MGM held preliminary talks with Apple, Netflix, and other large media companies to gauge their interest in a possible acquisition, reports CNBC. The report confirms another report from The Wall Street Journal last month that suggested Apple was exploring deals for MGM Holdings content, though the talks had “yet to reach an advanced stage.” A deal with MGM would potentially offer Apple a huge catalog of content to add to Apple TV…

The United States Federal Communications Commission today cleared the way for OnGo [PDF], a wireless product spearheaded by the Citizens Broadcast Radio Service Alliance (CBRS) that aims to use the 3.5GHz band for a range of applications, including improving data speeds and connectivity across the United States on both 4G and 5G networks. The CBRS Alliance announced that the FCC has allowed the Full Commercial Deployment of the OnGo service, which has…

Apple and its partner film studio A24 have acquired the rights to “Boys State” a political coming-of-age documentary that examines the health of American democracy, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Apple is said to have paid $10 million for the documentary, which was directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, served as an executive producer on the project. Image courtesy of Sundance Film Institute The film features…

Apple has all kinds of fanciful patents for imaginative devices that will likely never come to fruition, such as an iMac-like desktop computer made entirely glass, which was shared last week in a patent published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Apple’s patent describes an electronic device with an upper portion that serves as a display area, a lower portion that serves as an input area, and a transitional section…

@philm wrote: Hello community, here is another Stable Update … 1280×981 Just less than a week till #FOSDEM2020. We are getting ready for it … Some feature-updates: Kernels got updated to their latest point-releases, including linux55 with latest RC Linux54 got some fixes backported for i915 driver gamemode got updated to 1.5 Pamac 9.3 got finally released brave got updated some KDE fixes AMDVLK is now at 2020.Q1.1 manjaro-browser-settings should now respect…

Apple must pay $85 million in royalties to Canadian patent holding company WiLan for infringing patents related to wireless communications, a jury in San Diego has ruled (via Bloomberg). The two patents relate to making phone calls while simultaneously downloading data. In August 2018, a different jury said Apple infringed the patents and awarded WiLan $145 million, but a retrial was ordered to reconsider the damages. At the January 2019 retrial, the…

Apple intends to donate money in support of groups fighting the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China, Tim Cook said on Saturday. Electron micrograph of coronavirus virions In a morning tweet marking the Luna New Year, the Apple chief said the company will be “donating to groups on the ground helping support all of those affected.” A coronavirus is a family of viruses that include the common cold, but this particular virus…

This week saw an interesting variety of Apple news and rumors, ranging from rumors about upcoming iPhone and iPad releases to Apple TV+ announcements to news that Adobe Flash support will finally be removed from Safari. One of the quirkier stories of the week was also one of the most popular, as we learned a bit more about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s multi-year investment in Nebia, the eco-friendly shower head that’s looking…

@philm wrote: Hello community, here is another Testing Update … 1920×1080 Our Manjaro Laptop in cooperation with TUXEDO Computers will be available in Mid-February. Stay tuned for more information on additional goodies we have at launch … Some feature-updates: RT-Kernel got updated AMDVLK is now at 2020.Q1.1 manjaro-browser-settings should now respect changes made by the user The usual upstream fixes If you like following latest Plasma development you may also like to…

Representatives for Apple and Microsoft will be participating in a meeting with the Carin Alliance that’s focused on making it easier for patients to access and share their medical information, reports CNBC. The meeting will focus on efforts to push a rule change proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services that would promote medical data interoperability. Ricky Bloomfield, a member of Apple’s health team who formerly served as Duke University’s…