Apple and Valencell Settled their Patent Dispute

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Biometric firm Valencell and Apple have settled a long-running patent dispute. MacRumors confirmed that that the lawsuit was settled in September 2018. Valencell provides the optical heart rate monitoring and biometric sensors in a number of devices. It claimed Apple solicited information about its technology on the pretense of a potential licensing agreement in the run-up to launching the Apple Watch.

The biometric company also accused Apple of deciding it was more financially beneficial to risk infringing on Valencell’s patents than to license them, claiming that the practice was “consistent with the statement by Apple CEO Steve Jobs that Apple has ‘always been shameless about stealing great ideas.'” Valencell had requested a preliminary and permanent injunction preventing future acts of infringement, as well as damages and an ongoing royalty rate for licensing purposes should a permanent injunction not be granted.

How to Understand Apple Watch Heart Rate Data

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Beth Skwarecki wrote a helpful article explaining how to understand Apple Watch heart rate data and what all the numbers mean.

Some major caveats on everything we’re about to say: first, everybody is different, so if your numbers are higher or lower than you’d expect, there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with you. There’s a wide range of normal.

Three New Colors for Apple iPhone XS Cases

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Apple has released its iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max silicone cases in three new colors. The new colors are Hibiscus, Mellow Yellow and Pacific Green. The case costs $39. The company also introduced Apple Watch Sport Bands in the three new colors, at a cost $49. In addition, there are new Nike Sports bands in Celestial/Black, Olive Flak/Black and Smokey Mauve/Particle Beige for the same price. The cases will be ready for delivery on Monday and in-store on Tuesday (via MacRumors).

Three New Colors for Apple iPhone XS Cases

Deezer Adds New Features to Apple Watch App

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Global music streaming service, Deezer, has today released an improved version of its Apple Watch app, which now includes brand new features such as direct access to recently played tracks, favorites and Deezer’s core USP ‘Flow’. The app is available worldwide to all users and the new features include: Recently Played: immediate access from “My Music” to all tracks recently listened to on any signed in device, Favorite Tracks: listen to saved songs found within the ‘heart’ icon directly from the home page, and Deezer Flow: the never-ending personal soundtrack that uses smart data and algorithm to play a unique mix of personal favourites and new discoveries. Flow will help you mix your music with new discoveries based on your tastes. One click, and you start streaming your all-time favourite songs from the vinyl records, cassette tapes, compact discs or MP3 files of your childhood, alongside all the best new chart-topping hits you could want. App Store: Deezer – Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Deezer Adds New Features to Apple Watch App