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Apple will be closing up shop on iTunes Connect for the holidays beginning this Saturday, December 21, effectively freezing apps in time for nearly a week as the elves who work in the iOS and Mac App Stores enjoy time off with their families. Developers are racing to push out updates to their existing apps before the shutdown, including a few featured in today's recap...
Google Glass early adopters have been waiting impatiently for the promised companion app for iPhone, and the day appears to be coming soon. According to MacRumors, Google released the aptly named MyGlass app on Tuesday, which is used to configure and manage Glass settings from the handset. Unfortunately, MyGlass has mysteriously vanished from the App Store as quickly as it came, suggesting that Google released it prematurely. Here's hoping the free iOS app will return in time for the holiday break next week, when Apple effectively shuts down the store from pushing updates or new releases.
Mailbox announced Tuesday that the Dropbox-owned third-party email solution has now added support for iCloud and Yahoo accounts, including older me.com and mac.com addresses. Version 1.7.0 of the free app also supports background syncing and includes the option to disable the "help me get to zero" banner as well as the swipe to open drawer, as well as the requisite bug fixes and user interface improvements. Dropbox users can also link their account with Mailbox and receive 1GB of free cloud storage, so it's worth downloading and putting through its paces just for that alone.
Apple wants iOS 7 to be the de facto experience for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners -- so much so that developers will be required to optimize their code for it come February 1. According to a news post on the Apple Developer portal, "new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and must be optimized for iOS 7." Sadly, this move probably won't do much to encourage developers of orphaned apps to clean up their act, especially when Cupertino already requires app updates to be updated for the larger iPhone 5 display.
Part web browser, part Flipboard-style news reader, Opera Software announced Tuesday the release of Coast by Opera 2.0, a big update to the iPad-only app. In addition to the ability to easily customize wallpaper with a long press on the home screen, the update offers a lightning-fast way to return to the previous page. PDFs can now be opened in other apps, and tiles that offer music or video playback can now be controlled with ease from the iPad lock screen. The free Coast by Opera 2.0 is now available from the App Store.
Although Speaktoit Assistant has been floating around on the App Store for nearly a year, the app only this week celebrated a milestone with the release of version 1.0, delivering iOS 7 compatibility for the free Siri alternative which works on many older devices where Apple's virtual assistant does not. With more than nine million downloads on the Android platform, the universal Speaktoit now offers a lifetime Premium subscription upgrade which can now be had for $5.99 -- a whopping 70 percent discount, but only until this Friday, December 20, so act fast if you want a more personalized virtual assistant experience than Siri.
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(Image courtesy of MacRumors)