As a follow-up to last week's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that US companies, including Apple, are contributing about US$750 million toward making broadband internet more accessible to US students. Apple's part of the pledge is $100 million in iPads, computers and more.
Other news from Tuesday afternoon includes:
- Developers MartianCraft and Empirical Development have joined forces. MartianCraft is known for Briefcase on iOS and Briefs, software that creates mockups, for the desktop.
- As a follow-up to asking Facebook to change the name of its Paper app, FiftyThree has filed for the trademark to the term "Paper," in order to combat Facebook's use of the name.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is building its internet infrastructure to help deliver larger amounts of data to customers. While the WSJ believes this is to build support for potential products, it could also be Apple making sure its existing infrastructure is secure. After all, for how many years have massive download demands on iOS release days caused delays on Apple's servers?
- Roy J.E.M. Raymann has made the leap from Philips to Apple. Raymann is a sleep-research expert, and 9to5Mac believes that his experience with wearable objects could be an asset to the rumored iWatch project.
- In advance of its upcoming re-match in a California courtroom, Apple and Samsung have furnished the US District Court for the Northern District of California a list of devices and patents each companies claims was infringed. Samsung's claims of infringement target the MacBook Pro; the iPhone 4, 4s and 5; the iPad 2, 3 and 4; the iPad mini; and the fourth- and fifth-generation iPod touch.
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