The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular all presented exaggerated LTE coverage maps. However, the FCC says that it won’t penalize them for doing so, in apparent contradiction to the watchdog’s stated policy…
As expected, Apple’s iPhone 11 lineup arrived without support for 5G. Compatibility with the latest cellular standard is said to be arriving with next year’s iPhones but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro don’t bring LTE improvements as early LTE test results show a nice speed boost over the iPhone XS.
Apple has been toying with the idea of a SIM-equipped MacBook since at least 2007, as a prototype MacBook Pro later revealed. The company has continued to explore the idea, with a patent on the concept emerging just last year.
Steve Jobs revealed in 2008 that Apple rejected the idea for a couple of reasons. First, that it would add complexity to the device, and second that it would lock customers in to a particular carrier.
Neither argument applies today, and news that a number of major Windows laptop manufacturers are committed to producing LTE-equipped laptops is likely to put pressure on Apple to revisit the idea …
Sprint has announced the Magic Box, a signal booster that it’s making available free of charge to ‘qualifying’ homes and businesses. The booster – which it bills as ‘the world’s first all-wireless small call’ – amplifies LTE data signals from nearby cell towers, increasing both upload and download speeds by an average of 200%.
Apple has been toying with LTE-enabled MacBooks for many years. It even created a prototype MacBook Pro with a SIM slot and cellular antenna way back in 2007.
These days, doing so would be far neater, the latest Apple patent showing how the antenna could be hidden within the hinge mechanism, and an embedded virtual SIM could eliminate the physical one illustrated above. While the company has so far argued that using an iPhone’s WiFi hotspot or carrying an iPad provide plenty of options for mobile Internet use, the threat of competition from LTE-capable Windows laptops might just provide the nudge needed to change Apple’s mind …
Earlier this week it was reported that an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh would bring a thinner design, Touch ID support, and an OLED touch bar above the keyboard. One of the longstanding requests by MacBook users, however, has been an option for cellular connectivity and now it looks like we might be one step closer to that coming to fruition. As noted by PatentlyApple, Apple has recently been granted a patent for a MacBook with cellular connectivity.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard whispers that Apple is working on MacBook with cellular connectivity. In 2011, a MacBook Pro with 3G connectivity and a SIM card slot from 2007 was put up for auction on eBay with the seller claiming it was an unreleased prototype model, but is it still possible that Apple is considering finally adding the feature?
Bloomberg reports that Qualcomm shares have dropped after the company’s CEO hinted that its biggest customer could switch to a rival supplier for future orders. Reading between the lines, the speculation is that its biggest customer is Apple (Samsung is the only other company close to holding that title) and that a switch to Qualcomm’s rival means Apple’s is considering Intel for LTE modem chips in the iPhone 7:
Verizon began lab-testing its 5G network last year, aiming to carry out the first real-world tests this year, and AT&T has now announced that it will be doing the same. The company seems even more optimistic than Verizon, which estimated 5G speeds some 30-50 times faster than LTE.
We expect 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds.
Don’t get too excited just yet, though, as there are a couple of small hurdles to be overcome first …
The issue at stake in this new suit is that the iPhone 5/5s could silently switch from Wi-Fi to LTE under some circumstances, resulting in mobile data usage even when the phone was on Wi-Fi. This was fixed for Verizon users back in September 2012, but law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP claims that Apple didn’t fix it for AT&T users until more than two years later.
According to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Apple knew about the defect “almost immediately,” yet failed to fix it for AT&T wireless subscribers for years, and did not even disclose the defect. The defect affected all versions of iOS 6 and 7 and was only resolved with the release of iOS 8.1 in October 2014.
