Apple Takes eBook Price Fixing Case to the Supreme Court

3:14 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple turns to Supreme for ebook price fixing ruling

Apple is taking its fight to overturn a ruling that it engaged in a price fixing conspiracy to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote ruled in 2013 that Apple did, in fact, work with publishers to artificially raise the price of books—a claim the company has steadfastly denied.

Marco Arment Yanks Content Blocker Peace from App Store

1:57 PM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · · News

Developer pulls Peace iOS 9 content blocker from App Store

Only two days after releasing the iOS 9 content blocker app Peace developer Marco Arment has pulled it from Apple's App Store and killed any plans to release updates. He pulled the app not because of bugs, but instead because he wasn't comfortable being the arbiter of what we could and couldn't see on websites in Mobile Safari.

Appeals Court Says Apple can Block Patent Infringing Samsung Smartphones

9:22 AM, Sep. 18th, 2015 · · News

Appeals Court gives injunction against Samsung's mobile devices a thumbs up

A US Appeals Court gave Apple's patent infringement battle a boost on Thursday when it ruled that the iPhone and iPad maker should be able to enforce an injunction blocking the sale of certain Samsung Android-based smartphones and tablets. The ruling stems from Apple's 2014 win where a Federal court ruled Samsung infringed on several of its mobile device patents.

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This ruling is a pretty big deal for Apple because it gets the company a step closer to finally being able to enforce an injunction blocking Samsung from selling Android-based smartphones and tablets in the U.S. that infringe on its mobile device patents. It puts Apple in a stronger legal position for potential future patent fights, too, and lays the groundwork so other companies in similar situations can win injunction requests.

Apple and Google Shaping the Car Industry Neither Competes In

7:33 PM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple Car Artist Rendering

There's this funny thing about Apple—the Cupertino company tends to dominate the conversation even when it's not in the room. This has been true at CES in Las Vegas for many years, though Apple doesn't directly participate in that event. According to Reuters, Apple and Google both are driving the conversation at an event far removed from consumer electronics, the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Apple Buys Map Analytics Company Mapsense

9:09 AM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple buys another map company: Mapsense

Apple dropped between US$25 million and $30 million to buy Mapsense in its continuing efforts to beef up its own Maps service. Mapsense specializes in visualizing and analyzing location-based information, and considering how much location data Apple can collect, those could go a long way to helping the iPhone and iPad maker compete with Google Maps.

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Apple is in the mobile map game for the long haul, and wants to top Google Maps. Purchases like Mapsense are a part of that strategy. With Apple targeting Google Maps, we'll probably see both companies pushing to make their map offerings even better, and that translated to more options for all smartphone users.

10 Best Features of watchOS 2

5:00 PM, Sep. 16th, 2015 · · News

Cool new features in Apple watchOS 2

Apple didn't get watchOS 2 out the door on September 16th because of a bug, but it'll be out soon.  This 2.0 release is packed with a boatload of cool features that you'll want to have right away, so John Martellaro runs through a virtual highlight reel of his favorite new features.

iTunes 12 gets Two-Factor Authentication

2:48 PM, Sep. 16th, 2015 · · News

iTunes 12.3 comes with security updates and bug fixes

Along with iOS 9, Apple released iTunes 12.3 on Wednesday. The update for the media management and streaming music app added two-factor authentication support for Apple IDs, along with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan support.

Big Bug Delays watchOS 2 Release

11:48 AM, Sep. 16th, 2015 · · News

watchOS 2.0 release delayed for bug fixes

iOS 9 is set to release today, but watchOS 2.0 looks like it'll be a no show. A new report says Apple is pushing watchOS 2.0 back a couple days to work out a major bug—presumably one that's big enough to for a release delay.

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Whatever problem Apple found must be pretty significant to call for a delay only hours before watchOS 2.0 was scheduled to be released.