Apple CEO Tim Cook told Apple Store Kurfurstendamm employees that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower
During a visit to Berlin, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Apple Store Kurfurstendamm employees that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, reports iGen. Tech writer David Pogue had previously reported that the watch was just water resistant based on a briefing with Apple representatives. Apple reps offered individual briefings to some tech writers; there I learned a bunch of stuff that Apple didn’t say in its keynote. For example, the Apple Watch is water resistant. Sweating, wearing it in the rain, washing your hands, or cooking with it are fine. Take it off before you swim or get in the shower, though. As previously reported, Cook also revealed that he “removes [the watch] every night to recharge overnight.” In response to a question about accessibility, he noted the watch’s ability to make and receive calls and integrate with Siri. Cook said that the device will gain additional accessibility features over time. ” “Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury found iTunes infringed three patents held by Smartflash LLC, reports Bloomberg. Closely held Smartflash LLC, which claimed that Apple infringed three patents, was seeking $852 million in damages, while Apple said it was worth $4.5 million at most. A federal jury in Tyler, Texas, where Smartflash is based, on Tuesday rejected Apple’s arguments that it didn’t use the inventions and that the patents were invalid. The patents deal with digital rights management, data storage, and managing access through payment systems. “Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.” “Apple doesn’t respect Smartflash’s inventions,” the company’s lawyer, John Ward of Ward & Smith in Longview, Texas, told the jury. “Not a single witness could be bothered with reviewing the patent.” Smartflash had been seeking $852 million in damages. It claimed that Apple intentionally infringed the patents, partly because one Apple executive had been briefed on the technology over a decade ago. The company has also sued Samsung, Google, and Amazon for patent infringement.” BuzzFeed has received an exclusive behind the scenes look at how Modern Family filmed an episode using iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. This week’s Modern Family episode entitled, “Connection Lost” will take place entirely on the screen of a MacBook Pro. The episode transpires on the computer screen of Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) while she’s waiting at the airport. Claire has had a disagreement with her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) and can’t get a hold of her. During the episode, Claire uses various Mac apps and video chats to contact family members in an attempt to reach Haley. In the video, co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan explains that all of the iPhones were in holsters held by cameramen and each actor kept his or her arm on the cameraman’s arm so it looked as though he or she was holding and moving the phone. Notably, Levitan has snuck iPhone footage into the show before. “There was a scene where Manny (Rico Rodriguez ) was dressed as a mascot at a basketball game, so rather than recreating a whole basketball game, I quickly shot my son’s basketball game on my iPhone,” Levitan told BuzzFeed. “Then we filmed Rico against a green screen, and inserted the shot into the episode.” The ‘Connection Lost’ episode airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC.