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Will your next iPhone cost you $100 more? As we reported Monday, at least one analyst seems to believe so, and like it or not, that could be the price of everyone clamoring for a bigger iPhone 6. Thankfully, other companies appear to be eyeing ways for their customers to actually save money, and we've got at least two such examples in today's news roundup...
Edovia announced the release of Screens 3 for Mac on Monday, a major update to the company's $34.99 VNC software. The developer is making it easy for current 2.0 owners to purchase Screens 3, because the update is free from the Mac App Store, assuming the Mac in question is running OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later. Edovia is also offering Screens 3 for Mac directly from their website for the first time ever, although that version lacks support for iCloud, which keeps remote computer settings synced between iOS and Mac.
The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday that The Social Network David Fincher appears to no longer be in the running to direct the official Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling book. A studio source claims Fincher asked for $10 million up front as well as control over how the finished film would be marketed, which studio Sony Pictures was apparently unwilling to accept. The project would have reunited the director with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and Fincher is said to have been pursuing none other than former Batman Christian Bale to portray the late Apple co-founder.
Microsoft unleashed its latest Windows Phone 8.1 upon developers Monday, and tucked away among a bevy of other goodies appears to be support for Apple's Passbook passes. "Windows Phone 8.1 supports Apple's Passbook natively. I've been using it for flights. Works perfectly," writes The Verge journalist Tom Warren via Twitter on Monday, complete with a screenshot as evidence. It's unclear if Microsoft has added support with Apple's blessing or simply reverse engineered Cupertino's work, much in the same way they attempted to sidestep Google with their own YouTube app.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is at it again, this time announcing Monday that the nation's fourth-placed carrier is planning to abolish domestic overage penalties — and is challenging rival carriers to do the same. "Today, we’re taking the change to a whole new level," Legere wrote in a blog post yesterday. "We’re capping off these past few days by ending overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans." The carrier will kick off the initiative next month for bills arriving in June, and Legere has set up a Change.org campaign to make the change stick across the wireless industry, which readers can sign by clicking this link.
Despite the negative press and the potential to be branded a "glasshole," there are plenty of folks clamoring to buy Google Glass — and if they act quickly, they might just get their chance. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Google has opened a "limited number of spots" in the company's Explorer Program, which will be available starting at 9AM EST today only, April 15. The only requirements are a U.S. mailing address and to be 18 years or older, but you'll also need $1500 plus tax just sitting around burning a hole in your pocket as well. Any takers?
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