Apple Wins Motion To Narrow Damages Qualcomm Can Claim At Upcoming Trial

Apple wins motion to narrow damages Qualcomm can claim at upcoming trial AppleInsider - 1 month ago
  • A federal judge has granted an Apple motion to limit the damages Qualcomm can claim in a patent trial slated to start next month in San Diego.
  • The latter will no longer be able to claim damages from before the suit was filed in 2017, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

Volkswagen Drivers Can Unlock Their Cars With Siri

Volkswagen drivers can unlock their cars with SiriJohnny Lieu / Mashable - 4 months ago
  • Volkswagen has introduced Siri integration on its Car-Net app, allowing owners to unlock and lock their cars with a voice command.
  • It works with Apple devices on iOS 12, and once you're logged into the Car-Net app, you can simply say, "Hey Siri, unlock my car," to do just that.
  • Additionally, there are new Siri Shortcuts which allow you to check estimated mileage with your current fuel level, or the amount of charge left in the vehicle.

Some MacBook Pro SSDs Could Fail — Apple Launches Free Service Program

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 4 months ago
  • Apple has discovered a problem with a "limited number" of SSDs used in non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that could lead to drive failure and data loss.
  • Apple has launched a service program that will enable those with affected drives -- 128GB and 256GB models -- to have the issue addressed free of charge.
  • Apple does not say that the problematic drives will be replaced, just that they will be "serviced".
  • The problem only affects specific MacBook Pro models, so you'll need to check to see whether you qualify.

Apple Was The Top-selling Mobile Phone Brand

Apple was the top-selling mobile phone brand CNBC - 4 months ago
  • The figures provided by the Chinese firm did not provide details on what kind of iPhones were purchased.
  • Apple has seen a recovery in the China market in recent quarters after suffering hard times in the world's second-largest economy.
  • "It's a positive sign for Apple, because normally Xiaomi or Huawei has been the top brand.
  • "Since iPhone XS and iPhone XR were already so expensive, so they were looking for the right deal to purchase," he added.

Apple Draws Second Downgrade On Weaker IPhone Expectations

Apple draws second downgrade on weaker iPhone expectations CNBC - 5 months ago
  • Apple's stock was downgraded for a second time in two trading days in light of softer expectations for iPhone production and shipments.
  • Rosenblatt Securities cut its rating on the largest public company in the U.S.
  • "Calendar fourth-quarter guidance reflects our cautious view on weaker than expected sell-through and production reductions for iPhone XS/XR," analyst Jun Zhang wrote.
  • Apple was downgraded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Friday.

Bitcoin Turns 10 Years Old, Hasn’t Grown Up Yet

Bitcoin turns 10 years old, hasn’t grown up yetTrond Vidar Bjorøy / VentureBeat - 5 months ago
  • In her 2008 white paper, Satoshi Nakamoto described Bitcoin as electronic cash.
  • Aside from the energy consumption involved, this throughput limitation is the biggest source of criticism against Bitcoin.
  • As a consequence of its scaling trouble, Bitcoin’s main role up until now has been as a strong first base layer for settlement, not throughput.
  • For now, Visa and Bitcoin serve very different purposes, and looking at average transaction values — currently $3,000 for Bitcoin and $81 for Visa — is comparing apples and oranges.

Apple Watch Owners Asked To Return Devices For Repair After Update Glitch

Apple Watch owners asked to return devices for repair after update glitchBBC Technology / BBC - 5 months ago
  • Some users who installed the latest WatchOS software say it caused their devices to stop working
  • Apple has pulled an update for its smartwatches after some owners complained the software had caused their devices to stop working.
  • The problem appears to have baffled the firm's repair staff, and there appears to be no way at present for owners to restore the products themselves.Several have said they have been told they need to send in the devices for a fix.Apple said it intended to release a revised update soon.
  • Those affected reported that their watches had become stuck in a state showing the Apple logo - but nothing else - on their screens.One owner of a newly released Series 4 model said he had been told it would take the firm's repair staff up to a week to decide whether his device needed to be repaired or replaced.

