Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

9:56 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

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Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.

iPhone Liberation Week, iFixit Swaps Out iPhone Screws Free

2:40 PM, Jul. 1st, 2014 · · iPhone

iPhone Liberation Kit

For Independence Day, iFixit is giving away free iPhone LIberation Kits, swapping Pentalobe screws with more common Phillips screws allowing better access to your device.

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Good move iFixit! I love them and what they do so I'm happy to support their idea.

Apple Squashes 35 Security Bugs in iOS 7.1.2 for Siri, Webkit, More

2:54 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · iPhone

iOS7 Bugs

There weren't that many line items in the iOS 7.1.2 update Apple released on Monday, but the company smushed some 35 security bugs, including 18 memory leak issues in Safari alone. A security flaw that allowed someone to use Siri to view an iPhone's Contacts without a passcode was also addressed, as were a number of issues in WebKit.

Apple Continues to Push Personal Empowerment with new iPhone Ad

11:35 AM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple rolled out a new commercial over the weekend that continues with the idea that the iPhone 5S is an empowering tool in our daily lives. The new ad, called Parenthood, shows families using their iPhones to learn, stay in touch, control their homes, and more.

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The average user doesn't care about processors or megapixels. They want a smartphone that makes their life easier, and Apple gets that.

Google Ready to Kill Quickoffice for iOS, Android

8:36 AM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · iPhone

Google is ready to pull Quickoffice from Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad as well as it's own Google Play store for Android. The Internet search giant said the app for editing Microsoft Office documents has outlived its usefulness thanks to recent Google Docs updates.

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Once Google started unbundling its Office-compatible productivity apps it was pretty clear Quickoffice was short for this world.

3 Free Do It Yourself Apps for iPhone and iPad

9:25 PM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · iPhone

Free on iTunes

Fancy yourself handy with a screwdriver? Even experts can learn something new with these 3 free app that offer tip, how-tos and more in this week's Free on iTunes. DIY Tip Genius, WikiHow, and IFixIt.

Hands-On with the T-Mobile Test Drive and iPhone

3:25 PM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · iPhone

T-Mobile Test Drive

Curious about T-Mobile’s service? Have them send you an iPhone to try it out! TMO’s Melissa Holt signed up for the Test Drive, and in this article, she’ll tell us what they sent her, how she liked the experience, and what caveats to remember if you want to go for a Test Drive too.