MacTrast News Digest – February 10, 2014

MacTrast News Digest – February 10, 2014

Today’s MacTrast News Digest includes Flappy Bird, Apple TV celebrating The Beatles, why you should never ask Siri to read you your text messages with your wife in the car, a new OSX trojan that’s after your (bit)coin, and really good evidence that a new version of the Apple TV is on its way. (YAY!) All this, and more in the MacTrast News Digest for February 10, 2014.

Walter Cronkite – “The most trusted man in America” – Seriously, learn about history…

Kickstarter of the Week: JUMP – The Smartphone Charger That Charges Itself
Everyone has run low on power for their mobile device. If you’re like me, you usually have a charging cable handy, but then you need to find a USB port, or charger to plug it into. Or you carry a Mophie-type charging device with you, but you have to keep that charged in order to tap into its reserve, and it takes up space in your backpack… UGH!
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Flappy Bird Removed From App Store – But Why?
“Flappy Bird,” the simple, yet frustrating iOS game that took the App Store by storm has been removed from the App Store, as previously promised by developer Dong Nguyen. While Mr. Nguyen claims he withdrew it voluntarily, at least one website reports it may have been pulled by Apple following complaints from game maker Nintendo.
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New Apple TV Channel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The Beatles First Ed Sullivan Show Appearance
Apple is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with the addition of a Beatles channel on Apple TV.
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Chevrolet’s New ‘Connected Chevrolet Equinox’ Commercial Shows Off Siri Eyes Free Integration
Chevrolet’s new “The Connected Chevrolet Equinox” commercial shows off the Equinox’s Siri Eyes Free integration. It also demonstrates why it’s a good idea not to have Siri read your texts to you while your significant other is in the car with you…
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Samsung Reprimanded for Standards Essential Patents Use in Import Ban Attempt
The United States Justice Department has reprimanded Samsung for the use of standards-essential or FRAND patents in its efforts to obtain an import ban against some older Apple products being brought into the U.S.
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Carl Icahn Drops His Proposal for Apple Stock Buyback
In an open letter to Apple shareholders on Monday, investor Carl Icahn, he of the activist bent, says he is dropping his efforts to push Apple to purchase more of its stock back from shareholders. He says the recent stock purchases by the company are “so close” to equaling his original targets.
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Mesa, AZ is a Case Study for Cities Wooing Projects Like Apple’s Sapphire Glass Plant
States and cities looking to woo projects such as Apple’s Mesa, AZ sapphire plant would do well to use that city’s actions as a case study for attracting such projects to their area.
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New Mac OS X Trojan Attempts to Steal Bitcoins
A new Mac OS X trojan has been discovered by SecureMac. The trojan, called OSX/CoinThief.A, monitors a users’ web browsing in order to steal Bitcoins.
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Apple TV

References of a New Apple TV Found in iOS 7 Software Builds
Numerous reports have flown about that Apple is working on a new version of their streaming set-top box, the Apple TV. Now comes a report that references to the next-generation Apple TV can be found inside of iOS 7 software builds.
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Kickstarter Followup: Padcaster Heads Back to Kickstarter to Go Mini
The team behind the Padcaster are looking to create an iPad mini version of the rig – enabling you to mount microphones, lights, and external lenses to an iPad, as well as mount the entire system on top of a tripod – but first, they need your help!
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