Apple’s New IPad Pro Doesn’t Have A Home Button. It Starts At $799.

Apple’s New iPad Pro Doesn’t Have A Home Button. It Starts At $799.Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed - 5 months ago
  • If you’ve been holding on to that three-year-old iPad because you haven’t had a reason to upgrade, this year, you just might.On Tuesday, Apple announced a brand new iPad Pro at an event in Brooklyn, and for the first time since 2015, it’s completely redesigned its flagship tablet.The new iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 12.9-inches and 11-inches and they’re almost all screen.
  • The Lightning Port is gone too -- but you can now charge your iPhone with your iPadThe iPad now charges over USB-C, a type of connector that’s standard on nearly every modern smartphone except the iPhone.

Apple Unveils New IPad Pro With Tiny Bezels, Face ID, And USB-C

Apple unveils new iPad Pro with tiny bezels, Face ID, and USB-C Napier Lopez / The Next Web - 5 months ago

New Apple Pencil 2018 Charges Wirelessly, Has Laser Engraving

New Apple Pencil 2018 charges wirelessly, has laser engravingChris Burns / SlashGear - 5 months ago
  • The new Apple Pencil does away with the Lightning charging oddity of its first iteration, choosing instead a wireless charging solution.
  • When the Apple Pencil is attached to the side of an iPad Pro, the iOS 12 system shows the fact that the Pencil attached, that it’s charging, and the status of its current battery.
  • You can choose to get a free laser engraving on this Apple Pencil through the Apple Store online.
  • Dimensions• Length: 6.53 inches (166 mm)• Diameter: 0.35 inch (8.9 mm)• Weight: 0.73 ounce (20.7 grams)

The New Mac Mini Is Up To Five Times Faster And Starts At $799

The new Mac Mini is up to five times faster and starts at $799Brian Heater / TechCrunch - 5 months ago
  • The footprint is the same familiar squircle design that’s defined the line since the begin, but now with the space gray finish found on the rest of the line.
  • The biggest changes, however, are on the inside. The new device features the latest generation six core processor, up to 64GB of RAM and up to 2TB of solid state storage.
  • On the back of the device, you’ll find four Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI and USB-A ports. Like the new Air, the updated Mini is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.
  • As is fitting with the theme of the event, the company is positioning the product toward creative pros. Apple’s clearly hoping to blur the lines between consumer and professional, by souping up its lower end devices.
  • That said, the Mini is still priced like an entry level device. The low-end version features 8GB of RAM and starts at $799. Pre-orders for the diminutive desktop starts today, and it starts shipping on November 7.

Apple Announces IOS 12.1 With Group FaceTime And More Coming Tuesday

Apple announces iOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime and more coming TuesdayAndy Meek / BGR - 5 months ago
  • Apple announced today that the next version of iOS, 12.1, will be released to the public on Tuesday, Oct.
  • “Automatic detection of active speakers: FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the forefront.
  • Ringless notification: When calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification that lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive.
  • Messages integration: Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

Qualcomm Tells Court That Apple Is Trying To Destroy Its Business

Qualcomm tells court that Apple is trying to destroy its businessDuncan Riley / SiliconANGLE - 5 months ago
  • The allegation was raised at a court hearing on Friday in relation to a lawsuit filed by Apple in January 2017.
  • “They’re trying to destroy our business,” Qualcomm lawyer Evan Chesler told the Federal Court in San Diego.
  • Apple is arguing that Qualcomm has been charging it excessive patent licensing fees for years, as one of its conditions for allowing it to use its microprocessors in its iPhones and iPad devices.
  • The relationship between the two companies has long passed any point of civility, with Bloomberg estimating that there are now about 100 court cases currently filed worldwide between the two companies in relation to the patent dispute.

