Apple has made fitness features a key selling point for its Apple Watch products since day one. And over time the company has added new fitness features to some models. But one recent feature is causing a bit of a headache.

In October the US Internal Trade Commission ruled that Apple’s system for monitoring a user’s blood oxygen levels infringed on a patent held by Masimo, a medical technology company. The ITC gave Apple two months to either pay Masimo for a license or appeal the decision to the Biden administration, and Apple has gone the latter route… but a deadline is fast approaching, and Apple has made plans to stop selling some recent Apple Watch models next week, at least until a decision is made on that appeal.

Some health features of the Apple Watch Series 9 (via Apple.com)

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Apple to halt US sales of Series 9, Ultra 2 smartwatches over patent dispute [Reuters]

Apple will “pause sales” of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the US due to an International Trade Commission order in a dispute over the tech used for blood oxygen monitoring. The company is asking the Biden administration to overrule the decision.

Framework Laptop 16 Deep Dive – Liquid Metal [Framework]

Framework describes how the upcoming Framework 16 modular laptop with a Ryzen 7040HS series 45-watt processor uses liquid metal, along with dual fans and a vapor chamber to keep the chip cool.

Google gives Stadia controllers more time to switch to Bluetooth [The Verge]

After shutting down its Stadia game streaming service, Google released a tool that lets you turn a Stadia Controller into a standard Bluetooth controller. Originally the tool was only going to work until Dec 31, 2023, but it’s been extended through 2024.

postmarketOS v23.12 [postmarketOS]

postmarketOS v23.12 brings a number of updates to this mobile Linux distro for smartphones and tablets, including support for Gnome Shell on Mobile 45 and new versions of Phosh, Plasma, and Sxmo, as well as an improved upgrade process.

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  1. Does anyone know if the liquid metal is toxic?

    I would personally prefer using solid metal plates or sheets, like Indium for example, even if the heat transfer factor is lesser.

    Or, let’s just find a non-toxic alloy or method of surface modification that produces or has a smooth enough surface (both on the chip and on the cooler element side) so that not even a thermal interface is needed. Maybe something like that already exists.

    1. Well, I wouldn’t go around drinking the stuff.
      https://digitaladvisor.com/cpu/liquid-thermal/
      Seems it’s safe to breathe around, maybe it really does give off toxic fumes and it’ll take decades of anecdotes, then data compilation, then lawsuits, before we all realize the truth and I look like an idiot for using the word “maybe”.

      Recent advancements allow for ultra precise machining with no visible gap between mating surfaces, but the mating parts in those demonstrations are usually monolithic materials. You’d have to predict the deformation and alignment of the integrated heat sink to an exact degree after both the heat sink is attached to the chip and the chip is soldered to the motherboard, and ensure the heat sink is 100% lined up perfectly when you mount it. That makes it not economical to manufacture computer heat sinks to that degree of precision.

  2. There used to be an app by The Goog called “Measure” and it measured but now you’ll have to buy a new “AI” phone to measure anything accurately using your sail phone. Better off with an analog laser tape measure from a hardware store imo.

  3. In your previous post on the subject, you indicated that Google’s tool would only be available through 2023, not that it had been programmed to stop functioning then — another warning from Google not to buy its products!

  4. the fact that the tool to switch a Stadia controller to Bluetooth has a TIME LIMIT!!! is the most ass-backwards way to do something that only Google could achieve. It’s honestly impressive I couldn’t even think of anything more stupid if I tried. Maybe it needs to connect to the cloud to update or something but like why can’t it just be updated using an .exe and the USB-C port?

    1. Most likely they have some tampering protection with encryption and do not want to release keys to the wild, plus supporting an app is actually much more headache, you need to make it work for windows, OSX, ChromeOS, etc. Plus users got refunded, no? So keeping the controller is just a nice gesture from Google.

      1. More like saving their butts from a consumer class action lawsuit, and the expiry date probably aligns to the second with the statute of limitations.

        1. I do not see Facebook or Amazon getting class action lawsuits when they literally drop device support entirely in like 2 years after release without any refunds at all, turning devices into paperweights, so unlikely. Refund pretty much covers it, given that they refund full cost without deprecation amortization.