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Jony Ive: Competitors steal Apple's work

Here is the good news: you can make Jony Ive angry. All you have to do is copy his ideas.

How do I know? Because I've just read a long interview with him in the UK's Sunday Times. (It's behind a paywall, but I promise I didn't steal it.)

This interview was part of the Sunday Times Magazine's "Makers" series, and Ive warmed immediately to the concept. "Everyone I work with shares the same love of and respect for making," he explained.

He added: "Objects and their manufacture are inseparable. … Read more

Man Googles himself, discovers he's on the 'Most Wanted' list

Here are some of the things you can discover when you Google yourself (at least in my experience).

You can learn that you're the spawn of Satan, a raving fascist, a stinking liberal, a knee-jerk libertarian, an Apple fanboy, a Google fanboy, a Samsung fanboy, and extremely unlucky with heartless members of your target sex. (I made that last one up.)

Please, though, imagine the startled feelings of Christopher Viatafa of San Leandro, Calif., who Googled himself and found that he was on the "Most Wanted" list of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (run by various … Read more

Accused movie theater shooter was himself texting, report says

A couple of months ago, Chad Oulson was shot dead, allegedly by retired policeman Curtis Reeves in a spat over Oulson's texting before a movie started.

It's easy for cases like this one from Florida to be forgotten.

Once it emerged that Reeves was said to have had previous arguments with movie theater texters, one imagined that there mightn't be any new facts.

On Thursday, however, the prosecution reportedly released documents that show Reeves himself was texting just before the movie started.

As the Associated Press reports, Reeves' son Matthew, himself a police officer, allegedly received a … Read more

Man unknowingly becomes 'More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock' (in part)

Being drunk can carry with it difficult consequences.

These might be summarized by the phrase "doing something incredibly stupid."

It's easy to forget in the morning, you might imagine. But some consequences only hit you years later. When you apply for a passport, for example.

A man in Dunedin, New Zealand, has just discovered that losing a bet four years ago has become more real than he thought.

As the New Zealand Herald reports, the 22-year-old man is now Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.

It doesn'… Read more

Mom sues Google after 5-year-old spends $65 on virtual currency

I had thought that, when it comes to tech, it was kids' job to educate their parents.

Perhaps that's why some parents don't get around to explaining to their kids that they shouldn't spend real money to buy funny money. (Yes, even Bitcoin.)

When the real money gets spent, parents don't find it funny at all. One New York mom was so livid when her 5-year-old spent $65.95 while playing the seminal game Marvel Run Jump Smash! that she decided to sue.

She believes she's been the victim of a run, jump, smash, and … Read more

Man arrested for wiretapping after filming police officer

We're all hypocrites at heart. It's how we manage it that gets us through the day.

Take those who are charged with surveilling others. They don't always warm to being surveilled themselves.

Indeed, one police officer in Fall River, Mass., was allegedly miffed when a bystander, George Thompson, filmed him as he was talking on his flip phone.

Thompson says the officer was talking loudly and cursing. He also says the officer was on duty.

What happened next is that when the officer noticed Thompson had taken out his iPhone to film him, he allegedly stormed over … Read more

Massachusetts approves bill to ban upskirt pics

When your legal system shows its skirts to ill effect, you have to cover up the mess.

What is odd is that in Massachusetts, politicians actually sprinted to high velocity to amend a law that, the state's highest court confirmed, allowed upskirt pictures taken with cell phones.

As the Boston Globe reports, the state legislature passed a bill on Thursday that would classify upskirt pictures as plainly illegal.

Senate President Therese Murray told a press conference: "It is sexual harassment. It is an assault on another person. Women and children should be able to go to public places … Read more

Spot and avoid the latest online scams

Netflix users are receiving bogus e-mails telling them their account has been suspended and instructing them to call a toll-free number to regain access. The fake Netflix/Microsoft support person tricks them into giving the criminal access to their computer, as Techlicious's Fox Van Allen explains.

Not only is their personal information stolen, the victims are blackmailed into paying the crooks $400 to "fix" the problem.

Here's the real solution: Don't ever click a link in an e-mail message. Instead, open your browser and enter the URL in the address field manually. You just can'… Read more

Court rules cell phone upskirt pics are legal

"May it please the court if I place a cell phone up this court's trouser leg and take a picture or two?"

These words might have been the temptation of many after hearing an interestingly thought-out decision in Massachusetts.

As The Associated Press reports, the highest court in Massachusetts decided that one of the lowest forms of behavior -- taking upskirt cell phone pictures -- was legal.

The reasoning might cause some to rend their clothing and toss it in the direction of the court. For Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court declared that as the women whose skirts … Read more

Judge: We can't have kids suing parents for an iPhone or Xbox

In New Jersey, things tend to get emotional.

I am not merely referring to "The Sopranos" and the spontaneous traffic jams. I am referring to family life, as it's being exposed in a court case that is gripping the nation.

In one corner, we have high school student Rachel Canning, who allegedly moved out of her parents' house.

In the other, we have her former police chief father and his wife, Rachel Canning's mother.

Rachel is suing her parents because she believes they abandoned her, ergo they owe her for tuition fees, medical expenses, and other … Read more