AWT News Update: August 26, 2015

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Here are some of the top stories from the world of Apple today:

  • Third-party Apple Watch accessories are starting to appear in Apple Stores
  • The first promotional poster for the upcoming movie Steve Jobs is out. Steve might approve...
  • A patent troll gets slapped down for trying lawsuits over older technology in new products
  • Pocket gets an upgrade and recommendations

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 26, 2015.

Here’s a surprise: Third-party Apple Watch accessories are beginning to appear at some Apple Stores. The first is the NightStand from Elevation Labs, which is a charging dock that will be compatible with watchOS 2’s Nightstand Mode when the upgrade launches this fall. The NightStand is packaged in Apple’s new minimalist packaging so that it will fit in with the way that the company will be marketing third-party accessories in its stores.

The first promotional poster for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie has appeared in the wild. The poster would probably have been appreciated by Jobs; it’s all done in lower-case gray Helvetica type, with the name of the film in black and the release date — coming soon — in red. Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for the film which stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs. He appears in the lower right corner of the poster, head bowed in thought. The movie is expected to debut on October 9th.

A US magistrate judge shut down a patent troll that was seeking to relaunch lawsuits against Apple, Amazon, and Sony covering 4G patents. Patent aggregation company Acacia and its subsidiary Adaptix have basically been told to stop filing lawsuits over new products launched by Apple et al using the same technology and to be happy with existing lawsuit results and patent agreements. Let’s hope that this kind of action continues in US courts.

iOS reader app Pocket has been updated to version 6.0, bringing with it a new Recommendations tab. That tab scans your activity in the app and then presents the user with new stories and other content that might be appealing. When recommended, a story can be tapped to view it immediately, or saved for reading later — which is what Pocket is all about. The Pocket team noted in a blog post why its app is better than services like Twitter, saying that on those services “What’s good is constantly pushed down by what’s simply new.”

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.