January 19

AAPL: 96.66

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CBC News is reporting that Apple would not disclose Apple ID passwords to a widow after presenting her late husband’s death certificates and her will. Instead, Apple demanded Peggy Bush, 72, to attain a court order in order to gain access to the account. See the video after the jump for the full story.

Initially, Apple said that a death certificate would suffice but the company changed its mind on followup calls, making this situation even more frustrating for Bush. She just wanted to play her iPad freemium card game in peace. Law regarding digital assets after death is murky, although Bush points out that death certificates enabled her to transfer pensions and benefits, making it seem ridiculous that Apple would also not cooperate with the same information.

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January 13

AAPL: 97.39

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If you’ve ever wanted a little something more out of the Contacts app on iOS, you may be in for a treat with the latest app from Agile Tortoise, which makes the popular Drafts text actions app. Interact is a new contacts app on the iPhone and iPad made for power users. The app includes an iOS extension for creating contacts from information found in other apps, a scratchpad feature for parsing details you jot down for creating new entries, better group management than the built-in contacts app, and much more. Check it out below:

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January 6

AAPL: 100.70

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January 4

AAPL: 105.35

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Hunter Fan Company, one of the top manufacturers of ceiling fans, has today taken the wraps off of its foray into the HomeKit market. The company has announced a pair of connected ceiling fans that are WiFi enabled and support Apple’s HomeKit platform for communication. The ceiling fans are named Symphony and Signal and come in at $329 and $379 respectively.

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December 28, 2015

AAPL: 106.82

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Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things I’ve been testing over the past week. These are all items that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are worth sharing with you anyway.

This week’s edition discusses the state of Apple TV apps/games as we close out 2015, a tip on how to deal with a broken Touch ID sensor, and three apps: KimojiBadland 2, and Real Boxing 2 CREED

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December 26, 2015

AAPL: 108.03

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December 25, 2015

AAPL: 108.03

-0.58
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So you’ve unboxed a new Apple Watch and now you want to unlock all the cool features and see what this thing is all about. Once you pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone, the Watch app on your iPhone will ask you if you want to add all your compatible apps. You can do this, but I recommend skipping that step for now and slowly adding apps to your Apple Watch over time to see what’s good and what’s not. Then check out my hand-picked list of Apple Watch app recommendations to add new features and unlock useful tricks for your new Apple Watch:

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One of the most common gifts every year is an iTunes gift card. For the techie that already has everything, it’s often the gift that many give out of a lack of other options. Nevertheless, it’s a gift that any iOS user will certainly put to use. iTunes gift cards can be used for basically anything, including music, movies, apps, TV shows, and subscriptions. If you’ve got some money to spend on iTunes now thanks to a gift card, keep reading for some of the best things on which to spend it…

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December 23, 2015

AAPL: 108.61

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Between confusing implementations and unappealing prices, the first wave of iOS game controllers had a very rough launch, nearly killing a new accessory category that had the potential to be huge for Apple. Some of the earliest iOS game controllers only fit smaller iPhones and iPod touches, others had limited buttons, and most were originally priced at $70 or more. With the exception of Mad Catz’ more affordable, device-agnostic C.T.R.L.i series of Bluetooth controllers, iOS gamepads quickly racked up mediocre reviews and wound up in discount bins. The message to Apple and controller makers: follow Mad Catz’ template, and price the controllers more reasonably, or no one’s going to buy them.

Currently an Apple Store exclusive, Hori’s new HoriPad Ultimate ($50) is the latest acknowledgement that the lesson’s been learned: it’s the second Made For Apple TV game controller, including full MFi/iOS 7+ compatibility for use with iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches, plus Mac support. The pricing, design, and basic feature set are substantially similar to SteelSeries’ Nimbus, though Hori — a respected Japanese developer of game controllers — has outdone SteelSeries on the specifics. For the same price as Nimbus, you get a more PlayStation 4-like controller design with superior hand grips, twice the battery life, better-feeling buttons and a more substantial weight. HoriPad Ultimate uses a Lightning cable to recharge its battery, too…

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From 9to5Toys.com:

Typically iTunes is the last place you want to shop for media deals, but right now you can score a number of popular movies at all-time low prices. Take this opportunity to fill your iTunes library with brand new content.

