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Apple’s head of Patent Licensing & Strategy departs for calmer waters

The man in the unenviable position of being deeply involved with Apple’s ongoing patent infringement litigation with a number of companies has left Apple.

AppleInsider reports that Boris Teksler, formerly Apple’s head of Patent Licensing & Strategy, has taken a new job as president of the Technology Group at Technicolor.

Teksler testified on behalf of Apple in its US patent infringement suit with Samsung last year, revealing that he warned Steve Jobs and Tim Cook in 2010 that a number of Apple patents might have been infringed upon by Samsung.

Apple updates Siri to help those considering suicide to get help

GigaOM noticed that Apple quietly released an update to Siri that offers to put a user in contact with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, should he or she mention suicide.

Should the person decline the offer, Siri then brings up area suicide prevention centers in a second attempt to provide resources.

As GigaOM notes, Google has had this search since 2010.

Los Angeles schools award $30 million iPad contract to Apple

The Los Angeles Unified School District is redirecting US$30 million of its budget to provide roughly 35,000 iPads to 47 district schools, the Los Angeles Times reports. Because the devices will come pre-loaded with educational software, the price per unit clocks in at a hefty $678.

LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school district with nearly 695,000 students as of data released in 2009, only surpassed by the New York City Department of Education with more than 1 million students.

HBO GO, WatchESPN come to Apple TV

Apple announced today that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available on the Apple TV.

Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services said that “HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV.”

The two new content providers are joined by Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello. Sky News on Apple TV will deliver 24/7 news to viewers in the US, UK and Ireland. Crunchyroll is a Japanese Anime and Asian media provider, and will let subscribers view the latest HD shows one hour after airing in Japan.

Researchers easily crack iOS-generated hotspot passwords

When you enable the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone, iOS will generate a password on your behalf. It’s convenient, but recent research from FAU in Germany suggests it is not very secure.

According to researchers Andreas Kurtz, Felix Freiling, and Daniel Metz, the default Hotspot password uses a short english word with some random numbers at the end. Not surprisingly, these passwords can be cracked in no time via a brute force dictionary attack. Using one AMD Radeon HD 6990 GPU, the team was able to guess a password in 50 minutes. When they bumped the GPUs up to four AMD Radeon HD 7970s, they were able to drop the password cracking time to a mere 50 seconds.

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