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Google realizes the importance of its Drive online file storage service in our always on, always connected world. To make Drive better for users and developers alike, Google has added two new features, app data folders and custom properties, to its Drive SDK.
The app data folder serves as a hidden storage space that developers can use to store configuration files and other important app data that shouldn’t be changed by the user. Files stored within an app data folder are hidden from both the user and from other apps. Only your app can see what is stored within this location. It prevents other apps from taking information from your files and also stops users from accidentally deleting core app files.
Borderlands 2 arrived on the Mac late last year, but unfortunately the publisher, Aspyr Media, wasn’t able to get the multiplayer working in time for the release. Today the company has released a patch that enables multiplayer co-op through Game Center, along with leaderboards and achievements.
Aspyr has also made five different content packs available through in-app purchase, so you can pick up new items, new levels, and the Mechromancer class as well. To celebrate the game’s update, Aspyr has put the title on sale at 50% off for a limited time, so you can grab it for just $29.99 right now. It’s a shame this content wasn’t available at launch, but better late than never, and having the game available at such a low price puts us in a pretty forgiving mood anyway.
Germany’s Federal Patent Court on Thursday invalidated all of Apple’s claims for its slide to unlock patent. The news comes courtesy of Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents who was in the courtroom observing the proceeding in question.
Yesterday around the TUAW water cooler a number of us expressed our love of Due, an app for Mac and iOS that is basically a simple timer/reminder application (my original review here). After trying dozens of timer apps, I think Due wins for a number of features that make it stand out from a very crowded field. After all, your iDevice comes with a timer in the Clock app, and there’s Apple’s Reminders app. While Reminders syncs with iCloud, your alarms in the Clock app do not. Due can help you stay focused and never overcook a boiling egg again.
Due’s interface is simple as can be. There are three views: Reminders, Timers and Logged Reminders. You can quickly set a reminder for later in the day, or whenever. Due accepts natural language instructions, so you could say “next Thursday at 1pm” and it’ll set a reminder alarm for just that. Note that Due doesn’t integrate with the built-in Reminders app, so I’m only referring to reminders (lower case) within Due itself.
UK retailer GAME is ready to begin selling iPads. Not just iPads, but a whole army of tablets, each ready to fly into the arms of credit card-wielding consumers.
Like other video game/console chains, GAME has struggled a but as more and more consumers purchase downloadable games it has realized that selling the hardware that gives access to some of the world’s most prolific virtual game shops is a good business move. Here’s hoping an infusion of tablet goodness brings shoppers back into its stores, even if those shoppers don’t come back to buy games for their tablets.