If Google's purchase of Motorola was driven by a need to acquire more intellectual property, is the big G looking to protect its own innovations or jump on the patent troll wagon? How many patents is too much, anyway? Oh, and is Apple really just ripping-off blockbuster sci-fi movies with the iPad? And what happens when patent lawyers go wild?
Patent piling, space odysseys, and conspiring lawyers... it's another exciting week here at Law & Apple!
Sleek aluminum. Beautiful black bevels. We’ll be the first to admire the loveliness that emerges from one of those ingeniously crafted boxes sold by Apple. And we’ll also be the first to argue that, once you settle in with your new device, a little personalization is in order. After all, you don’t want your gear to look like every other Mac or iDevice out there. We live with these things the way we live with the paintings, photos, and other doodads that adorn our homes, so why shouldn’t we give our gear the same level of customization?
I upgraded my MacBook Pro with a solid-state drive for speed, but it’s too small to hold all of my files. I know how to move music and photo folders to an external drive, but how do I move my Documents folder? I created a Documents folder on an external drive, but no matter what, the system defaults back to using my Documents folder residing in my home directory on the startup drive. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Apple is planning to dip their sizeable toe into the cloud-based music business this fall with iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match, although it’s far from the Spotify killer that many had been expecting. But a curious experiment going on now in the desktop iTunes app could be a sign of things to come.
For most of us, OS X Lion’s first minor patch to 10.7.1 is old news after Apple pushed it out last week. The rest of you may have wondered if and when Apple would get around to updating the version posted on the Mac App Store -- but worry no more, Cupertino has taken care of that.
You don’t have to be Don Draper to get a great-looking assistant to hang on your every word. You can turn to Fantastical, which syncs with iCal, Outlook, Entourage, and -- through iCal -- BusyCal to make it easy to view and create appointments from anywhere on your Mac.
Lion comes with a handy new cloud-drop feature called AirDrop that enables you to do simple computer-to-computer file transfer without a cord or a third-party service. But did you know that it's capable of just more than simply sending a file to a neighboring Mac? Read on to find out how to get the most out of this new feature-packed utility on your Mac.
Earlier today ComiXology, in a partnership with iCv2, launched over 100 online storefronts capable of selling digital comics for independent retailers.
Participating retailers can now have a ComiXology-powered store and reader, making it possible to sell digital versions of top comics from major publishers, and local comic shops get to keep a percentage of the sale, too.
It seems a software publisher’s work is never done -- even after pushing out a slick 64-bit update to iTunes that support’s OS X Lion full-screen mode, bugs creep in that have to be dealt with, requiring more updates. Such is the case with Monday’s iTunes 10.4.1, which focuses on five such nagging issues.