John Legere took to Twitter in a surprisingly short and subdued Tweetstorm just a short while ago to announce a new move the ‘Uncarrier’ is making this week. Ahead of its Uncarrier X event, T-Mo’s extraverted chief announced that the wireless carrier is now offering a personal 4G LTE CellSpot to any Simple Choice customer who wants one…
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air Wi-FI + LTE $300, iPhone 6 Battery Case $29, UE Roll Bluetooth Speaker $90, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:
App Store Gorgeous Games for $1 Sale: Tengami, Superbrothers, KAMI, Icebreaker, Out There, many more
- App Store Free App of the Week: Combo Quest RPG goes free for the first time ($1 value)
- EA’s new free-to-play Need for Speed No Limits is now available on iOS and Android
- Drop your cable modem rental fees with this refurb Motorola SB6141 deal: $55 shipped (Orig. $100)
- These Bluetooth earbuds use your iPhone’s Lightning port to charge
- Samsung 55-inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV: $600 shipped (Reg. $800)
- Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (dented box) $120 shipped (Reg. $180)
- BRO Ball combines Bluetooth audio and pigskin for the ultimate tailgate companion
- Kindle First Books for October: Infinity Lost, The Mentor, The Concealed, This Is the Night, more
- Freebies: Alice in Wonderland animated book iPad app + San Diego Zoo kids admission + More!
- Sports/Fitness: 50% off men’s outdoor Patagonia apparel, Yukon Tactical Explorer Side Pack $35 (Reg, $50), more
- Home: Worx 8-in-1 Yard Cart (refurb) $100 (Orig. $175), Dyson refurb vacs from $180 (Orig. $500), more
Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (AT&T or Verizon) for $300 shipped (Reg. $529)
Lenmar MAVEN iPhone 6 MFi Apple-Certified 3,000mAh Battery Case $29 shipped (Orig. $100), more
UE ROLL 360 Bluetooth Speaker (all colors): $90 shipped (Reg. $100)
Get a no-contract iPhone 6s from Boost Mobile for just $450 shipped (Orig. $649)
More new gear from today:
Daily Deals: FitDesk v2.0 Exercise Bike w/ Massage Bar $205, SanDisk Ultra 32GB Micro USB/USB 3.0 Flash Drive $11, more
- Inateck MercuryBox Aluminum Bluetooth 4.0 Ultra-Portable Speaker: $37 shipped (Reg. $46)
- Games/Apps: Mad Max (PS4/Xbox One) $50, Videoshop & Cloud Spin go free, more iOS freebies
- VisionTek 120GB USB 3.0 Pocket Solid State Drive: $80 shipped (Reg. $100)
- Download Cole Swindell’s debut album for free ($10 value)
- Under Armour Gear 40% Off: Fleece Hoody $30, Caterpillar Work Boots 50% Off: Steel Toe $78
More deals still alive:
Free PS Plus Games for October: Super Meat Boy, Broken Age, Kickbeat, more
Free Xbox Live Gold Games for October: Valiant Hearts, The Walking Dead, more
Networking: ZyXEL AV500 Powerline $25 shipped (Reg. $50+), travel routers, more
- WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS $160 shipped (Orig. $220)
- Anker 14W Dual-USB Port Solar Charger: $40 shipped (Reg. $50+)
- LG 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide LED IPS Monitor: $620 shipped (Reg. $780+)
- GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera (Refurb): $169 shipped (Orig. $240)
- Klipsch STATUS Over-Ear Headphones $100 shipped (Orig. $150), more
- Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal SSDs: 500GB $150 (Reg. $175+), 250GB $80 (Reg. $90)
- USB Power: Anker 15,600mAh Battery Pack $24 (Reg. $30), more
- CowBoom 20% off sitewide: iPad mini 3 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (pre-owned) from $292, more
- Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $70 shipped (Reg. $85+)
- SanDisk Connect Wi-Fi Flash Drive for iOS: 64GB $50 (Reg. $60), 32GB $30 (Reg. $40)
