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Our Monday recap has at least a few good reasons to celebrate as Apple begins rolling out iTunes Radio abroad, Flickr bakes a cake for its 10th birthday and CBS warms up to Hulu Plus with a gaggle of classic television viewers are sure to love. But wait, there's more -- and you won't even have to order now to get these fine bonuses, folks...
iTunes Radio has sprouted wings and flown away from the United States, with Apple announcing Tuesday that the free, ad-supported music service is now available to Mac, Windows, Apple TV and iOS customers in Australia. The land down under is the first such international destination to be blessed by Apple's latest cash cow, which operates exactly the same way it does here in the USA -- right down to an ad-free experience for iTunes Match subscribers, which costs AU$34.99 per year for Aussies. G'day, mate!
The Flickr Blog announced Monday that the photo-centric cloud storage service is now 10 years old after being launched at the O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference way back on February 10, 2004. During that time, Flickr has had its share of ups and downs, but has been on a resurgence in recent months thanks to updated web and mobile apps, plus a whopping 1TB of free storage to cap it off. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield remarked, "When we dreamed this photo site 10 years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have on digital photo sharing and the way it would connect people worldwide. I am proud of Flickr and excited for what’s ahead." Yeah, yeah, yeah, now where's that iPad app that's still MIA after all this time...?
Hulu Plus subscribers who also happen to love classic television received a bit of good news on Monday with the announcement of more CBS content heading their way -- including more than 5,300 episodes of beloved favorites like Happy Days, Cheers, Taxi, Laverne and Shirley and The Odd Couple for starters. Fans of '90s television will also have something worth cheering about as Everybody Loves Raymond, Wings, Melrose Place and 7th Heaven wing their way into the Hulu Plus fold, right alongside award-winning series from the last decade. CBS has notoriously been a Hulu holdout, but it seems their hardened stance is finally softening over time.
Hey, you! That's right, you -- the few, the proud who are still using micro-social network Path on a daily basis! You might want to open the App Store and check for updates right now, because your favorite app has finally been updated to fit in with the rest of iOS 7, thanks to the release of Path 3.4. Of course, everything you already love about Path remains the same, but users will find simplified Settings, better notification management and an overall slicker design for The Shop, which continues to serve up new stickers and premium filters to the faithful. Now if only we could find anyone else actually using the app these days... it's kind of a ghost town!
Photo software publishers MacPhun have launched a Valentine's Day contest to find the best amusing picture of couples. Phunny You dares lovers to set that image as their Mac desktop background and make a screenshot, with the best image receiving a $500 gift card -- and every submission gets a free copy of the company's FX Photo Studio Pro. "Show us a picture of the two of you, but the 'lighter side,'" the website dares. "Share some fun times, smiles, emotions and maybe a touch of craziness." The contest runs until 12 AM PST on February 24, so get cracking on those "phunny" photos!
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