Marathon Patent Group just scored US$24.9 million from Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit settlement related to Siri voice control on the iPhone and iPad. If you aren't familiar with MPG, they're a non-practicing patent holding company representing the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In other words, a patent troll.
Apple announced Thursday that it was delaying its quarterly conference call until Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. The decision to delay the announcement by one day was made to allow people to attend the memorial service for Bill Campbell, a former Apple board member and advisor to the late Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley execs. Mr. Campbell passed away on Monday, April 18th.
Apple updated the MacBook on Tuesday with faster processors, longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold finish. The company also said the Macbook is "the future of the notebook," hinting at what we can expect from the next major MacBook Pro refresh.
Apple appears to have introduced us to a new way of announcing when its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will be. We always i expect it June at Moscone West in San Francisco, but the exact date is generally unknown until Apple makes an announcement. Except...when you ask Siri.
Symply, Inc., a new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, has unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups. Packed into a cylinder, reminiscent of the Mac Pro, the entry level SymplyStor supports Thunderbolt 2 and 3, has a capacity of up to 64 TB, and can be managed with OS X, Windows, iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even watchOS.
Bill "The Coach" Campbell passed away Monday morning after a long bout with cancer, according to Re/code. Mr. Campbell is a former Apple executive, the former CEO of Intuit, and he was one of the first people Steve Jobs picked for Apple's board of directors on his return to the company in 1997. He retired from Apple's board in 2014. Bill Campbell was 75 when he died.
Apple could turn to a page from yesteryear when it comes to the next major form factor change in the iPhone, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo [via 9to5Mac]. The analyst said that Apple is planning to ditch aluminum for an iPhone refresh and return to an all-glass enclosure—but interestingly he says Apple will do so in 2017.
Apple and the FBI are headed back to Washington to answer questions about law enforcement investigations and encryption. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI science and technology executive assistant director Amy Hess are scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, April 19.
Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.
Amazon announced a new member of the Kindle ebook reader family, Kindle Oasis. The company claims the device has been physically designed to get close to the goal of having it disappear while you're reading, and it features "months" of battery life, but it comes with something we aren't used to seeing from Amazon, a higher price.
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