October 3, 2012

Following Apple’s purchase of fingerprint sensor manufacturer AuthenTec for roughly $350 million in July, reports from The Australian today (via ZDnet) claim it is now working with a similar company, Sydney-based Microlatch. According to the report, one of the company’s backers, David Murray, said Microlatch has a deal with Apple to develop fingerprint technology for NFC apps:

APPLE has struck an agreement with an Australian biosecurity start-up in another sign the company is readying its iPhone line for the mobile payment era…Mr Murray said the company had an agreement with the notoriously secretive Apple to develop fingerprint technology for use in near-field communications applications…

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After several months in public and private betas, Tweetbot for Mac, the OS X version of the popular iOS Twitter client, has finally been submitted to the App Store and will be available soon. Users disappointed by the recent news that Twitter has internally canned Twitter for Mac will be excited to see a new Twitter client available to fill in the gap left by Twitter’s buggy app, especially on Retina displays.

Not only has the crew at Tapbots been hard at work on this project, but they have also been working on a new “bot” to add to the family. Today The Next Web announced the upcoming launch of Netbot, a version of Tweetbot built for the up-and-coming premium social network App.net. Netbot uses a similar interface to that of Tweetbot, so users of the original app will feel right at home, but incorporates all of App.net’s unique features, like cover photos on user profiles. iPhone and iPad versions of Netbot ship separately for $4.99 each, and are available on the iOS App Store right now for iPhone and iPad.

On top of a few apps getting updated today with Passbook support, below is our usual list of new apps, updates, and price drops hitting the App Stores today:


Adobe Lightroom 4.2: For those who use Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe has a big bugfix…Lightroom 4.2 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the software update in Lightroom 4. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. A long list of additional camera support includes Canon’s EOS 650-D/Rebel T4i, the Canon EOS M, and many others. Camera Raw 7 and DNG Converter 7.2 are also now available through Photoshop CS6.

Amazon has Lightroom 4 for $119.

Square Wallet version 2.3.2: Square is changing the name of its “Pay with Square” app to “Square Wallet” today with version 2.3.2. The updated app also includes an updated Wallet UI that allows you to see more cards in a single screen. Square announced on its blog today it is also launching Square directory:

the first web-based search engine that enables customers to discover their favorite places by location or specific items; as well as find loyalty deals and specials.

Things for iPad version 2.1: Things for iPad gets a nice update that brings Reminders integration and iOS 6 support. The iPhone app is also updated today with the same features and iPhone 5 support:
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Following several reports that third-party manufacturers would have trouble creating accessories and cables for Apple’s new Lightning connectors, iLounge reported today that Apple is making major changes to its ‘Made For iPad/iPhone/iPod (MFi)’ policies. According to the report, Apple will have to approve manufacturing facilities creating Lightning products—something that sources indicated will not happen until November:

One source notes that Apple is planning an MFi “seminar,” where it will discuss changes to the program and the rules for Lightning accessory development going forward. The seminar will be held in November in China, notes the source, after the point at which third-party Lightning accessories could be manufactured in time for holiday sale. Sources have further noted that the Lightning connector has proved difficult to copy, reducing the near-term likelihood of unauthorized third-party connector cables.

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Since T-Mobile is being cagey (likely for regulatory reasons) about the locations of its re-farmed, iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network, a group at Airportal.de has filled us in. The 3G/4G locales are submitted by iPhone 3G and newer owners (or non-AWS 4G phone users) who are seeing 3G/4G on T-Mobile. T-Mobile claims its HSPA+ network shows speeds up to 70 percent higher than AT&T’s network.

The map appears to be filling out and goes way beyond T-Mobile’s stated Las Vegas, Seattle, Washington, DC, and New York metro area rollouts. We first discovered T-Mobile’s 1900MHz network at Moscone center in San Francisco ahead of WWDC this year.

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