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Ally's favorite things: 2014 gift guide

It's holiday time again and that can only mean one thing — it's time for all of us here at iMore to tell you what our favorite things are as we close out the year. While our comprehensive Mobile Nations gift guide is sure to have something for everyone, we always like to give you guys something a little more personal by telling you what we've been using ourselves throughout the year. While you can of course expect the usual gadgetry and accessories, some of my picks are a little more personal and completely non-tech related. So no matter who you're shopping for, or if you're looking for ideas for yourself, here are some of my favorite purchases this year!

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Haven't updated to iOS 8 yet? Now's the time!

There's an old saying among computer users who tend towards the conservative — wait for the update to the update. It means that, when a new version of software comes out, they avoid it. They also avoid the urgent update that typically follows it. They avoid until the one comes out that's had time to address most if not all of the early issues. Then they jump on it. For iOS 8 holdouts, that update was iOS 8.1.1 and it was released last week. So, if you're still on the fence about installing the update, here's what you need to know!

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Peter's Favorite Things: 2014 Gift Guide

With the holidays upon us, it's time for everyone at iMore to share our favorite things to help inspire your ideas for shopping on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. With the Mobile Nations gift guide already posted and Rene's Favorite Things available, I figured I'd throw in my two cents' worth in case you're looking for gift ideas or just need to get something nice for yourself.

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How Apple keeps your SMS/MMS and call relays private and secure

With Continuity you can relay your SMS/MMS and calls from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac. That means, if your iPhone isn't close by, you don't have to go running for it just to take or make a text or call. As long as you have an iPhone and are logged into the same Apple ID on all your devices, you can do both right from your iPad and iPad. It's not only easy to do, it's private and secure.

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No, Apple doesn't need to 'open up' to malware fear-mongers

Earlier this week the CEO of an anti-virus company wrote a "guest editorial" on a popular technology website, saying it was time for Apple to "open up" and — wait for it — allow anti-virus software on the iPhone and iPad. The premise is self-serving and the headline spit-take inducing, and it's absolutely not worth rewarding negative attention seeking with attention. However, it is important to address the fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) the "guest editorial" is trying to spread.

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NSFW: Developers hold the future of Apple Watch in their hands

NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome.

I've been running on fewer cylinders than usual this week. A week ago last Thursday I had an operation that I've been planning for a while (gastric bypass surgery, for the curious), so I've spent most of this week recuperating. And by "recuperating," I mean stewing in a Vicodin-induced stupor. So if I'm having trouble mustering the requisite rage for one of my weekly curmudgeon rants, I apologize. This week I'm ruminating on the Apple Watch.

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Rene's favorite things: 2014 gift guide

It's that time of the year again — time for everyone here at iMore to share our favorite things in the hopes it gives you some ideas for both the Black Friday sales and the holiday season. We've already posted the mighty Mobile Nations gift guide, which has something for everyone, but we also wanted to do something more personal. (We are people, after all, and tech alone cannot contain us!) So, whether you're looking for a gift idea, trying to find an excuse to treat yourself, or are simply curious about what all of us here have been using throughout the year, we've got you covered — with a few of our favorite things!

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Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, now at Powermat: "We want to liberate people from charging cords"

Former BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, is now CEO and chairman of wireless charging company Powermat. Founder Ran Poliakine will now take the seat of Vice Chairman but still be heavily involved in evangelism and other strategic partnerships. After about a year hiatus since leaving BlackBerry, Heins is once again ready to take charge in attempts to scale Powermat to a new level of not just wireless charging hardware, but a worldwide wireless charging network. He's only been in the big chair for a few days, but our own Kevin Michaluk scored some time for a quick chat and Heins' take on what's to come for Powermat.

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Enough with the ludicrous Surface 3 Pro attack ads, Microsoft

I feel bad for Microsoft. I really do. And their latest Surface Pro 3 attack ad highlights just exactly why.

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What if Apple had a high-profile VP of App Store?

The successes of the App Store are well documented. There are millions of apps for iPhone and almost as many for iPad. Billions of dollars have been paid out to developers. Dozens of platform-defining apps have shipped. And the problems are just as well known. There's uncertainty about which apps will be or will stay approved. Premium apps continue to be devalued. Discovery and search are still a challenge.

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