MacTrast News Digest for January 16, 2014

MacTrast News Digest for January 16, 2014

It’s Thursday, and we have semi-good news about the Simpsons, a free stop motion animation app for your iPad, there is finally some more content to play on your Chromecast, Apple remains out in front in the U.S. smartphone race, Starbucks does a no-no with customer login info, and more. All here in the MacTrast News Digest for January 16, 2014


Upcoming App Will Allow Streaming of All 24 Seasons of The Simpsons, But…
The Fox owned FX network has announced that in August, it will be launching a dedicated app that will allow users to stream all 24 seasons of the long running animated series to their mobile devices. But…
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Stop Motion Animation Creator iStopMotion for iPad is Free Today
If you’ve been wanting to try out the great stop motion animation creator app iStop Motion, then today is your day. As a part of an “App of the Day HD” promotion, the popular stop motion software from Boinx is free, today only. (January 16, 2014.)
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Google Debuts Google Play Movies and TV App for iOS – Chromecast Users Rejoice
Google has released the Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS. The app will allow iPad and iPhone users to watch the TV shows and movies they have purchased via Google Play. The app will also allow users to stream said movies and TV shows to their Chromecast device.
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Apple Continues Its Lead in U.S. Smartphone Ownership – Samsung Distant Second
More users in the United States are making the move to smartphones, and they are opting for Apple’s iPhone and Android phones by Samsung in increasing numbers. The NPD Group’s Connected Home Report has been released for Q4 2013, and shows Apple continuing to widen their lead over Samsung in the American smartphone race.
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Starbucks iOS App Is Storing User Credentials in Plain Text
Coffee chain Starbucks is taking fire over a revelation that their iOS payment app stores customers’ login information in plain text. The good news is that any exploit of the vulnerability would require physical access to your device.
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While E-Books Gained in Popularity in 2013, Print Remains King
The year 2013 saw 69% of Americans reading a book in its “standard” printed form, 28% reading an e-book, and 14% listened to an audiobook. While e-books continue to grow in popularity, print books remain king.
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Shopkick Scaling Up iBeacon Trial – Adding 100 American Eagle Outfitters Locations
Shopkick has decided to expand it’s trials of Apple’s iBeacon technology. The company, who recently launched its shopper-detecting technology in two Macy’s Department Stores, is partnering with American Eagle Outfitters to install shopBeacon in 100 U.S. locations.
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Photoshop CC Now Allows 3D Printing Directly From App
Adobe has added support for direct printing to 3D printers to its latest release of Photoshop CC. The image editing tool, used by Creative Cloud subscribers, also allows 3D models to be sent to out-sourced 3D print shops.
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Judge Says Apple’s Objections to E-Book Monitor Show Why He’s Needed
To be filed under “If you don’t like it, then it must be good for you.” U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple’s objections to a court-appointed e-book antitrust monitor simply confirms how important it is to have him in place to monitor the company.
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Apple Seeds New OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Beta Build to Developers
Apple has just seeded a second beta release of OS X 10.9.2 to developers. The new build is labeled as version 13C39, and can be downloaded via Software Update in the Mac App Store for users running the first beta, and also from Apple’s developer portal.
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