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iTunes Connect Taking Extended Holiday from December 23-28

iTunes Connect closed for the holidays
(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)

If you’re an iOS developer or just a user who’s hopelessly addicted to app updates, you might want to find something else to do come late December — Apple’s iTunes Connect is closing its doors for nearly a week over Christmas.

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has notified iOS developers that iTunes Connect will be closed for the holidays from December 23 through 28, with App Store management service getting back to normal on Wednesday, December 29 in time to close out 2010 and usher in the New Year.

iTunes Connect is how iOS developers interact with Apple and make their apps and subsequent updates available to the end users. Having the service go dark for nearly a week doesn’t affect users — you’ll still be able to make purchases during the outage — but there will be no one manning the cubicles at Apple HQ to tackle new app submissions or approve updates to existing apps during that time.

“iTunes Connect will be temporarily unavailable from Thursday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 28 for the winter holidays,” the developer site reads. “iTunes Connect access will be back online for use on December 29. If you choose to set an available date for your app to go live during the scheduled holiday shutdown, your app will not go live on the App Store until iTunes Connect resumes for business on December 29. Please plan your releases accordingly.”

If you’re one of those users who compulsively look for fresh updates to your apps every day — you know who you are! — we’d recommend taking a vacation from December 23-28, because you’re likely to be wearing the sad face otherwise. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Boxee Box Coming Out Next Week, Taking Pre-orders

It’s here–finally. The Boxee Box, manufactured by D-link, is on its way into your home (should you want to fork over the money for it). It’s more expensive than its main competitors, the Apple TV and Google TV, but it still brings your favorite television shows and movies from the internet or your hard drive onto your television, without the computer as a mediator.

We played with this thing at CES, and it was fab back then. The Boxee Box comes with HDMI, optical and RCA stereo audio, WiFi (802.11n), Ethernet, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an RF remote that flips over to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. You can pre-order the device on Amazon for 9.99.

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