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iMac vs. MacBook

Apple had a record Christmas quarter after crushing all expectations and setting a new world record for the most profitable quarter ever in the history of any company. While iPhone sales -- specifically the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions -- brought in a significant chunk of revenue and profit, Apple also sold plenty of iPads and Macs during the period. In fact, the company keeps selling lots of OS X computers each quarter, with Apple constantly tweaking their design and performance.

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Apple wants some Watch apps ready in two weeks

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According to sources who spoke to MacRumors on condition of anonymity, Apple told certain developers to have their Watch apps ready by mid-February.

Ostensibly, among them is one of biggest Apple Pay partners who was reportedly asked to prepare an iOS app with WatchKit support and have it ready to launch in the App Store by February 12.

The wrist-worn gizmo is arriving in April, Apple CEO told investors on an earnings call earlier this week. Conventional wisdom says testing third-party apps ahead of the launch is necessary to ensure key Watch apps work properly and, more importantly, don’t create a major drain on the battery.

Another possibility: carefully-selected developers get a chance to show off their apps at a launch event, assuming there’s any. In addition to furthering the Watch narrative, featuring third-party apps in live demos at another event would go a great length toward explaining what the Watch is really for and maybe turn us all into believers.

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New Adobe apps: Digital Editions e-book reader and PaintCan for turning photos into paintings

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Adobe has published a pair of new applications on the App Store, Adobe Digital Editions and PaintCan. The former allows you to access and manage e-reading material in Adobe’s DRM-protected format on your iPad, with editions for Windows and Mac PCs also available for achieving cross-platform nirvana.

The latter, as the name suggest, is an easy-to-use painting software for creating nice-looking artworks from your favorite photos using either one of the preset brushes with different textures or your own brushes customized to your liking.... Read the rest of this post here


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Photos of Apple’s Chongqing store, opening tomorrow ahead of Chinese New Year

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Apple is scheduled to open a new flagship retail store in Jiefangbei Square in Chongqing, China, its second store in the city.

The beautiful structure borrows Apple’s Pudong store design in Shanghai: an above-ground all-glass cylinder with an Apple logo and a hand-painted mural conceals the actual store located under street level.

Apple invited select members of the press on a tour of the Chongqing store ahead of the grand opening tomorrow at 10am local time and Chinese blog MacX posted a series of images showing the store’s deceptively large underground interior.... Read the rest of this post here


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SAVE $42 IF YOU HURRY! 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free right now

Best Free iPhone Apps

Another busy week is coming to a close and here on the East Coast, we survived the blizzard that never was. What better way to celebrate than with a fresh list of cool paid iPhone and iPad apps that can be downloaded for free for a limited time? Yesterday's list was an awesome one, and a few gems are still available for free if you hurry.

Today, we have eight new apps for you that normally cost a combined $42 to download, but they're all completely free for a short time.

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AOL shutting down popular Apple blog TUAW

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Sad news in the Apple publishing community today. Word on the street is that AOL, amid a new round of lay-offs, is going to shut down TUAW, one of the longest-standing publications and among the most successful blogs in the Weblogs, Inc. portfolio.

TUAW, which derived its name from the acronym for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, was founded in 2004 to cover tips, reviews, news, analysis and opinion on everything Apple.

According to TechCrunch, AOL will be folding both TUAW and Jostiq, a video gaming blog founded in 2004, into Engadget, another high-profile publication it acquired as part of the 2005 purchase of Weblogs, Inc. and its network of about 90 blogs.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple isn’t even Samsung’s biggest nightmare

Apple Vs Samsung

Samsung's holiday quarter wasn't as devastating as the previous quarter, which saw the company's profit plummet 60% on-year, but the company's fourth-quarter report still showed steep declines in profit and revenue as Samsung continues its struggle to steady the ship. The South Korean giant has enjoyed explosive growth over the past couple of years, but pressure from Apple at the high end and from dirt-cheap Android phone makers at the low end has created a puzzle that Samsung can't quite seem to piece together yet.

There is no question that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus comprise a terrifying nightmare for Samsung, which has seen its high-end phone sales dwindle since the phones were released this past September. But as it turns out, Samsung's biggest headache may lie elsewhere.

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Facebook launches new Place Tips feature in your News Feed, rolls out Facebook Bluetooth Beacons

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Yesterday, Facebook announced a new feature in the hope of fending off threat posed by Foursquare and Yelp, both of which rule the crowd-sourced location discovery market.

Place Tips, as it’s called, injects useful information about the place you’re right at, including your friends’ recommendations and “fun, useful and relevant info,” right inside your News Feed.

But don’t your worry, you can turn it off at anytime!... Read the rest of this post here


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Study: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most valuable handsets of 2014

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Trade-In Prices

A British study conducted by trade-in monitoring company CompareMyMoble, and shared by Phone Arena, reveals that Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most valuable devices of 2014, followed distantly by Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3.

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Opinion: neither the iPad Pro nor 12-inch MacBook Air make much sense to me

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There’s a lot going on at Apple right now. Record quarters aside, there is a lot to be hopeful for as 2015 gets into full swing, and not just because the fabled Apple Watch is finally on the horizon. If the rumors are to be believed we could see both the iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air some time in the next eleven months, and both have plenty of people excited.

The iPad Pro story is one that has gone on for years now, and with photos of supposed parts for the new tablet starting to crop up, it’s looking more and more likely that not only is the thing real, but it’s not too far away either.

The same can be said about the 12-inch MacBook Air. Again, photographs of what it is claimed are parts for the unannounced product have started to circulate around the internet, and the noises that it might only have one USB Type-C connector rather than a MagSafe for power have meant that there have been plenty of column inches and podcast hours afforded to the subject.

But what is all the excitement really about, and more importantly, is it justified?... Read the rest of this post here


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