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Explore Mars with NASA’s Mars Trek

11:29 AM, Jul. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Exploring Mars isn't just for robots any more thanks to NASA's Mars Trek website. Mars Trek is a lot like Google Earth, but for Mars. You can explore craters, mountains, rover landing sites, and more all from your favorite Web browser. Mars Trek includes 3D and 2D map views, details about landmarks and other locations, animated fly by views, plus you can download files for 3D printers. Just to make sure you really understand that: You can print 3D models of the surface of Mars. If you're checking this out at work, we apologize in advance for the serious hit to your productivity.

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.