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Sure, having iMessage on the Android platform would certainly be a coup for Apple, allowing iOS users to chat absolutely free with their Google-loving friends and colleagues. But don't expect it to ever happen — judging from this week's quick exit of the bogus iMessage Chat app from the Google Play store, maybe Google itself doesn't want it to happen. Read on to find out more...
Android users got a curious surprise Monday with the release of iMessage Chat on the Google Play store. But don't get excited: According to 9to5Mac, the app is far from an official, Apple-sanctioned product, but instead the work of a third-party developer named Daniel Zweigart. A few brave souls managed to try the app and discovered it actually works, but immediately raised questions about privacy, given that the app connects to Apple's server while posing as a Mac mini. But don't bother going to look for the app now, because Google has already stepped in and removed it from sale, presumably with a little help from Apple's legal team.
There are already plenty of mobile scanner and optical character recognition (OCR) apps on the App Store, but none of them come with the pedigree of Smile Software and their PDFpen line of products. That is, until now: On Tuesday, Smile released PDFpen Scan+, a universal iOS app that allows users to scan documents, automatically size and enhance them, then perform OCR to add searchable text to the exported PDF file. Best of all, PDFpen Scan+ is available for a limited time at the introductory price of only $4.99, so grab it while you can.
Well, isn't this a kick in the teeth: According to 9to5Mac, Apple's online store has quietly removed the Personal Pickup option on the new iPhone 5s just as quickly as it appeared on Sunday night. With all colors, carriers and capacities of the iPhone 5s now available to ship in October, Personal Pickup offered frustrated buyers the choice of purchasing online and picking up at any Apple retail store with stock available — in many cases, even the same day. It's hard to say why Apple chose to neuter this convenient option so quickly, but it could be yet another sign that the company is having a hard time keeping up with demand.
Sometimes, good things come with small version numbers, and such was the case with Tuesday's release of Pixelmator 2.2.1, a free update for existing users which introduces "a completely new Pixelmator file format that uses all of the today’s OS X technologies and makes your image editing even faster and more enjoyable." The application is now twice as fast as opening and saving Pixelmator documents compared to the older version, especially with background save and a new progress bar. The latest version also saves faster to iCloud and offers improved Quick Look support for previewing documents before you actually open them, as well as a long list of other small tweaks and enhancements. Pixelmator 2.2.1 is now available for download from the Mac App Store.
If you ran out to buy one of the newly refreshed iMacs yesterday and plan to use it with Boot Camp, you'll want to first download and install the release-day patch Apple already has available. Aptly named iMac (late 2013) EFI Update 2.1, the download "addresses an issue which may cause a black screen to appear when installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using Boot Camp Assistant if both an external optical drive and USB thumb drive are connected to the system," while also ensuring the iMac will boot into OS X by default after installing Windows 8.
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