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.

appLOUD for iPhone Allows Fans to Tip Bands, Post Concert Videos

8:04 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · News

Tip a Band

Have a band and want to monetize your fan base? There's an app for that called appLOUD. The free app allows fans and artists to post concert videos, and tag those videos with a band's Twitter handle and the band's genre hashtag. The app then automatically connects the video to iTunes and concert ticket sales, and it even allows fans to directly tip bands.

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If you like music, download the app. If you appreciate a good performance, pony up. If you know someone with a band, tell them about this.

Apple Finally Faces Trial in Class Action Suit Over iTunes/iPod

5:45 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · News

Class Action Lottery

iPod. Remember when that was a thing? There's a group of lawyers somewhere who do, because Apple is finally facing a long-threatened class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations concerning iPod and iTunes. The trial starts on Tuesday, according to Reuters, and plaintiffs are seeking US$350 million in damages.

Last Minute Cyber Monday Deals

5:17 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · News

Cyber Monday

If you didn't find anything that grabbed your attention in the usual Cyber Monday places, Kelly has the scoop on a few of the notable tech deals.