Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 5 Sept. 12 — after which it’s going to be no easy feat for its competitors to grab a headline or pull attention away from the smartphone that Apple fans have been waiting for since essentially last October. Because of this, you can expect...
Aug. 27, 2012 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,820
How’s this for ironic. Facebook, which is having trouble monetizing its vast mobile audience, is experimenting with the old-fashioned postcard to see if can turn a dime.
The giant social network is testing functionality called “Mail A Postcard” in what appears to be a small closed bet...
Aug. 26, 2012 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 8,636
Apple has triumphed in the first major decision in its sprawling legal fight
across four continents against Samsung, which stands as proxy for Google
and its Android operating system.
In a slam-dunk verdict delivered in record time by a Silicon Valley federal
jury Apple was award...
Aug. 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,114
The jury began deliberating the so-called case of the century Wednesday after the CEOs of Apple and Samsung failed to resolve their patent dispute in talks Monday.
Presiding judge Lucy Koh warned the companies that either or both of them could be at risk if the jury gets the complic...
Aug. 23, 2012 09:05 AM EDT Reads: 4,496
The jury will hear closing arguments Tuesday after the CEOs of Apple and Samsung failed to resolve their patent dispute in talks Monday.
Presiding judge Lucy Koh warned the companies that either or both of them could be at risk if the jury gets the complicated case. She advised the CE...
Aug. 22, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,816
Best Buy, the flailing consumer electronics retailer that’s ignoring a $9 billion takeover attempt by its founder, reported its latest quarter Tuesday morning and turned in profits 91% below last year on revenues off 3.2%.
The company has suspended profit forecasts for its second hal...
Aug. 22, 2012 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 5,573
The CEOs of Apple and Samsung are reportedly taking trial judge Lucy Koh’s advice and will try to resolve their patent dispute before the jury does, putting one or the other or both companies at risk.
Bloomberg said Monday morning that it heard from “a person familiar with the matter...
Aug. 22, 2012 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,466
http://www.EasyUnlockiPhone.net reveals that its tool can jailbreak and unlock the iPhone 4S, 4, 3Gs and iPad 2 the latest iOS 5.1.1. Once the jailbreak and unlock for iOS 5.1.1 is complete the iPhone/iPad will have the Cydia application installed. Cydia is a software application for i...
Aug. 21, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Reads: 7,896
Motorola Mobility has sued Apple again for patent infringement.
This time it’s changed tack and left its standards-essential patents home. It’s using seven feature patents instead in an attempt to get the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs barred from being imported into the US by the...
Aug. 21, 2012 07:30 AM EDT Reads: 6,810
District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who’s hearing the Apple v Samsung patent infringement case, warned the companies Wednesday of the risks they both face in letting the suit and countersuit go to the jury.
The Wall Street Journal says she has urged their CEOs to speak by phone to resol...
Aug. 17, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 4,678
With the sand draining out of the judge’s hourglass – Apple and Samsung
are limited to 25 hours apiece in their patent infringement case in California
– Samsung put two expert witnesses on the stand Thursday who testified
that Apple could owe Samsung as much as $421.8 million in roy...
Aug. 17, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,909
The Apple v. Samsung patent trial of the century has cooled off a bit since the hits poured out last week, but a few choice items continue to emerge from San Jose, California. Samsung argued earlier this week that whether or not its Galaxy tablets made use of Apple’s protected technolo...
Aug. 17, 2012 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,951
Researchers Show How to Crack Android Encryption – Thomas Cannon and Seyton Bradford have successfully shown brute force attacks against Android encryption at DEFCON. Because Android encryption is based on the Linux dm-crypt, it is easily broken on either Android 3.x or 4.x d...
Aug. 17, 2012 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 9,079
Earlier this week I wrote an article titled, "What Do Mobile Technology Vendors Really Think?
", which covered technology vendors' responses to my "2012 Mid-Year Enterprise Mo...
Aug. 16, 2012 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 4,859
Microsoft holds rights to Apple patents that are broader than the deal Apple was willing to cut with Samsung in 2010 but they’re circumscribed by a “no cloning” provision.
Apple’s patent licensing and strategy director Boris Teksler said so Monday in the Apple v Samsung trial in Cal...
Aug. 15, 2012 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 7,277
Apple is apparently more reasonable than it lets on.
Back in 2010 it offered Samsung a license. Apple estimates that it might have cost Samsung $288 million back then. Now it’s asking $2.5 billion and that’s just in the current case in California.
FOSS Patents calls it “the mos...
Aug. 15, 2012 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 7,910
From the outside looking in on the so-called “trial of the century” – and bearing in mind that it’s only maybe halfway through – but Samsung looks royally screwed.
It should have paid more attention when Google told it in 2010 that its tablets looked too much like iPads and should be...
Aug. 14, 2012 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 8,422
Eastman Kodak was hoping to garner $2.2 billion-$2.6 billion from its broadly licensed 1,100 patents to repay creditors and reorganize.
It reportedly got opening bids of $150 million-$250 million from two consortia involving Google-RPX-Samsung-LG-HTC on the one hand and Apple-Microso...
Aug. 14, 2012 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 9,088
A slip by Samsung’s lawyer gave Apple the chance to introduce evidence into the patent infringement trial in San Francisco that Samsung wanted suppressed, evidence culled from Samsung’s own documents that Apple hinted it had before the trial began last week.
According to an internal ...
Aug. 8, 2012 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 6,221
Apple has increased the amount of money it thinks Samsung owes it in
damages for allegedly ripping off its iPhone and iPad widgetry.
It’s gone from the $2.5 billion calculation of a week ago to $2.88 billion.
