images, erasing imperfections, and adding focus and effects to specific areas.






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