Apple is paying tribute to Nelson Mandela by dedicating its home page to the man who symbolized the fight against Apartheid in South Africa. Mr. Mandela passed away on Thursday, and in addition to the home page tribute shown below, Apple executives offered comments about him through Twitter.
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Apple has launched iBeacon—Bluetooth-powered stations that can communicate with iPhones and iPads. The feature allows Apple to guide customers and send information to their devices, but the bigger story is that Apple is proactively demonstrating why it never bothered to support near-field communications, or NFC.
The New Zealand Police are crediting a rollout of iPhones and iPads to police officers as having helped to reduce crime in the island country. The devices are part of a program called "Policing Excellence," and the NZ Police issued a report crediting it for reducing crime by 13 percent, reducing the number of necessary prosecutions by 27 percent, and for allowing police to be more focused on victims.
I recently found SealsWithClubs, an online poker site that uses Bitcoin and allows U.S. players to play. If you've been jonesing to play online poker and you have, or can get, some Bitcoins, SealsWithClubs is it. They have a Mac client, as well as a browser-based client, Windows, Linux, and Android. Bets on the site are in denominations of 1 "Chip," with a Chip being equal to 0.001BTC, or 1/1000th of a Bitcoin. There are plenty of game withs blinds smaller than a Chip, going down to 0.05/0.10 Chips, which is roughly similar to nickle/dime blinds. I'll offer a more detailed review of the site next week.
When we think about a 13-inch iPad, we can't just think about a larger display for things like reading, art and designing. Instead, there comes a point where a larger iPad creates whole new markets and applications. John Martellaro speculates.
Judge Denise Cote has responded to Apple's complaints over what the company sees as overreaching actions on the part of court appointed monitor Michael Bromwich, and she's telling the company to take up its issues with the Department of Justice. Judge Cote assigned Mr. Bromwich to monitor the iPhone and iPad maker as part of the company's sentence for ebook price fixing, and so far he's pushed for interviews with executives that aren't involved in ebook pricing and handed over a bill for services at US$1,100 an hour.
Jeff Butts is one of those odd folks who simply cannot wear ear buds of any sort, even Apple's famed Ear Pods. Because of this limitation, Jeff's always on the lookout for over-the-ear headphones that not only provide excellent sound, but also provide a microphone. He might have finally found the perfect match for his needs, all at a perfect price.
olloclip continues to develop its product line of lens kits for the iPhone. Now, olloclip has launched another in the series: the Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 5/5s consisting of 7x, 14x and 21x power lenses. At the higher magnifications, the iPhone becomes a digital microscope with interesting applications in medicine, dentistry, forensics, botany and zoology, just to name a few.
Apple filed a request with the court late on Thursday requesting Samsung reimburse US$15.7 million of its legal fees in their patent infringement fight. The request isn't common in cases like this, although Apple thinks it's justified based on Samsung's willful mobile device patent infringement.
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Apple is asking for a third of its legal expenses from a limited window of time in its patent infringement fight with Samsung. The request may be out of the ordinary, but it isn't without precedent. Based on Apple's wording in the request, it's clear the company really wants to drive home the point that Samsung has been willfully copying its mobile device designs.
If you've ever wanted to pick apart an animated GIF and check out its individual frames, then this tip's gonna make you happy. Using Preview on your Mac, you can view and save the separate pieces of an animated GIF into several different formats, with no third-party software required. Melissa Holt's even used her favorite GIF of all time in this article, so you don't wanna miss that, do you?
PowerPractical has launched the PowerPot X, a 10 watt version of the company's portable charging technology, on Kickstarter. PowerPot X is designed to sit on a fire—be it a camp fire or a gas-powered flame—and turn that heat energy into electricity you can use to charge your mobile devices, and it does it without any moving parts. Cool, right? For outdoorsy folks or anyone prepping for bad weather, the PowerPot line is one of several alternative-energy solutions coming to market to address portable charging, and I like this one because it harnesses energy that is usually otherwise wasted. There are a ton of funding options available, and the company is already very close to its goals, but funding will still get you a discount on a unit when it ships. The video below contains too much back-story, but at the two minute mark, they get to the new model they're working on.
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