Apple agreed to settle a patent dispute with Burst.com on Wednesday, ending two years of litigation. Under the agreement, Apple will pay Burst.com $10 million and get access to Burst.com's patent portfolio, with some exceptions, Burst.com said in a press release. Apple won't have access to four of Burst.com's current and pending patents, including three pending patents relating to DVR (digital video recorder) technology. Court costs, expenses, and attorney's fees will reduce the proceeds to Burst.com to $4.6 million.
Apple has made "horrible decisions" when it comes to third-party iPod game development and isn't very supportive of the iPhone as a gaming platform either, says id Software co-founder John Carmack, who admits butting heads with Steve Jobs over these very issues early this year.
A security flaw in Apple Mail that was fixed last year has returned from the grave to haunt those using the e-mail app in conjunction with the latest version of Apple's operating system, Mac OSX 10.5, otherwise known as "Leopard."
An attacker exploiting the security flaw could create an e-mail attachment that appears to be, for example, a JPEG image file, but executes malicious code when clicked on, without the warning dialogue that should be present.
Apple may ship a 3G iPhone as soon as May 2008, a report claims.
The report in Spanish national newspaper El Pais cites claims made by a mobile software developer called SevenClick. That developer claims Spain's biggest mobile network, Telefonica, expects a 3G version of the iPhone to make an appearance in May.
SevenClick's unconfirmed report claims the news comes from discussions with Telefonica management, who were responding to an enquiry about the Spanish launch of the Apple mobile.
"Apple is keeping abnormal watch on the identity of iPhones making use of online services", are the reports coming in from some hackers.
It seems that buried within the code for the Stocks and Weather widgets on the iPhone is coding that reports back to an Apple URL on what a user has looked at, as well as the device's IMEI number - the unique identifying number for each phone.