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California Court: Even Checking Maps on Phone While Driving Not Okay

It’s well known that it’s not okay to text while driving, and presumably the same should apply to tweeting, checking email or most other cellphone …

Judiciary

How a banner ad for H&R Block appeared on apple.com—without Apple’s OK

Someone, somewhere is injecting banner ads into webpages on the sly.<p>Robert Silvie returned to his parents' home for a Mardi Gras visit this year and …

Patent troll Lodsys sues mobile game makers, despite Apple’s intervention

Infamous patent holder has filed dozens of lawsuits in 2013.<p>Lodsys got attention back in 2011 when it went after small app developers, demanding …

U.S. Patent Office Withdraws Primary Objections to Apple's 'iPad Mini' Trademark Application

Last week, we noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had issued an initial office action denying Apple's application for a trademark on the term "iPad mini".<p>The examiner's primary objection to Apple's application related to all of the elements of the "iPad mini" name having been …

Apple Dividend: Bad Earnings Band-Aid or Good Earnings Accelerant

March 19, the first anniversary of Apple’s 2012 dividend announcement, came and went without remark from the company, let alone the 56 percent …

Investing

Apple keeps iPad Mini trademark, but must add small-print

Apple has been allowed to retain iPad Mini as a trademark, but must now add small-print to indicate that it is not claiming exclusive rights to the term ‘Mini’ (via <i>MacRumors</i>).<p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had originally refused Apple the trademark on the basis that the term ‘Mini’ …

How many iPhones were sold last quarter? Analysts chime in

The median number weighs in at 37 million, according to a group of analysts polled by Fortune.<p>Apple sold less than 33 million iPhones last quarter. No, wait, it sold more than 42 million. Actually, those are just the lowest and highest predictions offered by a bevy of analysts surveyed by …

Wall Street

Apple App Store bug incorrectly claims Facebook, Instagram, other apps offer in-app-purchases (Update: Fixed)

The iTunes App Store is incorrectly featuring the “Offers In-App Purchases” badge on select apps that do not include In-App Purchases, as David Smith noted today on Twitter.<p>Facebook and Instagram, which are both free and offer no In-App Purchases, are the most prominent apps to feature this bug. …

USPTO rescinds original objections to iPad mini trademark

Last Sunday, we discovered that the United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Apple its request for an iPad mini trademark. The main reason …

Apple hiring software engineers to work on fingerprint tech at Authentec’s Melbourne Design Center?

A new job listing on Apple.com could add fire to the rumors that Apple is considering including fingerprint technology in upcoming devices.<p>The job posting seeking a software engineer to write “low-level code to configure and control hardware” is the only listing on Apple’s site located at the …

Apple Looking To Cut Down On iPhone Replacements, Will Offer On-The-Spot Repair Service

As many Apple customers have found, it’s been surprisingly easy to score a new iPhone off Apple. Simply take your slightly faulty iPhone to the …

Google Drive for iOS Updated With Landscape iPhone Editing, Performance Improvements, and More

In the never-ending quest to compete with Dropbox, Google has updated their Google Drive app for iOS, adding support for editing documents in …

Rumor claims Mac Pro update coming this month

According to an unverified rumor from <i>MacDailyNews</i>, Apple will announce the next generation of its Mac Pro line sometime this month.<p>Apple will announce its replacement for the company’s Mac Pro lineup this month, a source who has been correct about Apple product matters in the past has just informed …

Instantgram.Me Turns Your Instagram Photos Into Magnets, Calls The Whole Fridge Into Question

These days, you can get your Instagram photos printed onto just about anything. There are companies that print out Post-it-sized Instagrams, Instagrams on Canvas, Instagrams on wood and fiberglass, and everything in between.<p>Today, Instantgram.me is joining those ranks with its new Instagram …

HBO Updates iOS App with AirPlay Multitasking and Game of Thrones Interactive Features

<i>HBO Go</i> for iOS has been updated to version 2.1, most notably adding AirPlay multitasking support to allow video content from the HBO Go app to stream to the television while leaving the iPad or the iPhone free to operate other apps.<p>The update also offers new interactive features for the channel's …

Intel shows off speedier Thunderbolt tech

Intel's next-generation Thunderbolt technology boasts double the speed and backward compatibility, though it isn't immediately available.<p>Intel today announced the next generation of its Thunderbolt technology, which doubles the speed and works with previous inputs.<p>The technology, which Intel …

Computer Hardware

Just Six Months After Being Acquired, Twitter’s Vine Hits #1 Free Spot On Apple’s App Store

Twitter acquired the mini-video-taking app Vine last October before it ever launched, sending everyone into a frenzy about the company getting into the video space.<p>In late January, Twitter finally launched the app to much applause. Since then, it’s gone from being temporarily removed from the …

Starbucks mobilizes Pick of the Week, gives away Angry Birds Star Wars

Skip those printed iTunes cards and pick up the Starbucks app instead, as the coffee company is finally serving up app and book downloads in a less old-fashioned way, CNET has learned.<p>Starbucks has worked with Apple to expand its Pick of the Week program and finally allow for application and book …

Apps

5th Generation iPad to Begin Production in July-August

DigiTimes claims that Apple will begin volume production of the 5th generation iPad in July-August 2013. The timeline reportedly comes from sources in Taiwan-based supply chain makers.<p>Mockup of 5th Generation iPad next to an iPad mini<p>A July-August ramp up of production runs counter to many of the …

App Store race sees Google leading downloads while Apple wins revenues

New data from tech analysts Canalys (via <i>TechCrunch</i>) shows Google leading downloads, with Google Play accounting for 51 percent of the market against Apple’s 40 percent, but Apple well ahead in monetisation, taking 74 percent against “close to 20 percent” for Google.<p>Q1 2013 app store downloads …

Apple to introduce refreshed Mac Pros this month according to source

The folks over at <i>Mac Daily News</i> have received a tip from a source they say has provided them with tips in the past that have proven true: Apple will …

MacBook

Here Are Some Changes Apple Should Make To The iPhone's Software

Apple is preparing the next version of iOS, the software use on iPhones and iPads.<p>A lot of people believe Apple needs to change the look and feel of iOS as well as the way iOS works. Someone posted a video to YouTube with a concept video for iOS, addressing the latter problem.<p>One of the biggest …

App market soars with 13.4 billion downloads in Q1 2013

The first quarter of 2013 saw an 11 percent increase in app downloads over all of 2012 combined. This means a total revenue of $2.2 billion.<p>As people around the world become increasingly more reliant on their mobile devices, the app market continues to grow. New research from market analyst firm …

App Store