Apple has been found guilty in a Wisconsin court of infringing on a patent for a "table-based data speculation circuit for [a] parallel-processing computer," granted in 1998 to the University of Wisconsin -- a patent actually cited by Apple in its own filings for a similar patent. Should the ruling not be overturned or modified on appeal, Apple could be facing damages of up to $862.4 million. The university also successfully sued Intel over the same patent, receiving an undisclosed sum in 2008.
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One of Canada's major banks -- and one with deep links to its US version -- may have revealed that Apple Pay is about to start up in Canada, at least on a limited basis as predicted by recent reports. TD Canada Trust's website recently listed Apple Pay as a "way to pay" under it's "Electronic Banking" page (now removed), and also listed several cards that are said to support the mobile-payment technology. The US version, known as TDBank, has had Apple Pay support on its cards for some time.
7 hours ago | Posted in: computers, troubleshooting, software, Apple
Today with the updates to the iMac lineup and highly anticipated Retina 21.5-inch iMac, MacNN forum goers are quick to start discussing the changes to both the 21 and 27-inch models in the thread titled "New iMacs." Forum members are still talking about the latest update to Mac OS X that has been dubbed El Capitan.
This week at Apple's online store, save up to $180 on current generation refurbished MacBook Air models, with prices starting as low as $759 for the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $759. A $150 price drop is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, now $849.
9 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new sales joining the still-alive deals include a Brother laser printer and extra toner for $65, a 50-inch Sceptre HDTV for $350, and the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Star Wars: Rise Against The Empire play set for $25.
9 hours ago | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are bringing back a popular deal on writing utility Scrivener 2, as well as detailing updates to ambient audio app White Noise, connection utility WiFi Signal, drive cleaner Disk Diet, remote access tool Microsoft Remote Desktop, audio transfer app Dapper, and music creation software Splice.
10 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, Apple
On Tuesday, Apple updated its page listing Apple Pay-supporting financial institutions with another 29 US banks, credit unions, and other such card issuers, bringing the new total to 532. Among the new partners listed is national discount broker chain Scottrade, Velocity Credit Union (the largest CU in Texas), and the LA Police Federal Credit Union, among others. The list cracked 500 partners about a month ago, and the new additions come on the heels of recent announcements of additional US merchant support.
10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets
The luxury versions of the Apple Watch are not considered competition to high-priced products by Swiss watch makers, comments from the CEO of Tag Heuer suggest. Speaking at a time his company is teasing its own entry into the smartwatch market, Jean-Claude Biver claimed in an interview that smartwatches that cost more than $2,000, such as the $17,000 Apple Watch Edition, have an issue, namely that they will become obsolete and lose their value.
Following the introduction of the new 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac and the refresh of the 27-inch 5K Retina iMacs, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to version 10.1, bringing support for both 1080p 60fps slow-motion video as well as 4K video editing at 3840x2160 on "compatible Mac computers." These include Macs from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM, although full-resolution 4K video playback requires one of the Retina iMac models, or a Mac Pro that is connected to a 4K display.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's highlighted offers are all items that can help your house become a smart home, including a way to turn devices on and off remotely, a camera-equipped doorbell, color-changing smart bulbs, and a speaker that works inside your shower.
If you haven't yet updated your Apple Watch to watchOS 2, then go right ahead and do it now. Not only is it worth doing, it's now a much faster and smoother update than it was when we tried it on Day One. Now we're a few weeks into it, we did someone else's Watch for them, and found ourselves handing it back hours sooner than we expected.
13 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, Apple
Apple has launched new "Magic" accessories for the Mac, shortly after they surfaced in code for the OS X 10.11.1 beta. The Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 improve upon the original versions of each peripheral, while the Magic Keyboard joins the Magic range, with all three incorporating reusable lithium-ion batteries rechargeable over Lightning within two hours, replacing the previous reliance on removable AA batteries.
In addition to today's reveal of the 21.5-inch 4K iMac, Apple has made significant upgrades to the 27-inch iMac 5K. The new model has the same resolution screen, but now with the same larger P3 color gamut on the 4K iMac. Furthermore, the new large-screen model skips the fifth generation of Intel processors and brings the new "Skylake" quad-core CPU to the line.
