Apple is facing the most stunningly amazing patent infringement lawsuit ever: the iPhone's ability to be used as a phone. The patent holding company Corydoras Technologies filed its lawsuit in the Texas Eastern District Federal Court, which is known for favoring patent trolls.
Apple is getting sued for patent infringement because the iPhone can make phone calls. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the Corydoras Technologies lawsuit and the plight of patent troll cases in general, plus they have some thoughts on a lawsuit claiming Fitbit's heart rate tracking feature is wildly inaccurate.
The massive sliding doors on Apple's redesigned Union Square San Francisco retail store create a 40-foot opening that's more than big enough to drive a car through. Sure, it makes for a great open air experience when shopping, but maybe it's a hint that Apple plans to use its new store design to show off its own car.
Logic Pro X, Hackintoshes and ghost calls are a few brand new topics for the show this week. Of course, some of your old favorites are here, too and, yes, OK, we'll talk a little bit about routers again, as well. All that plus a few Cool Stuff Found entries rounds out the show, brought to you by your two favorite geeks.
SAN FRANCISCO - There's a new hardware company on the scene called Purism, and the name is a significant clue as to what the company is all about: pure software. At its heart, Purism is dedicated to providing computer hardware driven entirely by open source software so that users can "trust, but verify." Purism is putting itself in direct opposition to what it considers "surveillance capitalism." Bryan Chaffin has the low-down.
One of the classic Steve Jobs videos is his introduction to the first Apple retail store in Tyson's Corner, Virgina in 2001. In that legendary video, Mr. Jobs lays out his vision for what those stores would do for customers. Because other similar stores had failed, pundits assumed the Apple store would as well. Here are some observations by John Martellaro why Apple flourished.
We got a demonstration of Tap Systems' self-titled product, Tap, last night at Pepcom in San Francisco. It's a gesture-based one-handed virtual keyboard, and Bryan Chaffin thinks this may be the first one that makes sense.
Check our The Egg, a "personal cloud storage" device. It can import media files through USB or WiFi, and it serves them up wirelessly through iOS or Android apps, and it works with Macs and PCs, too. It also has a built-in display for browsing through its contents. We have a deal on this device for $169 for a 64GB model. Check out the deal listing for more information and product videos.
Rumors that sound reasonably credible are starting to appear for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in 2017. The current state-of-the-rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 will have some nice features, but a 10th anniversary iPhone next year is the one that will have the stunning new look and feel. John Martellaro collates the best thinking so far.
A new Senate bill would block changes that give the Department of Justice and FBI mass surveillance powers. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the approved changes to Rule 41 evidence collection procedures, and why Congress wants to stop what amounts to FBI mass surveillance.
Fitbit has long been the big name in wearable fitness trackers, and now it looks like the company wants to have a part in mobile contactless payments, just like Apple Pay. The company just announced it purchased Coin and could start including NFC-based payment options in its products as early as 2017.
Apple added several Chinese instruments and some 300 loops of Chinese music to GarageBand this week, but you'll need to jump through a couple of hoops to access them on iPad and iPhone. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.
Our friends at Stack Social have come up with another clever bundle for you. The Spring Mac Bundle allows you to choose 10 apps you want from a collection of 34 Mac apps for $21.99. That way you can get just the apps you want and not worry about having some you don't want. The full list of available apps can be found under "Specs" on the deal listing.
Fitbit wants a piece of the contactless mobile payment game, so they bought Coin. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Fitbit's purchase and how it fits into the mobile payment space, and how it compares to Apple Pay. They also have something to say about Symantec's recent security software exploit.
Symantec managed to do something no other security software vendor has managed: create a vulnerability that affects Mac, Windows, and Linux users. Simply running Symantec or Norton-branded security software potentially exposes users to attacks where hackers can get root-level control over their computer. Luckily, there aren't any reports of the exploit in the wild, and Symantec released a patch for the flaw a couple days ago.
If you want to find a file or a picture that someone sent you in Messages under iOS, there's no need to scroll and scroll. You can access all of the attachments sent within a conversation in one place, and it's easy as pie! The details are here in this Quick Tip.
Check out this great video iPhonedo posted to YouTube where he (re)creates the theme song for TV smash hit Game of Thrones. He uses the new Chinese instruments Apple added to GarageBand to do it, and part of the video includes instructions for enabling the new instruments on non-Chinese language devices. Those instruments aren't authentic to the actual theme song, but they sound great and it's a solid demonstration of just how much you can do on GarageBand on iPad.
Apple has been putting time, effort, and resources into learning how to be a Chinese company and learning how to be an Indian company. Bryan and Jeff discuss those efforts and why it's important. They also talk about an essay from a record executive claiming that iTunes downloads are already being phased out. Plus, Apple has been hiring engineers with experience in wireless charging.
The Twelve South TimePorter is a combination travel case for Apple Watch accessories and stand. It looks and carries like an eyeglass case. It's nicely made, and the concept is good. Unfortunately, as John Martellaro found out, it requires too much fussing to be considered a great product.
Have you heard of JJ Lin? Singapore-born and based in Taiwan, he's an enormously popular performer and producer in that part of the world. He posted a video to his YouTube channel of him and his pal Apple CEO Tim Cook jamming in GarageBand with those new Chinese-music loops and instruments I wrote about yesterday. Mr. Cook serves as DJ in the piece, tapping loops to create the background music while JJ Lin plays the lead melody on one of those new instruments. It's fun, and it's a message aimed at the Chinese market. Also, note that JJ Lin posted it, not Apple and not Mr. Cook. Seems like Apple really is learning more about how to operate in that market.
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