Apple Loses A7/A8 Patent Lawsuit, Could Owe University of Wisconsin Up to $862 Million

Last year, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which protects the University of Wisconsin’s intellectual rights and patents, sued Apple for infringing on one of its processor patents. According to the lawsuit, Apple used the University’s technology in its A7, A8, and A8X processors included in the 2013 and 2014 iPhone and iPad lineup.

A Wisconsin jury today found Apple guilty of infringing on the patent owned by WARF, reports Reuters, and as a result, the Cupertino-based company could be forced to pay up to $862 million in damages. The jury also ruled that the patent was valid, negating Apple’s argument that it was invalid and no infringement had taken place.

Cupertino, California-based Apple denied any infringement and argued the patent is invalid, according to court papers. Apple previously tried to convince the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review the patent’s validity, but in April the agency rejected the bid.

According to a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge William Conley, who is presiding over the case, Apple could be liable for up to $862.4 million in damages.

Granted in 1998, the patent in question covers a method for improving processor efficiency and is titled „Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer.“ It lists several current and former University of Wisconsin researchers as inventors.

Now that the jury has decided Apple used the university’s technology in its processors, the trial will move on to decide the damages owed. Following that, there will be a third trial phase to determine whether Apple willfully infringed on the patent, which could significantly increase the damages owed.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has also filed a second lawsuit against Apple for the same patent, accusing the company of using the technology in the A9 and A9X found in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro.

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Latest Siri prank has more idiots calling emergency services

Siri has become an accessory to even more bullcrap from the Internet as pranksters have found another way to trick Apple’s digital assistant into contacting emergency services. And it’s only slightly less dumb than you think. The prank claims that…Read more ›

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MacMall Kicks Off Black Friday 2014 Sale on Macs, iPads and More

MacMall has kicked off its 60 hour Black Friday 2014 sale on an array of Apple products both online and in its retail stores. Deals will last through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

MacMall will be discounting its stock of MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro computers by $50 to $200, depending on configuration. Unlike other resellers, MacMall offers Apple computers with a variety of custom configurations, similar to the online Apple Store. MacMall is also offering the Mac Pro for up to $600 off, the Mac mini for up to $60 off, and the iMac for up to $120 off. The new iPad Air 2 will also see discounts of up to $75 off.

We’ve listed a sampling of the discounts on products of interest below, but MacMall’s full range of discounts can be found on its website.

2014 Retina MacBook Pro
13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB128GB – $1,197, $102 off
13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,397, $102 off
13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB – $1,697, $102 off
15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB – $1,829, $170 off
15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB – $2,298, $201 off

2014 MacBook Air
11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB – $798, $101 off
11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB – $998, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GBGB/128GB – $898, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB – $1,098, $101 off
13.3-inch 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB – $1,368, $81 off

iPad Air 2
16GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $459, $40 off
16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $589, $40 off
64GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $559, $40 off
64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $679, $50 off
128GB Wi-Fi (Gray) – $649, $50 off
128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gray) – $754, $75 off

2013/2014 iMac
21.5-inch 1.4GHz/8GB/500GB – $998, $101 off
21.5-inch 2.7Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,198, $101 off
21.5-inch 2.9Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,398, $101 off
27-inch 3.2Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,698, $101 off
27-inch 3.4Ghz/8GB/1TB – $1,878, $121 off
27-Inch Retina 3.5 GHz/8 GB RAM/1 TB – $2,348, $151 off

2013 Mac Pro
6-core 3.5GHz/16GB/256GB – $3,698, $301 off
4-core 3.7GHz/12GB/256GB – $2,798, $201 off

2014 Mac mini
1.4GHz/4GB/500GB – $468, $31 off
2.6GHz/8GB/1TB – $658, $41 off
2.8GHz/8GB/1TB – $948, $51 off

MacMall will be discounting all original iPad Air models by $30 to $40, all iPad mini 3 models by $25 to $30, all iPad mini 2 models by $20 to $25. and all original iPad mini models by $10 to $20.

The site is also offering discounts on several different Mac and iPad/iPhone accessories, such as the LaCie 20TB Thunderbolt External Hard Drive, which is available for $1,119.99, a discount of $779, and the ASUS 31.5-inch 4K monitor, available for $1,469.99, a discount of $530. A full list of MacMall’s accessory deals can be found in the Black Friday section of its website.

In addition to offering a large range of different Mac configurations, MacMall only charges sales tax in states where it has retail stores – California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin – making it an attractive choice for shoppers looking to score a solid deal on a Mac or iPad.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacMall.

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Black Friday 2013: Best Deals on the Retina MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac

Black Friday, which falls on November 29 this year, will see multiple retailers offering discounts on Apple’s lineup of Macs, including the Retina MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the iMac. While Mac discounts haven’t been as popular as iPad discounts, there are still some great deals available from retailers like Best Buy, MacMall, and Amazon, which will price match the lowest available price.

We’ve listed the best Mac deals from our Black Friday Roundup below, but these discounts are likely to be popular so customers aiming to get a good price should purchase early. The Mac deals will be available online and in-store in some cases, but customers should call their local retail outlets ahead of the sale to confirm both availability and store opening times, which can vary.

11 and 13-inch MacBook Air

Best Buy is offering a $150 blanket discount on all MacBook Airs, beginning on Friday, November 29 at 10 AM. It appears that customers will be able to take advantage of the deal both online and in Best Buy stores.

