updated 12:27 am EDT, Thu March 27, 2014
Government of Russia swaps iPads for customized, secure Samsung tablets
Russian government officials have opted to stop using iPads in official capacities, possible due to concerns about alleged "backdoors" that allowed for NSA monitoring (which Apple has denied). Instead the government has arranged a deal with Samsung that will see politicos using customized, secured tablets specifically designed to handle confidential information as legislators often need to have available. There was no detail on prices or the cost of dropping the iPads, and the move could be seen as part of an effort to stop supporting American companies, given the US opposition to Russia's policies in the Ukraine and Crimea. Russian officials have denied any such motivation, reports Business Insider.
Flexibits dangles fuzzy image of Fantastical for iPad, asks for emails
The popular Mac and iPhone alternative interface for Calendar, Fantastical, is coming soon to the iPad -- and developer Flexibits is asking potential users to sign up for email notification when it arrives. The iPad version will be a separate app when released, the company told its followers in a tweet yesterday, but did not announce pricing or a specific date. The program uses natural language syntax and convenient menubar (for Mac) or app functionality to allow users to write something like "lunch with Bob at Governor's BBQ at 12:30 next Thursday," whereupon the program will properly parse and then format that input into a regular calendar entry with no further interaction by the user other than confirmation. The iPhone version costs $5, while the Mac version is $20.
Realmac promises to-app Clear to gain reminders next month
The to-do list app Clear, now a $5 universal iOS application with periodic "free" sales to allow previous iPhone-only users to upgrade to the universal version, is planning on unveiling its long-awaited reminders functionality next month. The company says it still fine-tuning the experience, but has been promising the feature since late last year. The update will also include custom sound packs, available as in-app purchases for the iOS version and free for Mac users (the Mac version of Clear costs $10 from the Mac App Store). Previous owners of the now-discontinued Clear+ will receive the sound packs at no cost.