Apple were given an excessive amount of money for its layout patents

Design patents are given too much fee with regards to felony damages, Samsung has argued to the us best courtroom in its patent dispute with Apple.

In an opening short filed Wednesday with the country’s maximum courtroom, Samsung presented its arguments for why an in advance ruling in Apple’s choose have to be thrown out. It said inside the filing that “at a minimum, a new trial is vital.”

Samsung contends that Apple should most effective get profits from the parts of a telephone that infringe Apple’s patents — the front face and a grid of icons on a user interface — not the profits from the complete smartphone. It stated that “grossly overrewarding layout patents” will harm competition and innovation and could lead to “absurd” results in different lawsuits.

“If the modern ruling is left to face, it’d price a single design patent over the hundreds of thousands of groundbreaking technology patents, main to hugely hyped up design patents,” Samsung stated in a declaration.

Apple did not right away respond to a request for comment.

The excellent courtroom in March agreed to check the long-strolling dispute among Apple and Samsung, the first time it has checked out a layout patent case because the 1800s. A selection via the courtroom ought to have a ripple impact throughout the era industry and ultimately impact the devices you purchase due to the fact it’d ultimately outline the cost of design work.

Samsung wants the excellent court docket to offer steerage on what is covered via layout patents, which shield the way an item is used and the way it works, and additionally on what damages can be amassed. currently, corporations can accumulate damages for the entire price of the device, not simply the infringing design components. In Apple v. Samsung, that led to an preliminary damages award totaling extra than $1 billion.

The authentic Apple v. Samsung trial in 2012 captivated Silicon Valley and the tech enterprise as it uncovered the inner workings of notoriously secretive businesses. It become just certainly one of many trials around the sector as the rivals sparred each in the market and within the court docket. At difficulty were design patents for a black, square, round-cornered the front face; a comparable square round-cornered the front face plus the encircling rim, known as the bezel; and a colourful grid of sixteen icons.

Apple and Samsung closing 12 months agreed to bury the hatchet of their distant places cases, however their US court confrontations have endured. In December, Samsung said it would pay Apple the $548 million ordered by using court.

Which 2015 Apple MacBook should you buy?

This year has already seen a wealth of new Apple products, including the Apple Watch, the new 12-inch MacBook, a new version of the Logic Pro music-making software, and updates to both the MacBook Airand 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops.

For anyone considering a new MacBook purchase, all this new hardware makes choosing which one to buy even more difficult. Unfortunately, there’s not one single perfect MacBook recommendation for everyone, and each model has its strengths and weaknesses. It comes down to a combination of budget, required features, and just how portable you need to be.

The new 12-inch MacBook is a design and engineering marvel, but is also missing features some might find irreplaceable, such as nearly all the common ports and connections, or a mainstream Core i5 processor. It’s also expensive, and costs just as much as the much more powerful 13-inch MacBook Pro(although the same $1,299 initial investment gets you a 256GB solid-state drive in the MacBook, but only a 128GB SSD in the MacBook Pro).

Smartphone Microscope Helps Detect Blood Parasite Levels

Using an Apple iPhone, a team of US scientists has developed a mobile phone microscope that rapidly detects parasite levels in blood.The team from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health and University of California, Berkeley developed the device to measure blood levels of the parasitic filarial worm Loa.

To rapidly screen for Loa infections in community settings, the scientists developed CellScope Loa, a video microscope integrating an Apple iPhone 5s.

With the help of a custom iPhone app, the device automatically captures and analyses videos of the characteristic “wriggling” motion of microfilariae, enabling quantification of microfilariae in blood from a finger prick in less than two minutes.

“No special preparation of the blood is required, limiting potential error and sample loss, and healthcare workers need minimal training to use the automated device,” the authors noted.

The point-of-care device may enable safe resumption of mass drug administration campaigns to eradicate the parasitic diseases onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

Efforts to eliminate these diseases in Central Africa through community-wide administration of antiparasitic drugs have been suspended due to potentially fatal drug-associated side effects in people with high blood levels of Loa microfilariae, the filarial worm’s larval form.

A potential solution is to identify and exclude such people from mass drug administration.

“However, standard methods for measuring microfilariae are time-consuming and must be performed by trained personnel with laboratory equipment,” the team wrote.

Screening of blood samples from potentially Loa-infected people showed that CellScope Loa results correspond well to those obtained by standard methods, correctly identifying people with microfilarial levels over a certain threshold.

Although additional work is needed to prepare the technology for broad use, the researchers predict that a team of three workers could screen up to 200 people during the four-hour midday window when Loa circulates at its peak in the blood.

