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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.
U.S. authorities acknowledged the benefits of "virtual currency systems" in a Senate hearing on Bitcoins, and Bitcoin traders reacted by sending the cryptocurrency skyrocketing above the $700 mark only to correct as profit takers reaped enormous from the rapid rise. The possibility of U.S. intervention to crush Bitcoin has been an overhang on the currency from the get-go, and Monday's comments indicate that overhang could disappear.
Samsung's rush-to-market-to-beat-Apple Galaxy Gear smartwatch has launched with a resounding thud. BusinessKorea reported that Samsung has sold fewer than 50,000 units since it was released in September despite a multimillion dollar marketing campaign.
An appeals court has ordered Judge Lucy Koh to reconsider her decision not to award Apple with an import ban on Samsung devices that were found to infringe on Apple patents. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down a unanimous ruling that instructed Judge Koh to reconsider Apple's claim that Samsung's infringement was causing irreparable harm to the iPhone and iPad maker.
Check out littleBits, something so insanely cool that I don't know where to begin. Wait, yes I do: they aren't all that new. The video below is from 2012, but I just discovered them from a promo video for a new Synth Kit. But now I'm getting ahead of myself: littleBits is a system of individual circuits and switches and lights and motors and stuff that snap together magnetically. It uses an open source library, and each individual "bit" has a specific function. Put them together in whatever order you want and make whatever you want! Come on, that's cool. That's way cool! There are several videos on the site that offer a great idea of all the cool things you can do. There are also lots of project ideas all laid out nice and easy! Check them out. BTW, that Synth Kit is is $159 for preorder, and yes, I would love one or two of them for Christmas. Thank you so much for asking!
Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller told a jury on Thursday that the iPhone was a "bet the company" kind of product. The marketing executive testified in the retrial for damages in a patent infringement victory trial against, where he said that all of Apple works on iPhone today in one way or another.
The late Steve Jobs was inducted into the Bay Area Council Business Hall of Fame last week, and the group posted a video of the induction ceremony. It includes several tributes to Steve Jobs from various Silicon Valley luminaries, including Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (who was also inducted), Bill "Coach" Campbell, and others. In addition to offering nice thoughts about Steve Jobs, there are some anecdotal stories about his his approach to products that are very interesting. Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was on-hand to accept the award in Steve's name. In his short speech, he mentioned that Steve Jobs didn't care about such things as awards, but he said he thought that this particular award would have meant something to him.
Apple released iOS 7.0.4 Thursday, an update to address a specific FaceTime Bug. Apple's patch notes also mention unspecified bug fixes and improvements.
Apple has finally updated iBooks for iOS, flattening the app and ripping out almost all of the skeuomorphic design elements. Gone are the wooden shelves and the book pages that look like the pages of a book, but Apple did leave in the main skeuomorphic element I was hoping to keep—page curl animations.
Apple released the iPad mini with Retina Display—without a launch event—and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about what they think that means. Some new additions to iBooks also got the boys thinking about how far Apple will go to make iBooks competitive. The squeezed in thoughts about Apple v. Samsung, Apple's donation service for Haiyan Typhoon, and...Bitcoins?