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U.S. ITC to Investigate Apple After Ericsson Patent Infri...

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<img src="http://cdn.macrumors..._8-250x285.jpg"alt="ipad_iphone_ios_8" width="250" height="285" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-439195" />The <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/27/apple-ericsson-patent-lawsuit/">ongoing conflict between Apple and Ericsson</a> escalated this afternoon as the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to launch an investigation into claims that Apple infringed on as many as 41 of Ericsson's cellular technology patents with its iPad and iPhone devices, reports <em><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2903952/us-trade-body-to-investigate-apple-after-ericsson-complaints.html">PCWorld</a></em>. <br/> <br/> Apple and Ericsson <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-ericsson-in-legal-scrap-over-patents-1421229290">first clashed</a> in January, after the expiration of a 2008 licensing agreement between the two companies. Despite two years of negotiations, the companies failed to establish a new agreement that would let Apple use Ericsson's cellular technology patents. <br/> <br/> Apple filed a complaint suggesting Ericsson was both demanding excessive royalties for LTE patents and wrongly claiming its patents as essential for the LTE wireless communication standard. Ericsson <a href="http://www.ericsson.com/news/1886850">responded</a> with its own complaint, asking the court to determine whether its licensing fees were fair. <br/> <br/> Ericsson's cellular technology patents are considered essential and are subject to fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND). According to Ericsson, the licensing deal it offered Apple (estimated to be between $250 million and $750 million annually) was reasonable, but Apple disagreed. <br/> <br/> In February, Ericsson went on to file <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/27/apple-ericsson-patent-lawsuit/">seven new lawsuits against Apple</a> and two complaints with U.S. ITC in an effort to prevent Apple from selling products in the U.S., which is what led to today's ITC investigation. Companies often file complaints in district court and with the ITC simultaneously as the ITC moves faster and has the ability to block products from being sold in the United States. The looming threat of a product ban can accelerate licensing negotiations. <br/> <br/> Should the International Trade Commission's investigation find that Apple infringed on Ericsson's patents, it could potentially lead to an exclusion order preventing the infringing products from being sold in the United States until the dispute is resolved.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/224851018625/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/44f48ee8/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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Your Uber could be paying for others to ride

Yesterday, 11:35 PM

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Your Uber account is handy for catching a ride. It may also be handy for someone else to get around town on your dime. Stolen Uber customer accounts have turned up for sale on the dark web for as littlemf.gif


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Apple announces live Q2 2015 earnings call for April 27th

Yesterday, 09:59 PM

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Apple has scheduled its Q2 2015 earnings call for April 27th. The call will be held at 2PM Cupertino time, and will cover the company’s earnings for the second quarter of the fiscal year. As usual, the live audio of the call will be available on Apple’s website.

Prior to the call, the company will release its Q2 earnings report, then the executive team will break down the numbers in a bit more detail for investors and members of the media on its quarterly conference call. A Q&A session will provide a chance for the executives to cryptically hint at future plans while going into even further detail on specific points.

During the previous call, Apple announced that it had reached a major milestone by shipping its 1 billionth iOS device and sold 74.4 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, and 5.5 million Mac computers, raking in a total of $74.6 billion in revenue.

Apple’s guidance for the second quarter came in between $52 billion and $55 billion. We’ll find out how close (or how far beyond that) the company came near the end of April.


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Apple to reveal Q2 2015 results on April 27th

Yesterday, 09:59 PM

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Apple’s stock has been a bit stagnant the last few weeks, but that could quickly change next month after Apple reveals to investors how much profit it raked in during Q2 2015. Apple announced today that it will hold it’smf.gif


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Spray-on Life Paint gives bicyclists a special glow

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When you’re flying down the road on a bicycle at night, visibility could mean the difference between life and death at the hands of an automobile driver. Volvo has designed what it’s calling Life Paint as a way for cyclistsmf.gif


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Apple to Announce Q2 2015 Earnings on April 27 [Mac Blog]

Yesterday, 09:34 PM

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Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2015 on Monday, April 27. The quarterly earnings statement will be released sometime 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern.

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The earnings release will provide a look at sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during the period following Apple's record-breaking first quarter as well as iPad and Mac sales throughout the first few months of 2015. For the first quarter of 2015, Apple announced revenue of $74.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $18 billion, on 74.5 million iPhone sales, 5.5 million Mac sales, and 21.4 million iPad sales. April's earnings call will come three days after the Apple Watch release, but will not include Apple Watch sales figures.

During its first quarter earnings report, Apple provided Q2 2015 guidance of $52 to $55 billion in revenue and gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent.

MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings release and conference call on April 27.mf.gif


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Amazon now delivers a plumber to your door

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Amazon already delivers your toilet paper. Now it wants to deliver your plumber. The online retail giant debuted a new service today called Home Services. It’s designed to take the simplistic Amazon ordering approach and apply it to real-world servicemf.gif


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Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 build 14D127 for public and d...

Yesterday, 09:04 PM

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Apple today released yet another build of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to both the developer and public beta programs. This version is labeled as 14D127, which is several builds newer than the previous release of 14D113. As always, this new release includes various bug fixes.

