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Now here's an odd twist: AOL's gestating web-based Alto email service appears to be going in reverse, notifying iCloud users that they're dropping support for Apple-based accounts in December. The irony is that the rest of the email world seems to be bending over backward to support millions of iOS device owners, so AOL's move appears to be a bit of a head scratcher indeed. Find out more about it in today's recap!
We could all use a little more "easy" in our life, and if you happen to be a regular user of Yahoo's Flickr service, Wednesday was that day. The official Flickr app has been updated to version 2.30.1503 and while the much-needed native iPad support is still a no-show, iOS 7 users can now flip a switch to automatically upload their full-resolution photos to a private "Auto Upload" set without even having to think about it. The update also adds the ability to auto straighten photos using the Flickr editor, and also addresses Google sign-in issues. Now, about that iPad version...
AOL emailed Alto users with iCloud accounts on Wednesday to notify them that the web-based service will no longer support Apple's service as of Dec. 2 -- and that includes former MobileMe or .Mac accounts as well, since they're all part of the same thing now. "We sincerely regret the frustration this will cause," the email reads, without elaborating on why iCloud support is being kicked to the curb. Alto users have the option of deleting their iCloud account now, or they can prolong the inevitable by waiting to "automatically lose access" come Dec. 2. Either way, a bummer for users of an otherwise fine email service.
Retro gamers, the ColecoVision needs you! A new startup called Rantmedia Games has hit Kickstarter with the wild idea of resurrecting a fully-licensed version of the early '80s game console for a new generation, complete with a huge roster of that includes MacLife.com favorite Zaxxon. All that's required is raising $250,000 by Nov. 8, which will put the project onto iOS sometime next year. However, the company is also eyeing other platforms such as Android, Mac, Windows and even PlayStation Vita, should that be any extra incentive to toss a few shekels their way. But, you know, getting Zaxxon on the iPhone and iPad should really be incentive enough, we think...
Invite-only mobile banking service Simple may have more potential customers waiting in the wings than real-life ones, but that isn't stopping them from innovating on the future of smartphone payments. The company announced this week a forthcoming feature called MoneyDrop that allows Simple users to pay each other instantly over a Bluetooth connection, with no fees and no waiting involved. "You’ll be able to painlessly split expenses with housemates, or reimburse your friend who paid for your cab ride when you forgot your wallet last night," the blog post reveals. MoneyDrop is still "in development," with no ETA yet announced.
The first anniversary of any business is a time to celebrate, and for the folks at contract-free wireless provider Solavei, they're celebrating with a new social commerce network called Solavei Marketplace. Built in conjunction with First Data, the service provides Solavei customers with "card-linked cash back and discount offers from thousands of top national and local merchants" as part of the carrier's unlimited voice, text and nationwide 4G data for only $49 per month. The savings are automatically loaded for more than 16,000 retailers both small and large, and if you make the switch before this Friday, Oct. 11, your first month of T-Mobile powered service will be only $29.
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