The US Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has issued Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests for code repositories for BitTorrent-based video streaming projects based on the Popcorn Time core. The MPAA requested that the code for "popcorn-official" and "time4popcorn" projects be removed from GitHub, but the original Popcorn Time repository remains intact and undeleted.
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Apple has responded to Chinese government media allegations of the iPhone and iPad being a national security threat. A Chinese-language statement titled "Your Location Privacy" has been posted by the Cupertino manufacturer, with the company guaranteeing that it won't track users, or share information location with outsiders. Additionally, it claims that the frequent locations feature touted for iOS8 will just "quickly and reliably determine their current locations for specific activities such as shopping, travel, finding the nearest restaurant or calculating the amount of time it takes them to get to work" and not leak any personal data.
Silicon Valley's "no poach" lawsuit involving Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel may be slowly grinding to a conclusion, but not without some peculiar behavior. An investigation has been launched by the US District Court for the Northern District of California and the California State Bar after a court filing was made under an attorney's name without her knowledge, and with a fake lawfirm's name. The incident, and a similar filing made shortly after motion dismissal, is being investigated as a possible identity theft.
3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, mobile phones
Ride sharing service Lyft has halted its New York City launch for the time being. While the delay was originally portrayed as amicable, with the delay blessed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as well as the courts, a battle has erupted in the press, with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the delay, with accusations of misdeeds and lies erupting.
13 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
Plustek Technology has announced the launch of its new Plustek MobileOffice S601, a portable A6-sized identification card and license scanner. The device is a comparable size to a smartphone, and is capable of scanning a card in under five seconds. Intended for scanning licenses, identification cards, business cards, receipts, checks and deposit slips, the scanner includes two one-touch, programmable buttons that can create searchable PDFs or images by pressing a button.
16 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Apple has scored another legal victory, this time against Israeli firm Emblaze and its charge that Apple induced app developers to infringe Emblaze's US patent on live video streaming. A federal jury found in Friday that Apple was not guilty of requiring any of the seven example apps used in the trial to use Apple's own HLS (HTTP live streaming) protocol, and thus did not foster infringement of the patent. Emblaze, a struggling audio company that had tried to sell the technology many times, is also suing Microsoft in a similar case.
18 hours ago | Posted in: industry
A new proposal introduced in the US Senate called the "E-Label Act" would allow electronics manufacturers the option of using "digital" stamps of regulatory approval on devices rather than the physical emblems now required to show that the device has passed required safety and federal inspections. The bill is a bipartisan effort, with a goal of lowering costs for manufacturers as well as allowing further design freedom. It would not remove all such markings, due to the international nature of some of them.
19 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps
Adobe has followed up on its recent spate of new iPad apps with an update to the older Photoshop Express, now at version 3.4. The new version offers four specific new features: two new tools, the ability to import photos in RAW format, and a new ability to increase or decrease filter strength as desired. The two new tools are a "defog" tool to remove haziness, and a "blemish removal" tool. Photoshop Express is available free from the App Store. The app is also compatible with the iPhone.
Sharp is offering Apple 30 billion yen, or about $293 million, to buy the equipment in the former's Kameyama Plant No. 1, says Nikkei. In 2012, Apple contributed about half of the 100 billion yen ($986.7 million) that was necessary to switch the factory from producing TV panels to iPhone displays. As a part of the deal, Apple claimed ownership of the plant's hardware.
Via its developer portal, Apple has launched an official blog for Swift, the programming language it unveiled at WWDC 2014. The blog promises a "behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it," and "the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer." The first post discusses several compatibility issues.
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: security, digital imaging
Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras became popular in recent history due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review.
Speaker and headphone maker Beats -- currently undergoing an acquisition by Apple -- has filed a lawsuit against a collection of Chinese counterfeiters, asking for billions of dollars in damages. "This action has been filed by Beats to combat online counterfeiters who trade upon Beats' reputation and goodwill by selling and/or offering for sale unlicensed and counterfeit products featuring Beats' trademarks," the complaint reads. "The Defendants create [fake Internet storefronts] by the hundreds or even thousands and design them to appear to be selling genuine Beats products, while actually selling low-quality Counterfeit Beats Products to unknowing consumers."
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, accessories, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Another week, another episode of "Friday Deals!" Every Friday, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy!
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: Apple
Bronson Watermarker PDF has received a complete revamp, featuring a new single-window interface and additional features to help keep documents in the right place. A Mac utility for creating watermarked PDFs, the app allows users to generate any number of personally watermarked documents. Five watermark styles are available to select from, and other layout attributes are also customizable.
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps
Google has released an update of its Google Maps client for iOS, adding several significant features. When searching for places, for instance, results will now appear directly on a map. Users can switch between this view and a more standard list.
For its A8 processor, Apple is planning to boost clock speeds to 2GHz or higher, but stick to just two cores, says Chinese site cnBeta. The A7 used in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini is a dual-core 1.3GHz chip. On top of the speed boost, the A8 is expected to upgrade from 28nm manufacturing to 20nm.
