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Could we see the fabled "iWatch" alongside iOS 8 and a new iPhone 6 this August? A new report out of Taiwan says yes, and given the increasing competition in the wearables market, Apple may not want to wait much longer. Of course, they came out of nowhere with the original iPhone after consumers had to suffer with years of lame smartphones, so maybe we've still got a wait ahead of us — but you won't have to wait to get all the latest news right here!
Close your eyes and picture Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the bow of the Titanic, shouting "I'm the king of the world!" Leonardo DiCaprio style. The e-tailer announced Tuesday that Amazon Instant Video has supposedly "passed both Apple and Hulu in streaming video usage," according to a new report from Qwilt. The bold claim comes as streaming from the company's $79 per year Amazon Prime Instant Video service has reportedly "nearly tripled year over year, although it will be interesting to see if that trend continues now that the same service costs $99 annually — or suffers the same fate as Jack Dawson in that 1997 blockbuster, which ironically is not available free for Amazon Prime subscribers.
TechCrunch reported Tuesday that cloud-storage provider MediaFire has moved their Mac and Windows desktop sync clients out of beta and is now ready to challenge the likes of Dropbox and OneDrive head-on. To commemorate the occasion, MediaFire has increased its file upload restriction to 20GB and has launched a new 1TB storage plan for a mere $2.50 per month or $24.99 annually — a direct shot across the bow to Google Drive, which recently lowered its own 1TB storage plan to what seemed like an affordable $9.99 per month. Last but not least, MediaFire is rolling out new APIs to allow developers to hook into their service, and plans to introduce new apps for Android as well as iPad in the coming weeks.
MacRumors is reporting that Elgato is leaping into the Thunderbolt dock market, following similar (and expensive) efforts from Matrox, Belkin, and CalDigit. The aptly named Elgato Thunderbolt Dock is now available to order from Amazon.com for $229.95, although the device was showing up as temporarily out of stock as of this writing. The dock features two Thunderbolt ports with pass-through support, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and Ethernet, in addition to headphone and microphone jacks on the front of the box. Elgato's dock includes a typically costly Thunderbolt cable, but for those who already have one, the device can be purchased without for $199.95.
If you happen to have a free Dynamic DNS account with Dyn, enjoy it while it lasts, because the company announced Tuesday that it has now killed that program and no longer accepting signups. Worse yet, existing free Dyn accounts will be shuttered on May 7, although the company is offering a discounted rate "to help ease the transition and experience the differences" of having a Pro account. Dyn says the move was made to stem potential abuse from hosting dynamic IP addresses amidst rising tech support costs, but it's also yet another cold reminder that we shouldn't get too attached to free services.
NBCUniversal made the dreams of iPad-owning TV viewers come true this week with an update to its free, universal NBC app that enables AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV from any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Now, NBC fans can watch episodes of Community, Parks & Recreation, Hannibal, and other favorites on the big screen, making their iOS device a full-on remote control. The 2.5.1 update also adds a new "trending clips" section with previews and highlights of what's popular right now from NBC's late-night shows, and promises new videos every day. The update is available now from the App Store and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
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