Linex Technologies Ordered Apple’s Legal Fees in Patent Infringement Case

2 hours, 15 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Patent holding company Linex Technologies has been ordered to pay Apple and several other companies US$18.6 million to cover legal expenses in lawsuits it filed in a failed patent infringement fight. The company claimed that Apple, HP, Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Ruckus Wireless infringed on wireless communication patents it holds, but the court ultimately ruled those patents were invalid.

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Sometimes the whole patent troll scheme just doesn't pay off.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Launch Weekend Sales Hit 10 Million

3 hours, 26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Launch weekend sales for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the 10 million mark, coming in above last year's iPhone 5s launch at 9 million units. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this year's launch numbers would've been even higher if more inventory had been available.

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It seems Apple can't make the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as fast as it can sell them. The company has also managed to beat its opening weekend sales every year since the original iPhone was launched.

MGG 520: Wrapping Up Tech Week With iOS 8 & More

11:42 AM EDT, Sep. 21st, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It's been iPhone week. It's been server migration week. It's been tech week (in more ways than one!), and your two geeks are here, ready to roll and with a very special guest, no less! FIrst they'll talk through some of their favorite iOS 8 tips and tricks. Then it's on to a slew of your questions, including revisiting the age old question of Drobo or Synology (hint: there's no hard and fast answer here!) plus resolving John's own tech issue! Download and enjoy.

Fun Rant about Those Who Claim Apple is the Copier

7:27 PM EDT, Sep. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I got a tip Saturday about a new blog called Tim Cook's Id, with the subheading "what Tim Cook id is really thinking." I'm not sure if that's the case, but the inaugural rant is a beauty about those claiming Apple is the real copier in the mobile world. It's titled, "Anyone saying Apple copied Samsung/Google with a big screen phone is a $%&# idiot," which cuts to the chase. It's also invective-filled and spewy, but it's a solid assessment of the mental gyrations necessary to come to such a conclusion. TCI takes aim at Android fans, Apple haters, Judge Lucy Koh, the U.S. Department of Justice, tech journalists, Wall Street, and Jim Cramer, and that's just for starters. Hopefully this isn't a one-off. Enjoy.

iOS 8 App Store Bundles Explained

7:51 PM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle

As part of the iOS 8 rollout, the iTunes App Store has seen a few updates. One of them is App Bundles, a new way to purchase multiple apps. Kelly talked to Denys Zhadanov of Readdle to get a behind-the-scenes look at those Bundles.

WSJ Lines Up Tim Cook to Kick Off Inaugural WSJDLive Conference

7:23 PM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Tim Cook

The Wall Street Journal announced Friday that Apple CEO Cook would headline its inaugural WSJDLive conference, the apparent successor to D, the conference that was headed by tech journalist luminaries Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Mr. Cook will be interviewed at the event, which takes place from October 27-29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA.

Learn Apple’s New Swift Programming Language for $19

5:42 PM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Learn Apple's New Swift Programming Language for $19

We have a great deal for developers wanting to learn Apple's new Swift programming language. For $19, you get 95 lectures and more than four hours of video training that will help you understand the basics of Swift, know how to use Operators, Strings, Characters and Collection, understand how to evolve from Objective C, how the control flow in Swift works, and how to work with Xcode’s new .playground file. The regular price on this training package is $99.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-19

1:44 PM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch day, and the lines for Apple's new smartphones are even longer than last year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on those lines, plus the follow up on their iOS 8 update homework from yesterday, and all three offer up some cool iOS 8 tips.

Launch Day Survey Says iPhone 6 Plus is the Go-to Choice

11:20 AM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Despite the pre-order frenzy a week ago, shoppers are lining up in droves to get ahold of Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the favorite so far is the larger screen model. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um surveyed lines outside Apple Stores in New York City Friday morning, and he found over 60 percent were hoping to get an iPhone 6 Plus, and they want the 64GB and 128GB models.

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Long lines for big screen iPhones. <sarcasm>Too bad interest in iPhone is gone.</sarcasm>

AT&T’s Next Plan May be the Cheapest Way to Buy an iPhone, Despite the Hype

10:35 AM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

When AT&T first introduced its Next plan earlier this year it was received with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most reports advised against it saying it was a bad deal, would cost more, and wouldn't let you keep your phone if you wanted to. For Dave Hamilton none of those things are true and they may not be true for you, either. You may find that AT&T Next is the best deal you can get, especially if you're on a family plan with multiple phones.

iOS 8: How to Change Safari’s Default Search Provider to DuckDuckGo

6:40 AM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

First iPhone 6 Sold in Perth Dropped by Kid During TV Interview

2:45 AM EDT, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The young man who bought the first iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia—where the iPhone 6 has already gone on sale—dropped it during a local TV news interview. The reporter got him to open the box for the cameras, but when he did, the iPhone slipped out and followed the gravity train straight down onto the concrete. There are no details—yet—on what exactly happened to the device, but the young man is seen picking at the screen before the cameras stop. Holy smokes, but do I feel for this kid. If it broke, I hope Apple replaces it for him, if the retail store didn't already do it on the spot. [Via Macworld tweet.]

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