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It's almost time to kiss July goodbye, and that means the dog days of August will soon be upon us! If you're sad to see the summer slipping by before your eyes, console yourself by reading today's recap, enjoy the weekend and come back Monday for two more July editions. Then you can go back to being sad next Wednesday! In the meantime, here's what's happening for Friday, July 27, 2012.
In what may be the most damning evidence that Samsung "slavishly copied" Apple's designs, AppleInsider is reporting that Best Buy customers reportedly returned their Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets after realizing they weren't iPads. The disclosure was made public as part of a tidal wave of documents unearthed by AllThingsD as part of the upcoming Apple v. Samsung trial, which kicks off on Monday. The report notes that "there were apparently enough returns based on consumer confusion for Best Buy to bring it to Samsung's attention," which Apple patent lawyers are sure to enjoy.
The folks at MacPhun pinged us this week with a heads up that version 2.0 of their slick Snapheal app for the Mac is on the way, and to celebrate the existing version is 50 percent off this weekend only (normally $19.99). Existing customers will get the 2.0 update free through the Mac App Store when it's available in August, so now is the time to buy and save ahead of all the swanky new features the company has planned for next month.
Still looking for the perfect way to bring social discovery and group chat into the palm of your hand? Developer Bossy Boots LLC has just the ticket, this week releasing its free City Chatter app for iOS and Android. Billed as the first app that combines social discovery with real-time group chat and even private chat, City Chatter aims to ignite one-on-one relationships like never before. “I instant message or text people sitting right next to me all the time. I would rather chat with people on my phone before I talk to them in person, if I ever even talk to them in person," explains City Chatter founder Phil Shpilberg. "I wanted to create that Facebook/LinkedIn/IM experience in real-time, with the people who are around me now. The current social discovery apps don’t do it for me, because I want to do what’s natural… talk to people." If you're like Phil, you can get your chat on today by downloading the free app from either the App Store or Google Play.
If you're using Paragon Software's popular NTFS for Mac to read or write from NTFS-formatted Windows hard drives, you may find a little surprise waiting for you in your email inbox today. Paragon has notified owners of its NTFS for Mac 9.5 product that a new OS X Mountain Lion compatible version is available and the best news is that it's absolutely free. In our case, we actually received a product key and serial number via email along with a download link for the new version before later receiving the email announcing the update. In any event, a free update is always welcome, and will keep our NTFS volumes humming along with OS X Mountain Lion.
Speaking of OS X Mountain Lion support, the fine folks at Blackmagic Design have announced new software updates to support all of their pro video products, and of course they run like a champ on the OS formerly known as Mac OS X 10.8. “Being an Apple Identified Developer has enabled Blackmagic Design to take full advantage of the many exciting new features in Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, such as Gatekeeper, right from the very first day of its release,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. ”Our customers can be assured that they will continue to be able to easily download our software and enjoy performance improvements when they upgrade to Mac OS X 10.8 and Blackmagic Design products.” The free updates can be downloaded from the Blackmagic support website now.
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