Apple Follows In Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Footsteps, Makes OS X Updates Free

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Apple announced today at its event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens that its forthcoming update to OS X, Mavericks, will come at no cost to consumers. This is a change for Apple, a company that in the past charged for updates to its desktop operating system.

Those fees were low — less than $50 — but they existed. And by dropping the cost of OS X updates to zero, Apple is following in Microsoft’s footsteps. Microsoft, of course, recently released its Windows 8.1 update to Windows 8 for free to all Windows 8 users.

If Apple were to charge for the update to OS X after Microsoft — a company notorious for high software prices — made its own update free, Apple would appear quite miserly.

Now, there are some small pieces to keep in mind. Given that Apple only sells OS X as a component of its PC…

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX

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Amazon announced two new tablets joining their already existing line. These two new top-of-the-line tablets are named HDX. They come in 7 inch and 8.9 inch versions and feature a new tech-support feature called “Mayday”. This “Mayday” feature let you video-chat with an Amazon support representative at any time of day about any trouble you are having with the tablet. It is available around the clock on every day of the year and can be accessed through a button in the quick settings bar.
The tablets themselves have gotten a slight boost in everything compared to older models, but it is not anything extraordinary. The OS itself has gotten a v .1 update  and some minor kinks were fixed. Other then that, it is believed that the only reason for these tablets even appearing is to promote the “Mayday” feature and provide a basis for future tablets, if this feature…

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FoodieQuest App-In-The-Making Wants To Gamify Food Photos

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FoodieQuest is an app in the making that wants to turn the craze for taking photos of food — second only to the selfie in the photo-sharing hierarchy — into a sticky social game. The app, being demoed in alpha form at startup alley here at TechCrunch Disrupt, will let users snap a photo of their dinner and then pit it against another dish pic taken by someone else. It’s like hot or not for food — or piping hot/undercooked, to stick with the culinary theme.

Users will be able to compete against friends or any other app user, but all shots are anonymised until you vote on the dish you like the look of best to keep the competition pure. Once you’ve voted, you get to see who took the shot and where it was taken — assuming the snapper tagged it with that info.

The app will also let users extend their…

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Sony’s New Device: The PS Vita TV

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Along with the PS Vita 2000, that I might not make a post about, Sony showed off a new streaming box that just might rival the Roku and the Apple TV. The PS Vita TV shown to stream internet TV (Netflix, Hulu, etc), music, and PS3/4 content. You can also play Vita games, mostly why it’s called the Vita TV. There is a slot for PS Vita games and a slot for an expandable memory card.

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Not a lot of information is known about this device other then the basics. The PS Vita TV will be released on November 14th in Japan for, what would be for us, 95 – 100 dollars. There’s no official US release date or price but it’s believe to be out a month after the PS4 and will sell at 100 dollars.

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Also, when I looked up everything I could, that was in English, and after showing the…

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Founder Stories: Matt MacInnis On Leaving Apple To Start Inkling

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This week’s Founder Stories features Inkling Founder and CEO Matt MacInnis. Inkling, the 100-employee cloud publishing company, recently announced a $16 million Series C funding. With inevitable growth, it is an interesting time for Inkling. But that story is still unfolding, so Matt and I went back to the beginning to talk more about how the company started and what inspired him to leave Apple after eight years to build a startup:

You don’t see a lot of successful startup CEOs coming out of Apple. And what I think I’ve learned in hindsight is that a lot of the methods that you apply in a company that has a tailwind, where the resources you got are just sort of poured on, because the model works. The products are successful and in Apple’s case, for example, being insanely secretive about what you are doing. That doesn’t work…

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