Eddy Cue on DRM: It was Necessary to Swing Record Label Deals

11:32 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · · News

Apple didn't want copy protection on music, but was forced into it to swing deals with record labels. That's the official word from Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services during his testimony at a class action lawsuit over the iPod's closed ecosystem.

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It's no secret Apple didn't want to use copy protection for iTunes songs. That requirement from the record labels led to the headache this lawsuit has become. Considering there may not actually be a plaintiff in the case, however, that headache may come to a very abrupt end.

New Bill Will Block Government from Mandating Back Doors into Encrypted Data

9:51 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · · News

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a new bill this week that would block government agencies from forcing companies to install back doors into their devices and data storage services to give investigators quick access to user data. The bill, dubbed the Secure Data Act, would effectively shut down efforts by the FBI and other agencies to require fundamentally unsecure encryption systems so they could more easily sift through the information on our smartphones and in our email accounts.

Apple’s iPod Class Action Suit May Lack Actual Plaintiff

8:46 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · News

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Apple has introduced a massive wrinkle in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.

Starbucks iPhone Ordering Tested: The Future Is Now

3:31 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · News

You have probably heard that Starbucks updated its iOS app to allow mobile ordering, but only if you live in Portland. Kelly does, and threw herself on the mobile ordering hand grenade to give you the scoop on how it actually works.

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It actually does work, and it's one step closer to living in The Future.

Samsung’s Appeal in Apple Patent Win goes to Court

10:43 AM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · News

Samsung's appeal in a high profile mobile device patent infringement case where Apple was awarded over US$900 million in damages goes to court today. Apple accused Samsung of "shameless copying," while Samsung claimed it developed its smartphone and tablet designs independently of the iPhone and iPad.

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Even if the Appeals Court sides with Apple, the victory will be relatively hollow. Samsung continues to make products that Apple sees as infringing on its patents, and that isn't likely to change any time soon.

iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Says Apple Deleted Rival’s Music

9:27 AM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · News

The class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations for locking the iPod to the iTunes Store is claiming the company intentionally deleted competitor's music from the media player and didn't tell users. Apple's response: it was a necessary security measure.

Google Works on Making CAPTCHA Less Painful for People

7:38 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · News

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Google is a major force in the world of CAPTCHA, providing a CAPTCHA API used in websites all over, including online commerce sites, feedback forms, Bitcoin faucets (oy ve, but these have made me a CAPTCHA expert), and others. The company announced a new API Wednesday called "CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" that is intended to make the process of proving you're human less painful. (Check out the video below the fold.)

GTAT Creditors Want to Question Apple Senior Vice President, Apple Not Interested

9:35 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · News

Some of GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) creditors want to question Jeff Williams, Senior Vice President of Operations at Apple. While Apple is also a creditor of GTAT, this other group is seeking proof that a settlement proposal between Apple and GTAT is in the best interests of GTAT. Apple has so far refused to make Mr. Williams available.

Apple Co-founder Woz, Kari Byron Team Up for Reality TV Show

8:58 AM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · News

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Mythbuster Kari Byron have teamed up to make a new reality show where the two text futuristic new gadgets. The show, called The Woz," hasn't been picked up yet, but the two have been working together filming for potential episodes.

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Kari Byron is smart and fun, and so is Woz. Seeing the two together playing with new technology sounds like loads of fun. Some network needs to sign them right away.