As we’ve previously highlighted, 10.10.3 will bring a new, more diverse Emojis keyboard to the Mac, improved login for Google services, and APIs for the new Force Touch Trackpad on the new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple has not yet announced when 10.10.3 will be released, but perhaps a launch will come in line with the upcoming MacBook in April.

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Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developer...

Yesterday, 09:02 PM

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os_x_yosemite_round_icon.jpgApple today seeded a new beta of OS X Yosemite to developers and public beta testers, a week after seeding the fifth OS X Yosemite beta and almost two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta.

The new beta, build 14D127a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 is also available, improving the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a Time Machine backup.

OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library and the Photos app on iOS, the Photos for OS X app is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. Reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with more advanced tools and performance optimizations, it may leave professional users disappointed in its initial incarnation.

Along with the new Photos for OS X app, earlier OS X 10.10.3 betas have introduced a redesigned emoji picker that consolidates emoji into a single scrollable page with clear labels, new diversified emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers, new flag emoji and updated emoji for the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch, and support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences.

With the fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta, there were just two minor bug fixes to the OS X Photos app, and today's update likely includes similar small changes. Given that we're on the sixth beta, OS X 10.10.3 is undoubtedly getting close to completion and we may see a public release of the software in the near future.mf.gif


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Apple Watch FAQ: preorders, try-on appointments, availabi...

Yesterday, 08:46 PM

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With just over a week before Apple Watch previews and reservations kick off in Apple retail and online stores, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on purchasing the device in the early weeks of availability.

Apple is making big changes to its retail sales process with a completely new approach to in-store demos for what is the company’s first product to cross over into the fashion world. There has been a lot of news surrounding Apple’s reservation and in-store sales experience for Apple Watch, so we’ve put together a concise list of FAQ’s for everything you’ll want to know for launch this month.

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When do Apple Watch preorders start?

-On April 10 you can begin making try-on appointments & reservations.

Where can I buy the Apple Watch?

-In addition to the Apple Store, the Apple Watch will be available to preview and try on starting April 10th at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Selfridges in London, and Isetan in Tokyo. Starting April 24th, the Apple Watch will also be sold at Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo, Maxfield in Los Angeles, and The Corner in Berlin.

How do I make an Apple Watch try-on appointment?

-Try-on appointments can be made through Apple.com or the Apple Store app starting April 10.

Are appointments required to try-on Apple Watch?

-Encouraged, but not necessary. Walk-ins will join the normal queue.

How do I preorder Apple Watch?

-Apple has a new reservation system for reserving your watch to pickup in stores. You’ll be able to try-on the watch you order and compare it to others before buying, but going this route guarantees the watch you want will be available when you get there. You can alternatively order the Watch online for shipment to your home. Reservations and online orders start April 10, and pickups and deliveries will start April 24th.

Can someone else pick up my Apple Watch?

Yes, but you’ll have to specify the name of another person that will pickup the product when completing the online reservation.

When will Apple Watch be available in stores?

-Retail, online and pickups begin April 24th.

Can I buy Apple Watch without an appointment or pickup reservation?

-Probably not. Apple Watch stock will be limited at launch and most stores will reserve stock for those picking-up or coming in for a try-on appointment.

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-Apple has try-on tables & cases w/ Sport and Watch models, gold Edition models get a special try-on area and private appointment (see below).

Where will the gold Apple Watch Edition be available?

-The gold Watch Edition will only be in stock at high-traffic flagship locations at launch, but it will roll out gradually to all stores. Online orders will be available and can be shipped to stores without stock for pickup.

How do I preorder the gold Apple Watch Edition?

-You can setup a try-on appointment for stores with stock, or order online. Apple is giving special treatment if you’re interested in the $10k+ Watch Edition including no lines, private 1-hour appointments in-store, and courier-to-store service for online orders.

How many Apple Watches can I buy?

-Like other Apple product launches, we’re hearing Apple will limit the number of units customers can buy during the initial launch. It sounds like it will vary by store depending on size and demand, but you should expect Apple could limit your purchase to 1 or 2 units from each collection.

How do I size Apple Watch?

-Apple has an official strap sizing guide here and a tool for comparing face sizes here. The Watch comes in 38mm and 42mm case sizes, and the various collections have different strap sizes. For the cheapest Apple Watch Sport models, you’ll get both available strap sizes in the box. You’ll need to decide between sizes for other bands.

Will Apple Watch accessories be available at Apple Stores?

-Apple will have bands to buy online and in-store ranging from $49 to $449. There are also many third-party accessories arriving in the coming weeks through other retailers.

Does Apple Watch have an AppleCare warranty?

-Like Macs, iPhones, and iPads, Apple Watch will come with complimentary AppleCare telephone support for 90 days in addition to a 1-year limited warranty on your hardware.

You’ll have the option to upgrade the Sport and Watch collections to 2 years of coverage for the Sport and Watch collections. Apple hasn’t yet announced pricing.

The pricey $10K+ Apple Watch Edition models will come with a complimentary 2 years additional warranty and 24/7 technical support.

AppleCare+ (which includes 2 incidents of accidental damage not covered by warranty) will be available bringing total coverage to 2 years for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, and 3 years for the Apple Watch Edition.


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