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Although Nokia has effectively washed its hands of Windows Phone by selling its devices and services division to Microsoft, there's nothing to stop the company from proceeding with handsets powered by another kind of software -- say, for example, Google's Android. That rumor may soon become reality, and we've got all the details in our Thursday recap...
Instapaper and Pocket keep fresh updates coming to their respective read later services, but the folks at Readability have been relatively quiet recently -- that is, until this week, when the company launched version 2.0 of their iOS app. Featuring an entirely new look and feel that takes full advantage of iOS 7, the app now support background sync and the current range of 64-bit devices, all while promising to be faster than ever before. Readability 2.0 is now available on the App Store and requires iOS 7 or later.
Back in October, T-Mobile US unveiled its Uncarrier 3.0 initiative, which should make international calls and text a whole lot less painful on the wallet. Rival Verizon Wireless finally launched a counteroffensive of its own this week with the introduction of World Messaging Unlimited, a limited-time promotion that allows customers to save on text messages sent to "most countries around the world" for only $5 per month. The add-on feature also allows discounted calls to North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, but Big Red will have to do a whole lot better than that if they want to keep global travelers hooked on their service.
The Verge reported Thursday that Nokia has booked a media event for Monday, Feb. 24, during the annual Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. As you may recall, Nokia's Windows Phone devices and services have been sold off to Microsoft, and the iconic Finnish brand isn't expected to appear on further handsets — making the invitation a bit of a head scratcher indeed. Leading speculation claims Nokia will jump into making its own Android-powered hardware, a persistent rumor that has popped up with increasing frequency over the last few weeks.
Adobe-owned Behance released a major update to its iOS app on Thursday, finally bringing the social network for creatives to the iPad with native universal support. Behance 3.0 also features a complete redesign for iOS 7 with simplified navigation, allowing users to create new projects right on their device and publish them without a trip to the website. But that's not all: The update also improves notifications and project view, adds the ability to follow collections and simplifies the entire publishing flow. The free update is now available on the App Store and requires iOS 7 or later.
If your next video production takes place during the winter, you might want to check out FxFactory's latest collection of effects for Final Cut Pro X. Created by SUGARfx, FrostyGlass includes a filter effect, theme and title generator in one $49 package, complete with eight unique and fully customizable ways for simulating glass distortion effects. The included theme can be used to create main titles, lower thirds, bumpers or identifiers, and multiple glass panels can be stacked to achieve different effects. As always, a free trial download is available directly from the FxFactory application for those who like to try before they buy.
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