Recent Articles By Bryan Chaffin [RSS]
Apple won another victory against Samsung in the epic battle battle between the two companies, as a German court stayed an infringement case Samsung had launched against Apple. Samsung's legal strategy has been an unmitigated disaster around the world, but at the end of the day the company is still reaping enormous profits build from copying Apple. Bryan Chaffin examines the issues.
El Gato released Smart Key, a Bluetooth-enabled device for your keyring that communicates with an app on your iPhone to tell you where your keys are by playing a sound on command, tell you when you've left your keys (or something else) behind, or conversely, when something leaves you. There have been some Kickstarter projects for similar devices, but El Gato's is ready to go now. It's powered by a replaceable battery that the company says lasts six months at a time, and it's compatible with iOS 7, iPhone 4s and up, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad 3 and 4. It's $39.95.
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.
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.