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Patent troll VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime & iMessage, increase damages award by $190M

Infamous patent troll VirnetX has formally asked a Texas court this week to order Apple to stop providing its FaceTime and iMessage features to customers. The request follows VirnetX’s victory in court earlier this year to the tune of $625 million, which the firm wants to see increased by $190 million or more, Law360 reports:

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Zac Hall

May 26th

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PieMessage open-source project brings iMessage to Android using your Mac as a server

A new open source project called PieMessage enables cross-platform iMessage support, allowing Android users to communicate using Apple’s iPhone messaging platform.

In the video below, we get a short look at the PieMessage app in action with a still unreleased prototype version of the app.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Android, app, client, GitHub, iMessage, Mac, Open source, PieMessage, server, web, Windows

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Jordan Kahn

May 3rd

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How to backup and restore SMS and iMessages on a clean iOS install

Have you noticed that virtually every aspect of the personal information on our iPhones can be restored individually via iCloud? Things like photos, mail, contacts, calendars, Safari bookmarks, and notes can all be individually recovered on a fresh install of iOS.

The one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is text messages and iMessages. Sure, it’s possible to restore text messages if you’re willing to backup and restore the entire contents of your iPhone, but what if you wish to perform a fresh install of iOS and then restore messages?

Fortunately, backing up and restoring SMS texts and iMessages on an individual basis is possible, as long as you’re willing to take some time to follow our step-by-step guide.

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Filed under: How-To, iOS Devices, Tips and Tricks Tagged: backup, iBackupBot, icloud, iCloud backup, iMessage, iTunes, restore, SMS, Text messages

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Jeff Benjamin

April 9th

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Many Mac users unable to log in to iMessage & FaceTime after updating to OS X 10.11.4

Apple earlier this week released the public stable version of OS X 10.11.4, but for a number of users the update process has been less than pleasant. A plethora of users are voicing issues on Apple’s support forums centered around logging in to iMessage and FaceTime following the update to OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan.

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Chance Miller

March 24th

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More evidence the FBI doesn’t need Apple’s help cracking the San Bernardino iPhone

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The high-profile FBI vs. Apple case is nearing its court date, but if you’ve followed the story closely you probably know everything there is to know about it. In short, the FBI wants Apple to create an iOS backdoor that will let it access data on a locked iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple, meanwhile, says that taking such a course is very dangerous for the safety of iPhone users and would set a dangerous precedent by opening a door to hackers. While each side has argued its case in the media over the last few weeks, some intrepid researchers from John Hopkins have found a hole in Apple’s iPhone

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Chris Smith

March 22nd

Apple

Johns Hopkins researchers find way to decrypt iMessage photos & videos; fixed in iOS 9.3

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found a vulnerability in iMessages that allowed them to decrypt both photos and videos sent via the service. Apple said that iOS 9 provided a partial fix – making the attack method more difficult – while it is fully fixed in iOS 9.3.

The Washington Post reports that the team advised Apple of the flaw, and will publish a paper as soon as iOS 9.3 has been officially released, expected for later today. The team has, however, explained in outline how their attack worked …

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Apple Inc, Encryption, iMessage, iMessage bug, iMessage hack, iMessage vulnerability, iMessages, iPhone, messages

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Ben Lovejoy

March 21st

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Johns Hopkins researchers find way to decrypt iMessage photos & videos; fixed in iOS 9.3

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found a vulnerability in iMessages that allowed them to decrypt both photos and videos sent via the service. Apple said that iOS 9 provided a partial fix – making the attack method more difficult – while it is fully fixed in iOS 9.3.

The Washington Post reports that the team advised Apple of the flaw, and will publish a paper as soon as iOS 9.3 has been officially released, expected for later today. The team has, however, explained in outline how their attack worked …

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Apple Inc, Encryption, iMessage, iMessage bug, iMessage hack, iMessage vulnerability, iMessages, iPhone, messages

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Ben Lovejoy

March 21st

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iMessage Encryption Flaw Allows Researchers to Intercept Images

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University has discovered a flaw in iMessage on older version of iOS which makes it possible for a third party to intercept and decrypt images and video.

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Jamie Condliffe

March 21st

Apple

Apple execs Eddy Cue & Craig Federighi talk Apple Music, App Store & more in new interview

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John Gruber surprised podcast listeners today by getting Apple’s own Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi on The Talk Show to discuss a variety of topics behind Apple. Since Tim Cook took leadership at Apple, it hasn’t been unheard of for Apple execs to appear on Gruber’s show. The first occurrence was last June when Phil Schiller met John Gruber on stage during WWDC to discuss Apple’s recent announcements and decisions over the past few years. This marks the second time that Federighi has been on the The Talk Show, and Cue’s first.

