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App downloads spike over the holiday, though not as high as expected

The Christmas holiday saw a record number of iOS device activations, and as usual, a nice spike in app downloads for developers (thanks to all of those new devices on the market). But Distimo just shared a report that says Christmas might not have been as merry as we thought for app developers...

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Flurry: 17 million iOS, Android devices activated on Christmas Day

If you received a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, you're not alone; VentureBeat reports that over 17 million new iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day, according to analytics firm Flurry. That's a bump of over 330 percent over the average of the 20 days preceding the...

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TUAW's Best of 2012 Personal Picks: Megan Lavey-Heaton

Now that Christmas rush is over, you might find that you have some extra cash or gift cards to spend. Or, you might have a new Apple device, and find yourself looking for good recommendations on software or accessories. These are some of my favorites in 2012, in no particular order. mophie...

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TUAW's Best of 2012 Personal Picks: Steve Sande

While I'm busy running the TUAW Best of 2012 nominations and voting process (voting starts soon!), I have a few favorites that I wanted to pass along as my personal Best of 2012. These picks don't follow any particular order and they're definitely not following the categories that we've set up...

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Five apps for the last-minute holiday shopper

Holiday shoppers, your time is almost up! There are only a few days left until deliveries cease and the stores shut down for Christmas. Here are five apps to make this last-minute shopping frenzy a little easier on you and your wallet. Clutch (iPhone, Category: Lifestyle, Free) Clutch is your...

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TUAW's Best of 2012 Personal Picks: Victor Agreda, Jr.

It's the holiday shopping season and many of you are trying to find that perfect gift for the Apple owner in your life. Rather than a plain gift guide to help you navigate the sea of hardware, software and accessories, we decided to bring things down to a personal level and provide individual...

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Disney's Bart Decrem on the holiday lineup: Monster's Inc Run, and new Avengers and Wreck-It content

Disney's mobile game division has had one heck of a year. "I feel in general that we're executing very nicely on the vision we laid out a year ago," senior vice president Bart Decrem told TUAW this week. "Among media companies, we are maybe the most successful on the App Store and Android. I...

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Our favorite iPhone photo apps for capturing and sharing the holiday spirit

Here in the US it's a holiday weekend, and we'll be visiting friends and family as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Of course a holiday gathering means pictures are going to be taken, and I have put together a list of some of my favorite apps for the iPhone that will help you take great photos and...

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Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT / 10 pm ET: Black Friday look-ahead

If it seems to you that the holiday season is rushing toward us this year, there's a reason: this is the earliest that US Thanksgiving can be scheduled (the fourth Thursday in November; this November started on a Thursday, so Thanksgiving is the 22nd). An early holiday means an early unofficial...

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'Tis the season: Apple launches holiday gift guide, offers free shipping

Apple launched its annual holiday gift guide that bundles together the best gifts for the Apple owner in your life. The 2012 guide sorts gifts based on device ownership with lists for the iPad, Mac, iPhone and iPod. The iPad page showcases the newly released iPad mini, which Apple says is "the...

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Black Friday sales net some good deals on iPads

We're 10 days away from Thanksgiving in the US, but a number of stores already have released their Black Friday specials, many actually starting on Thanksgiving itself. If you're looking for an iPad as a gift to someone else or yourself, and you're willing to brave the Black Friday crowds,...

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Five apps that are wicked fun for Halloween

It's Halloween, which means it is time for scary movies, zombie costumes and bags stuffed full of candy from trick-or-treating. Below, you will find five apps that are perfect for this horror-filled holiday. Dead Trigger (iOS Universal, Free) Dead Trigger is a gory arcade shooter that'll have...

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Tim Cook offers extended Thanksgiving break to Apple employees

It should be a happier Thanksgiving holiday this year for Apple employees. Once again Apple CEO Tim Cook has let team members know that they've had a great year and that they can take the entire Thanksgiving week off in the US to spend more time with their families. That time off will be with...

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Fourth of July sales begin on the App Store

As you might have expected, the sales that seem to pop up around any holiday are showing up this week on Apple's App Store, too. Here's a sampler of what's out there already (all prices are USD): Edovia's Screens VNC app, for remote control of your Mac, is 50% off in both Mac and iOS's App...

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Five apps (and more) for the summer road trip

The Independence Day holiday week is upon us, and millions of American families are heading out on the open road. Where past generations depended on paper maps and Mad Libs, the march of technology has given us new tools for kids and parents alike. Our five-plus apps for road trips are...

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