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While the iPhone 5s may be old news to some of us, others haven't been as fortunate, especially for potential buyers looking for certain colors (gold comes to mind) or larger-capacity models. As you'll discover from today's recap, there's now a tool for helping find available stock in a town near you, so let's cut right to the chase and tell you all about it...
Nearly two weeks after it was first released, the iPhone 5s remains as elusive, in many places, as Bigfoot himself. According to BGR, an enterprising web developer has come up with a solution to pinpointing exactly where inventory is available in your area. Simply enter your zip code, select your color and carrier options, and the web tool uses data scraped from Apple's online store to reveal which models are available in which locations. A rather ingenious solution, if we may say so...
Betaworks announced Wednesday an update to Instapaper for iOS that now takes advantage of the background app-refresh feature built into iOS 7. How does it work? Apparently like magic. Once the feature is enabled — and assuming the user has background updates configured to automatic or Wi-Fi only within the app settings — Instapaper will silently work in the background to download new saved content so it's ready to read the next time the app is opened. The developers haven't killed off the previous Background Location Updates feature which uses a geofence to determine when to download content, which will be necessary for iOS 5 and iOS 6 users.
MacRumors reported Wednesday that Virgin Mobile USA is now offering the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s as promised, but with one little surprise: They're each $100 less than the normal unsubsidized price. The 16GB iPhone 5c will set buyers back $449, while the same capacity iPhone 5s runs only $549 when purchased from Virgin's website or retail stores, with 32GB models also available online. As is to be expected, many models aren't in stock at launch, but you may want to act quickly — the $100 discount could be temporary pricing.
Now that a German court has lifted an 18-month injunction against Apple following a patent battle with Motorola Mobility over push notification technology, Cupertino has finally restored the feature. According to an online support document, "customers in Germany can now receive push email delivery for iCloud, Yahoo!, AOL, QQ, and NetEase" just by enabling push delivery from the Mail, Contacts, Calendars settings that the rest of the world now take for granted.
So excited about the Oct. 18 release of Windows 8.1 that you can't sleep at night? Microsoft's online store is now allowing customers to preorder full boxed copies of its first major update to Windows 8, starting at $119.99 for the basic version or $199.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro. If you already happen to own an existing license for Windows 8, holster that credit card, because you'll be getting a free downloadable update on Oct. 17, so there's no need to give the folks in Redmond any more of your hard-earned cash at this point.
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