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Apple Seeds Seventh OS X 10.8.4 Build (12E52) to Developers

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Apple has just released a new build of OS X 10.8.4 to registered Mac developers today, just over a week after seeding the previous build. The new version bears a build number of 12E52, and as with the previous updates, Apple…

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Google+ Gets a Major Facelift With Numerous New Features

Posted on 15/05/2013 by Chris Hauk

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Google has announced a major facelift for its Google+ social networking site. The new interface focuses on customization, automatic photo enhancing features, Google’s Hangout video chatting service, and new features that make it easier to discover new content like conversations and new profile pages.

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Apple’s App Store Officially Reaches 50 Billion Downloads

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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In just under 5 years after first launching the App Store for iOS devices, Apple has updated their 50 Billion Download countdown page to announce that an astounding 50 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store – and 25 billion of those have occurred in just the past 14 months, following Apple’s announcement of 25 billion downloads in March of 2012.

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Google Unveils Maps for iPad, Revamped iPhone and iPad Apps for Summer Launch

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Google announced huge changes for Google Maps at their Google I/O keynote today, revealing a completely redesigned web version of the service for desktop, complete with improvements to rerouting in transit, Google Earth integration without additional plugins, and more. The new web platform also features public transit information, a new schedule view, and more.

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Google Introduces Google+ Hangouts: Cross-Platform Messaging Service

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Google has rebranded “Hangouts” as a unified cross-platform messaging system allowing users to text, photo, and group video message across Hangouts’ Android and iOS apps, plus its allows Gmail and Google+ site integration. Hangouts is available today, replacing Google Talk and G+ Messenger.

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Airlines Divided Over Relaxing Takeoff and Landing Electronic Device Usage Rules

Posted on 15/05/2013 by Chris Hauk

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to look into the use of personal electronic devices during the taxi, takeoff, and landing phases of commercial flights. A repot today says the airline industry remains divided over whether restrictions on the devices being used during those phases should be relaxed.

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Apple Says Publishers Are to Blame in E-Books Antitrust Case

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Apple has responded to a Justice Department accusation that the company colluded with publishers to increase e-book pricing. The Cupertino company asserts that it negotiated separately with the publishers, reaching different agreements with each one.

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1Password for iOS Updated With Huge Improvements to Browser, Sharing, and More

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Developer AgileBits released a significant update for their popular 1Password iOS app, bringing the version up to 4.2, and adding a heap of improvements to the built-in browser, sharing, search, and more. 1Password is currently my favorite password management app for Mac and iOS – and this solid update makes it even better!

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Nokia Unveils the Lumia 925 – A Thin, Beautiful New Flagship Windows Phone 8 Smartphone!

Posted on 15/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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While I have been a happy iPhone user for years, I must admit that I have used and appreciated Nokia’s Lumia 920 – if I had encountered this phone before the iPhone, I very well may have chosen Windows Phone 8 as my go-to platform rather than iOS. Today, Nokia unveiled an even newer model of their flagship line of Windows phones – the Lumia 925.

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Tim Cook Coffee Meeting Auction Ends With $610,000 Donated to Charity

Posted on 14/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Remember that auction that launched a while back for a coffee meeting with Tim Cook? The auction has now officially ended on CharityBuzz, bringing in a total of 86 bids, and closing at a whopping $610,000. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. So far, the winner has chosen to remain anonymous.

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Apple Hiring Testing Engineers for Major Update to iWork for Mac and iOS

Posted on 14/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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As Apple continues to bolster their iWork development team (following a hiring boost back in February), the company has posted a new job listing for a software engineer to work on the next generation of iWork apps for Mac and iOS. Apple hasn’t significantly updated their iWork suite for the Mac since 2009, making a new version long overdue.

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Finally Coming to Android and iOS This Summer

Posted on 14/05/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has just made an announcement that many have been anticipating for years – the official release of BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android! As revealed at the BlackBerry Live conference this morning, BBM is set to launch on both platforms this summer, and finally brings the best of BBM’s features to competing platforms.

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