Jan 01


iDB noted that the Hackulous team announced that they are shutting down, taking down the Installous jailbreak tool used to install pirated apps on iOS devices. “We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.” Most likely other piracy tools will replace installous, but not many have been so successful as installous. » Hackulous Shuts Down Piracy App Installous [jailbreak]

Dec 30


9to5mac noted that Apple has taken an additional $50 off the refurbished 2011 Mac mini on its online Certified Refurbished Store. The Intel Core i5 now start at $469 for the 2.3GHz model with 2GB of RAM. » Apple Lowered Refurbished Mac Minis Prices, Now Start At $469

Dec 29


iMore wrote that New York City mayer Michael Bloomberg blamed the iPad and iPhone for a slight elevation in the crime rate during his Friday morning radio address. Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary, said: “If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year.” Bloomberg advised listeners to keep their Apple devices in a pocket in sort of a more body-fitting, tighter clothes. » iOS Devices Blamed For Increase In NYC Theft Crime Rate

Dec 28


The next web reports that the daily download figures in the Apple App Store increased by 87 percent on Christmas Day 2012 and the daily revenues showed a slightly lower increase of 70 percent. Of course this has to do with the fact that people give a lot of iOS presents in the holidays. The iPad was a very popular gift, since iPad apps saw an increase in downloads of 140 percent. Also iTunes gift cards help increasing these numbers. » Apple App Store Downloads Jumped 87% On Christmas Day

Dec 28

BlueStacks is a desktop tool that allows users to run Android apps on their desktop machines. It is already available for Windows and BlueStacks has just announced that its Mac app has moved into beta, opening up access to all 750,000+ Android apps. » BlueStacks: Android App Player For Mac Moves Beta Released With Support For All 750,000+ Apps

Dec 27


The world of mobility is evolving at a rapid pace. Each year it’s getting speedier, powerful and better. 2012 was no different where we have witnessed mobile devices and solutions take many steps forward. Our latest infographic “Mobility in 2012-the year that was” visually summarizes the highlights of the year in the mobile landscape, the growth story and the gainers and losers. The infographic tells you with facts and figures on how the mobile ecosystem has grown this year. » Mobility In 2012 [Infographic]

Dec 27


During the new year in Japan, Apple will join the Fukubukuro, or “mystery bag” event on January 2th, when retailers will sell a grab bag that is filled with a random assortment of products sold at a steep discount. Apple has participated in this tradition for several years and sells their “Lucky Bags” for 33,000 yen or $390. Most of the times the bags include items like iPods, headphones, and t-shirts, however in previous years some lucky buyers received items like MacBook Airs or iPads, which have made Lucky Bags ultra popular in Japan. » Annual “Lucky Bags” Coming To Japanese Apple Stores On January 2

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