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If a new report out of China is to be believed, Apple's mythical "iWatch" has actually entered limited production this month ahead of a launch during the second half of this year. That lines up nicely to analyst expectations of a potential September announcement and the likely arrival of iOS 8, although exactly what the wearable device will do remains open to speculation — but you won't have to ruminate much with today's news recap, which is all about what's here and now...
Traveling outside of the United States but want to keep enjoying content such as Hulu, Pandora, and Spotify which is locked down when accessed from overseas IP addresses? The folks at Wajam have just released a universal VPN mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that promises "free, secure, and anonymous" browsing of U.S.-based content by supplying an IP address based here while traveling abroad. Once set up, the app offers a simple, one-click connection to otherwise unavailable content, all while keeping data secure, even while using a public Wi-Fi address. About the only catch is that Wajam will serve up "non-obstructive search ads" from time to time, and only residents of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and EU regions can currently use the app.
CNBC announced Tuesday a list of 25 men and women who have established themselves as "rebels, icons, and leaders" over the last 25 years since the news network went live in 1989. Topping the list of folks who have "had the most profound impact on business and finance" over the last two and a half decades is none other than late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who CNBC refers to as an "iVisionary." Although the list includes people "from different parts of the world and across different industries," other tech icons include Microsoft founder Bill Gates in second place, Google "media disruptors" Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt sharing fourth place, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in fifth place, and Oracle co-founder (and longtime Jobs pal) Larry Ellison at number 10.
Once again, the rumors were true: Spotify announced Tuesday a new partnership with third-placed U.S. carrier Sprint, which offers up to a six-month Premium trial for wireless customers. Starting May 2 online and May 9 in stores, existing and new postpaid Sprint customers on Framily plans with up to five people can nab Spotify Premium for only $7.99 per month or a mere $4.99 per month for between six and 10 people, with the first six months absolutely free. All other Sprint customers will receive three months free, but no discount on the Premium subscription, which is priced at $9.99 per month. Price-wise, that's a sweeter deal than the recent AT&T mashup with Beats Music — but you'll have to contend with Sprint service to take advantage of it.
Another six weeks, another Firefox: Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 29 on Tuesday, and this one is for users who might feel shorted by the rapid release schedule and lack of truly noteworthy new features. Firefox 29 for Mac, PC, and Linux arrives with a sleek new coat of paint, along with a new customization mode that helps make the web browser truly your own with an easy-to-access menu in the upper right-hand corner of the application. Firefox tabs have also slimmed down into more of a Chrome style, and an interactive first launch tour takes users through all the new stuff, including a much easier setup for Firefox Sync. You know you want it, so click on over to the Mozilla website and get downloading.
Feedly announced Tuesday that its mobile apps for iOS and Android now include full Evernote integration, allowing RSS feed readers to save articles directly to a connected notebook for later access. The same feature allows full article content to be automatically clipped whenever possible, or individual images, passages or quotes. Last but not least, Feedly supports Evernote Business notebooks for sharing and collaborating on saved content. There's just one catch: You'll need to be a paid Feedly Pro subscriber in order to use this Evernote connectivity.
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