Apple’s ebook settlement may not be quite so settled as judge expresses concern

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Just as we thought Apple’s long-running ebooks suit might finally be settled, the out-of-court agreement has been thrown into doubt. The judge required to approve the settlement terms has expressed concern that they may be unfair to consumers, reports Business Insider.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found “most troubling” a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings.

Apple was found guilty of price-fixing, an allegation it always denied and is currently appealing. To speed things up, lawyers on both sides agreed what would happen for each of the three possible outcomes of the appeal.

If Apple wins the appeal, it will pay nothing. If it loses the appeal, it will pay $50M in legal costs and $400M to a compensation fund for consumers. The contentious part is what happens if the appeals court overturns the original verdict but sends the case back for new proceedings. In this event, the proposal is that Apple would pay just $70M, of which the compensation fund would receive $50M.

Cote questioned if that would be fair and what might happen if the appeals court reversed her ruling on a minor issue.

This is not the first example of post-trial arguments, Apple having earlier called for the removal of the court-appointed antitrust monitor, a request rejected by the court.
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Google offers Chromecast users three free months of All Access

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Google has is celebrating the one-year anniversary of everyone’s favorite dongle, Chromecast, by offering up All Access subscriptions free for 90 days. That means current Chromecast owners can forego the $9.99/month fee and rock out for three months straight, saving $30 in total. If you pick up a new Chromescast and take advantage of the offer, math tells us that it will only cost you $5 in the end — not a bad price for a new toy. imageimage
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Leaked Samsung Gear VR Manager software reveals dock to connect Galaxy phones

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It appears that Samsung’s rumored Google Glass competitor, the Gear VR, would come with a companion software that resides on your Galaxy smartphone to allow you to connect and pair your phone to the head-worn connected glasses. The latest leaks show that Samsung is creating a software dubbed Gear VR Manager that would allow the Gear VR to pair and connect to your Samsung-made smartphone. imageimage
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Samsung shows off Galaxy S5 HDR camera performance from ‘Sunrise to Sunset’

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In a short film titled Sunrise to Sunset, Samsung is highlighting the strength of the Galaxy S5's camera, in particular shooting videos in HDR mode. Shot in Trieste, Italy, the video shows that Samsung was able to pull out great colors and details in some pretty hard shots, like those with dark shadows lit by a bright background, a great function of the HDR mode. imageimage
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Jailbreak Tweak Roundup: Musiex, TimerAlarms, Music Enhancer and QuickReplier for Skype

iPhone-Hacks July has been a particularly busy month in terms of jailbreak tweak releases on Cydia, highlighted by Brevity, EqualizerEverywhere, Hermes and SwipeExpander. To cover the smaller jailbreak tweaks released over the past few days, we’re back with another jailbreak tweak roundup featuring Musiex, TimerAlarms, Music Enhancer and QuickReplier for Skype. Continue reading → http://dlvr.it/6QMr3Z #apple #iphone #ipad

The Moto 360 will display information just like everything else

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Square, round — it’s all the same to Android Wear

While LG and Samsung have already offered up everything we need to know about how Android Wear functions and what kind of features we can expect from future devices — at least until Google changes things, which certainly will happen in some respect — the unique shape of the Moto 360 still leaves some room for discussion. The round design is undeniably beautiful, as we know from our brief time with it, and we know that it certainly looks and feels like a significantly higher-quality device than the current Android Wear offerings.

But what exactly does that round design give or take away? It turns out you don’t really gain or lose anything, but a handful of subtle differences could push you further into the yes category for a Moto 360. imageimage
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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run’ now free as Apple’s App of the Week

iPhone-Hacks In our Best New Games roundup posted this afternoon, we highlighted the release of the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game to go along with the upcoming movie. Now, Nickelodeon’s older “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run” game has gone free through next Thursday as Apple’s App of the Week.  Continue reading → http://dlvr.it/6QMBx4 #apple #iphone #ipad

Google reportedly buying streaming video platform Twitch for $1 billion

iDownloadBlog imageGoogle has reportedly reached an agreement to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. After several months of rumors that the search giant was courting the streaming video platform, VentureBeat says that it has confirmed with several sources that it’s a done deal.

For those unfamiliar with the service, Twitch is a San Francisco-based company that enables people to broadcast vide game sessions from their consoles, computers, and as of March, mobile devices. It also distributes con ten from CBS Interactive partners…… Read the rest of this post here
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