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So there's a rumor making the rounds that Apple might actually release iOS 7 (and maybe even the new iPhone) on September 10, the date when many expect Cupertino to hold its next media event. As much as we'd love for that to be true, we're just skeptical enough to want to ignore such chatter as the mad ramblings of Apple fanboys -- but it would be an interesting surprise from a company who has been a little light on rabbits in its hat these days. While you ponder that, let's get to the recap!
As first noted by 9to5Mac on Monday, it appears Apple may have moved too quickly in quietly opening the iWork for iCloud beta to everyone with an Apple ID. The web-based Pages, Numbers and Keynote still appear for iCloud users, but in a cruel twist of fate, clicking on them throws up an error: "Sorry… We've had an overwhelming response to [App Name] for iCloud beta. Please check back soon." While users won't be able to actually use the web apps, they can continue storing files in iCloud just fine, so it's not entirely bad news.
If you're among those counting on Feedly to become the de facto Google Reader replacement, you might have been bummed out earlier this month when the company started offering Pro accounts, only to yank them away later the same day. Wipe those tears away, my friend, because Feedly Pro is now available to anyone willing to shell out $5 per month or $45 per year. So what does that hard-earned cash get you? In addition to premium "front of the line" support, Pro users will also be able to save to Evernote or Pocket with a single click, as well as search Feedly feeds with ease. There's plenty more on the radar, and Feedly promises not to abandon the free version most of us are currently using.
The Verge is reporting that Google may already be clamping down on what folks can do with its $35 Chromecast dongle after kneecapping an Android app called AllCast, which managed to reverse engineer its way into being able to directly stream content from a smartphone or tablet. That's all changed with a recent update to the hardware, but Google says a formal SDK is on the way: "We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available."
Marvel Entertainment released an update to its free Marvel Unlimited app for iOS on Monday, finally doubling the number of comic book issues than can be saved offline to 12. Sure, we're still hoping for more one day, but that's a pretty good step forward for now. Version 1.2 also allows browsing comics by publication date, perfect for those times when you know exactly when an issue was published but can't remember the exact name. Of course, as usual you'll need a Marvel Unlimited subscription to get any use out of the app, which is now ready and waiting in the App Store.
If you have a whole bunch of videos, music or photos and aren't currently streaming them to your iOS device via Plex… why not? There's no better time than the present, since the universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is on sale for a mere $1.99 through the rest of Tuesday, August 27 as part of a rare, two-day back to school sale to help students ease the suffering of heading back to their formal education. Of course, that means the rest of us can also enjoy the savings on this normally $4.99 app -- so grab it while it's hot!
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