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If you've been eyeballing those "chat heads" from the Android-based Facebook Home with envy, fear not: Facebook has you covered with a new iOS update on Tuesday. (Or rather, they will when the feature actually rolls out to everyone over the next few weeks.) But it was a classic Tuesday for Apple as well, with a host of Mac updates. Before you go download them all, get a quick refresher course with today's recap!
Mac users had a good old-fashioned Tuesday, thanks to a number of updates released by Apple. Aperture 3.4.4 addresses a number of stability issues for more advanced photographers, including unexpected quits during both import and upload to Photo Stream, proper display of thumbnails longer than 250 characters and correct scrolling of Shared Photo Stream invitation lists. iPhoto 9.4.3 also brings a number of welcome changes to the junior edition of Apple's photo software, including the ability to delete Photo Stream images by dragging to trash, Facebook sync bug fixes, incorrect page count fix for books and the ability to export from Photo Stream using the Export command. Both free updates are now available from the Mac App Store.
Originally scheduled to debut Monday but briefly delayed after Monday's tragedy in Boston, Funny or Die has premiered iSteve, a 79-minute biopic on the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Starring Justin Long, Jorge Garcia, James Urbaniak and Michaela Watkins, the film's description makes a point of calling it "the first biopic" on the iconic Jobs, which is true (if you forget Pirates of Silicon Valley) now that the Ashton Kutcher indie flick has been postponed. Star Justin Long is well-known to Apple fans for his longtime role as "the Mac guy," who sparred with the Bill Gates-ian PC for years on the company's "Get a Mac" ads. iSteve is absolutely free to watch, so check it out and decide if it's funny or… should die.
Facebook introduced version 6.0 of its universal iOS app on Tuesday, which brings a new look and feel to the news feed on the iPad that takes better advantage of the larger screen. iPhone users also have new feeds such as Music, Photos and Games, but the real story here are "chat heads" and stickers. The former recently debuted as part of the Android-based Facebook Home, which presents chat messages as tiny circles you can move around the screen as you browse elsewhere in the app. Sadly, the feature is limited only to the Facebook app, unlike the Android version, which appears throughout the mobile OS. Don't worry if you're not seeing chat heads or stickers just yet — Facebook is rolling out the feature gradually "over the next few weeks."
Aperture and iPhoto weren't the only OS X updates for Mac owners on Tuesday — Apple also pushed out Safari 6.0.4 for Lion and Mountain Lion (5.1.9 for Snow Leopard 10.6), which allows users to selectively choose which Java applets are loaded on a site-by-site basis. Speaking of Java, Cupertino also released Java for OS X 2013-003 at the same time, which "updates the Apple-provided system Java SE 6 to version 1.6.0_45 and is for OS X versions 10.7 or later."
We suggest taking this last overnight bit with a huge grain of salt: The official blog of UK-based iPad case maker Tactus has leaked what they claim are case molds and specs for the next iPad, even comparing them side-by-side with the same products for previous models. While we've seen plenty of case leaks before, this one comes with a very specific tidbit of information that claims the iPad 5 will be announced at "a media event on the 18th June" and go on sale nine days later, on June 27. Sure, it's entire possible this is legit information, especially when Apple has remained mum on new product plans thus far in 2013. But, you know… grain of salt, folks...
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