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Apple watchers are waiting anxiously for the company's quarterly earnings report Monday, especially because it covers the 2013 holiday season this time around. If you're restless clocking time until the big event today, kick back for a few minutes and soak in all of the weekend's news you might have missed -- and hey, if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, there might just be some dough in it for you...
They say everything is better with friends, so why shouldn't that also apply to your wireless carrier? T-Mobile US has launched yet another new initiative to bait new customers, offering subscribers up to $250 for bringing their friends into the fold as part of a new Refer-a-Friend program. "Tell your friends now so that they can experience wireless the way it should be," the company pitches on their website, paying out $25 per person to spend at T-Mobile, with a maximum of 10 friends per year. And hey, it doesn't hurt that T-Mo is now paying those early termination fees from rival carriers, so no better time than the present to cash in...
In an email to customers over the weekend, Mac software maker Koingo announced plans to prune its product line to focus strictly on flagship titles MacPilot, MacCleanse and Data Guardian. To accomplish this goal, Koingo lead developer Josh Hoggan will retire and ex-Apple employee Thomas Anthony will now step into his CEO shoes. Beginning March 30, 2014, Koingo's other software products will be sold to a new, as-yet unnamed owner, but the developer promises to keep supporting those apps for up to five years should a deal not come to fruition. The biggest change comes with how Koingo will license its software: While existing licenses will be honored, moving forward the company will offer "more affordable" subscriptions or lifetime licenses for all purchases, ending support for legacy Mac operating systems earlier than 10.7 Lion.
The Verge reported Thursday that a portfolio of 2,400 patents from the ashes of Palm, iPAQ and Bitfone now belong to processor maker Qualcomm -- one of the first companies to develop a PalmOS smartphone way back in 1999. While former owner HP appears happy to have cashed in on the 1,400 U.S.-based and 1,000 international patents, a spokesman claims the company "will retain a license to these patents," which includes those covering webOS. "This does not change our strategy with respect to mobile," the spokesman elaborated, apparently in reference to the HP's new Android-based "phablet" device, which launched overseas earlier this month.
Air Display and Air Sharing app developer Avatron recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new remote file sharing app called Everydisk, which successfully landed funding over the weekend. The company managed to take in $1,309 more than their $50,000 goal from 655 backers with 81 minutes to spare, allowing Avatron to make the Mac and PC software necessary for direct connection between computers and mobile devices -- all privately and with no cloud service in between. The software utilizes a service called Air Connect, which creates an AES-encrypted data channel between computers, offering direct access to "any of the drives, servers, printers or other network resources available to it." No word on how soon we might see the end results, but the Avatron team promises to get to work wrapping up the project right away.
If your next video production requires motion tracking for text or graphics, look no further than TrackX, a new Final Cut Pro X-based solution which promises to allow editors to "insert floating lower thirds tracked to people, replace screens or signs, all with one step and no need to use another compositing package." Available from CoreMelt for a mere $99, the Mocha plugin is available now with a 14-day free trial and can be purchased in a bundle with the company's SliceX shape tracking tool for $149, while previous owners of that software can nab TrackX as a $49 upgrade.
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