For many, living cable- or satellite-free is the dream, if only there were some way to receive local TV channels. Aereo makes that possible, and now an appeals court decision paves the way for it to be legal as well.
There's little doubt that Spotify is an awesome way to stream music -- that is, unless you want to stream said music to your mobile device, which requires a monthly subscription. Could that soon change?
Well, would you look at that: Those big kids in the mobile phone playground can play nice together after all, especially when cash money is in play. After nearly two years, the patent disputes between Apple and Nokia have come to a close, with Cupertino throwing a pile of money at the problem to make it go away.
While others chose to walk away from negotiations (Google) or ignore them completely (Amazon), it appears that Apple was successful at getting the record labels on board for its new iCloud service -- but at what cost?
It seems like only yesterday that we were reporting that Apple had secured two of the four major music labels for its cloud music service -- and it was! Only 24 hours later, it appears that Sony makes three, with the lone holdout also close to a deal.
Like adopting a pet or purchasing a car, you might think that dropping the cash for pricey software means that you’re the sole owner of that one user license. But as we recently discovered ourselves, there is absolutely no truth to that. The reality of the matter is that your collection of software is more like your collection of DVDs—you pay for the right to use it as long as it’s in your possession, but the content and the software itself still belongs to the publisher. A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit appeals court in Seattle supports this notion. The ruling states that you don’t really own software you’ve purchased if the company who published it says so in their user license.
One of the best things about the App Store is the convenience of buying any iOS app with just your iTunes password. For better or worse, OS X lacks this simplicity, so we have to buy Mac applications from the internet or retail shelves while juggling an alphabet soup of license keys, the codes that developers exchange for our hard-earned cash to end trial periods or unlock all a program’s features. AppChest can organize all your license information in style, but unless you need to access your keys quickly and often, it’s overkill.