Weekend news roundup: All the best Apple news from last week

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It’s been a busy week filled with lots of jailbreak news, the debut of the new Mac Pro, and some new patents. Check out our round up below of all the best news you may have missed this past week.

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It’s Official: China Mobile to start selling the iPhone 5s and 5c on January 17

China Mobile and Apple announced today that the Chinese carrier will start selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on January 17, 2014. The carrier will start accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5s via the carrier’s official website (www.10086.cn) and its customer service hotline “10086″ beginning on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. This is a multi-year agreement that will likely include future versions of the iPhone.

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Tim Cook: Apple has big plans for 2014 that customers will love

Tim Cook today sent a mail to all Apple employees reflecting upon what the company achieved in 2013, and getting people excited about Apple’s plans for 2014.

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evasi0n7: iOS 7 – iOS 7.0.4 Jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch released

To everyone’s surprise, the evad3rs team today released evasi0n jailbreak for iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad. evasi0n is an untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 7.0 through iOS 7.0.4.

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Snapchat for iOS gets Replay, Visual Filters, Front Camera Flash and more

Ephemeral messaging service Snapchat has released a major update for its iOS app that brings some interesting new features such as Replay, photo filters, smart filters and more.

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Google had to “start over” on Android after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone

Google acquired Andy Ruby’s startup Android in 2005, and the company was scheduled to release the first Android phone by the end of 2007. But according to a Google engineer, the company had to start over on Android after seeing the iPhone for the first time.

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Roundup of first Mac Pro early impressions and hands-on reviews

Apple started selling its new Mac Pro today in Apple stores and third-party retailers across the globe. The company also handed out review units to select journalists, who have started the lengthy process of reviewing the machine. Before they poke, prod and push the machine to its limits, these reviewers have taken the time to share their first impressions of the device — how it looks, how it feels and how it performs right out of the box. These early reviews are so fresh, you can almost smell the new plastic in the air. Read on if you want to learn more about the first Mac Pros to hit the wild.

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Researchers able to activate MacBook camera without triggering the warning light

One reassuring feature of the Mac was its camera indicator light that glows when an app is accessing the front camera. This feature protects you from spying eyes that want to activate the camera to film you as go about your business. Mac owners believed they were safe as long as the indicator light was off, but that assumption is unfortunately wrong says a new research paper.

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Apple wins patent detailing “desk-free” wireless computer with built-in projector

Apple has today been awarded a patent that describes a wireless “desk-free” computer with an integrated projector aimed to be extremely portable, with its only component being a computer housing.

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Apple releases the Best of 2013 for the App Store and iTunes

Apple has announced its annual iTunes Store awards for 2013. It has announced the best apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts of the year.

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Apple’s new holiday commercial will leave you teary eyed

Apple is known for its once-a-year holiday commercials that showcase its flagship products in a holiday setting. Two years ago, Apple focused on the iPhone 4s and Siri, while last year the iPad and FaceTime took center stage. This year’s clip features the iPhone, its movie making capabilities and the convenience of AirPlay streaming to an Apple TV.

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Apple supplier Pegatron is using face recognition to combat the problem of underage workers in its factories in China, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Apple may have fixed exploits used for iOS 7 Jailbreak in iOS 7.1

Over the weekend, pod2g, a key member of the evad3rs dismissed rumors that the iOS 7 jailbreak was stolen.