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What Happened in the World of Apple – January 2, 2014

What Happened in the World of Apple – January 2, 2014

While this is considered the slow time of year for Apple news, there was still plenty that happened today. So, just in case you blinked and missed it, here’s the Reader’s Digest condensed version of what happened in the World of Apple – Today, January 2, 2014.

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$345 “Lucky Bags,” Some With MacBook Airs, iPads & iPods, Go on Sale at Japan Apple Stores – Apple Stores across Japan are once more conducting their traditional Fukubukuro, or “lucky bag” sale, which gives customers the opportunity to purchase a bag full of a random selection of products. Some included MacBook Airs, iPads, and iPods. We’ll try to let you know sooner next year so you can book a flight. Read More…

Google Will Shut Down “Bump” and “Flock” Apps on Jan. 31 – In a New Year’s Eve post on the Bump blog, the developer of that popular app has announced that it will be closing down both Bump, the app that allows devices to share contact information and other files by “bumping” the two together, and photo album aggregator Flock in order to concentrate its efforts on projects of its parent company, Google. Bump and Flock sounds like something an NBA player would do both on and off the court. Read More…

Apple’s iPhone Was The Only Smartphone to See North American Web Usage Gains During The Holiday Season – While actual holiday sales numbers for tablets and smartphones won’t be in for awhile, we can tell from web usage numbers that while Amazon and Microsoft most likely saw good sales for their tablets, Apple’s iPhone was the only smartphone to see good holiday news. The iPad didn’t fare quite as well, but it’s still WAY out in front. Read More…

Apple’s ’12 Days of Gifts’ Offering for Day 8 Turned Out to Be Pretty ‘Wimpy’ – Apple’s gift for day 8 of its “12 Days of Gifts” promotion can only be described as “wimpy,” as today’s offering is the popular ebook, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1)” by Jeff Kinney. Read More…

Rumor: Unannounced ‘iWatch’ Experiencing ‘Manufacturing Issues’ – That’s right folks, the wearable tech device that Apple has never confirmed, much less announced a release date for, is running behind schedule. Damn, that will probably delay the 15-inch iPad Maxi, and I really wanted one of those. Read More…

Smash-And-Grab Robbers Hit Dutch Apple Store Overnight, Make Their Getaway on Scooters  Apple’s recently opened Retail Store in the Dutch City of Haarlem was the site of a smash-and-grab last night. The culprits smashed into the front of the shop with a car, then made their getaway on “scooters”. How much loot can you carry on a scooter? 2 iPads and a couple of iPhones? Next time guys, bring a backpack. Read More…

A New Touch ID Jailbreak Tweak Could Increase The Life of The iPhone 5s Home Button – The jailbreak tweak allows users to activate their Home button without actually clicking it. It allows this by utilizing the Touch ID sensor, which detects a finger and activates Touch ID when a user attempts to unlock their iPhone. It won’t be long before you’ll only have to finger your iPhone when you really want to. Read More…

Online Brain Teasers Show iPhone Users Are Smarter Than Users of Other Brands – Are you smart because you own an iPhone, or do you own an iPhone because you’re smart? An online test by UK bookmaker Ladbrokes challenged users of various smartphones to test their mental agility. If we’re all so smart, how come we aren’t all rich? Read More…

CBS Will Stream NFL Playoffs Games to Macs and iPads – For the first time, CBS will be live streaming its entire AFC coverage of the NFL playoffs. The live streams will be available for both computers and tablets. On behalf of the rest of us in the 21st century, I’d like to welcome CBS sports… Read More…

That about covers it! Now, aren’t you glad you dropped by to catch up? See you all again tomorrow, same Mac time, same Mac channel!

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