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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.
Apple hasn't been resting on its laurels with regards to 3D Touch, after the second of two recently-found patents suggests it is still looking into how touch can be used with its devices. Following after an earlier patent relating to detecting fingers hovering over a display, a new discovery suggests Apple may be considering extending the usability of 3D Touch away from the display and down to the Touch ID-enabled home button.
Apple has been granted a motion for a permanent injunction against a number of Samsung mobile devices, as the patent battle between the manufacturers continues. Issued by California District Judge Lucy Koh, the injunction effectively prevents Samsung from selling a range of smartphones ruled to be infringing on three Apple-owned patents within the United States, though the list of items affected by the sales ban consists of legacy devices not typically sold or sought after by customers.
Having just finally gotten a payment from Samsung for the $548 million it owed Apple after being found guilty of copying Apple patents, the iPhone maker has filed a brief with the court asking for another $178.7 million, explaining that the extra money in part was interest owed on the damages award following years of stalling by Samsung, while the remainder is meant to be further damages stemming from five Samsung products sold after the 2012 jury verdict, but which infringed on the same patents.
A small Florida company, ParkerVision, has sued several tech giants and filed a US International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint alleging that Qualcomm specifically, and smartphone makers Apple, Samsung, and LG more generally, have been infringing on four of Parkervision's patents regarding wireless networking. The involvement of Apple and LG only comes via their use of allegedly-infringing Qualcomm chips in their products; Samsung is also alleged to be infringing with its own in-house Shannon 928 RF chip.
Apple is being sued for alleged patent infringement over the way it handles the transmission of digital media between devices. German patent house Papst Licensing claims Apple infringes on four patents concerning data transfers with its iOS devices, in a lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Monday, with the company apparently warning Apple of the potential infringement for one of the patents in 2007.
Apple has prevailed in a patent lawsuit concerning the sale and distribution of DRM-protected content, but did not win on all points. The lawsuit brought against Apple by ContentGuard has been dismissed after a jury found Apple did not infringe on five antipiracy patents, but at the same time the jury decided Apple did not do enough to prove the patents were invalid in court, meaning that other companies could still be sued over the very same patents in the future.
Apple has been granted a further patent on Femtocell technology which is typically used in network base stations that use low-power cellular connections and are designed to be operated in homes and smaller businesses. This new patent, number 9,191,839, has been issued regarding methods of configuring Femtocells and it follows an August patent regarding access to wireless signals using the technology.
Apple is looking into ways to use Force Touch to create new types of keyboard, according to a newly-granted patent. Published on Tuesday, patent number 9,178,509 for the "Ultra low travel keyboard" effectively replaces the mechanical switches used in traditional keyboards for what could be best described as a static key, one that can in theory take up less physical space and potentially lead to Apple using thinner keyboards in its MacBook range.
Smartphone displays may become better protected in the future, if Apple puts into production an idea revealed in a recently-published patent application. The "Active Screen Protection for Electronic Device" application suggests a way for a display to avoid being cracked or smashed in the event of a drop or a hard knock, by triggering the appearance of retractable bumpers around the screen that takes the force of the impact instead of the glass.
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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
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky