Apple could pay $532 million for infringing on iMessage patents

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Apple may have an unexpected payout on its hands.
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Apple could owe up to $532 million for infringing on secure communication patents, used for both its FaceTime and its iMessage services — or at least it will if patent-holding entity VirnetX Holding Corporation has its way.

A lawyer for the firm told a court in (where else?) the Eastern District of Texas that, “Apple hasn’t played fair. They have taken Virnetx’s intellectual property without permission.”

Apple speaks out against U.K.’s anti-encryption ‘snooper’s charter’

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Services like iMessage could be affected by the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Bill.
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Apple has publicly criticized the U.K.’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, a.k.a. the “snooper’s charter,” for fear that forcing companies to create backdoors in encryption services like iMessage could “hurt law-abiding citizens.”

Pro Tip: How to disable calls on other Apple devices

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Keep your Amazon details safe with two-step verification.
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Pro Tip Cult of Mac bug

We received a message today on our Cult of Mac Facebook page asking about calls showing up on an iPad when the call originated on an iPhone.

There are a couple of different places to turn this feature off so you’re not juggling all your iPads and MacBooks when you make or receive phone calls.

iOS 9 hints at huge improvements to future FaceTime cameras

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Big changes could be coming to the FaceTime camera
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The next wave of iOS devices could sport some huge improvements to their front-facing camera, according to referrences found in iOS 9 that hints to the upcoming devices.

It’s been rumored for months that the iPhone’s rear camera could be in for a big upgrade, but the new FaceTime camera could get a panoramic capture mode (think of the selfie possibilities), 240p video and more.