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If you're a parent, you probably have either a Netflix or Amazon Instant Video subscription (or maybe even both) to keep the kiddies entertained. America's top two streaming providers are stepping up efforts to cater to parents which is great, but makes it hard for parents to stick with one service or the other, especially as the little ones change their taste so quickly. Read on to find out how Netflix and Amazon are duking it out for your dough in today's recap.
Mac users love Messages (formerly known as iChat), but now that it includes mobile messages, things can get pretty confusing when it comes time to search through all of those chats. Enter Fantastical creator Flexibits with the new $19.99 Chatology for Mac, which makes it easy to find messages from any date range or even isolate images and other links. Even better, Chatology can be invoked by using the Command-F key from either Messages or iChat just by toggling on a preference setting, making it about as convenient as you'd ever want. Chatology requires OS X Lion 10.7 or above, and is available as a free download to put it through its paces before buying.
TechCrunch reported Tuesday that both Netflix and Amazon are stepping up efforts to grab hard-earned cash from parents coast to coast with new initiatives aimed at families. The former launched the aptly-named Netflix Families, a web portal to promote the streaming company's kiddie fare with recommendations and tips on how to view content, as well as a new original content deal with DreamWorks Animation, who will release new content from characters such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda exclusively on Netflix. Meanwhile, Amazon followed up its recent Nickelodeon pickups with an update on Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, an optional service aimed parents with kids between the ages of three and eight that offers rich parental controls and a host of books, games, educational apps, movies and TVs for only $2.99 per child or $6.99 per family.
As teased in an email to users last week, Neat officially announced version 2.0 of its free, universal mobile app for iOS, rebuilt "from the ground up for a whole new experience." The app requires a NeatCloud subscription, which allows users to capture receipts and other documents and push them to the cloud, where they can be synced back to the Mac or Windows version. The new app claims 4x performance over the previous version and now allows files to be edited and reorganized right from a mobile device, and both files and folders can be easily shared with others. Curious what it's all about? Check out the embedded video below to find out more.
Apple is known for making things smaller and more simple, and that apparently even applies to executive titles now. According to 9to5Mac, Sir Jonathan Ive's previous Senior Vice President, Industrial Design title shortened to simply Senior Vice President, Design following his promotion last fall as head of both hardware and software design. Curiously, the title switch only occurred last week, perhaps to correspond with WWDC 2013's introduction of iOS 7, which Ive is said to be lending his artistic flair to.
Now that's dedication! For the fourth year in a row, PCMag hit the road and racked up more than 20,000 miles across the United States to find out which carrier had the fastest mobile network this year. Using eight identical Samsung-branded devices, the testers found that AT&T was once again the fastest out of the four big carriers. However, if you're looking for reliability, national leader Verizon Wireless appears to have done a great job blanketing the country with coverage. While Sprint again failed to win any of the cities tested, T-Mobile's rapidly expanding LTE network looks promising, and its current HSPA+ network was considered the best fallback available. Check out the full results of the testing on the website!
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