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Judge Koh Denies Samsung Request to Invalidate Apple Patents

9:05 AM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Federal Judge Lucy Koh has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents in the ongoing infringement legal battle between the two companies. Samsung was ruled to have infringed on the two patents and had hoped it could use new Supreme Court case law to show the concepts were simply digital representations of actions we take in the physical world.

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Refusing to invalidate Apple's '721 and '959 patents makes Apple's job in the courtroom easier, but Judge Koh made her decision based on procedural arguments, not on whether or not there was an issue with the patents. That means Samsung can potentially push for a ruling invalidating the patents again at some point in the future, just not in this case.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-22

3:08 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's HealthKit was originally presented as a way for iPhone owners to collect their own health and fitness data and share it with healthcare providers, but now that may include insurance companies, too. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what implications may be in store for consumers if they're sharing their fitness tracking data with insurance providers, and they dive into a report claiming iPhone 6 production has been delayed because of a display redesign.

Apple Releases OS Yosemite Public Beta 2, iTunes 12 Beta

10:44 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Mac owners participating in the public beta of OS X Yosemite were treated to a nice surprise Friday morning when Apple released an update for them, along with a beta version of iTunes 12. This is the first update to the public beta, and it brings this version of OS X Yosemite closer in line with the private version developers are using.

Report Claims Apple Scrambling After Last Minute iPhone 6 Screen Redesign

10:27 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

A new report claims Apple is in a serious bind as it rushes to get enough screens in place for next month's expected iPhone 6 launch. The alleged issue stemmed from the need to redesign the display's backlight because it wasn't bright enough, which halted production for part of June and July.

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Discovering the iPhone display backlight isn't bright enough well into production doesn't sound like a mistake Apple would make. This is a company known for paying attention to the smallest of details -- down to the finish on internal screws. What's more likely is that parts suppliers are simply speculating based on component shipments and orders.

Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions

9:32 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple continues to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.

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If Apple can get big-name health care providers and insurers on board with iOS 8's HealthKit, it could easily become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing -- and that translates to more iPhone and iPad sales.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

6:13 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu

10:29 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees Because iPhone wasn’t Famous

9:02 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't need to cover Apple's attorney costs was because the iPhone's design wasn't famous before the copycat devices were made.

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Apple's 2012 patent infringement win against Samsung is looking more like a hollow victory every day.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-20

1:07 PM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Analysts and pundits are weaving some pretty big tapestries for Apple's product plans based on only a few threads of information they're getting from the supply chain. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at reports claiming Apple's rumored iWatch is coming next year because of production delays, plus they offer their take on RunKeeper's plans to offer fitness incentives through what amounts to in-app ads.