Ericsson Extends Apple Patent Fight to Europe

9:34 AM, May. 8th, 2015 · · News

Ericsson's wireless patent licensing lawsuit against Apple has now grown from just a fight in the United States to include The U.K., Germany, and Netherlands. Apple was licensing Ericsson's patents at one point, but the two companies failed to find agreeable terms for renewal when their original deal expired.

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Apple isn't claiming Ericsson's patents aren't valid, but instead is saying the licensing fees the company wants are unreasonable. This is a fight over how much Apple will have to pay.

Android Switchers Pushing iPhone Growth in Europe

7:03 PM, May. 7th, 2015 · · News

Android Switchers Pushing iPhone Growth in Europe

Apple's iPhone has fared less well in Europe than in other markets, but that appears to be changing, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research firm published a report claiming that users switching from Android to iPhone are driving growth for Apple in Europe's five largest economies: Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

Apple Hypes iPad with New “Change Everything” Campaign

10:44 AM, May. 7th, 2015 · · News

Apple's latest iPad marketing campaign, "Change Everything," is live and highlights how it can play a role in your personal and business life. The campaign shows iPads enhancing family life, education, and business, and also highlights apps to help you do more with your tablet.

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Apple routinely changes up its iPad marketing campaign as it works to boost sales. Considering the company reported lower iPad figures during its Q2 earnings report, the "Change Everything" campaign is right on schedule.

OpenTV Hits Apple with Streaming Video Patent Lawsuit

9:49 AM, May. 7th, 2015 · · News

OpenTV has filed a lawsuit claiming Apple is infringing on five of its streaming video-related patents. The company's U.S. District Court filing said several Apple products, including iTunes, infringe on its patents.

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Assuming Apple's streaming video technology really does infringe on OpenTV's patents, this is one case where settling out of court is probably a pretty smart idea.

Applebot Web Crawler Isn’t Taking on Google

10:21 AM, May. 6th, 2015 · · News

Apple has its own Web crawler, called Applebot, scouring websites for its own search results just like Google, but it isn't likely a move to take over the search engine market. Instead, Apple says its Web crawler is collecting information for Siri and Spotlight.

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It isn't all that surprising to learn Apple has its own Web crawler scouring sites all over the Internet, but don't think this means Applebot is about to become your default search engine.

Home Depot Officially Wants Apple Pay Support at 2,000 Stores

6:59 PM, May. 5th, 2015 · · News

Home Depot Officially Wants Apple Pay Support at 2,000 Stores

Home Depot said on Tuesday that it "would like to" add Apple Pay to its chain of 2,000 home improvement stores. The company also said that a recent decision to deactivate NFC payments in those same stores was due to an in-progress upgrade, rather than a decision to turn down Apple Pay.

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It's a reasonable guess Apple Pay will once again work at Home Depot when those terminals come back on line.

Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

2:34 PM, May. 5th, 2015 · · News

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Home Depot Drops Apple Pay Support

11:02 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · · News

Home Depot's days of supporting Apple Pay seems have come to an end. The home improvement retailer unofficially accepted wireless payments from the iPhone 6, but has quietly dropped that most likely because of its support for PayPal.

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Blocking the payment system people are specifically asking for doesn't sound like good business. This won't kill Home Depot's bottom line but it's a safe bet that some iPhone owners who shopped there just because of Apple Pay will be finding different places to spend their money.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, New Interface Guidelines

10:04 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · · News

Apple's new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple's Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

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Adding Apple Watch to the "Made for" program means we'll be seeing Apple certified third-party accessories for our watches soon, including officially approved bands. We should start seeing a wave of improved apps shortly, too, thanks to updated developer guidelines.