- Beyerdynamic T5p Tesla Audiophile over-ear headphones $650 shipped (Reg. $850+)
- Canary All-in-One Internet-Connected Home Security Device: $199 shipped (Reg. $250)
- Keep your Wi-Fi running during a power outage – APC Network Backup UPS: $40 shipped (Reg. $65)
- Buy 2 Board Games, Get 1 Free: Star Wars Pictopia $25, Jenga $9, Monopoly $20, more
- Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 in White/Gold: $49 shipped (Reg. $100)
- Learn to hack a Raspberry Pi: $115 (Orig. $804, CA Tax Only)
- First Generation Lytro 16GB Digital Camera $80 (Orig. $199)
- Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell livestreams video of anyone who calls: $169 Shipped (Orig. $199)
- Loot Crate: 3-Month Subscription: $49 Shipped (Orig. $58, CA Tax Only)
- SKEYE Pico Drone fits inside its own controller, packs gyro-stabilization: $35 Shipped (Orig. $49)
- Typinator Family Pack (5 licenses) for $21.99 (48% off)
- KeySmart 2.0 Titanium Key Organizer: $30 Shipped (Orig. $44, CA Tax Only)
- Lyrix Axis Levitating Wireless-Charging Speaker: $140 Shipped (Orig. $200, CA Tax Only)
- Private Internet Access VPN offers browsing protection, 2-year subscription now $60 (Orig. $80)
New products & more
TiVo makes the DVR sexy with 4K content, AirPlay and one-click commercial skipping
- Bose’s latest connected speaker lowers the entry price into the SoundTouch family
- Keurig’s new KOLD brewer lets you make Coca-Cola at home but it’s going to cost you
- Amazon snags exclusive streaming rights for Back to The Future trilogy
- Amazon’s Prime Music adds new artists to its streaming service
- GoPro introduces a new cost-effective action camera with Wi-Fi capabilities
- Exploride combines the best iPhone features into one safe head-up display unit for your car
- Microsoft is announcing a new Xbox One bundle every day this week
- Review: JBL’s new Xtreme Bluetooth speaker goes big on sound and design
- You can make the new J-Force electric surfboard go 0-35MPH with the bend of your finger
Competitively pricing Apple’s new tablet, T-Mobile has opened up orders on the LTE-enabled models of the iPad mini 4. Pricing starts at $529 full retail, with $0 down finance options available to well-qualified buyers. From today, customers can order the latest 4G-capable mini from T-Mobile’s online store in all three colors and storage capacities.
16GB – $529.99 full retail – $0 down + $22.08 per month
64GB – $629.99 full retail – $99.99 down + $22.08 per month
128GB – $729.99 full retail – $199.99 down + $22.08 per month
Customers buying the iPad from T-Mobile will be able to take advantage of the carrier’s tablet data plan which — for $10 per month — matches the data on their smartphone plan up to 5GB per month. What’s more, customers will get the usual Un-carrier perks of being able to access 4G LTE in Canada and Mexico, unlimited data and texting in 145 countries abroad and get unlimited music streaming on cellular including Apple Music for subscribers.
If you’d rather pick one up from a brick-and-mortar store, they’ll be on physical retail shelves from September 25th, timed alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch.
T-Mobile really wants you to buy your iPhone 6s from the company, offering you the 16GB model for a total payment of just $524 on its 18-month JUMP program – a discount of $125 off the normal price of $649. You pay just $20/month for 18 months, at the end of which you can either hand back the phone and walk away, or pay $164 more to keep it. T-Mobile has described this as special introductory pricing which “won’t last long,” but hasn’t given a specific expiry date.
