2011 December 02

Friday Favorites: Unit Converter

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Welcome to Friday Favorites ! Every Friday, one of us will get all sloppy over an app, web service, or Mac feature that we feel is indispensable. To me, Dashboard feels like the forgotten relative of OS X, the one that sits quietly in the back of the room during the family reunion that has surprisingly good stories

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Report: iPhone banned in Syria

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According to a report by the German Press Association (via Haaretz ), Syrian authorities have banned the use or importation of the iPhone into Syria in an attempt to crack down on protesters in that country. International media has been banned from Syria for months, so virtually all we know about the protests currently happening there comes from footage uploaded to the Internet, usually via protesters’ cell phone footage of events. The BBC reports that other smartphones have yet to fall under the blanket ban, which seems curious at first; however, it’s not so curious when it turns out there’s actually an iPhone app dedicated to the protest movement

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German regulators seek details on Apple’s use of Carrier IQ

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Apple has already made a statement on the company’s use of Carrier IQ , saying that “We stopped supporting Carrier IQ [a piece of software that tracks user activity] with iOS 5 in most of our products, and we’re going to remove it completely in a future software update.” Apparently that’s not good enough for The Bavarian State Authority for Data Protection. The German data regulator requested today that Apple provide more information about the software and its use.

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Daily Update for December 2, 2011

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It’s the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You’ll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what’s happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today’s Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below

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