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If you happen to own Analog on the Mac or Analog Camera on iPhone, you may notice some changes soon. That's because both apps have been handed off from Realmac Software to new owner Appuous, who plans to revolutionize "the way people capture meaningful moments and how they translate those moments to creative, beautiful works of photography" with future updates. And there just so happens to be more on iPhone photography in today's recap, so read on...
Reuters reported Wednesday that a court in Beijing has ruled against Apple in the case of a speech-recognition patent held by Chinese firm Zhizhen Internet Technology. Apple sued the company in an effort to invalidate what appeared to be a clone of its own Siri, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court apparently doesn't agree with that assessment. "Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen's patent before we introduced Siri and we do not believe we are using this patent," an Apple spokeswoman in Beijing told Reuters. Cupertino will now pursue the matter in the Higher People's Court, but remains "open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen."
Adobe may have given up on Flash for mobile devices, but it's very much alive and well on the desktop, and continues to make headlines — but sadly, for all the wrong reasons. Adobe issued a Security Bulletin this week to notify users of yet another vulnerability discovered with Flash Player for Mac, Windows, and Linux "that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system." The issue scored a priority rating of one, making it an absolute no-brainer that desktop computer users should play it safe and download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player as soon as possible.
ifo Apple Store reported yesterday that former Apple senior vice-president of retail Ron Johnson recently made a presentation at Stanford's Graduate School of Business "From the Top" series, where he looked back at how Cupertino took the leap into retail. First hired in 2000, Johnson was instrumental in being one of the first retailers to offer in-store, high-speed Wi-Fi connections for shoppers — a rarity for any business back in those days. Johnson also shared details of how Steve Jobs redesigned the original Apple Store nearly at the last minute after trusting his VP's instincts that it wasn't living up to being a "digital hub." The article also covers Johnson's departure from Apple in 2011 and a somewhat disastrous brief tenure as CEO of JCPenney, which ended last year.
Vimeo announced Wednesday a "sleeker, easier-to-use" version of the streaming provider's service on Apple TV, offering simplified navigation that makes it easier to discover popular videos, view staff favorites, take in selections from your Watch Later queue, and jump quickly to your own content. The service is also making it easier to browse paid Vimeo On Demand titles, with trailers now available for viewing and the ability to add such content to a Watch Later queue for purchasing from the desktop. Last but not least, Vimeo now respects Apple TV content filter preferences while logged in, and only shows content safe for all audiences when logged out.
iPhone photography is becoming a Really Big Deal, so why shouldn't there be a place to read more about it? Camera+ and MagiCam developers tap tap tap debuted a new blog called snap snap snap on Wednesday which promises to offer "rad video tutorials, features, interviews, and inspirational galleries about all things related to mobile photography." For now, the content is limited to a single introduction post with an accompanying video that attempts to tease what's coming, but you can check back regularly in the days ahead to see what's new.
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