The United States Copyright Office meets on occasion to debate exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). At the group’s latest meeting, several important exceptions to the act were carved out, and one of them should be of particular interest to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners: jailbreaking, the group found, does not violate the DMCA.
So what does this finding mean for users? Not much, actually. Its only real-world effect will be to help prevent Apple from taking legal action against providers of jailbreaking tools or those that aid in those tools’ dissemination. Apple can still continue to take steps to make jailbreaking difficult, including releasing software updates which nullify the jailbreak.
Yesterday, Apple replied to the Copyright Office action, stating that jailbreaking your device, while legally protected, will void its warranty. This is ridiculous, particularly when considering that taking your MacBook apart and adding new hardware doesn’t void its warranty. How can one argue that changing hardware doesn’t void a warranty, but installing software does? They can’t, really. But no argument needs to be made – the company can do as it pleases.
In the end, this is a minor win for consumers. But a win all the same. Companies will continue to hobble the technology their customers pay for as long as it is tolerated. And in this practice, Apple may be one of the most prominent offenders, but it is by no means alone.
EFF Wins New Legal Protections for Video Artists, Cell Phone Jailbreakers, and Unlockers
Wikipedia: iOS Jailbreaking
We’ve added new accessories to the iPad Accessories Center.
The following iPad Accessories pages have been updated with new listings:
As promised last week, Apple has begun its free case program for iPhone 4 owners who are experiencing reception problems with the device. If you have an iPhone 4 and want a case to separate the phone’s external steel antennas from your skin, here’s the process you must follow.
1. Download an app called iPhone 4 Case Program [iTunes Link] onto your iPhone 4.
2. Run the app, sign into your iTunes account, and select either an Apple Bumper (black only) or one of the other cases being offered from Incase, Belkin, Griffin or Speck.
Current iPhone 4 owners must request a free case by August 22, 2010. New buyers have 30 days to make the request.
The program is scheduled to terminate at the end of September.
As of this morning, none of the cases available will ship for 3-5 weeks. Hope you have plenty of duct tape to hold you over.
See full details here.
Golfscape GPS Rangefinder, the latest sports-related offering from Shotzoom software, marries augmented reality technology and the iPhone’s GPS, compass and camera hardware to give golfers a new tool for finding the range to the green.
The app is available for $19.99 [iTunes Link] and does not require future renewals for subscriptions.
Features include detailed maps and data for 35000 golf courses, distance to the front, middle and back of Green, and bunkers, water, trees and layups information, all presented over the real-time video displayed on your iPhone’s screen that changes as you move the phone.
Compatible with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.
Check out the video after the jump.
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We reviewed Air Display last month, an iPad (and now iPhone) app that allows you to use the tablet as a second display. But Air Display – at least for now – only works with computers running the Mac OS.
If you’re a Windows user – and most iPad owners certainly are – Air Display isn’t an option. But you do now have one – it’s called MaxiVista for iPad.
MaxiVista works with Windows XP, Vista and 7 – both 32 and 64bit versions – and allows you to extend your desktop onto the iPad over Wi-Fi. It’s $9.99 in the app store and is available now [iTunes Link].
We hope to get this app in for review in the near future, so stay tuned.
Check out a video of MaxiVista for iPad after the jump.
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