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Apple Innocent In iTunes Indictment, Facebook Enhances Your Photos [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 17-12-2014

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

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 8 iTunes Hacks For Improved Functionality iTunes is a rich and feature-packed music management application, but that doesn't mean there's not room for improvement. Some simple changes and additional features can make the application even better. Read More I have ever had the misfortune to use.

Facebook Automatically Enhances Photos

Facebook thinks it knows better than you… because you’re wholly incapable of editing your own photos Edit Photos Just Like In Photoshop: You CAN Do That On A Chromebook! The latest instalment in our mini-series looks at the wide choice of high quality photo editors that are available to all Chrome users. Read More . 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

Instagram New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More 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.

The new Instagram filters are available through the latest update to Instagram for iOS (6.4.0) and Instagram for Android (6.12.0)

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 Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More 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 8 Creative Uses for Google's Chromecast We've come up with 8 unique uses for Google's Chromecast. Read on to find out just how you can make even more use of your Chromecast. Read More 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 The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More , but have until now been absent from the online multiplayer portion of the game.

The heists in GTA Online GTA Online Launches: Here's What You Need To Know Rockstar's latest open world masterpiece set records as fans rushed to a life of crime in Los Santos, but a large portion of the game - the multiplayer - was missing. Until now. Read More 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.

The GTA Online update will be released for free, making this yet another reason to buy GTA V Grand Theft Auto V Reviews, Send Money Via Snapchat, & More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Spotify teams up with Uber, Microsoft pits Surface Pro 3 against MacBook Air, Goat Simulator becomes MMO, and Tony Hawk rides a hoverboard. Read More , especially if you own a PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More or Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More .

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 [Broken URL Removed]]

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

What is your honest opinion about the class-action against Apple? Are you pleased or annoyed Facebook is automatically enhancing your photos? Do you like the look of the new Instagram filters?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. David
    December 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

    The Google Play credit is only from Best Buy (or via *IF* you didn't buy it from Best Buy). You redeem it on Google Play.

    It's only a 20$ credit, less than the cost of the device - still a good deal, but certainly not free (or even "free"). I know this because I went out and bought one tonight and brought it home hoping to score the too-good-to-be-true deal. Not so much. :-


    If anyone had a different experience, I'd be interested to hear about it. (Maybe Google realized the "Punch-Drunk Love / Healthy Choice"-type deal and quickly closed the loophole?)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Damn. So, essentially, it was only ever a $20 credit, it was just that Best Buy delivered it differently. I apologize for the confusion. It seemed legit. I still think buying a Chromecast is a no-brainer for anyone with an Android or Chrome OS device. The offers make it more than worthwhile. But I am sorry for spreading misinformation.

  2. dragonmouth
    December 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    "Apple’s gratitude to the jury was evident"
    I wonder how many i-Products did it take to achieve the desired verdict? (Takes tongue out of cheek)

    "those Cards Against Humanity guys deserve a medal for such chutzpah."
    And the 30,000 s**theads don't even deserve a lump of coal in their stockings. P.T. Barnum's observation is as valid as ever - There's a sucker born every minute

    • Dave Parrack
      December 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Ooh, that's harsh. I'm sure there was no impropriety, but who knows whether or not the jury was filled with Apple fanboys!

      P.T. Barnum's words are probably more relevant today than ever before. I'd like to think a certain percentage of those buyers knew what was going to happen and played along, but I'm sure some thought they were going to get something awesome.