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Judge Cote Gives Apple Ebook Antitrust Case Class Action Status

1:28 PM, Apr. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Consumers targeting Apple with a lawsuit over claims that the iPhone and iPad maker teamed up with publishers to drive up the price of ebooks has been granted class action status by U.S. Federal Court Judge Denise Cote. She's the Judge that oversaw the lawsuit the Department of Justice filed against Apple and book publishers, ruled that Apple did participate in a conspiracy, and placed a monitor inside the company to ensure it doesn't engage in anti-competitive practices.

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Apple is going to be dealing with the repercussions of the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit for years, and it's going to cost lots of money. The company is facing lawsuits from over 30 states, plus this consumer-started class action case, and the appeal process in the DOJ's win. So far, the big winner is Amazon because now there isn't an easy way for book retailers to compete with its practice of selling books below cost.

Think Geek’s Rosetta Stone Klingon Language Kit

11:06 AM, Apr. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you're planning on dealing with Klingons and surviving, you better speak their language. Luckily, interplanetary travelers who think today isn't a good day to die can bone up on the warrior race's native tongue with Rosetta Stone's software-based Klingon language lessons. It's only US$269.99, and available exclusively through Think Geek on April 1. Qapla!

Apple v Samsung First Witness: Phil Schiller

9:41 AM, Apr. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

With jury selection complete, Apple is ready to call its own senior vice president or worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, to the stand as the first witness in its latest patent infringement trial with Samsung. The two are squaring off in their second major U.S. case over accusations that they are infringing on each other's mobile device patents.

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Apple and Samsung both have plenty at stake in the mobile device patent wars. With appeals filed in their first case, and their second underway, it doesn't feel like we're any closer to a resolution. Expect these cases to drag out for a long time.

Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung Patents Again

10:07 AM, Mar. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung took it on the chin in its patent infringement fight against Apple in Japan. A court in the country ruled on Tuesday that the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 aren't infringing on Samsung's data communications patents, which is matches with a similar ruling just over a year ago.

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Samsung's most recent loss in Japan is yet another feather in Apple's legal cap. Win after win can add turn into strong legal arguments for Apple, and the company already has a nicely stocked bag full of wins as it heads into its next U.S. infringement trial with Samsung.

Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for Apple

8:55 AM, Mar. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee Amber Cottle has a new job as Apple's senior lobbyist. She has a history with the a Washington DC crowd, and was the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, too.

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Lobbying isn't anything new for Apple, or any other big tech company, for that matter. If you have to play the game, you might as well have as strong a team as you can get.

Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

2:56 PM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Rumor

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.

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It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.

SimpleAir Wins $85M in Google Android Patent Infringement Case

11:03 AM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The patent holding company SimpleAir has been awarded US$85 million in its infringement fight against Google. The company won its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent trolls.

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Just because Apple is fighting with Samsung and Google over whether or not Android OS infringes on its patents doesn't necessarily make SimpleAir's win a good thing. SimpleAir is just a patent holding company, often referred to as a patent troll, and its win only helps to line its own pockets and doesn't help to improve the overall patent system.

The Definitive Chronological Order for Viewing Star Wars: The Clone Wars

9:51 AM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

There isn't anything wrong with watching the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series in the order the episodes were released, but it turns out that isn't exactly chronological order. Now that the series is available on Netflix Streaming, StarWars.com had released a list showing exactly which order to watch the episodes to show how they really fit in the overall Star Wars timeline. You won't miss out on anything by watching in order of release, but for die-hard fans it's nice to see just how each story fits into the Star Wars universe.

Apple Digital Camera RAW Update Adds New Fujifilm, Nikon Camera Support

9:04 AM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

If you're headed to Macworld/iWorld 2014 next week and plan on snapping photos with your brand new Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic or Pentax camera, Apple has you covered. The company released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04 for the Mac on Thursday, adding support for new camera models from all four companies to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.