You’ll find a selection of popular movies priced at just $4.99 a piece to own, which is just about the same as a rental. Titles include: The LEGO Movie, Gravity, American Hustle, Divergent, The Expendables 3, and The Skeleton Twins.

Dozens of HD movie bundles have also received major price drops. Here are our top picks: expand full story

December 22, 2015

AAPL: 107.23

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December 18, 2015

AAPL: 106.03

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From 9to5Toys.com:

Update (12/22 3:15pm):

  • Apple has now updated the App Store with a “Handpicked Apps & Games for $0.99” sale. Just about all of the top-notch apps from the sale can already be found in our list below including Day One, Word Swag, Scanner Pro, Notability, Leo’s Fortune, DuckTales: Remastered, Alto’s Adventure, Goat Simulator, Duet Game and more.
  • We have now updated this post again with all the latest and most popular price drops on the App Stores. Once again, you’ll find the latest additions at the top of each category.

Update (12/21 3:10pm): The app deals just keep coming! This post has now been updated with all of the latest apps and games on sale for the holidays. You’ll find all the newest additions at the top of each category below.  

As usual at this time of year, many of the most popular and highly rated iOS and Mac games/apps are going on sale for the holidays. While you may notice a few apps from this past week’s daily roundups, we have scoured the App Stores to bring all of the best and most notable deals to one place. Some highlights include sales on the entire Infinity Blade Trilogy, a massive list of Final Fantasy titles, 2Do, Duet Display, MacPhun photo editors, a few of Apple’s App/Game of the Year 2015 picks and much more:

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December 17, 2015

AAPL: 108.98

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Every year, Apple puts together a beautiful-looking holiday gift guide on Apple.com, packed with the latest iOS devices, Macs, and accessories people would love to receive as gifts. The hitch is that Apple’s prices are almost always full retail, with no discounting, so it’s easy to spend anywhere from $5 to $300 more per item than if you shopped around.

This year, 9to5Toys and 9to5Mac have done the bargain hunting for you. We’ve found savings on virtually every item on Apple’s holiday shopping list, which this year is organized into 6 sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Using the links below, you can save up to $350 on a new 12″ MacBook, between $20 and $80 on many third-party accessories, and up to $130 on a pair of Beats headphones

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We have recently released <a href=”http://net-sigma.com/artgenius“>Art Genius</a>, an app that can turn any photo into an artwork.

With a single tap, you can turn your pics into creative art and save the result as image, “speed drawing” video or as a cool animated GIF.

It’s possible to customize your art by choosing from 14 different drawing styles and 15 palettes. And if you are still not satisfied, you can tweak your artwork by adjusting the level of detail, lightness, trace and a few other controls.

Art Genius is now available on the App Store for $ 1.99 (USD).

Official Website: http://net-sigma.com/artgenius

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/art-genius-photo-to-art/id1053591857

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Welcome to something new I’m trying out for 9to5Mac — a quick roundup of 5 interesting little things I’ve tested and discovered over the past week. These are all items that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are worth sharing with you anyway.

This week’s topics: real-world testing notes on the Apple Pencil’s battery, a quick look at Incipio’s new Octane watch band and case-style housing kit for Apple Watch, a way to score free Google Play and Spotify Premium credit, and thoughts on two apps — Algoriddim’s new djay Pro + Warner Bros.’ Scribblenauts Unlimited

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Adobe is out today with its latest iOS-first app for mobile creatives. Adobe Post joins the free suite of other easy-to-use mobile apps for sharing that includes the Slate and Voice iPad apps. Where Voice lets you combine recorded storytelling with visuals and Slate lets anyone create magazine-quality stories from iPad, Adobe Post makes creating good-looking, sharable graphics from the iPhone as easy as picking the right image, font, and words.

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