Remains of the Day: Copycat cases

Apple’s got a new case on cases, first-generation iPod nano owners are turning into sixth-generation iPod nano owners, and Siri tickles the ivories (but not your funny bone). The remainders for Tuesday, December 20, 2011 are the sincerest form of flattery.

Apple Claims Samsung Tablet, Phone Cases Infringe Patents (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Samsung’s devices aren’t the only thing that Apple contends the Korea-based company copied from Cupertino’s designs. In a filing in Australia, Apple argues that the cases for Samsung’s devices are just as infringing as the devices themselves. Or, in other words, when is a Smart Cover not so smart?

Apple may be swapping recalled iPod nanos with new models (iPodNN)

Those first-generation iPod nanos that Apple’s replacing? According to some reports, folks are actually ending up with new, sixth-generation touchscreen iPod nanos. Don’t worry: They're officially certified to contain 100 percent less fire.

“Play it again, Siri” - A smartphone plays the piano (YouTube)

You might think Siri’s only good for making your appointments and reminding you to do things, but it has aspirations of its own! You probably didn’t know, for example, that Siri’s an accomplished pianist. At least, that’s what I learned from this video showing how to control a Yamaha player piano via the virtual assistant. That’s pretty good, but until Siri can handle phonetic punctuation, it’s still no match for Victor Borge.

Super Bowl to be streamed online for first time (USA Today)

The U.S.’s biggest sporting event of the year, the world championship of pétanque Super Bowl, will be streamed on the Internet for the first time. To tune in, you’ll have to visit the NFL’s website or NBC’s website—Verizon Wireless customers can also watch via Verizon’s NFL Mobile app. Hopefully, there will be a feature to let me skip through the game and get to the ads.

Product News:

Camera Plus Pro 4.3 - The latest update to Global Delight's camera app for iPhone and iPod touch brings a live Soft Flash feature for devices without a flash. There's also now one-touch cropping by aspect ratio, the ability to import multiple photos from your device's Camera Roll for retouching, and a larger font size for text overlays. $2, for a limited time only. (Normally $3.)

Navigon 2.0.1 - The latest version of this iPhone GPS app fixes server connection problems, improves VoiceOver support, and includes interface enhancements such as integrated iPod controls. Navigon also announced that it will continue with occasional free map updates, in addition to the FreshMaps service that provides more frequent updates for a fee. $39.

GetGlue 2.5.4 for iPhone - A new visual stream look-and-feel, conversation tabs, unified interface, and guides for TV, movies, books, and music highlight the latest release of the social networking app for media. Free.

Evernote 4.1.7 - Version 4.1.7 of the online note-syncing app for iOS adds the ability to share notebooks and manage that sharing via iOS devices, easier access to offline notebooks for premium members, stability improvements, and some fixes for sync errors. Free.

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