2018 IPad Pro Redesign Will Look Kind Of Like The IPhone 5: Report

2018 iPad Pro redesign will look kind of like the iPhone 5: ReportRaymond Wong / Mashable - 5 months ago
  • Goodbye rounded edges!Image: Lili Sams/mashableBy Raymond Wong2018-10-27 14:42:28 UTC
  • Apple's widely expected to announce redesigned iPad Pros
  • Tucked within Bloomberg's report on what to expect from Apple's event is a detail claiming the new iPad Pros will ditch the rounded edges for a more squared off look resembling past iOS devices like the iPhone 5.
  • "It will include more squared-off sides like the iPhone 5, 5S, and SE from a few years ago," reports Mark Gurman, who has a reliable track record surfacing details on new Apple products before they're announced.

IPhone XR: Cheaper, Colourful Version Of Latest Apple Handset Finally Goes On Sale

iPhone XR: Cheaper, colourful version of latest Apple handset finally goes on saleAndrew Griffin / The Independent - 5 months ago
  • Apple's brand new, cheaper version of the iPhone XR is finally available.
  • The handset has gone on sale weeks after it was launched alongside the more expensive iPhone XS.
  • It also comes in a range of – sometimes very bright – colour finishes.
  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks about the iPhone XS and XS Max at an Apple Inc product launch event

Italian Watchdog Fines Apple And Samsung For Throttling Phones To Spur New Device Purchase

Italian watchdog fines Apple and Samsung for throttling phones to spur new device purchaseAndy Meek / BGR - 5 months ago
  • Apple has been a longstanding target of criticism for the way it throttles CPU performance on iPhone models with lower capacity batteries.
  • Of course, CEO Tim Cook earlier this year went so far as to promise that iOS would now allow users to disable that feature, but the company nevertheless has been targeted with a wave of investigations and lawsuits over the issue.
  • As The Guardian notes, the fine followed an investigation into accusations that “operating system updates for older phones slowed them down, thereby encouraging the purchase of new phones.
  • By way of giving more background to what led to the decision and ultimate fine, the newspaper goes on to note that Samsung told owners of its Galaxy Note 4 to install a new version of Google’s Android operating system which was intended for the more recent Note 7.

Apple Picks Thailand For Its Second Retail Store In Southeast Asia

Apple picks Thailand for its second retail store in Southeast AsiaJon Russell / TechCrunch - 5 months ago
  • Apple continues to increase its efforts in Southeast Asia’s fast-growing market after it picked Thailand as the location for its second Apple Store in the region.
  • A post on Apple’s website reveals that it will operate a retail store at the soon-to-open Iconsiam which is set to become Bangkok’s largest mall when it opens next month.
  • The new store follows the opening of an Apple Store in Singapore last year, which marked the U.S.
  • That is a drop in the proverbial ocean for Apple, but Southeast Asia is one of the few parts of the world where smartphone sales continue to grow at a double-digit percentage.

Apple Highlights Photos Shot With Portrait Mode And Depth Control On IPhone XS

Apple Highlights Photos Shot With Portrait Mode and Depth Control on iPhone XSJuli Clover / MacRumors - 5 months ago
  • Apple focused on images that were shared from users around the world on social networks that include Twitter and Instagram.
  • All of the photos used Portrait Mode and the new Depth Control feature, which is exclusive to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
  • Portrait Mode is designed to blur the background when capturing a subject in the foreground, while Depth Control allows you to adjust the amount of blur in the photograph for a customized look.
  • On the iPhone XS, Portrait Mode images with Depth Control can feature any subject, including pets, flowers, food, and more because there are two cameras to pull depth information from.

Firefox 63 Released With Enhanced Tracking Protection To Block Third-party Cookies

Firefox 63 released with Enhanced Tracking Protection to block third-party cookiesDami Lee / The Verge - 5 months ago
  • Mozilla has released Firefox 63, which introduces Enhanced Tracking Protection, a feature that blocks third-party trackers to increase your privacy online.
  • For now, Firefox 63 has Enhanced Tracking Protection off by default, but it gives users the option to block third-party tracking cookies or block all trackers.
  • Apple’s Safari was the first browser to block third-party cookies by default, and the company also introduced an Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in 2017 that reduced apps’ abilities to track users across websites.
  • Today’s Firefox update also includes an update to the New Tab page, which pins users’ top sites.