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Apple, Ericsson Head to Court over Patent Licensing Dispute

10:21 AM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's patent fight with Samsung may be winding down, but its fight with Ericsson is ramping up. The two companies have filed patent lawsuits against each other after failing to  find mutually agreeable licensing terms over Ericsson patents used in the iPhone and iPad.

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This fight isn't about whether or not Ericsson holds patents that cover technology used in the iPhone and iPad, but instead is about what those patents are worth. Even when companies agree that patented technology is being used they can't seem to stay out of court.

Fitbit’s HealthKit Gamble Makes Good Business Sense, for Now

6:53 PM, Jan. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

As more companies join the HealthKit platform, Fitbit's decision to stay out of Apple's fitness tracking ecosystem looks like a shot in the foot, especially considering how vocal former Fitbit loyals have been about switching to competitor's products. That wait-it-out decision may, however, be the smartest move Fitbit could make.

Apple, Google Submit New Settlement in Employee Antipoaching Lawsuit

9:55 AM, Jan. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have submitted a new settlement proposal in the class action lawsuit alleging they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to not poach employees from each other. The new settlement follows Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of an earlier US$325 million offer she felt was too low.

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It's very clear Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe want the antipoaching lawsuit to go away and they're willing to pay to make that happen. This isn't a question of if they're offering more money in the settlement proposal, but instead is a question of how much.

Goodbye Free on iTunes: Apple Stops its Weekly Song Promotion

2:24 PM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The free song of the week promotion Apple offered through the iTunes Store for years went from a big badge to a small text link, and now is gone completely. Searching for free songs doesn't turn up anything, either, and comments in Apple's own forums claim Free on iTunes—at least for music—has officially come to an end.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-13: Lesbian Emoji, David Cameron Wants to Read Your Messages

1:24 PM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Racial and sexual diversity isn't nearly as prevalent in emoji as you might think, but that can change. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of racial and sexual diversity in the emoji pictograph library, and how Apple can play a role in changing that. They also talk about UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for government access to our encrypted messages and the importance of preserving our privacy.

Lesbian Emojis for iPhone Shows Apple can do More for Diversity Acceptance

10:31 AM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Representation of gay and lesbian users in Apple's emoji set on the iPhone and iPad is limited to just two same sex couples holding hands, but that's changing thanks to the Lesbian Emojis app from Kimberly Linn. The app's collection of lesbian-themed emoji adds more choices to the little icons we include in our text messages, but also underscores the surprising lack of diversity in Apple's emoji set.

Facebook Adds AMBER Alerts to User’s News Feeds

9:15 AM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AMBER Alerts are available on TV and emergency alerts on our smartphones, and now they've gone social thanks to Facebook. The social network is adding the missing children alerts to user's news feeds so they show up in line with other posts.

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AMBER Alerts on Facebook totally makes sense. People have been posting missing children alerts themselves for years, so automating the process will make it easier to get the message out.

HomeKit Remote Siri Control Requires Apple TV

7:37 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

One of the benefits of Apple's HomeKit platform will be the ability to remotely control your smarthome devices from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Using Siri voice commands to turn things on or off when you're away from home, however, will require an Apple TV.

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Apple TV as a smart home hub of sorts? Sounds like validation of Kelly Guimont's Apple TV smarthome hub idea to me.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-12: AT&T Data Throttling, Apple TV HomeKit Hub

2:10 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

AT&T is trying to stop an FTC lawsuit over throttling unlimited data speed throttling by claiming it's a common carrier while at the same time telling the FCC it isn't. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about AT&T's efforts to block government oversight, and Kelly gets some validation for her idea that Apple TV would make a great HomeKit home automation hub.