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5 Must Have iPhone Apps for San Diego Comic Con

10:36 AM, Jul. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

San Diego Comic Con on the iPhone 6

Staying on top of everything at San Diego Comic Con can be overwhelming, so The Mac Observer put together our list of must-have iPhone and iPad apps to get you through the week. Read on to see which apps will make your Comic Con experience easier and more fun.

New Bill Could Turn Facebook, Twitter into Terrorist Watchdogs

2:15 PM, Jul. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Social networks may have to report what we say to the government

Watch what you say online because the U.S. Federal government wants Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to report on what you say. The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a bill that would require social networking services to report whenever you post something deemed to be terrorist activity.

Smartflash’s $532.9M Patent Win Against Apple Tossed Out

11:54 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Smartflash's patent damages win against Apple tossed out​

Smartflash's hopes of scoring a big financial win in its patent infringement fight with Apple just got a little bleaker. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap tossed out the US$532.9 million Smartflash had been awarded and ordered a new damages trial because the jury in the case may have been given improper instructions.

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Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.

Does Your Device Support Apple Music DRM?

11:02 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Not every Apple device supports Apple Music. Does yours?

You signed up for Apple Music and want to download some songs so you can listen when you don't have an Internet connection. Yes, you can download tracks from Apple Music, but not every device can play them thanks to their built in copy protection. Since some devices don't get to come to the Apple Music party, The Mac Observer put together a list so you'll know before loading up on songs whether or not you have a device that can play them.

LEGO Ideas Brings Ada Lovelace, Analytic Engine to Life

11:38 AM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Ada Lovelace has the honor of being the first computer programmer thanks to her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine—the first programmable computer. Now she has the opportunity to come back to life, in a manner of speaking, as a LEGO Ideas project. The proposed kit includes Ada and Charles minifigs, the Analytical Engine, punch cards, plus a pet owl. The Analytical Engine opens and has space to hold a Raspberry Pi, so you can turn it into an actual computer, too. Like all LEGO Ideas kits that get produced, this one needs to hit 10,000 votes before it can be considered. Bonus: It's another cool way to recognize women in science.