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Forums roundup: Members are discussing new Mac purchases, in light of Apple's relative silence on the Mac front during the keynote and Expo.... Other users are discussing the best iPod option for a runner who is choosing between a 5th generation iPod or iPod nano.... One user is looking to find the best soundcard option for his Mac Pro after noticing an existing M-Audio solution would not work.... Other members are also offering advice to 'clamshell' iBook user as to which OS will deliver the best performance on the aging laptop.... Meanwhile, one member is wondering what the point of the AppleTV is after seeing the introduction of the new device.
Network supplier Cisco may have let its rights to the iPhone trademark expire and then try to reclaim them on tenuous grounds, according to a report by ZDNet. Speaking with legal experts, author Ed Burnette notes that despite registering the trademark in November 1999, Cisco had not released any devices under the iPhone name until the release of its Linksys iPhone in December 2006 -- over a year after the company was required to show that the trademark was in active use. Although the firm had been granted a six-month grace period to provide proof, a filing was made just days before this period ended in May of last year that showed only a box for the company's existing CIT200 VoIP phone with an "iPhone" sticker attached to the outside of the shrinkwrap (pictured). This points to a hasty attempt to keep the iPhone trademark from falling into Apple's hands by falsely suggesting that its existing lineup had already borne the iPhone trademark, Burnette observes. "[If] there was no continuous use, then Cisco's registration can be canceled," he says. The gap likely explains Apple's refusal to sign an agreement with Cisco and willingness to risk settling the matter in court. The former is widely believed to have set up a shadow company, Ocean Telecom, to get rights to the name once Cisco's ownership had expired.
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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS