Virgin America jumped into the gate-to-gate portable electronics use world on Friday. The airline has an extra twist: It's saying travelers can use their PEDs even in when pilots are dealing with more serious flight conditions like limited visibility landings. That leaves just Frontier as the last major airline to announce FAA approval, and there isn't any word yet on when that's coming.
Dropbox rolled out version 3 of the iPhone and iPad app for its cloud-based file storage service on Friday. The new version added support for AirDrop file transfers, and got a facelift with an iOS 7 interface.
The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed a bill this week aimed at curbing patent trolling, although it may be a hollow victory for companies targeted by the practice. Legislators stripped out the provision that would've helped bring low quality patents under control, which also happen to be a favorite of the trolls, and was removed at the request of Microsoft and IBM.
Google is paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a special Google Doodle that includes a fun little 8-bit game featuring all 11 of the Doctors. Yes, we know 12 has been announced, and 8.5 will be in the anniversary episode that airs this Saturday, so not all of the Doctors are in the game. And the Doctor from the 1960's Dalek movies isn't there, either, but why nitpick? The real point is that the doodle is starting to show up in the Google home page around the world and it has a game, that for Google, is pretty elaborate. We found the doodle at Google's New Zealand page, but it may already be in your area, too.
Mavericks' Finder tabs feature is a neat new way to keep things organized, and in this tip, Melissa Holt will cover her five favorite tips for using it. She'll include merging all of your Finder windows into a single tabbed one, using keyboard shortcuts to control the tabs, moving files between them, and more.
Intel had some love for Apple during the company's investor day meeting on Thursday. According to CNet, Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president of Intel's PC Client Group, credited Apple with pushing Intel to improve battery performance.
Apple has released updates for all three iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—that begins the process of restoring popular features missing from Mavericks makeover updates released in October. All three updates start with restoring the ability customize your toolbar, and the Keynote update restores some missing transitions and other effects.
Apple released AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations Firmware 7.7.2. The maintenance release addresses a storage issue, a WAN connectivity issue, and another networking issues.
The jury in Apple's damages retrial with Samsung reached their decision on Thursday, awarding apple more than US$290 million. That amount brings Apple's damage award to some $900 million. That's down from the $1.05 billion originally awarded, but much more than Samsung wanted to pay.
Apple has debuted a great App Store feature in the UK, video trailers. The company introduced it with Clumsy Ninja with an Editor's Choice listing in the UK, with the video trailer being part of a special Editor's Choice layout. The video trailer highlight actual gameplay, which gives users a much better idea of what the game is like than the static screenshots that have been part of the App Store from the beginning.
Many key products in the online Apple Stores in the UK and Australia are priced higher than straight currency conversions can account for. That's even after we take off value added taxes (VAT) and other sales taxes that are usually blamed for such discrepancies.
With two days of Jury deliberation behind us and a third about to start in Apple and Samsung's patent damages retrial, Samsung is pushing for a stay in the case and Apple is calling out the company for using delay tactics that are "Beyond reason." The two companies are in court to determine how much money Samsung owes Apple for infringing on mobile device patents.
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