Apple Wants $1 Billion from Samsung for iPhone Patent Infringement

· Jeff Gamet · Link

Apple v Samsung justice scales

Apple and Samsung are back in court for the next round in their years-long legal fight over copying the iPhone’s design. This new trial is to determine how much money Samsung owes Apple for patent infringement. Apple is pushing for US$1 billion in damages, and of course Samsung is balking. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out considering Apple was originally awarded over $1 billion, but that was cut back dramatically over the years in the ongoing legal fight. Maybe now Apple can get that number pushed back up. Bloomberg has more about the new damages trial.

Here's an Easy Way to Check Website Cookies for GDPR Compliance

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, goes into effect on May 25th, 2018, and it can impact websites that aren’t hosted in member states. If you want to see if the cookies on your website are GDPR-complaint, Cookiebot is a great place to start. You’ll get a quick audit of site cookies in a PDF showing how compliant—or not—they are. It’s free to try, and offers a little insight into how GDPR impacts websites.

Here’s an Easy Way to Check Website Cookies for GDPR Compliance

Logitech Crayon for iPad 6 Available Now

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad

The Logitech Crayon stylus for the spring 2018 9.7-inch iPad is available now, but the only place to get it is through Apple’s education channel.

Tweetbot 3 for the Mac Launches with Dark Mode, More

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Tweetbot 3 for the Mac is out, and it’s loaded with a bunch of new features. The Twitter client has improved timeline management, autoplay (or not) for videos and GIFs, drag-and-drop column organizing, quicker access to DM chats, a dark mode, and more. Tweetbot 3 is priced at US$9.99 and is available at Apple’s Mac App Store.

Tweetbot 3 for the Mac Launches with Dark Mode, More

Apple's Helpful Video on Using 2FA for Apple Devices

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Screenshot from Apple 2FA Video

Check out this Apple video on using 2FA to secure your Apple devices. I won’t pass up an opportunity to promote device and service security. For instance—and while I’m here—DON’T REUSE PASSWORDS! So, anyway, Apple has this short (only 6 seconds) how-to video that gives you the quick run-down on using 2FA to protect your Apple ID. Really, it’s a pointer to a more in-depth piece on using 2FA, and that article has a lot of good information. TMO has some great articles on 2FA, too, and too, and too, and too. Many of our readers already know this stuff, but we all have friends and family who don’t. Pass it to them. Post a link in social media. Help the people who count on you for tech stuff learn more about protecting their digital #^%$!

Watch Susan Kare Talk about Working on Original Mac Icons and Typography

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this wonderful presentation from Susan Kare, a member of the original Mac team who designed the icons and typography for those early Macs. This movie has been around for years, but I just saw it in a piece at Tested about the Command Key icon. That story is part of the presentation and involves Steve Jobs. In fact, it includes all kinds of anecdotes and lore, and if you’re interested in Apple or Apple products, you will enjoy watching this presentation. And the reality is if you use a modern computing device, you owe Susan Kare a debt of gratitude. She’s done a lot of work for many other companies, too, and she touches on that in this preso. It’s great!

TREBLAB X11 Earphones: $32.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TREBLAB X11 Earphones

We have a deal on a pair of TREBLAB X11 earphones. These wireless earphones  use Bluetooth 4.1 CSR, and are designed for active people. They features 6 hours of play time with a charge time of 2 hours. They’re $32.99 through us.

Three Ways to Fix Mac Hard Disk Failures

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

For as long as Dr. Mac can remember he’s relied upon the same three products when his hard (or solid state) disks go bad: Apple’s Disk Utility (free), Prosoft Engineering’s Drive Genius ($79), and Alsoft’s DiskWarrior ($119.99), but only one has succeeded three times in the past few months after the other two failed… Read Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #276 to find out which one succeeded and  which two failed!


Looking Ahead to The Lack of Steve Jobs' Influence on Apple's Next CEO

· Dave Hamilton · Columns & Opinions

While many have argued that Apple has lost its footing without Steve Jobs at the helm, and some will say Apple hasn’t released any revolutionary new products, Apple’s success since Steve left-then-passed is undeniable. Many of us remember times where any non-Steve Jobs CEO at Apple was complete and utter failure. That’s most certainly not been the case with Tim Cook.

Review: Taking a Quick Look at Fortnite on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Quick Look Review

Sometimes the controls can be a bit awkward in certain situations, but overall Andrew thinks Epic Games did well with the app.

Ruling Invalidating Personal Audio's Podcast Patent Stands, Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal

· Jeff Gamet · Link

Apple lawsuit

Personal Audio’s fight to use a patent to force podcasters to pay royalties is finally at an end. The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear PA’s appeal in a ruling that invalidated its patent, which means the EFF won its legal fight. That’s great news because now PA can’t claim all podcasters have to pay royalties. It’s also an example of something going right in our painfully broken patent system. You can read more about the ruling at Ars Technica.

Twelve South Intros AirFly Bluetooth to 3.5mm for AirPods

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Twelve South is aiming to make your AirPods more versatile with its new AirFly Bluetooth to 3.5 mm adapter. AirFly lets you link your AirPods to wired-only connections, like in-flight entertainment systems on planes, or treadmills at the gym. The battery lasts eight hours between charges, so you can get through more than one movie on a flight. AirFly is priced at US$39.99 and is available at the Twelve South website, Amazon, along with InMotion stores and Best Buy kiosks in airports.

Twelve South Intros AirFly Bluetooth to 3.5mm for AirPods

Here's How to Join the MacBook Pro Crappy Keyboard Class Action Lawsuit

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple revamped the built-in keyboard on its Mac laptop lineup in 2015 with a new butterfly switch mechanism. Turns out a lot of customers have been disappointed because some of the keys stop working and the only fix is to replace the keyboard with the same design and potentially face another failed keyboard. Now there’s a class action lawsuit calling out the design as defective. If you have a 2015 or later MacBook or a 2016 or later MacBook Pro you can sign up to be part of the suit. Happy litigating!

Here’s How to Join the MacBook Pro Crappy Keyboard Class Action Lawsuit