Apple v Samsung Rematch, iOS On A N900, And Smart Wigs In Our Weekly Reading Roundup

Last week saw the end of the second round in the Apple versus Samsung patent bout, with yet another round going to Cupertino. Though the updated decision reduces the damages, the Korean electronics giant has to pay Apple $290 million dollars in damages. Google had its own legal woes, as the company settled a lawsuit with several states in the US, for ignoring cookie settings in Safari. For ignoring Safari’s default block on third-party Cookies, the company has to pay $17 million dollars. After the iPad Mini with Retina Display was launched last week, there were some grumbles about the new screen. After some early complaints of burn-in, this week there were reports about lower color quality on the diminutive tablet. Though a lot of the outrage about iOS 7’s redesign has died down, there are still a lot of reports of springboard crashes and device reboots out there. Apple may have some fixes for these woes in the next version of iOS, 7.1, which was seeded to developers this week. Apple TV rumors might still shamble along like a Romero extra, but Apple seems content with their little hockey puck hobby to stay a hobby. The hockey puck did get a bit of an update this week, with channels added for Yahoo! and PBS.

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Stories From Around the Web

  • and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality Clay Shirky | An analysis about the gulf between planners and actual engineers, and a real technical look at the way large organizations set themselves up to fail.
  • Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future | Maryn McKenna at FERNews outlines the grim future of a world without Antibiotics. (This isn’t normal tech news, but this is the sort of old-school tech so integrated into our lives, we forget how important it is.)
  • A spurned techie’s revenge: Locking down his ex’s digital life | Though online stalking is nothing new, Sean Gallagher investigates an industry of software that enables someone to take over an ex’s online life.
  • How Antisec Died — Notes from a Strange World | Quinn Norton on Medium has the inside story on Antisec, and some interesting revelations about how the FBI used their access to the group.
  • Forget Google Glass, Sony’s Working on Smart Wigs | The response to the rumors that Apple have been pretty laughable, but Kotaku finds that Sony decided to get weird.

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Mac geek? Gamer? Why not both? Mike is a writer from Wisconsin who enjoys wasting immense amounts of time on the Internet. You can follow him on Twitter.