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Fusion Radar: May 9, 2012

May 11th, 2012 - by brittany - Salt Lake City, Utah

Adobe CS6 Release

Creatives rejoice! The latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite has officially been released to the world. While Adobe CS6 will likely have some great incremental upgrades for each of its products, the biggest news to note is that this release marks the first time some of the products will be available for download through Adobe Creative Cloud. Instead of buying a one time installation, as is typical with software, Adobe Creative Cloud will allow users to have a 1 year subscription plan for ~ $50 a month. This method of purchase will allow users to access all products available through the Creative Cloud as well as any upgrades to products during their year subscription.


We’ve recently been experimenting with Unicorn, an HTTP server similar to Mongrel or Thin. It’s fast, light, and configurable. If you’re a Rails developer and haven’t yet tried out Unicorn, we think it’s worth a look.

Apache Solr

Apache Solr is a Java based search platform that uses a REST-like API, “making it easy to use from virtually any programming language.” Solr uses the Lucene Java search library, which makes it so robust that it powers some of the largest and best web services. Solr has an extensive set of features that set it apart from competition including: Full-Text Search Capabilities, Extensible Plugin Architecture, Standards Based Open Interfaces, Geospatial Search, and others.

Apple Confirms iPhoto Using OpenStreetMap Data

OpenStreetMap just got another big endorsement. Apple confirmed last week that it has been using OpenStreetMap’s data since March for its iPhoto app. Previously, iPhoto had been using data from Google Maps to geotag photos taken with iPhones or iPads. After OpenStreetMap’s team discovered the update, they released a blog post and screenshot proving the change. Apple then confirmed the switch.

LG Announces the Latest Round of Google TV

LG has officially confirmed the May 21st release of a new TV powered by Google TV. Speculation on a collaboration between LG and Google has been swirling since November 2011. LG debuted this news at CES in January but a date was never set. It seems that we only have to wait a little over a month to determine whether or not the device will live up to the manufacturer’s, and public’s, expectations.

LG is not the first manufacturer to release a TV powered by Google TV, but the previous attempts by other companies have revealed themselves as flops. However, LG could be the secret ingredient missing from previous attempts.