The company also promises you won’t be locked to the T-Mobile network if you’re unhappy with its coverage – which will be notably better for iPhone 6s users. T-Mobile’s Extended Range LTE operates on the 700MHz spectrum, which Apple is supporting for the first time in the iPhone 6s, and is around four times better at penetrating walls to give stronger signals inside buildings …
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air w/ LTE $300, iOS 9/Swift 2 Course Developer Bundle $49, 1Password for Mac $35, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:
App Store Free App of the Week: Flick Kick Football ($2 value)
- Best Buy Labor Day Sale Early Access: Retina MacBook Pro $1,150, iPad mini 3 $300, 32GB Lightning flash drive $50, more
- 2K iOS Strategy Bundle: Civ Rev 2, XCOM Enemy Within & Sid Meier’s Starships for $20 ($35 value)
- Sphero brought the BB-8 Droid from Star Wars to life and we all want it
- TwelveSouth BassJump 2 for MacBook w/ El Capitan software update: $50 shipped (Orig. $70)
- Amazon Gold Box – Garmin nüvi 5-inch GPS: $100 shipped (Orig. $150)
- Philips’ latest Hue lightstrips put out white light and are extendable
- Bang & Olufsen’s new wool covered AirPlay speaker stuns with its look and price
- Philips undercuts the market on price with its new whole home audio system
- Baytek PartyMix Portable Bluetooth/NFC Speaker $16 Prime shipped (Reg. $21)
- Home: Neato Botvac robo vac $320 (Reg. $400), T-fal Deep Fryer $95 (Reg. $120), Luggage Lock $5 (Reg. $10), more
Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (AT&T or Verizon) for $300 shipped (Reg. $529)
All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Developer Bundle: $49 (Orig. $398)
1Password secure password manager for Mac: $35 or $28 w/ .edu (Reg. $50)
11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest): $730 shipped (Reg. $899)
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,280 shipped (Reg. $1,499)
13.3-inch MacBook Air (early 2014) 1.7GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,249 shipped (Orig. $1,849)
Apple AirPort Express Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Router (refurbished): $50 shipped (Orig. $99)
Giveaway: $400 Belkin WeMo bundle including the new Lightify Starter Set, multiple winners
More new gear from today:
JBL’s Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker takes its lightshow next level, previous gen on sale for $100 (Reg. $150)
- Cambond 10-ft MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cable (multiple colors): $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $14)
- Games/Apps: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker $29, LEGO Star Wars Clone Wars & Deus Ex Ultimate $5 ea.
- Over-Ear Headphones: V-Moda Crossfade LP $90 (Reg. $125+), Parrot ZIK Bluetooth (refurb) $140 (Orig. $400)
- Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ mic & CAD Acousti-Shield $149 shipped ($244 value)
- Daily Deals: Samsung Galaxy Gear Android Smart Watch (refurb) $55, Smallville Complete Series $85, more
More deals still alive:
Twelve South iPad Air/mini cases: BookBook from $35 (Orig. $80), leather SurfacePad $35 (Reg. $70), more
Incase MacBook Backpacks 50% off in multiple colors w/ free shipping: Cargo $40 (Reg. $80), Staple $30 (Reg. $60)
- You can score Nest’s 2nd generation Learning Thermostat for $199 if you move quickly
- Transistor iOS action-RPG gets its first price drop: $5 (Reg. $10)
- Kanto YU2 Desktop Mini Reference Monitor Speakers: $140 shipped (Reg. $180+)
- Grain Audio OEHP On-Ear Headphones: $149 Shipped (Orig. $199, CA Tax Only)
- Fashion: J. Crew Factory shorts $25, Timex Weekender Watch $14 Prime shipped, Toms Mens shoes $29
- Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker in multiple sizes/colors: $120 shipped (Reg. $150)
- Healthkit-supported Bluetooth Smart Bathroom scale with BMI, more: $49 Shipped
- Ringke iPhone 6/Plus Cases from $5 shipped in multiple colors/styles, more
- Harman Kardon Nova 2.0 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker System $150 shipped (Orig. $200)
- Home: Dyson AM07 tower fan $270, Philips Norelco men’s shaver $120, more
- D-Link PowerLine AV500 Mini Adapter Starter Kit: $20 shipped (Reg. $35+)
- Kindle First Books for September: The Prettiest One, Pale Queen Rising, Still Waters, more
- Brother All-in-One AirPrint Wireless InkJet Printer $50 shipped (Reg. $85+)
- Gift Cards up to 20% off: Sports Authority, Domino’s, Jiffy Lube, Steak ‘n Shake, more
