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Apple Submits Revised Plans For Its New ‘Spaceship’ Campus, Including New Rendering

We first heard about Apple’s new “spaceship” campus when the company’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, presented its plans at the Cupertino City Council Meeting on June 7. The company has now submitted revised plans for the campus, in addition to a new rendering.

There seems to be only one new render in the revised plans, which is the image above, while the rest appear to be the same as those initially submitted. However, there is a detailed floor plan that illustrates how the four-story building will be laid out.

Once built, the new campus is expected to house 13,000 Apple employees over 2.8 million square feet. Steve Jobs was the first to give it the “spaceship” name when pitching it to the council earlier this year:

It’s a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle… It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something. There is not a straight piece of glass in this building. It’s all curved. We’ve used our experience making retail buildings all over the world now, and we know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building… It’s pretty cool.

Apple is hoping to have the new campus completed by 2015.

[via MacRumors]

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Apple Does License Its Patents To Competing Companies, But Samsung Isn’t Interested

Although it is widely believed that Apple refuses to license its patents to competing companies, it turns out that that’s a huge misconception. In fact, the company licenses a patent covering iOS touch-based scrolling to the likes of IBM and Nokia, and it offered the same deal to rival Samsung, who wasn’t at all interested. If it had have taken Apple up on the offer, however, it could have spared the Korean company a whole load of trouble in court.

Both IBM and Nokia have paid Apple for the use of U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381, entitled “List Scrolling and Document Translation, Scaling, and Rotation on a Touch-Screen Display.” The agreement was disclosed in a court filing for Apple’s current legal battle with Samsung, and although the disclosure was removed from documents that were made public, The Verge has obtained a copy of the original filing.

The patent covers the fancy scrolling we’ve all grown to love in iOS devices which shows a background texture when a users scrolls beyond the dimensions of a certain page. You can see the feature for yourself by simply loading up a website in Safari and scrolling too far towards the bottom — instead of just stopping, you can see the grey background behind the page before it bounces back.

The patent was used by Apple in its bid to have Samsung’s devices banned in certain territories. The Cupertino company reportedly offered a license on the patent to Samsung in November last year as part of a settlement between the two companies, but unlike IBM and Nokia, Samsung chose not to license the patent.

Apple hasn’t just used the patent against Samsung either; it has also used it in a lawsuit against HTC. However, according to legal expert Nilay Patel, Apple showed a willingness to negotiate with rival companies before the courtroom battles by offering the patent out for licensing:

Offering up a distinctive software feature covered by a strong patent indicates a level of willingness to negotiate that we simply haven’t heard from Apple in the past — it’s a far cry from Steve Jobs telling his biographer that he was willing to go “thermonuclear war” on Google and Android OEMs for infringing Apple’s patents.

That’s in stark contrast to an anecdote that features in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, in which Steve recalls a conversation with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Having vowed to “destroy” Android, Steve told Schmidt, “If you offer me $5 billion, I don’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”

[via AppleInsider]

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Apple: Siri Is Neither Pro-Life Nor Pro-Choice, It’s A Beta

While Siri will happily find you the ideal location to bury a dead body or pickup an escort, ask her where you can get an abortion and she’s not so happy to comply. In fact, she’ll do the exact opposite and look for anti-abortion pregnancy “crisis” centers.

This makes her an “anti-choice extremist,” according to one petition, which is calling for Apple to make changes to its new intelligent assistant.

The petition is addressed to Tim Cook and currently has nearly 20,000 signatures. It’s backed by the likes of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which also issued a letter to Apple’s CEO today:

News reports have documented that, in some instances, Siri responded to a question concerning where to find abortion providers by directing an individual to anti-choice organizations known as “crisis pregnancy centers”(CPCs). Anti-choice groups created CPCs to look like comprehensive health clinics, but many do not provide women with accurate pregnancy-related information. This issue is especially important to us at NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, as our state affiliates in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia have produced reports that document these deceptive practices. Many of these centers are not up front about their anti-abortion, anti-contraception agenda when advertising online or in other channels. For instance, many CPCs do not disclose their bias to women who walk through their doors or call their toll-free lines seeking information. Ultimately, many of these centers can be harmful and do nothing to help women locate the services they requested from Siri.

While some petitions go unnoticed by the Apple team in Cupertino, this one has caught their attention, and the company has stated that it will fix the issue. In a statement to The New York Times, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris acknowledged the issue, but said that it is simply one of Siri’s downsides, and that it was not an intentional omission:

“Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want. These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.”

Of course, no one expects Siri to be perfect — especially while the feature’s still in beta. But we’d expect Apple to continue to fix things like this as Siri develops.

 

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This Awesome Dock Is Designed To Make Your iPad 2 Look Like An Apple I

While Apple computers today are famous for their svelte aluminum enclosures, the company’s first machine — born way back in 1976 — was made out of wood. In a bid to bring back that look, the iStation dock attempts turns your iPad 2 into the original Apple Computer.

It’s the perfect Christmas gift for Apple fans who remember the first computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a garage in Cupertino. Back then, the machine sold for $666.66 and featured just 4KB of memory as standard, with a 1MHz processor.

