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It was a relatively quiet weekend on the Apple front (unless you count that settlement with HTC which we'll get into in a moment), with most of the tech world focused on the debut of Nokia's new Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia handsets hitting AT&T and Verizon. Curious about what you might have missed? Glad you asked, because we've assembled a handful of those stories right here for you...
9to5Mac reported Friday that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a missive to employees announcing a $2.5 million donation the company has made to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. "We hope this contribution will help families, businesses and communities recover and rebuild," Cook writes in the letter, dated November 8. Apple has certainly become a more generous corporation since Cook has taken the helm, and is also giving users the chance to do the same via iTunes.
Twitter lovers with a proclivity for one of the more robust third-party apps are likely following the saga of the microblogging service's new token API limits, which essentially limits how many users a given app can have. Windows Observer is reporting that Windows 8 client Tweetro has indeed hit that limit after seeing "a massive spike in downloads" since Microsoft's official limit. The app is now effectively blocked by Twitter after ramming straight into the company's 100,000 token limit, preventing new users from getting past the OAuth screen and rendering the app useless for all but those who got in under the radar. This is exactly the same issue that created some anxiety about Mac and iOS clients such as Tweetbot and Echofon, and for now Twitter remains mum on the situation.
The iPad mini invasion continues, with MacRumors noting that Apple has started airing two new television commercials on Sunday. "Books" focuses on the junior iPad's e-reader capabilities, while "Photos" does the same by showing off the capabilities of the company's iPhoto app. Curiously, the ads feature the full-sized iPad as well, although by the end the focus is clearly on the iPad mini. Check 'em out on Apple's website using the links above or the company's YouTube channel.
Tempe Run fan, are you? Then you'll be interested in the latest offering from Ape Entertainment, who launched the Temple Run Comic app on the App Store over the weekend. With action-packed issues chock full of adventure, suspense and ancient mystery, what's not to like? And to sweeten the deal, Ape is including not one but two issues for only 99 cents, but act fast, because it's a limited time offer that's likely to run away as fast as Guy Dangerous after he gets his hands on a golden idol.
Need to ship a package to a Facebook friend? FedEx is making it easier with a new "Ship to Friends" program. "We know that true friendship goes beyond digital," the company said on the service's Facebook page. "That's why we've made shipping packages from your Facebook page easy and convenient." All you have to do is select the friend you want to ship to, create a label, prepare the package at home and drop it off at any FedEx location and they'll handle the rest -- well, except pay for it, because you'll still have to do that.
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