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How to watch the broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas for free

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How to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for free
Don’t miss the free A Charlie Brown Christmas broadcast, and it’s available on Apple TV+ too.
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The Christmas season is in full swing and there’s good news for fans of the Peanuts holiday specials. Apple has arranged for A Charlie Brown Christmas to be broadcast on PBS. And it’s already available to Apple TV+ subscribers.

That gives many opportunities to watch Linus teach his friends what Christmas is all about.

Warm up the sleigh: Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues debuts on Apple TV+ Dec. 3

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‘Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues’ debuts on Apple TV+ Dec. 3
The singer plans another star-studded musical Christmas special.
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Mariah Carey’s second Christmas special for Apple TV+ will sing and dance its way onto screens around the world on Friday, December 3. Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues will include the only performance of her new single, “Fall in Love at Christmas.”

The entertainer gave a sneak peek at the fun on Thursday. Watch the trailer now:

iPhone utterly dominates Christmas phone activations

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Lots of iPhone activations show that Apple handsets were the most popular to gave and receive this Christmas.
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Nine of the top ten handsets activated on Christmas Day in the U.S. were iPhones, according to a market-analysis firm. Only a single Android slipped onto the list… and in last place.

But it’s not Apple’s newest that dominated holiday sales. Older, more affordable models were the top sellers.

Christmas Day app spending tops $250 million dollars for first time ever

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Business is booming for the App Store.
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Christmas Day turned out to be one of the biggest moneymaking days ever for Apple and Google as far as app sales go.

SensorTower published its latest report of holiday app sales revealing that overall spending on the App Store and Google Play topped $277 million on Christmas Day. Thanks to consumers who had just been gifted new devices and gift cards, spending rose 11% compared to last year, and games were the biggest winner.

How to fix your parents’ messed-up computers this holiday season

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Don't let this be your Christmas.
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Christmas time means packing up your daily troubles, forgetting work for a week, and heading home to… troubleshoot your parents’ broken computers and gadgets? Oh man, is it that time of year again already? That’s the problem with being the family’s only geek – you get handed all the geek jobs. However, you can turn this to your advantage, and make it a lot easier, by going in prepared. Check out our Holiday Troubleshooting Guide right here.

The best Christmas apps for iOS

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The Best Christmas Apps for iOS
Our 5 favorite apps for making the most of the holiday season.
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The holidays are officially upon us. That means family time, festive celebrations, joyous music and an overabundance of delicious food. To help get you through the holidays, we compiled a list of the best iOS apps to make the most of the season.

Whether you’re looking for a way to provide some entertainment for the kids, hosting friends or family, or just want a way to spread some festive cheer, we’ve got your tree trimmed, so to speak.

How to fix your parents’ messed-up computers when home for the holidays

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Good luck!
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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018 Christmas time means packing up your daily troubles, forgetting work for a week, and heading home to … troubleshoot your parents’ broken computers and gadgets? Oh man, is it that time of year again already?

That’s the problem with being the family’s only geek — you get handed all the geek jobs. However, you can turn this to your advantage, and make it a lot easier, by going in prepared. Check out our Holiday Troubleshooting Guide right here.

Here are all the challenges for 14 Days of Fortnite event

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14 Days of Fortnite kicks off today.
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Fortnite’s festive event for 2018 has kicked off, giving players the opportunity to unlock exclusive holiday rewards and play fresh limited-time game modes every day.

The challenges you’ll need to complete to earn those rewards will be revealed at 9 a.m. ET each day, but thanks to a new leak, we already know what to expect from 14 Days of Fortnite.

Christmas comes early with new Fortnite skins

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Fortnite Christmas skins
Get your hands on them before they’re gone!
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If you wish it could be Christmas every day, treat yourself to one of the new festive skins in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Both the Nog Ops and Yuletide Ranger outfits are available now, alongside a Cozy Coaster glider. They will be on sale for a limited time only — and you’ll be pleased to know they’re reasonably priced.

Microsoft’s new Surface Go ad blasts iPad as a child’s toy

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Don’t give an iPad, apparently.
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Think twice about buying your little ones an iPad for Christmas. Once they reach a certain age, Apple’s tablet just isn’t good enough, according to a new Microsoft holiday ad.

The hilarious 30-second clip features a young girl singing about all the reasons why the Surface Go is a better option. It suggests the iPad is a toy — not a “real computer” that’s fit for work.