February 6, 2013

itunes_app_store_icon_field_640_large_verge_medium_landscapeApple issued a press release on Wednesday to announce the iTunes Store hit a new record with 25 billion songs sold. Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue noted Apple averaged 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, while the iTunes Store is now home to 26 million songs in 119 countries. Apple also gave away a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card to iTunes user Phillip Lüpke from Germany for downloading the 25 billionth song, “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch.

“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”

Oh, and just a reminder: iTunes is having a Valentine’s Love Music Sale of 69 cents per song.

Apple’s full press release is below: expand full story

Vine version 1.0.5: Twitter’s new short video sharing app Vine ran into a bit of controversy when pornography found its way into the Editor’s Picks section due to human error. The developers have since addressed the issues and today’s update not only brings new Twitter and Facebook sharing features, but also the ability to block and report profiles. As noted by The Verge, the 1.0.5 update also increased the rating of the app from 12+ to 17+.

• Share to Twitter or Facebook after posting. Find the post you want to share, then tap the “…” button in the bottom right. • Report or block a profile. Go to the profile, then tap the newly added “…” button in the top right. • Fixed an issue that caused a black screen to appear and uploads to fail after creating a video on certain devices • Miscellaneous bug fixes

ipad-shot-3ProCutX for Final Cut Pro X: Final Cut plug-in maker & production company Pixel Film Studios is out today with a new app that allows iPad users to control a FCPX session running on their Mac. At first glance the app appears to provide a pretty slick UI and the developers said it offers access to all of the software’s editing tools to “control every step of the FCPX editing process.”

• Precision Timeline Scrubbing • Quick Retiming • Auto-Correct Color • Color Grading • Compound Clip Editing • Import, Export, and Rendering shortcuts • Quick Keywording • Fast access to Tools • System Volume Control • Timeline Zooming • Audio Enhancements • Record Voiceovers

Tango version 2.6.36915: The popular text, voice, and video chat app Tango was updated today with a new central gallery for pictures and videos and a number of enhancements:

✔ New! Find all your pictures and videos in a central gallery.

✔ New! Improved call handling makes connect faster.

☂ Bug Fixes

Tweetbot version 2.7.1: expand full story

Following the news that Apple is to discontinue its Mac Pro line in Europe due to new regulatory standards, Apple is reportedly prepping a new Mac Pro product for spring 2013. The news comes from Apple reseller France Systemes (via Mac4EverMacg.co), an Apple Authorized Reseller and Certified Education Center in France with 17 years in the business, which claimed in a recent newsletter to customers that Apple has confirmed the discontinuation of Mac Pros in the country would only be temporary.

Dear Effective 1 March 2013, Apple will sell more Mac Pro in the countries of the European Union:These materials are not consistent with Amendment 1 regulatory ES 60950-1 second edition that will be applicable 1st March 2013 . Apple take the last orders of Mac Pro configuration card or CTO until February 18, 2013 to guarantee delivery of your Mac Pro before 1 March 2013. However, we believe that the judgment of the Mac Pro is temporary, we Apple informed that a new Mac Pro will be released in spring 2013. We will be sure to submit these products since their introduction.

We discovered last month that Apple would officially stop selling the Mac Pro in Europe on March 1 due to a new standard set to kick in on that date known as “Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition.” If Apple were to release a new Mac Pro in the spring, it could be an all-new model (something that is definitely a long time coming). If it isn’t Apple’s first major refresh of its Mac Pro line since 2010, Apple could potentially update components of the Mac Pro to meet the new standards and continue selling to the professional market in the European Union.


February 5, 2013


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