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There's still no confirmation a deal between Apple and Beats Electronics is taking place, but that saga took another interesting turn late last week. According to The Wrap, the founder of the MOG online subscription-based music service that ultimately became Beats Music is suing co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, claiming he was fired before he could receive benefits from an incentive plan. Looking for a potential slice of Apple pie, maybe?
In case you didn't catch it, the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 update released last Thursday added support for 4K displays and Ultra HD televisions with late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display and Mac Pro models. Rather than leaving users to blindly figure out the best way to connect their Mac to a new high-def display, Apple posted a support document outlining some of the potential pitfalls, as well as detailing which DisplayPort-compatible 4K displays are compatible with the update. A handful of models from Sharp, ASUS, Dell, and Panasonic will only support single-stream transport (SST) at 30Hz, while four additional models can be set for 60Hz multi-stream transport (MST); the support document outlines how to get started with either type.
If you need to pull more detail out of your photos, there are few Mac applications that do it with as much style as Intensify or Intensify Pro, new members of the Macphun family launched late last year. On Monday, the company announced a free update that adds additional RAW file support for more cameras, OS X Mavericks enhancements including notifications, UI improvements, and SmugMug integration. Last but not least, the latest updates unveil Macphun Print Lab, allowing Intensify images to to be turned into real-life postcards, canvas prints, and much more, which can be gifted to family and friends via MILK Books. Intensify is available for $19.99 from the Mac App Store, while the Pro version priced at $59.99 adds plug-in support; both titles can also be purchased direct from Macphun, where the Pro version is available in Creative Kit bundles with other titles such as Snapheal Pro.
Who doesn't love faster? Verizon Wireless announced Monday the launch of XLTE, an upgrade to the carrier's existing 4G LTE network that will squeeze even faster peak speeds and double the bandwidth out of compatible devices. XLTE taps into nationwide markets where AWS spectrum has been activated, but requires devices capable of pulling in the extra bits, which includes the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, as well as Samsung's latest Android smartphones and Verizon's newest DROID line. Verizon has posted a list of XLTE markets (PDF link), which includes more than 200 cities from coast to coast, and more yet to come.
Touchbyte GmbH announced Monday the release of PhotoSync 2.2 for iOS, an update to the company's versatile image transfer app. The universal $2.99 app now supports Wake-on-LAN (WoL) for auto transfer and quick transfer to computers, allowing a supported Mac or PC to wake up from sleep when transfers are being made from an iOS device. The update also brings support for the Toshiba Canvio Wireless Adapter, a $79 device that allows shutterbugs to back up photos and videos to any USB hard drive or stick, and a new hierarchy view for SmugMug, as well as the usual bevy of bug fixes including stomping out crashes with SFTP servers, photos importing with the wrong orientation on iOS 7.1, and more.
Billboard is reporting that the most recent updates to music ID app Shazam for iOS and Android appear to have made a rather unpopular change. Spotify is no longer a "listen free" option in the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, or Brazil, with streaming music provider Deezer having slid right into its place. The change was first noted in the free version of Shazam, but has now infiltrated the paid Shazam Encore app as well. Shazam confirmed the change as part of a "new partnership" with Paris, France-based Deezer, which is currently offered in roughly 180 countries but has yet to penetrate the American market — something the company plans to do later this year. Presumably, Spotify is safe for now in the U.S., and Rdio continues to be the second free streaming option, in addition to the ability to purchase via iTunes.
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