- Western Digital 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive: $130 shipped (Orig. $200)
- GoPro HERO4 Silver waterproof action camera: $319 shipped (Reg. $400)
- Motorola SURFboard Cable Modem + Wireless Router: $90 shipped (~$109+ value), more
- Monitors: Acer 23″ $100 (Reg. $140), Dell 23.8″ UltraSharp w/ HDMI $210 (Reg. $240)
- Audio: JBL Micro Bluetooth speaker $28, V-MODA M-80 headphones $80 (Reg. up to $120)
- MicroSD cards: Silicon Power 64GB $20 (Orig. $36), PNY 128GB $51 (Orig. $80), more
- REI extra 20% off: Columbia Fleece Half-Zip $24, Marmot Down Jacket $104, more
- Hot Java Android Coding Bundle: 5 app development courses for $29 (Orig. $657)
- Free Xbox Live Gold Games for September: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Battlestations Pacific, more
- Free PS Plus Games for September: Grow Home, Super Time Force Ultra, Twisted Metal, more
- Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner: $175 Shipped (Orig. $229, CA Tax Only)
New products & more:
Polaroid’s latest pocket-sized Snap cam instantly prints photos with no ink
Review: Tucker and Bloom’s East to West XL Messenger Bag goes big to handle all your gear
Amazon now offers money back to Prime members after their first Dash button purchase
- Hulu puts pressure on Netflix with new commercial-free subscription plan
- Sony’s new high-resolution headphones have a cringe-worthy name
- Neato details its new iOS/Android connected robotic smart vac
- EA announces upcoming Star Wars Battlefront beta, new gameplay modes and companion app
- Pandora celebrates its 10th anniversary by nixing ads for all listeners
- Nintendo brings new smaller 3DS to North America, Zelda Tri Force 3DS, opens digital store on Amazon
- Leica partners w/ an Italian auto designer to create a marvelous set of limited edition binoculars
- Microsoft details new Xbox One Elite Bundle w/ upgraded SSD, new special edition controller
- Release dates/special editions announced for Uncharted 4 & Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Set the clock back to 1875 with the new Tesla Watch from ThinkGeek
- Netflix September Preview: The Walking Dead Season 5, Gotham Season 1, and more
- SmartHalo adds simple smartphone-connected navigation to your bike’s handlebars
- Gears of War creator reveals the first gameplay footage for his new gravity-defying FPS
T-Mobile has announced that it’s going to seriously clamp down on any users using unauthorized methods to get around its tethering cap. Those caught using more data than they should be on the highest tier, unlimited Simple Choice plan will be warned to stop, before being moved down to the entry-level plan. This move is aimed specifically at smartphone users who deliberately break T-Mo’s terms and conditions using workarounds to conceal their tethering usage.
The magenta carrier published an updated FAQ page on its support site stating that some customers have been blowing way past the 7GB tethering limit on the highest Simple Choice plan, some using as much as 2TB (2000GB) of data on their mobile plan. Its biggest concern is the experience created for others. With people using the network so heavily, it can ruin the network performance for everyone else. The carrier has developed software to detect those using workarounds and will initially warn users. If they carry on abusing the network, then they get moved on to a plan with just 1GB data (including tethering).
We’re first warning these customers that they’re illegally using more data than they bought. We hope folks will stop on their own so they can keep their current plan. These customers are on an unlimited 4G LTE smartphone plan that includes a set amount of Smartphone Mobile HotSpot data, but they’re using workarounds to make their tethering look like smartphone usage which helps them use significantly more 4G LTE tethering than their plan includes.
Once they’re on a plan with a set amount of 4G LTE data, it won’t matter what method they use for Smartphone Mobile HotSpot. Once they use their 4G LTE data bucket, they’ll continue to be able to use data at reduced speeds and still never worry about overages.
T-Mobile will start communicating these changes with its customers from today and notes that only a very small percentage of its customers have been discovered to be concealing their tethering. Despite it being a very small fraction of the customer base, it has a “disproportionately negative impact” on the experience for everyone else.
