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Adobe, Amazon Expand Into Mobile Market

March 8, 2013

Adrian McCoy

Two heavyweights in the digital world -- Amazon and Adobe -- are expanding their footprint on mobile devices.

Adobe debuted a mobile app version of its Photoshop digital photo editing software.

Photoshop Touch for Android and iPhone/iPod has many core Photoshop features, including layers and filters, color adjustments and effects.

Adobe already had an iPad version, but the new app brings its photo editing features to smaller devices. Now users can take a photo on their phone, edit it on the device and continue working on it on their computer with desktop versions of Photoshop.

App buyers get 2 GB of free storage in the Adobe Creative Cloud. More storage space is available with monthly plans at $19.99 and $49.99.

The price: $4.99 for iPhone and Android. The iPad version is $9.99.

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The Amazon Cloud Player, which plays music downloads purchased and stored in the online retailer's cloud, is now available as an app for iPad and iPad mini.

Amazon Cloud users can store up to 250 songs for free and can purchase more storage space.

Amazon introduced Cloud Player apps for iPhone and iPod Touch last summer.

But you will want to sit out the latest Amazon Kindle app for mobile Apple devices until the dust settles.

On Feb. 26, Amazon launched version 3.6.1 for iPhone and iPad, which had minor bug fixes.

Instead the app deleted entire libraries and readers experienced a digital version of "Fahrenheit 451," Ray Bradbury's classic novel about a society where books were banned and burned.

Amazon issued a statement telling users that their purchases are safe and available for re-download in the Amazon Cloud.

A new update has been posted. There are still a few lingering complaints in the user comments for the new version, but others are reporting that they're having no problems accessing their Kindle libraries.

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Netflix has introduced its own entry into the movie and TV awards competition. The Flixies are a people's choice election designed to honor "the ways you really watch" films and TV shows.

Categories include best Commute Shrotner, Guilty Pleasure, Hangover Cure, Tantrum Tamer (for kids) and TV Marathon.

Voting ends Sunday and the winners will be announced Monday.

Ballots can be cast at the Flixies Facebook page.

Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.


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