MacTrast News Digest – January 15, 2014

MacTrast News Digest – January 15, 2014

Tim Cook sets down and discusses the China Mobile iPhone deal, the NSA can access your computer even when you’re offline, a gang of thieves have been watching too much “Fast and Furious,” and Apple agrees to pay parents for all that cool in-app stuff their kids bought. All this, and more in the MacTrast News Digest for January 15, 2014.

In Rare TV Interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls China Mobile Deal ‘Watershed Moment’
Apple CEO Tim Cook sat for a rare interview on Wednesday, alongside China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua. The interview with CNBC saw Cook refer to the iPhone deal with China Mobile as a “watershed moment,” and also saw him praise the carrier’s “very fast network.”
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Big Brother is Watching...
Big Brother is Watching…

UGH! Even When You’re Offline, The NSA Can Access Your Computer!
It’s been said that the only way to keep your computer safe is to keep it offline. But, a New York Times report says that won’t keep you safe from the prying eyes of our friends at the NSA.
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Horizon for iOS – Always Record Landscape Video, No Matter How You Hold Your iPhone
Portrait videos, the scourge of the Internet. This threat is even more dangerous than the NSA overstepping it boundaries, and it must be stopped in our lifetime! OK, I got a little overwrought there, but seriously, can we stop it with the portrait orientated videos?
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Thieves Steal €70,000 of Apple Products From the Back of a Moving Truck
In a scene straight out of a “Fast and Furious” sequel, thieves stole €70,000 worth of Apple products out of the back of a truck, while it drove at high speed on a German highway.
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Apple Reaches Agreement With FTC Over In-App Purchases – $32 Million Settlement
Apple has entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchases on the App Store. Apple will be required to give full refunds to parents whose children purchased in-app items without parental consent.
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iPad Education

LA Board of Education Green Lights $115M Deal for iPads in Classrooms
The Los Angeles Board of Education has give the go sign for a plan to purchase, distribute, and integrate iPads into nearly 40 campuses in the school district. The deal sets aside $115 million for the distribution of 40,000 to 70,000 iPads to classrooms for use by both students and teachers as they prepare for this spring’s round of standardized testing.
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Apple, Google, Others Will Face Anti-Poaching Class Action Lawsuit Following Denial of Appeal
Apple, Intel, Google, and other tech companies will be facing a class action lawsuit over an alleged anti-poaching agreement amongst the companies after an appellate court refused to hear an appeal of a 2013 class action certification order.
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That’s all for today! Tomorrow is Thursday, so things could be worse. See you then!

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