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Apple's HIG in the iBookstore and other news for May 14, 2014

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We've got some Wednesday afternoon news for you. Apple's HIG becomes a more convenient to read, iCloud angers a Norwegian watchdog group, Logic Pro X gets an update and some users are stuck in iMessage purgatory. Finally, iOS apps run on Android, but very, very slowly.

  • Apple has published its Human Interface Guidelines to the iBookstore. The guide has been available via the company's developer portal for some time, but now it's much more convenient for those with an iPad, an iPhone or the iBooks app on OS X Mavericks. This edition has the added benefit of inline video playback and annotations. Go get it, developers.
  • A watchdog group says iCloud agreements are at odds with Norwegian law. The Norwegian Consumer Council recently conducted a study of seven cloud companies operating in its market. The results found that iCloud's customer agreement is difficult to understand and, at 8,600 words, is "convoluted and unclear." The group has filed a formal complaint.
  • Logic Pro X update brings some nice improvements. Version 10.0.7 offers 24 processing threads for those 12-core Mac Pro models, plus smaller changes like fixes to the snap and alignment guides.
  • "iMessage purgatory" is a problem for some. A Lifehacker editor switched from an iPhone to an Android device, and brought his number along with him. Unfortunately, his text messages aren't making the journey. It seems they're being re-routed to iMessage, where they reside in a state of limbo. An Apple rep told him that it's an issue they're aware of and working on.
  • Some students have gotten iOS running on an Android device. By "running" I mean "operating so slowly you'll think the video has frozen." They're using the Cider compatibility layer, which tricks apps into believing they're in their natural setting by adjusting code on the fly. It's fun to watch, but cross-compatibility is still a dweam within a dweam.
  • The charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended, generating US$300,001. The revenue will benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, not to mention the lucky devil (and friend) who gets to have lunch with Tim. While the auction beat its goal of $100K, it fell short of last year's winning bid of $610K.

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