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July 1 is finally here, but Google Reader still lives and breathes -- at least for the moment. The search giant notes that the service will be unavailable after July 1st, so it looks like those attached to their favorite RSS applications will have another 24 hours to say goodbye before Google pulls the plug. Or, you know, just stay away, because saying goodbye all over again is just too hard to do…
TMoNews is reporting that T-Mobile US will be holding a big event on Wednesday, July 10, in New York City to announce their "boldest moves yet." What could be bolder than ditching subsidies on handsets? Hard to say, but the same website has also been tipped on a "major EIT release" coming on July 14, which insiders believe could be the second phase of T-Mo's "UNcarrier" plans. Latest rumors speculate that the magenta network could be rolling out a new "Simple Choice with No Credit Check" plan, although that doesn't sound earth-shattering enough to be considered a bold move -- and the carrier already has the iPhone, so that's not it either.
AppleInsider reported Saturday that Apple is now "sending invitations to select users" of the latest MacBook Air models in an effort to pinpoint problems with its 802.11ac-based Wi-Fi. Part of the company's AppleSeed program, MacBook Air WiFi Update 1.0 is a pre-release version of a patch for the most recent 11-inch and 13-inch notebook models aimed at resolving Wi-Fi connectivity issues that have been filling up Apple's support forums. It's unknown at this time if the patch also addresses the secondary issue of crippled wireless speeds, presumably the result of something artificially limiting transfers in OS X.
The folks at Autriv wound down the month of June by taking to their website to rant against the way Apple is limiting iCloud, particularly as it applies to the company's SignMyPad app for signing PDF documents. After user requests to sync between devices, Autriv adopted iCloud, only to discover Apple would "not allow iOS applications to use iCloud to sync 'non-user-generated' data between devices." Cupertino's definition of what constitutes "user-generated" seems pretty crazy based on the developer's claims, and App Store minions reportedly even suggested that Autriv should use a third-party competitor like Dropbox instead. Definitely a troubling sign for the future of iCloud, should this limitation spread to other apps.
Now that July 1 is finally here, developers who have raced to get their RSS services lined up ahead of Google Reader's demise can take a well-deserved break to catch their breath. One of the leading replacements, Feedly, shows no sign of slowing down, however, announcing that it plans to focus on "quality and stability" over the next two weeks. The blog post details six areas where Feedly users can help, including sync issues, feeds not being refreshed, clients crashing, migration issues and more. The service plans to push out bug fixes every two or three days to address any issues that come up, so it's definitely worth letting them know about 'em.
While Apple has thus far only released one new iPhone per year, Samsung continues to cough up multiple variants of its latest Galaxy S4, which CNNMoney refers to as "gadget spam." With no less than five S4-branded handsets now on the market (not counting color variants), the report notes that the spinoffs are "hardly the same phone at all" despite sharing the coveted name. "From a pure hardware perspective, there's no logical concept or idea that really links these phones together aside from being Samsung products," the report concludes. "But from a business perspective, it all makes sense." Maybe, but here's hoping Apple doesn't follow Samsung down the same rabbit hole...
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