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Apple Settles Coverflow Patent Fight for $25M

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Apple with a big pile of money

A patent infringement fight against Apple over Coverflow technology that started in 2008 has finally come to an end with a US$25 million settlement. Apple agreed to pay the sum to Network-1 Technologies, far less than the $625 million originally awarded.

Apple Sued for Using Carousel Effect on Website

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Apple hit with lawsuit for website carousel effect

Apple has yet another patent infringement lawsuit to deal with, this time for the sliding carousel effect on the Apple.com home page. The case was filed by Samuel Lit who holds a 2008 patent describing the carousel effect—an effect that’s easy to find on scores of websites.

How to Install Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas

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iOS 10 beta

Apple opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this week, which means non-developers can start kicking the tires on the company’s upcoming operating system releases. It isn’t difficult to start using the public betas, but there are a few steps before you’ll be up and running. Read on to learn how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

This is Why Gun-shaped iPhone Cases are a Bad Idea

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gun-shaped iPhone case

A gun-shaped iPhone case is a bad idea in general, and doubly so when you take one to the airport. That’s the important life lesson one man learned when police stopped him in London Stansted Airport with what appeared to be a gun that turned out to be his smartphone.

Backdoor.MAC.Elanor Malware Access Mac Webcams, Steals Data, More

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iMac with monsters

There’s a new Mac malware threat in the wild dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor that’s particularly nasty because it lets attackers take control of your Mac’s camera, download data from your computer, and remotely run code. Mac users can fall victim to the threat by downloading what otherwise appears to be a legit app and has even shown up on some mainstream Mac software repositories.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-06: AI Agents and Privacy, Backdoor.MAC.Elanore Mac Malware

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AI agents are great for helping us, but the come with a cost that not everyone is comfortable with. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal data we give up to make AI agents more useful, and how we can limit what we share. They also take a look at the Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware that’s threatening Macs.

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

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PDFPen is on my short list of must-have apps for the iPhone and iPad, and version 2.5 is even more useful because it adds Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro. The app is a PDF viewing and editing powerhouse, and thanks to this update it also supports viewing file attachments, playing audio annotations, and validates digitally signed documents, bringing it in line with PDFPen 8 for the Mac. PDFPen 2 costs US$19.99 on the App Store, and version 2.5 is a free update.

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

3 Great iPhone Apps for Learning about Juno and Jupiter

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Juno and iPhone apps

NASA’s Juno probe spent five years traveling to Jupiter, and on July 4th it safely arrived and slid into orbit. That means we’ll have loads of new information about the gas giant soon, and thanks to our iPhones and iPads, we can stay on top of the latest discoveries. The Mac Observer put together a few apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so you can find out more about the mission, get the latest Juno news, and learn about Jupiter and the Juno probe, too.

Apple Adds Organ Donor Registry to iOS 10 Health App

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Apple and Donate Life America

Apple is making it easier to be an organ doner by adding the ability to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor in iOS 10’s Health app, due to ship this fall. Apple teamed up with Donate Life America, which manages the National Donate Life Registry, to add the feature to iOS 10.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

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US flag and fireworks

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Monday, July 4th. We will return on Tuesday, July 5th, with our usual Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store

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With Independence Day coming up on Monday, we have a three-day weekend ahead of us in the United States. If movies are more your thing instead of picnics and fireworks displays, check out The Matrix Trilogy on Apple’s iTunes Store. The package includes all three movies in HD, plus extras, for US$14.99. The only question left after picking up the bundle is red pill or blue pill?

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store

Watch Out Streaming Music Market, Apple wants to Buy Tidal

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Apple Tidal logo

Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy competing streaming music service Tidal for an undisclosed amount. The deal, should it come together, holds several potential benefits for Apple Music, including an extra 4.2 million subscribers. But there’s still several places where it could implode.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-01: Apple Music and Tidal, Spotify's App Store Gripe

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Word on the street says Apple is in talks to buy the streaming music service Tidal. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a deal between the two makes sense, plus they look at Spotify’s complaint that Apple is blocking competition in the streaming music market with its App Store approval process.

Senator Warren: Apple, Amazon, Google Killing Competition

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Senator Elizabeth Warren

Apple, Amazon, and Google are abusing their market strength to block competition from smaller companies, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). In a speech  at the America’s Monopoly Problem on Wednesday, she said the three companies are using their size to “snuff out competition,” and she’s at least partly right.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Available for iPhone, iPad

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LEGO and Star Wars are a match made in heaven, which makes it pretty awesome that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can play as Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and more in adventures on Jakku, D’Qar, Takodana, the Millenium Falcon, and Starkiller Base. There are puzzles to solve, space ships to fly, battles to fight, and plenty of things to build. The game includes the first chapter for free, and additional levels and character packs are available as in-app purchases. Clear your afternoon, and may the Force be with you.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Available for iPhone, iPad