This Week in Tech News

Apple’s Victory Is More of a Tie in Epic Legal Ruling

Epic Games

Episode 1828

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.

Apple Event Tuesday Hints at New iPhone

Apple Event

Episode 1827

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.

Apple Declares Victory After Judge Rules in Epic Case ... BUT

Fortnite

Episode 1827

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.

Locast Ceases Streaming Operations of Local TV Channels

Locast

Episode 1826

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.

Microsoft Puts Ads in Windows 11?

Windows

Episode 1825

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.

Locast Suspends Streaming Operations Amidst Legal Challenges

Locast

Episode 1825

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 Tests Repairable Laptop

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Episode 1825

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.