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Apple faced another setback in its ongoing patent spat with Samsung overnight as Judge Lucy Koh dished out a denial of Cupertino's attempt to gain a permanent injunction against the Korean manufacturer. It's certainly far from the end of that legal skirmish and Apple still has an opportunity to appeal the decision, but it also offers Samsung some wiggle room as well. Thankfully, the rest of today's overnight recap is (mostly) less dramatic, so let's dive in...
FireCore, LLC released Infuse 2.2.2 on Wednesday, piling on a few new features to its universal media player for iOS. First up is the ability to import subtitles from other apps, which can come from an email, Dropbox, OneDrive, or any other app that supports iOS 7 file sharing. Infuse also gains new gesture controls such as two-finger tap to play/pause and swipe up/down on the left or right side of the screen, which controls brightness or volume, respectively. The update brings a host of smaller improvements, as well, including orientation lock, Retina artwork for the browser upload screen, AirPlay stability, clearing all metadata, and much more. Infuse 2.2.2 is a free download from the App Store, with Pro features available as an in-app purchase.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple could soon see its websites go dark in Belgium as a judge there weighs punishing the company over an ongoing dispute with the iPhone maker's AppleCare warranties. Consumer group FPS Economy claims Apple is misleading consumers by including a one-year warranty with purchase then trying to upsell AppleCare, given that a European Union law says the minimum standard warranty should be at least two years. Apple refuses to bend as yet, which has a Belgian judge weighing a block of Cupertino's web services at the ISP level — an extreme measure some are hesitant to implement, considering it could also affect services such as iTunes and iCloud as well.
The Official Gmail Blog announced Wednesday that the universal iOS app just got a little more useful with support for iOS 7 background refresh. That means no more waiting for your inbox to refresh — simply open the app and there's your mail. While the feature should automatically be enabled after the update, you'll also need to turn on notifications for the app if they aren't already. Gmail for iOS also includes single sign-in support, meaning that once you've signed into Google Maps, Google Drive, YouTube, or Chrome, you'll already be signed into Gmail as well — no more re-entering passwords. The latest update is now available from the App Store.
Are you ready to stream video content straight to your automobile over AT&T's network? According to Telecoms.com, AT&T Drive could soon make that dream a reality, providing an all-in-one service for "connectivity, billing, data analytics, and infotainment" to automakers and developers alike. ”In-vehicle video services are going play a crucial part in making the next generation of connected cars,” remarked Chris Penrose, senior vice president, emerging devices at AT&T Mobility. Obviously, distractions such as streaming video are intended for passengers and not drivers, and will be powered by AT&T partner QuickPlay Media, who will provide both live and on-demand services. No word on how soon the system might wind up in vehicles, however.
Cloud storage provider Bitcasa reflected back on its accomplishments for 2013, which included a rocky transition from an all-infinite (i.e., unlimited) business model to tiered pricing with capped storage limits. Now that Bitcasa has an API available, the company is looking ahead to some "extremely exciting partnerships" coming this year as well as further global expansion — an important goal, since the company claims 75 percent of its users are based outside of the United States. Last but not least, Bitcasa plans to add collaborative tools for syncing and sharing data, although it's unclear whether those still on grandfathered unlimited plans will ever get a taste of that goodness.
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