New Report Says iPhone 8 Delayed Until November

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 8 may be delayed until November, or maybe not

Yesterday we heard the iPhone 8 will launch along side the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in September and today we’re hearing it’s not coming until November because basically no one really knows what Apple has planned for its next smartphone refresh.

Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speaker Set: $37.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speaker Set with MacBook

We have a deal on the Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speaker Set, a set of two Bluetooth speakers for stereo sound. They’re small enough to be portable, and use Bluetooth 4.2. They’re $37.99 through us.

How to Use Redial on the iPhone

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

There’s a hidden redial feature in the iPhone’s Phone app keypad, and Melissa Holt shows you how it works.

Patent Threatening Podcasts Invalidated (Again)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

A patent that was an existential threat to podcasting was affirmed as invalid by a court in a case brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Key claims of the patent had already been invalidated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the EFF’s case was brought to hasten the appeals process. The group announced this week that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled unanimously to uphold that decision. The patent holder—Personal Audio—can still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. This case hasn’t received a ton of headlines, but whether or not they know it, the millions of people who enjoy podcasts should rejoice.

Patent Threatening Podcasts Invalidated (Again)

The Silofication of Movies and TV, LOL Fitbit, and Fooling Self-Driving Cars - ACM 423

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Disney said it’s pulling its huge portfolio from Netflix in 2019, and Bryan and Jeff are concerned that the silofication of more and more content will be bad for consumers. They also chat about Fitbit’s plans for a smartwatch…ah, we’re just kidding. LOL Fitbit. Oh, and it turns out it’s pretty easy to fool a self-driving car.

Instagram Testing Live Stories with Friends

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Tuesday that it’s testing the ability to do live Stories with friends. Users who are broadcasting live can tap a button that allows them to invite anyone who is watching to join in on the broadcast. The original Story broadcaster can remove and invite another, too. As shown in the screenshot, the original Story broadcaster is on top of the split screen, while the participant is on the lower half. Instagram said the feature is being tested by a “small percentage of our community,” and will be launched globally in the “next few months.” It’s all part of Facebook/Instagram’s slow, but steady attack on YouTube, as well as SnapChat, and I expect it to be a popular feature. Especially after some split Stories go catastrophically wrong.

Instagram Testing Live Stories with Friends