TMO Giveaway: Arcsoft Simplicam Home Security Camera

4:25 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · News

Simplicam

I am pleased as punch to announce a giveway for our readers today. Through our sponsor Arcsoft, you can register to win a Simplicam, the company's Wi-Fi-powered home security camera. All you have to do is post a comment in this article letting us know you'd like to win.

Adobe Lightroom Adds Aperture, iPhoto Import Support

10:53 AM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · News

Adobe is making it easier for Aperture users to transition into Lightroom with its just released version 5.7 update. That's good news for Aperture users since Apple is killing off the product next year when it releases an OS X Yosemite version of Photos.

Apple Plans to Repurpose GTAT Sapphire Glass Factory

9:53 AM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · News

GT Advanced Technologies is shutting down the Mesa, Arizona factory where it produced synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, but the iPhone and iPad maker has different plans. Apple told city officials it plans to repurpose the factory which will save some jobs, but hasn't said yet exactly what the factory will make next.

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It's good to see Apple following through on its plans to keep the Mesa factory open because that will help keep jobs in the area. It'll be interesting to see what Apple has planned for the facility because it most likely won't be making sapphire glass.

Apple Loses MTel Pager Patent Case, Ordered to Pay $23.6M

9:59 AM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · News

Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.

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Assuming Apple can't get the MTel ruling overturned, the company behind the once market-leading SkyTel two-way pager system could be in a strong position to target other companies that offer text messaging services. In this case, Apple wasn't facing off against a patent troll, so if it really was infringing on MTel's patents, it's time to pay up and move on.

No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1 Updates So Far

9:14 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · News

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.

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This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

1:07 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · News

iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

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There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments