Apple Refunding Disappointed Final Cut Pro X Users

Apple has begun to issue refunds for Final Cut Pro X to users who filed complaints in the App Store. Apple is usually pretty stingy about iTunes sales, and even states that “all sales are final“, but the swarm of unhappy users may be too large for Cupertino to bear. The latest Final Cut moved to a iMovie-like interface, which Apple believes is superior to the previous versions of FCP, but also removed many essential features that professionals need. Many users are complaining that FCP X is more like a beefed up iMovie than true Final Cut sucessor, and while Apple is guaranteed to be working around the clock to build the necessary features to make the application worthy, this mess may be one of Apple’s worst.

“Moving forward, I understand that you are not satisfied with the app “Final Cut Pro”. I can certainly appreciate you would like a refund, and I would be more than happy to help you out with this today. In five to seven business days, a credit of £179.99 should be posted to the credit card that appears on the receipt for that purchase.

Please note that this is a one time exception because the iTunes Terms and Conditions state that all sales are final.”

Apple’s gaffe is especially embarrassing considering that Macs are regarded as machines for creative professionals. Final Cut has been used to edit many movies, including The Social Network, 300, and more. The dumbed down FCP X may been a boon for Adobe Premier, which is one of Final Cut’s most dangerous competitors.

If you requested a refund, expect an email shortly.


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The Google+ Project

Google has unveiled their latest attempt at a social network, named “Google+”. The network has a few main elements, including “Circles”, or groups of friends who reside in different social circles. Users can share items only to certain circles, mimicking how social groups work in real life. “Hangouts” can be used to create impromptu group video chats through the Google+ website with friends a la Skype, and emphasizes spontaneous connections.

Sharing is a huge part of the web, a part that we think could be a lot simpler. That’s why we’ve been working on adding a few new things to Google: to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world. We hope you like what we’ve cooked up so far. And stay tuned, because there’s more to come.

Google has two mobile specific features: On Android, “Huddle” can be used to group chat with different Circles, making it much simpler to communicate and organize together. Google hasn’t made it clear if this will integrate into the existing Google Talk application on Gmail and Android, or be Google+ only. The mobile application will also have all the basic features we expect, like viewing posts made by friends and location sharing/check-ins.

Another part of the mobile experience is an “Instant Upload” feature for Android. Like Apple’s iCloud, it allows photos and videos to be instantly uploaded to a private Google+ album on the web, which can be shared to all your friends or individual Circles, without having to navigate through a series of menu buttons.

Google+ is in a private beta to “smooth out the rough edges”, but a full roll-out shouldn’t be too far away.


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Sprint CEO Vows to Stop AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, participated in an interview with Bloomberg earlier this week. Hesse has been extremely outspoken in his criticism of AT&T’s proposed buyout of T-Mobile, and for good reason: he believes that the merger will create a duopoly in the U.S. carrier market. Then again, he might just be trying to protect his company from becoming a distant third-place player, rendering them unable to compete.

When asked what he does in the companies’ mysterious “White Room,” Hesse admitted that his current target was blocking the buyout:

“Clearly, purely, we want to win and block the merger,” said Hesse, during an interview at the company’s Overland Park, Kansas headquarters. “This one poses real risks.”

Ever since AT&T announced their proposed buyout, the deal has faced opposition in both the FCC and the general tech press and public. If the deal does go through, it would put Sprint in a very distant third place, with Verizon in second and AT&T taking the top spot in mobile subscribers. It would also bolster AT&T’s plans for it’s LTE roll-out. In all, it’s hard to predict just what will happen, though at the moment the deal does seem likely to make it through the bureaucratic hurdles and the general disapproval from Sprint and the tech press.

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Headphone Review: Brainwavz M3

Even through being a fairly new company to the headphone industry and iFans alike, Brainwavz have been able to make a name for themselves through their ambition to create high quality headphones at an affordable price. Brainwavz created many headphones, each better than the last. The Brainwavz M3 is Brainwavz’s old flagship model that has been de-throned by the B2. The M3 headphones offer a sleek design, good audio quality, plenty of build quality, delightful comfort quality, and an overall great bang for the buck.