MacMall will be offering a $102 discount on both the 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models, dropping the price of the entry level 11.6-inch MacBook Air to $897 and the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air to $997. MacMall’s deals will be available online beginning today at 12:00 PM PT.

Because Best Buy charges sales tax in all states, many customers may find that MacMall’s deals offer higher discounts. MacMall only charges sales tax in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

As one of its „Doorbuster Deals.“ Best Buy is offering a $200 discount on the entry-level 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which comes to $1,099.99. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be available in stores only beginning on Thursday, November 28 at 6 PM.

MacMall is offering $102 off of its stock of 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros, bringing the price of the entry-level model down to $1,187. MacMall’s deals are available online beginning today at 12 PM PT, and will be available without sales tax in many states.

15-inch Retina Macbook Pro

Best Buy will be offering a $150 blanket discount on all of its 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros, bringing the cost of the entry-level model down to $1,849. This deal is likely to be available both online and in-store beginning on Thursday, November 28 at 6 PM.

MacMall is offering $150 off on current generation standard configuration 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. Other 15-inch models are $102 off. MacMall’s prices, which are available now, will offer a better deal to customers who do not live in one of the states where the company charges sales tax.


Best Buy will be offering a $200 discount on the entry-level 21.5 iMac, dropping the price from $1,299 to $1,099. The discount will be available both online and in-store beginning on Thursday, November 28 at 6 PM.

MacMall is offering a $102 discount on both 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs, which will be available online beginning today at 12 PM PT.

Apple TV, Airport Express, iTunes Gift Cards

Other notable discounts from Best Buy on Apple accessories include a $15 discount on the Apple TV, a $20 discount on the Airport Extreme, and a $100 iTunes card for $85. (prices may not yet be reflected)

For a full list of deals on Apple products ranging from iPads and iPhones to Macs and accessories, make sure to check out our Black Friday Roundup and our guide on how to get the best deal on an iPad. Our roundup includes a list of deals on hardware, accessories, software, and apps, and will be updated as new deals become available.

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MacMall Kicks off Black Friday 2013 Sale on Macs, iPods and iPads

Online retailer MacMall has kicked off their 60 hour Black Friday sale just now. The sale runs until midnight on Friday. Traditionally, 3rd party retailers have offered better discounts than Apple once sales tax is taken into account. MacRumors is an affiliate partner of MacMall.

Their full sale list covers both new and previous generation products. We’ve pulled out some of the current-generation products of interest and their respective discounts:

Current Model Retail MacMall 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi (Gray) $499 -$41 32GB iPad Air Wi-Fi (Gray) $599 -$41 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi (Gray) $699 -$60 128GB iPad Air Wi-Fi (Gray) $799 -$70 11.6″ MacBook Air 128GB $999 -$102 11.6″ MacBook Air 256GB $1199 -$102 13.3″ MacBook Air 128GB $1099 -$102 13.3″ MacBook Air 256GB $1299 -$102 13″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 128GB $1299 -$102 13″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 256GB $1499 -$102 13″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 512GB $1799 -$102 15″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 256GB $1999 -$150 15″ MacBook Pro (Retina) 512GB $2599 -$150 21.5″ iMac 2.7GHz $1299 -$102 21.5″ iMac 2.9GHz $1499 -$102 27″ iMac 3.2GHz $1799 -$102 27″ iMac 3.4GHz $1999 -$102 Click on prices to link directly to product.

Discounts on the MacBook Airs are most notable for a percentage of their total price. Also notable are the $150 discounts for 15″ Retina MacBook Pros. MacMall also offers steeper discounts for previous generation machines.

When looking for the cheapest price, it’s good to know which retailers charge sales tax automatically. MacMall charges sales tax in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

MacMall also runs physical retail stores in Illinois (Chicago) and California (Santa Monica, Torrance, Huntington Beach) and are offering in-store deals at those locations.

We expect to see additional Black Friday sales at Apple’s online store though that doesn’t kick in until Black Friday itself. We will also cover other sales and discounts. Please send in any notable Apple-related sales.

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Sprint Launches LTE Connectivity In 22 New Locations

The demand for 4G LTE connectivity has never been higher, and companies are pulling all the tricks out the bag to try to fulfil the high demand. Last night, Sprint announced that it has turned on high-speed 4G LTE data in 22 new locations. The announcement was made in a single press release on the U.S. carrier’s website.

The new 22 locations that Sprint has turned on high-speed LTE data in include:

Baton Rouge, La. Centralia, Wash. Clarksville, Tenn. Corsicana, Texas Dalton, Ga. Dunn, N.C. Fond du Lac, Wis. Gainesville, Fla. Henderson, N.C. Kingsport, Tenn. Lansing/East Lansing, Mich. Longview, Wash. Miami Napa, Calif. New Orleans Palatka, Fla. Raleigh, N.C. Sebring, Fla. St. Cloud, Minn. St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Mich. Tampa, Fla. Warsaw, Ind.

That means that Sprint currently support LTE connectivity in a whopping 110 locations across the United States.

In the same press release Sprint also listed a number of cities that will recieve its LTE service in the coming months in Texas, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Those include:

Grand Rapids, Mich. Aberdeen, Wash. Allegan, Mich. Ann Arbor, Mich. Battle Creek, Mich. Corpus Christi, Texas Eagle Pass, Texas Flint, Mich. Laredo, Texas Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Mount Pleasant, Mich. Oak Harbor, Wash. Watertown/Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Sprint’s LTE mobile technology is capable of delivering mobile internet speeds more than 10 times faster than the standard 3G network.

Source: Sprint

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