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Happy Cyber Monday! While some of you are enjoying yet another day off work today, MacLife.com is back at it, hard at work and ready to recap at least a little of what went down over the extended weekend. We won't have much in the way of deals, but strap in and enjoy the ride as we launch into the month of December!
Getting ready to travel abroad with your iPad? Be sure to stop by the App Store and download the latest version 7.1 of Sonico's iTranslate, which is now a universal app with native support for Apple's tablet, all decorated in slick iOS 7 style. iTranslate allows users to translate words and text snippets into more than 70 different languages and is already in use by more than four million iPhone owners. Best of all, iTranslate is free, with optional premium features available via in-app purchase, available now on the App Store for iOS 7.0 or later.
Many of us are spending this so-called "Cyber Monday" clicking and tapping our way into deals across the internet, but photography buffs won't have to go too far to find at least one good deal. Adobe is currently offering Lightroom 5 at a special discounted price of only $109 until December 7 at 11:59 PM PST -- a savings of $40. Act quickly and you can also chop 40 bucks off Photoshop Elements 12 (originally $99), but that deal wraps up today (Monday, December 2) at 11:59 PM PST. Adobe is also teasing some bonus Cyber Monday discounts on their website, so be sure to hop over there and check 'em out.
AllThingsD is reporting that Yahoo employees don't appear to be particularly fond of the company's own email service, with only 25 percent of them actually using Yahoo Mail despite a decree from management. The majority still favor Microsoft Outlook, prompting Yahoo executive Jeff Bonforte to issue a memo complaining "we have clearly failed in our goal to move our co-workers to Yahoo Mail." The leaked memo, entitled "Windows 95 called and they want their mail app back," features a heaping helping of Microsoft bashing, but ironically closes with the reminder that corporate mail is "not yet supported" on the Yahoo Mail app for iOS and Android, which may have a lot to do with the resistance to switching.
Tsk tsk tsk! Android smartphone manufacturers have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar again, this time by cheating on benchmark scores with the free 3DMark app, available on Google Play. To combat the problem, developer FutureMark has pushed out version 188.8.131.522, specifically noting "devices with suspicious benchmark scores" will be delisted from the service, appearing unranked and without a score at the bottom of the 3DMark Device Channel. The release notes don't specifically cite which manufacturers or models are affected, but it won't be hard to spot them now...
IGN is reporting that Xbox Video is now available on the web for anyone who cares to check it out, but there's a pretty big caveat, at least for now: HD playback of movies and TV shows can only be done on the Xbox One or the Windows 8.1 Video app. Microsoft has confirmed that HD playback will eventually appear everywhere else on the web, but declined to specify a timeline as to when that might actually happen.
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