MacTrast News Digest for February 5, 2014

MacTrast News Digest for February 5, 2014

Today’s News Digest features a nice share of the PC/Tablet market for Apple, a foreign-born OS that may look familiar to Mac users, President Obama uses the iPad for video capture, you can fight cancer with a free video game, and Apple is about to give out some sweetheart dividends just before Valentines Day. Happy hump-day folks!


Apple Grabbed 19.5% of the PC/Tablet Market in Q4 2013
A new report from research firm Canalys says Apple once again led the PC/Tablet market in shipments in Q4 2013. Canalys’ estimates show that 84.3% of Apple’s shipments, or 26 million units, were iPads.
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North Korea’s Home-Grown “Red Star” Linux OS May Look Familiar to OS X Users
When you take a look at the screenshots in this article, you may experience some of Yogi Berra’s famous “Déjà vu, all over again.” The latest version of North Korea’s home-grown “Red Star” Linux operating system bears an amazing resemblance to OS X.
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Apple Lures Sleep Expert Roy J.E.M Raymann Away From Philips Research
Apple has reportedly lured Roy J.E.M Raymann, from Philips Research, for its iWatch team. The new hire is the latest in a series of hires Apple has reportedly been making in the health and medical sensor field.
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Watch as President Obama Uses a Borrowed iPad to Record His Visit to a Middle School Classroom
President Obama visited Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to announce major progress on the ConnectED initiative. Before his announcement, he took some time to visit a classroom, and had some fun taking and narrating a video using a student’s iPad.
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Genes in Space for iOS: Help Fight Cancer As You Fly Through Space
Remember when your parents told you that playing video games would never lead to anything good? Well, in at least one case, they were wrong. This way comes British charity Cancer Research UK’s game, Genes in Space, the intergalactic flight game for iOS that uses your in-game activity to search out patterns in DNA microarray data in the fight against cancer.
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Apple Joins Google in Asking the U.S. Supreme Court to Curb Frivolous Patent Lawsuits
While prepping for another multi-billion dollar patent infringement claim in Europe, Apple is joining with Google and other tech companies in asking the United States Supreme Court to allow stiffer penalties against patent trolls who bring frivolous lawsuits.
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Apple to Distribute December Quarterly Dividend to Shareholders on Thursday, February 13th
If you want to get in on the “sweetheart” dividend Apple will be paying to “shareholders of record” the day before Valentine’s Day, you’ve got until the close of the market today to buy Apple stock.
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Samsung Reportedly Requiring Olympic Athletes to Cover up Apple Logo During Opening Ceremonies
Olympics sponsor Samsung is reportedly giving free Galaxy Note 3 smartphones to athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, they come with a bit of a catch: Samsung is requiring the athletes to cover up the Apple logo if they use their iPhones to record the opening ceremonies of the event.
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