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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Proview Case Really Should Go to Judge Judy and other highlights

Good Morning! I’m running late on my promise to blog every day, but today, you’ll get a double dose.

Anyway, Proview continues to badger Apple in the American and Chinese courts over its claim that it holds the Chinese rights to the name “iPad”. Not that it invented the iPad, thank you; their device just let you get on the Internet. I don’t think I’m alone in believing that the case comes down to “Pay me a lot of American money and I’ll go away. Otherwise, I’ll pester you as long as I can.”

Judge Mark Pierce in Santa Clara County up north threw out Proview’s case in the California case. Here’s the details.

Oh, here’s even more details. Proview wants $400 million dollars. Apple offered it $16 million. What do you think, readers? Go for the big payout or settle for what you can get now?

On to a more serious issue, Apple sent a developer a note that it will look into multi-user support for the iPad. You know, for a family. Apple's response is not the first indication that the company may be working on multi-user support for the iPad. In 2010, before the iPad was officially announced, The Wall Street Journal reported that an early prototype of the device was designed to be shared by and customized for multiple family members.

So here’s the details.

The highlight of the day, though, is news about the latest Lion updates, Safari 5.1.7 and Mac OS X 10.7.4.

Safari 5.1.7 takes action to disable your old Flash plug-ins and get the latest Flash plug-in. Adobe praised Apple for doing so.

With regard to 10.7.4, you have to look down in the grass, as they say, to find the significant changes. One was a 1024 x 1024 icon for TextEdit. What’s the big deal, you say? Higher resolution displays.

When Apple introduces new models using Intel’s new “Ivy Bridge” family of microprocessors, those microprocessors can support a screen resolution of 4096 x4096. It appears Apple wants to move toward “Retina Displays” across the board.

That’s all for now. See you this afternoon.

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