National carriers across the US have been adding features that make it easier to use their service in Mexico and Canada as a growing trend, and today AT&T has announced enhancements to its pre-paid GoPhone plans to include 4GB of high speed data use in Canada and Mexico as well as the United States. The new AT&T GoPhone feature goes into effect on August 21st and is supported on the carrier’s $60 pre-paid plan without making any changes.
In addition to 4GB of 4G LTE data for use across North America where available, the GoPhone plans include unlimited talk and text in the US, Canada, and Mexico as well. AT&T’s $60 GoPhone plan is reduced to $55/month for customers using the carrier’s Auto Refill automatic payment feature.
For post-paid subscribers, AT&T supports international calling and texting to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on its 15GB and 20GB Mobile Share Value plans that it simplified over the weekend. More similarly, T-Mobile enhanced its own plans last month to support 4G LTE data use in addition to text and calls in Canada and Mexico without international roaming fees.
Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data speeds, the next iPhone will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may nonetheless remain at a 16GB minimum capacity.
In case you missed it, Mark appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” earlier today to discuss the leaked iPhone 6S, its numerous changes, and its new Qualcomm chip and double LTE speeds, plus this week’s launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 and what to expect for the future of Apple’s new streaming music service. Watch below:
One of the main upgrades to the next iPhone’s internals will be a redesigned wireless system featuring a new Qualcomm-made LTE chip, as revealed by images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board shared by a source. As shown in the image below, the new device will include Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35’ Gobi modem platform. This new chip promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25” chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds…
T-Mobile has today unveiled what it hopes will be the next-generation of network maps, breathing new life into the carrier coverage maps of old. T-Mobile says that its new “Next-Gen Network Map” is the industry’s first crowd-sourced map, and reflects “near real-time customer experiences.”
9to5Toys Last Call: Time Capsule 3TB refurb $299, iPad mini 2 128GB LTE $430, JayBird Bluetooth in-ears $119, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:
- iPad Shoulder Bag by STM $13 Prime shipped (orig. $55)
- Turn your selfies into dronies with this new iOS/Android controlled mini hexacopter
- This Minecraft Toolbox brings Steve’s tools to life thanks to Raspberry Pi
- Japanese accessory maker teases follow-up to the wildly popular R2-D2 virtual keyboard
- DJiT’s upcoming Mixfader might be the most portable iOS/Android DJ controller yet
- Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal SSDs: 250GB $100 (Reg. $135), 1TB $369 (Reg. $430)
- Anker Astro 16000mAh External Battery w/ free Astro Mini 3200mAh $35 ($20 savings)
- Home: Crest Whitestrips kit $28 (Reg. $35+), cookware, vacs, more
- $10 off a $30 purchase of classic and new board games
Apple’s refurbished 3TB Time Capsule drops to $299 shipped (25% off original)
Daily Deals: iPad mini 2 128GB LTE $430, ZAGGkeys iPad Air keyboard case $29, Toshiba Canvio 1TB HDD $50, more
JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones $119 shipped (Reg. $170)
Exclusive: Incase 13-inch MacBook Air Hardshell Cases for $25 shipped (50% off)
Small States Review: Grado’s GR10e in-ear headphones hit every note, $299 giveaway
More new gear from today:
Amazon’s best selling HDTV: LG Electronics 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED for $500 shipped (Reg. $800)
- New! Twelve South Lightning for iPhone 6/Plus for $28 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)
- New! Stop paying cable modem rental fees: Motorola SB6141 $58 shipped (Reg. $90)
- New! Seagate 5TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $129 Prime shipped
- New! Toffee’s new iOS/MacBook accessories + discount for 9to5 readers
- New! Groupon 10% off sitewide: iPhone 6 battery cases from $36, more
