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An agreement between Google and Samsung, revealed on Tuesday in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial, has the Internet search giant on the hook for legal fees and liability related to up to four Apple patents. Apple's '959 patent for universal search. | Source: USPTO According to in-court reports from Re/code, a Google attorney James Maccoun presented testimony saying the company is contractually obliged to pay for the defense of certain patent claims...
Coming on the heels of Tuesday's iOS 7.1.1 release, Apple has issued updates to all iWork for iOS apps with unnamed stability and bug fixes. With the background changes applied to all three apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, the software reached version 2.2.1. It is unknown what "stability improvements and bug fixes" the updates bring, though it can be speculated that the relatively quick turnaround since Apple's last iWork refresh suggests the fixes may patch...
In a substantial change to its operating policies, Apple has opened its OS X beta testing process to all Mac users with a newly minted Beta Seed Program. Feedback Assistant first seen in a previous OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks build. The Beta Seed Program allows consumers to join Mac developers in test-driving pre-release versions of the Mac operating system in exchange for "quality and usability feedback. The program was first spotted by The Loop. After signing up, users can...
iPhone owners have a new option to ensure that their handset stays by their side with the Duet, a small Bluetooth-connected device that can be attached to a bag or keys and sounds an alarm if it moves more than 10 meters from a paired smartphone. Duet is a 1-inch-by-1-inch square that communicates with an iPhone or Android device using Bluetooth Low Energy. In addition to the automatic alarm, a button on the Duet will cause the paired device to begin playing a sound,...
Apple on Tuesday released iOS 7.1.1, a minor update for its mobile operating system that's intended to address a few bugs, including an issue that could affect keyboard responsiveness, while also further improving the performance of the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint sensor. iOS 7.1.1 is now available through Software Update in the Settings application on an iPhone or iPad. Documentation accompanying the update says it contains "improvements, bug fixes and security...
Innovative focus-shifting camera maker Lytro, whose products have been featured at Apple's retail stores, will expand its lineup this summer with a new, more full-featured standalone camera dubbed the Illum, aimed at professionals and high-end enthusiasts. While the original Lytro, which has been carried by Apple in its stores, had a unique square shape, the new Illum is designed more like a traditional camera. Like its predecessor, the Illum is a "light-field" camera...
Signs that Apple is preparing to roll out a wearable device called the "iWatch" grew stronger Tuesday following a report that the company may have set up a shell corporation in Delaware designed to register iWatch trademarks without arousing suspicion. Brightflash filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office The shell company, dubbed "Brightflash USA LLC," is registered to a Delaware corporate services company that Apple has used in the past to conduct...
Popular password management tool 1Password was given a major update on iOS on Tuesday, with the new version 4.5 sporting AirDrop support, always-available search, and support for multiple and shared vaults. 1Password 4.5 is a free update for existing users, while new users can purchase for half off ($8.99) until Friday. Developer AgileBits said the latest version is focused on both speed and productivity, adding new features that are among some of the most-requested...
Claims that Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone will bow months after its purported 4.7-inch sibling were backed up Tuesday with a new report from Taiwan claiming that Apple may be having trouble fitting an ultra-slim battery for the new device. Apple is thought to need a battery less than 2 millimeters tall for its new "phablet," a reduction of about one-third from the current generation. Producing such thin cells is said to be an issue for Apple's manufacturing partners...
A new piece of technology unearthed on Tuesday shows Apple has developed iPhone technology that automatically shuts off texting capabilities when it is determined that a user is driving, helping to mitigate potential accidents resulting from in-car distractions. With Apple's automotive projects -- Car Play and Siri Eyes Free -- rolling out in more vehicles throughout the year, the company has been beefing up its in-car technology suite. A document discovered on Tuesday,...
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