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

6:32 PM, 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.

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

1:08 PM, 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.

Apple Dumps Samsung, Gives TSMC Exclusive iPhone Chip Deal

9:24 AM, 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.

Study Shows Music Makes for a Better Love Life

10:55 AM, 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.

Hackers in Ireland Trying to Buy Apple Employee Logins

2:52 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Hackers ready to buy Apple employee logins

Ireland has a new problem to throw at Apple: hackers are trying to buy company logins from employees. In some cases, employees are being offered upwards of €20,000 (about US$22,245) in efforts to coax out user names and passwords.

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Apple isn't going to make it as simple as handing over user names and passwords to get into its network. That said, hackers seem to be ready to spend some serious money to try anyhow.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-09: Snagging Apple Employee Logins, Error 53 Lawsuit

1:26 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's employees in Ireland are being targeted by people or groups wanting company logins. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to speculate on what those logins could access and what Apple does to prevent unauthorized network access, plus they have some thoughts on the proposed class action lawsuit against the company over the Error 53 debacle.

Sony Adds Fuel to Dual Camera iPhone Rumor

11:23 AM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Sony hints at dual camera iPhone 7

In January KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would include a new dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus, and now Sony may be backing that up. Sony's CFO recently talked about the company's dual-lens camera platform and said we'd see it in smartphones from the big name players.

Lawfirm Ready to File iPhone Error 53 Lawsuit

9:16 AM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple facing potential lawsuit over Error 53

The Error 53 issue that's bricking iPhones that get replacement Touch ID sensors has the Internet up in arms, and that can mean only one thing: it's lawsuit time. The law firm of PVCA hasn't filed a case against Apple yet, but is looking for iPhone owners ready to sign up for a class action lawsuit.

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Right or wrong, the lawsuits over Error 53 were bound to happen. Welcome to the United States where starting lawsuits is as easy as buying a new pair of shoes.

Apple Files for Mistrial in VirnetX Patent Infringement Case

2:33 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple files mistrial motion in VirnetX patent infringement case

Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in the infringement case where the patent holding company VirnetX won US$625 million. The winnings came from a retrial, and Apple claims VirnetX's legal team misrepresented the facts, warranting a mistrial.

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Regardless of who's right and who's wrong in the Apple and VirnetX patent fight, it's pretty clear the fight isn't ending any time soon.