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Apple has launched an exchange program for some USB-C cables that it sold in June 2015, both packed-in with the MacBook launched that year, as well as sold separately at Apple Retail stores and other venues. According to Apple, only a "limited number of cables" have a flaw that, while not dangerous to connected equipment, may interfere with proper charging of a connected device.
In a surprise podcast appearance, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi appeared to discuss Apple's forthcoming iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 releases. Additionally, on the appearance, the pair discussed the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders.
Apple partner and musician Dr. Dre is reportedly starring in and producing Apple's first self-produced television show. Titled Vital Signs the venture is said to be six episodes long, semi-biographical, chronicle the emotional development of the rapper, and bankrolled by Apple itself.
Back in what feels like the dark ages, when the Apple Pencil was announced, you know, possibly pre-Obama, perhaps pre-Ballmer, we were handed one to try. As it happens, at that exact moment the Pencil was put in our hands we were intently focused on the iPad Pro's screen and how the Smart Keyboard worked. It felt practically as if we took the Pencil out of politeness and wrote our signatures on the screen as quickly as we could before handing it back. Flash forward more time than we imagined, and now we're being unexpectedly handed the box by a courier and trying to remember what we ordered.
Apple has become the target of a lawsuit from haptic feedback company Immersion, for alleged patent infringement in Apple's Force Touch and 3D Touch systems. Immersion claims the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6s infringe on a total of three patents relating to haptic feedback systems, with a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and a Delaware district court lawsuit seeking a sales injunction in the United States along with compensation.
The lawfirm leading the attack against Apple for its "Error 53" code issue when an unauthorized Touch ID sensor is replaced has filed for $5 million in payouts and a software patch disabling the lockout performed by an alleged Apple policy to discourage third party repair. Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit claims that Apple's measures to protect the TouchID security is "problematic, and, even, abusive."
The Apple Watch could be used to alter the volume of the iPhone's ringtone or notification tones, if the contents of a recently-published patent application are put into practice. The application for a "Volume Control for Mobile Device using a Wireless Device" filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office suggests how a secondary device, such as an Apple Watch, can be used to monitor the volume of the iPhone, to ascertain how loud it is to the wearer compared to the volume of the surrounding area.
Current non-practicing entity, and the holder of defunct Digifonica's patent portfolio, Voip-Pal has filed patent infringment lawsuits against Apple, Verizon, and AT&T over an assortment of law enforcement surveillance, emergency calling, and VOIP routing patents. The suits, filed in the Federal District Court in Las Vegas, are seeking over $7 billion dollars in royalty payments from the three companies.
As with other holidays, some of the best gifts are things that will last a while, so the person will frequently be reminded of your thoughtfulness (as opposed to flowers, which die quickly and are just as swiftly forgotten). To that end, MacNN Editor Charles Martin and One More Thing podcast co-host Malcolm Owen have come up with a few items that we think will create a lasting impression, and prove useful all year long -- arranged in no particular order, but covering a wide range of budgets. We've tested most of these, and some have been received as gifts, and they are all still much appreciated.
This week William Gallagher has a cold but also an Apple Pencil. You're envious now, aren't you? But colds are going around, you'll get one. They're certainly more common than Apple Pencils as its arrival after so very many weeks waiting was enough to make him spill his cough mixture.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
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