FBI seizes LA school district's Ipad purchasing docs


It's not clear what they're investigating, but the DoJ subpoenaed everything related to the $70M program to give Ipads to all 650K kids in the district.

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Involuntary updates: a drama in an imaginary future Apple car


From law professor James "Public Domain" Boyle: a thrilling, chilling tale of life in an "ecosystem" when the company can arbitrarily "upgrade" the devices you depend on for llfe and limb, while they're hurtling down the road at 100mph.

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Furniture from old Apple G5 towers

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Klaus Geiger's concept design for minimalist furniture fashioned from the chassis of old Apple PowerMac G5 tower computers

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With this video, Apple's Jony Ive never needs to record another product pitch

Rob Walker says this Jony Ive Supercut "builds a kind of faux pitch for … well, every Apple thing ever, and all of those to come. To quote Ive himself (from this supercut), it's 'instantly familiar.'"

Reasons (not) to trust Apple's privacy promises

Apple's new Ios privacy policy makes some bold promises about their technology's wiretap-resistance, saying that even if Apple wanted to snoop on your messages, they couldn't, but as EFF co-founder John Gilmore points out, Apple's asking you to take an awful lot on faith here.

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The ultimate iPhone 6 and 6 Plus unboxing video by Andy Ihnatko (with Robert Goulet)

You do not need another unboxing video. This is the one unboxing video you need.

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Apple's Patriot-Act-detecting "warrant canary" dies


It's been less than a day since the company published its new, excellent privacy policy -- but Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them.

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iPhone 6 Plus is the iPad Mini Minus.

...and that's exactly what I wanted, because I'm not a big caller. But maybe it's time to switch to Android, because they already have stuff just like it, and with some meatier hardware to boot.

The above graphic, published by OSXdaily, illustrates Apple's new selection of phone sizes--and also includes the iPad Mini, which lacks cellular calling but now seems part of a consistent spectrum. As one of those people who often finds the iPad Mini a little too big, but the current iPhone too small, I figure that the 6 Plus will be what I'm after. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 4--slightly less wide than the 6 Plus, but significantly thicker--didn't quite sell itself to me, though that might be because Android is just not the language my thumbs speak.

Here's the specs for reference.

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Tell me what to buy. (Yes, a Moto F3, I know.)

'Apple Watch, The Musical,' Jonathan 'Song a Day' Mann

Musician Jonathan Mann sums up what happened at the big Apple iPhone 6/6+ and Apple Watch event as only Song A Day Man can: “Apple Watch: The Musical.”

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Apple: 'Perspective' (video)

During the Apple launch event on Tuesday, September 9, this video on "seeing things differently" set the tone for Tim Cook's unveiling of the iPhone 6/6+, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay.

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Apple Watch announced alongside new, larger iPhone

Xeni Jardin reports in from the much-anticipated presentation today in Cupertino, California.

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Yahoo's Apple Rumor Scoreboard

The clock -- or should I say wrist-based digital life-enhancement technology, for Apple's product roll-out show is ticking and Yahoo Tech has a rumor scoreboard that offers up-to-the-second updates on products rumored to be announced tomorrow.

Libraries can't afford to ignore Itunes' awful licensing terms

Jessamyn writes, "Itunes-only music is licensed for personal use. This does not include libraries' ability to offer it for lending. Kevin Smith, Duke University's Scholarly Communications Officer, outlines the real problems libraries encounter when trying to obtain legal access to digital-only files that have restrictive licensing."

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Back doors in Apple's mobile platform for law enforcement, bosses, spies (possibly)

Jonathan Zdziarski's HOPE X talk, Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices, suggests that hundreds of millions of Iphone and Ipad devices ship from Apple with intentional back-doors that can be exploited by law enforcement, identity thieves, spies, and employers.

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Where does the Apple 'command' icon come from? Would you believe... a Swedish castle?

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At Tested, exploring the origins of a keyboard symbol familiar to Apple computer users. Turns out it traces back to Borgholm castle in Sweden. In Sweden, the shape of the castle became a symbol used in street signs to indicate a point of interest or attraction. [via Buffer]