Also, Instagram adds filters, a free Chromecast for all, GTA V teases Online Heists, and Cards Against Humanity is bulls**t.
Apple Not Guilty Of Anti-Competitiveness
Awesome ad for Apple iPod and iTunes pic.twitter.com/KJay46ba70
— Brilliant Ads (@BrilliantAdx) December 17, 2014
A jury has unanimously found Apple not guilty of anti-competitive behavior, rejecting claims that iTunes 7.0 harmed users’ ability to play music purchased elsewhere. The eight-man jury decided that iTunes 7.0 equated to “genuine product improvement,” and was therefore a good thing for consumers.
If Apple had lost this case then the company was facing paying damages of around $1 billion. Apple’s gratitude to the jury was evident in its statement: “We thank the jury for their service and we applaud their verdict. We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music. Every time we’ve updated those products — and every Apple product over the years — we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs are already planning to appeal, and iTunes continues to be the most hateful piece of software I have ever had the misfortune to use.
Facebook Automatically Enhances Photos
I’m pretty sure Facebook’s been auto-enhancing my mobile photos for about a month now but I guess we can all write about it.
— Molly McHugh (@iammollymchugh) December 17, 2014
Facebook thinks it knows better than you… because you’re wholly incapable of editing your own photos. Hence, from now on, Facebook will automatically enhance any photos you upload to the social networking site from your smartphone.
Previously, you were presented with your unedited photo and given the option to add a filter or adjust its quality in another way. Now, each photo will be auto-enhanced, with a simple slider allowing you to adjust the level of enhancement.
This is Facebook’s answer to a similar auto-enhance feature which landed on Google+ in October 2013.
Instagram Finally Adds Some New Filters
Dear Instagram users… pic.twitter.com/zbecgPFZJF
— Men’s Humor (@MensHumor) December 17, 2014
Instagram made its name on the back of filters that people could add to their photos. However, Instagram has actually been a little lax of late when it comes to engineering new filters for people to use. Until now.
Admitting that “photography trends have evolved,” Instagram has added five brand new filters to the app, its first additions since December 2012. The filters are called Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua, and Aden, and all are a lot more subtle than some of the older, harsher filters.
How To Get A Chromecast For Free
U.S. retailer Best Buy is running a deal at the moment which effectively makes the Google Chromecast free to buy. The Chromecast is priced at $30, Google is giving $20 of Google Play credit to buyers, and Best Buy are giving away an extra $20 of Google Play credit on top of that.
For those who suck at maths, that’s a Chromecast and $40 of credits for an outlay of just $30. Which means Google is now paying you to take the brilliant little media streaming stick off its hands. The one caveat being you need to register your device and redeem the offers by December 21. What a hardship.
Online Heists Hitting GTA V In 2015
GTA V players will soon get access to Online Heists with an update to GTA Online dropping sometime in 2015. Heists play an important part in the main storyline, but have until now been absent from the online multiplayer portion of the game.
The heists in GTA Online will see four players forming a crew to pull off more audacious jobs. There will be 20 missions covering five strands, all of which adds up “around 20 hours of gameplay.”
Proof That The Recession Is Finally Over
And finally, we have irrefutable proof that the recession is finally over. Because how else do you explain the fact that 30,000 people paid $6 apiece for a lump of poo.
I’m not sure this qualifies as a Black Friday bargain, but those Cards Against Humanity guys deserve a medal for such chutzpah. [H/T CollegeHumor]
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