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Yahoo may have lost a major battlefront by conceding Apple's iOS 8 Weather app data to The Weather Channel, but it's not ready to declare defeat on the platform quite yet. On Tuesday, the internet pioneer debuted an update to the Yahoo Mail app which finally delivers native iPad support complete with news, search, weather snapshots and more. Can we get an iPad app for Flickr next? Pretty please...?
Have to ever reported incorrect mapping or points of interest (POI) data to Apple, only to feel like those changes fell into a black hole? According to Reddit user heyyoudvd, that's definitely no longer the case — in fact, Cupertino is apparently diligently working each and every night to upload such fixes, which are being done in the wee hours of the night when most of us are fast asleep around 3AM EST. "I noticed that if I open the app at 2:59 but then again at 3:01, the map would reload itself, and a bunch of POI corrections and updates would suddenly be present," the post reads, suggesting Apple is moving quickly to push improvements ahead of iOS 8 this fall.
Now here's a head-scratching combo: Atari announced Tuesday a new partnership with "America's iconic family diner" Denny's to deliver "remixed" versions of three arcade classics Asteroids, Centipede and Breakout in an effort to promote the restaurant chain's mobile app. The free Denny's Atari Remix app takes these legendary favorites and reimagines them as Hashteroids, Centipup and Take-Out, and presumably hilarity ensues as a result. The games are now available on both iPhone and Android, and really, where else can you find apps that feature flying hash browns or syrup bottle shooters these days?
Apple snatched up Beats Music, so how is Google planning to counter with a music curation service of its own? Apparently by swallowing up Songza, who announced the acquisition in a brief blog post Tuesday describing the marriage as joining in their quest "to provide the perfect soundtrack for everything you do." The deal is expected to bring "no immediate changes to Songza" for now, although a similar post on the Google Play Google+ page claims the two services will "explore ways to bring what you love about Songza to Google Play Music."
Six million downloads of any given app would be a milestone worth celebrating for any developer, but the folks at Readdle are passing the savings on to future customers with the announcement Tuesday that Scanner Pro will be 50 percent off for a limited time. One of the easiest ways to convert paper to digital using the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad camera, Scanner Pro drops from $6.99 to only $2.99, and the company is promising some great new features and workflows in the months ahead with a new iOS 8-ready version already in the works.
The fallout over Apple's decision to eradicate its pro Mac photo application continues, with software maker Corel the latest to pile on in an effort to "meet the needs of users looking to move away from Aperture." Corel's answer is the recently launched AfterShot Pro 2, which now offers competitive upgrade pricing to Aperture users at $20 off the usual $79.99 price. The application is capable of RAW conversion, non-destructive photo editing and complete photo management on Mac, Windows or Linux, and Corel promises OS X Yosemite support is on the way along with "more ways we can make the transition easy for Aperture users."
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