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Americans woke up Tuesday after a long Memorial Day weekend to be greeted by a $50 discount off Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle (normally $149.99) until this Friday, May 30 at 11:59 PM PST. That's quite a good deal for the consumer photo and video editing software for Mac and PC, which requires no discount code to use. Who says MacLife.com doesn't like to save readers money...?
The Age reported Monday that iOS and Mac owners in several Australian cities are finding their devices held for ransom by hackers with Russian-sounding names like "Oleg Pliss" who are requesting $50 or even $100 sent via PayPal before they'll give users access again. Reports of such digital ransom have lit up Twitter and Apple's support forums over the last 24 hours, despite PayPal claiming no account is actually linked to the email being used by the hacker, and that any money send would be refunded. The hack, which appears to be using Apple's Find My iPhone feature in some rogue way, apparently does not affect devices with a four-digit PIN code lock, nor two-factor authentication, so readers are once again encouraged to set up one or both to help keep their devices safe.
The folks at Tapbots kicked off the long weekend with a mandatory update to Tweetbot 2.8 and 3.3 on Friday, both of which address "a small change to the way Tweetbot communicates with the Twitter API." Without the required updates to version 2.8.8. or 3.3.2, Tweetbot will stop working after the change is made at 10AM PST on Thursday, May 29, so users are encouraged to grab the latest versions from the App Store if they want to keep using their favorite Twitter client.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that DVD rental kiosk provider Redbox appears to have hit a plateau after double-digit increases in recent years, planning to deactivate more than 500 of the familiar crimson containers across the United States this year. The move is being blamed on flat operating income last year after 74 percent and 41 percent growth in 2011 and 2012, respectively, but also the fading glory of the DVD format — a gloomy outlook that appears to be spooking Hollywood studios, with one unnamed senior executive calling Redbox a "very important customer" after years of battling to keep such product out of $1 per night (now $1.20 per night) kiosks.
Cloud services are great, but even with a reasonably fast internet connection, it can take weeks to upload gigabytes or even terabytes of data. The folks at iDrive have announced iDrive Express for Sync, a new free service that allows customers to get up and running quickly by loading up a physical hard drive with content, which is then sent back to the service and copied to your cloud account. iDrive already offered such an option for its backup service, but now does the same with Sync storage, which is a separate pool of data reserved for content the user wants to keep around, without having to wait for it to sync from the desktop via the cloud.
The New York Times closed out last week by reporting that e-tailer Amazon is taking its fight for higher payments from publisher Hachette to the customers by delaying shipments, raising prices and even holding select titles hostage completely, marking them as "currently unavailable." In the U.S., Amazon has effectively shuttered sales of Hachette physical books coming this summer and fall, despite having already been slapped on the wrist by a federal antitrust lawsuit. Independent booksellers wasted no time touting immediate availability of titles being banned on Amazon, with Books-a-Million offering as much as a 30 percent discount. Hachette is the fourth largest book publisher.
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