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It's beginning to look a lot like the week before Christmas, which means most of us are in a mad dash to scratch off all of the names on our gift lists before the fat man comes sliding down the chimney next Tuesday. If you're ready to take a little break and gift something for yourself, you might want to hit the App Store in search of some freebies to kick back and relax with, or get your first official peek at what RIM has in store for us with BlackBerry 10 next year.
Basic cable television lovers, get thee to your iPads! A&E Television Networks have just served up three iPad-only apps for the same number of its cable channels, complete with full episodes and clips for viewing on the go and the ability to create a customized Watchlist of your favorite shows. The apps are free, but Comcast subscribers can log in and gain access to even more content. Additional cable providers are promised soon, along with AirPlay support for beaming it all back to your Apple TV. The channels represented are A&E (naturally), The History Channel and for the ladies, Lifetime; download them today from the App Store!
Boinx Software announced the availability of FotoMagico 4.1, an update to its $99.99 slideshow creation software for Mac. The update brings some welcome new features to FotoMagico, including media markers to manage slideshow content and display a small green badge when duplicate media is inserted into a document. The app now allows direct sharing to Vimeo and finally supports the Apple ProRes video codec (when installed) for easy integration with editing software such as Final Cut Pro X. FotoMagico 4.1 is a free update for existing users, available via the Mac App Store or the Boinx website.
Google and Dropbox pushed out updates to their respective iOS apps late last week. First up is Google+ 4.0, which adds Google+ Communities, the ability to subscribe to any circle for notifications, support for time zones in Events and basic profile editing. Meanwhile, Dropbox 2.0 gets a mere two new features for such a big jump in version number, with a "shiny new design" and a new Photos tab for seeing a timeline view of the photos and videos you've automatically added to the cloud service. We're not sure that either update warrants the full version number jump, but if you're a die-hard user of either service, you're probably already tripping over yourself to get to the App Store and download them.
Say, is that a BlackBerry 10 handset in your pocket or are you just happy to see us? It may be too early for the general public to be walking around with Research in Motion's latest hardware just yet, but that isn't stopping BGR from posting the first image released for the smartphone ahead of its January 30 unveiling. It appears to be the back of the handset we're looking at here, with a "meshed leather look" that BGR describes as reminiscent of the Nexus 7 tablet from Google and ASUS. Got a hankering to see more? Sorry, folks, you'll have to wait until next year to get the full picture...
Personally, we find the built-in Mail app on iOS to be perfectly fine, but that isn't stopping third-party developers from reinventing the wheel. Now that Google has swallowed up Sparrow, another challenger has risen to the occasion with the forthcoming Mailbox, which promises to make your iPhone and Gmail experience most excellent in the new year. While we're not quite sure about Mailbox's claims of achieving inbox zero on a daily basis (maybe they don't get as much email as we do?), the app looks pretty slick, so stay tuned for more on this one next year.
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