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2017

Four filings exhort Supreme Court to re-examine Apple vs. Samsung 'slide to unlock' patent trial

Thursday April 13, 2017

Several interested parties have filed amicus curae briefings with the Supreme Court, urging the body to discuss the second Apple versus Samsung patent trial, and specifically evaluate the "obviousness" of Apple's Slide-to-unlock patent, and how it may have been misinterpreted by lower courts.

Fitbit's Apple Watch competitor may launch without app store or third-party apps

Thursday April 13, 2017

Already delayed from spring until fall, Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch may not ship with a planned app store, or possibly even third-party apps.

Motorola Solutions to equip Victoria Police with 10K iPhones, iPads in A$50M deal

Thursday April 13, 2017

Motorola Solutions has signed a deal with the police in Victoria, Australia, which will provide 10,000 frontline officers with access to iPhones and iPads, in order to provide real-time information to officers and help improve their productivity.

No, Apple won't move the home button and Touch ID to the back of the 'iPhone 8'

Thursday April 13, 2017

It's silly season in "iPhone 8" rumor reporting, with the latest supposed "leaked schematics" claiming the handset will move the home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the back of the device, and also feature a chassis considerably thicker than even the iPhone SE. AppleInsider attempts to bring some sanity to the discussion.

Apple rebrands iTunes Podcasts as 'Apple Podcasts' ahead of planned changes

Thursday April 13, 2017

Apple on Thursday rechristened iTunes Podcasts under a new label, "Apple Podcasts," likely setting the stage for planned evolutions of the company's podcasting support.

Some MacBook Pro with Touch Bar owners report pinging, popping case noise during heavy use

Thursday April 13, 2017

A small proportion of users with the 2016 MacBook Pro are reporting hearing a pinging, or popping noise, described as similar to that of crushing a plastic bottle, seemingly related to thermal conditions in the laptop.

Deals: Upgraded 13" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar + AppleCare for $2,298 ($150 off); 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349 ($150 off); $130 off 9.7" iPad Pro

Thursday April 13, 2017

The deals are heating up as we near the middle of April. Pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.9GHz, 16GB, 512GB) and AppleCare for $2,298. Or opt for a non-Touch Bar 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349 ($150 off). Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is also $130 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

No more significant Workflow updates coming in wake of Apple takeover

Thursday April 13, 2017

Following its takeover by Apple, iOS automation app Workflow will no longer get any significant updates, according to emails sent to some customers.

NHL coaches provided with iPad Pros, Macs to gain edge during Stanley Cup Playoffs

Thursday April 13, 2017

Coaches in the NHL are going to be given more help in analyzing their team's performance during hockey matches, with the league reportedly providing iPad Pros to teams and officials in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

'New' Google Earth may usher in much-needed 64-bit iPhone & iPad app

Thursday April 13, 2017

Google will announce a "brand new experience" for Google Earth on Apr. 18 -- something which could simultaneously signal a much-needed upgrade of the Earth iOS app to 64-bit code.

Analyst floats idea of Apple buying Disney to make 'tech/media juggernaut'

Thursday April 13, 2017

A new analyst report suggests that Apple should acquire long-time media partner Disney to smooth out seasonal concerns about earnings and make a massive end-to-end media development and delivery platform -- but this is not the first time this unlikely scenario has been bandied about.

Apple working on breakthrough glucose sensors for Apple Watch, report says

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Apple has reportedly hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive glucose sensors for integration in Apple Watch, a solution that could lead to continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels for users with diabetes.

After suing Apple, Qualcomm loses $816M arbitration case to BlackBerry

Wednesday April 12, 2017

An arbitration panel has awarded BlackBerry a preliminary $814.9 million to resolve its claim that it had overpaid patent royalties in its contract with Qualcomm. The specific issue pertains only to Qualcomm's contract with BlackBerry, but highlights the firm's series of parallel intellectual property disputes, most notably a trio of global cases involving Apple as well as government antitrust actions in China, Korea and the United States.

Selfie drone Hover Camera Passport exclusive to Apple stores in $500 bundle

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The Hover Camera Passport, a drone designed for taking selfies, is now exclusively available from Apple stores, including retail outlets and the online store, with the flying imaging device also receiving a number of updates to make it easier to fly.

Microsoft offers free Outlook for Mac Preview to test Google Calendar & Contacts features

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Microsoft on Wednesday released a standalone Outlook for Mac Preview version for free, as part of an attempt to gain more feedback on Google account upgrades including Calendar and Contacts integration.

Acura, Jeep & Hyundai intro new Apple CarPlay-ready vehicles

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Joining Lincoln, three more auto brands -- Acura, Jeep, and Hyundai -- have unveiled CarPlay-equipped vehicles ahead of this weekend's New York International Auto Show.

Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $2,808 ($340 off); 32GB iPhone SE GoPhone for $199; $20 off BeatsX headphones

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Shoppers looking for Apple's high-end 2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics and AppleCare can save $340 this week with coupon. AT&T also has Apple's 32GB iPhone SE GoPhone (no contract) for $199.99. BeatsX headphones are $129.99 ($20 off) as well.

Evernote for macOS gains iOS features on MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The latest update to Evernote brings bug fixes and simple 2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to the popular note-taking and organizational app.

Artist Rob Zilla shows potential of iPad Pro with Adobe Illustrator Draw, Apple Pencil

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Apple is showcasing illustrations of stars from the NBA created by artist Robert Generette III, also known as "Rob Zilla, showing off the high-quality artwork that can be created on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw.

Lincoln debuts 2018 Navigator with support for Apple CarPlay

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Ford-owned Lincoln on Wednesday revealed the 2018 Navigator, which will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through Ford's SYNC 3 interface.