iOS

Apple Already Faces Lawsuit for iMessage-to-Android Text Loss

9:01 PM, May. 19th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple in Court

Apple is already facing its first lawsuit for vanishing iMessage text messages. The problem affects users who switch from iPhone to Android and find text messages from other iPhone users don't reach them. According to Bloomberg, Apple was sued by Adrienne Moore in San Jose, CA, who is seeking class action status for the suit.

Hands Off: Apple Blocks Female Masturbation App from iPhone

4:57 PM, May. 19th, 2014 · · iOS

A quick search at Apple's App Store for the iPhone will reward you with a long list of apps for sex positions, sex games, sex facts, premature ejaculation remedies, sex-related social networks, controlling your vibrator, and lesbian erotica stories. What it won't find is an app for female masturbation because that's a topic Apple apparently doesn't want to get its hands on.

Apple Adds Unplayed Feature, Siri Support to iOS Podcasts App

10:49 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · · iOS

Along with updates for OS X Mavericks and iTunes, Apple also rolled out an update for its iPhone Podcasts app on Thursday. Podcasts 2.1 added a new Unplayed tab that makes it easier to find downloaded podcasts you haven't listened to yet, and added support for using Siri spoken commands to interact with the app.

Foursquare Spins Off Location Checkins to Swarm App

9:57 AM, May. 15th, 2014 · · iOS

Foursquare is hoping to better cater to the way people use its location-based social networking service by splitting into two apps. Starting Thursday, Foursquare will offer a new iPhone and Android app called Swarm to handle location checkins and friend interaction, while the Foursquare app will evolve to become more of a location discovery app similar to Yelp.

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There's a growing trend among big players in the mobile space to split apart their all-in-one apps into feature-specific offerings. Facebook has done it, Google has, too, and now Foursquare is joining in.

Samsung Denied By Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

7:49 PM, May. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple v. Samsung

Samsung recently tried to bring back a patent cases against Apple that had been dismissed by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Reuters reported that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Samsung's appeal on Wednesday.

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Samsung and Apple and infringement and...I know, but hopefully telling Samsung to knock it off enough times will eventually make all of this stop. 

Apple and Samsung Back In Court as Target of GPS Patent

6:31 PM, May. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

Apple in Court

American Navigation Systems (AmNav) has sued both Apple and Samsung claiming that both companies are infringing one of its patents. Apple is being sued for all iPhones except the original, and all iPads, while Samsung is being sued for including Google Maps on its Android devices.

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Apple and Samsung getting sued but not by each other makes for a nice change. Sort of. OK, just barely. 

Switching from iPhone? Don’t Expect Your Text Messages to Follow You

12:15 PM, May. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

If you switched from an iPhone to an Android smartphone and stopped receiving text messages from your iPhone-toting friends, you aren't alone. Even worse, Apple is aware of the problem, but apparently has no idea how to fix it.

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I know a couple people who switched to Android, then told me they weren't getting my text messages. I assumed it was user error. Guess I better text them an apology.

Yahoo Buys Social Chat Service Blink, Shutting it Down

9:31 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · · iOS

The Snapchat-like Blink has been bought by Yahoo, and just as the messages users post to the social chat service self destruct, it will, too. Yahoo plans to shut down Blink and roll the team into its own development group.

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Yahoo clearly wants to be a big player in the mobile market, and isn't afraid to make aqui-hires to get the talent it wants. The death of Blink means there's one less competitor for Snapchat out there.