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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."

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

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
These apps can breathe new life into your phone with fresh designs and helpful features.






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
These apps can breathe new life into your phone with fresh designs and helpful features.






Jul 25 2014 6:05PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we'll tell you how to combine multiple iPhoto libraries into one.

Question: Somehow I’ve created many iPhoto libraries, some of which are nested within other iPhoto libraries. How do I make it so that I have just one iPhoto library? I get the feeling there is more to it than just dragging the contents of one into the other.

Answer: You are correct — this process is a little more complicated than simply copying one iPhoto library into another. You can do it manually, but it’s usually error-prone and will typically leave you with duplicate photos. The easier way to merge multiple iPhoto libraries is by using the iPhoto Library Manager, which is available for $29 at http://fatcatsoftware.com/iplm.

Using the iPhoto Library Manager, click on the Merge Libraries icon in the toolbar. Here, you will be prompted to drag-and-drop all of the libraries that need merging into the “Source Libraries” section. After doing that, drag-and-drop the library that all of the sources should be merged into using the Destination Library section. We’d advise merging into a new, empty library, and choosing your Desktop as its location. 


One of the tasks that iPhoto Library Manager can perform is automated library merging.

Next, you should choose what happens when the application encounters duplicate files in the “Duplicate Handling” section, and set a few other options in “Options.” When you are done, click “Preview,” and if you are happy with the changes, you can then go ahead with the merge.

After you’ve verified the merge worked and all of your photos are intact, then delete all of the source libraries from your home directory’s Pictures folder, and move the newly created library from your Desktop to the Pictures folder in the Finder. Your new library should load when you fire up iPhoto; you may need to hold down the Option key while starting iPhoto, then select the iPhoto library you wish to open manually.

Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.

Got a tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

Jul 25 2014 5:02PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

We've got some serious games in here for you, along with a big-name productivity app on the half-price shelf, so it's a good day to get yourself to the App Store!

Jul 25 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communication Inc's high speed wireless customers who subscribe to the company's legacy unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday.

Jul 25 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Have you ever wondered just how far you could take that potato alarm clock project you made as a kid? Someone at Nokia did, and the end result is very cool. It seems […]

Jul 25 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jul 25 2014 4:46PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - High-end sound system and headphone maker Bose Corp is going after the newer kid on the block, Beats Electronics, with a lawsuit accusing Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology.

Jul 25 2014 4:43PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cynk Technology shares plummeted to close down about 85 percent on Friday after a trading suspension was lifted, but the stock was only being exchanged in private deals.

Jul 25 2014 4:17PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
A key feature in the latest beta for Android users expands the ways you can customize and tweak the home screen.






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