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Court overrules Samsung's objection to Apple-highlighted video explaining patents to jurors

Jurors in the latest legal battle between Apple and Samsung will be allowed to see a video that demonstrates the patentability of different elements of Apple's products, despite objections from Samsung. The video shows people in various situations using features of iOS devices in ways that demonstrate a feature's novelty. Judge Koh overruled Samsung's objection without a stated reason. A similar video was shown to the jury in the original Apple vs Samsung trial in 2012. FOSS Patents:

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MLB iBeacons to check fans in when they enter stadiums, push notifications throughout the game

Two weeks ago it was reported that iBeacons were being installed in the stadiums of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, but with that trial installation out of the way, the MLB is expanding to 20 of their 30 stadiums. Engadget got the low-down on the installation job in AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, where Giants CIO Bill Schlough revealed that the installation process for putting in 19 iBeacons at fan entrances into the stadium took just one day.

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First Apple Store in Turkey opening in Istanbul on April 5

Brace yourselves, people of Turkey, for a shiny object — likely composed of sheets of stainless steel and massive glasses edifices — is about to land in Istanbul: an Apple Store. The first such retail outlet in Turkey is set to open at 10AM on April 5th in the Zorlu Center luxury mixed-use development — so says the new listing for the new store on Apple's online store finder.

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Foxconn and Pegatron manufacturer profits bouyed by increased iPhone and iPad sales

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. — you might know them better has Foxconn, manufacturer of many things Apple — saw their net profit last year rise 13% on the back of increased sales of iPhone and iPad devices. Pegatron, another major Apple manufacturer that is the primary source of the iPhone 5c and iPad Mini, saw their earnings jump 22% in just the last quarter.

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Apple reportedly tries, fails to hire Swiss watchmakers for iWatch

It looks like Apple has been attempting to hire away watchmakers from Swiss luxury watch brands as part of their much-rumored iWatch, though they are reportedly having some trouble with recruiting. While European watchmakers have been repeatedly contacted by Apple, Google, and others recently, companies like Swatch have little interest in working with them, and employees seem disenclined join tech firms.

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Tim Cook welcomes Office for iPad...and Apple's 30% cut of in-app purchases

Tim Cook publicly welcomed Microsoft Office for iPad via Twitter today, and Apple will be taking a 30% cut of all in-app purchase revenue from the new apps. This is standard practice for the App Store and means that Microsoft will indeed be surrendering a cut of all Office 365 subscriptions it sells that way. So, there's every reason for Apple to be doubly excited.

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Microsoft offering limited number of free year subscriptions to Office 365 for iPad owners

Along with today's big Microsoft Office for iPad announcement comes news of a special promotion offering a year's free Office 365 access to iPad owners. There are a couple of caveats, however, which include limited availability and the small detail that you need to go to a Microsoft retail store to claim it.

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Microsoft shows off new developer tools, including Office 365 single sign-on for third-party iOS apps

Microsoft Office for iPad was the big news out of todays press event in San Francisco, but there were also some interesting looking developer tools discussed. For example, Microsoft showed off Office 365 single sign-on, using it with Docusign to access your cloud documents from within a third-party application.

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What took Office for iPad so long, anyway?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about why it took the company so long to release Office for iPad. Nadella said that they had been working on the iPad version of their productivity suite for some time, but they wanted to make sure they got all of the elements just right.

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Tired of App Store and iTunes search issues? Give fnd.io a try!

fnd.io is a new website that takes advantage of Apple's iTunes and App Store APIs to let you search both services on the web. According to MacStories, fnd.io is not only faster at search than iTunes and the App Store, it adds more context which may lead to better search results overall.

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