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Thursday brought with it plenty of gifts for Mac and iOS users, including the free Pixelmator 3.2 "Sandstone" update we first told you about last month, which adds an all-new Repair tool, 16-bit per channel support, lockable layers, and the ability to convert selections into shape for the Photoshop alternative. But there's plenty more to talk about from yesterday, so let's dive in — we'll see you back here on Tuesday after the Memorial Day break!
Looking to pick up an early Father's Day gift or just need an accessory for your Mac or iOS device? Now through next Thursday, May 29, the Apple Online Store is offering free shipping on everything, with no need to hit that magical $50 amount to qualify. That means now is a great time to pick up those small, inexpensive items without having to worry about shelling out extra to have them carted to your home or actually leaving the house to pick them up at an Apple Store near you.
Another case of two great tastes that taste great together? Algoriddim has teamed up with streaming music giant Spotify for the "next-generation DJ solution" that delivers instant access to more than 20 million tracks with the latest versions of djay 2 for iPad and djay 2 for iPhone. The updates help DJs find the "perfect next track to mix" or even create an automix that requires no DJ at all, all while seamlessly switching between the built-in music library and Spotify's expansive catalog. The updates also include more than 30 new desktop-class audio effects, the ability to share set lists via social networks and integration with just about every piece of pro DJ hardware known to man.
To follow up on yesterday's iMessage news, MacRumors reported Thursday that Apple is preparing an iOS 7.1.2 update said to stomp out a number of bugs, one of which is presumably the "long-standing iMessage issue" that sends incoming text messages into a black hole after switching away from the iPhone. Apple has confirmed that this nasty critter would be smashed in a "future software update," and now that iOS 7.1.2 has started showing up in server logs, the update could arrive sooner rather than later — possibly even ahead of WWDC 2014, which kicks off on Monday, June 2.
We've all got one or more of them lying around: Old hard drives that predate the arrival of SATA and USB 3.0. OWC announced the availability of NewerTech's Universal Drive Adapter, a $27.99 little black box that allows older IDE, ATA, ATAPI 40-pin, or SATA bare hard drives to be plugged into any available USB port. Billed as the "Swiss Army knife" of disk connectivity, the Universal Drive Adapter can tackle 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch, and even 5.25-inch drives with ease, offering a much faster way to transfer old information to newer drives than having to contend with older, slower FireWire or SCSI connections.
Research shows that 48 percent of hourly workers in the United States are living paycheck to paycheck, but it doesn't have to be that way. A new mobile app called Activehours makes it possible for more hard-working Americans to unlock their pay as soon as they earn it, rather than having to wait for the next paycheck cycle to roll around. The free app for iPhone and Android promises to reduce the increasing dependence on payday loans to get from one pay cycle to another and currently works with over 100 companies, including big retailers and federal or state governments. Activehours does its magic absolutely free, with the option to pay whatever the user thinks is fair for helping get them paid sooner.
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