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Apple has been on an update binge this week ahead of WWDC 2013 on Monday, first with OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 and now with two of its Mac applications. But Cupertino is also finding itself accused of intentionally crippling data speeds on its iOS devices on three of the biggest U.S. carriers -- from the very same guy offering hacked carrier updates to free iPhones and iPads from this issue. Read on to find out more!
If you've been pulling your hair out trying to make purchases on iTunes 11.0.3 only to have the application keep asking for your password over and over again, you're not alone. Thankfully, Apple released iTunes 11.0.4 on Wednesday, which "addresses an issue that may require you to log into the iTunes Store repeatedly" as well as "fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit if you switch between wired and wireless syncing." Okay, not the sexiest of updates, but if either of those two issues have been driving you nuts, relief is just a download and install away...
MacRumors is reporting that iTweakiOS developer Joseph Brown has made some fairly bold accusations against Apple regarding iPhone and iPad data speeds on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. After releasing hacked carrier updates to boost speeds on these networks, Brown accuses Apple of intentionally throttling iOS downloads to help "even out" their respective networks -- an accusation that curiously does not apply to T-Mobile US. More curiously, Brown's original post has now been removed from his website without explanation, while the carrier hacks remain available for those who want to get the maximum possible speeds out of their devices.
Along with iTunes 11.0.4 on Wednesday, Apple also released Aperture 3.4.5 with the usual round of "stability improvements" as well as two fixes related to memory cards. The first specfically "addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when deleting items from a camera or memory card after import," while the second makes sure that "memory cards are now ejected correctly when using the Delete Items option after import" -- both issues we've seen for ourselves in recent weeks that we're happy to see stomped out. The update is now available from the Mac App Store.
Forbes reported Wednesday that upstart free data provider FreedomPop is about to take the leap into free voice service as well. Later this summer, the company will begin offering refurbished HTC EVO 4G Android smartphones priced between $99 and $199 with no contract, unlimited text, 500MB of 4G data and 200 anytime voice minutes each month. Calls to other FreedomPop phones will be absolutely free, and the company plans to offer unlimited calling for $10 per month as well as 2GB or more of data starting at $18 per month, with Samsung and LG handsets eventually added to the mix. Unfortunately, this "freemium" pricing may not be coming to the iPhone anytime soon, but those looking for another device can sign up on the company's website to be notified when the service actually launches.
Realmac Software announced Wednesday that Analog for Mac 1.3 has borrowed a nifty feature introduced with Analog Camera for iPhone. The Mac version now includes the eight fancy Analog Camera filters, bringing the Mac version's head count to 35 filters. Even better, Analog for Mac is only $4.99 through this weekend, so head over to the Mac App Store and get downloading while the price is right.
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