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Sort of ironic that one of yesterday's big stories was how the late Steve Jobs apparently tried to get Mac OS X running on Sony's VAIO computers, and now comes word that the Japanese consumer electronics giant is planning to sell that division lock, stock and barrel. But there were plenty of other stories on deck Wednesday, and here's a look at just a few of them...
Amazon may be under fire for planning to increase how much it charges for its Prime shipping service, but that hasn't deterred rivals from attempting their own variation. The latest is electronics e-tailer Newegg, who launched a beta of their new Premier membership this week. Priced at $49.99 per year, the service allows frequent customers to receive expedited shipments in three days or less plus discounts on two-day and overnight shipping, early bird notifications for upcoming sales, free returns with no restocking fees and private customer service. For a limited time, Newegg is offering Premier with a free 30-day trial as well as 100 Eggpoints good toward a future purchase. Will such an offering make you shop at Newegg more?
Apple subsidiary FileMaker announced Wednesday that the company's newly universal iPad and iPhone mobile app has now been downloaded more than a million times from the App Store. FileMaker Go 13 allows users of the desktop database software to remotely access files while on the go, introducing a barcode scanner, popovers and new iOS keyboards in the latest version. Best of all, FileMaker Go 13 is a free download, although you'll need database files from the desktop version to really get use out of it.
TouchArcade reported Wednesday that Cinemaware will roll out yet another Amiga classic this month for iOS and Android with the arrival of The King of Chicago, an old-time gangster epic set in the 1930s. First announced back in the summer of 2012, Cinemaware is playing coy about the exact release date, but promises the title will hit the App Store and Google Play sometime "within February" -- and hey, the month is nearly one quarter over, so we imagine the wait won't be all that long, folks.
Good, full-featured Mac accounting software is hard to come by these days, especially one that offers cloud integration and mobile access. Acclivity thinks they might have cracked this nut with their latest AccountEdge 2014 software released late last year, and is now rolling out the companion AccountEdge Cloud that ties it all together. Starting at $10 per month for a single user with plans going up to $100 per month for 50 users, the service allows web-based data entry from any computer or mobile device, even without the AccountEdge desktop application installed. Employees can enter invoices, orders and quotes from the road and even track time using nothing but a web browser. The subscription-based service is considered an add-on for the company's existing AccountEdge 2014 for Mac or Windows, so it's entirely optional for those buying the desktop version.
Yes, it's that time again: Mozilla released Firefox 27 for Mac, Windows and Linux this week as the version number clicks upward right on schedule, every six weeks or so. The latest release is aimed at expanding upon the social integration launched last year with Facebook, Cliqz and Mixi, which now includes Delicious as well as Saavn, a popular music player in India. The update allows more than one such Social API service to run at once while adding the requisite developer enhancements, bug fixes and HTML5 enhancements.
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