Ericsson Sues Apple after Failing to Reach Patent License Agreement

11:20 AM, Feb. 27th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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.

Apple Opens iWork for iCloud to Everyone

8:36 PM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple Takes iWork for iCloud out of Beta, Open to Everyone

Apple recently opened up iWork for iCloud to anyone. At iCloud.com, Apple posted a note announcing, "Now anyone can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud." Previously, the service was open to Apple devices only.

Apple Rumored to Bring Touch ID to Macs

7:15 PM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple Rumored to Bring Touch ID to Macs

Apple is reportedly working on bringing Touch ID to MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. According to a report from a Taiwan rumor site, Apple will incorporate Touch ID into trackpads on its mobile Macs, and it could bring the technology to its desktop line later through the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.

FCC Reclassifies Internet Providers in Net Neutrality Vote

3:54 PM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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.

Apple Products Dropped from China Government Buy List

9:07 AM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · · 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.