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Flickr 3.0 redesigned for iOS, sets its sights on Instagram

Flickr – Yahoo’s photo-sharing service — has been completely redesigned for iOS to focus on the social aspect of the service, making for a direct competitor to Instagram. The new design is similar on both iOS and Android, though the specific look and feel has been tailored to each platform. The iOS update makes use of blurs and other iOS 7-motifs, while the Android app keeps a darker feel. Both apps are fast to load photos and browse the feed.

The update is expected to debut on the App Store sometime today. Flickr isn’t the most popular photo-sharing service around on mobile, but version 3.0 makes it one of the nicest for iOS — plus that free terabyte of storage helps sweeten the deal.


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Tim Cook profiled in “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs” [Video]

There wasn’t a whole lot new in this chunk of the Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs, which Yukari Kane mostly focuses on Apple CEO Tim Cook and his characteristics that are often the opposite of Steve Jobs. Cook is a character but not the same character that brought Apple to its current success.

From the WSJ excerpt:

As tough as Cook was reputed to be, he was also generous. He gave away the frequent-flier miles that he racked up as Christmas gifts, and he volunteered at a soup kitchen during the Thanksgiving holidays. He had also participated in an annual two-day cycling event across Georgia to raise money for multiple sclerosis; Cook had been a supporter since being misdiagnosed with the disease years before. “The doctor said, ‘Mr. Cook, you’ve either had a stroke, or you have MS,’ ” Cook told the Auburn alumni magazine. He didn’t have either. His symptoms had been produced from “lugging a lot of incredibly heavy luggage around.”

An earlier piece in the New Yorker online edition painted a dreary picture of Apple post Steve Jobs and the video above does delve into that viewpoint a bit.

Apple’s latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, looks pretty but is full of bugs and flaws. As for innovation, the last time Apple created something that was truly great was the original iPad, when Jobs was still alive. Although the company’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, insists otherwise, Apple seems more eager to talk about the past than about the future.

From the video:

[Has Apple lost its touch? Are they still King of the Hill?]

KANE: I think the answer is obvious to me. The answer has got to be yes. This is a company who had revolved around Steve Jobs for so long, I mean that was something that Jobs himself went out of his way to make sure of. And the people there are conditioned to operate, to play off of his strengths and weaknesses. And so now you’ve got this completely opposite guy in Tim Cook, who is I think brilliant in many ways, but in different ways. But so they’re going through some growing pains in that.

Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly has the following review of the book:

Jan 27, 2014 – The globe-bestriding computer-maker loses its soul in this lively business history. Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Kane follows Apple after the 2011 death of founder Steve Jobs as the company’s knack for conjuring breakthrough i-gadgets lapsed into a series of ho-hum upgrades, misfires like the befuddled artificial intelligence app Siri, and interminable patent lawsuits, while market share, profits, and stock price eroded. Kane makes the story a study in CEO leadership styles, contrasting Jobs’s visionary bluster with his successor Tim Cook’s icy bean-counting and the histrionics of Samsung’s “wise emperor” Lee Kun-hee, whose quality crusade involved burning an entire factory’s inventory in front of its weeping employees. Kane unearths plenty of colorful material here, including lawyerly jousting, hilariously lame new-product unveilings, and conference-room psychodramas between bullying execs and groveling underlings. The author’s great-man theory of Jobs’s “unfiltered” leadership as the indispensable motor of Apple’s innovation doesn’t explain much; her unusually rich dissection of Apple’s ugly dealings with its FoxConn manufacturing partner suggests that Cook’s merciless wringing of profits out of exploited Chinese labor is as much the soul of Apple as Jobs’s oft-hyped intuition for design. Still, this well-paced, vividly detailed narrative reveals the machine surrounding the Jobsian ghost at Apple and brings the company’s high-flying mythology down to earth.© Publishers Weekly

We’re getting an advanced copy this week which we don’t expect to be as pessimistic and the publicity-generating excerpts above.  Interesting bits will be posted here.

Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs is available March 18th from Harper Collins ($12.74 Amazon/$14.99 iBookstore)


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Verizon gives you $100 to take an iPhone or Best Buy trade-in credits you enough to get a 5s for free

From 9to5Toys.com:

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This weekend Verizon is offering $100 bill credit (available after 2 months) when you buy an iPhone 4s or iPhone 5c The effectively makes the iPhone 5c free with 2 year plan and gives you $100 to take an iPhone 4s. Obviously you’ll be in a 2 year plan and I’m not sure how useful an iPhone 4s will be in 2 years but hey.

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If you agree that the iPhone 5s (Gold) is best, then Best Buy has a pretty solid offer this weekend. Trade in your iPhone 4s or better for at least $150 which also happens to be their sale price of the iPhone 5s 16GB on all 3 carriers.  It is convenient but if you are trading in an iPhone 5, you’ll probably get more money at Gazelle ($10 bonus using this link) or Amazon.

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Ending today! Get SnagIt, Flux 4, Tunes Cleaner, Boom, Mariner Write, Elite Keylogger Pro and more for $10

From 9to5toys.com:

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Stack Social’s ‘Name your own price bundle’ with some solid offerings starting at $10.31 and an email address ends today.

The bundle includes:

If you are feeling generous, 10% of all sales go to a charity of your choice, and get on the leaderboard (which qualifies you to enter a drawing for a MacBook Air).
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Ending today! Get SnagIt, Flux 4, Tunes Cleaner, Boom, Mariner Write, Elite Keylogger Pro and more for $10

From 9to5toys.com:

Screenshot 2014-01-21 17.45.24

Stack Social’s ‘Name your own price bundle’ with some solid offerings starting at $10.31 and an email address ends today.

The bundle includes:

If you are feeling generous, 10% of all sales go to a charity of your choice, and get on the leaderboard (which qualifies you to enter a drawing for a MacBook Air).
name-your-own-price-bundle


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$80 Full Parallels 9 bundle: 1Password, Fantastical, Kaspersky, CleanMyMac and more

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Parallels again offers its $79.99 bundle of impressive apps at the retail price of Parallels alone.  Each one of the below apps is a keeper and they are all free with the purchase of the Parallels 9. You even get 6 free months of use of the Parallels iPad App.

Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

The #1 choice of Mac users for more than 7 years to run Windows on Mac. Ready for Mavericks OS X(10.9) and 40% faster disc speed. MSRP $79.99

Fantastical

Plan your day in style with the most attractive calendar you’ve ever seen. The Mac calendar you’ll actually enjoy using. MSRP $19.99

CleanMyMac 2

Simple yet surprisingly powerful application for keeping your Mac clean, organized, and free of files that slow it down. MSRP $39.95

Parallels Access for iPad

6-month subscription – use PC and Mac applications like they were made for your iPad. MSRP $29.95

1Password

1Password gives you the security you need in today’s online world without slowing you down. Super secure passwords and more – 21st century digital wallet on any device. MSRP $49.95

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Keep your Mac, your data and your children safe! Real-time protection against Mac, PC and Linux malware. MSRP $39.95

MacHider

The easy way to hide files and folders, put your confidential information out of sight from third parties or other unwanted eyes. MSRP $9.99

We reviewed Parallels 9 in September and said:

PD9 is definitely the most noticeable Parallels Desktop upgrade ever. The performance boosts are the best part of the upgrade, but the sticky multi-monitor setup has been extremely helpful for me and saved quite a bit of time. As a Mavericks user, the software hasn’t been giving me any issues even though the operating system is still in beta.

Already have an older version of Parallels? Save $30 and get the ‘v9 Update bundle’ for $49.99.

Parallels Bundle

 


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$50 Parallels update bundle: 1Password, Fantastical, Kaspersky, CleanMyMac and more

From 9to5Toys.com:

Parallels again offers its $50 bundle of impressive apps at a $20 discount off the retail price of Parallels alone.  Each one of the below apps is a keeper and they are all free with the discounted purchase of the Parallels update. You even get 6 free months of use of the iPad App.

Note this is a Parallels update so you’ll need an older copy laying around.

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Save $319.99 – Buy Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access bundle


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