Apple declared victory this week as a judge ruled that the app store is not a monopoly, but it fell short in prohibiting Epic from offering sales outside of the app store. The judge ruled that while Apple technically won the argument, Epic has the right to direct their customers to their own website to sell digital assets, thereby avoiding paying Apple a 30% fee on any in-app purchases. But Apple can also ban Epic and Fortnite from the app store, so don't look for the app to return any time soon.
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Users can make a request for emergency access to a data backup account in case someone has passed away. You can set it up with your password vault, like LastPass. iCloud does it too. Facebook also has a way to gain access to social media accounts and turn the page into a memorial for those who passed away.
This Tuesday, Apple will be having another event, which is expected to showcase the latest iPhone. Presumably called the iPhone 13. Leo says that it's likely that Apple will showcase four new phone models, as well as a new Apple Watch, and AirPods 3. They will also likely announced iOS 15. But Leo says not to expect new Macs until a separate event in October.
A judge ruled in favor of Apple in the Epic app store lawsuit, causing Cupertino to declare victory. In the lawsuit, Apple pulled Fortnite from the app store after the software company pointed mobile users to their own site to buy tokens to play the game. So Fortnite will not return to the app store. HOWEVER, the judge also said that Apple must allow for alternative forms to purchase outside of the App Store. So while Apple won, Epic got what it wanted anyway.
Streaming service Locast ceased operations this week in the middle of an ongoing legal battle with broadcasters. The service argued that since they are a nonprofit, the company was merely providing a service to those who couldn't make use of an antenna. The judge disagreed and said that Locast was using the donations they received to expand into other markets, violating nonprofit rules. Locast could appeal, but Leo says we knew the day would come that they would eventually close their doors. It was inevitable.
The latest build of Microsoft Windows 11 is crashing, and the culprit is that the company is putting ads in the start bar. There is a registry fix, but Leo says that Microsoft will fix it in the next update. Still, putting ads in a paid operating system is rather tacky.
After receiving a lot of pushback towards their new child safety photo scan initiative, Apple has announced they are pulling back to give more time to listen to feedback and craft a solution that will preserve user privacy.
The date may have been set for Apple to announce the new iPhone 13 on September 14th. But Leo says that since we are in the middle of a chip shortage, that users should expect delays.
Citing an ongoing lawsuit by broadcasters against its streaming of their content, Locast has ceased operations effective immediately. The streaming service, which sought to provide cable cutters with streaming of local programming in a city near you, took donations to defray expenses. But broadcasters say that Locast does not have retransmission rights to put their content online. A judge agreed, saying that the streaming service violated copyright when they took donations and sought to expand their service with it.
Leo picked up a new Windows-based laptop this week that has something very interesting about it. It's repairable and upgradable. It's by Framework. And Leo says he's a real fan of the approach. Nothing is glued in, and it's still completely solid in its construction. It also came plain with no operating system, so he can choose his own OS. And iFixit gives it a 10 out of 10 for repairability.