But the iStation gives you the look and feel of the Apple I with all the power of your iPad 2. It costs just over $85 from the M.I.C. Gadget store and we think it’s great. It’s available with either a “faux woodgrain surface” or a “white pearl glossy finishing,” and features a built-in speaker.

Some of the iStation’s features, which are listed in its description, include:

  • High density plywood body construction
  • Faux Woodgrain Surface or White Pearl glossy finishing
  • Stereo speakers with subwoofer
  • Hi-fidelity stereo sound via Bluetooth or 3.5mm Stereo Line-in Jack
  • Direct MP3 playback from USB Flash Drive or microSD (TransFlash) via built-in USB port / microSD slot
  • Removable, portable Bluetooth keyboard (U.S. keyboard layout)
  • Special function keys for music control, volume control, slideshow, home, search, etc.
  • Charge your iPad / iPad 2 or keyboard using the USB port on the iStation

There is “limited stock” available, according to the description, so you’ll probably have to get in quick if you want one. Customer are also limited to one iStation per transaction.

[via AppAdvice]

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Samsung Tastes Victory In Australia As Court Lifts Galaxy Tab Ban, But Apple Isn’t Happy

An Australian court has lifted the ban placed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 allowing the Korean company to sell its Android-powered iPad rival down under. However, it had better start shifting them quick, because Apple is preparing to appeal the decision to the High Court.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The full bench of the Federal Court – Justices John Dowsett, Lindsay Foster and David Yates – today unanimously reversed a Federal Court judge’s ruling last month that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 be banned from sale in Australia.

“Samsung will be permitted to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia provided it keeps accounts of all transactions involving that device in Australia,” the judges wrote in their judgment.

Despite the decision, Apple successfully had the ban extended until Friday at 4 PM, while the Cupertino company prepares its appeal to the High Court. By Friday night, however, Australians will finally be able to purchase Samsung’s flagship tablet in retail stores.

[via MacRumors]

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Apple Pulls First Subscription-Based iOS Game From The App Store [Updated]

Apple has been embracing subscription-based iOS applications for some time, such as those that offer magazines and newspapers, but the same model did not appear for iOS games until earlier this week, when the Cupertino company approved a title from Big Fish Games that offered gamers the opportunity to pay a monthly fee of $4.99 to access the companies entire catalog through one app.

When the title hit the App Store, it was reported that Apple had begun accepting subscription-based games for iOS, and that the new release from Big Fish could be the first of many games to offer a similar service. However, Apple has quickly put a stop to those dreams after it pulled Big Fish’s title from the App Store.

Bloomberg reports that shortly after Big Fish issued a press release announcing the title yesterday, Apple removed the app from the App Store without providing the company with any explanation:

[Big Fish Games founder Paul] Thelen said he was surprised by the move because Big Fish had worked with Apple for several weeks to ensure that it met the requirements for recurring monthly charges made through the App Store, a method most commonly used by magazines and newspaper publishers.

“It was officially approved,” Thelen said. Apple had even seen the app’s press release before it went out earlier today, he said.

Apple has declined to offer any comment on why the game was removed from the App Store, despite requests from both Bloomberg and Big Fish Games, but it is believed that the company may not have been accepting of subscription-based games after all.

What’s most interesting about all this, is that Big Fish claims to have worked with Apple for several weeks to ensure their game met the company’s strict requirements before it was approved for the App Store.

While this is bad news for Big Fish Games, a number of iOS gamers are reporting that they are pleased with Apple’s decision to remove the title. Many argue that the subscription model doesn’t really work for games, and that no one wants to pay $4.99 per month for iOS games that often cost half that to buy outright.

What do you think of subscription-based games? Would they work in the App Store, or would you prefer to just buy the game outright?

UPDATE: As noted by our very helpful commenters, Apple took a week off for Thanksgiving, which is likely to be the reason why Big Fish Games is yet to get a response to its App Store ban.

[via MacRumors]

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Users With Scalding First-Gen iPod Nanos Begin Receiving Their Replacements

Following the launch of a new worldwide replacement program for the first-generation iPod nano last week, users have begun receiving their replacements today, and they’re just like new — only without the overheating issue.

Apple announced the program last week, which was launched to replace first-generation iPod nanos that are prone to a battery overheating issue, causing the device to catch fire in extreme cases. The Cupertino company said that users should expect to wait around six weeks for their replacement, but those who got in early are already receiving them.

Those who were hoping to have the device replaced by a brand new current-generation iPod nano will be a little disappointed. Apple is replacing the units with refurbished models of the first-generation device, which went out of production five years ago.

According to one user, the replacement device is an exact replica of their old unit, with the same color casing and storage capacity:

I wanted to pass along some info about the iPod Nano exchange program Apple started over the weekend. I just received the replacement and it is an exact replacement. No upgrade. Same capacity and everything. The only upside is that it is “new” (probably refurbished), so it’s clean in comparison to my old one.

Though the device feels brand new, and is in pristine condition, it’s likely they are simply refurbished devices that are made ‘like new’ with new casings and batteries.

Each device comes with a 90-day warranty, which will give users a chance to test the unit and ensure it’s working properly (without exploding) when they receive it.

Have you received your iPod nano replacement yet?

[via MacRumors]

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