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Internet search giant Google has agreed to a US$17 million settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia for sidestepping the privacy settings in Apple's Safari Web browser. The settlement follows a similar deal with the Federal Trade Commission that led to a $22.5 million fine.
Mac and iOS developers planning on releasing new titles or updates before the end of the year shouldn't procrastinate until the end of December because Apple will be shutting down its iTunes Connect service between December 21 and December 27. iTunes Connect is the service where developers submit their apps and updates for approval before they're pushed live on the App Store or Mac App Store.
Judge Lucy Koh told Apple that it can't go after lost profits as part of the damages related to four of the five patents in its damages retrial against Samsung based on an assumption as to when the company might have started working around the iPhone and iPad maker's patents. That's good news for Samsung and a perplexing position for Apple because the ruling doesn't seem to follow any sort of logic.
Apple has begun taking iTunes Store pre-orders for Dance (RED) Saves Lives, Vol. 2 with plans to officially release the album on November 25. Just like last year's Dance (RED) album, all of the proceeds will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The album includes 24 tracks from artists such as Katy Perry, Coldplay, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Robin Thicke, Icona Pop, and more. The album costs US$9.99, and Celebrate from Empire of the Sun is available now when you pre-order. Just like last year, it's a great mix of music and it supports a great cause, too.
PrimeSense, the company that developed the motion tracking technology Microsoft first used for its Kinect Xbox accessory, is reportedly about to get snapped up by Apple in a US$345 million deal. Sources said the deal is expected to close by the end of the week, and the cost could climb as $365 million.
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PrimeSense brings more to the table for Apple than just cool motion tracking technology. The company also makes compact chips for mobile devices and has top notch engineers on staff. Sure, that could be a hint that Apple really is working on a television, but it's far more compelling to think this is a strategic move into the wearable technology market.
Apple's iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote gained some new collaboration features on Thursday. The iCloud versions of the iWork apps run in Web browsers so users can make and edit documents without needing the native Mac, iPhone, or iPad versions of the apps.
Apple released Aperture 3.5.1 on late on Thursday with with a fix for issues related to face detection overlays. Aperture is Apple's pro level photo management and editing application for the Mac.
Audioengine just released a new DAC, or digital to analog converter, that significantly improves the quality of the audio from your Mac or PC. The D3 is a 24-bit DAC that connects via USB and doesn't require any special software. Just plug it in, then connect your headphones or external speakers for better sounding music. The D3 shows up just like any other audio output, can be controlled through your computers system volume settings, and is built into an injection molded aluminum case so its durable enough for travel, plus it doesn't need an external power source so there aren't any extra cables to get in your way. It's priced at US$189 and available at the Audioengine website as well as other retailers.
The elusive Retina Display iPad mini has found its way into the hands of the crew at iFixit, and the first thing they did was put it under the knife. Their tear down showed much of what we expected to see since it's essentially a smaller version of the iPad Air, but it does have a larger than expected battery.
David Sparks' latest Field Guide ebook is out, and this time he's taking on your email. His new book, appropriately titled "Email," dives into email workflows, tips and tricks for keeping your email under control, the best email apps for the Mac, iOS and PC, and includes video interviews with Merlin Mann, Rob Corddry, and more. Not only is "Email"
loaded with great information on handling your email, but it looks great, too. You can pick up "Email" at the iBookstore for US$9.99, or as a PDF at the macsparky website.