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Google may have set the tech world abuzz Wednesday with its early-morning media event (more on that in our next post), but Apple won the hearts and minds of its developers yesterday by introducing a new System Status page to keep the folks who make iOS and OS X apps up-to-date as Cupertino restores its developer portal. We're also serving up a free app in today's recap, so read on to find out what it is...
We're now entering Day Seven of Apple's developer website being down for the count following an unidentified intruder's attempt to access it last Thursday. On Wednesday, Apple finally gave some relief to developers by adding a System Status page similar to the one iCloud users now have. "While we complete the work to bring our systems back online, we want to share the latest with you," an update on the developer website explains. "To keep you up to date on our progress, we’ve created a status page to display the availability of our systems." At this writing, the only green lights appear on iTunes Connect and Bug Reporter, but it sounds like we can expect more to light up in the days ahead.
Austrian developer Ulmon is celebrating its eight millionth download of its popular CityMaps2Go app Thursday, which offers 8,000 destinations from around the globe and 500,000 travel guides for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Unlike Google Maps or even Apple's built-in solution, CityMaps2Go is completely offline, making it perfect for international travel, where data connectivity may be spotty or unavailable. To celebrate the milestone, Ulmon has partnered with App of the Day to make the normally $2.99 app absolutely free today only -- so grab it before the deal is gone!
Chalk another one up to Dish! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox was denied an appeal Wednesday that would have cut off Dish Network's Hopper, a DVR feature that allows viewers to automatically skip over television commercials on programs aired by the four biggest networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). This marks the second time a court has refused to grant an injunction against the controversial new technology, which has obviously become quite popular with the satellite subscribers who use it.
The folks at Parallels released an update to Parallels Desktop for Mac this week, with the latest version 8.0.18608 adding the ability to install the Windows 8.1 Preview using the application's typically simple Express mode. The update also "addresses overall stability and performance issues," including a couple of Microsoft Office 2013 improvements, smoother mouse scrolling in guest OSes, improved 3D graphics in select games and more. The free update can be downloaded by checking for updates from within Parallels Desktop for Mac 8.
Google updated its free, universal Google Drive app for iOS on Wednesday, introducing the ability to click on links from within files and have them open in either Chrome or Safari. Version 1.5 also now allows inserting rows and columns using the "+" button while in Google Sheets, and it wouldn't be an app update without the usual round of "stabilization and bug fixes" as well. Google Drive 1.5 is now available for download in the App Store.
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