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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, December 27, 2012


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Pressure on Apple is improving labor practices, says Times: Media coverage and rising awareness of rough working conditions in China's electronics factories have begun to turn things around, says a New York Times report. But there's still a long way to go." CNET News 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's leadership spurs industry-wide changes for Chinese labor: Other OEMs in China are taking note of improvements at Foxconn facilities." Ars Technica 2:41 PM
  • "Working conditions begin to improve at Apple partner's factories" BGR News 9:52 PM
  • "Apple in 2012: Controversy and competition" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 2:35 PM
  • "2012: The year Android truly challenged iOS/Android 'Jelly Bean,' Samsung's Notes, and Google's Nexuses finally delivered compelling capabilities as Apple stalled" InfoWorld 10:07 AM
  • "2012 in review: The year in iOS" Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Look back at 2012: The year in tablets" TechHive 7:45 AM
  • "This Christmas, Buyers Were Stocking Up on Tablets" AllThingsD 3:40 PM
  • "First Tweets From Newly Purchased Tablets Reveal iPad At Top Of The 2012 Holiday Gift Charts [Image] Redmond Pie 9:49 AM
  • "Apple Still Said To Account For 87% Of North American Tablet Traffic As Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 Gain" BGR 11:48 AM
  • "For every 100 web pageviews on an iPad, Kindle gets 5, Galaxy gets 3, and Surface gets 0.22" VentureBeat 11:14 AM
  • "That Freckled Girl in a T-Shirt and Jeans Is Your Typical Mac User" AllThingsD 10:08 AM
  • "Meet Ms.Mac 2012: 'The average female Mac user is pretty hot, if awkwardly dressed'" Morningstar 10:27 AM
  • "Things Seem To Be Looking Up For Workers At Apple Manufacting Partner Foxconn" App Advice 7:25 AM
  • "New report profiles better working conditions in Foxconn's Apple factories [Video] 9 to 5 Mac 12:10 PM
  • "All-singing devices are eating up MP3 player sales" paidContent 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 5 lands in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean without a splash" Fortune 7:57 AM
  • "Android apps put pressure on Apple" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:55 AM
  • "Chinese Apple's User Shows Us How to Crook the Aluminum iPhone 5" M.I.C. Gadget 7:47 AM
  • "The Woz Uses Cycloramic And An iPhone 5 To Street View His Kitchen" TechCrunch 10:01 AM
  • "NYC Crime Rate Up For First Time In 20 Years Thanks To iPhone Thefts" Cult of Mac 9:49 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' Designer Yacht 'Venus' Free To Sail The Seas Once More" RazorianFly 7:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Ho ho ho! How a 5-year-old got a porn-filled Nintendo for Xmas: A father buys his 5-year-old son a refurbished Nintendo 3DS for Christmas. Sadly, it wasn't refurbished well enough." CNET News 7:12 PM
  • "New WordPress vuln emerges: W3 Total Cache has faulty defaults" The Register 4:21 PM
  • "Last Gasp for Netbooks as Asustek & Acer Pull Plug" The Mac Observer 4:21 PM
  • "Rockstar teases GTA V screenshots" TG Daily 1:32 PM
  • "LG's tricked-out entertainment systems of CES 2013: LG has officially debuted its 2013 lineup of home theater equipment which the company will be showcasing at CES 2013 in Las Vegas next month." TG Daily 1:31 PM
  • "Botched Software Update To Networking Gear Caused One Of GitHub's All-Time Worst Outages" TechCrunch 1:29 PM
  • "Free Google Voice calls to continue in 2013" TG Daily 1:32 PM
  • "Google to extend free 'Call phones from Gmail' through 2013" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:42 AM
  • "Touchscreen offers new opportunity for PC brands: An interview with Acer president" DigiTimes 10:54 AM
  • "EA removes gun shop links from Medal of Honor site" BBC 10:24 AM
  • "Samsung Reportedly Targeting 510M Phone Sales In 2013, Including 390M Smartphones" TechCrunch 1:26 PM
  • "Samsung Aims to Sell Half a Billion Handsets in 2013" PC Magazine 11:51 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note to get Android 4.1 Premium Suite" CNET News 10:09 AM
  • "Internet on the TV? Meh, say consumers" CNET News 10:09 AM
  • "Fujitsu to Miss Shipment Goal for PCs as Demand in Europe Slumps" Bloomberg 9:56 AM
  • "Fujitsu expects to miss PC sales goal on sluggish Europe demand" Reuters 9:56 AM
  • "Amazon Outage Scrooges Netflix, Heroku: Amazon Web Services suffers a second holiday services disruption and the fourth outage of 2012." InformationWeek 11:24 AM
  • "Amazon's Snafu Rattles Customers" [Paid Membership Required] 9:36 AM
  • "Americans Read More E-Books — But Maybe Not on E-Readers" AllThingsD 9:59 AM
  • "This Is How Lytro Takes 'Living Pictures'" Mashable 9:50 AM
  • "Google 2012: The Machines Are Getting Smarter" ReadWrite 7:45 AM
  • "Lytro Who? Toshiba Developing Refocusing Camera for Phones" Mashable 11:48 AM
  • "Toshiba plans 20-megapixel image chip for digital cameras for 2013" Macworld UK 7:27 AM
  • "Live @ 10 PM ET! End of Year Review - Apple products plus Holiday wrap up" Insanely Great Mac 3:39 PM