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Happy Earth Day! Apple is celebrating this year's event by now accepting any of the company's older products for recycling at its retail stores, as well as attacking rivals like Samsung with green-focused advertising touting "There are some ideas we want every company to copy." The campaign also extends to Apple's website, which now features a home page squarely focused on the environment, complete with green leaf accents added to the online store.
In the market for a new case to protect your iPad? Logitech has you covered with three new solutions that look to be as functional as they are attractive. First up is the Logitech Hinge ($59.99 iPad Air, $49.99 iPad mini), a flexible grey case that features a unique smooth-gliding hinge which allows the iPad to be placed at a variety of "just right" angles and even rotated within a 50-degree angle. Speaking of which, the Logitech Turnaround (also $59.99 iPad Air, $49.99 iPad mini) is a black case offering both protection and the ability to rotate the iPad from portrait to landscape with a multi-angle stand offering four positions. Last but not least, Logitech Big Bang (shown above, $99.99 iPad Air, $79.99 iPad mini) is a thin, light case available in Super Fluo or Graphite colors made from shock-absorbent materials for maximum protection from drops or tumbles. All three cases are now available for preorder from the Logitech website and are expected to touch down in the U.S. next month.
As noted by 9to5Mac on Monday, a trio of basic cable channels have popped up on the Apple TV with the arrival of A&E, History, and Lifetime. That's pretty much the extent of the good news, because a cable subscription is required to unlock all of the available content from the channels, and at the moment those choices are limited to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum only. But there's hope for more choices yet to come, since the A&E-owned channels updated their iOS apps last week and included a much larger roster of providers.
Netflix announced quarterly results on Monday (PDF link), and tucked away inside good news like the addition of four million new members was the decidedly bummer news that the streaming giant will soon be raising prices. The service expects to introduce "a one or two dollar increase" later this quarter, but will limit it to new members for now. "Existing members would stay at current pricing (e.g. $7.99 in the U.S.) for a generous time period," the shareholder letter revealed, which the company claims "will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience." If you've been on the fence about subscribing, might want to sign up today, folks...
ZDNet reported Monday that it will soon be curtains for owners of older Macs who use an AIM account to log into iChat. According to an Apple support note, users of older Mac operating systems will need to upgrade to OS X Lion 10.7.2 or later before June 30, 2014 if they want to continue using AIM for logging into iChat. The change appears to have been made "to ensure a secure and reliable experience," but it's likely to create headaches for PowerPC-based Mac users stuck on OS X Leopard 10.5 who are otherwise unable to move to Lion — let alone Mountain Lion 10.8 or even Mavericks 10.9.
Edovia delivered Screens 3.3 for iOS on Monday, an update that's all about how the app interacts with hardware keyboards. "With version 3.3, you no longer need to tap on the Keyboard button to use your Bluetooth keyboard," the company explained in a blog post. "Just start typing and Screens will detect that you are using a physical keyboard!" The update also addresses a bug that could cause an external keyboard to be used in full-screen mode as well as "the usual stability improvements." Screens 3.3 for iOS is now available from the App Store as a free download for existing users.
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