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Apple Releases Thunderbolt Cable

image.alt.MC913It was originally reported to 9to5mac last night that Apple would release a Thunderbolt connector cable for transferring data and using external displays. The report did indeed come true as the 2 meter cable is available now and priced at $49 on Apple’s online store.

In addition to this, Apple has begun selling Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID systems with Mac Pros. The only problem with using any Thunderbolt technology with your Mac Pro is the lack of a Thunderbolt port; it would be correct to assume that a Mac Pro refresh is near. Apple is even expected to use Intel’s Light Peak technology in iOS devices as a faster way of transferring data as soon as the next iPhone release.


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RIM developers jumping ship for iOS and Android

As Blackberry loses market share, groups like Seesmic are ditching RIM for iOS and Android. Seesmic, known for their Social Media applications, has stopped all development for RIM. Other smaller companies, like Purple Forge Corp.(a political polling group), have also stopped developing RIM apps, even though the 2012 political season is well under way and exposure would seem more important.

As soon as RIM brought in a touchscreen and mixed it with a thumbwheel, a keyboard and shortcut keys, it made it really difficult and expensive to develop across devices,” said Purple Force CEO Brian Hurley, in an interview with Bloomberg. “What Apple scored big on is having a touch screen and a button and that’s it.

In 2010 RIM’s global market share was a healthy 19.7%. This year, they have fallen to a much smaller 12.9% share, causing concern among investors.


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Android Activations Exceed 500,000 Per Day

Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, has disclosed that Android activations amount to more than 500,000 per day and continue to grow at a pace of 4.4% worldwide. This is a major leap from the 300,000/day back in December of 2010 and 200,000/day in October of the same year. Also back in October, Steve Jobs said during Apple’s conference call that the company was activating 275,000 iOS devices per day and up to 300,000 on peak days. Back then the number crushed Android’s, but what about now?

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Analyst Believes iPhone 3GS is Here to Stay

BMO Capital’s Keith Bachman and his firm believe that the iPhone 3GS will maintain its position as the low-end iPhone, even after the release of the iPhone 5. Bachman’s position comes after Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore’s claimed yesterday that a new mid-range iPhone “4S” would be debuted alongside the iPhone 5 this Fall, which would seemingly render the iPhone 3GS obsolete. Whitmore cited that the new mid-range iPhone would be unlocked with a $349 price tag.

FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger also doubts the idea of a new low-end iPhone, citing that there are “no near-term plans for a low-end iPhone for emerging markets, or a new iPhone in a transparent case.” If the iPhone 3GS does indeed remain in Apple’s current product lineup, it’ll be the first iPhone to have been available for over three years.

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Top Fruit Shows Off The Healthiest iPhone Ever

Top Fruit has created a delicious looking iPhone consisting of nothing but fruits and vegetables. Literally, this is a giant iPhone made out of bananas, oranges, grapes, watermelon, and more. Interestingly enough, “blackberries” are also one of the fruits used. The only downside to this creative project is that it is a waste of food, regardless of it being composted as the video makers claim.

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OS X 10.6.8 Adds TRIM Support for SSDs

The latest version of OS X Snow Leopard was released last week to prepare machines for the impending release of Apple’s next major operating system update, Lion. The release featured a few security patches and bug fixes, but the addition of TRIM support went unnoticed.

TRIM significantly increases the performance and lifespan of solid state drives by clearing blocks of data as they are deleted (like using the insert key while typing, as described in this video). Apple enabled TRIM support in 10.6.6, but only for MacBook Pros that came with SSDs installed from the factory. TRIM on 10.6.8 still requires an official Apple drive, but it allows all Macs which can be preconfigured with SSDs to benefit from the support.

Oskar Groth was able to hack together an application to enable TRIM support on any SSD, but obviously, native support is much preferred. Lion will feature TRIM support at release (and already does in the developer preview), but those with aftermarket SSDs who plan on sticking with Snow Leopard can try the above 3rd party solution. There’s no word on whether Apple will fully support aftermarket SSDs in a future update to OS X.

The update also gives users a noticeable graphics bump, up to a 48% increase in performance in OpenGL benchmarks. 10.6.8 can be downloaded via Software Update.

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