If you haven't kept up with the news, Apple is screwed.

Their newest premium smartwatch has a load of fantastic technology to help monitor the wearer's health, but in designing such a device, Apple allegedly stole patents from another company to make it.

A court is issuing a ban on the product being sold.

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Here's the biggest problem... While Apple has been scrambling to push forward a software update to avoid this ban, industry experts all agree it won't be enough. It's not the software that Apple allegedly stole, it's physical hardware.

One of the selling points of the Series 9 and Ultra 2 watches is how they can monitor blood oxygen levels in a wearer. They do this by shooting light into the skin from a specially designed sensor.

The technology for that sensor is owned by a different company.

Two solutions.

Apple has been given a choice to make. They can either recall and remove the stolen tech from each individual device, or they must remove them all from the market across the United States.

Apple says removing the hardware from each device would take months to complete since it involves changes all the way up their supply chain, so the courts have accepted the alternative to remove them from store shelves starting tomorrow. (December 21st, 2023)

If you already have one of these for yourself or wrapped up under the tree as a gift, there's no indication there will be any problems with their normal operations, yet... but there won't be a clear indication of the future of previously-sold Series 9 and Ultra 2 devices until the courts have a chance to hear Apple in a later case.

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Contrary to popular belief, Oklahoma is growing. People are seeking a more affordable life, less big city, more room to grow, and the Sooner State fits that bill better than you think.

Our slow and steady growth year-over-year has gotten enough national attention to garner all sorts of new studies in the state, including this one.

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Even long after the Civil War ended slavery, the deep-seated resentment and hatred of black Americans lived on. While we have thought of and been taught the concept of segregation was primarily a Southern US thing, the stakes were even higher across Texas and Oklahoma.

"Sundown Towns" were whites-only settlements where the local politics and laws served as a warning to (mainly) African Americans traveling through the area. While history has been whitewashed to make it seem less intense, lynching was a common practice toward those not welcome who remained in an Oklahoma Sundown Town after sunset. Only the settlements that still exist are listed below.

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