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File-sharing site RapidShare deemed legal by court

March 28th, 2012

RapidShare is widely known as an invaluable tool for the illegal sharing of copyrighted digital material. Much like Megaupload, which was shuttered earlier this year when company founder Kim Dotcom was arrested and charged with racketeering and violating anti-piracy laws, RapidShare allows users to upload any file and share a link with other users who …

New service lets users try Apple’s new iPad for 30 days before buying

March 15th, 2012

A new subscription service allows potential gadget owners to test out new devices like Apple’s new iPad tablet before committing to a purchase. YBUY, which bills itself as a try-before-you-buy online subscription service, charges users a flat monthly fee of $24.95 for access to a wide range of consumer electronics as well as home and kitchen gadgets. …

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom: ‘I’m no piracy king’

March 1st, 2012

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom on Thursday questioned his accusers’ motives while speaking to The Guardian. “I’m no piracy king,” Dotcom told the paper. “I offered online storage and bandwidth to users and that’s it.” Dotcom was arrested in his New Zealand mansion on January 20th after his notorious Megaupload service was shuttered earlier that week as …

Jurors in $1 billion Microsoft antitrust suit fail to reach verdict

December 19th, 2011

Jurors in a Utah court failed to reach a verdict in an antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft more than six years ago. Software firm Novell filed a complaint against the Redmond-based personal computing giant in 2004, alleging that it reneged on a deal that cost Novell $1.2 billion. The Utah-based software company’s word processing software, …

British Airways equipping flight attendants with iPads

August 19th, 2011

British Airways is currently running a trial during which it is providing its flight attendants with iPads, hoping the Apple tablets will enhance customer service and improve safety. According to Mashable, the iPads are preloaded with British Airways safety documents, including manuals, as well as information about each plane’s passengers. Flight attendants will be able to …

Isis announces Salt Lake City as first trial market

April 6th, 2011

Mobile payments collaborative Isis has announced its first trial market, Salt Lake City. The group, which is comprised of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, plans to bring its contactless payment system to the Utah merchants in “early to mid-2012.” Isis also announced a working agreement with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to enable Isis payments throughout the entire …

Apple could launch free MobileMe service next month

March 18th, 2011

An anonymous source speaking to iLounge has suggested that Apple will launch its free version of MobileMe in April. The source reportedly works for a major educational institution and says Apple has recommended that incoming students download a free 60-day trial version of MobileMe instead of signing up for the current version, which Apple will …

Visa begins trialling iPhone NFC payment solution in Europe

January 31st, 2011

Visa has begun trials of an iPhone-based mobile payment system in Europe, Computerworld reports. The trials, which started today, require on-device software to be installed on testers’ iPhones, as well as a hardware accessory that contains an NFC chip. Visa’s solution also requires retailers to install a hardware terminal capable of processing the mobile payments. Apple …