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We’re still offering some great deals on cool products like the Powerbeats 2 WIRED In-Ear Headphones, the Sound Rise Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock, and the Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock, but for today, you can get an even better price on these items and anything else in our ilounge Deals store with an extra 15% off! Simply use the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Be sure to hurry though, as the offer expires at midnight.
The U.K. Intellectual Property Office has officially abandoned a private-copying exemption that made it legal for users to back up their music, putting a spotlight on possible problems ahead for Apple Music and iTunes Match users in the country, 1709 reports. The exemption was put in place last year to protect users backing up their own legally purchased music from the punishments faced by those pirating music online. The IPO’s decision not to submit a revised version after the U.K.‘s high court ruled against the exemption leaves U.K. users to wonder if their music libraries stored on personal devices or the cloud are still legal. While it’s unlikely that individual users will be prosecuted for backing up their music under the existing law, Apple will need to reevaluate the terms on which it offers many services since things like copying tracks into a user’s iTunes Match library or making songs in Apple Music available for offline listening now seem to violate U.K. law. [via Gizmodo]
While Apple Pay officially launched in Australia last week, the country’s banks are still refusing to link their cards to the digital payment system, prompting calls for the Reserve Bank to examine banks for potential anti-competitive behavior, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Apple’s fees for using the service have been a sticking point in negotiations for months, with the company reportedly demanding the same 15 cents on every $100 of transactions that the company is believed to receive from banks in the U.S., even though banks in Australia make half as much from interchange fees as compared to their U.S. counterparts.
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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful we are for your readership and support. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday; we will return to normal updates on Monday, November 30th. Happy Thanksgiving!
The aerial screensavers available on the new Apple TV make for a refreshing change from the photo-based screen savers of prior versions; currently Apple offers up 34 different screensavers covering five specific locations around the world: China, Hawaii, London, New York, and San Francisco. Rather than storing the screensavers permanently as part of tvOS, the Apple TV downloads new screensaver footage from Apple’s servers on a schedule. If you find that your screensavers are getting stale, you can increase how often the Apple TV downloads new content from Apple’s servers by going into the Apple TV Settings app and choosing General, Screensaver.
While the company's 2015 Airborne and Jumping drone lineups were iterations on 2014's Jumping Sumo and Rolling Spider, Parrot has broken a bit of new ground in its drone lineup this year with its Hydrofoil drone ($160), a new hybrid robot drone designed to allow users to take to the water with speed and agility.
One of our favorite iOS platform adventure games of last year, Leo’s Fortune ($7), is available for Mac starting today. The game is centered around one mustached furball’s quest to find his stolen gold, and that simple premise leads users through lush environments and into vicious traps on the way to discovering the truth behind who took the loot. Players follow the trail of coins to solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels, using Leo’s jumping and hovering abilities to avoid spikes and other hazards. The game’s already impressive graphics get a further upgrade for the Mac, possibly accounting for the $2 higher price when compared to the iOS version. Finishing the game will unlock Hardcore Mode and beating the game without dying yields its own special prize. Users can also compete in Game Center to beat as many levels in the fastest time possible. The game takes up 851 MB of space and requires OS X 10.7 or later to run.
iLounge has been rating styluses for years, but it's always been a bit of a niche category — by design, no one has actually needed an iOS stylus before, and even the best of the styluses so far have required users to make some sort of concession, whether in features, accuracy, or price. Apple Pencil ($99) for iPad Pro is different, then, and not just because it's an official Apple stylus. Pencil and iPad Pro have been built to work in tandem with each other, which allows the stylus to do more than your typical accessory. iPad Pro can sense when Apple Pencil is being used, and according to Apple, the subsystem scans Pencil's signal 240 times per second, making it a fast, nearly latency-free stylus. Pencil is said to last for 12 hours of normal use on one charge, and it can be recharged using the built-in Lightning connector.
Apple has struck a preliminary agreement to use UnionPay’s point-of-sales network to bring Apple Pay to China, Bloomberg reports. Sources familiar with the negotiations said UnionPay, China’s largest payment network, aims to introduce Apple Pay as soon as next year, but noted that the two companies haven’t signed firm agreements with Chinese banks on linking local bank cards to the service. That information seems to conflict with yesterday’s report that Apple had reached deals with China’s four largest state-run banks to link Apple Pay with local bank accounts, with sources now saying some banks have lingering concerns about the fees charged by Apple Pay and the low number of users the service has worldwide. Apple Pay takes in 0.15 percent of each purchase made through its system — which comes out of the 2 percent fee paid by retailers in the U.S. — but that rate has proven too high in China, where the total fee paid by some retailers is only 0.38 percent.