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Doesn't it feel a little bit like the calm before the storm? We pretty much know that OS X Mountain Lion will be arriving on our favorite Mac computer next week unless Apple pulls a rabbit out of its hat later this week, and the tech world is enjoying a somewhat quiet lull otherwise. But that doesn't mean we can't scrounge up some worthy contenders for today's recap, so read on for everything happening this Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
We already know that iOS 6 will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, but Apple made it clear that certain features won't be invited to the party this fall -- among them are shared Photo Streams and Mail's VIP list as well as VIP and flagged mailboxes. Well, wouldn't you know it, Cupertino may be having a change of heart. MacRumors is reporting that iPhone 3GS users installing iOS 6 Beta 3 have discovered that these handy features do indeed work with the new developer-only update, and Apple has updated the iOS 6 preview page from their website to reflect the change. After the June 11 announcement, that page contained eight footnotes regarding the iPhone 3GS, which has now been reduced to only six. You know what? We're guessing iPhone 3GS users are not gonna complain about that.
Although Barnes & Noble offers very fine Nook apps for iOS and other platforms, that doesn't help should you want to take in a few quick pages on your desktop computer. That's why the company announced today the availability of Nook for Web, which gives readers instant access to the e-reader platform from any Mac or PC browser with no sign-in, download or additional hardware required. And hey, even if you prefer to use your iPad, iPhone or other device, Barnes & Noble is enticing you to try the web version by offering six bestsellers absolutely free until July 26. Titles include The Vow, Sex and the City and a junior novelization of Pixar's Brave, and the good news is that these free purchases get synced to your NOOK app or device as well. Nook for Web doesn't yet support Mobile Safari, but iPad support is listed as "coming soon."
If you've rocking one of those swanky MacBook Pro with Retina Display models, the folks at AgileBits have some great news for you today. 1Password for Mac version 3.9.6 just hit the Mac App Store and adds support for all those luscious extra pixels, while also adding support for the Chrome Web Store version of the 1Password extension. Not a huge update, but certainly a welcome one for Retina Display fans everywhere.
Fox Business is reporting that Apple has suffered another defeat in its efforts to get Motorola Mobility's Android-based products off the market. This time it's a ruling in Germany that claims the company's Xoom tablet doesn't infringe on three design patents related to the iPad, squashing any hope Cupertino might have had for getting the device banned throughout Europe. But it's not a total loss, since Motorola's claim against Apple has also been tossed, with the newly-owned Google manufacturer ordered to pay one-third of legal costs, while Apple must pick up the tab for the remaining two-thirds. But it's not over yet, since the German case was focused strictly on the actual hardware design -- Apple still has plenty of ammunition in its coffers where software is concerned that could drag this thing out for awhile.
Mozilla is back with another new build of its Firefox browser, and this time it's taking aim at security while beefing up tools for developers. According to The Mozilla Blog, Firefox 14 (actually 14.0.1) is now available for Mac, Windows and Linux, which adds support for HTTPS secure Google searches and a Pointer Lock API to allow web apps such as first-person games to better control the mouse. Last but not least, the Mac version finally plays nice with OS X Lion 10.7's full-screen mode, promising "a better experience with videos and web games like Mozilla's BrowserQuest." The latest version is now ready for download on the Mozilla website.
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