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Linex Technologies Ordered Apple’s Legal Fees in Patent Infringement Case

10:05 AM, Sep. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Patent holding company Linex Technologies has been ordered to pay Apple and several other companies US$18.6 million to cover legal expenses in lawsuits it filed in a failed patent infringement fight. The company claimed that Apple, HP, Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Ruckus Wireless infringed on wireless communication patents it holds, but the court ultimately ruled those patents were invalid.

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Sometimes the whole patent troll scheme just doesn't pay off.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Launch Weekend Sales Hit 10 Million

8:54 AM, Sep. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Launch weekend sales for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the 10 million mark, coming in above last year's iPhone 5s launch at 9 million units. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this year's launch numbers would've been even higher if more inventory had been available.

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It seems Apple can't make the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as fast as it can sell them. The company has also managed to beat its opening weekend sales every year since the original iPhone was launched.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-19

1:44 PM, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch day, and the lines for Apple's new smartphones are even longer than last year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on those lines, plus the follow up on their iOS 8 update homework from yesterday, and all three offer up some cool iOS 8 tips.

Launch Day Survey Says iPhone 6 Plus is the Go-to Choice

11:20 AM, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Despite the pre-order frenzy a week ago, shoppers are lining up in droves to get ahold of Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the favorite so far is the larger screen model. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um surveyed lines outside Apple Stores in New York City Friday morning, and he found over 60 percent were hoping to get an iPhone 6 Plus, and they want the 64GB and 128GB models.

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Long lines for big screen iPhones. <sarcasm>Too bad interest in iPhone is gone.</sarcasm>

iOS 8 Review: Apple Opens Mobile OS to Developers, You Win

6:00 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

Apple laid the groundwork for the future of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system last year with iOS 7, and now the company is building on that foundation with the launch of iOS 8. Instead of shocking us with a new look that shuns the old skeuomorphic feel -- that happened last year -- Apple is giving us tighter integration between our mobile gear and our Macs, and making features we're already familiar with more useful. Apple promised lots of great new features, but many of those won't be available until next month. Is there enough today to justify making the jump to iOS 8, or should you follow Apple's lead and wait until October, too? Read on to find out if iOS 8 is ready to meet your needs today.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-18

1:47 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple released iOS 8 yesterday and it comes with lots of great features and a few problems. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's decision to pull HealthKit apps from the App Store, features they like and what's annoying, plus Kelly offer up a quick iOS 8 tip, too.

Analyst: iPhone 6 Launch Weekend Sales to Fall Short, No Big Deal

11:11 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Following its record breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order launch Apple has been expected to sell around 10 million smartphones during this weekend's in-store rollout, but Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi thinks the company will fall short of that number. Instead of calling doom and gloom, Mr. Sacconaghi thinks that won't be any big deal because launch weekend sales are more about inventory availability than demand.

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Tony Sacconaghi may think it isn't any big deal if iPhone 6 launch weekend sales don't hit the 10 million unit mark, but it's a safe bet other analysts and the media will skewer Apple and say the company -- or at least the iPhone -- is doomed.

Apple TV Gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing

9:22 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8's Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and carried on in iOS 8.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-17

1:35 PM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Updating to iOS 8 today? Don't turn on iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to explain why iCloud Drive could be a big bucket of hurt for you today, and they look at how the Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market.