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Smartflash’s $532.9M Patent Win Against Apple Tossed Out

11:54 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Smartflash's patent damages win against Apple tossed out​

Smartflash's hopes of scoring a big financial win in its patent infringement fight with Apple just got a little bleaker. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap tossed out the US$532.9 million Smartflash had been awarded and ordered a new damages trial because the jury in the case may have been given improper instructions.

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Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.

Does Your Device Support Apple Music DRM?

11:02 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Not every Apple device supports Apple Music. Does yours?

You signed up for Apple Music and want to download some songs so you can listen when you don't have an Internet connection. Yes, you can download tracks from Apple Music, but not every device can play them thanks to their built in copy protection. Since some devices don't get to come to the Apple Music party, The Mac Observer put together a list so you'll know before loading up on songs whether or not you have a device that can play them.

LEGO Ideas Brings Ada Lovelace, Analytic Engine to Life

11:38 AM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Ada Lovelace has the honor of being the first computer programmer thanks to her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine—the first programmable computer. Now she has the opportunity to come back to life, in a manner of speaking, as a LEGO Ideas project. The proposed kit includes Ada and Charles minifigs, the Analytical Engine, punch cards, plus a pet owl. The Analytical Engine opens and has space to hold a Raspberry Pi, so you can turn it into an actual computer, too. Like all LEGO Ideas kits that get produced, this one needs to hit 10,000 votes before it can be considered. Bonus: It's another cool way to recognize women in science.

Apple’s Eddy Cue: Music Home Sharing Could Return in iOS 9

10:07 AM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Home Sharing for Music may return in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the introduction of Apple Music, our iPhones and iPads can't use Home Sharing to play music. Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says that feature could return in iOS 9, although he isn't saying why it was removed.

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Music streaming for iOS devices through Home Sharing may come back in a few months, so that's good news. And it sure looks like Twitter is the go-to place for talking with Apple executives.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Tracking the International Space Station

3:20 PM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Track the International Space Station from your iPhone with these apps

Knowing exactly where the International Space Station is can be really important if you need to, say, successfully get supplies to the astronauts on board. It's also cool, too, if you just want to know when to see the ISS flying overhead. The Mac Observer rounded up a few iPhone apps to help you know exactly when it'll be in your part of the sky.

Amazon Invents the New Black Friday: Prime Day

10:49 AM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon invents its own Black Friday with Prime Day

Amazon is creating its own Black Friday, but it's called Prime Day and it's on a Wednesday. The online retailer is using its special one-day event on July 15 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the special deals will be for Amazon Prime members only.

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Amazon has selling down to a science so of course the company has found a great way to exploit its 20th anniversary and drive up Prime subscriptions at the same time.