Google Rockstar Patent Settlement

Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium

By on November 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium

While the smartphone patent wars have (thankfully) cooled down a lot over the last year, that doesn’t mean major tech companies aren’t still suing one another over patents on a pretty frequent basis. Reuters reports that yet another major patent lawsuit is now in the books after Google agreed to settle with Rockstar, a patent consortium with backers that include Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony. More →

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Apple Patent Infringement

Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

By on November 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

Apple on Tuesday was ordered to pay a $23.6 million fine to Texas-based Mobile Telecommunications Technologies after being found guilty on Monday evening of infringing six patents. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas determined that Apple’s iPhone and several other Apple devices make unlawful use of the patented technologies, which relate to pagers and date back to the 1990s.

This marks the second recent trial in which Apple was accused of stealing pager technology — the first was in California last month and Apple escaped unscathed. More →

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AT&T Cramming Charges Rebate

Did AT&T hit you with bogus cramming charges? Here’s how to get your money back

By on November 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM.

Did AT&T hit you with bogus cramming charges? Here’s how to get your money back

In early October, the FTC announced that it was slapping AT&T with a $105 million lawsuit after discovering that the company was charging its customers for unauthorized third-party services that they never signed up for in the first place. This is a practice known as “cramming,” and the FTC has been cracking down on it in recent months. More →

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Apple iPhone iMessage Lawsuit

Apple faces lawsuit for the case of the disappearing text messages

By on November 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Apple faces lawsuit for the case of the disappearing text messages

It might be hard to believe for some of the Apple faithful, but there are plenty of iPhone users who opt to switch to Android. Unfortunately, for far too long, many of them would have difficulty receiving text messages, an issue which Apple recently addressed with a new online tool that allows users to deregister their iMessage accounts. But for the U.S. courts, this might have been too little, too late. More →

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2011 MacBook Pro Class Action Suit

Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers

By on October 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers

Many reports have recently detailed one significant 2011 MacBook Pro issue that’s affecting thousands of buyers, an issue that Apple has yet to publicly acknowledge. Now, the company will now have to defend itself in a new class action complaint. Law firm Whitfield Bryson and Mason on Tuesday confirmed it has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple in California on behalf of customers who have experienced consistent graphics card-related issues on their 2011 MacBook Pro laptops. More →

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AT&T FTC Unlimited Data Lawsuit

AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users [updated]

By on October 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users [updated]

The Federal Trade Commission just brought down the hammer on AT&T for allegedly misleading “millions” of smartphone users with promises of unlimited data plans. In a complaint filed in a federal court on Tuesday, the FTC alleged that AT&T has been misleading its own subscribers “by charging them for ‘unlimited’ data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.” More →

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Why Pot Should Be Legal

New research shows how America’s love of marijuana might be even stronger than its love of football

By on October 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

New research shows how America’s love of marijuana might be even stronger than its love of football

As more and more states legalize marijuana, the more money it will generate and the bigger the industry will become. But just how big could it get? The Huffington Post is reporting that the marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020.

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AT&T Mobile Cramming Settlement

Now we know why AT&T never gloated after T-Mobile got nailed over bogus cramming charges

By on October 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Now we know why AT&T never gloated after T-Mobile got nailed over bogus cramming charges

Over the past several months, wireless carriers have found themselves in hot water over a “cramming” scandal which involves placing third-party charges on customers’ bills without permission. Like T-Mobile before it, AT&T has been caught billing its customers for $9.99 subscriptions to ringtones and premium text message services that they never signed up for. Worst of all, AT&T kept at least 35% of the charges. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Sales Ban

Galaxy Note 4, other Samsung Android devices facing potential sales ban in U.S.

By on October 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Galaxy Note 4, other Samsung Android devices facing potential sales ban in U.S.

NVIDIA on Monday announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to investigate whether certain Samsung devices, targeted in a recent NVIDIA suit against the South Korean giant and Qualcomm, should be banned from sales in the U.S. or not. More →

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Nude Celebrity Photo Leak

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

By on October 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

There’s little question at this point that the recent round of nude celebrity photo leaks are Apple’s fault. Hackers supposedly used simple brute force attacks, which consist of quickly and repeatedly guessing different passwords for an account until one works, to infiltrate iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities. Hacks of this kind are quite old and a simple security measure that restricts access to an account when incorrect passwords are used too many times in a short span would have prevented the leaks, if brute force attacks were indeed the hackers’ weapon of choice.

But now, it looks like this huge ordeal could end up costing Google, not Apple, millions of dollars. More →

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Apple Google Smartphone Data Encryption

The government is shamelessly trying to scare Apple and Google from encrypting their phones

By on October 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

The government is shamelessly trying to scare Apple and Google from encrypting their phones

Did you know that if Apple and Google encrypt the data on your smartphone, then pedophiles, bank robbers and terrorists will be able to wreak havoc upon America without any kinds of reservations? That’s the message that the United States federal government and law enforcement agencies are trying to send to both major tech companies and to the public at large about the dangers of smartphone encryption. More →

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Apple Tax Scandal

Apple responds to allegations that it owes billions in unpaid taxes

By on September 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple responds to allegations that it owes billions in unpaid taxes

Yin and Yang are in full force at Apple right now, where its most massively successful product launch ever has been counterbalanced by an onslaught of scandals and bad news. First, there was iPhone 6 Plus “Bendgate.” Then, Apple bricked about 40,000 new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets with a buggy iOS 8.0.1 update. Earlier this week, a few big security flaws were found in iOS 8.0.2, and now Apple is in hot water over what the European Commission (EC) claims amounts to about $8 billion in unpaid taxes.

Now, Apple has responded publicly for the first time to the EC’s allegations. More →

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