A Patent Troll company, VimetX sued Apple over FaceTime and VPN On Demand functions in Texas. The jury ruled in their favor, and a judge ordered a $368 million payout and 1% annual royalty which will amount to $340 million annually. Apple has been fighting it, but they haven't been successful. Apple is going to keep fighting, but they've also lost on appeal.
Robert is excited about all the news from WWDC and Apple's new features for OS X and iOS 8. Leo says they were all very exciting, if they all happen. Apple hasn't had much luck with the network services that they have offered: MobileMe comes to mind. But if they can deliver, it'll be very exciting.
Violet Blue from ZDnet put out a very strongly worded opinion piece blaming Google's Sergey Brin about the woes of the world. She says that in 2011, Brin was telling all of us that Google+ was the future of Google. But just earlier this week, Brin confessed that his involvement in anything tangentially related to social media was a mistake to begin with. She goes on about how Google sees the users as a "little more than webs of flesh spun over packages of salable data."
Tomorrow is WWDC (WorldWide Developer's Conference) as Tim Cook and his development posse will deliver a keynote that Leo thinks will feature software announcements of OS X, code named "Syrah." Some believe it'll be called "Yosemite," though. We'll also see a preview of iOS 8 which will be out in the fall. But there are some who believe there will be hardware announcements of new iMacs or Mac Pros. Maybe even a MacBook Air with retina display. Don't hold your breath for a new iPhone or iPad, as Apple moved it to a fall release schedule a few years ago.
Jay wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for kids. Leo says absolutely. Great for school work because Google docs is all online. But will it be good for a college student or should he get a low spec MacBook Air? Leo says he can get great deals for students with 10% off, plus Apple just dropped the price $100. So a MacBook Air is ideal for a college student.
Apple made their acquisition of Beats Headphones and Music Service official, paying 3.2 Billion and putting Doctor Dre and Jimmy Iovine on their board. Leo admits he was wrong and missed this one, and he was convinced that this was a bogus rumor. Apple went after the music service, which offers unlimited downloads and streams for $10 a month, is heavily curated, and Leo says it's a lot like regular radio. It has about 250,000 users, which indicates that it's not much of a success as a service.
The news is that the rumor of Apple acquiring Beats for $3.2 Billion may have been premature, as Apple has started to back away from the acquisition. Word is that Doctor Dre put up a video bragging about being the first rap Billionaire and Leo says it seems it apparently didn't sit too well with Tim Cook and the Apple Board. So things have been put on hold.
Daryl also wants to know about music software and what's the best platform. Leo says that a lot of people use Macs. Logic Pro would take him to another level. Ableton's Live is great for live performances. DJs have taken to the iPad, which has a lot of apps for music. FruityLoops is a good app for DJing. There's also an option for Windows: Cakewalk.
Last week, word came out that Apple might be in talks to acquire Beats by Dre for $3.2 billion. That is still just a rumor, though, and there hasn't been any word on it since. Leo suspects this is some kind of publicity stunt for Beats. This would have been the largest acquisition Apple has ever made, and it wouldn't make much sense.
Debbie wants to know if there's a tablet that allows for voice commands. Leo says just about any tablet can do that. Can she text with a tablet? Leo says that both the iPad and the iPhone have the same capability to text via voice with Siri. All she would need to do is press down the home button until Siri starts. Google can do some of that, but it's tricky.