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Donate to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts via iTunes

Hurricane Matthew

Apple has opened up a donation page via its storefronts on iTunes, the App Store and Apple.com. As the company has done in the past, 100% of donations made using its payment systems will go directly to the American Red Cross. The donations made via iTunes will help boost Hurricane Matthew relief efforts by the organization, which is helping those affected by the storm. Matthew smacked the Caribbean and several US states, leaving hundreds dead and millions without power.

Apple discontinues 3rd generation Apple TV

Apple TV 3G

The other shoe has finally dropped. This week Apple officially pulled the third-generation Apple TV from its stores. Previously, the Apple Store online gave consumers an option to purchase the older model set top box for $69 and even compare them. Now the Apple TV 4G with Siri Remote is the only version available, in storage capacities of 32 GB or 64 GB priced at $149 or $199 respectively.

Fight for the Future looking for pro-Apple comments for upcoming encryption court battle

SaveSecurity.org

Fight for the Future has created an online forum for pro-encryption supporters to voice their opinion about iPhone security ahead of the March 22nd Apple/FBI court hearing. The group, who has already staged several demonstrations in support of Apple, plans to protest outside the San Bernardino Courthouse where the next Apple/FBI showdown is set to take place. iPhone owners who can't attend the event can show their support by adding their voice at SaveSecurity.org.

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Apple launches new Twitter account to share tips, tricks and helpful information with customers

Apple Support Twitter

Apple today launched a new Twitter account to handle customer support queries and share tips and tricks with its followers. The account is verified by Twitter which signifies Apple is officially running the feed. The official description of @AppleSupport reads:

"We’re here to provide tips, tricks and helpful information when you need it most, and if you have a question, well - we're here to help with that too."

Apple dominates holidays with 49 percent of device activations

Flurry Mobile

Mobile devices, such as smartphones, phablets and fitness trackers, were some of the most popular holiday gifts of 2015, according to Flurry Mobile. The Yahoo-owned analytics firm reported on Monday that device activation and app downloads shattered records with Apple leading the way.

Apple accounted for 49.1 percent of all devices activated during Christmas week. This is a slight decline from last year when Flurry Mobile estimated 51.3 percent of mobile devices activated throughout the holidays belonged to the iPhone-maker. Samsung nabbed 19.8 percent of the Christmas week activations and Nokia, LG and Xiaomi were left fighting over the scraps at 2 percent, 1.7 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

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