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Fancy some two-day shipping with your next Amazon order? The Telegraph reported Thursday that Amazon Prime customers throughout the European Union can now enjoy the same 48-hour delivery service Americans already take for granted on more than three million products, all at no extra change. Europeans, before you go rushing off to place your next Amazon order, stick with us through the rest of the Overnight Recap!
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Apple CEO Tim Cook manages to do 80 percent of his work on nothing more than an iPad — and the executive sees "no reason why everyone shouldn't be like that." That revelation was one part of an interview which fleshed out the finer points of Apple's new partnership with IBM, which aims to encroach upon the territory once dominated by the likes of BlackBerry and Microsoft. "Imagine enterprise apps being as simple as the consumer apps that we've all gotten used to," Cook added. "That's the way it should be." If anyone can do it, we'd certainly be placing our bets on Cupertino.
Looking for an ultra-compact stereo microphone that works directly with your late-model iOS devices? Blue Microphones announced Thursday that its popular Mikey Digital now comes equipped with a Lightning connector that works with the latest iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models. Priced at $99.99, the Mikey Digital claims to capture pristine stereo audio with most any audio or video app, and even intelligently adjusts the input for fluctuating volume levels. The Lightning-capable Mikey Digital is now available for purchase from Amazon and Sweetwater Sound, and is coming soon to other authorized Blue retailers around the globe.
Rather than wait until Friday to share bad news like most tech companies do, Microsoft announced Thursday that it would be cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, with recent hires from the Nokia Devices and Services division making up the bulk of the cuts — 12,500 to be exact, or roughly half of the employees who came along for the acquisition ride. In a separate announcement, former Nokia boss Stephen Elop added that Nokia's brief flirtation with Android smartphones would also be getting tossed out in favor of "additional low-cost Lumia devices" powered by Windows Phone.
Still in search of just the right iPad Air case? Incipio announced Thursday a new contender known as Steno, billed as an "ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard folio" capable of transforming Apple's latest tablet into a full-fledged mobile workstation. Priced at $99.99, the Steno features a 78-key sliding keyboard and 14 quick-access shortcut functions (including a dedicated screenshot key), and it promises optimal key spacing for maximum typing efficiency — even without a desk or table. Incipio Steno is now available from the company's website and "premium retailers" nationwide.
Developers and web coders everywhere have embraced the power of Markdown, and now the folks at Realmac Software are embarking on a new Mac editor dedicated to that kind of workflow with Typed. At the moment, Typed is still cooking in the Realmac labs, but the company promises a preview video next month, as well as a confirmed shipping date for the actual software. Not sure what the heck Markdown even does? Realmac has posted a brief FAQ page as a primer to what Typed will be capable of, and promises support for the plain-text format will also be coming to Ember and RapidWeaver 6 in the near future.
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