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Smartflash Hits Apple With Second Lawsuit After Winning...

Today, 08:08 PM

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itunesicon.jpgJust one day after Apple was ordered to pay a $532.9 million settlement to Smartflash LLC for infringing upon its patented technologies, the Texas-based patent licensing firm has sued the Cupertino-based company a second time over the same patents (via Reuters). The new lawsuit covers Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2.
"Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included," Smartflash's attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday. "Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected those arguments."
The new lawsuit was filed in the same Tyler, Texas district court on Wednesday night, only hours after a federal jury found Apple guilty in the original trial. Apple plans to appeal the decision in the original lawsuit under the belief that the patents are invalid. The patented technologies relate to digital rights management for downloaded songs, videos and games.
“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”
Smartflash LLC fits the definition of a so-called "patent troll," which is generally considered to be a company that licenses patents but does not sell any products or services based on the inventions. The small company has also filed similar lawsuits against Samsung Electronics, Google and Amazon in recent months over the same patents. The new lawsuit against Apple was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.mf.gif


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Stealth game République Remastered gets even more gorgeou...

Today, 07:37 PM

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République Remastered is the gorgeously rebooted Mac and PC version of Seattle-based Camoflaj’s intriguing episodic stealth video game that originally came out for iPad and iPhone in December of 2013. The development team took the opportunity to completely revamp themf.gif


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Ain’t no mountain high enough for this wingsuit daredevil

Today, 07:26 PM

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Valery Rozov is running out of mountains off which to jump. The Red-Bull-pedaling daredevil added Mount Kilimanjaro to a recent jump in a wingsuit, traveling a horizontal distance of nearly two miles in a minute-long free fall before pulling hismf.gif


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Poll: What do you expect to see from Apple’s ‘Spring forw...

Today, 07:20 PM

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Okay, so you’ve heard by now that Apple is having a ‘Spring forward’ special event on March 9th (just a day after the clock springs forward in the US for DST), and Tim Cook has pinned the Apple Watch debut down to sometime in April, so it’s a no-brainer that we’ll be filling in lots of blanks about the device then.

Apple already publicly unveiled the Apple Watch last September including an hour of on-stage time, though, so aside from more demoes, pricing, and availability specifics, what do you expect from Apple’s upcoming event?

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Typically Apple events run about two hours long (or short depending on how you look at it) so Tim Cook and company will have some time to fill next month. At last fall’s special event, Apple debuted two new iPhones, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch while making a point to skip the usual state-of-the-business report at the top. If you recall, it was a rather fast-paced event relative to recent prior keynotes.

While Apple announced the Watch in September and has already been marketing it in interviews, magazine covers, and ad spreads plus videos, the company will likely take the approach that this is the first time many viewers are hearing about the Apple Watch. We’ll also be nearly half a year from the previous Apple Watch event, so a refresher on everything we already know wouldn’t be surprising.

With all of that said, what do you expect or want to see from Apple’s upcoming March 9th event in San Francisco? Aside from the Apple Watch, there’s clearly a lot of new products and services in the pipeline (12-inch MacBook we revealed earlier this year/iPad Pro and rumored stylus/recent Apple Car talk), but are they on the horizon or is it Apple Watch’s time to shine?

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Review: Moshi’s VersaCover for iPad Air 2 uses pyramid po...

Today, 07:02 PM

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Several months after the iPad Air 2 hit shelves, form-fitting cases still remain few and far between, and even our favorite case makers have been rushing out “quick fix” options reusing most of earlier, thicker iPad Air 1 designs. Moshi’s VersaCover for iPad Air 2 ($60) is different.

While the “origami cover” front lid is identical to one that was used in the same-named iPad Air 1 case, the rear shell has been redesigned to precisely fit the more slender iPad Air 2’s form. If you’re looking for a super-thin iPad folio with mature textures, colors, and stand functionality, it’s worth considering.

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Key Details:

  • Super-slender iPad Air 2 case adds only 1-2mm per side of thickness.
  • Tan, pink, blue, and black versions available, each with fabric lid, clear frosted back.
  • No side or top button coverage.
  • Large holes on side and bottom for buttons, speakers, Lightning.

 

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VersaCover is a one-piece case assembled from two non-detachable parts: a fabric-covered magnetic folding lid and a hard plastic rear shell. Unlike Apple’s iPad Air Smart Covers and Smart Cases, which segment into three bars that fold into triangular stands, the lid uses six triangles and two bars to create pyramid-like video and typing supports. Tiny magnets can lock and unlock the iPad’s screen, as well as hold the lid on the shell’s back when it’s not in use.

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One intuitive, easy lid position to accomplish places the iPad Air 2 on a gentle video-friendly recline; the same configuration lets you turn the iPad into portrait orientation for FaceTime calls. Somewhat less intuitive positions enable 45-degree and shallower landscape typing orientations, though you’ll likely spend a little time scratching your head looking at Moshi diagrams trying to figure them out. The lid positions are stable enough to support the iPad Air 2 even when hands are frequently interacting with the screen.

