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Apple has introduced a massive wrinkle in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.
Apple is spending US$161 million just to build a new theater inside its in-progress "Spaceship" headquarter, or Apple Campus 2. BuildZoom uncovered this Apple factoid through building permits filed with the City of Cupertino.
Our friends at Stack Social have brought special pricing for the holidays for the Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch. It includes 30 hours of video tutorials that show you how to design iOS apps using Sketch design software. You'll learn how to use Sketch, tips on workflow, understanding the role of plugins, practice designing by mimicking popular icons and apps, and more. Normally our deal pricing on this bundle is $89 (retail is $499), but for a few more days you can get it for $49.
Google is a major force in the world of CAPTCHA, providing a CAPTCHA API used in websites all over, including online commerce sites, feedback forms, Bitcoin faucets (oy ve, but these have made me a CAPTCHA expert), and others. The company announced a new API Wednesday called "CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" that is intended to make the process of proving you're human less painful. (Check out the video below the fold.)
If you're active, clumsy, or both, you may need serious protection for your iPhone 6—today's deal will help you with that. It's called the iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle, and it starts with the Slim Armor CS hard case (gunmetal color). This case for your iPhone 6 uses a cushion of air for extra shock absorption, and is designed to have a slim footprint. The bundle also has the GLAS.tR SLIM screen protector and the LCD Cleaner Set for keeping it clean. Retail on this package is $85, but you can get it through our deal for $34.99.
Some of GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) creditors want to question Jeff Williams, Senior Vice President of Operations at Apple. While Apple is also a creditor of GTAT, this other group is seeking proof that a settlement proposal between Apple and GTAT is in the best interests of GTAT. Apple has so far refused to make Mr. Williams available.
Today's deal allows you to backup your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and more on up to five mobile devices. The service is called iDrive, and it provides client-side 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key. Better yet, you can backup from one device and restore to another—and that's a cross-platform feature. Backup from iOS and restore to Android or Windows Phone, and vice versa. Through our deal, this is a $10.
Have a band and want to monetize your fan base? There's an app for that called appLOUD. The free app allows fans and artists to post concert videos, and tag those videos with a band's Twitter handle and the band's genre hashtag. The app then automatically connects the video to iTunes and concert ticket sales, and it even allows fans to directly tip bands.
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If you like music, download the app. If you appreciate a good performance, pony up. If you know someone with a band, tell them about this.
iPod. Remember when that was a thing? There's a group of lawyers somewhere who do, because Apple is finally facing a long-threatened class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations concerning iPod and iTunes. The trial starts on Tuesday, according to Reuters, and plaintiffs are seeking US$350 million in damages.
This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen: the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker. It's a speaker that's a globe and it levitates. Seriously. It levitates. It floats in mid-air while it plays music or acts as your speaker phone, or whatever. Magnets are frakking cool. Check out the video in the deal listing to see it in action. It connects to an audio source via Bluetooth, plus it levitates. Drop in Luke Skywalker with a helmet over this eyes, and you can have yourself a proper SciFi shindig. The Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker ships in January for $199. Stack Social has it on preorder for $195—when your speaker levitates, you don't have to discount it much. But this week only it's $179.99. So check it out and start counting down the days until it ships.