- New! Games/Apps: Far Cry 4 $30, Watch Dogs PS4 $20, Thief PS4 $15, iOS freebies, more
- New! Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iOS $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $30+)
- New! Pick up some LEGO DUPLO & Star Wars sets as much as 60% off at Target
More deals still alive:
Modern Combat 5: Blackout for iOS goes free for the first time (Reg. $4+)
- OtterBox Commuter Series iPhone 6 Case $17 shipped (orig. $35)
- Belkin Fusive Portable Bluetooth Speaker $34 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $85)
- Seagate Diskless 2-Bay Network Attached Storage $100 shipped (Reg. $170)
- Mophie Juice Pack Helium 1500mAh iPhone 5/5s battery case $27 shipped (orig. $80)
- Home: Chicago Cutlery 5-pc knife block set $16, Brentwood stainless steel kettle $19, more
- Media: Red Hot Chili Peppers free live album, more
- Thinking Apple Watch? Pebble’s original timepiece might be a better buy for iOS users
- Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M30x $55, Sennheiser HD 650 $290, more
- uNu DX-6 iPhone 6 3000mAh MFi Battery Case $43 w/ in-store pickup (Reg. $80)
- Car mount iPhone 6: $10 (Reg. $23), MFi Lightning cable: $7 Prime shipped (Reg. $14)
- 1Password 5 for Mac is on sale for $35 (Reg. $50) – stop using weak passwords right now
- Get started with Tile Bluetooth iOS/Android item trackers for $20 Prime shipped (20% off)
- Position iPad as a 2nd monitor w/ Twelve South HoverBar 3: $75 shipped (Reg. $100)
- Big USB battery/flashlights: Omaker 15,600mAh: $25, Power Vault 18000mAh: $30 shipped
- Apple Watch leather bands hit Amazon for $10
- Get ready for Game of Thrones season 5 w/ free iTunes music from Method Man, more
iTunes Free App of the Week: Dark Echo ($2 value)
Apple extends deeper discounts to its refurbished store: AirPort Extreme $129, 13″ MacBook Air from $719, more
Apple laptops up to 25% off: MacBook Air from $750 w/ .edu, Pro w/ Retina display from $1,100 w/ .edu
Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59
New products & more:
Atari’s new Fit app for iOS and Android rewards users w/ classic arcade games
- Bosch’s new REAXX table saw uses advanced sensors to protect your hands and its blade
- Nomad launches two Apple Watch power accessories, save 22% on your preorder
- Sony’s PlayStation Vue is now available, but how does it compare to Sling?
- IK’s new iRig 2 guitar/instrument audio interface for iOS and Mac is now available
- Sling TV hits Xbox One w/ free 1-month trial for Live users, more channels announced
- Netflix April Preview: Daredevil season one, The Babadook, more
- This iPhone 6 case uses old fashioned power to keep your device alive
- Incase moves to manufacturing iPhone accessories in the United States, save 15%
- With summer approaching, SABER introduces the iPhone connected EDGE smart grill
- Sony announces free multiplayer weekend for all PS4 owners
- The Atlas Wristband can discern between different fitness activities
- LyfeLens dash cam pushes live video to your iPhone and doubles as a hotspot
- Kitchen Tech: AeroPress lets you make fancy coffee and espresso at budget prices
- New iOS/Mac game releases: Sid Meier’s Starships & Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 5
- Moleskine announces new backpack and messenger style bags for travelers, artists, more
- Straight Outta Springfield: LEGO announces new Simpsons inspired sets
In response to Apple taking Ericsson to court over wireless patent licensing, the Swedish telecommunications company has filed a lawsuit in Texas that seeks the court to determine whether its licensing offer to Apple is fair. Ericsson told the court that it has been attempting to reach a new licensing agreement with Apple for over two years, but negotiations have failed to result in a deal. The patents in question are related to wireless LTE technologies that Apple uses in products like the iPhone and iPad.
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Ericsson over the licensing fees for technology patents related to LTE wireless connectivity, Reuters reported today. According to Apple, the company has not infringed any of the patents in question, which it says are not essential to the LTE networking standard.
Ericsson calculates its royalty fees based on the price of a complete handset rather than only the component that integrates the patented technology.