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iPhone 6 announcement expected in September

An article on MacRumors reports that "Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors.

Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September. The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event."

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Apple was the main target of patent trolls in 2013

When you're the big man on campus, it seems like everyone is out to get you. That may have been exactly the case with Apple in 2013 regarding so-called "patent trolls."

Buster Hein at Cult of Mac reports, "A new study from legal analytics firm Lex Machina found that in 2013 Apple was the most frequent target of patent lawsuits, followed by Amazon at No. 2, as both companies came under heavy fire from a group of 10 “patent monetization entities” (aka patent trolls) that were responsible for a staggering 13 percent of the 6,092 patent-infringement suits filed last year."

The patent system in the U.S. may be due for a reform as many high-tech companies have lobbied for changes in the system.

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Google-NSA relationship revealed through emails

A report by Jason Leopold at Al Jazeera America reveals that top NSA and Google officials, General Keith Alexander and Google directors Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, had a close relationship between various Silicon Valley tech companies and the United States government.

The report states:
"Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.

But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.

On the morning of June 28, 2012, an email from Alexander invited Schmidt to attend a four-hour-long “classified threat briefing” on Aug. 8 at a “secure facility in proximity to the San Jose, CA airport.”

“The meeting discussion will be...

Skype group video calls now free

Posted on the Skype blog is the announcement that group video chats are now free.

The blog goes on to say, "For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost."

Up to 10 simultaneous video exchanges are allowed on the Windows and Mac versions of Skype. Premium Skype accounts cost $5 per day or $9 per month.

Twiggy Mac ROM Disassembly

Here is the followup report to my initial investigation of the Twiggy Mac filing system.

The Twiggy Mac ROM is 64 KB in length, just like the Mac 128K ROM. The Twiggy Mac ROM checksum is 28 84 37 1D, as opposed to the 128K, whose checksum is 28 BA 4E 50. The MD5 hash of the Twiggy ROM file is 4f28b54a2c6d699b596a1e6072a57f58.

The boot vector for the Twiggy ROM is the same as the 128K ROM, $0040 $002A. The machine type, $00, and the ROM version, $69, are also identical between the two.

Locations of various drivers are changed, and the .Sony driver of course does not exist in the Twiggy Mac ROM. The Twiggy disk driver, called .Disk, starts at $16E4 and is $0F82 bytes long. The .Sound driver starts at $35C2. The .BOut driver is at $26AE, and .AIn is located at $2666.

The Twiggy Mac ROM routine to verify its checksum is at $06CE, and its memory test starts at $06E8. During system initialization, it branches to these routines a...

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Why Did Apple Pull Out of Trade Shows

04 Mar 2010 10:49 pm by Christopher

Why Did Apple Pull Out of Trade Shows?
By: Christopher

It’s been a whole year since Apple has left the trade show business and decided to focus on...

MacBook Pro?

05 Jul 2009 4:56 pm by heavymetal4god

New MacBook Pro Opinion
by: heavymetal4god

Apple has recently updated their fleet of portables and now dubbed the 13" Uni-Body MacBook as &...

Apple Netbook

23 Apr 2009 5:13 am by heavymetal4god

Apple Netbook?
by Christopher

Well as this is the second time Apple has been asked about netbooks I thought it's high time to write about my views...

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Sophistication & Simplicity Book Review

19 Feb 2014 8:21 pm by Dog Cow

You know you have a compelling book when it inspires the reader to take action. After just half an hour of reading Dr. Steven Weyhrich's new Apple II ...

The New Apple II User's Guide - Review on Call-A.P.P.L.E.

11 Sep 2012 4:41 pm by Dog Cow

Long-time Apple II publication Call-A.P.P.L.E. has posted a review of The New Apple II User's Guide.


OpenEmulator 1.0.3 Review

18 Jul 2012 2:50 pm by Dog Cow

by D. Finnigan
© 2012

The review system is a 2010-model Mac mini with OS X 10.6.4, 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of RAM.


Ulysses 2.0

22 Jan 2010 7:54 pm by Dog Cow

Like the James Joyce novel for which it’s named, The Soulmen’s Ulysses 2.0.4 is dense and complex. But this top-notch writing program is rarely as int...

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19 May 2014 8:40 pm by Dog Cow

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More sites added to Telegraph RSS news reader

28 Apr 2014 5:14 pm by Dog Cow

The Telegraph feature of Mac GUI Mirage, only available to logged-in users, is an RSS feed reader for a variety of Apple and technology sites. The lat...

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