Some 28 Samsung devices are accused of infringement. Its original Gala...
Aug. 8, 2012 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,236
Apple is in talks to acquire Pinterest rival, The Fancy, according to Business Insider.
The fast-growing social e-commerce site is backed by Twitter creator and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.
The 20-man start-up calls itself “part store, blog, ma...
Aug. 8, 2012 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 5,895
Apple’s beef with Google and Android has pushed it to drop YouTube in the
test versions of iOS 6 for iPhone and iPad due out this fall.
Apple released a statement Monday saying that “our license to include the
YouTube app in iOS has ended; customers can use YouTube in the Safari
Aug. 7, 2012 08:23 AM EDT Reads: 3,010
As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Eastman Kodak has put 1,100 patents on the block.
They are expected to be sold at auction on August 8.
There was reportedly a Monday deadline for initial bids according to what “people familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal.
Aug. 6, 2012 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 9,576
If Apple gets its way it’ll win its high-profile patent infringement case against Samsung in San Francisco without there being much of a trial. They’ll go directly to the damages.
It wants Samsung punished for attempting to influence a seated jury with a ruling from the bench that “Ap...
Aug. 4, 2012 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 7,568
AMD has poached the director of Apple’s mobile-focused Platform Architecture Group Jim Keller, credited with architecting several generations of the ARM-based chips found in the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.
It will be Keller’s second go-round at AMD. He was there years ago workin...
Aug. 2, 2012 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 5,917
Wall Street and the press are clinging hopefully to an iMore blog rumor – that some like Reuters and Bloomberg checked with their own Apple sources – saying Apple will introduce a major product – presumably either the iPhone 5 or the supposed unconfirmed seven-inch iPad mini – or even ...
Aug. 1, 2012 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 5,006
Apple has quietly offered to buy publicly held AuthenTec Inc for roughly $356 million, according to an SEC filing discovered last Friday.
Fourteen-year-old AuthenTec does sensor-based fingerprint authentication, encryption and identity management for mobile devices.
Two weeks ago A...
Jul. 31, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,553
At sometime in the last few months Apple talked to Twitter about making a strategic investment in the social networking firm, according to a story that ran in the New York Times last Friday and has subsequently gotten a lot of play.
It says that if they ever come to terms – and they’...
Jul. 30, 2012 03:24 PM EDT Reads: 4,931
Dear, dear, dear, dear.
Five days before the great Apple patent trial starts Monday – a trial Apple has got to win – Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal sanctioned Apple’s opponent Samsung for destroying evidence.
It seems Samsung didn’t preserve e-mail and meeting notes ahead of the liti...
Jul. 30, 2012 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 5,390
I distinctly remember marveling that a bankrupt Chinese company dragging around at least $400 million in debt owed to Chinese banks was able to afford lawyers to sue Apple when it lodged a short-lived suit against Apple in America.
Well, according to a Google translation of a Chinese...
Jul. 30, 2012 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,461
Photographs of what could be Apple’s next iPhone surfaced Sunday, giving impatient iPhone fans an idea of what Apple could be unveiling sometime during the next few months. Maybe. Possibly. It all depends on whether the parts are actually from Apple. Chinese-language repair site iLab.c...
Jul. 30, 2012 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 5,935
Apple missed by Wall Street standards when it reported its Q3 numbers Tuesday and its stock tanked, dropping more than 5% after-hours, down roughly 31 bucks to $570 at best.
It sold only 26 million iPhones, down 26% sequentially. Wall Street expected maybe 28 million or better.
Jul. 26, 2012 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,163
Ahead of the great Apple v Samsung Android trial that starts Monday in California Apple filed a damages claim with the court seeking $2.525 billion from Samsung.
Good ole reliable FOSS Patents got to it first and isolated the key passage. It reads:
“Samsung adopted as its number on...
Jul. 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 6,370
A German appeals court Tuesday extended an existing ban on selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 anywhere in Germany to anywhere in the 27 countries of the European Union.
The 7.7 ban has been in effect since last September.
The larger, more popular Galaxy Tab 10.1N is unaffected becau...
Jul. 25, 2012 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,761
Oh, the ignominy of it. A UK judge has told Apple it must take out ads in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine and T3 and say on its UK home page for six months that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad’s design. On July 9 the court found that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets ...
Jul. 23, 2012 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 13,810
Google is reportedly close to paying a $22.5 million fine to settle charges that it secretly bypassed the privacy settings of millions of Apple users.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “the charges involve Google’s use of a special computer code to trick Apple’s Safari web-browsi...
Jul. 17, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 6,152
The CTOvision Mobile Application is now available in the Apple iTunes application store. The application focuses on content we create for technologists, but it also contains a curated list of coming events we believe are of high interest plus curated lists of the videos we want to b...
Jul. 16, 2012 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 6,522
The ITC’s six-member board of commissioners said last Monday that it’s going to review allegations that Apple’s iPhones and iPads tread on four Motorola Mobility patents.
In April one of the agency’s administrative law judges found Apple infringes one of the patents, which happens to...
Jul. 3, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,990
Apple has agreed to pay $60 million to make the Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Company’s claims that it owns the iPad trademark in China go away.
Apple bought Proview’s iPad trademarks in 10 countries through a UK lawyer and a specially organized company for about $55,000 (£35,000) in...
Jul. 2, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Reads: 4,801
California District Court Judge Lucy Koh Friday enjoined the Android
Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone that Google co-developed because, she
said, Apple is likely to prove it at trial that it infringes four Apple patents
including the Google nose-pulling Siri unified search patent.
Jul. 1, 2012 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 6,176