Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 6/26/2013 2:53 pm


A New York federal appeals court says authorities may have gone too far in their search of an ex-convict's computer. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the statement in a ruling Tuesday casting doubt on the case against a man serving nearly 48 years in prison in a child pornography case. The court said an exploratory search of the computer's hard drive poses an "enormous" potential for privacy violations. The court says advances in technology have made the computer hard drive similar to a residence in terms of how much private information it may contain. The ruling came in a case before a federal judge in Albany. The judge must now reconsider whether computer evidence can be used in the case.

Hundreds of taxis have staged a noisy Los Angeles protest against ride-sharing services that use smartphone apps. About 200 cabs honked their horns and circled City Hall Tuesday morning. The protest came one day after the city's transportation department issued cease-and-desist letters to companies such as Uber that allow consumers to book rides online with limo companies and private drivers. Cabbies contend they're "bandit cabs" that compete with LA-licensed drivers, and a City Council committee on Wednesday will consider new regulations. However, Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick says the San Francisco-based company already is legal under an agreement with state regulators that requires driver background checks and insurance. He says Uber has hooked up thousands of drivers with hundreds of thousands of customers in 35 cities worldwide.

Microsoft has released an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. The company made a preview of Windows 8.1 available for free as a download on Wednesday. At an event Wednesday in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged that the company pushed hard to get people to adopt a new tile-based user interface. Microsoft is now back-pedaling, making it easier to reach and use the older "desktop" interface.

App Store Official Charts for the week ending June 24, 2013:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.)
2. Where's My Mickey? (Disney)
3. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
4. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)
5. Facetune (Lightricks Ltd.)
6. Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage (Rovio Stars Ltd.)
7. SpongeBob Moves In (Nickelodeon)
8. AfterLight (Simon Filip)
9. Temple Run: Oz (Disney)
10. Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment Group LLC)

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Gameloft)
2. Candy Crush Saga, (King.com Limited)
3. Escape If You Can (Kaarel Kirsipuu)
4. Vine (Vine Labs Inc.)
5. What The Riddle? (Rainy Day App)
6. Instagram (Burbn Inc)
7. Snapchat (Snapchat Inc.)
8. Dumb Ways to Die (Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd.)
9. YouTube (Google Inc.)
10. Hair Salon - Fun Kids Games (George CL)

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Toca Builders (Toca Boca AB)
2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
3. SpongeBob Moves In (Nickelodeon)
4. Where's My Mickey? XL (Disney)
5. Plants vs. Zombies HD (PopCap)
6. Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up! (Disney)
7. Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage (Rovio Stars Ltd.)
8. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games)
9. Temple Run: Oz (Disney)
10. Survivalcraft (Igor Kalicinski)

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Gameloft)
2. Candy Crush Saga, (King.com Limited)
3. Hair Salon - Fun Kids Games (George CL)
4. Prom Night Makeover (Ninjafish Studios)
5. Monsters University: Catch Archie (Disney)
6. Toca Hair Salon 2 (Toca Boca AB)
7. YouTube (Google Inc.)
8. Prom Salon (Libii Tech Limited)
9. Pancake Maker! (Ninjafish Studios)
10. Dumb Ways to Die (Metro Trains Melbourge Pty Ltd.)
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