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When is free not exactly “free”? Apparently, Apple’s iWork and iLife apps fall into this category, given that they come with one big “gotcha”: You’ll need to purchase a new Mac or iOS device to get them free, and you'll only receive the apps for that given platform. But it seems Cupertino may have left a loophole for at least three of those apps on the Mac, and our Wednesday recap explains how it works.
The VUDU Blog announced Wednesday that the Walmart-owned streaming video service has partnered with Sony for a new offering that brings Blu-ray style extras and special features to digital downloads. VUDU Extras+ goes a step beyond optical discs by allowing movie fans to select clips from their favorite films, edit them and share with friends via social networks, seek out specific content and jump instantly to favorite scenes. More traditional content such as deleted scenes, featurettes and trivia are also included. The service is launching with the sci-fi thriller District 9, but there’s no word on when other films will receive the same treatment.
Business-minded social network LinkedIn introduced a new service called LinkedIn Intro, which allows iPhone users to see more information on the people contacting them, right from the built-in Mail app. The service works with key email services including iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo! and Aol, providing insight on new business connections to help LinkedIn members write more effective emails. To get started, hit the link and enter your phone number; a short setup later and you’ll be ready to go!
Logic Pro X is one of the few Apple applications that didn’t get any update love during Tuesday’s “appmageddon,” but those hoping to create a new ditty using GarageBand 10 and then port it into the pro audio app can rest easy. Apple pushed out Logic Pro X 10.0.4 on Wednesday, whose sole function is providing compatibility with GarageBand 10 project files — particularly important, now that said software is free to all users. So what are you waiting for? Download and rock on.
While we certainly don’t condone stealing software, it seems that Apple’s engineers have left a loophole open in the Mac App Store which allows anyone to download the trial version of iWork ’09 and then become immediately eligible for the latest and greatest versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynotes — all for free. The procedure is documented on GottaBeMobile’s website and works even on older Macs, although it does require OS X Mavericks to be installed first. There’s no telling when Apple may realize its error, however, so don’t come crying to us when this trick doesn’t work anymore.
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