Black Friday – RED deals, Yosemite disaster relief, CarPlay vs Android, hols freeze

CarPlay in a Hyundai Sonata
CarPlay in a Hyundai Sonata

Apple reveals Black Friday partnership with Product (RED) for gift card sale — Shoppers purchasing some of Apple’s most popular products on Friday will also receive Product (RED) gift cards that can be used on the  iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. There is more information online about Apple’s World AIDS Day 2014 campaign, including Apps for (RED). Mac and iPhone purchases will net substantial App Store gift cards.

MacPhun specials — This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Macphun Team is offering you a US$80 discount over all four of its photography apps (Focus Pro, Snapheal Pro, Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro) plus a FREE $25 App Store or Amazon Gift Card.

Solving a Yosemite post-install disaster — Updating to a major new version of OS X can seem akin to walking through a mine field, albeit one with relatively few mines. In most instances, you’ll be fine. But you never know when disaster may strike – this Macworld article tells you how to cope.

Hands on with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata — Sarah Jacobsson Purewal went to the LA Auto Show in search of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Google and Apple’s bids to bring your smartphone’s screen to your car. CarPlay has so far appeared only in a Ferrari and a Pioneer aftermarket line, while Android Auto is still in beta. Still, at a small Hyundai booth in the South Hall, two separate 2015 Hyundai Sonatas demonstrated the technologies.

Apple confirms annual holiday freeze on iTunes and App Store submissions — Apple is alerting iBooks publishers on iTunes that the iTunes Connect service will be unavailable during the holiday season. The hiatus will begin December 22 and last until December 29. This notice is addressed only to iBooks authors, but this shutdown also applies to iOS developers, OS X developers and other publishers.