Apple and Google agree to disagree

Apple and Google have come to an agreement whereby neither will cross-license each others patents,  will work together for patent reform and will drop suits mostly involving smartphone technology.

Back in 2010, Apple filed suite against Motorola, which was later acquired by Google. Google later agreed to sell that part of their business to Lenovo.

Motorola had sought to seek an injunction against Apple, for selling the iPhone, because of alleged patent infringement.

RIP GrowlVoice

One of the most useful and practical apps to come along in the last several years, GrowlVoice, seems to have been axed in the last week, thanks to Google Voice being migrated into Google Hangouts.

Available for purchase for $4.99 through the App Store since at least 2012, GrowlVoice was a formidable little app that allowed Mac users to access calls, texts and voicemail from their Google Voice accounts, right from the Toolbar.

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In a tweet posted last week, GrowlVoice announced that the access required by the app in order to function had been effectively terminated, thanks to Google:

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This is a sad day for Mac users like myself, who’ve come to rely on this fantastic little app to help manage texts and phone calls productively, in a way similar to the Messages app integrated within OS X. We hope someone (or another App) comes along to help rectify this situation soon – perhaps it’s as simple as a change in the JSON parsing, and hopefully not symbolic of a larger issue.