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That didn't take long: Only three days after the United States Supreme Court laid down the law against Aereo, the cloud DVR service shut down as of 11:30AM EST Saturday. While the move is a shame for existing customers, it's almost more of a bummer for those waiting for Aereo to finally arrive in one of the previously announced markets. Here's hoping the service can find a way to make a comeback sometime in the future, but in the meantime here's what else is making headlines this weekend.
Anyone of school age in the 1970s or 1980s will remember Mead's iconic Trapper Keeper, the ultimate in organization for school supplies. Accessory maker Kensington has teamed up with Mead to resurrect the Trapper Keeper for the digital age as a $29.99 case intended for nine-inch and 10-inch tablets such as the iPad Air, with a $24.99 edition also available for smaller tablets. Featuring a silicone four-corner base with stay straps to keep the tablet snugly secure while being carried, the new Trapper Keeper also acts as a multi-position stand. "The hair may have been bigger and the colors way brighter, but keeping everything organized never goes out of style," Kensington's marketing reads, and we couldn't put it better ourselves.
For many of us, the iPhone is our go-to camera for photos and videos, but the finite nature of flash storage means we can't keep shooting forever. StreamNation hopes to alleviate this pain point with a new free iPhone app called Shutter, which promises to become an "infinite camera" for unlimited picture and video taking — all without taking up valuable space on your device. Unlike the StreamNation service where users need to pay $19 per month for unlimited storage, content uploaded via the Shutter app is truly unlimited, including videos up to an hour in length, which can be retrieved in the original format at any time from the cloud.
Last week's Google Drive enhancements announced during Google I/O will apparently come with at least one casualty: The Google Operating System Blog announced Sunday that the QuickOffice app is being discontinued, and the existing apps will be removed from the App Store and Google Play. Google acquired QuickOffice two years ago, apparently with the intention of using it to bring native Microsoft Office file format support to Drive. The blog post claims existing users will be able to continue using the app, but "no new features will be added and new users will not be able to install" it. RIP, QuickOffice...
Following last Wednesday's controversial decision by the United States Supreme Court effectively making mobile antenna startup Aereo's business model illegal, company founder and CEO Chet Kanojia announced Saturday that the service is being paused "temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps." Existing customers will be refunded in full for their last paid month, and Kanojia sounds optimistic about Aereo's chances of returning in some other form capable of delivering cloud-based television to consumers.
Speaking of Google, the search giant's Apps Developer Blog announced a new API for Gmail last week which promises to deliver "fine-grained control to a user's mailbox" without requiring access to all of the user's messages for all operations, which has been a longtime limitation of the IMAP protocol. Despite reports to the contrary, Google will continue to support IMAP, although the new API currently in beta looks to be a far more robust method moving forward, with speed listed among the huge benefits.
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