After nearly a year of speculation, Apple has just officially unveiled the new 4K 21.5-inch iMac. The new iMac released alongside an updated 5K iMac brings Broadwell processors to the line, and uses a custom red-green phosphor LED-backlit panel with a full DCI-P3 color gamut. The new panel gives a 25 percent larger color space over previous solutions, on top of a resolution of 4096 x 2034, encompassing 9.4 million pixels in total.
Apple's contentious time spent with e-book anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich has may be coming to a close. A letter filed jointly by Apple and the US Government claims that the computer manufacturer has "implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court" and recommends that the anti-trust monitor's tenure need not be extended.
14 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone
Are you someone who wants to own the latest Apple smartphone, but don't want to go through the upgrade process with your carrier, nor want to pay the off-contract cost? A competition on our own MacNN Deals is offering you the chance to win an iPhone 6s in your choice of color, but you have to be quick to enter as there are only nine days left to take part.
15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps
There are probably more note-taking apps for iPhones and iPads than there are iPhones and iPads, and a huge percentage of them are made to be diaries. Yet it's Day One that has become the app to use, and we base that on entirely scientific and statistical testing: everyone we asked said it had turned them into a regular diarist. Clinching proof: we asked ourselves in the mirror, and we agreed with us. There is something about it that just works, and with Day One 1.17.4, it has taken another step forward.
15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging
Canon has launched a trio of cameras, following after yesterday's quiet surfacing of the imaging devices on company websites. The EOS M10 is an entry-level mirrorless camera with self portrait modes and a lens that can shorten to make it easier to carry around, while the PowerShot G5 X includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and the PowerShot G9 X is billed as a lightweight camera that can be and easily carried anywhere due to its size.
20 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, software, digital imaging, developer, Apple
Well, no less than 36 episodes in and someone finally agreed to come talk to us! But seriously we were delighted to welcome Macphun's Kevin LaRue, who told us about the company's photo-effects products and their exciting new abilities with Apple's Photos, becoming one of the first programs to work as "Extensions" that add abilities to Photos. Really kicks the program up a notch, and that's after the notch it got kicked up in El Capitan. We also do the usual roundup of tech news for the week, and more.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
As you have probably heard many times now, "There's an app for that." While this started as no more than a simple catch phrase, it has with time come to be a true testament to the state of the app development community. Every day new apps are being released into the App Store with the sole purpose of making your day-to-day life easier. This, however, does come with one inherent issue: how can anyone sort through everything to find what is truly useful?
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: developer, iPhone apps
Google is adding more features to its Cardboard virtual reality headset and software development kit, to celebrate the search company's expansion of the Cardboard app into over 100 countries for both iOS and Android. As part of an update to the Cardboard SDK, developers will now see improvements to the way it works on iOS, courtesy of changes to how it works with Unity, a popular multi-platform game engine.
Apple has launched a pilot program in India, which will bring the store-in-a-store concept to consumer electronics chain Croma. The design identity of the locations remains the same as in the US locations, and the personnel will be trained by Apple, a departure from the franchise model currently used in the country.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, networking
Synology has released a pair of network attached storage devices, aimed at different home and small office needs. While the new four-bay DS416 is equipped with a powerful hardware encryption engine for information security, the two-bay DS216play transcodes 4K video on-the-fly.
As the ongoing refugee crisis as a result of the Syrian civil war continues to flood Europe with migrants, Apple has opted to step up relief efforts beyond the pledge page for the American Red Cross, which is helping with refugee camps and other aid, and has worked with information specialist firm SAP and the band Imagine Dragons on a new charity single, called "I Was Me." All proceeds from sales of the song on iTunes will go to the United Nations Relief Agency, with an additional matching donation of 10 cents per copy being donated by SAP for the first five million in sales.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones, as well as showcasing apps that we find to be interesting. Today, we are featuring a sale on password management software 1Password, as well as detailing updates to VJ app CoGe VJ, file manager Forklift, debug tool LaunchControl, Japanese alphabet teacher iKana, system utility OnyX, and disk indexing tool DiskCatalogMaker.
Mon October 12, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new sales joining the still-alive deals include 20 percent off iTunes codes, a 1TB Crucial MX200 SSD for $270, and V-Moda Crossfade M-80 on-ear headphones for $80.
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