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.
Many of Dr. Mac's readers and friends had problems updating to iOS 8 over WiFi, reporting that their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch complained that the update couldn’t be installed because it requires at least 5.7GB of storage. If your iDevice only has 8 or 16GB of storage, chances are you saw a similar message. Here is Dr. Mac's advice to those whose iDevices are full or nearly full...
I have an extremely cool device for today's deal. It's called the PowerCube, a very clever way to maximize your power outlets. As the name suggests, it's a cube, which has six sides. One of those sides has a male plug for your wall. Four of the sides each have a female plugs, while the outside sixth face has two USB ports for dual charging. It's a very efficient way of turning one plug into four, with two USB ports to spare—all with a very small footprint. You can get the PowerCube for just $17.95 through our deal, so snap it up!
Here’s Dr. Mac's final batch of reasonably priced Apple related gadgets (and holders for Apple gadgets), all of which will be much appreciated by the geeks you love.
The long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will finally start production in early 2015—or so claims the latest rumor. That news comes from Digitimes, which has a dubious record with its laptop predictions, but will no doubt have many hopeful shoppers holding their breath waiting for a summer launch.
If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.
Apple's Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures that let you flag messages, set them as read, or toss them in the trash. But what if those gestures don't do exactly what you want? iOS 8 lets you change them, and it's easy to do.
Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.
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This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.
Add interest to your photos with these post processing techniques in this week's iPhonegraphy 101. Vern Seward runs through several techniques and apps you can use to take your photos to the next level, after you click the shutter.
The Lynx iPad stand from Octa clamps to any number of irregular surfaces while also providing close-up and personal access to your tablet. It works equally well with large iPads and the iPad mini. Soft rubber clamps prevent scratches. Plus, it breaks down into three easy pieces for transport.
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