MacTrast News Digest – February 14, 2014

MacTrast News Digest – February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day! We’ve got kill switches, Office on iPad, iBeacons in ballparks, Samsung and Apple continue to go at it in the courts, and a review of an iPad app you should take along with you on vacation. All this, and more, in the MacTrast News Digest for February 14, 2014.

MS_Office_Mobile_iconZDNet: Microsoft Office on iPad Coming Sooner Than You Think
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley writes thatMicrosoft Office on the iPad is definitely on the way, and it may be here sooner than you might think!

Apple-iphone-theft-case-150x150Federal Bill to Require ‘Kill Switch’ in All Smartphones Sold in U.S.
Four United States Senators have introduced The Smartphone Theft Prevention Act, a federal bill that would mandate the inclusion of a “kill switch” in all smartphones sold across the country.

attheballpark_iconMLB Says iBeacons Are Ready to Go in Dodgers and Padres Ballparks
Major League Baseball has iBeacons ready to go in the home stadiums of the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The low-power Bluetooth transmitters will be used to send location-specific alerts within ballparks to users of MLB’s At The Ballpark app.

Apple Cash Infographic Money ThumbApple Paid Out $2.6 Billion to Shareholders on Thursday
Apple paid out its quarterly dividend to its shareholders on Thursday, although its most recent buyback knocked around $85.4 million off the total cost of its total quarterly dividend payment.

5e5ba_iMac_phil_schiller-150x1711-150x150Apple Marketing Head Schiller Set to Take the Stand in Samsung Patent Lawsuit
Since the big dogs of Apple and Samsung were unable to hammer out an agreement to put an end to all this patent infringement back and forth between the two companies, the trial goes forward in March, and Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller will be once more called to the stand by Samsung.

Apple Logo SamsungApple and Samsung Chiefs Met in Unsuccessful Attempt to Work Out Patent Spats
Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Samsung’s mobile chief Shin Jong-Kyun are reported to have met last week in an attempt to hammer out an agreement to end the long-running patent battles between the two firms, but to no avail.

vadovia_iconReview: VadoVia – The Travel App Created for Travelers by Travelers
When you’re on vacation in a strange city, wouldn’t it be great to have a tour guide, someone who can lead you to the best sights to see while you’re there? Enter VadoVia, the crowdsourced travel app created for travelers, by travelers.