Apple has filed a lawsuit accusing hand-held scanner maker Unova of using computer-related technology protected by six patents without permission, according to Bloomberg: "Unova's Intermec unit is using the patented technology in software and scanners that are hand-held or mounted on vehicles and used by delivery people or warehouse workers, Apple claims. The suit seeks to bar Unova and Intermec from selling machines and software that rely on Apple's innovations, including those related to data transmission and the voltage on circuit boards. "Apple's suit is the latest chapter in a fight over technology between the two companies as Unova sued Apple and other computer makers last May, claiming infringement of a patented invention to monitor use and recharging of portable computer batteries. Unova has collected at least $150 million in legal settlements from laptop makers over the 'smart battery' patent."
Apple Knowledge Base notes: To force-quit applications that do not appear in the Dock, special steps must be followed; Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) includes a feature that allows you to "lock" the screens of client computers, this feature can be cutomized by the adminsitrator; it is possible to disable HTML rendering of images or embedded objects in Mail.app; Apple has made available a set of PDF documents that contain instructions for installing replacement parts in the PowerBook G4 (12-inch) computer.
37signals -- an interface and usability analysis group -- has published a report that examines 25 popular e-commerce Web sites. The Apple Store finished in last place, while Lands' End and Petco finished first. The report, which costs $100 to view, evaluates how retailers handle misspellings, synonyms, hyphenation, plurals, and other real-world search query variables.
Jeremy Johnson has posted photos from the grand opening of Apple's Dallas, Texas retail store. A MacNN reader notes that Apple is apparently planning the launch of a Portland, Oregon store, as indicated by Apple's employment Web site.
Script Software's CopyPaste X 1.5.2 is an update to the popular clipboard enhancement utility for Mac OS X. CopyPaste offers contextual menu and dock access to up to 10 saved clipboards, instant application of text filters, import/export of many text file types, and many other productivity features. Version 1.5.2 adds new tools to the contextual menu and the dock menu, including E-mail Comment, E-mail Uncomment, URL Extractor, and Eddress Extractor. [2.3MB] GoogleSynth is an experimental application for texture image synthesis. It attempts to recreate a "target" image using the textures present in an "input" image using random searches of the Google Image Search. [304KB] Webbingtec's HtmlMap Maker 2.1 is a $15 web authoring utility allows you to create image maps without writing code. Version 2.1 adds enhanced cursor display, HTML output case option, and French and German localization. [404KB] Norbert Doerner has released CDFinder 4.02, a maintenance update to his application for catalogging hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs and audio-CDs and the TAG info of MP3 files. The $25 shareware runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. [1.1MB] Econ Technologies has updated its webcam application, ImageCaster 1.04. It now includes "Frame Canvas" control, improved script execution and error reporting, enhanced FTP browse and upload options along with several bug fixes. Imagecaster offers the ability to capture video at multiple resolutions from multiple sources, rotate images, add time stamps overlays, and deliver webcam images to FTP servers as well as local hard disks and servers. A demo of the $20 utility for Mac OS X is available. [744KB] Time Track 1.2 has a new AutoTrack feature, which allows users to automatically track the time spent using almost any application. Other new features include background operation, automatic startup at login, AppleScript support, and new Control Strip Module (CSM). The $25 for tracking time spent on projects is bundled with Trinfinity's freeware calendar, QuicKalendar, which can be launched via a menu item or command key. [Classic, OSX] Thinkertons.com has released Jotz 1.2 dubbed as "the zero-learning-curve notepad for Mac OS-X." Version 1.2 adds database functionality by providing note-sorting by up to 8 different note attributes as well instant search display ("LIve Find"). The $18 shareware runs on Mac OS X only. [702KB]
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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj