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Happy iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Day! We have to admit, it's been quite a week around MacLife.com, what with the release of iOS 7 on Wednesday and now new devices to drool over, savor or enjoy. But before you go thinking that Thursday was just another boring day full of post-update depression, read on to find out some of what was making headlines yesterday.
Remember when Google first debuted its Wallet service and promised NFC-enabled stickers for non-Android devices like the iPhone? That day isn't here, but the search giant did finally release its official Google Wallet app for the iPhone at long last on Thursday. Sadly, NFC payments are a no-show, but the app does allow users to send money from anywhere, get all those loyalty card accounts off your keyring, easily access saved Google Offers and scan debit or credit cards straight into the app for use on "select mobile websites" as well as Google Play, should you have an Android device lying around.
If you spent the better part of Wednesday getting iOS 7 to download and install only to plug your iOS device in with a third-party Lightning cable, you might have wound up seeing an error instead. According to 9to5Mac, Apple has added a warning to iOS 7 whenever a "cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably" with the device it's being plugged into. Given that certified cables contain a small chip that allows them to authenticate with an iOS device, there's not much users of these unlicensed cables can do other than chuck them in the trash and buy the real McCoy -- or hit up the link above for a janky workaround to the whole problem.
Google Wallet wasn't the only thing on the company's iOS menu for Thursday, as the company also served up a new update to Quickoffice, the productivity app it purchased last summer from the company of the same name. The good news for anyone who didn't purchase an earlier version is that the app is now absolutely free -- kind of a bummer for those that did, of course. Better yet, the Microsoft Office-compatible app is serving up an extra 10GB of free Google Drive space for two years just for signing in with a Google account, which will be added to the 15GB the search giant already gives users sometime over the next few weeks.
After launching back in July, Taptanium has racked up nearly 200,00 customers for Thunderspace, the company's $1.99 rain and thunder simulation app. Along with the release of iOS 7 on Wednesday, the company is back with Thunderspace 2.0, a massive update that adds realistic wind to the mix along with the "Rumble Bundle," a collection of additional storms available as an in-app purchase. For users who have previously purchased five storms, you'll even find the Rumble Bundle as a free surprise. Thunderspace 2.0 also adds VoiceOver and AirPlay support to the mix, meaning users can now wirelessly beam their stereoscopic 3D ambience to any Apple TV -- and it's a free update for existing users.
Not content to shell out $200 for an old iPad, ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft has now upped the ante on its trade-in promotion to $350 as part of a new Corporate Buyback deal. Despite the corporate-sounding name, the deal is apparently open to anyone, and can be used on all kinds of devices including iPads, iPhones, Samsung devices, BlackBerry smartphones and more. The only catch is, you'll still need to buy a new Microsoft product with that dough, which can be one of the company's Surface tablets or even a Windows Phone. Trade-ins are calculated by Clover Wireless, a private label that actually determines what the value of your device is.
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