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Something tells us that Apple is headed for another boffo year in 2013, but first they have to endure the fickle nature of stockholders who lose confidence in the company with each new rumor of delays or any sign of trouble in Cupertino. Wednesday was a perfect example, with Apple's stock price dipping below $400 for the first time in nearly two and a half years. Is it a sign of the company "Applepocalypse," pre-quarterly earnings jitters or just business as usual? Only time will tell...
CNBC reported Wednesday that investors continue to lose faith in Apple Inc., with the iPhone maker's stock price dipping below $400 for the first time since December 23, 2011. While share prices crawled above $400 by the close of business ($402.80 at this writing), recent rumors of product delays and a 15 percent drop in estimated revenue from Apple supplier Cirrus Logic appear to be taking their toll. The timing couldn't be worse, with Apple scheduled to announce its fiscal second-quarter earnings on April 23 -- a quarter whose only "new" product of any significance was the 128GB iPad.
MacPhun LLC has been teasing an update to FX Photo Studio for iPhone the last week, and with good reason: For the first time ever, the app is absolutely free on Thursday, April 18 only. Version 5.1 isn't just lighter on the wallet -- the update improves performance, Facebook and Instagram sharing, adds a dedicated FX Photo Studio album to your photo library and now supports the maximum resolution possible on the iPhone 5. And that's on top of the usual bug fixes, interface tweaks and even a new in-app filter collection. But grab it while you can, because this deal turns back into a pumpkin around midnight local time.
The folks at Pocket celebrated their first anniversary since shedding the Read It Later name, and gave users a special "thank you" in the form of updates to its free mobile and desktop (Mac and web) apps. The big news is an all-new sharing menu that adapts to a users' most-used services, be they Facebook, Twitter, Evernote or something else. Send to Friend also adds the ability to share Pocket content via email, even to people who don't use the app. Pocket users will instead receive an optional push notification for reading the shared article within the app, with the heads-up also appearing inside a new Inbox, where incoming articles can be added to a list or ignored. As always, the updates are free on all supported platforms.
Adobe's 2013 MAX conference kicks off on May 6, and the company is using social media to help grow awareness and raise anticipation for the big event. On Wednesday, Senior Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee hosted a YouTube sneak peek of an upcoming new feature for reducing blur in photographs. Camera Shake Reduction doesn't quite sound like a feature that would tackle such a task, but that's exactly what it will do, particularly for images shot in low light or under slow shutter speeds. Judging from the video sneak peek, this looks like the filter to beat in the forthcoming update to Adobe Photoshop -- check it out for yourself in the video embedded below!
Noise Industries has been on fire lately, working with its partners to create slick new skills for Final Cut Pro X by way of their FxFactory software. The latest addition is Ripple Timelines, billed as a "video time machine" which creates fully customizable graphical transitions. And they do mean customizable: Users can select one of eight different transition styles, then adjust the colors, background image and text to their heart's content. Best of all, the $59 plug-in features an introductory price of only $39 until April 21, so FCPX editors are encouraged to give the demo videos a peek and grab it quick before the price goes up.
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