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Is that all there is? Samsung's "Unpacked 5" event came and went at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona on Monday, and the rumored Galaxy S5 hit the red carpet to what can only be described as a collective yawn from the tech media in attendance. Hey, don't feel bad, Sammy... you're just copying yet another phenomenon from Apple, whose last few iPhones have received a similarly chilly reception at launch. If history is any indication, buyers will likely be more kind...
Now that Google Music has a paid all-access plan, wouldn't it be nice to have a real, native Mac OS X client for the service? Although Google appears content to keep the service on the browser and mobile devices, the new Google Music for Mac is a GitHub project that indeed delivers a desktop experience for OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and above listeners. Based on the screenshots, it's not a neutered experience, either: The Mac application uses function keys for media control, provides notifications during song changes and can even customize its appearance, all for free.
Now here's a news item we were glad to hear about: The Verge reported Monday that social network Facebook is killing those annoying @facebook.com email addresses dead. No idea what we're talking about? Don't worry, you didn't miss much -- even Facebook acknowledges "most people have not been using their @facebook.com email address," which first launched in November, 2010. Although the address may be dead, emails sent to users will still be forwarded to the main account in your profile, so be sure to hit those Facebook settings and update your preferences to avoid unwanted missives from anyone smart enough to guess your addy.
Mobile kills the telephone star? The New York Times reported Sunday that Moviefone is hanging up on its phone-based service for receiving movie listings after 25 years. The iconic 777-FILM was so popular during the '90s that an episode of Seinfeld found kooky Kramer doing his own take on the service. Moviefone claims the automated telephone service has been in "pretty steady decline" over the years, but that's mostly because users have been too busy launching the company's mobile apps instead, which will carry the AOL brand into the future.
Still searching for the perfect note-taking app for your iPhone? Lau Brothers has just released UpWord Notes, which uses unique swipes and gestures to manage task lists, jot down ideas and much more. The whole kit and caboodle syncs right across to Dropbox, and notes can be organized into folders and/or favorites for easy access. Best of all, the app is only 99 cents as a launch special -- but be sure to grab it quick before the price goes up to $1.99.
The fine folks at FxFactory have just debuted an all-new Final Cut Pro X plugin, and this one is a freebie! Data Pop Free delivers four professional quality infographic style titles and charts: Bar, pie, ring and number. Not enough variety for you? No problem, there are 16 more charts available in the full version of Data Pop, which can be had for a mere $99. As always, you'll need the FxFactory host software to actually install and use Data Pop Free, but there's no other real downside here we can see, so get downloading, won't you?
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