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The MacTrast News Digest for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The MacTrast News Digest for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Today we’ve got some screenshots from iOS 7.1 Beta 4, Beats debuts their pay for play Internet radio service, very cool social app “Hang w/” reaches one million downloads, Apple gets out from under their e-book antitrust monitor for awhile, and much more in the MacTrast News Digest for Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

iOS 7.1 Beta 4 – What’s New
Monday afternoon saw Apple release the fourth beta of iOS 7.1 to developers. While the new release focused on bug fixes and behind the scenes improvements, there were a few visual tweaks to the interface.
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Beats Music Internet Radio Subscription Service Debuts – iOS App Also Released
Because iOS users don’t have enough streaming music services to choose from yet, Beats has launched its iOS app that will allow users to access its new Internet radio service.
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Streaming Social App Hang w/ Passes One Million Download Mark
Our friends over at social app Hang w/ have announced that they’ve passed the always special one million download milestone. The entertaining app hit the million mark in only nine months, following a March 2013 debut.
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Federal Appeals Court Grants Apple Brief Stay of E-Books Antitrust Monitoring
Apple received some good news, as a federal appeals court granted the company a brief reprieve from the external e-books antitrust monitor imposed upon it as part of its antitrust case loss last year.
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Apple Slips Behind Samsung, Sony, and Microsoft in Forrester Customer Experience Survey
Apple slipped behind Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft in Forrester Research’s 2014 customer experience survey. This marks the first time Apple has been rated behind its rivals in the three years the survey has been conducted.
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Apple Expands iBooks Textbooks and iTunes Course Manager to Over 50 Countries
Apple has announced the expanded availability of its iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager, two education-oriented products from the company. The products are entering new markets, including Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
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Phil Schiller Comes Out Swinging Again With Another Tweet to Security Report Criticizing Android
Apple executive Phil Schiller stirred things up last year by tweeting a link to a research report showing significant growth in mobile malware, most of which was showing up on the Android platform. He’s at it again today, tweeting a link to Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report.
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Chinese 3G Subscriptions Grew 79% in 2013 – Apple Positions Itself to Benefit
While smartphone markets in many countries are showing signs of slowing growth as the markets mature, China posted 79% growth in high-speed subscribers in the year 2013, with a total of 417 million users.
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That’s all for Tuesday, January 21, 2014! See you tomorrow!