Angry Birds Space gets updated with 30 new levels

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Rovio Entertainment, the guys behind the hugely popular Angry Birds, have released version 1.4 of Angry Birds Space to the App Store.

Users now have another 30 levels to sling their way through as the birds find themselves in a new galaxy called “Splash” with all new water-based planets, underseas life, and pigs in boats.

Angry Birds Space is US$0.99 for the iPhone and $2.99 for the iPad.

iTunes turns 12 today, Happy 12th!

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On January 9th, 2001 Apple released the first version of iTunes at Macworld. The application was based on SoundJam MP, an old piece of software Apple purchased from a development company called Casady & Greene in 2000. Apple simplified the SoundJam MP interface, added CD burning, and rebranded it as iTunes.

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Apple Safari turns 10 years today

It seems as if it was only yesterday that Apple released their first public Safari beta, when in reality it was exactly 10 years ago.  The app was designed by Apple to replace Microsoft Internet Explorer, which was the default Mac browser up to OS X 10.2.

Steve Jobs introduced Safari at Macworld San Francisco on January 7, 2003, announcing that Apple based the browser on the company’s internal fork of the KHTML rendering engine — Webkit. The first official version was released on June 23, 2003.

Safari’s little brother for iOS made its debut in 2007 along with the iPhone.

Happy Birthday, Safari!

Apple Paid $6 Billion in Federal Income Tax in 2012

 

The New York Times reports on a congressional investigationinto the tax policies of technology giants, including Apple.The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is nearly finished with a year-long investigation into the methods that large technology companies use to avoid paying U.S. corporate income tax. Apple, for its part, allocates some 70 percent of its income to overseas affiliates where tax rates are much lower.

It appears that all of Apple’s techniques are legal by U.S. law, though some politicians have said that corporations going to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying income tax and that they are violating the spirit of tax laws.

Fusion Drive Now Available as Option for Low End 21.5″ iMac

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Apple is now allowing the entry level 21.5″ iMac to be configured with a 1TB Fusion Drive. The Fusion Drive is a built-to-order option for the iMac and Mac mini that combines SSD and traditional hard drives into a single logical volume.

With Fusion Drive in your iMac, disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice.

The 1TB Fusion Drive add-on is a $250 option and was previously only offered on the high end 21.5″ iMac, high end Mac mini and 27″ iMacs.

32% of Mac Web Traffic coming from OS X Mountain Lion

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Well that didn’t take long, while it has never been a secret that Apple’s newest version of OS X – 10.8 Mountain Lion was one of the most popular releases yet, a new web traffic survey has concluded that Mountain Lion is now the most popular version of OS X used to browse the web.

According to the survey conducted by Net Applications  32 percent of Mac users are running Mountain Lion on their machines, while the share of computers running Lion has dropped down to 28 percent.

Mountain Lion’s growth has been impressive since its release on June 25th 2012. It took Lion 10 months to unseat Snow Leopard as the most popular Mac OS, while Mountain Lion only needed five months to grab the number one spot.

Ashton Kutcher “jOBS” movie gets April 2013 release

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The new Ashton Kutcher Bio-pic “jOBS” will make its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to a select audience, however new sources revealed that the movie will get a wide release in April 2013.

Ashton Kutcher is set to star as Steve Jobs in the jOBS bio-pic that will chronicle the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered tech CEOs of the 20th century.

Along with Ashton Kutcher, jOBS will star Dermont Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.

Paris thieves nab $1.3M in Apple products in New Year’s Eve robbery

In a heist that could have been taken directly out of a Hollywood movie, armed and masked robbers made off with an estimated $1.3 million in Apple products during a heist of an Apple store in central Paris on New Year’s Eve. According to Dow Jones Business News:

“The robbers gained access to the store via a service entrance where they assaulted the store employees, and then “calmly” picked through the boxes of Apple products, taking iPhones, iPads and MacBook laptop computers. The store closed at 1700 GMT (9 p.m. Pacific time) on Monday with a single security guard and a cleaner present, and the thieves entered three hours later.”

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The robbers then apparently loaded the stolen products into a vehicle and fled the scene. According to French news reports, the estimated loss was pegged at around $1.32 million U.S., though the police have not confirmed that amount.

Post A Day Challenge 2013!

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This will be interesting, since we know that you all want the Apple news to be up to date, we have decided to join the Post a blog a day challenge. This means that as of today I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2013.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

2013 will be an exciting year and we already have loads of fun things planned so stay tuned and keep coming back!

Signed,

The Mac URL!