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Apple appears to be making big progress with the latest update to OS X Mavericks, with 9to5Mac reporting that a new build of 10.9.3 released to AppleCare employees on Wednesday — a build that appears to be even newer than what developers and AppleSeed users are working with. The build suggests Apple might release the update to the public this week, so there's something else to look forward to ahead of the weekend...
Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11, and the fine folks at MacPhun are celebrating with big discounts on their award-winning photo editing applications for Mac. The deals kick off with image enhancement software Intensify at $17.99 (normally $24.99), while Snapheal and FX Photo Studio Pro are $14.99 each (normally $19.99 ea.). Also on sale this weekend is Focus 2 and FX Photo Studio priced at $6.99 each (normally $9.99 ea.), and, last but not least, ColorStrokes is a mere 99 cents (normally $2.99). The deals are available from the Mac App Store and run until Monday, May 12.
According to a post on the Quicken Community Home Page, Intuit is hard at work on Quicken Mac 2015, which appears to be a complete rewrite of the venerable accounting software. The update will feature an "improved user experience, deeper investment capabilities with transactions and holding lots, and support for Quicken mobile and receipt capture" as well as the ability to sync data with a mobile device via Quicken Cloud, which should help bring the application into the modern era quite nicely. If you simply can't wait to get your hands on it, Intuit has started a Mac beta testers program for Quicken Mac 2015, which readers can join by clicking this link.
Despite the wide range of digital options available, those tiny wedges of card stock known as business cards just refuse to die. Evernote announced Wednesday that it's ramping up the service's ability to easily capture real-world business cards in a new partnership with LinkedIn. The Evernote app can now be used to snap an image of a business card, automatically finding the edges of the card with no tap required, then create a searchable note that ties the contact directly into your LinkedIn account. The new feature is available now for iOS as well as Mac and Windows when used with the ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner, and will be coming soon to Android.
Have an old camera-equipped iOS device (or two) gathering dust around the house? With the free Surveillance Camera for Mobiscope app released this week, that old smartphone or tablet can be repurposed into a mobile surveillance camera in three easy steps. The app works in conjunction with Mobiscope Cloud, a paid service starting at $9.99 per month for one camera, with annual billing offered at a 15 percent discount. Users can try out the service before they subscribe with a free seven-day trial.
Re/code reported Wednesday that a staple of Apple's public relations team has announced plans to retire from Cupertino. Vice-president of worldwide corporate communications Katie Cotton has been a fixture at the company for nearly two decades, and could frequently be seen at the side of both former CEO Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook during the company's media events. “Katie has given her all to this company for over 18 years,” said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling in a statement. “She has wanted to spend time with her children for some time now. We are really going to miss her.”
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