This week has been rather quiet in the MacNN forums, however members continue to discuss and debate a wide range of topics. Earlier this week Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread discussing bugs and weird issues that need to be fixed in Yosemite before it becomes a public release this fall. Yesterday "chasg" was trying to determine why their iMac wasn't booting from an external disk and turned to the forums looking for advice.
At Apple's online store today save on refurbished Mac mini and iMac models starting as low as $849. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has been cut by $150 to $849. Priced at $1,059 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.6GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive.
A variety of US businesses including Apple, IBM, and Coca-Cola have agreed to sign on to an Obama administration initiative dubbed SupplierPay. The program is a private-sector mirror of QuickPay, a federal effort to ensure that smaller contractors are paid within 15 days of issuing an invoice. Under SupplierPay, private firms are expected to pay smaller parts suppliers quickly.
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: computers, peripherals, upgrades/storage, Apple
Right now at Dell.com get the Dell Multifunction Color Laser Printer on sale for the reduced price of $175. That's a 50 percent discount from the list price of $350, and the lowest price we have seen on this printer by about $85. This printer has built in scanning and copying functions as well as the ability to print directly from Android mobile devices or share the printer over a small network with built-in Ethernet. It is compatible with Windows and Mac and is backed by a one year limited hardware warranty and one year Advanced Exchange Service.
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in iOS apps
Angry Birds Star Wars is a physics based puzzle game where players must help the Rebel Birds take down the evil Imperial Pigs. Version 1.6 introduces an all new chapter where players begin as a either a young Jedi or apprentice Sith. The chapter includes 30 new levels total, split evenly across Bird Side and Pork Side stories.
Minecraft Pocket Edition is a portable version of the popular survival game that gives players to create a range of tools and items with the proper materials. The v0.9 update brings over several features from the PC version, including infinite worlds, better caves, wolves, new blocks, and additional biome types. A new “interaction” button has also been added, and a number of bugs have been addressed.
Instacast is a podcast management app that can be used to track, download, and listen to podcasts. Within the app users can find all of their podcast subscriptions and organize episodes into lists for sequential playback. The latest release adds a podcast info header to the subscription episode list, as well as the ability to automatically delete media files via Cloud Sync. Other changes include an improved sidebar layout, better support for the latest iOS versions, and a fix for a problem with partially loaded images.
Waze is a community-based mapping and navigation app that can help users find the best route to their destination based on traffic data added by other users. Version 3.8 makes it easier to keep up with friends and family, by way of new options for finding friends and for sharing drives, making calls, and sending messages. Locations shared between friends are also now saved on a user’s profile for future navigation, and a redesigned ETA screen includes a friends display for quickly sharing a drive.
YouTube is the official iOS client for accessing Google’s video sharing website. Through the app users can search for videos, access their “watch later” list, and subscribe to all of their favorite channels. In v2.7.1 users can now upload videos to YouTube in one simple step.
State-run China Central Television has called iOS 7's Frequent Locations function a "national security concern" in a noon broadcast, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report quoted researchers as saying that people with access to the underlying data could get a glimpse of the broader Chinese situation, or "even state secrets." Electronic security has become a sensitive topic for the Chinese government in the wake of leaks from Edward Snowden, revealing that the NSA is spying on Chinese leaders, and that American businesses have willingly or unwillingly provided the NSA with access to demanded data.
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: industry
The battle between Verizon and Netflix over connectivity continues, with Verizon completely refusing to accept any of the blame for slow streams. The latest feud installment involves a Verizon blog post claiming its network operations team found no congestion on the Verizon network in a recent review, laying the blame squarely at Netflix's connection decisions instead of with itself.
Fri July 11, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets
There is a term in product development called "Minimum Viable Product," used to refer to products that are designed only to be sufficient for getting feedback or market testing a concept. Enter the LG G Watch. It is like a blank canvas that represents the minimum requirements to showcase Google's nascent Android Wear mobile platform. However, at $199, it represents a relatively affordable entry point into the world of wearable devices for early adopters who want to see whether Android Wear could be the next big thing.
Following a flurry of claims -- most of them from dubious Far East sources -- about enormous advance orders for the iPhone 6 or "localized haptic feedback" or robots building the iPhone and endless parts leaks (or could some of them be 3D printer fabrications?), a new photo has emerged purporting to show the LCD and home button bracket for the forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The photo comes from a Taiwanese enthusiast site.
Apple on Thursday seeded new betas of Safari for OS X Mavericks (10.9.x) and OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.x), number as versions 7.1 and 6.2 respectively, that feature a new build of WebKit with a number of improved and new features. The betas, once released to the public, will help bring the Safari used with those versions closer to the expected updated Safari that will ship with OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the fall. Among the improvements are Web-GL powered 3D rendering, support for IndexedDB for web applications and more.
Following an emergency patch issued by Adobe yesterday for a vulnerability in Flash Player and Adobe AIR that the company deemed "critical" for users to upgrade to, Apple is now blocking all un-upgraded versions of the plug-in in Safari, though the warning dialog will take users to the Flash Installer page where they can obtain the patched version. Users of OS X 10.6 and higher must be running version 220.127.116.11 in order for the Flash plug-in to work normally. Windows and Linux users are also affected by the flaw.
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