A U.S. appeals court has upheld a judgement against Apple worth $440 million, reports Reuters. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied the iPhone-maker’s request to throw out the 2016 jury verdict, which found it guilty of infringing on patents belonging to VirnetX.
The LEDs on your HomePod will now illuminate when in a group FaceTime call. And as a cool bonus, customers in Hong Kong and mainland China can now enjoy their HomePod fully thanks to expanded regional support.
Group FaceTime calling has even yanked out of iOS 12 beta 7 and macOS Mojave 10.14 beta 7, possibly indicating that Apple might have pulled the feature simply because it felt it wasn’t ready for prime time yet.
As a result of the eighth year of contentious legal battles between Apple and VirnetX Holding Corp. involving iMessage, FaceTime and VPN on Demand technologies, the iPhone maker has been ordered by a jury in Texas to pay the notorious patent troll more than half a billion buckaroos.