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Tired of being left out of those exclusive clubs that all the cool kids get into? If you happen to live in the United States and have $1500 burning a hole in your pocket, that cash will now buy you a ticket to the Google Glass club, now that Mountain View has swung open its doors to any and all takers. Just keep in mind the product is still very much in beta, and could potentially cause way more trouble than it's worth when it comes to the privacy of those around you...
The folks at TechSmith debuted an all-new Snagit 3 for Mac yesterday, along with Snagit 12 for Windows. The latest version of the Swiss Army knife of screen capture and annotation now includes the ability to trim captured videos and even cut out unwanted sections, along with a more enhanced experience that allows users to capture first and decide whether you want an image or video later. Last but not least, Snagit gains a redesigned editor interface that helps keep the focus on your content. Upgrading from a previous version is only $24.95, and TechSmith offers a free 15-day trial download from their website.
MacLife.com reader Brandon Walker sent us a Tuesday tip with a heads-up that the iOS Game Boy emulator GBA4iOS has been removed from GitHub after Nintendo's U.S. division sent developer Riley Testut a DMCA takedown notice. The emulator was unique in that it did not require a jailbreak to install on iOS devices, and even included the ability to sync ROMs via Dropbox. According to TorrentFreak, GBA4iOS will continue to work, although without the ability to download any new ROM files. Walker hopes to get Nintendo's attention with the grassroots Twitter hashtag campaign #boycottNintendo even as Testut has a new version with multiplayer support ready to go.
Once upon a time, the lack of Adobe Flash Player support on iOS devices was A Really Big Deal, and an entire cottage industry of apps were launched to address that very problem. One of the most popular was Skyfire Web Browser, but sadly all good things must come to an end as the company announced Tuesday it has pulled the iPhone and iPad apps from the App Store to focus on less consumer-centric markets. The Skyfire apps will continue to work as they always have through the remainder of 2014, after which time the Flash video playback option will be turned off; however, other features will continue to work for the foreseeable future.
LG Electronics announced Tuesday the U.S. launch of the Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones, which will be available exclusively in select Best Buy stores beginning this Sunday, May 18. Priced at $149.99, Lifeband Touch works in conjunction with a free LG Fitness app for iPhone/iPod touch or Android to track workouts and personal goals, while the $179.99 Heart Rate Earphones act as a heart rate monitor with a strap-free headset. Both products are available for preorder from BestBuy.com, and will be launched at other retailers including Fry's, HHGregg, and Newegg in mid-June.
Google released version 4.0 of its free Google Search app for iOS on Tuesday, and this one is all about casual conversation. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can now ask Google questions like "What's the weather like?" and then follow up with "How about this weekend?" and the app will know exactly how to respond. Google Search has also added favorite topics, upcoming trips, and favorite authors or blogs to Google Now, and the search giant promises the whole app now loads faster and runs more fluid than ever before. Google Search 4.0 is now available from the App Store.
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