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Zynga announced yesterday that it was laying off about 18% of its work staff, or about 520 employees, which is bad news for any company. But it turns out that this set of folks includes most of the crew of OMGPOP, the company Zynga acquired for its uber popular app Draw Something last year. It was only last March that Zynga picked up OMGPOP for $200 million after Draw Something became a big hit, and while the app did both grow and spawn a sequel under Zynga’s oversight, OMGPOP’s CEO Dan Porter left the company just a few months ago, and now most of the original staff is out of a job.
Once in a while there’s an incremental OS X update with a ton of bug fixes. This is one of them. Check out the list for 10.8.4:
- Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
- Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
- A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
- A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
- Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
- Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games
- A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages
- Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones
- A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
- A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
- Addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named “Home”
- A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying
- Resolves an issue saving files to an Xsan volume from certain applications
- Improves Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a .local domain
- Improves OpenDirectory data replication
- Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
- Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts
Asus’ new PQ321 4K monitor will be released at the end of June and brings with it some pretty beefy display capabilities. The 31.5-inch monitor can output images and video up to a resolution of 3840×3160. That’s a lot of high resolution desktop for its $4,000 asking price. But is it worth it? Our friends over at The Verge were able to get a hands-on test of the monitor and have come to a simple conclusion: this screen is a beast but might be too much monitor for MacBook Pro users.
The Verge tested the monitor out on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a GeForce GT 650M GPU. They found that even with the GPU capable of handling the 4k’s ultra high output, the best the MacBook could do was upscale content to meet the 4k’s resolution. Even then high performance programs like Adobe Lightroom experienced lag, which is understandable.
According to to a new research report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, Apple’s base of 500 million active user accounts is higher than any other company, save for Facebook which has 1.05 billion accounts. Amazon, meanwhile, checks in at third place with 200 million accounts.
A crucial difference, however, is that Apple has 500 million credit card accounts on file. Apple is therefore able to leverage its software and services in a way that competitors simply can’t match.
Apple’s new headquarters building is still years away from completion in 2016, and as part of the approval process for the new facility, Apple has just released a report prepared by Keyser Marston Associates for the City of Cupertino, California that details the “Economic and Fiscal Impacts Generated by Apple in Cupertino.”
Apple Campus 2 will include the “spaceship” office building that will house about 12,000 employees, plus other buildings (research and development labs, a central plant, auditorium, and fitness center) that add another 1,000 people to the mix. The report doesn’t include the impact of 1,200 more employees who will eventually be added as part of a Phase 2 building program.