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New phishing email scam asks you to update Apple ID billing information

The Mac Security Blog points to a phishing email scam in circulation that asks for users to update their Apple ID billing information.

A vast phishing attack has broken out, beginning on or around Christmas day, with e-mails being sent with the subject “Apple update your Billing Information.” These well-crafted e-mails could fool many new Apple users, especially those who may have found an iPhone, iPod or iMac under their Christmas tree, and set up accounts with the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store for the first time. The messages claim to come from “”

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iPhone activations see huge spike on Christmas day, significant increase in App Store downloads

Apple's iOS device activation numbers saw a huge spike of around 353 percent on Christmas Day. In addition, app sales jumped up a full 252 percent after millions of people opened their new iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPod touch and headed straight for the App Store.

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Reminder: Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas app starts today, free iTunes content for Europe and Canada

Apple has launched its 12 Days of Christmas app for the third year running. The app offers free content from iTunes for twelve days between December 26th and January 6th. Today you can access three live audio tracks and three live videos from Coldplay’s recent appearance at the iTunes Festival in London earlier this year.

Each day between now and January 6th, when you open the app, new content will be available for free. Last year this included music, movies, books and apps. It is offered by Apple as an introduction for new iOS users to get to know how iTunes works and also as a thank you for existing users too.

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Did you get a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Apple TV for Christmas? Here's what you need next!

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Were your stockings stuffed with iPhones and iPods? Did Santa leave an iPad or Apple TV beneath the tree? Well, once you've ripped off the wrapping paper, torn open the boxes, and powered everything up... you may be wondering just what to do next?!

Don't worry, TiPb's here to help! And hey, if you already know everything you need to know, just forward this link to that friend or family member who's about to ask your help. We'll take care of them so you can get on with your own holiday merriment.

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Developers rushing to submit apps before Apple's annual holiday break

The New York Times has a great piece up on how app developers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are in a mad rush to get their apps submitted and approved into the App Store before it goes dark for Apple's annual holiday break.

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Santa uses Siri to help make his Christmas rounds

Apple has released a new iPhone 4S commercial outlining how Santa uses Siri on the new iPhone 4S to help make his rounds on Christmas.

While Siri is still in beta, and still has plenty of rough edges, Apple continues to make it the staple feature in its advertising campaigns. Whether that troubles anyone or not, the ad itself is very well done. My favorite part is near the end when Santa asks Siri how how the rest of his day looks, to which Siri responds with... Well, watch it and find out!

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Happy holidays from IgnitedUSA, iPhone choir style

IgnitedUSA has posted a rather entertaining video to their YouTube channel featuring all kinds of iMonsters, Santas, and characters from popular iOS apps. The video features them singing their own version of Deck the Halls from their own respective iPhone. It's a pretty good laugh to get you through the work day. And don't worry, totally safe for playing at work. Check out the full video below.

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Apple preps 12 Days of Christmas promotion with iPhone and iPad app

Apple has released their 12 Days of Christmas app a little early this year. The promotion will run between December 26 and January 6 but Apple hasn't put any content in there just yet.

You and your friends can download a fantastic selection of songs, music videos, apps and books for free. Each download will only be available for 24 hours. Get our special 12 Days of Christmas app to make it even easier to access your gifts while you’re on the go.

Don’t have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Don’t worry. Come back 26 December to download gifts from your computer.

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Adorn your Christmas tree with these iPhone and iPad decorations

Etsy is looking to meet the seasonal needs of Apple fans with a range of tree decorations based upon the iPhone 4 and iPad. If you are bored of your usual colored tree baubles, this could be the year to splash out a few dollars and get your hands on these stylish new decorations.

The handmade decorations are printed onto premium photo paper and mounted onto durable coated cardboard. They come in a small gift box complete with a magnet which lets you use them as refrigerator magnets the rest of the year.

The decorations are 3” x 1.5” and cost $11 plus shipping.  They are available as iPhone 4 or iPad models and you can even specify black or white.

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AppventCalendar returns for 2011

The guys at BlackSmithGames have announced that their AppventCalendar will be returning for 2011. If you go to everyday in December, you will be able to pick up a free game, and a free app. Thats 2 free downloads a day!

Something new for 2011 -- an iPhone app, meaning that you don't even have to visit the website to download your gift. You can check the app, and download the free gift, directly on your iPhone.

Don't forget, like any advent calendar, if you miss a day you can't go back and get it later!

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