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Ericsson Sues Apple after Failing to Reach Patent License Agreement

11:20 AM, Feb. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ericsson has decided to give up on its efforts to renew patent licensing agreements over technology used in the iPhone and iPad and instead is taking its case to federal court. The two companies had been negotiating terms to renew a 2008 licensing agreement that expired last month, but so far haven't been able to find terms agreeable to both.

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Like I've said before, even when companies try to negotiate patent licensing terms they just can't seem to stay out of court.

Analyst: Apple Watch Edition to Cost $950

10:01 AM, Feb. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Citigroup analyst Jim Suva weighed in with his expectations for Apple Watch pricing following the news that Apple is hosting a media event on March 9. Apple already announced pricing will start at US$349—presumably for the Apple Watch Sport—and he thinks Apple Watch will cost $550 while the Apple Watch Edition will be priced at $950. He's also pegging April 16 as the smartwatch's official release date.

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Mr. Suva's $950 price point for the gold Apple Watch Edition is surprisingly low compared to the general consensus that it won't start below $5,000 and could cost more than $10,000. We'll have to wait until Apple's March 9 media event where Apple Watch pricing is expected to be announced to see how close he really is.

FCC Reclassifies Internet Providers in Net Neutrality Vote

3:54 PM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Federal Communications Commission approved new policies on Thursday to reclassify Internet service providers as Title II carriers in a move to protect net neutrality. The change gives the FCC the authority to block companies like Comcast and Verizon from creating prioritized "fast lanes" for broadband data that cost content providers more to use.

Brikk to Sell Diamond-coated Apple Watch for $75K

11:14 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

If you think US$5,000 or $10,000 for and Apple Watch is too rich for your blood, how about nearly $75,000. That's how much Brikk will charge for its top-of-the-line custom enhanced Apple Watch Edition encrusted with diamonds.

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Of course a diamond encrusted Apple Watch is coming, and it's a safe bet people will buy them. Too bad the diamonds won't give Apple Watch a better battery life.

Build Your Own LEGO Oscars Statue

10:37 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The real winner at this year's Oscars event was LEGO, even though the movie was snubbed. First, a show-stopping song where everything was awesome, and then the best take away from the night were the LEGO Oscar statues. How awesome, even Oprah flipped when she was given one. The LEGO oscars were designed by master builder and artist Nathan Sawaya and given out to only a handful of people, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of your own. Thanks to persistent LEGO fans you can build your own, and they even made a digital model for you to work with. You'll need LEGO's Digital Designer app (free download) to view the file and generate the build guide, plus you'll need 340 bricks for the completed model. Happy building!

Apple Products Dropped from China Government Buy List

9:07 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is among the companies China has officially dropped from its state-approved technology buying list—a move that was unofficially revealed several months ago. The change means Chinese government agencies can't purchase iPhones, iPads, or Macs.

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Officially dropping Apple from China's list of approved companies for state technology purchases feels like little more than political posturing. China's own tech companies will benefit from the change, but the real motive here is to send a message to the United States government.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-25: Philips Hue and Lux Lighting Tips and Tricks

1:48 PM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Philips Hue and Lux smart lighting systems are popular with the TMO team, and our own Kelly Guimont has plenty of expertise to share. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what makes Hue lighting so cool, and what you can do to make your setup even more useful. John also has some thoughts on our changing perception on how we track important data.

Apple Hit with $532.9M Fine for Infringing on Smartflash Patents

10:03 AM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay Smartflash US$532.9 million for infringing on the company's DRM and payment system-related patents. Smartflash argued that Apple used its patented technology in iTunes for managing purchases, along with accessing and storing downloaded content such as songs and apps.

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Assuming the Smartflash claims are valid, the company won't be seeing the money it was awarded for some time considering Apple will appeal the ruling. If the ruling is overturned, however, this will turn into a very expensive goose chase for the patent holding company.