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Lots of cool stuff to chat about on this final Friday morning of September, 2012, including iPhone 5 support for Netflix and Camera+ as well as an all-new iPad edition of the latter. And hey, looks like our parent company is raking in the scratch thanks to Apple's Newsstand, so pop the cork on the champagne for that!
Tap Tap Tap has announced the availability of Camera+ for iPad, the latest member of its app family which brings the same great experience to camera-equipped iPads. The company has also released Camera+ 3.5 for iPhone, which not only adds support for the iPhone 5 as well as iOS 6, but also introduces iCloud Lightbox Sync for keeping your photos synced between the small and big-screen versions of the app. Camera+ for iPad is on sale now at the introductory price of only 99 cents for a "really limited time," so grab it while you can.
The Official Gmail Blog announced Thursday that Google is adding the open CardDAV protocol to its email service this week. "CardDAV enables 3rd party clients, like the iOS contacts app, to sync your Google contacts," the blog explains. "By supporting IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV together, we’re making it possible for 3rd parties to build a seamless Google Account sync experience." CardDAV will be most beneficial for users who use Google Contacts instead of iCloud, but the company offers full instructions on the Gmail Help Center website.
Netflix has released version 2.4 of its universal iOS app, and iPhone 5 owners will be thrilled to discover that the update is primarily all about their four-inch display. In addition to taking advantage of the extra screen size, the update adds support for iOS 6 on all compatible devices as well as offering an "improved browsing, searching and watching experience" -- and who can argue with that?
PaidContent.org reported on Thursday that technology magazine publisher Future is planning to scale up its digital strategy later this year after reaping some big rewards from Apple's Newsstand apps. The publisher, whose product includes our very own Mac|Life as well as portal websites like TechRadar, went from practically zero digital editions last year at this time to nearly 65 starting last October, which have nabbed the U.K. parent company a cool $8 million USD thus far. Future plans to outline its ramped-up digital strategy when its full-year results are announced in November. Say, does that mean we might be getting a raise…? Anyone…?
The Verge is reporting on Research in Motion's Q2 2013 financials released on Thursday, which finds the Canadian BlackBerry maker losing $235 million from total revenues of $2.9 billion. While that might sound like somber news, the company lost more than $500 million last quarter, so things don't seem quite so dire this time around. RIM shipped 7.4 million smartphones in Q2 2013 along with "approximately 130,000 PlayBook tablets." While overall revenue was down 31 percent, RIM seems to be done with its job cuts for now, and continues to hang onto 80 million BlackBerry customers worldwide -- although few of those probably remain in the U.S., where the iPhone and Android seem to be everywhere.
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