The work is detailed in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Apple brings back free music with new iTunes promotion

Apple killed its long-running “Single of the Week” promotion earlier this month, disappointing iTunes customers and musicians alike. After 11 years of complimentary songs, which offered exposure to countless new artists, the free ride was over—or so it seemed.

But Apple on Monday launched a new “Free on iTunes” section chock full of songs and full-length TV episodes. Instead of one free song, there are 16 of them, from upcoming artists like Rogue Wave, Purity Ring, and Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. There’s even a freebie from Guster.

There are 24 TV episodes to choose from, including picks from new shows like Backstrom and 12 Monkeys. There are a slew of reality shows, like Rev Run’s Renovation and Ace of Cakes.

While “Single of the Week” was available internationally, “Free on iTunes” looks like it’s U.S.-only for now. It’s also unclear how often Apple will swap out selections for fresh ones. This isn’t the first time Apple has offered a “Free on iTunes” section, but this is a new effort altogether.


Why this matters: Parsing Apple’s strategy when it comes to iTunes has been tricky since the Beats acquisition. Rumor has it that an iTunes reboot is in the works this year, complete with an overhaul (and rebranding) of the Beats Music streaming app. It would make sense for Apple to eventually ditch the free music promotions and instead steer listeners to Beats (which currently requires a $9.99-a-month subscription). But we’re not going to complain about free stuff—and if Apple wants to add some free books or movies to the mix, we wouldn’t be mad about it.

Report: PayPal dropped from Apple Pay because Samsung

Apple Pay is going to make waves in the mobile payment realm, that much is certain. On launch, many wondered why Apple’s service didn’t just partner with another, similar service — or buy them. A new report suggests Apple was in discussions with PayPal to be involved with Apple Pay, but cut them loose because of Samsung.

PayPal is currently believed to be working on a smartwatch payment method with Samsung, one that would make them the sole payment clearinghouse for all Samsung wearables that can adjudicate mobile payments. That relationship reportedly incensed Apple brass, and caused them to turn their back on the legacy web-based payment operation.


The story goes like this: as Apple was making the rounds with banks and other financial institutions to get their blessing and backing for Apple Pay, they reached out to PayPal because why not. While in the midst of those talks, PayPal went on and partnered with Samsung on their joint effort — a partnership that is said to be at the behest of eBay CEO John Donahoe. Apple got upset, and broke it off with PayPal.

It’s all very possible, but is also a bit too textbook soap opera for our taste, and the Apple-Samsung beef seems a bit too easy an explanation, here. The report also doesn’t mention in which capacity Apple would have used PayPal, and as they’ve got their own method for processing payments in iTunes, they may have never actuallyneeded PayPal to begin with.

Apple: Most Mac Users Safe From ‘Shellshock’


Most Apple Mac owners can breathe easy following news of the Shellshock bug.

The flaw impacts Bash, a widely used command interpreter also implemented by the Mac operating system. If exploited, hackers can gain complete control over a targeted system.

But Apple users have nothing to worry about, a company spokesman told iMore in a statement.

“The vast majority of OS X users are not as risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” Cupertino said in a statement published by iMore. “Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed by remote exploits to bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services.”

Apple said it is working to provide a software update for those advanced users.

According to the Akamai administrator who first disclosed the bug, the vulnerability is present in most versions of Bash, from 1.13 to 4.3, and is based on how Bash handles environment variables.

Security experts, including Errata Security’s Robert Graham, are already comparing Shellshock to this year’s Heartbleed bug, which set the tech sector on fire after its discovery in April.

But, unlike Heartbleed, which affected only a specific version of OpenSSL, the Bash-based flaw has been creeping into old devices for more than two decades.

Despite the Web-based panic, there is actually no pressing need to fix the flaw, according to Graham, who said primary servers are probably not vulnerable. But everything else probably is.

Users are encouraged to scan the network for things like Telnet, FTP, and old versions of Apache.

“Anything that responds is probably an old device needing a bash patch,” Graham said this week. “And, since most of them can’t be patched, you are likely screwed.”

Apple: iPhone 6 Bending ‘Extremely Rare’

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Did you accidentally bend your iPhone 6 Plus? You’re in the minority, according to Apple.

Cupertino told CNBC that it has thus far only received nine complaints about bending iPhone 6 Plus devices. If you use the phone normally, bending is “extremely rare,” Apple said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apparently, using it normally does not mean putting it in your back pocket and then sitting on it for 18 hours. That’s what a MacRumors forum poster allegedly did to make a dent in his new phablet. The folks at Unbox Therapy then also successfully recreated a bend in the smartphone.

