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Apple Announces One Day Sale in Asia for Lunar New Year

Some are dubbing Apple’s Lunar New Year Sale the “Red Friday” sale since the event is the Asian equivalent of the American shopping tradition of Black Friday, intended to bring out shoppers celebrating the Lunar New Year in Asian countries.

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Quit Your Job App Helps You Break Up With Your Job

quit your jobIf you’re looking for a brand new start, quitting your job is probably a great way to do so. Now, there’s an app to help you do just that. Kind of.

The app is from TheLadders, a job matching website, but the app is designed by the same group that created Break-Up Text. It sets you up with the three obvious scenarios for quitting your job: to get rich, to start a new job, or to get away from the corporate world. Then, select the recipient – your boss, your partner, or friend from your contact list. Expect a message like this: Read more

Apple Sees $10B in Apps Sold in 2013

App_Store_LogoApple said its App Store sold $10 billion in apps in 2013. A billion worth were sold in December alone when 3 billion apps were downloaded, “making it the most successful month in App Store history,” the company said.

The App Store has generated $15 billion for developers so far, Apple said.

Apple praised developers for making it a successful season and touted the impact of iOS 7. The company also gave special credit to a handful of brands and “surprise hits.” Read more

The Innocent Rivalry Between Siri and Scarlette Johansson “Her”

SiriHer, the movie, is a forward looking near-future film examining the ever pervasive role of artificial intelligence and technology in our everyday life. In the film, heartbroken Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his female operating system, Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

According to director Spike Jonze, the movie Her was developed before the release of Siri, but naturally the resemblance has been drawn by more than just moviegoers. Siri has also taken notice. As reported by Buzzfeed, when users asked about “Her,” Siri has a few snarky, slightly disparaging replies.

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Apple Acquires Mobile Photo Startup SnappyLabs

snappycam-pro-snappycam1-1-s-307x512Apple and many other larger companies are continuously acquiring startups, many of which have developed great apps we’ve featured, so it’s no surprise that SnappyLabs was snapped up by Apple so quickly – there were many offers coming from multiple companies to purchase the one-man company who developed the app SnappyCam, probably the fastest mobile camera app around.

Built by John Papandriopoulos, the app gave the iPhone camera some great features for burst mode photography. The app utilized great jpeg formatting that allowed the phone to compress images much faster than without the app, which meant users can get great shots of movements without losing quality.  Read more

iPhone Users Performed Better Than Others on ‘Test of Wits’

As it turns out, iPhone users are generally better at the problem solving game ‘Test of Wits’ than any other smartphone users. In Ladbroke’s small survey of 1000 smartphone users, iPhone users averaged 94 seconds for the brainteasers while Google users were second with 99 seconds and Blackberry was last with 118 seconds.


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Apple Continues Patent Trolling With Voice Tagging for Photos

appleApple’s latest patent filing is another move towards more patent trolling – a patent filing for implementing voice tagging that’s already been patented by Nokia. According to the document, the patent was filed on March 13, 2013 which was clearly after Nokia’s voice tagging patent filed on December 17, 2004. To compare the two features filed to the US Patent Office, we’ll share the abstract form both documents:

Apple (March 13, 2013)

The electronic device with one or more processors and memory provides a digital photograph of a real-world scene. The electronic device provides a natural language text string corresponding to a speech input associated with the digital photograph. Read more

Taiwan Fines Apple for Interfering with Carrier’s iPhone Pricing

iphone5cThe Fair Trade Commission (FTC) in Taiwan has fined Apple $667,000 for price fixing. According to the penalty, Apple is not allowed to meddle with carrier’s pricing plans once they have purchased the rights for iPhone distribution, which gives carriers complete rights to sell the iPhones at their own discretions.

In a statement about the fine, the commission also added, Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.”

The ruling only applies to iPhones – iPads were not mentioned in the fine. If Apple does not comply, the FTC will bring on an additional fine of $1.67 million.

Apple Releases iOS 7 ‘Tech Talk’ Videos

Screen Shot 2013-12-24 at 8.27.43 AMApple has released the videos from its exclusive app and game developer days held around the globe this fall.

Developers were invited to apply to join the 2013 education events that included one-on-one programming advice and design tips. Of course, not everyone gets in to the Apple “Tech Talks.”

The New York app developer day was held Oct. 15. But Monday night Apple released videos of the day’s sessions, including “Architecting Modern Apps” parts one and two; “App Store Distribution and Marketing”; and “Security and Privacy in iOS 7.”

Registered developers can now access the talks here.

Don’t Forget…the App Store Is on Holiday

App_Store_Logo Apple’s iTunes Connect officially began its holiday break on Saturday, Dec. 21, and it will be closed through Friday. Apple warned developers of the shutdown earlier this month.

The iTunes Connect portal lets companies manage their apps from submitting a new one to making updates. That means no new iOS apps or updates until after Dec. 27.

View the official reminder from Apple that was shared with AppNewser after the jump: Read more