A win/lose for Apple against Samsung

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Date: Friday, March 7th, 2014, 09:36
Category: Apple, Features, iPhone, Legal, Mobile Phone, Patents

apple-vs-samsung-fightOne has to wonder how long Apple and Samsung will be at each other’s legal throats as yet another judgement has been reached in the patent battle that started in early 2011. I was not really surprised to find that there is actually a Wikipedia article about it, which can bring you up to speed if necessary. The latest set of decisions to come down from Federal Judge Lucy Koh awarded Apple approximately $930 million in damages relating to patent infringements on the part of Samsung. There’s your win. Unfortunately for Apple, Judge Koh denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction blocking the sales of devices that infringed on those patents in America. There’s your lose.

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iPhone tips: A quicker way to turn off the “flashlight”

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Date: Friday, March 7th, 2014, 09:27
Category: Apple, iOS, iPhone, Tips

HelpViewerIconHas this ever happened to you? You’re sneaking around the office of a suspected killer looking for evidence and going through his files using your iPhone as a flashlight, and suddenly you hear a noise and see a shadow moving under the door. So you quickly try to turn off the light, but your iPhone has locked while you were thumbing through files. For some reason TouchID is not recognizing your fingerprint, so you have to enter your code manually (damn, what was it again?) to get to the home screen while you listen to someone turning the doorknob. A notification window pops up reminding you to tell your cop friend where you were going, so you have to dismiss it. You swipe up to access Control Center to hit the flashlight button, but…

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iTunes Festival app drops, no iOS 7.1

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Date: Friday, March 7th, 2014, 08:20
Category: Uncategorized

ios7logoWell, so much for insider knowledge. As reported Wednesday, a short post by John Gruber on his blog generated a lot of excitement when it indicated that a source had intimated that an iOS 7.1 update would be out before next week’s iTunes Festival due to the fact that an update for the festival’s app would require 7.1 to run. Here is how the post went;

Apple’s first iTunes Festival in the U.S. starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin. Apple is going to stream the performances to iOS devices using an app, but I’ve heard from a little birdie that the app requires iOS 7.1 (which explains why the app isn’t out yet). That means iOS 7.1 should ship any day now.

(emphasis is mine)

Today’s release of the update to the iTunes Festival app, ahead of any 7.1 update, shows that John’s “birdie” is a gosh darn lier, or maybe it was one of those internal security tests that Apple uses to find out where leaks are coming from, but either way, the wait for 7.1 continues. John responded today with, “You win some, you lose some.”.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled speculation.