Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it's become quite popular since we gave it an Editors' Choice Award in 2009. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It's normally priced at $19.99.
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.
The Mac Observer Spin: 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.
If you're giving or getting stuff for the holidays, you're going to need batteries. Enter today's deal, because you can get 100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell batteries for $59.99. That's enough batteries for every remote in the house-even the ones you have no idea what they go to. Every toy, every gadget, and every laser pointer. With this deal, you can power them all. The retail price on this pack is $160, but the deal ends later today. So, you know, giddy up! [Update: this deal rolls over to a new seven day counter once it expires. - Bryan]
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! It's here. It's finally here! Ironhide Studios released Kingdom Rush Origins. That sound you're hearing is my holiday week vanishing in a puff of extended iPad tapping. Seriously, the Kingdom Rush franchise are my favorite iPad games, and each addition gets better. Established as a prequel to Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Kingdom Rush Origins is a tower defense game. With the help of a mobile hero, the player sets up towers to defend paths from an invading force. It's tons of fun, with new tower types, new heroes, new monsters, and assumedly a new final boss. The iPhone version is $2.99, while the "HD" iPad version is $4.99 (I recommend it on iPad). You can easily play without making any in-game purchases.
With Google and Rockstar Consortium reaching an agreement in their patent infringement fight, the big question is what does this mean for Apple? Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's possible interest in the deal, plus they have something to say about what impact cutting the price of a Beats Music subscription could mean for the company and artists in the music industry.
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.
The Mac Observer Spin: 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 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 184.108.40.206 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.
The Mac Observer Spin: 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.
Today we're going to discuss how to use "Send Last Location" within iOS 8, which'll allow your iPhone or iPad to automatically transmit its location right before its battery dies. This could potentially help you to recover a lost or stolen device with a dead battery, so we think it's important! Melissa Holt is going to teach us all about it in this Quick Tip.
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 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.
Scanners. Remember when they were a thing? If you were a real computer geek, you needed one. And the more space it took on your desk, the more impressive it was. Then digital camera became a thing, and the number one activity we used scanners for-scanning printed photographs-became a quaint relic packed away with our FAX machines. But there are still things we need to scan. Receipts, contracts, the award your kid got for doing something nifty at school, that photograph of your great grandmother everyone in the family wants a copy of, but the negative might well be a slab of glass lost at the turn of the previous century. Anyway, enter Doxie Go! Nancy Carroll Gravley reviewed it for us, and through today's deal, you can get one for $139 (it retails for $199). Snap it up, because the deal expires in five days.
It's iTunes smack down day on Daily Observations, but not for everyone. Dave Hamilton, Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they don't - or do - like about iTunes 12, what they'd like to see change in Apple's media manager app, why iTunes has evolved into the conglomeration it is today, and more.
iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats - such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV - to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast. You can try out WALTR for free and a license costs US$14.97.
Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.
The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.