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Apple TV Adds More Sports Coverage with Tennis Channel

11:39 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple pushed out another new sports channel to Apple TV owners over the weekend. This time, it's Tennis Channel Everywhere, giving tennis fans a new option for watching games, although it does require an annual US$69.99 subscription.

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Offering more sports content will make it easier for some to ditch their cable TV subscription for Apple TV, but we still have a long way to go before most people can make the switch.

Goodbye Privacy: White House Sides with UK, Wants Backdoor to Encrypted Data

10:26 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

President Barak Obama has officially come out in support of UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for backdoor government access to private encrypted data, and even went so far as to suggest U.S. companies that offer ways to decrypt user data are patriots. The President's comments follow Mr. Cameron's push for government access to encrypted emails, and text messages, and it signals a serious threat to our personal privacy.

KGI Analyst Thinks Apple is Ready to get into the iPad Stylus Game

9:06 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be ready to backtrack on Steve Jobs's feeling that including a stylus with your tablet means you failed—or, at least that's what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks. Mr. Kuo predicts Apple will offer a stylus as an optional add-on for the rumored iPad Pro instead of being bundled with each purchase.

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Apple's stance against styluses has been firm for years, but it does hold several stylus-related patents. Mr. Kuo also has a fairly good track record with his Apple predictions. Maybe there is something to what he's saying, but we aren't holding our breath.

Apple Adds 5K Retina iMacs to Refurbished Deals

1:34 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you've been holding out for a lower price before buying a 5K Retina iMac, today is your lucky day. Apple just added the high resolution Mac to its refurbished product store, and picking up the base Intel quad-core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 1TB Fusion Drive will set you back US$2,119, or $380 off the standard $2,499 price tag. Buying one with 16GB RAM costs $2,299, or $2,339 for 8GB RAM and a Core i7 processor, both of which are still below the stock machine cost. You can check out all of Apple's 5K Retina iMac deals at the company's retail site refurbished product page.

High iPhone 6 Demand has RBC Raising its AAPL Target to $123

11:43 AM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is still higher than RBC Capital analysts expected, so they're raising their target price for the company's stock from US$120 up to $123. The bump comes ahead of Apple's January 27 quarterly earnings report where iPhone sales figures are expected to be high thanks to holiday shoppers.

Apple, Google Offer $415M in Employee Anti-poaching Settlement

10:04 AM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe revealed earlier this week they have a new settlement proposal in the class action lawsuit alleging they engaged in anti-competitive practices by agreeing to not hire employees away from each other. Now more details about the revised settlement offer have surfaced, including an offer to pay out US$415 million, which comes in at $90 million higher than the original $325 million proposal.

New Aerial Shot Shows Apple Campus Outer Ring Construction Progression

2:30 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Thanks to the the magic of remote control drones and arial photography, The Mac Observer has a new shot showing the construction progression on the outer ring of Apple's spaceship campus in Cupertino. The shot from earlier this week comes to us through our intrepid aerial drone pilot who braved the traffic and air space around the construction site, and we think the results are fantastic. Apple plans to finish construction next year and we're looking forward to bringing you more sky shots along the way.

Apple, Ericsson Head to Court over Patent Licensing Dispute

10:21 AM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's patent fight with Samsung may be winding down, but its fight with Ericsson is ramping up. The two companies have filed patent lawsuits against each other after failing to  find mutually agreeable licensing terms over Ericsson patents used in the iPhone and iPad.

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This fight isn't about whether or not Ericsson holds patents that cover technology used in the iPhone and iPad, but instead is about what those patents are worth. Even when companies agree that patented technology is being used they can't seem to stay out of court.