Appy days: iPhone 6 sales drive App Store downloads to record highs

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App Store downloads hit a new high in October. Photo: Apple

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are shattering all kinds of sales records, and that knock-on effect is starting to be felt elsewhere: The overwhelming interest in Apple’s next-generation handsets pushed iTunes App Store downloads to new heights last month.

How much of an increase are we talking about? In October, the top 200 free iOS apps hit a collective 7.8 million app downloads per day, according to new research from Fiksu, a Boston-based marketing firm.

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One year after ground broke, Apple Campus 2 is coming along nicely

Apple's "spaceship" campus is clearly taking shape. Photo: Apple

Apple’s “spaceship” campus is clearly taking shape. Photo: Apple

It’s been pretty much a year since ground was broken on the “spaceship” Apple Campus 2, and things are progressing at a rate of knots.

In a new photo provided by Apple, and posted by the city of Cupertino, the company’s $5 billion campus can be seen taking shape. The image is a reminder of just how big the campus is set to be, since it will house a massive 13,000 employees — or the equivalent of 35 fully-filled Boeing 747s. Tim Cook has called the campus Apple’s “home for innovation and creativity for decades to come.”

The city of Cupertino’s website makes note of a schedule for the project, noting that earthwork is set to continue until the middle of next year, while construction on the building itself will be completed by late 2016.

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Smart gifts for the college students on your list

Mini Jambox pumps out the jams. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

From music to MacBooks, these gifts will resonate with students. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You might think college students are tricky to shop for, but in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. Since they’re constantly swamped with homework and simultaneously managing a busy social life, all they want is stuff that makes their lives easier and more fun.

If you’re stressing about what to get the student in your life this holiday season, never fear. We’ve collected some great gift ideas, handpicked by college students for college students:

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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie saved by Universal after Sony backs out

When it comes to making Steve Jobs light up the sliver screen, poor Sorkin just can't cut a break.

When it comes to making Steve Jobs light up the sliver screen, poor Sorkin just can’t cut a break.

Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay on Steve Jobs has been in a seemingly perpetual state of flux for months. Multiple A-list actors and directors passed on the project, with Christian Bale most recently bowing out of the leading role after being all but confirmed by Sorkin himself.

Then the studio financing the movie, Sony, put it up for sale—a good sign that a project isn’t going smoothly in Hollywood. Luckily, Universal has swooped in to save the day.

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Have room to spare and save with The 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable [Deals]

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It’s a pretty common sight: Using an iOS device that is short on battery life while it’s charging with an even shorter Lightning cable.

Now you can get the range of motion you need to comfortably use your iOS device while it’s charging with The 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable, half price for a limited time at Cult of Mac Deals.

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Light your space in a rainbow of colors with ilumi, the LED Smartbulb [Deals]

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Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, last only a couple of years at most, and can emit light in one color only. It’s time to introduce the concept of interior lighting to the 21st century.

Today, people expect more from their interior lighting options. Those people use the ilumi LED Smartbulb, available at the discounted price of $79 at Cult of Mac Deals for a limited time.

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iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 secretly support 4K video

iPad Air 2 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple snuck 4K video support onto the iPad Air 2. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple packed the biggest display it’s ever made onto the iPhone 6 Plus, and while its 1920×1080 resolution is great for streaming 1080p videos, it turns out that Apple also secretly added 4K video support without telling anyone.

The iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus all support 4K video playback out of the box, thanks to the new A8 processor added this year. Apple doesn’t list 4K video playback as one of the A8 chips features, but the discovery was made by the developers behind WALTR, who posted proof of 4K video playback on the iPhone 6 this weekend.

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Short trailer for Jurassic World teases … another trailer

Chris Pratt seems concerned. Photo: Universal Studios

Chris Pratt seems concerned. Photo: Universal Studios

The fourth movie in the Jurassic Park series is slated to terrorize movie screens a full year from now. In order to drum up some excitement for Jurassic World, then, Universal has created this tiny trailer to advertise yet another trailer for the upcoming blockbuster.

The new trailer for a trailer shows very little, with some dinosaurs, a bubble car, an inquisitive Bryce Dallas Howard, and megastar Chris Pratt looking determined. Check it out.

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For Black Friday, Apple’s iPhone 6 deal shines in sea of meh

Apple wants you to buy an iPhone this Black Friday Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple wants you to buy an iPhone this Black Friday Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Americans are four days away showing how grateful they are for the biggest shopping day of the year, and to draw in more upgrades than ever, Apple is giving away $50 iTunes gift cards with the purchase of every iPhone and iPad.

Continuing its huge (RED) promotion announced yesterday, Apple will dole out (RED) iTunes gift cards in varying amounts to shoppers who pick something up on Black Friday. The deals aren’t much more impressive than last year’s meager offerings, but for the first time ever, Apple is including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the deal.

You can also get an iTunes gift card for buying a Mac, iPod, Apple TV, or Beats product. Here’s how much iTunes cash you’ll get for each:

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Luxury watchmakers clamp down on smartwatch copycats

A Rolex watchface on the Moto 360. Photo: Rico Fox

A Rolex watchface on the Moto 360. Photo: Rico Fox

That fancy Rolex face you’ve downloaded for your smartwatch won’t be available for much longer if luxury watchmakers get their way. A number of the world’s leading watch brands are clamping down on copycat faces designed for smartwatches and hope to get them banished from the Internet, according to a new report.

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