Tuesday Morning News

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.39.29 amApple’s Best of 2014 list has all the best and most downloaded music, TV shows, movies, apps, and books. The Loop has the list of all the albums, artists, and individual songs that made the cut, and on the iOS side of things, Elevate’s Brain Training takes out the top spot for iPhone app of the year, while Threes was crowned iPhone game of the year. And on the iPad, the excellent Pixelmator is the iPad app of the year, with Monument Valley taking home the award for iPad game of the year — there doesn’t seem to be a way to link to the Best of 2014 lists on the iTunes Store, but you can visit them by tapping or clicking on the banners in an iTunes Store near you.

Former Apple supply chain manager Paul Devine has been sentenced to one year imprisonment, after being found guilty of selling confidential Apple information to suppliers. Devine has also been ordered to pay back $4.5 million, and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering.

Apple has hired one Dana Massie. The former Audience Director has a background in digital audio, and joins Apple as their System on a Chip audio architect — he’ll likely be working on making voice communications clearer, given his previous experience in designing and developing audio processing algorithms. MacRumors notes Massie used to work for Apple as well as NeXT, but gives no details on those “brief stints”.

Time’s finalists for 2014 Person of the Year includes Apple CEO Tim Cook. Time points out he’s the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO, in addition to being the guy who introduced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay.

Speaking of Tim, China’s minister of Cyberspace Administration Lu Wei visited the US, where he met with Cook along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cook showed off his Apple Watch to the minister, saying he was the first outsider to see the Apple Watch in person. The pair also discussed security issues facing the release of new Apple products in China.

Longtime iLounge Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz has made the jump to 9to5Mac, and his first article is a list of accessories for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, in true iLounge style. I’ve seen plenty of gift guides around on the web this year, but this is the first one that specifically tailors to Apple products, which is kind of cool.

Panic’s blog post regarding Transmit iOS 1.1.1 paints a grim picture: forced by Apple to remove a feature to send files to iCloud Drive, they had to scrap sending files to other services, too. It’s another blow to useful iOS apps who build features that Apple didn’t expect or anticipate, but as Marco Arment wonders, what is Apple protecting itself or its customers from? Outbursts of productivity from iOS devices?

In less-grim iOS app update news, the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps have been updated with new editing features, as well as support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Digg 5.6 adds new sharing services and improved notifications. More details on the Digg blog.

Jean-Louis Gassée says the Apple Watch, like pretty much every kind of technology today, will soon be obsolete, surpassed by a newer model that’s thinner, lighter, and has a longer battery life, as well as adding new features. That doesn’t bode well for a piece of equipment that will potentially be priced like a traditional watch.

Apple’s latest iPad ad is called Change, and it’s about the iPad Air 2 changing many different aspects of people’s lives, all over the world. There’s no fancy voice-over from well-known celebrities, but it is kinda nice. Check it out.

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