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Moshi’s rear shell is good, but not perfect. On a positive note, it’s so precisely fit to the iPad Air 2 that the side microphone hole is barely larger than the top of a pin, and there are unusual little rubber feet to keep the frosted plastic and Moshi metal name-badged rear from scuffing on a table. Ports are open, the buttons, speakers, camera and microphone are accessible, and the shell looks nice. The only major problem: VersaCover’s side button and bottom speaker openings have sharp edges that really should have been polished a little. Rubbing your fingers against them intentionally or accidentally doesn’t feel great.

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If we had to choose between Apple’s iPad Air 2 Smart Case or VersaCover, the choice wouldn’t be hard: we’d go with VersaCover because of the more reasonable pricing, the slimmer tailoring to the iPad Air 2’s body, and the added versatility of its lid. But VersaCover does look less expensive thanks to its fabric and plastic materials. If you prefer fancier leather and don’t mind the extra bulk, Apple’s design is more handsome, softer, and more protective at a higher price. Both are good cases; your iPad case budget will likely be the best determinant of which is right for your personal needs.

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Apple announces live stream coverage for March 9th Apple...

Today, 06:31 PM

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In addition to sending out invitations to its upcoming March 9th event, Apple has announced on its website that it will provide a live stream for what is anticipated to be an event focused largely on the Apple Watch. On the event page, Apple also invites you to “follow every moment” on its live event webpage. This presumably means that Apple will return to providing quotes, photos, and videos from the event in real time as it first did at the Apple Watch’s first unveiling last September.

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The Apple event site also includes an action to add the event to your calendar in case you haven’t already.

Typically the live stream is available through Safari on iPhones, iPads, and Macs as well as through a dedicated channel on Apple TV. Once again, the disclaimer below the announcement makes no mention of Windows support through QuickTime, so check back here before the event for workarounds as before.

We’ll have full coverage of the news from the event on March 9th where Apple will likely go in-depth on the Apple Watch before its release so stay tuned. You can re-watch or catch up on Apple’s first Apple Watch announcement below.


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Apple will live stream March 9 Apple Watch event

Today, 06:30 PM

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Didn’t get your invite to the exclusive Apple Watch event on March 9? Apple’s still going to let everyone in on the action with a livestream of the event from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Apple posted amf.gif


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Apple to Live Stream 'Spring Forward' Apple Watch...

Today, 06:19 PM

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Apple today updated its website to notify users that it plans to live stream its Monday, March 9 media event that will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The event will be broadcast on Apple's Live website and it will also be available on the Apple TV via a dedicated channel. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event as well, both on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account for those unable to watch Apple's live stream.

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The March 9 event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, is expected to focus on the Apple Watch. Apple will likely unveil new details about the device that have been previously kept under wraps, including information on pricing, battery life, and accessory options. We may also get a concrete release date. Apple may also debut other products at the event, like the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air.mf.gif


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Apple now accounts for 10% of Nasdaq’s index value

Today, 06:03 PM

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The Nasdaq has been flirting with busting past the 5000 mark for days now, but investors are blaming one stock on holding it back: AAPL. Apple shares have ballooned to their highest value ever over the past month. After weeksmf.gif


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Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New...

Today, 06:01 PM

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Avatron, the company behind popular secondary display app Air Display 2 today launched an updated version of the software, Air Display 3. Like Air Display 2, Air Display 3 allows users to turn their iPads, iPhones, or iPod touches into secondary displays for their computers, but Air Display 3 has an important new feature -- an option to connect an iOS device to a computer over USB.

Previous iterations of AirDisplay have been forced to work over WiFi (which made using AirDisplay laggy and unreliable) because for a long time, Apple rejected apps that used a USB connection. Apple relaxed its policies on apps accessing USB earlier this year when it approved Duet Display, paving the way for apps like AirDisplay to incorporate the same technology for more solid connections that cut down on lag.

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In our limited testing, AirDisplay 3 used over USB worked well, with little lag, and its performance was comparable to Duet Display. There's still an option to connect over WiFi if USB is not available, but using WiFi was considerably more unreliable with a lot more of a delay when attempting to perform tasks.

In addition to USB support, Air Display 3 has also gained features from Avatron's Air Stylus app, which is being retired. Air Stylus was designed to allow people to use their iPads as pressure sensitive wireless drawing tablets in conjunction with Mac or PC-based computers, and that capability has been added to Air Display 3.
We're retiring our Air Stylus iOS app and we've rolled all of its awesome features into Air Display 3. Now you can draw with your favorite pressure-sensitive stylus directly into a Mac app like Photoshop or Motion. In Air Display 3, we've added support for all of the latest styluses. And on iOS 8, you don't even need a stylus: just tilt your finger to simulate pressure changes.
Air Display 3 also gains support for pinch and zoom gestures, and according to the release notes, its WiFi features have been sped up as well. Older features like multiple monitor support (for up to four iPads), a keyboard, HiDPI options, and touch gestures are also available.

Air Display 3, which is a new app and not an upgrade from AirDisplay 2, can be downloaded from the iOS App Store for $14.99. [Direct Link]

Users will also need to download a free Mac app from the Avatron website to connect their iOS devices to their Macs. For the time being, Air Display 3 is only compatible with Macs running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and above, but Avatron has plans to add Windows support in the future.mf.gif


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