• Friday Morning News

    Boy Genius Report has the scoop that iOS 7 beta 6 will be released next week, with Apple planning to seed the Gold Master release to partners (read: telcos, employees) starting September 5. It follows that the full release will be sometime in September, possibly even at the September 10th event where new hardware should also be unveiled.

    I would have thought it pretty obvious that Apple acquired Matcha for their movie and TV show recommendation algorithm, but apparently not. TechCrunch reports the deal was actually worth some $10-15 million, and just like the App Store, choice gets thrown out the window when there are a large number of movies and TV shows to choose from. It's easy to see where recommendations might come in handy, cutting down the possible choices to options that you might actually be interested in, rather than having to wade through all the "fart apps" of the iTunes Store.

    Apple has made some small changes to its App Store Review guidelines in order to comply with recent changes to the COPPA act. The changes merely state that apps that request or collect certain data need to comply with the applicable children's privacy statutes, which seems like a good way for Apple to dot their i's and cross their t's.

    If early benchmarks are anything to go by, the CPU in the Mac Pro is the goods. An earlier test of the Xeon E5-series CPU expected to be included in the new Mac Pro showed a disappointingly low GeekBench score, but an updated version of GeekBench running on a new test system sets the bar at over 30,000, which clocks in at over 25% faster than the earlier benchmark.

    Did you all notice how iWatch and related news kind of, sort of, drifted away from the mainstream after the Apple blogosphere's attention switched to the cheaper and next-gen iPhone? Bringing back some of that spotlight is a roundup from 9to5Mac of some possible iWatch concept designs and interfaces. Some look nice, some look just OK, and others I wouldn't even consider wearing on my wrist.

    There's a new player in the iOS automation space, and Editorial is the work of one man who wanted to change how people work on iOS. It's an entirely new text editor unlike any other text editor seen before, and Federico Viticci's massive review on MacStories shows just how powerful it is. There's example workflows for you to see how it all works, and a ton of screenshots to see how everything lines up. If you're after a serious iOS text editor, look no further.

    Finish 2.0 is the update for the task management app that brings a little extra polish and a few new features. With a nice interface and a unique approach to task management (short, middle, and long-term tasks), it seems like yet another GTD solution to help you, you know, get things done.

    The future of iOS and Android is a particularly interesting read, seeing as we've reached the stage where these platforms are more or less mature. It might not be all about market share, fragmentation, or how NFC is as dead as a doorknob, but it's also important to look at the spectrum of the markets and see how each of the platforms is doing.

    As nice as it is, the parallax feature on iOS 7 means that your old wallpapers might not look as sharp as they once did. It seems the new size for wallpapers, accounting for the parallax feature, is 1040x1526, and to get your wallpaper collection started once again, The Next Web has a few wallpapers in that exact size.

    Apple's newly-announced iGlass is like what Google Glass could have been. But instead of being merely an augmentation to your current point of view of the world, iGlass doesn't just change the way you interact with the world, it shows you a better world. I can already see (pardon the pun) this is the Apple reality distortion field we've all been waiting for.
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