Very special guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi join the show. Topics include: the new features in Apple’s upcoming OS releases (iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2); why Apple is expanding its public beta program for OS releases; iTunes’s monolithic design; how personally involved Eddy and Craig are in using, testing, and installing beta software; the sad decline of Duke’s men’s basketball team; and more.

Some scoops too, including: the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders.

Cue and Federighi open up about their personal experiences with using the Apple ecosystem and how even they find bugs and usability issues to discuss with their teams. From awkward purchasing situations on the Apple TV, to the difficulties with Siri in handling multilingual requests for non-English speakers. Federighi also re-confirms the incoming update to the Apple Remote app on iOS including Siri Remote features. This brought up a great question from Gruber in regards to allowing multiple users on the Apple TV at the same time. Federighi stated that it would be possible for one to use the Remote app, and another user to use the Siri Remote at the same on the Apple TV. This makes it more accessible for those multiplayer gaming situations where buying a dedicated gaming controller at that time just isn’t feasible.

They also delve into some previously unreported numbers in today’s show to discuss the scale of Apple’s services. At peak times, Messages sees 200,000 messages being sent per second. The App Store and iTunes stores process over 750 million transactions every week, and “billions of dollars” through Apple Pay. Cue explains with over a billion active devices, there are currently 782 million iCloud users (with some having multiple devices). In Apple Maps alone, they’ve corrected and notified over 2.5 million different customer feedback issues.

Cue also belabors the discussions around the iTunes applications and the environment it brings to customers. Starting with discussions internally two years ago, Cue re-iterates that iTunes was designed at a time when everything was synced with cables. He quickly touches on the idea that when Apple was introducing Apple Music, they played with building it “all in the cloud” because “Apple Music’s all in the cloud”, but by doing so it might have limited users from uploading their music into the cloud without a tool like iTunes. Cue finalizes his statements explaining, “we’ve got a new refresh, with the new version of OS X coming out next month, that makes it even easier to use in the music space.”

Maybe we fix it in iOS 10, maybe we fix it in…9.3″, says Federighi, “we don’t necessarily…have a great way to decide when we want to communicate to you that there is a release it’s going to be fixed in.

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Gruber reintroduces the previously discussed Apple Maps resolutions as a way to segue into the seemingly ignored bug-tracking system, Radar. Gruber wonders how can Radar get to the manner of communication and resolutions that Apple Maps issue reporting provides. Federighi explains that they need to sort out how to communicate the issues that they fix. “Maybe we fix it in iOS 10, maybe we fix it in…9.3”, says Federighi, “we don’t necessarily…have a great way to decide when we want to communicate to you that there is a release it’s going to be fixed in.” He goes on to say that although they don’t reply to them, they are reading them, they just “don’t tell you what’s happening with them.”

Be sure to listen to the interview on Gruber’s site, or within iTunes‘ podcast section.


Filed under: AAPL Company, General, iOS, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: App Store, craig federighi, Eddy Cue, iMessage, iTunes, John Gruber, the talk show

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Greg Barbosa

February 12th

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East Texas court orders Apple to pay $625M in damages to patent troll VirnetX

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Last month, it was reported that patent troll VirnetX is seeking $532 million in damages from Apple, claiming that the company has taken its intellectual property without permission. The suit focused on a variety of VirnetX patents relating to technology used in creating Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. VirnetX said that Apple’s own VPN technology, as well as its iMessage and FaceTime services, infringe on its patents. After another week of hearing, the East Texas Federal District Court has now unanimously ruled that Apple owes VirnetX $625 million in damages.

All the way back in 2012, VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million in damages from Apple, but an appeals court threw out that ruling and ordered a new trial. VirnetX then went into the new trial requesting $532 million from Apple. Accounting for willful infringement and royalty calculations however, the court ruled that Apple actually owes VirnetX $625 million.

The ruling was unanimous by the East Texas Federal District, with it ruling that Apple’s VPN on Demand feature, FaceTime, and iMessage all infringed on a handful of different VirnetX patents, coming out to the grand total of $625 million (via AI). The location of the court is notable as East Texas district tends to favor the patent owner in patent-related suits.

At the beginning of the trial, VirnetX explained that Apple had “not played fair” when it came to licensing intellectual property, while Apple argued that it believes in fairness and protecting IP, but that VirnetX kept “moving the boundary, asking for more and more.”

Apple has yet to comment on the ruling, but it will likely seek an appeal. This isn’t the first time Apple has fallen victim to a patent troll, though. In 2015, it was ordered to pay $532.9 million for infringing on gaming patents of SmartFlash LLC. Not satisfied with that amount, SmartFlash then came back again looking for more, saying Apple had released products too late to be included in the initial trial. In 2014, Apple voiced its displeasure with patent trolls, saying that it is the subject of more patent-related lawsuits than any other company.


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Chance Miller

February 3rd

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