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It's been one of those good news, bad news kind of weekends. For Target shoppers, it's potentially one of the latter, while present and future Aereo customers fall more squarely in the former category, assuming the nation's most important court weighs in its favor. Ready to find out more? Dig in your virtual heels and jump head-first into our weekend recap...
Upstart television provider Aereo announced Friday that it will finally get its day in court — in this case, the United States Supreme Court, which will hear the company's defense against ABC and other broadcasters looking to shut down its innovative service. Already available in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Baltimore, Aereo uses a remote, cloud-based antenna with DVR technology to deliver over-the-air broadcast signals to the Mac, iOS and other devices for as little as $8 per month. Needless to say, television networks complain that Aereo is effectively stealing their signal, but thus far the startup has prevailed in smaller court battles. The Supreme Court will now ultimately decide if Aereo's technology "falls squarely within the law" as the company claims, and potentially fend off any future legal action from the networks once and for all.
9to5Mac reported Sunday that European buyers of Apple's latest Mac Pro are now receiving shipment notifications, with deliveries arriving as early as January 14. The previous models were effectively banned by the European Union nearly a year ago due to a regulatory change that affected the Mac Pro's fans and electrical ports — problems that do not impact the latest and greatest tubular black models. According to MacGeneration, European orders placed today from Apple's online store will be received in February.
2014 is here in full force, and the folks behind Streamnation have decided to celebrate with their customers by increasing free storage from a puny 2GB to a more generous 5GB — this, of course, is in addition to any free storage earned from referrals or other means, and the extra helping of cloud storage space for photos or videos also applies to paid subscribers as well. Last month, Streamnation rolled out new desktop clients for Mac and Windows, introduced the ability to upload or download in the background on iOS and an improved web interface to show the progress of files being transferred. Last but not least, users can now choose to allow friends to download content just by checking a box when sharing from the Photos and Videos library.
Unfortunately, Target's data breach nightmare is like a snowball from hell, getting larger and larger as it rolls downhill. The retailer announced Friday that "certain guest information" was also taken from Target in addition to the previously announced holiday incident, and their investigation shows that the stolen information "includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals." The retailer will be offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for all Target guests who shopped in U.S. locations, with additional details on that offer coming sometime this week.
Following an unpopular update which linked phone numbers with usernames, Snapchat announced Thursday that they've released a new iOS and Android update to "improve" that Find Friends functionality and allow users to opt-out of such linkage. Snapchatters will also be required to verify their phone numbers prior to using Find Friends, which the chat network claims will "prevent future attempts to abuse our API."
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