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Apple's "Complete My Album" feature is great for music fans, but don't you wish there was a way to do the same thing with TV series? VUDU announced just such a feature this week that allows customers to complete an entire TV season at a discounted price, and better yet upgrade the quality to 1080p HDX for less. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for our Thursday edition of the MacLife.com news recap...
The New York Times today reported that police in New York, San Francisco, and London are crediting Apple's iOS 7 Activation Lock with a dip in smartphone theft since the latest mobile operating system was introduced back in September. At the high end, iPhone robberies in San Francisco dropped 38 percent, and London and New York fell by 24 and 19 percent, respectively. “If [smartphones] can be canceled like the equivalent of canceling a credit card, these are going to be the equivalent of stealing a paperweight," remarked New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, whose office first led the charge for such a feature.
Camera apps! There are plenty of them around, but how many of them actually make the process of shooting pictures simple and more importantly, automagically look great? That's the bold claim behind MagiCam, a new camera app from tap tap tap that makes "simply perfect photos" without the shooter having to lift a finger. In addition to making photos magical (and the ability to see a before and after view), MagiCam offers nine "moods" to further customize images, along with the usual bevy of sharing options that make it stupidly easy to post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the usual messaging and email methods. Best of all, the app is on sale for the limited introductory price of only 99 cents, so it's almost a no-brainer to try it out.
T-Mobile US announced Wednesday a new initiative known as Test Drive, which allows potential customers to try out the carrier's unlimited nationwide service using one of the best devices around. Starting Monday, interested parties can sign up online and have an iPhone 5s sent right to their door, risk-free and no money down, for seven full days. Whether you love the service or not, head to the nearest T-Mobile retail store to either return the handset or sign up. T-Mobile says Apple helped back the new service by providing the trial devices, which the carrier hopes will rope in "at least" one million test drivers in the first year alone.
9to5Mac reported Wednesday that Netflix is rolling out a brand-new look to the iOS and Apple TV this week, matching the new red logo on either a white or black background that can now be found on the streaming giant's website. The iOS app update to version 6.0 in particular also promises faster video playback and the usual round of bug fixes. We don't know about you, but the new red on black look of the iOS app struck us as somewhat demonic the first time we saw it, and we can't say the red on white looks any less evil. Maybe it's just us?
Tempted by the unique living photos produced by Cinemagraph Pro for Mac but the $99.99 price tag is a little too rich for your wallet? Flixel announced this week the debut of a new version called Cinemagraph+ for Mac, which delivers the same great patented masking technology, seamless looping option, and a wide range of filters to 1080p HD videos for less. Priced at only $49.99, Cinemagraph+ for Mac is geared toward consumers and hobbyists rather than professional users without skimping on the high-end features, and is available now from the Mac App Store.
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