Instacast 4, TeeVee, Angry Birds Space

updated 09:42 am EDT, Fri June 6, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Instacast 4 4.6 ($2) - Instacast is a podcast management app that can be used to track, download, and listen to podcasts. Within the app users can find all of their podcast subscriptions and organize episodes into lists for sequential playback. Version 4.6 features a number of improvements, including better startup times, enhanced error handling, and a more reliable cloud sync. A number of status bar interface issues have also been fixed. [Download - 7.7MB]

TeeVee 3.0.2 ($3) - TeeVee is a tool for keeping track of when new episodes of TV shows will be airing. The app includes a database of more than 30,000 shows to track, and includes an unwatched management feature for keeping track of every episode that has been seen or missed. An issue with sorting dead shows has been fixed with this update, and the Russian translation has been improved. [Download - 9.6MB]

Angry Birds Space 2.0 (free) - Angry Birds is a physics-based puzzle game where players take control of a fleet of irritated birds. More than 160 levels are included in the game, each with its own unique gravity puzzles to solve. Version 2.0 introduces 40 brand new levels, as well as 10 additional bonus levels that can be unlocked by finding NASA research spacecraft and achieving three star scores. [Download - 42MB]

CycleMap 2.0.2 (free) - CycleMap provides users with information on bike paths located around the world. Within the app users can see all of the bike lanes within a city, as well as plan routes to follow these paths. The v2.0.2 update is a minor release that includes several bug fixes. [Download - 31.6MB]

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edi 2.8.9 ($3) - Tweetbot is a Twitter client that includes multiple timelines, smart gestures, and support for a number of other social services such as Instapaper and CloudApp. Timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters are also synced automatically between the iPhone and iPad via iCloud. The latest release fixes a number of known bugs, including an issue with icon gloss on iOS 6. [Download - 33.4MB]

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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development

Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB

Industry  17m

Samsung still not recommending Windows 10

Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx

Computers  4h

T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan

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IPhone  7h

First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers

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Upgrades/storage  8h

Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone

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IPhone  9h

French Google tax raid evaluation could take years

The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2

Industry  10h

Trade-up program expands in Europe

Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD

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