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Updates, updates, updates! We're chock full of them in today's recap, whether you use Facebook Messenger, Adobe Muse CC, Aperture or iPhoto, Parallels Desktop for Mac 9 or even watch Netflix on your television. Go forth, read about them and then click those update buttons (where applicable) to get the latest and greatest!
First announced at the end of last month, Facebook has finally debuted its all-new look for Messenger on the iPhone, courtesy of a version 3.0 update released on Wednesday. The completely new design for iOS 7 can now connect with anyone with a phone number -- even if they're not on Facebook proper (they'll get a Messenger invite instead). In a separate report this week, Krebs on Security is reporting that Facebook users who happen to use the same email and password combinations on Adobe's website are now being asked to change their password and answer additional security questions in the wake of the recent breach that is said to have affected as many as 150 million customers.
Adobe announced Wednesday that a new version of Adobe Muse CC is now available to Creative Cloud members. Users of the code-free HTML design app can now access the new Adobe Muse Exchange, a place to download more than 100 design elements such as templates, tools and interactive widgets submitted by the Muse community. These and more elements can now be collected into a new Library panel, and Muse CC adds an easy way to connect with social networks, thanks to a dozen new drag-and-drop Social Widgets for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and more. Last but not least is an updated Scroll Effects panel and the ability to set a full-screen slideshow capable of automatically adjusting to desktop or mobile devices on the fly.
Netflix debuted an all-new look for its TV interface this week, which the company calls its "biggest update" ever. After more than a year and a half of hard work, the Netflix TV UI is now a more "cinematic and rich visual experience" chock full of larger images and additional details about the movie or TV show you're about to watch. Unfortunately, Apple TV owners won't get to see it because Cupertino requires developers to stick to their specific UI layout, but the update is currently rolling out over the next two weeks to the PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, Roku 3, Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, with older Roku boxes to be added "at a later date."
On the heels of Adobe's own Camera Raw update this week, Apple has released one of their own in the form of Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 5.01, a 6.66MB download which adds support for the latest cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony when using Aperture 3 or iPhoto '11. If you're a user of one of those applications and you happen to own or use one of the cameras listed, you know what to do.
Parallels released a new update to Parallels Desktop for Mac 9 this week, focusing on a few fixes for users of its Enterprise Edition as well as bug fixes for all. Version 9.0.23350 includes additional support for Windows 8, such as creating virtual machines to boot from a Windows 8.1 Boot Camp partition, resolving an issue with virtual machines not switching to Coherence mode after a Windows 8.1 upgrade and Parallels Tools upgrading twice in a row. Other fixes include the Windows task bar showing while in Coherence mode, a guest version of OS X 10.8 not booting correctly after reclaiming disk space and scores of other little enhancements to make your Parallels-enabled day that much better. Hit the "check for updates" menu bar option to grab the latest.
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