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The dust has finally settled, and iOS 7 is available for all to enjoy, despite a bumpy ride on Wednesday as millions of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users raced to update their devices all at once, buckling Apple's servers for a good portion of the day. Now the attention turns to Friday's arrival of the new iPhones, and the insanity begins all over again...
Lost amongst all of the iOS 7 melee on Wednesday, Apple also updated its iCloud Control Panel for Windows to version 3.0, which includes one very curious new feature for those on Microsoft's favorite platform: iCloud Bookmarks extensions that allows syncing bookmarks from Firefox or Google Chrome. The addition of such extensions is odd mostly because Apple doesn't have a similar feature on OS X (at least not yet), requiring a third-party add-on such as Xmarks to keep bookmarks in sync between Safari and other supported browsers.
It's been a long time in coming, but BlackBerry finally announced Wednesday that its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for iPhone will begin rolling out this Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12:01 AM local time. Curiously, Android users will also be able to download their own version of BBM from Google Play, but a few hours earlier, at 7 AM EDT on Sept. 21. The release is noteworthy since BBM has forever been a BlackBerry handset exclusive, although the real-time messaging service may have missed its window of opportunity by this point now that there are so many other options available to iOS and Android users.
After Boxee was acquired by Samsung earlier this year, users have been waiting anxiously to see what, if anything, would change with the company. The first indication came on Wednesday, as its video sharing service Cloudee announced in a blog post that it has shut down, leaving users until Sept. 30 to download any videos they have uploaded via a special web link to their account. Premium customers have already had their payments stopped, and will be reimbursed for any service payments made in advance. Now Boxee users are probably left waiting for the other shoe to drop…
The YouTube Creators Blog announced Wednesday that the service will soon allow users to access their favorite videos from mobile apps, even without an internet connection. Launching in November, the upcoming feature will allow users "to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable," perfect for those who travel, commute or otherwise prefer offline playback of their favorite movies, TV shows and funny clips of cats and dogs being… well, cats and dogs.
With 50 developers actively using the Feedly Cloud API, the company announced Wednesday that it is opening its loving embrace to all developers around the globe as the service evolves from a product to an entire platform. "Effective immediately, developers are welcome to deliver new applications, experiences, and innovations via the feedly cloud," the blog post reads. "We feel strongly that this will help to accelerate innovation and better serve our users." Feedly has managed to effectively replace Google Reader in only six months' time, so the addition of more developers should allow the company to continue innovate well beyond what Google would have done in the years ahead.
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