All Articles by Chris Parsons

Apple reportedly acquired BookLamp startup earlier this year for $10-15 Million

When it comes to acquiring smaller companies, Apple has a bit of a history of trying to make it all happen as quiet as possible. Sometimes it works and other times, well it doesn't work out so well at all and folks spill the beans on them well before Apple is ready.

In the case of BookLamp, otherwise known as 'Pandora For Books' it seems they might have once again had their cover blown. Although the report from TechCrunch notes it happened earlier this year, if the report is correct that secrecy has finally come to an end.

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U.S. House clears legislation to make unlocking cellphones legal

Although most people generally don't think of it when they go to unlock their cellphone for another carrier, the process of doing so in the U.S. has been a topic of much debate involving consumers, the House of Representatives, and even the President of the United States.

For those unfamiliar, service providers like AT&T and Verizon typically lock their devices so they can only be used with their service. If unlocked, phones can be taken over to other carriers. This is hugely important for promoting healthy competition and empowering consumer choice, not to mention being very useful for travel.

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Madefire motion books and comics v2.0 update brings new storefront, larger images and better organization

Madefire Motion Books & Comics isn't exactly a new arrival in the Appstore but the if you've never checked out the app before, now is a great time to do so. The latest version, also known as v2.0, has arrived and it has brought along quite a few notable changes.

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Bose reportedly suing Beats over noise-canceling headphone technology

Looks like there might be a little bit of legal trouble for Beats and ultimately, Apple in the next little while. A new report coming out of CNBC and backed up by PriorSmart shows Bose has filed legal suit against Beats and is looking to assert five different patents against the organization. The patents in question revolve around noise-canceling technology used in Beats.

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Apple's new ad proclaims the MacBook Air is 'the notebook people love'

The MacBook Air is a pretty awesome piece of equipment and Apple knows it. A new commercial has hit the airwaves and it proclaims the MacBook Air is the "notebook people love". While it might not be the preferred laptop in Apple's lineup for everyone, those who have one generally don't hesitate to share how much they love the MacBook Air.

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EFI update to address rare wake from sleep issues on mid-2011 MacBook Air's now available

If you have a mid-2011 MacBook Air and have been experiencing issues with the system taking longer to wake from sleep than expected or your fans run at full speed when after waking device up, Apple has now made available a new EFI update that aims to address those problems.

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Yahoo scoops up mobile analytics firm Flurry to strengthen their mobile products

Yahoo has been on a mission to strengthen their mobile products for a while now and to push that envelope even further, the company has now announced they'll be acquiring mobile analytics firm Flurry after having reached a definitive agreement. Flurry, was started in 2008 and today has reached over 170,000 developers across 1.4 billion devices monthly with their services being offered to pretty much every mobile operating system out there one way or another.

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Australians can now take part in the Apple iPhone trade-in program, get up to A$250 off a new iPhone

Continuing the roll out of the iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program that started last year, Australians can now get up to A$250 towards the purchase cost of a brand new iPhone in-store. Any customer can bring in an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5.

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GitHub releases a simpler, faster GitHub for Mac

GiHub for Mac is a pretty powerful tool that has always aimed to make code sharing easier for all and now, it has taken that to the next level with the release of a an even simpler, faster GitHub for Mac. The update is noted as a significant one that brings a simplified navigation and a renewed focus on your cloned repositories.

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Adobe plans to double down on Lightroom and Creative Cloud in light of Apple's Aperture announcements

With Apple kicking Aperture and iPhoto to the curb, the folks at Adobe are ready to pick up the pieces wherever they can. Specifically, they're letting it be known Lightroom and Creative Cloud Photography solutions aren't going anywhere any time soon. In fact, they have 'a rich roadmap of rapid innovation' in the works for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks.

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Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage updated to support ProRes 4444 XQ and more!

Although Apple has now laid Aperture to rest, they did note that development on Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro would continue and to back up that claim, they're now rolling out updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage through the Mac App Store.

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iWork for iCloud now remembers your last-used document settings and more!

The latest round of updates to iWork for iCloud have now begun rolling out to users and there's plenty of welcomed changes and improvements happening across the board. Some of the improvements apply to the service all around while others hit on key improvements for Pages for iCloud, Numbers for iCloud and Keynote for iCloud. First up, the apps specifically. According to The Loop

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Apple improves app discovery in the App Store with new 'Browse by category' option

For as long as the App Store has existed, Apple has been looking for ways to improve app discovery. Over the years there has been several improvements and it's come time for yet another. As announced on Twitter yesterday but seemingly only rolled out to the majority of users today, Apple has improved the 'browse by category' option.

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Detailed AT&T customer data inappropriately accessed by unlocking company

If you're an AT&T customer you may have received an email recently about a security breach within the organization. AT&T has now confirmed personal information such as Social Security numbers and call records may have been accessed by individuals not authorized to view such information.

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Apple uses 'Strength' TV ad to focus on wearables and fitness apps

If you were tuned into the Stanley Cup finals you may have caught the new ad Apple is running. Dubbed 'Strength' and set aside the Robert Preston's song 'Chicken Fat', the ad focuses on wearables and fitness apps available to use on iOS by showing folks using a number of them throughout the video.

From running with Nike+, to weighing yourself using a WiThings scale, to using the Misfit Shine Activity and Sleep Monitor, Apple hit a lot of areas and ways iOS can help you be fit. It didn't make me want to put down the big ol' bag of potato chips I was eating but that's just me.

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This is what happens when you load a Mac Pro with explosive C4

I'm not really into blowing up expensive electronics with C4 or anything else for that matter but I'm perfectly fine when other people do it on the stuff they spent their own money on. Who am I to care what they do with it? It's their money. Plus, it provides me with some mindless entertainment when I end up on the weird part of YouTube late on a Friday night.

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Katie Cotton wraps up her time at Apple

Katie Cotton, longtime head of Apple's public relations (PR) team under both the late Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook is has now completed her time at Apple with today being here last day at the company.

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Moscone Center gets decked out with iOS 8 and WWDC banners

WWDC is set to kick off June 2-6, in San Francisco but the Moscone Center is already getting decked out for the party. As captured by Business Insider's Jay Yarrow, the WWDC 2014 banners have gone up and unsurprisingly, so has an iOS 8 banner.

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Apple tweaks App Store's Top Charts to show top 150 apps

If you're browsing through the iTunes App Store today you may come across a subtle change in how many apps are actually listed in the Top Chart section. Previously, there was 300 apps listed in that area but Apple has now reduced the section to 150 as noted by Techcrunch and confirmed across all of our very own iOS devices.

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Carcassonne offers up new expansion pack - The Phantom

Carcassonne, a port of the popular German boardgame, has had a few additions to it since its initial release and it's time now for yet another expansion. This time around fans of the game have the ability, through in an in-app purchase to download 'The Phantom'.

It's a new game piece that is ghostly-transparent and can be played in addition to a regular one during a players turn. Aside from letting you place it in addition to another piece, the Phantom works exactly like a normal follower but it's both a good thing to have and possibly a bad thing to have, depending on how you play the piece.

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