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Apple made the dreams of many iPhone users come true on Tuesday with the announcement of the iPhone 5 coming to T-Mobile USA on April 12, and the carrier is even making it cheaper to get one as part of its new "UNcarrier" initiative. But even if you could care less about T-Mobile's new iPhone, there was plenty of other stuff to talk about yesterday, and here's a quick recap to get you up to speed...
Now that T-Mobile USA is finally getting the iPhone 5 on April 12, will AT&T refugees be lining up to jump ship? Not so fast. According to Engadget, existing iPhone 5 handsets cannot be enabled to handle the carrier's AWS bands, which provides access to faster data speeds. The good news is, the tweaked A1428 model being sold by T-Mobile will be the standard model next month, and if you plan on picking one up from the magenta network, all the better, because it will be unlocked and function perfectly on both AT&T and T-Mobile's 4G LTE bands (not to mention a whole lot of them around the world as well). T-Mo will start selling the new models at its 24-hour retail stores at 12:01am on April 12 for only $99.99 down, or you can pay full price and own it straight away.
The Iconfactory released an update to Twitterrific 5 for iOS on Tuesday, bringing the popular third-party Twitter client to version 5.2 and adding one of the features most requested by users over the years: Push notifications. But there's a catch: The developer calls this a beta feature, and as such, is rolling push notifications out to groups of 1,000 users at a time over several weeks. If you're lucky, you might toggle the switch in Settings and it just works -- if not, you'll need to check back later and hope for the best. The update also now displays user banners on profile pages and enables sharing of discussions via email or Storify as well as a raft of improvements and bug fixes. The 5.1MB download is free for existing users or $2.99 for new buyers.
Remember last fall when Apple unveiled the iPhone 5? Among the features touted by the new model was something called "HD Voice," which promised clearer voice calls for supported networks. The problem is, none of the U.S. carriers opted to add support for the feature -- until now. As noted by AppleInsider, T-Mobile will become the first U.S. carrier to support the feature when its iPhone 5 rolls out on April 12, and the company is touting it as a "dramatic improvement" when both caller and receiver are using a 4G-enabled smartphone on the carrier's 3G, HSPA+ or 4G LTE network. T-Mo is also boasting that iPhone 5 users will have the luxury of 50 percent more available bandwidth on their network compared to AT&T -- a luxury the carrier may not be able to brag about for long if too many Ma Bell users jump ship in the coming months.
The Washington Post announced this week that its iPad app has now been expanded to include all Post content, including blogs and multimedia content as it's updated throughout the news day. The expanded app now replicates the experience of a print newspaper, but one capable of containing a 14-day archive as well as more than 40 comic strips, real-time social content and a whole lot more. News hounds will want to grab the free app before this summer, when it gets rolled into the publisher's existing digital subscription service -- an option available via in-app purchase for those seeking a paid option.
Fancy a Terminator 2-style look for your Final Cut Pro X titles or graphics? Tokyo Chrominator has exactly what you seek. The latest FxFactory plugin promises to "take any graphic shape and instantly give it a glossy 3D bevelled look," complete with the animated lighting necessary to give it a pro look. The $49 set of plugins feature a handful of different versions for almost any look, and they can be tweaked to your heart's desire for a custom look as well. If you'd prefer to try before you buy, a free trial version is available to give Tokyo Chrominator a test drive first.
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