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The controversy over Apple's new iOS 6 Maps app rages on, with new reports coming out of Google daily now to add to the soap opera. We may never know the real story about what went on behind closed doors, but in the meantime it's sure keeping the tech media busy reporting about it! Ready for this and much more? Then read on...
It's always a celebration when any developer hits the 10 year mark, and that's exactly what Rogue Amoeba is celebrating on September 30, 2012. Rather than have all of the fun themselves, the company has announced big savings for their customers, with $10 off any products purchased from their online store. That includes Audio Hijack Pro as well as the recently-released Fission 2 MP3 editor. Simply head to the Tenth Anniversary page on their website and cash in -- but do it fast, because the deals are only good through the end of September.
AllThingsD is reporting that negotiations between Apple and Google over the iOS Maps app apparently soured due to Mountain View's reluctance to include voice-guided turn-by-turn directions -- a key new feature introduced with iOS 6. Available as a free service on Android for quite some time, Google was apparently holding the feature back as leverage in an effort to get more of their own branding (and ultimately, ad revenue) out of the iOS version of Maps, which sources claim was the reason Apple put its own built-in Maps app on the front burner with the latest version.
The Dropbox Blog announced on Wednesday that Facebook Groups can now share files right from within their social network, all powered by the cloud storage service. "Once you choose to link Facebook to your Dropbox account, you’ll be able to search through your Dropbox and select what you’d like to share," the blog explains. "Docs, photos, and videos shared from Dropbox will show up on the group’s wall and can also be viewed on a smartphone or tablet." The feature starts rolling out this week, so if you don't see it quite yet, be patient -- it's coming.
Cnet is reporting that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was talking trash about rival Amazon Prime Instant Video this week. Calling Amazon's offering "kind of a confusing mess," Hastings lashed out at the e-tailer, claiming Netflix has a content budget three times that of its rival, "and we've got about three times more content." Of course, Hastings is no stranger to confusing messes after a series of missteps last year which saw customers retreat over pricing changes and a brief flirtation with splitting off the DVD business as a separate entity called Quickster. Yeah, those were good times...
There are plenty of apps being updated for the iPhone 5's four-inch display, but one of the ones we count on here at MacLife.com is Screens for using our other Macs remotely. Developer Edovia has announced that Screens 2.2 is now available, adding support for iOS 6 and more importantly, the iPhone 5. And that's not all: The company is hard at work on Screens 3, promising that version 2.2 is simply "an in-between version" with the next major version taking full advantage of the iPhone 5's bigger display. We can't wait!
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