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Although the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up in Las Vegas a week ago, the event left a busy five business days in its wake this week with new products, updates and lots of stuff for us to recap. And hey, the month of January is already half over now, which means there's even more cool stuff on the way... so without further ado, let's dive in so we can get on to the weekend festivities!
Mindsense made a splash nearly a year ago with Mail Pilot, a third-party email client for iOS that we had decidedly mixed feelings about at the time. On Thursday, the developer spread its wings and flew into the Mac App Store with a desktop version of the software that offers a new safe haven for those averse to Apple's own built-in Mail.app. Mail Pilot for Mac adds a task-based workflow to standard IMAP email accounts, bundling a reminder feature to keep users as close to inbox zero as humanly possible. Best of all, the Mac version is priced to move at the limited-time launch price of only $9.99, a 50 percent discount off the normal $19.99 price.
Following the rollout of HD video calls to Skype's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms earlier this month, the Microsoft-owned company has moved on to the iOS platform, with similar updates to the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad apps. Two-way HD video calls are now supported on the iPhone 5s, and the update also refines how the apps receive chat messages while Skype is closed, also syncing much faster across all devices. As always, the updates are free and now available from the App Store.
Although Spotify was generous enough to allow smartphone and tablet listeners to play unlimited streaming music on their devices as of last month, many desktop users were left scratching their heads wondering why they were still limited by the amount of time they can listen while at the computer. That restriction ended on Wednesday with the announcement that the company is lifting its previous time limits across all platforms — no more listening for only a few hours per month or worrying about when your six-month unlimited grace period is up. The timing of the announcement is a little suspect, however, now that Beats Music has confirmed its launch next Tuesday — but hey, the more, the merrier, we say.
Outspoken T-Mobile US CEO John Legere made headlines at CES 2014 last week for getting kicked out of a Macklemore concert sponsored by rival AT&T, but the executive appears to be getting his revenge. The carrier announced Thursday that T-Mobile will be presenting an "intimate" concert with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in Los Angeles on January 23 at the 1,400 seat Belasco Theatre ahead of their Grammy performance three days later. "Their ability to shake things up and keep it real for their fans is a lot like the Un-carrier moves we've been making in the wireless world, so I'm really excited to team up and present this special performance for all of their fans," Legere remarked in a press release. Take that, AT&T!
There are plenty of great plugins to make Final Cut Pro X projects look and sound great, but the options are fewer for creating slick-looking titles in no time flat. But that's about to change now that FxFactory (formerly Noise Industries) has released CineText, a set of 20 custom-made title effects for Apple's pro video software. CineText titles can be customized or stacked using multiple generators for most any kind of effect, and as usual the $49 plugins are available as a free trial download for editors who want to put them through their paces prior to buying.
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