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The dog days of summer appear to have arrived early across much of the United States, with a heat wave making it pretty unpleasant to step out of the house for more than a few minutes. Thankfully, we've been locked away in the air conditioning, toiling to dig up the latest and greatest news for today's recap, so beat the heat by indulging us for a few minutes, won't you?
No one knows for sure when Apple will release its new Mac Pro, but the folks at FastMac are placing bets that it will be sometime around September 28th, which is when preorders of its slot-loading Blu-ray disc burner will start arriving at the doorsteps of customers. Completely powered by USB, the FastMac BDR6x is designed to sit underneath the new Mac Pro with an all-black aluminum enclosure that matches the style of Apple's upcoming high-powered system. Priced at $179 retail, the BDR6x can be yours for 20 bucks less by preordering online before September 1st, and the disc burner is compatible with all Macs running OS X 10.6 or later.
Although Chrome for iOS is never likely to benefit from Google's new forked version of WebKit, the search giant continues to refine its capabilities just the same. Version 28.0.1500.12 hit the App Store on Wednesday, adding interoperability with other Google apps, enhancements to voice search, new text-to-speech options, fullscreen mode on iPad and new Bandwidth Management settings, which claim to "reduce data usage and speed up page load times." That last feature is being rolled out gradually to users, so if you don't see it just yet, check back later.
After releasing a public alpha back in April, BitTorrent has now unleashed a proper beta for BitTorrent Sync, the company's new free, unlimited and secure file syncing solution for Mac and Windows. Along with the beta release, an Android app is now available for syncing work folders, backing up mobile photos and more, as well as several variations of Linux, including NAS devices. But don't worry, because an iOS app is also in the works for the near future -- in the meantime, head to the BitTorrent website and download the beta today.
Engadget reported Wednesday that Google appears to have a new edition of its Android-based Nexus 7 tablet on the way next week, quite possibly timed to hit stores on the same day as the company's July 24th media event. According to spy shots from OfficeMax, the refresh will be priced at $269.99 for 32GB, while last year's model will continue to be sold alongside it, presumably until stock is depleted, at which time the newer model will reign supreme.
Sure, it's not quite as sexy as a new build of OS X Mavericks, but MacRumors is reporting that Apple continues to hone and refine the current OS X Mountain Lion with the latest beta of 10.8.5. The fifth such beta is better known as Build 12F23 and arrives with no known issues, suggesting that we may see a release in the near future as Apple prepares for the launch of OS X Mavericks this fall, alongside iOS 7.
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