Rockstar Consortium, Inc. announced a major patent sale to licensing firm RPX on Tuesday. The company, which is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, will part with more than 4,000 patents, the bulk of its remaining patent portfolio. The move signals a further de-escalation of the patent wars in the mobile space, because RPX will license the patents to some 30 different groups of companies across the industry.
Apple has raised the price of apps in the Russian App Store in the midst of a meltdown in the value of the Russian ruble. The move follows Apple's decision earlier in the week to stop selling iPhones in Russia because of the volatility.
The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.
The number of brick-and-mortar stores that accept Apple pay is growing. Soon, we won't be able to keep track of them all: it'll be a widely accepted standard. But for now, going into the holidays, here's the latest list we have for the U.S.
A Judge hearing Apple's appeal in its iBooks price fixing conviction in the ebook market questioned that conviction and the very premise of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) case against the company. During a hearing on Monday, Judge Dennis Jacobs took an openly critical stance in his questioning of DOJ attorneys—one of the other two judges also appeared doubtful of the case, while the third apparently seemed to take a stance more in line with the District Court judge who convicted Apple.
Apple's appeal in Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it engaged in a conspiracy to artificially raise ebook prices goes to court today. For Apple, it's a chance to clear its name, but for the book industry the outcome represents a chance to end what amounts to Amazon's government sanctioned monopoly on the book market.
Panic released an update to FTP app Transmit on Monday, and the app was found in violation of App Store guidelines and the share sheet had to be removed. As of Thursday, that decision was reversed.
Ready to take your social interaction from your iPhone screen and into the real world? There's an app for that. Or, a few, actually. The latest focus on cuddling instead of dating or casual sexual hookups, and their success depends on whether or not users see them as legit tools for connecting with other people, or as just another thinly veiled dating service.
Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.
MasterCard is now in the Apple Pay promotion business. The company launched a campaign called "Priceless Surprises" to promote Apple's new service. Gwen Stefani is the pitchwoman, but Apple Pay is arguably the star.
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