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Jul 28 2014 12:15PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Are you a grandfathered unlimited data user on Verizon Wireless? If so, you may soon find your favorite carrier slowing your roll on data consumption. GigaOM reported Friday that Verizon plans to throttle LTE speeds for heavy data users effective October 1, an effort to target the top five percent of users consuming 4.7GB or more each month. The new policy will only affect customers who haven't renewed their contract within the last two years, with customers being notified of the change next week. Speaking of changes, read on to find out how Verizon customers will be able to use their early upgrade program at an Apple store later this year...

Apple Pulling Out Checkbook for Swell, BookLamp Acquisitions

Cupertino's in an acquisition mood again, with TechCrunch reporting Friday that Apple has confirmed a buyout of BookLamp, an Idaho-based analytics service billed as the "Pandora of books." A source claims the deal was “higher than $10 million, and lower than $15 million," although the new owner wouldn't say more than the obligatory "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

The buying spree continued over the weekend, with Re/code reporting Sunday that Apple is also apparently close to purchasing Swell, a news and podcast app with a simplistic user interface aimed at commuters. Coincidentally billed as "Pandora for talk radio," the deal is said to be worth about $30 million, and will see the Swell app shut down later this week and presumably close up shop on the planned Android version.

Minor Retina MacBook Pro Refresh Expected Tomorrow

MacRumors today reported that Apple may be poised to release a minor spec bump for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display models on Tuesday, July 29. Over the weekend, in-store signage from an Apple retail store in China revealed at least the 15-inch model will be updated across the board with Haswell processors clocked at 200 MHz faster than the current models, with the low-end base model bumped from 8GB to 16GB RAM. Tuesday is historically when Apple chooses to release new Mac products, so keep your eyes peeled tomorrow morning if you're in the market for a new MacBook Pro.

Apple Retail Expanding into Carrier Early Upgrade Programs

9to5Mac reported Sunday that Apple retail stores will soon allow customers to purchase iPhones using the early upgrade plans of U.S. carriers. AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and T-Mobile Jump are all expected to kick off as part of a pilot program in late August, presumably ahead of the iPhone 6 coming this fall. Employee training for the program is expected to take place between August 10 and August 28, but is not yet expected to support Sprint's own variation, known as OneUp.

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Jul 28 2014 7:12AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese government officials have made sudden visits to Microsoft Corp offices in China, a spokeswoman for the company said on Monday, but declined to give any reason for the inspections.

Jul 28 2014 7:10AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - In a well-lit office with red window frames in downtown Bucharest, Romania's first bitcoin ATM attracts many who until it opened in May had to buy or sell the digital currency face-to-face or through wire transfers.

Jul 28 2014 5:59AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party sellers using a new personalization option on its website.

Jul 27 2014 10:41PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - JD.com Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday.

Jul 27 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jul 27 2014 1:51PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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Jul 26 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jul 26 2014 2:16AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested.

Jul 26 2014 12:11AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

As we get closer to the fall, the news is starting to move to details of the Yosemite OS and possible new features that might show up with the iPhone 6 in iOS. And there's also good news on the horizon for iPhone users who want to switch carriers. Meanwhile, is that a patent filing regarding the iWatch? Let's take a look inside, shall we?

Jul 25 2014 10:14PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.

As reported by TechCrunch, Bose alleges that Beats' headphones, many of which claim to support "Adaptive Noise Cancellation," draw heavily from Bose's more than 50 years of research into the design of its QuietComfort noise-cancellation headphones.

The patents in question include United States Patent No. 6,717,537, or "Method and Apparatus for Minimizing Latency in Digital Signal Processing Systems;" Patent No. 6,717,537, or "Method and Apparatus for Minimizing Latency in Digital Signal Processing Systems,” Patent No. 8,073,151: “Dynamically Configurable ANR Filter Block Technology;" Patent No. 8,054,992: "High frequency Compensating;" and No. 8,345,888 - "Digital High Frequency Phase Compensation."

And Bose isn't kidding around. The well-known audio company wants Beats to stop producing headphones that infringe on Bose's patents, and the company's even gone so far as to request a ban on offending Beats products from the International Trade Commission.

Bose also responded to TechCrunch with a statement that read as follows: "The filing is comprehensive and explains our position, and as a matter of practice, we don’t comment on on-going litigation. We can share that for over 30 years, Bose has made significant investments in the research, development, engineering and design of the proprietary technologies found in our headphones. Bose’s patented technologies enable the exclusive performance found in our QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers, and defending the patents we own."

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Jul 25 2014 10:14PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.

As reported by TechCrunch, Bose alleges that Beats' headphones, many of which claim to support "Adaptive Noise Cancellation," draw heavily from Bose's more than 50 years of research into the design of its QuietComfort noise-cancellation headphones.

The patents in question include United States Patent No. 6,717,537, or "Method and Apparatus for Minimizing Latency in Digital Signal Processing Systems;" Patent No. 6,717,537, or "Method and Apparatus for Minimizing Latency in Digital Signal Processing Systems,” Patent No. 8,073,151: “Dynamically Configurable ANR Filter Block Technology;" Patent No. 8,054,992: "High frequency Compensating;" and No. 8,345,888 - "Digital High Frequency Phase Compensation."

And Bose isn't kidding around. The well-known audio company wants Beats to stop producing headphones that infringe on Bose's patents, and the company's even gone so far as to request a ban on offending Beats products from the International Trade Commission.

Bose also responded to TechCrunch with a statement that read as follows: "The filing is comprehensive and explains our position, and as a matter of practice, we don’t comment on on-going litigation. We can share that for over 30 years, Bose has made significant investments in the research, development, engineering and design of the proprietary technologies found in our headphones. Bose’s patented technologies enable the exclusive performance found in our QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers, and defending the patents we own."

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Jul 25 2014 10:06PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The controversies associated with unlocking one's iPhone have dogged the smartphone since its origins, but now at last (with some qualifications), it looks like the practice will at last gain some legitimacy. The bill in question only covers the right to switch from one carrier to another, but it's a step forward, and the bill has only one more step to take before it becomes law.

The bill, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy reports, is called the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" and the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill today. (See? At least Congress can agree on some things.) Last week the Senate approved it, and this week it's expected to go on to President Obama, who's expected to sign it into law.

There's a catch, though: The bill doesn't allow you to drop your current carrier in mid-contract, so you can't ditch your two-year contract with AT&T 12 months in and take up a plan with Verizon. This actually somewhat returns the law to the state of affairs in 2010 before an action by the U.S. Copyright Office in 2012, so that we'll (probably) soon enjoy "the Library of Congress’s former exemption so that consumers may unlock their phones after their contracts have expired."

The bill only covers smartphones as it's currently worded, but it could pave the way for broadening the measure to secondary devices such as tablets in the near future.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Jul 25 2014 9:48PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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The good times may be coming to an end for Verizon customers who have been clinging to their unlimited data plans. Beginning on October 1st, the carrier is expanding its network optimization policy, […]

Jul 25 2014 9:01PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.

Jul 25 2014 8:57PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested.

Jul 25 2014 8:10PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
In an informal survey of iPhone users, a grand total of zero knew about this insanely handy Siri trick -- which, bonus, might save your life.






Jul 25 2014 7:49PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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Jul 25 2014 7:27PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. But after more than a year of mostly disappointing quarterly results, that faith is being tested.

Jul 25 2014 6:12PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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