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Whew! We made it through another April Fool's Day mostly unscathed. Anyone who was fooled by "news" that Apple was acquiring popular teardown service iFixit or other such silliness is probably relieved that the calendar has flipped to April 2, and with a new day comes another batch of news from the tech community. Read on to see what you might have missed yesterday!
Logitech announced a diminutive new addition to its wireless lineup on Tuesday with the introduction of the X100, a $49.99 Bluetooth-enabled mobile speaker available in one of five colors (green, grey, orange, red or yellow). Featuring five-hour battery life, the X100 is roughly the size of a donut (3.3 inches diameter) and can stream music or phone calls from up to 30 feet away from any compatible smartphone or tablet. Logitech even includes a built-in mic, making it perfect for on-the-go, hands-free calling. The X100 will begin shipping in early April, so head to the Logitech website and grab your place in line today.
As noted by MacRumors, Apple followed up its iWork updates on Tuesday with the release of Safari 7.0.3, the latest version of its web browser for OS X Mavericks. The update addresses an issue where Safari 7 would load a search query before the user pressed the return key, as well as bugs that caused push notifications from websites to stop working and the ability to toggle off notifications as needed. Last but not least, the update improves credit card autofill and plugs a few security holes recently discovered. Apple has also released Safari 6.1.3, which brings many of the same updates to OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Lion users as well.
The makers of the Pebble smartwatch announced Monday that customers should avoid its latest version 2.1 update for iOS due to a "critical issue" that could affect "connecting, loading, and managing your Pebble from the application." As a result, the app update was pulled from the App Store, but a new version 2.1.1 is under expedited review with Apple and should be winging its way to Pebble owners soon. In the meantime, the blog post details a user-suggested workaround for those who have already downloaded and installed the rogue update.
Adobe announced Tuesday that the company is planning to unveil some major updates to its pro video software during next week's NAB 2014 trade show in Las Vegas. The centerpiece of these changes is an update to Premiere Pro CC which delivers Live Text templates and powerful new Masking and Tracking tools. After Effects CC also gains new keying effects and now connects with Adobe Kuler, while SpeedGrade CC is now more streamlined with Premiere Pro and Audition CC introduces support for Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. Adobe will be demonstrating all of the new Creative Cloud pro video enhancements during an online webinar next Thursday, April 10 at 10AM PST. Be sure to register now to save your virtual seat!
Former smartphone giant BlackBerry was none too impressed when T-Mobile US recently tried to woo its remaining loyal handset owners into a shiny new iPhone, and now the company is taking its ball and going home. BlackBerry announced Tuesday that the company will not renew its U.S. licensing agreement with T-Mo, claiming "our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers." The hammer will fall on April 25, but BlackBerry claims the company "will do everything in our power to provide continued support with your existing carrier or ensure a smooth transition to our other carrier partners." BlackBerry CEO John Chen also left the door open just a peek, stating the manufacturer hopes to "work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned." Zing!
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