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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.
Apple released iMovie 10.0.1 on Wednesday. The update adds support for "some older video cards," and it addresses unspecified problems some users have when working with projects created in earlier iMovie versions.
Apple has signed Yahoo! and PBS up for app spots on the company's Apple TV. The apps join content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vevo, Sky News, Smithsonian, and other media companies. [Update: Screenshot added.]
"Oh noes! My Mac and/or PC is broken! Now I can't work and I will have to go home! This is terrible!" Now, if you try this, make sure you apply those exclamation points liberally and vociferously or the whole ruse will fall apart faster than a reality TV star marriage. What I'm talking about is Happy Hour Virus, a website that will simulate a Mac or Windows system crash so that you, the hapless victim of this brokenness, can go home. Or out. Whatever, it's your day. Make the most of it. Just choose your broken mode and the site puts up a full-screen crash—either a kernel panic for OS X, a broken monitor, or a BSOD for Windows, complete with slowly typing DOS text. Don't worry, though, it won't actually crash your system. Hit escape and your proper desktop is restored. BTW, I'm offering bonus points to anyone who can get out of work because their Mac had a BSOD.
Apple released Find My Friends 3.0 on Tuesday, an update that flattens the app in keeping with the design aesthetics of iOS 7. The patch notes don't specify any other changes, saying simply, "Find My Friends has been updated with an all new design for iOS 7."
Apple landed a tax break from Gilbert Public Schools governing board on Monday. According to AZCentral, the five-member board voted unanimously in favor of the deal, which Apple was seeking as an incentive to operate a major manufacturing plant in the area. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is part of a corporate race to the bottom that needs to stop.
MOGA launched the MOGA Ace Power game controller for iOS 7 and iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s. The US$99 controller holds your iPhone and uses Apple's game controller API to control games and let you blow things up, drive around really fast, shoot, fall, jump, run, and otherwise cause gaming mayhem. It will charge your iPhone, too, meaning you can do all those things that much longer. Pangea Software announced that seven of its games are ready for the controller, including Airwings, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Otto Mattic, and Nanosaur 2. More games from more developers are coming, too. Cool, eh? The Ace Power controller is listed on MOGA's site as available for reservation, but it is supposed to officially launch on Wednesday.
Apple is known as a company with progressive employment policies, an aggressively green approach to environmental policies, and a CEO who publicly advocates for equality. Siri, on the other hand, may be more of a libertarian kind of gal, judging by what she says when you ask her about her politics.