Apple Loses MTel Pager Patent Case, Ordered to Pay $23.6M

9:59 AM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · News

Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.

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Assuming Apple can't get the MTel ruling overturned, the company behind the once market-leading SkyTel two-way pager system could be in a strong position to target other companies that offer text messaging services. In this case, Apple wasn't facing off against a patent troll, so if it really was infringing on MTel's patents, it's time to pay up and move on.

Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

9:01 AM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite—AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.

No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1 Updates So Far

9:14 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · News

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.

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This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.

Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features in ‘Winter Wonderland’ Commercial

7:34 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message.

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Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29.99

5:40 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · TMO Deals

Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29.99

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices—it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-17

2:07 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple rolled out updates for iOS 8, Apple TV and OS X Yosemite this morning. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's in those updates, plus they take a look at an RBC report claiming Apple will sell 20 million Apple Watches in 2015.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

1:07 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · Product News

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Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

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There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart Watch

10:44 AM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).

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