WiLAN Hit with Another Loss in Apple Patent Fight

1 hour, 8 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin yet again in its courtroom fight with Apple when a U.S. Federal Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that its LTE-related patent infringement claims were invalid. The ruling was part of a summary judgement Apple requested related to patents 8,315,640 and 8,311,040.

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Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.

Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

2 hours, 2 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Buying a used iPhone or iPad isn't a big deal, unless Find My iPhone's Activation Lock feature is enabled. Now Apple has a Web-based tool to let you check Activation Lock status on a used iOS device before you buy it.

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Apple's Activation Lock Status tool will come in handy if you're looking at buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now you don't need to worry about getting burned when buying a device only to find out Find My iPhone is still active and you can't set it up as yours.

ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value, Protesting and Jailbreaking

8:40 PM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.

iOS 8: News In Notification Center

5:25 PM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

We've already heard about science apps using Notification Center, now we are seeing some news apps that want to keep you informed from your lock screen. Some are free, some are limited unless you have a subscription. Kelly shows you a few of the notable apps fixing to inform you without even unlocking your iPhone.

The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle

4:19 PM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle

Here's something pretty darned cool: 47,792 people have bought our Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle. That's a lot of people on their path to programming, and it's a pleasure to be a part of it. The way it works is this: pay what you want. If it's below the average price, you get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3. If you pay the average price or more, you also get six other developer course, including Python, Apple's Xcode, PHP, and more. The average price? Only $15.01 as of this price. But, you have an incentive to pay more, because 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities, you choose: Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Commons. If you've wanted

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

1:40 PM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: The Final Showdown

I’m now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones — one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts —  wherever I go. As I reported last week, I’m about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe I’ve got it all figured out. I won’t keep you in suspense: I’m getting... 

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-01

1:23 PM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street is that a gold iPad is coming this month, and a 12.9-inch iPad is coming next year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a gold iPad is a good idea (spoiler: Jeff and Kelly think John is wrong), and talk about what a bigger screen iPad could mean for tablet users.

Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

11:02 AM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.

Evercore Raises AAPL Target on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

10:31 AM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Evercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter.

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Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.

Apple Tells Developers to Submit their OS X Yosemite-compatible Apps

10:03 AM EDT, Oct. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates — which has also happened.

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Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.