Apple told the Journal that the 6 Plus went through rigorous testing prior to release. That includes “3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion & user studies,” CNBC’s Jon Fortt tweeted.

Despite the small number of complaints, the reports blew up on social media, where it was dubbed #BendGate.

Apple said on Monday that it sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets over the weekend, though it did not break out how many of each device were purchased.

Cupertino had to contend with two headaches this week, though. Yesterday, it released iOS 8.0.1, but the update killed cellular service and Touch ID on theiPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple quickly pulled the update and released a step-by-step guide for reverting back to iOS 8.

Apple to Replace Bent iPhones That Pass ‘Visual Inspection’


Did your brand-new iPhone 6 Plus bend under the pressure of your own skinny jeans? That’s got to be a bummer, but the good news is that if you’re one of thenine people who reportedly suffered this problem you may be able to get a replacement — as long as your phone passes a “visual inspection.”

TheNextWeb recently struck up an online chat with Apple’s support desk to ask if a bend in an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that occurred during normal use would qualify for a replacement. The answer was optimistic, though not definitive.

“That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store,” the Apple representative said. “There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one.”

The representative also implied that Apple is taking the issue very seriously, adding that the company is “looking into this with an insane amount of detail.”

Apple on Thursday downplayed the problem, telling CNBC that it had only received nine complaints about bending iPhone 6 Plus devices. If you use the phone normally, bending is “extremely rare,” Apple said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Apparently, using it normally does not mean putting it in your back pocket and then sitting on it for 18 hours. That’s what a MacRumors forum poster allegedly did to make a dent in his new phablet. The folks at Unbox Therapy then also successfully recreated a bend in the smartphone by bending it manually.

Meanwhile, #BendGate wasn’t the only problem Apple had to contend with this week. The company on Wednesday released the first update to iOS 8, then quickly pulled it after a number of users reported that the software killed their cell service and broke Touch ID. Apple released a step-by-step guide for reverting back to iOS 8 and late Thursday pushed out iOS 8.0.2 to officially fix those and other bugs.

Rumor: Apple (Finally) Updating Mac Mini Next Month


If you’ve been considering pulling the trigger on a brand new, super-tiny desktop PC from Apple, you might want to wait a month.

According to MacRumors, Apple is working on an update to its Mac mini, which hasn’t seen a hardware refresh since late 2012. Since then, Mac mini update rumors have been scant, save for the brief hint of a “mid-2014 Mac mini” model (accidentally?) posted to a Boot Camp support page in July.

Right now, the Mac mini is the only system in Apple’s lineup that has yet to receive a boost up to Intel Haswell processors. Though, an update hitting within the next month would be a little odd, timing-wise, given that Intel’s Broadwell processors are expected to debut in early 2015. It would seem a little strange for Apple to go through the trouble of updating the Mac mini to a chip that will be one step back from the top in just a small amount of time.

It’s likely that the Mac mini will use the same chips found in the Apple Macbook Pro released in July. These systems used CPUs from Intel’s Haswell refresh, a stopgap measure that boosted the speed of Haswell chips while keeping their prices similar to their predecessors; presumably to tide over those waiting for Broadwell to hit.

That said, with the Mac mini having gone for just around two years with nary a tweak, perhaps Apple is just interested in getting anything current that it can in the hands of new, potential purchasers. That could also include other updates like faster storage and stronger wireless-ac networking, to highlight two possibilities suggested by MacRumors.

While MacRumors’ source was unable to identify any specific areas of the Mac mini that would receive a boost with Apple’s update, the source did confirm—as best an anonymous source can—that Apple will indeed be updating the Mac mini next month. The refresh will come alongside rumored updates to Apple’s iPads, as well as the likely official release of OS X Yosemite.

Apple to reportedly buy radio app Swell for $30 million


Apple is all set to acquire radio service Swell for $30 million, according to report from Re/Code. The iOS app will shut down its service and CEO Ram Ramkumar along with other members will join Apple, a result of the acquisition, added the report.

Swell is an iOS app that compiles podcasts and other shows into a personalized talk-radio stream. It currently carries news from sources such as NPR, ABC, ESPN, BBC, Ted, CBC and more. It even uses listener’s history to create personalized content playlists.

Apple is likely to use Swell’s technology to improve its Podcast app, which is one of Apple’s most poorly rated apps and widely criticized for performance issues. Swell boasts of a simple UI that is suitable for in-car listening.

The Swell acquisition comes mere two months after Apple acquired Beats Audio for $3 billion. It also suggests that Apple is trying to enhance its offering on its iTunes Radio service that was launched last year.