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Seriously, where has the month of June gone? It's already the middle of the month, WWDC 2013 is over and that Superman movie you've been waiting to see for more than a year is now in theaters, complete with a companion mobile game for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. But you won't need Kryptonite to get through our last overnight recap of the week, so up, up and away…!
Superman again swoops into movie theaters today, and to celebrate, Warner Bros. Entertainment released a companion mobile game on Thursday. The aptly named Man of Steel pits Superman against his Kryptonian nemesis General Zod with "beautifully detailed animations and cinematic sequences" and the ability to unlock up to six different suits to help "fight your way to victory and save the planet from certain destruction." Before that, however, you'll have to decide which device you want to combat evil on, because WB has released Man of Steel in separate $2.99 iPhone/iPod touch and $4.99 iPad editions -- just the kind of evil trick we'd expect from the folks who brought us Lex Luthor.
We actually had to do a double-take after reading this press release! Microsoft announced Thursday that more than 600 Best Buy locations will be launching dedicated Windows "stores-within-a-store," following a trend first introduced by Apple and more recently carrying over to rival Samsung. The North American push will give up between 1,500 and 2,200 square feet of brick-and-mortar space to a full line of Windows-based products, which begs the question: What is Best Buy removing to make space for them? The company has already pared back its DVD, Blu-ray and compact disc selection to near worthless levels, so it will be interesting to see what goes next.
The Neat Company sent an email to users this week with a sneak peek at the all-new Neat app for iOS and Android, which "packs more features and functionality into the Neat mobile experience than ever before." So what can we expect when the app hits the App Store and Google Play? According to the e-missive, editing on the go, expense reports, collaboration and improved performance -- all of which sound like mighty fine reasons to grab it as soon as it's available.
"When Apple goes to the extreme, we do too." So begins the iFixit teardown of Apple's latest AirPort Extreme, which went under the knife this week along with its storage-enabled companion, the AirPort Time Capsule. Curiously, the former actually includes a slot for a 3.5-inch hard drive, but unfortunately the unit lacks the proper connectors to actually make it work. That was not the case with the Time Capsule, which comes equipped with either a 2TB or 3TB hard drive… and basically nothing else different from the AirPort Extreme. Although there's not a whole lot to repair in either unit, they both nabbed an eight out 10 on iFixit's Repairability Score, which means they should be fairly easy to fix should the time come.
MacPhun has been documenting a pricing experiment for its FX Photo Studio app, which went free on the App Store on April 18. In the 45 days that followed, the title wound up being downloaded more than 10 million times, reaching the number six position here in the U.S. and number one in 36 countries abroad. Interestingly, 90 percent of those downloads come from only 10 countries, and five million photos have been posted from the app to Facebook and Twitter over the last month and a half. Be sure grab your copy before the experiment closes up shop and the app goes back to paid status.
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