• Apple’s First Automatic Security Update Protects Your Mac In the Background

    Apple’s First Automatic Security Update Protects Your Mac In the Background

    Apple has pushed its first ever automatic security fix for OS X, with a new update signed to thwart a vulnerability associated with the use of the network time protocol that allows your Mac to automatically sync its clocks. The update had already installed for me when I woke up this morning, with a notification letting me know what was up, but required no intervention on my part and also… Read More

  • Notorious Patent Troll NTP Locates A New Target: Yahoo

    Patent troll extraordinaire NTP Inc. has already sued just about everyone in the mobile industry (famously Research In Motion but also Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless) and now appears to have found a new target, one that is already in a corner where punches are being dealt: Yahoo. NTP alleges that Yahoo infringes patents it… Read More

  • NTP Sues Apple, Google, Microsoft And Others Over Wireless Email Patents

    NTP, which claims to have founded the technology of which wireless emails are based, has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC Corp, LG Electronics, Microsoft Corporation, and Motorola, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for allegedly infringing NTP’s eight patents related to the delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications… Read More

  • The Futurist: The End Of The Line For Obvious Patents

    There’s an old episode of The Simpsons where the designers of Barbie stand-in Malibu Stacy are gathered in their smoky room trying to come up with a killer app to take on a new competitor on the block. Their idea: stick a hat on the old doll. The ever-wise Lisa, who sees through such marketing shenanigans, says something along the lines of: “It’s still the same old doll… Read More