Apple has been slapped with a lawsuit over its use of a Jamie xx song in an iPhone commercial.
Artist Jerome Lawson filed its lawsuit against Apple on Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing the iPhone maker and its ad firm Media Arts Lab of illegally violating his “right of publicity.” Oddly, Lawson isn’t part of Jamie xx, but instead serves as the lead singer of The Persuasions.
The lawsuit, which was earlier reported on by The Hollywood Reporter, is nebulous, to say the least.
used the Jamie xx song “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” in a 2015 ad promoting its iPhone 6. That song used The Persuasions’ 1971 song “Good Times” for part of its recording. Lawson’s lawsuit doesn’t cite Jamie xx as a defendant and doesn’t even say Apple violated a copyright by using the song in
Once upon a time, it was difficult, impossible even, for Wall Street analysts to get Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf to speak the name of one of his two largest customers: Apple.
That changed-in a big way-this week, after Apple filed suit against Qualcomm in the United States and China and aided regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and the Korea Fair Trade Commission in moving against the chipmaker with their own legal actions.
A Chicago man has been sentenced to jail for his involvement in so-called “Celebgate” hacking.
Edward Majerczyk will serve nine months in jail and pay $5,700 in restitution for hacking the iCloud and Gmail accounts owned by dozens of celebrities, including Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, according to the Guardian, which earlier reported on the sentence. In a plea deal Majerczyk, 29, said he used phishing attacks to target his victims and steal their passwords. Upon doing so, he illegally obtained access to their accounts and leaked the celebrities’ emails and private photos.
Phishing scams are a common method for hackers to obtain access to an unsuspecting victim’s data. The hackers create fake emails that claim to come from a company. Often, those emails warn of a hack or other security concern and request victims input their passwords to safeguard themselves. In reality, those victims are sending their
Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing, alleging that the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday.
, which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively.
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for “modem” chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm’s $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.
The lawsuits follow a decision by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint on Jan. 17 in which it accused Qualcomm of using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly of a key semiconductor used in
With the holiday shopping season of 2016 now in the books, it looks like the wearable revolution has still yet to arrive. Only 15.6% of U.S. consumers owned a smartwatch or fitness band at the end of 2016, up from 12.2% early in the year, according to surveys by market tracker Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The future looks hazy, as well. Among people who don’t already own a smart wearable, just 8% plan to buy one in 2017, Kantar reported on Wednesday. For those who replied that they were not interested, 46% cited excessive cost, 33% a lack of useful functionality and 30% said they did to want to wear a watch.
As many iPhone 6 owners have discovered, something is wrong with the battery. A bug or a defect causes the phone to crash dramatically: the power might plunge from 50% or 30% to 1% percent and other times the iPhone just shuts down altogether.
When I wrote about the issue in December, Apple pointed to a battery replacement program that covers a “small number” of iPhone 6s devices manufactured in late 2015. Apple also acknowledged a “small number” of other iPhones may likewise be affected.
After the story came out, I heard from dozens of readers who said they too are experiencing serious battery issues. Many also complained how Apple aapl
is giving them the runaround. This prompted me to take a deeper look and come to a conclusion: the iPhone battery issue is endemic, and there’s a strong a legal and public relations case for Apple to expand its
has demanded a series of tax and sourcing concessions from India, before it begins to assemble iPhones in the country, Reuters reported last week. Sources familiar with the matter had told Reuters that Apple executives were supposed to meet with officials from the industry, information technology and finance departments on Wednesday to discuss their demands.
Owners of Apple’s AirPods earphones will have another method to help track the wireless earbuds should they become lost.
The tech giant announced on Tuesday that the beta version of its upcoming iOS 10.3 software will include an update to the Find My iPhone app, specifically targeting the new accessories.
Like previous iterations of Find My iPhone, the app locates an owner’s mobile devices on a map, which will now also include where the AirPod earpieces were most recently located. Users can also make the app trigger a specially designed sound be emitted from one or both pieces of the AirPods. The app relies on the Bluetooth wireless signals emitted by the AirPods, which can be received by an iPhone or iPad signed in to the owner’s iCloud account.
Target said on Tuesday it plans to launch its own mobile payment service this year in stores, which would allow customers to pay for goods using an app on their mobile phones.
The retailer did not specify the time of launch and a spokesman declined to give additional details. The Minneapolis-based company has about 1,800 stores, all in the United States.
Reuters first reported Target was building its own mobile payment service in December 2015. The retailer’s entry would create a powerful new competitor in a small, crowded market, challenging Apple’s Apple Pay, Alphabet’s Android Pay and Samsung Electronics’ Samsung Pay.
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Target’s decision to introduce its mobile payment service follows rival Wal-Mart Stores which launched Wal-Mart Pay in December 2015.
Apple has secured a patent that could bring major changes to the company’s Apple Watch wearable.
The patent, called “Module functional band links for wearable devices,” describes a technology in which a wearable’s watchband links could come with several “electronic components,” including additional batteries and sensors that can track a person’s health. Perhaps more interestingly, the band links could feature touch displays and even cameras, allowing the wearable’s watchband to enhance the device’s functionality.
is always filing patents on new technologies. And while it’s possible its patented technologies could come to a future device, it’s also possible they won’t. It’s impossible to say in which pile this latest patent might land.
Apple’s next iPhone won’t have the kind of impact on the company’s business some hope it might, one analyst told investors in a research note on Tuesday.
Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz on Tuesday downgraded Apple’s stock to equal weight from its previous overweight rating. Moskowitz, who also lowered Apple’s price target from $119 a share to $117, said that Apple’s next high-end handset, which he calls the iPhone 8, will be unable to overcome existing challenges in the smartphone maker’s business.
“Maturation of the device-centric consumer electronics adoption wave could weigh on both Apple and the smartphone market,” Moskowitz told investors. “We also are concerned the China smartphone market could sputter for another year, which had been a major growth engine for Apple.”
If you’re an absent-minded smartphone owner, here’s a good reason to get an Amazon Echo. TrackR just updated an app that promises to find your misplaced (or stolen) phone no matter what (or where).
The new app runs on Alexa, the voice-controled virtual assistant that runs on Amazon Echo.
TrackR’s first release, as shown in a widely televised Echo ad, lets you ask Alexa to ring your phone. And, your phone will ring, no matter where it is, even if it is silent mode. (The commercial implies this will work even if your gorgeous Golden Lab eats the device in question.)
The updated version of the app, or “Skill” in Amazon amzn
speak, goes further. The new edition of TrackR will provide Alexa (and you) with the last-known location of your phone whether it’s right next to you, in your office 10 miles away, or, conceivably, thousands of
For every basic iPhone 7 it sells for $649, Apple pays about $15 to Qualcomm in royalties for using the mobile chip maker’s patented wireless technology, according to analysts. Apple pays slightly more in royalties for the higher-end $749 and even more on $849 iPhones, based on their higher prices.
According to its lawsuit against Qualcomm last week and from other recent regulatory cases, Apple may even pay the same royalty rates–or more–for iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm chips. After a five-year exclusivity agreement with Qualcomm expired last year, Apple began using competing wireless modem chips from Intel in about half of its newest iPhones. But Qualcomm seeks royalties under the assumption that any wireless modem chip is relying on many of its related patents.
The somewhat convoluted Qualcomm licensing scheme, in practice, used calculations and discounts related to the cost of making the iPhone along with payments to and