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Will the swanky new Mac Pro make Apple's self-imposed December release date? With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, Cupertino is running out of time to make good on that promise, with the week of Dec. 16 looking the most likely. Not particularly good timing for power users spending their hard-earned cash on gifts for loved ones, but them's the breaks. Meanwhile, here's what you missed yesterday...
The kindly chaps at Plex released version 3.3 of their universal iOS app on Wednesday, featuring an all-new look for iOS 7 along with a brand-new video player and improved music player. Users who frequently copy and paste URLs into their queue will also appreciate the update's ability to automatically detect clipboard links, and the app has also received the usual scrubbing of bugs, including fixes for a UI hang while changing connectivity settings or canceling and backing out of a library as well as flinging certain types of content to iOS. Plex 3.3 for iOS is a free update for existing users, now available from the App Store.
It's been just over a year since embattled weekly magazine Newsweek announced plans to go all-digital, and already the publisher has done a flip-flop on that decision. According to The New York Times, the presses will roll again in January or February with a 64-page weekly edition, with a renewed focus on more expensive subscriptions, rather than the advertising that kept the publication running for decades. Editor in chief Jim Impoco calls the print reboot " a premium product, a boutique product" compared to the online-only edition, Newsweek Global.
The Official Gmail Blog announced Wednesday that Google Calendar is bringing some early Christmas cheer to its users with a trio of new features. First up is Google Maps autocomplete, which makes it easier than ever to begin typing an address into Calendar and have the service serve up suggestions, then add a map link to your invitations. In keeping with Google's core service, search results will now display more relevant events and contacts, and Google Group events will now update automatically as people join or leave them.
The Evernote Blog announced Wednesday the release of Skitch 3.0.5 for iOS, which now allows Evernote Premium subscribers to annotate PDF documents while on the go and share them with ease. All users will now be able to capture a website from the Skitch built-in browser, then use the app's annotation tools to mark up the page and share it with the world. The free update is now available from the App Store.
Have you signed up for your free Google Wallet card yet? iPhone users can now perform this task using version 2.0.12117 of the iPhone app, which also adds the ability to sign into Wallet using Google's single sign-on, which is now used on almost all of the company's iOS apps. The update also includes one decidedly futuristic new touch, which is the ability to add a new credit or debit card to your Wallet account just by taking a picture of it with the iPhone camera -- well, at least the card number and expiration date, anyway. The update is now available from the App Store.
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