Alaska Airlines, Twitter, iTunes Movie Trailer

updated 12:38 pm EDT, Fri May 31, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Alaska Airline 2.6 (free) - The official Alaska Airlines iOS app includes all the tools necessary for finding and booking flights. Version 2.6 integrates support for Apple's Passbook technology, allowing users to send their boarding passes directly to Passbook. A number of enhancements have also been made to the digital boarding passes. [Download - 7.8MB]

Twitter 5.7 (free) - Twitter is the official iOS client for the popular social networking site. Through the software users can view their timeline, replies, and direct messages, as well as post new messages. The v5.7 update includes a new Tweet composer that simplifies the process of sharing photos. The timelines have also been made wider across the app, and a notification will now be sent when a friend joins Twitter. [Download - 22.4MB]

iTunes Movie Trailer 1.2.3 (free) - iTunes Movie Trailers provides users with access to all of the latest movie trailers, clips, and featurettes. The latest release adds the option to choose between HD or SD quality trailers, and has shortened the time it takes for a trailer to begin playing. A number of other minor improvements to performance and stability are also included in this release. [Download - 5MB]

Grand Theft Auto 3 1.30 ($5) - Grand Theft Auto 3 is an iOS port of the classic open-world adventure game set in Liberty City. New to this release is support for the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5, as well as for sharing game saves across multiple devices via iCloud. Users also now have to ability to create custom playlists of their own music to use in the game. [Download - 483MB]

Starship Battles 1.0 ($2) - Starship Battles is an arcade-style game that puts players in control of a fleet of warships. Players must defend the galaxy against an infinite force of aliens by using a selection of five different ships. As player's progress through the game they can earn in-app currency which can then be used to purchase upgrades and different paint designs for each ship. [Download - 43.1MB]

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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada

After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr

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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface

On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP

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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out

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Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands

The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq

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BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs

The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep

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Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS

Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh

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Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done

The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN

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