Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World AIDS Day

1 hour, 8 minutes ago · · News

Apple launched a World AIDS Day campaign on Monday as part of the (RED) project that includes apps with exclusive content. The iPhone and iPad maker will also donate a portion of its Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) global sales to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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It's great that Apple is doing its part for Global Fund to fight AIDS funding, and it's really cool to see app developers throwing in their support, too.

iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps

10:30 AM, Nov. 22nd, 2014 · · News

Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.

Judge Approves Apple iBooks $450 Million Antitrust Settlement

6:47 PM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · · News

Justice?

Judge Denise Cote gave final approval to a settlement between Apple and class-action plaintiffs over antitrust claims regarding iBooks. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay the class $400 million in damages for price fixing in the ebook market, while lawyers get $50 million.

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And meanwhile, the company that actually has more than 60 percent market share of the online retail book market and ebook market rolls on. Nice work, DoJ/Judge Cote.

Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are

5:18 PM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · · News

How Big Is It?

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.

Google Agrees to Settlement in Rockstar Patent Infringement Fight

11:53 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · · News

Google's fight over patent infringement claims from Rockstar Consortium is coming to and end thanks to a deal the two struck earlier in November. The filing went public this week, but it doesn't offer up any details about what Google agreed to as part of the deal.

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It's been interesting watching this case play out because, for once, Apple is on the other side of the patent troll claims — at least to a small degree. Rockstar Consortium is a non-practicing patent holding entity, although its investors do get to take advantage of the patents in its portfolio.

Apple Blocks Outdated Flash Players Over Security Issues [Update]

9:44 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · · News

Flash Bugs

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from launching. The change means you'll need Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.

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New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.

Apple Reportedly Plans Cheaper Beats Music in iOS in 2015

7:53 PM, Nov. 20th, 2014 · · News

Beats Music

Apple is working behind the scenes to secure better pricing for Beats Music customers before including it as a service in iOS in 2015. Citing unnamed sources "briefed on the plans," The Financial Times reported that Apple is looking for a retail price of US$5 per month for subscribers, while record labels are holding out for a higher price.

Apple Changes App Store ‘Free’ Button to ‘Get’

6:25 PM, Nov. 20th, 2014 · · News

Get

Apple has changed the wording for free and freemium apps—where once the download button said "Free," it is now labeled "Get," as shown in the screenshot below. Apple didn't announce the change, but it seems likely the change is part of Apple's efforts to comply with tighter European Commission rules governing the way Apple, Google, Amazon, and other market "free" apps.