We are halfway through October and there is still no sign of new Macs. Apple's lawyers are heading to the Supreme Court in the (final?) stages of the Samsung patent case that is really hard to keep caring about now after all these years—they're still arguing about who owns the concept of a rounded rectangle. Also on the legal front, the FBI wants to crack another iPhone, although it remains to be seen if they'll ask Apple for help. Meanwhile, Samsung has its own problems: FLAMING PHONES.
Followup on our discussion on aperture and lens focal length, hat tip to Paragon Press
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Terror suspect's locked iPhone could lead to a second Apple-FBI showdown by Caitlin McGarry
Supreme Court grills Apple, Samsung over value of design patents by Shara Tibken for CNET
Computer Fires Set Apple Back At Crucial Time by John Markoff for The New York Times
Why lithium batteries keep catching fire , an explainer by The Economist
Apple Responds to Dash Controversy by John Gruber at Daring Fireball
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