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Apple told a jury on Tuesday that Samsung didn't just copy Apple's intellectual property, but that deliberately copying the iPhone was part of Samsung's "development process." The accusation came during Apple's opening statements in the second big patent infringement trial between the two companies.
Apple released X.2 updates for its iWork suite for the Mac on Tuesday. Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 include a host of improvements and changes, including new templates, new effects and transitions, and support for the new "view only" setting for documents you share on iCloud that was released earlier on Tuesday.
Apple released Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks on Tuesday, an update that includes both bug fixes and feature improvements. The company added the ability to turn off Push notifications for a particular site, and it fixed a problem stopping some notifications from arriving. The release also improves search functionality within Safari, and it improved credit card autofill.
Square announced on Monday that the company was adding support for Bitcoin to Square Market, the company's online storefront. The system allows users to choose to pay with Bitcoins, but Merchants get paid immediately in U.S. dollars.
Apple announced on Monday (technically, the announcement was made on Tuesday in China) the release of TD-LTE models of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in China. The models will increase Apple's footprint in China, where cellular networks have been built with different wireless technologies than the rest of the world.
Apple announced on Monday that it will hold its March quarter conference call with analysts on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 5:00 PM EDT. The march quarter is Apple's 2nd fiscal quarter, and the event will be webcast.
OK, Pokémon Masters, here's your chance to put what those doubting Thomases so maliciously characterized as your "misspent youth." Google, it seems, is looking for a Pokémon Master to join its Google Maps team. Unrelated (we're just sure), it's already April 1st in Australia. In any event, Tatsuo Nomura, "Advanced Pokémon Trainer" for Google, made a blog post for the company promoting the Pokémon Challenge for Google Maps in conjunction with Nintendo. To be clear, this is an April Fool's prank, but it involves a real game that has been hidden inside Google Maps for iOS and Android. There's a 150 Pokémon hidden within the map, and you have until April 2nd to catch 'em all.
Groupon and Amazon are both offering 64GB iPad minis (with WiFi + Cellular) at a pretty significant discount. Groupon has one bundled with a JBL speaker dock for $479.99, while Amazon has a few in stock for $469. Bryan Chaffin has the details.
Yeah, you're iPhone's super awesome, and all that, but does it have a built-in screw driver? How about scissors? A pen? The folks at IN1 Case are here to change that with their self-titled debut product, the IN1 Case. This thing holds nine different tools right in its casing, including a tooth pick, scissors, tweezers, a nail file, a phillips screw driver, a slotted (flat-head) screw driver, a red pen and a blue pen. If that isn't enough, it also has a built-in stand. Cool, right? It's even TSA compliant! It comes in black, white, or a clear model, and you can see all the features in the video below. It's $44.95, and it's available now. Thanks to Geoduck for the heads up.
We have a doozy of a deal for you today, a 50 percent discount on some of our favorite software: PDFPen (US$29.98) and PDFPen Pro ($49.98). Both apps are amazing, and they're made by Smile Software, a great company that has long supported many publications and podcasts, including The Mac Observer, Mac Geek Gab, and Apple Context Machine. So, it's a great deal for great software from a great company. If you need to edit or create PDFs, get 'em while you can, because the deal ends today (Monday).