Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin Wednesday when a Federal Jury ruled that Apple isn't infringing on the CDMA and HSPA-related patents it holds. That's good news for Apple, and an interesting turn, too, since the court that ruled against WiLAN is the Eastern District in Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent holders.
The question crops up over and over again. Why should one upgrade to this new OS? In the case of Mavericks, there are plenty of good reasons to make the jump even if it weren't free. Here are just five must have features.
Carl Icahn let the world know that he sent a letter to Tim Cook, and oh yeah, he just happened to also mention that the contents of that letter will be revealed on Thursday (tomorrow) on a brand new site he's launching that same day. That's pretty clever, if you don't mind a little shameless hucksterism.
Veteran technology columnist David Pogue has left his post at The New York Times for a gig at Yahoo! The longtime Mac and iPhone aficionado announced on Tumblr (which is owned by Yahoo!) that he was leaving The Times after 13 years, but would continue his Nova series and many publishing ventures.
There is no rumor like an Apple rumor, and there is no company like Apple to cause the world to pore over everything it can to find even the vaguest hints of what the company is planning. Today is one of those days, because Amazon's French and German sites did a tiny little thing that might hint at an Apple TV refresh during the October 22nd media event the company will hold in San Francisco.
Apple said it can't decrypt any communication sent through its iMessage service, but security research firm QuarkLabs claimed its research shows otherwise. Now Apple is firing back saying QuarkLabs is wrong and that decrypting our messages would require a re-engineering of the service. In other words, Apple really can't read what we say through iMessage.
Security researches have published a report on Apple's iMessage encryption, and according to that research, Apple has the ability to decrypt and read our iMessage texts. This, despite the fact those messages are encrypted end-to-end and despite the fact Apple claimed that it could not decrypt them.
Nanigans, one of the companies that advertises most on Facebook has revealed that mobile ads on iOS generate 17 times the investment in profits. Mobile ads on Android actually cost more to create than the revenue generated.
Judge Lucy Koh had harsh words for Samsung and its involvement in sharing confidential information about Apple's contracts with Nokia and very likely could impose sanctions on the company and its legal firm for their actions. Judge Koh called the leaking of the documents improper and Samsung's attempts to coverup what happened inexcusable.
Apple has been on a hiring spree lately, and there's something of a pattern emerging that's all about fashion. The Mac, iPhone and iPad maker has brought on board two Nike alum with Jay Blahnik and Ben Shaffer, former Yves St Laurent executive Paul Deneve, and now Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. We may not have enough parts of the equation to the end result, but enough parts are in place to give us an idea where Apple is going.
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