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It's been quite the week for Apple rumors, and frankly we'd be happy to see even a portion of what's making the rounds actually come to pass later this year. Thankfully, there's plenty of new stuff that's actually been released this week, and we've managed to round up a handful of the most interesting for your consideration while we're all waiting...
Taptanium announced the release of Windy, a $2.99 universal app that taps into the parallax feature of iOS 7 to create 3D scenes that come to life with lush visuals and the stereoscopic sound of natural wind. Windy is a followup to the company's Thunderspace, which offered a wide variety of rain and thunderstorm effects, but adds a visual component to help bring the wind noises to life. The developer recommends using headphones for best results, and Windy helps users sleep, relax or meditate with vibrant artwork by environmental illustrator Marie Beschorner that practically jump off the screen. Windy is now available from the App Store as a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Aspyr Media announced Thursday that the grandaddy of city simulations games is now available exclusively on the Mac App Store with the release of SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition. The best-selling title makes a triumphant return to the Mac with full support for OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and higher, complete with breathtaking native resolution support. The Deluxe Edition includes both SimCity 4 as well as SimCity 4: Rush Hour Expansion Pack in one digital download, and will be available from Steam and other Mac digital outlets in the coming weeks.
Apple released iMovie for Mac 10.0.3 on Thursday, one of those updates that enhances the overall usefulness of the $14.99 application. The list of changes include a new option to sort events by date in the sidebar, the ability to change font, size and color for titles added in iMovie 10, adjusting transition duration by double-clicking and cropping or rotating clips in events. Like any good update, iMovie for Mac 10.0.3 also includes a gaggle of bug fixes and "general usability improvements," which include making sure the software no longer quits unexpectedly and resolving issues which caused sharing to fail. The update is now available from the Mac App Store.
Thursday marked day two of T-Mobile US offering three days of "rapid-fire initiatives," and this one was squarely aimed at new tablet buyers with the introduction of Operation Tablet Freedom. Beginning April 12, tablet customers will get an additional 1TB of data each month for the rest of 2014, in addition to the 200MB which the carrier already hands out free. To sweeten the pot, T-Mobile is selling cellular-equipped tablets for the same price as Wi-Fi only models, which means consumers can pick up a deal on the latest iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display. T-Mo should have another mini-initiative for us today as well.... Any guesses as to what it might be?
The DVD format really blossomed on the strength of special features such as deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and featurettes, which have become something of a lost art with the rise of video-on-demand. Not so with Walmart-owned VUDU, who introduced a new feature called Extras+ last year and this week has expanded the availability of such digital bonus features to a wider range of titles. In addition to extra content without paying a dime, Extras+ also offers enhanced search and the ability to clip a favorite scene and share it on Facebook or Twitter. For now, Extras+ is only available from the VUDU website, where the option shows up above the title of a movie, when available.
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