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Like many brand-new Apple products, owners of the latest MacBook Air models are finding the notebook's 802.11ac Wi-Fi a bit finicky, with reports of dropped connections last week and now a software bug in OS X that appears to be causing slower file transfers. But take heart: Cupertino usually gets all of these issues fixed sooner rather than later...
Two weeks have passed since WWDC 2013, which means it's time for a new iOS 7 build to appear. According to MacRumors, that time arrived on Monday afternoon with a second build number 11A4400f -- and this time, the beta finally comes to the iPad as well. Other changes include the return of the Voice Memos app missing from the initial build and the choice of male or female voices for Siri, which is apparently now much faster than Beta 1. Of course, only registered Apple developers can install the update, but it's nice to see that progress is being made quickly.
DigiTimes reported Monday that Apple has cut a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and its design service partner Global UniChip to supply 20nm, 16nm and 10nm "A-series chips." According to industry sources in Taiwan, the three-year agreement kicks off this summer with a small volume of A8 mobile chips, with full-on production ramping up after the end of the year. The processor is supposedly targeted for "a new iPhone slated for release in early 2014," with later A9 and A9X chips used for the next generation of iPhone and iPad products. The move could be bad news for Samsung, Apple's "frenemy" who currently supplies such custom chips.
Amazon released version 1.4.3 of its Instant Video app for iOS on Monday, which adds a drop down menu to the home screen for more immediate access to streaming movies and TV shows. The update also introduces personalized carousels which can be swiped through to find something new to watch as well as a new navigation bar on the app's browse screens for quickly switching between content types. The 26.8MB update is free and now available from the App Store.
MacRumors reported Monday that OS X Mountain Lion appears to be causing new MacBook Airs to transfer files more slowly over Wi-Fi. The latest models are equipped with 802.11ac wireless technology which is supposed to be the fastest ever, but Anantech discovered that OS X appears to be artificially limiting the speed of data transfers, from a theoretical 533Mbps all the way down to 170Mbps. The same slowdown also appears under the developer build of OS X Mavericks, suggesting that Apple will have to release a separate software update to address the issue.
With a trio of co-founders from the likes of Zynga, Storm 8 and Adify, Grow Mobile announced the public release of its new mobile app marketing platform on Tuesday, which aims to help developers make informed decisions on how they promote and advertise their products. The company offers a self-serve, web-based dashboard which mobile marketers can use to "transparently buy, track, optimize and scale their advertising campaigns across the highly complex and fragmented mobile advertising marketplace." Grow Mobile's SDK and API integration is available for both iOS and Android, and more information is available for interested developers on the company's website.
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