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Happy iPad Air Day! The first day of November has arrived, and with it comes Apple's latest and greatest full-sized tablet, which is now available for sale in the U.S. and a wide range of other countries. The device has already caused online sellouts in Hong Kong and New Zealand, so there's no telling what kind of insanity would-be buyers will face when they head to their favorite retail store today. Be careful out there!
One disadvantage of major iOS updates is that some of our favorite apps get left behind. One such app is Trip Cubby, a mileage log solution that was never even updated to support the iPhone 5's larger display, despite continuing to mostly work just fine. On Thursday, developer Contrast unleashed its successor, a new iOS 7-ready app known as Mileage Log+. While users will have to pay $9.99 all over again to buy it, Trip Cubby users will be able to easily export their existing data via email and pick right back up again in Mileage Log+, which nows uses Dropbox for sync between devices. Although its core functionality is largely the same, Mileage Log+ puts a new spin on the venerable mileage log app, and looks to be well worth the price of admission.
MacRumors reported Thursday that Apple's free, universal Remote app appears to be next in line to receive an iOS 7 makeover. Apparently, an updated app icon for the title has already popped up on the Colombian App Store as well as in the most recent version of iTunes which Apple released last week along with a plethora of other updates. Once Remote is updated, that would leave only Find My Friends, iBooks and iTunes U as the sole members of Apple's skeuomorphic app club.
The Google Official Blog announced Thursday the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, and along with it a new flagship handset manufactured by LG, the frequently leaked Nexus 5. Google claims KitKat was built with "the next one billion users" in mind, and will especially benefit new low-cost Android devices coming down the pike, presumably intended to savage the iPhone's remaining market share. While the Nexus 5 is now on sale for $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB) in either black or white, it seems the handset has already sold out on Google Play. Meanwhile, owners of the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition can expect an update to KitKat to hit their devices "in the coming weeks."
MacRumors reported Thursday that Apple is now restricting app developers from using the gold iPhone 5s for promotional purposes. According to Apple's App Store Marketing Guidelines webpage, pretty much every color configuration is available for all iOS devices with the exception of the gold iPhone 5s model. Earlier this month, Apple removed a similar restriction devices offered in colors other than black, so it's possible developers may one day be able to show off their own apps on a faux gold iPhone screen again.
Accessory maker Moshi announced a new partnership this week with used electronics marketplace Glyde called REfresh. The program, which begins Tuesday, Nov. 5, and runs through Dec. 5, will enable Glyde sellers to sell their iPad 2, third or fourth-gen iPads and have a chance to receive a $50 credit for the Moshi online store. Moshi will select 30 such used iPads from Glyde and purchase them for donation to the Hillcrest Elementary in San Francisco, complete with a selection of Moshi accessories, screen protectors and charging cables. Hey, you're gonna get rid of that old iPad anyway... why not have a chance to win free store credit in the process?
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