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Adobe looking to bring Lightroom to iPad on $99 annual contract

Adobe's Lightroom is a must have in almost every photography enthusiast arsenal of post processing software, and for those who own an iPad, things are about to get even better! According to 9to5Mac, Adobe is preparing to launch a mobile version of the app that will be compatible with Apple's iPad.

 

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9to5Mac says that Lightroom for the iPad will feature a syncing feature that will let it fully utilize file sharing between Mac and PC devices via Adobe Creative Cloud, which will remove the need to store huge RAW files directly on the iPad. Users will have full editing functionality right on their iPad and when finished, can easily sync the photo back into their cloud. The article states that Adobe Lightroom for iPad will require users to enter into an annual contract costing $99 per year.

Skype for iPhone updated to add HD video calls and more

Microsoft has just updated its Skype for iOS app to include new two-way HD video calling to its users. This new feature brings Skype up to date with its competitors such as Google Hangouts and Apple's Facetime. The update also includes a new lockscreen chat notification feature that lets you preview chat messages the same way text messages appear on the lock screen.

 

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Skype says that chat messages will now sync faster across all devices, and that other minor bug improvements have been made. This update follows a previous one in which the app got a complete makeover to more closely align with the new iOS 7 theme. Users can update or download their app from iTunes from the source link below.

Google Now making its way to Chrome for Desktop and Mac

Google Now is one of the most innovative applications for Android ever published, and today that innovation has made its way to the desktop for both PC and Mac by way of the latest alpha release of Google Chrome. Google Now has been integrated into Google Chromes notification center, something we have been expecting to happen since mid 2013.

 

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Google Now for the the desktop is not exactly identical to its mobile counterpart, and some cards are missing at the moment such as the Stock Market Information card. Additionally, the feature is not enabled by default and users must tick off a flag to enable Google Now. Users who wish to take the desktop version of the app for a spin will need to download the Alpha version of Chrome Canary from the source link below.

Google introduces Play Movies and TV to iOS

Today Google pushed its Google Play Movies app to iOS and allows iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners to playback movies and TV shows they purchased on Google Play. The app is yet another Google service the company has brought to iOS in the past year and directly competes with iTunes.

 

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The design is almost identical to its Android counterpart, but Apple has heavily restricted what you can do from within the app itself. The most major restriction is that users can not purchase movies or TV shows from within the app and must do so from another device or the web version of Google Play. Additionally, Offline playback is missing, and users can only watch their purchases when connected to Wi-Fi.

Google to shut down Bump and Flock in just 30 days

In true Google form, its recently acquired Bump and Flock apps will be shutdown effective January 31st 2014. Google acquired Bump and Flock in September and only seemed interested in its talented employees, and not necessarily the apps themselves.

 

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The shutdown announcement came late last night via the company's CEO and founder, David Lieb, who quietly broke the news via blog post last night. Google says that users can export their data by simply using the app and following the export instructions provided. This saddens me asbump is one of the apps that I used most often to trade contact info with colleagues and friends.

Microsoft updates OneNote for Android, now includes native sharing

Today Microsoft updated its OneNote app for Android which brings forward several features long requested by users. OneNote users on Android can now share notes as they would with any other piece of content on Android, the integration of native sharing also allows users to instantly upload their OneNotes to Microsoft's cloud service.

 

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Additionally, Microsoft has built-in a new OneNote widget that Android users can add to any of their home screens. The widget allows users to view most recent images, recordings and notes as well as pin shortcuts to the home screen. The UI also got a few tweaks to bring it more inline with the Windows 8.1 version of the app.

ROCCAT releases first major update for Power-Grid

With over 250,000 downloads and well over 1000 positive ratings in the Apple Store and Google Play, Power-Grid is quickly becoming a huge success. Over the weekend ROCCAT released the first major update to its Power-Grid application, and two new major features were added.

 

 

Up first is a new Grid that turns your smartphone into a fully functional track pad and lets users control the mouse or a character in much the same way they would from a track pad on a laptop. Additionally, users can now control the LED back-lighting on the Ryos MK Pro. The lighting sequences that are possible when using Power-Grid are nothing less than spectacular, and honestly quite mind blowing.

 

Finally, the update brings in an entirely new SDK, which is something I am sure developers will love to hear. "Releasing the Ryos MK Pro Grid is the first step towards combining Power-Grid with ROCCAT hardware. You remember our Phobo keyboard concept? Well, we've been working on that and I can promise you a mind-blowing solution for 2014," says René Korte of ROCCAT.

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The wait is over, Temple Run 2 arrives on Windows Phone

Temple Run 2 has been one of the biggest mobile games of 2013, and has gained millions of downloads since its release about eight months ago. Today Temple Run 2 has finally made its way onto the Windows Phone platform for the low price of FREE!

 

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While eight months may seem like a long wait, I would like to remind you that it took an entire 18 months before the original Temple Run made its way onto Windows Phone. One major feature the Windows Phone version of the game boast over its iOS and Android counterparts is the inclusion of Xbox Live Achievements. This is not something normally seen on free games on Windows Phone.

Spotify mobile streaming use skyrockets

Online music service Spotify's decision to open up its service to Apple iPhone and Google Android users for free has paid off, with the company drastically growing its customer base.

 

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After announcing its free app, Spotify app downloads increased by four times during the past week, though Spotify wouldn't release official download figures after its announcement. Instead of allowing music listeners to select what artists and songs play, Spotify relies on a 'shuffle mode' that gives listeners the chance to shuffle through personal - and random - playlists.

 

The music service now includes an ad-supported version of its service for mobile users - and should continue to pick up users at a rapid pace. Services such as Pandora offer a great service for mobile users, but the ad-supported version isn't as functional as the paid membership, with Spotify trying to fill the void. Expect a continued battle among music providers trying to attract casual users as the number of smartphone and tablet owners increases due to product availability and price.

500px finally makes its way to Windows Phone

Shutterbugs who are fond of both 500px and Windows Phone will be happy to hear that the two have merged in the form of a new app. The official 500px app for Windows Phone was released this morning, and allows you to check out friends snapshots using the Flow feature.

 

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Additional features include the ability to search for interesting images, and import 500px images to live tiles and the phones lock screen. Unfortunately direct uploading of images to 500px is not supported at this time, and no mention was made of when this feature may be integrated.

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