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We couldn't let Wednesday, January 22 pass without at least a cursory mention of how that date fits into Apple history -- after all, yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh being unveiled to the world in the now-iconic "1984" Super Bowl television commercial. While it's hard to believe three decades have passed, just look at all of the equally impressive ads Apple has had since. Let's celebrate the day by diving into a recap of what else made news yesterday...
Realmac Software announced big changes on the way for its Ember apps for Mac and iOS next week, with the ability to auto-import screenshots and annotate on the mobile version, including Smart Drawing, Text, Blur and Pixelate options. These features will require upgrades via in-app purchase, with auto-import priced at 99¢ and all of the annotation features available for $4.99. Ember for Mac will also get some update love, with version 1.3 adding 50 new additions and enhancements, including the aforementioned Blur and Pixelate annotation tools, library backup, downloading images from the built-in browser via contextual menu and more. All of this goodness is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, January 28, so mark your calendars now!
Apple pushed out a modest update to iTunes on Wednesday, bringing the jack of all trades software to version 11.1.4. According to release notes, the 232.7MB Mac update "adds the ability to see your Wish List while viewing your iTunes library, improves support for Arabic and Hebrew, and includes additional stability improvements." However, that first improvement is something of a mystery, given that we couldn't find any obvious changes to the Wish List feature. Have any eagle-eyed readers spotted this mysterious revision?
The Iconfactory released Twitterrific 5.6 on Wednesday, a big update that delivers live streaming of timelines while connected to Wi-Fi and list management features, including adding or removing lists or users, privacy settings and even creating new lists entirely. The update also adds the ability to view images in direct messages and copy discussions from the Share menu. There are plenty of smaller improvements and bug fixes on hand as well, and the best news is that all of this goodness arrives with a price drop to 99 cents for a limited time.
The Verge reported Wednesday that streaming giant Netflix won't be afraid to throw its sizable weight around, should internet service providers decide to get in the way of its popular service now that a federal court has tossed the FCC's net neutrality rules. "In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide," the company wrote in a letter to shareholders (PDF link). But it doesn't stop there: "Were this draconian scenario to unfold with some ISP, we would vigorously protest and encourage our members to demand the open Internet they are paying their ISP to deliver." Something tells us that Netflix won't be alone in launching a war cry to rally subscribers against ISPs in that case...
We take for granted the ability to throw files in the trash on our Mac and then get them back again, but streaming photo and video services rarely have the same cushion. Streamnation recently announced that its users can now do just that, thanks to a new "Recover deleted files" options tucked away just below account settings on its website. The feature handily sorts such files by their deletion date, and even recovers them right back to the same spot when finished. The Streamnation website also now offers improved visual feedback as users click and drag, so you'll always know exactly what's happening and why.
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