Immersion Sues Apple, AT&T Over Haptic Feedback Patents

2 hours, 48 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hit with patent infringement lawsuit over haptic feedback features

Apple and AT&T have been hit with a lawsuit by Immersion over claims that Force Touch, 3D Touch, iPhone vibrating ringtone patterns, and the Apple Watch's Taptic Engine infringe on patents it owns. AT&T was named in the case as well because the company promotes and sells Apple's iPhone line.

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Another day, another patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. It'll be interesting to see how this case plays out since Force Touch, 3D Touch, and the Taptic engine are big parts of Apple's mobile interfaces.

OS X: Turning Off Live Photos (For a Bunch of Images!)

4 hours, 21 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to turn off Live Photos for a group of pics

Been taking lots of pictures with your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? Did you forget to turn off Live Photos and now want to edit the feature out of the images you've taken? Well, within Photos on the Mac, you can do just that, and it'll even work if you've selected a bucketload of pictures all at once. Melissa Holt's gonna tell us how in today's Quick Tip.

LUX Lightning Cables on Kickstarter: MFi-Certified, Thicker Cable, Nylon Wrapped

7:10 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to Lightning cables: buy 'em cheap because they don't last, and pay for quality so they will last. I'm in the latter camp. I hate buying cheap cables knowing I'll have to replace them once they break, usually at the point where the connector connects to the actual cable. Apple's own cables fit in that not-good-enough category, and that's why I often post deals, product announcements, and Kickstarters for cables wrapped in metal, nylon, kevlar, and other materials. Which brings me to LUX Cables, MFi-certified cables on Kickstarter with, "thicker wire gauge (20 AWG), metal encased tips and braided with nylon." They blew past their modest funding goals, and there's still 36 days to help fund the project and get one of these 2-meter cables for US$17.

VoIP-Pal Hits Apple, AT&T, Verizon with $7B Patent Lawsuit

6:32 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

VoIP-Pal sues Apple over iMessage, WiFi calling patent infringement

Washington-based patent holding company VoIP-Pal filed filed lawsuits this week against Apple, AT&T, and Verizon over claims the companies are infringing on communication-related patents it owns. VoIP-Pal is asking for US$7 billion in damages from the companies.

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This is the state of patent law in the United States: It doesn't matter if VoIP-Pal has a legitimate claim. The knee jerk reaction is to assume they're a patent troll looking to strong-arm money out of deep pocket companies like Apple, AT&T, and Verizon. Maybe they are, or maybe they aren't; either way, the U.S. legal system is overrun with companies using the treat of court action over patent infringement claims as a business model.

Apple Selling View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack

5:25 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is now selling the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. This is the device that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality viewer in the vein of Google Cardboard. Only it's not made of cardboard, it's made of plastic. It's designed to work specifically with View-Master reels you buy from the App Store, but as mentioned, it works with any Google Cardboard content. It also comes with a sample reel. Apple began selling it earlier this week, which reminds me of Apple CEO Tim Cook saying that virtual reality was interesting during the company's Q1 quarterly conference call. Apple is also building its own virtual reality team. It's easy to imagine that selling the View-Master device is part of Apple's information-gathering process. In any event, it's $29.99, making it an inexpensive way to get a quality viewer.

Beyond Ink Pen: $49

4:34 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Beyond Ink Pen

The Beyond Ink Pen is a clever device: part pen, part stylus, part USB drive, and part iPhone charger. Really. It has an ink reserve for the ballpoint pen, and the tips can be switched out so you can use it as a stylus. It also has a 16GB UB drive built into it—lift the cap to plug it in. But the best thing is that they crammed in a 1000mAh battery for giving your iPhone an emergency charge of up to five hours of talk time. Oh, and it has a built-in Lightning cable (MicroUSB model available, too) for charging. It sounds like something Q would be pleased with. Through our deal you can get Beyond Ink Pen for $49, a discount of 30 percent.

Find Your Promised and Provisioned Comcast Internet Speeds

1:57 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Comcast customers are used to seeing items on their bills like "Performance Pro" and "Blast 105" for Internet service, but it's difficult to find out what speeds are advertised with those services. Even more difficult is finding out what Comcast actually provisions your cable modem to allow. Thankfully the folks at DSLReports keep a chart updated with precisely this information. For example, Blast 105 is currently advertised as 105 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up, but modems with this service are provisioned for 131.25 Mbps down and 12.5 Mbps up. Check out the chart for everything.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-11: Apple’s A10 Chip Partner, Comcast Internet Speeds

1:08 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

TSMC is going to be the exclusive A10 chip maker for Apple, which means Samsung is losing out on some serious money. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Samsung lost out, and what this means for the company. They also talk about Comcast's broadband Internet speeds, and how you can find out just how fast your connection should be.

Gravity Waves Detected For the First Time

12:45 PM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

From the press release: "For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed. The gravitational waves were detected on September 14, 2015 ... by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA."

Apple Dumps Samsung, Gives TSMC Exclusive iPhone Chip Deal

9:24 AM EST, Feb. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple cuts Samsung out of A10 iPhone chip manufacturing

Apple is distancing itself more from Samsung by partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to be the sole manufacturer of future iPhone processors. The deal cuts Samsung out of some serious revenue considering how popular Apple's smartphone is, and is already boosting TSMC's value.

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Losing out on Apple's A10 chip manufacturing is a hit Samsung will definitely notice. Meanwhile, back at TSCM, it's party time.

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Available on iTunes for $14.99

6:36 PM EST, Feb. 10th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Remember Steve Jobs, the film written by Aaron Sorkin starring Michael Fassbender? There was a lot of hype about the film, some controversy, and high expectations, but it fizzled at the box office. It's available on iTunes now, though, which I'm a little surprised at (and pleased about) because Apple's leadership disliked the film sight-unseen (the people who worked with Mr. Jobs early in his career were generally pleased with the film). You won't find it being promoted on iTunes, but it is available at $14.99 (for either the HD or SD versions).

SizeUp for Mac: $4.99

2:35 PM EST, Feb. 10th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SizeUp for Mac

Check out Size-Up for Mac, a utility designed to make organizing and managing open windows on your Mac a little easier. We have a deal on it today for just $4.99, more than half off retail. Check out the deal listing for more info.

Study Shows Music Makes for a Better Love Life

10:55 AM EST, Feb. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Want a better love life? Play some music

They say music is the language of love, and now there's a study to prove it. Sonos commissioned a research project using their own gear along with Apple's iBeacons, iPhones, and the Apple Watch to study the effects of music on families, and one of their findings showed music led to 67 percent more sex.