Apple Google Smartphone Data Encryption

The government is shamelessly trying to scare Apple and Google from encrypting their phones

By on October 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

The government is shamelessly trying to scare Apple and Google from encrypting their phones

Did you know that if Apple and Google encrypt the data on your smartphone, then pedophiles, bank robbers and terrorists will be able to wreak havoc upon America without any kinds of reservations? That’s the message that the United States federal government and law enforcement agencies are trying to send to both major tech companies and to the public at large about the dangers of smartphone encryption. More →

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Apple Tax Scandal

Apple responds to allegations that it owes billions in unpaid taxes

By on September 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple responds to allegations that it owes billions in unpaid taxes

Yin and Yang are in full force at Apple right now, where its most massively successful product launch ever has been counterbalanced by an onslaught of scandals and bad news. First, there was iPhone 6 Plus “Bendgate.” Then, Apple bricked about 40,000 new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets with a buggy iOS 8.0.1 update. Earlier this week, a few big security flaws were found in iOS 8.0.2, and now Apple is in hot water over what the European Commission (EC) claims amounts to about $8 billion in unpaid taxes.

Now, Apple has responded publicly for the first time to the EC’s allegations. More →

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Nvidia Vs. Samsung Patent Lawsuit

You’ll never guess who’s getting sued for patent infringement again

By on September 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

You’ll never guess who’s getting sued for patent infringement again

Actually, that’s not true — as you can probably guess, it’s Samsung that’s getting hit with yet another intellectual property suit from yet another different company. Chipmaker Nvidia announced on Thursday that it’s launching a patent infringement lawsuit against both Samsung and Qualcomm for allegedly infringing on its patents related to mobile graphics processors. Nvidia says that this is the first patent lawsuit in the company’s history of more than two decades, and we’re sure that Samsung is honored to be part of this important milestone. More →

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Verizon FCC Customer Privacy Fine

Verizon pays $7.4 million fine for violating customers’ privacy

By on September 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Verizon pays $7.4 million fine for violating customers’ privacy

Verizon for years violated its customers’ privacy by using their personal information to market them services without giving them the option to opt out… and it will only cost the company $7.4 million. More →

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Movie Pirate Sentenced

Man jailed for 33 months for pirating ‘Fast and Furious 6′

By on August 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Man jailed for 33 months for pirating ‘Fast and Furious 6′

The British justice system can occasionally deliver as stern messages as any Texas or Mississippi municipality. A judge in the idyllic town of Wolverhampton has just sentenced a 25-year old man named Philip Danks to 33 months in prison for recording “Fast and Furious 6″ at a movie theater and distributing a pirated version of the film. The judge explained his harsh decision by referring to the “bold, arrogant and cocksure” manner of the accused. That seems to be an apt description, since Mr. Danks promoted his illicit endeavor in his Facebook profile. More →

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BlackBerry Vs. Ryan Seacrest

BlackBerry deals another blow to Seacrest’s copycat keyboard empire

By on August 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

BlackBerry deals another blow to Seacrest’s copycat keyboard empire

Score another win for BlackBerry’s legal team. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick last week upheld the preliminary injunction that he granted earlier this year that effectively barred Ryan Seacrest’s company Typo from selling its iPhone keyboard attachments in the United States because they allegedly infringed upon BlackBerry’s design patents. More →

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Samsung iPhone Design Patent

Samsung’s brilliant new plan to avoid Apple lawsuits: Patent the iPhone? [updated]

By on August 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Samsung’s brilliant new plan to avoid Apple lawsuits: Patent the iPhone? [updated]

It looks like Samsung is engaging in some real outside-the-box thinking when it comes to new ways of avoiding costly Apple lawsuits. PhoneArena has spotted a slew of design patents that were recently awarded to Samsung, and one of them… well, let’s just say it looks suspiciously like a certain device that has proven to be very popular over the years. More →

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Apple Shareholder Lawsuit

Shareholders file lawsuit against Apple

By on August 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM.

Shareholders file lawsuit against Apple

Investors have filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that the company’s various anti-poaching agreements ultimately hurt the company’s stock. The class action suit was filed last week by Apple shareholder R. Andre Klein and it alleges that the anti-poaching agreements then-CEO Steve Jobs put in place with Google, Intel and other companies were a breach of Apple’s responsibility to Shareholders. Klein says the agreements were misleading to investors and ultimately damaged the value of the company. More →

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World's Stupidest Criminals Siri

Alleged idiot killer asked Siri to help him hide his roommate’s corpse [Updated]

By on August 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Alleged idiot killer asked Siri to help him hide his roommate’s corpse [Updated]

Siri is a lot of things to a lot of people, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen it as a potential accomplice to murder before. 9to5Mac has a nice roundup of news surrounding the trial of a Florida man whom prosecutors are alleging murdered his roommate and then asked Siri for some advice on how to dump the corpse. More →

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Apple vs Samsung Settlement

Apple and Samsung settle some lawsuits, but with a huge twist

By on August 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Apple and Samsung settle some lawsuits, but with a huge twist

Apple and Samsung have reached an agreement to settle some of their lawsuits, Bloomberg repots, but that doesn’t mean the legal spat between the two most profitable smartphone makers in the world is over. Apparently, Apple and Samsung will stop their fighting in courts only in international markets — including Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and U.K. — which means the most important court battle between the two will remain active. Furthermore, no licensing agreement has been inked yet between the two. More →

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EFF Stupid Patent of the Month Series

EFF shames our patent system with its ‘Stupid Patent of the Month’ series

By on August 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

EFF shames our patent system with its ‘Stupid Patent of the Month’ series

In its bid to change patent law to effectively protect useful inventions and prevent trolls from taking advantage of the system, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has initiated a somewhat humorous “Stupid Patent of the Month” series in which it plans to shame the current patent system. More →

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