Apple to Supreme Court: You can Skip Samsung’s Patent Appeal

1:26 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · News

Apple argues Supreme Court shouldn't hear Samsung's patent infringement appeal

Apple doesn't think the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear Samsung's appeal in their patent infringement fight, and said as much in documents filed on Thursday. Samsung is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling that says it infringed on several Apple-owned mobile device patents.

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Samsung says letting the lower court's ruling stand will kill innovation, and Apple says there's no need for the Supreme Court to hear the case. I'm so ready for this patent infringement case to end.

Final Cut Pro X Adds 4K Video Export for Apple Devices

9:33 AM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · News

Final Cut Pro X gets new 4K export options

Apple rolled out an update for Final Cut Pro X on late on Thursday that finally adds a 4K export option for the company's devices with UHD support. The 10.2.3 update also adds sharing support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and fourth generation Apple TV.

Apple to Accept Some Cracked Screens in iPhone Trade-in Program and Install Screen Protectors

10:20 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · News

Cracked iPhone 6

Apple will begin accepting some iPhones with cracked screens in an expansion tot he company's iPhone trade-in program. Online reports say Apple will also begin offering in-store installation of screen protectors.

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Neither change is going to dramatically increase the success of Apple's fleet of stores, but incremental improvements and the reduction of friction points will contribute to the overall vitality of the company's retail business.

Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company

8:17 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · News

AAPL vs. GOOGL Comparison Chart

Apple retook the title of world's    most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet—the holding company that owns Google—earlier in the week. At the market's close on Thursday, Apple's market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet's rose to $503.3 billion.

Sharp Ready for Foxconn Buyout

2:35 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · News

Foxconn's bid for Sharp won out over INCJ

Sharp is about to have a new owner, and instead of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, it's going to be Foxconn—the same company that builds iPhones for Apple. Taiwan-based Foxconn's US$5.3 billion bid was about double what INCJ was offering, and seems to have been enough to overcome Japan's stigma of foreign investors.

Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

9:23 AM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · News

Apple Pay retail partners hits 2 million

The number of retailers accepting Apple Pay is still climbing and has hit the 2 million mark. Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple's wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way.

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More retailers on board means more opportunities for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use Apple Pay. It's easy to use, and far more secure than the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It's a little frustrating that more stores aren't supporting NFC payment systems.

MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

3:19 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · News

MacTech Pro 2016 event dates

MacTech Pro 2016 is ramping up for its tour around the United States with events in seven cities. The one-day training events are always a hit with the professional Apple support crowd, and The Mac Observer has a special discount you can use through Friday, February 5th.

Apple Beefs Up Security Efforts, Buys Company Behind Thunderstrike 2 Exploit

10:44 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · News

Apple buys security company LegbaCore

One way to beef up security is by hiring the people who find the flaws in your products, and that's exactly what Apple did with LegbaCore—the company that detailed the Thunderstrike 2 Mac firmware exploit. The Mac and iPhone maker bought the security research company in November 2015, and founders Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg became full time Apple employees.

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It's pretty clear Apple isn't taking the "security through obscurity" approach with the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Hiring the people who know how to find—and fix—security exploits makes for safer and more hack-resistent products.