Apple v. Samsung: Google to Cover Some Costs, Assume Some Liability

10 hours, 29 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple, Samsung, and Google

Tuesday's court testimony in the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung revealed that Google had agreed to cover some of Samsung's legal costs in defending itself against Apple. More interestingly, the search giant also agreed to assume some liability for some of Apple's patent claims involved in the suit.

Apple Expands In-Store Trade-In Program to iPads and More

10 hours, 59 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple's in-store recycling has expanded to include anything with an Apple logo on it. Those which still hold resale value get exchanged for Apple gift cards, but now the stores will take any Apple equipment off your hands.

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Good on Apple for expanding their recycling programs. I know there will be criticism, but I don't know any other company making any attempt at making recycling previous tech easier. 

Apple Rolls Out 6.1.1 Update for 2nd, 3rd Gen Apple TV

1:09 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple released Apple TV Update 6.1.1 for the second and third generation Apple TV on Tuesday along side iOS 7.1.1 for the iPhone and iPad. So far, there aren't any details available about what's included in the update, but it seems likely that it's intended to keep the Apple TV software in step with the new iOS 7.1.1 update.

Jailbroken iPhones Give Up Apple IDs in Malware Attack

11:45 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

The iPhone jailbreak community is facing a malware threat that steals user's Apple IDs and passwords. Since the threat targets only iPhones and iPads that have been hacked to allow the installation of unauthorized apps, most users are safe.

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People may complain about Apple's "walled garden" approach to the App Store, but it does help keep out malicious threats like Unflod.

Report Claims Rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Delayed Until 2015

10:01 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple may or may not be planning on shipping an iPhone model with a 5.5-inch display, but that isn't stopping insider sources from saying it's delayed and won't ship until some time in 2015. Sources claim the rumored device is real, and that production issues will keep Apple from releasing it until next year.

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Apple is undoubtedly testing multiple iPhone screen sizes, but calling a rumored 5.5-inch model delayed isn't accurate. Apple hasn't announced the device, or promised a shipping date. What's more likely is that people with limited access to parts of the company's supply chain are misinterpreting what little they know about Apple's test products.

Square Reportedly Talks to Tech Giants about a Buyout

4:37 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · iObserver

Square for Sale?

Square has reportedly talked with several tech giants about a possible buyout, though all parties concerned have denied that such talks are taking place. Online reports say that Square has had informal talks with the likes of Google, PayPal, and even Apple, and that talks recently resumed with Google.

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Of all potential suitors, Google makes the most sense. The company has Google Wallet, which in many ways is a Square competitor, but few merchants have signed on. Marrying Square's infrastructure with Google Wallet's goal—which is to add everything you buy to the company's vast, vast profile on you—makes a lot of sense for Google.

Analyst: AAPL Q2 iPad Sales to be Offset by Better Gross Margins

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · iObserver

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.

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Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.

Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air: Quality Build Plus Great Key Feel

1:10 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · iObserver

If you've ever looked into keyboards for the iPad, you may have come across Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and thought it looked like a great option. Its compact size and integration with the iPad as a cover that goes everywhere your iPad does is a great concept that doesn't disappoint. Of course as with all keyboards of a portable nature, there are trade-offs. However, the Ultrathin has some compelling features that may well make up for those trade-offs and then some.