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If you flat-out asked your resident nerd what gifts they are hoping for as the holidays get into full swing, you might get a response like, “You mean besides for an uncut Blu-ray version of the original Star Wars Trilogy? Hmm, let me think…” But even if the family Jedi is less than hel...
Apple has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the NeXT legacy who botched the mission-critical maps program that replaced the Google Maps program Apple used to offer on its widgets. Apple wanted Google Maps off its iPads and iPhones because it loathes Google and its Android operatin...
Nowadays Mobile should be at the centre of your corporate strategy, if it is not then you are probably missing out on some major cost saving and streamlining benefits to your business through innovation to your Information Workers. Though going mobile is not a magic bullet, the major ...
Ericsson, the big Swedish telecom house, has sued Samsung, the big Korean conglomerate, in the plaintiff-friendly US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas charging patent infringement and breach of contract. It said that after two years of negotiations involving the most s...
DigiTimes Research figures worldwide tablet shipments will hit 210 million units next year, up 38.3%, pushing past notebooks for the first time. Branded units should account for 140 million units. It expects Google to become the second-largest tablet vendor after Apple with its Nex...
Late Wednesday right before Thanksgiving Day Apple was ordered to turn over a copy of its recent 10-year licensing deal with HTC – the one that ended all litigation between them – to Samsung. Apple said it didn’t care if Samsung got it but deferred to HTC, which said it didn’t care e...
Apple claims six more Samsung products, including the Galaxy Note II, infringe eight of its patents and wants to add them to its other California suit against the Korean giant, the one that doesn’t go to trial until March of 2014. Its first California suit against Samsung resulted in...
Contrary to popular belief, the discussion doesn't need to produce a winner and a loser. Instead of classifying apps as web apps or as native apps, why not just call them mobile apps? I believe "mobile app" is a great name. Under this name there are simply two variations of mobile app ...
This book is a great addition to my collection of Mac how to books. I like this one because it steps over the line into the more technical side of Mac features than most of the Mountain Lion guide books do. The book is broken down into seven parts. I have listed the parts below along ...
When I talk to CIOs, they usually complain that the trend of Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is undermining their ability to keep their organization’s infrastructures and data secure. Every employee who comes to work with his or her smartphone or tablet and pulls up sales reports, help...
The Internal Trade Commission late Monday said it would review the decision made by one of its administrative judges in September finding that Apple didn’t tread on four Samsung patents in making the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Two of Samsung’s patents, the only two that Samsung cou...
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched a call for information as part of a study into how ecommerce businesses monitor the behaviour of people making web payments, which may be used to target certain individuals with personalized prices. It was observed many retailers track the...
Samsung has asked the California court handling the billion-dollar judgment against it to see Apple’s shiny new 10-year licensing agreement with HTC since Apple is claiming it will suffer irreparable harm – that money can’t recompense – without a permanent injunction against the Korean...
Loss-making Nokia Tuesday introduced a cloud map service called Here. It means it to be one of five businesses including smartphones, basic phones, patents and cellular infrastructure that will help it get back on its feet. Its map customers include Amazon, Rand McNally, Bing, Daim...
A consignment of Apple iPad Minis was looted from a warehouse at JFK International Airport in New York the other night according to the New York Post. The cops suspect it was an inside job. The thieves used one of the airport’s own fork lifts to make off with two pallets of the little ...
Quest Software has begun supporting BYOD -- even with the full blessing of IT, and this has had benefits far beyond just the users’ sense of empowerment. The growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD) at enterprises comes with promise and perils. We'll see how this has had be...
Late Saturday – on the eve of Armistice Day – Apple and HTC announced that they have settled their patent litigation at the price of a 10-year license agreement that covers “current and future patents held by both parties.” Terms aren’t being disclosed. An HTC spokeswoman told the ...
The bad blood between Apple and Samsung is evidently getting worse. Samsung recently hiked the price of the so-called application processors it builds for Apple’s widgets by a hefty 20%, according to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, quoting a story Monday in the Korean-language...
Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu think Apple is going to get $6–$8 in royalties on each Android phone HTC sells because of their weekend licensing arrangement that puts an end to all litigation between them. Of course, terms weren’t disclosed and Wu’s estimate could just be a shot in the ...
After a roughly four-month investigation, the staff at the Federal Trade Commission has reportedly told the agency’s five commissioners that they should bring Google to book for FRAND abuse for trying to block Apple and Microsoft from importing devices into the US that Google maintains...
This was a perfect size book for what I needed. What I needed was a book that would get me back up to speed quickly on UNIX. I have not used UNIX since the late 80's, and I have not used Mac since the early 90's. The book starts off with a nice introduction to you Unix and why you wou...
First thing Monday morning Apple said that it sold three million iPad minis and fourth-generation iPads in the three days since Friday when the widgets went on sale. The number is double the 1.5 million sold in the last three-day weekend in March when the third-generation iPad ca...
Apple’s record earnings came in a bit short of expectations Thursday, a situation the smart money attributed to its failure to make enough phones although it still sold an amazing 26.9 million of the things, up 58% year-over-year and good for $17.13 billion, into the expected launch of...
As mobile phones become as indispensable as credit cards for purchasing goods and services, mobile payment developments are quickly gaining pace. Many different service providers are competing for their piece of the action. Within the last year, we have witnessed the arrival of mobile ...
The International Trade Commission decided Wednesday that Samsung Android smartphones and tablets infringe four Apple patents – a design patent, a hardware patent and two multitouch software patents – a preliminary determination sure to be kicked upstairs to the ITC’s six commissioners...
The latest OSX update released last week removes all traces of what used to be an Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from Mac-compatible browsers when it installs. Apple doesn’t say why but it’s telling users to go to Oracle for the latest version of the plug-in if they need it for a...
Google is reportedly courting an antitrust charge by the US Federal Trade Commission because of its insistence that Microsoft and Apple pay gouging royalties for Motorola Mobility’s standards-essential patents. The Wall Street Journal said Friday that Google “is weighing whether to s...
The US Patent and Trademark Office has tentatively decided that all 20 claims in Apple’s US Patent No, 7,469,381 are invalid. The non-binding decision had Samsung sprinting off to Judge Lucy Koh late Monday to inform her of the re-examination finding. See, Apple used Claim 19 of th...
Apple Tuesday brought out the roundly anticipated iPad mini with most of the specs exactly as the rumor mill called it. At least the price remained a secret. The 7.9-inch diagonal widget will cost $329 to start, pricier than many people expected. In the manner of Steve Jobs’ famous “...
Samsung told the Korea Times Monday that it will be terminating its contract to supply Apple with LCD displays next year. It blames it on the margins it can fetch from Apple’s business although it appears that it’s really Apple that’s doing the “terminating” by shifting its orders el...
On returning from an awesome SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, I was waiting in the departure lounge for my Virgin Atlantic flight and looked through the iTunesU videos I had on my iPad2. There I saw the WWDC2010 Keynote, one that I had personally attended and decided to view it. Within 10 minu...
If people really don’t like negative political ads, why aren’t they sick of companies behaving like spoilers and trying to step on each other’s announcements? Google apparently can’t stand the thought of Apple and Microsoft unveiling products without it putting its two cents in. It’s...
After foiling press prophecies last week about when the media would get invitations to the supposedly thinner 7.85-inch iPad mini’s unveiling the precious suggestive invites arrived the other day. The widget, whose existence Apple has yet to acknowledge and addresses competition from...
Apple finds itself in the enraging position of having to deny in print that Samsung copied its iPad technology after losing an appeal to the UK’s Court of Appeals Thursday. It was protesting a High Court decision this summer that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 couldn’t possibly infringe...
Microsoft Tuesday priced its ARM-based tablet, the dingus with the ARM-ported Windows RT that won’t run any of the scads of applications written for x86 machines although there will be an ARM-ported version of Office bundled with the things. The new widgets will go on sale next week ...
The Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off this afternoon, featuring great bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Roots and Black Keys. Our offices are only a few blocks north of the festival, so I'm heading down to the park as soon as I wrap up for the day. While ...
Motorola Mobility is asking for an en banc rehearing of the Ninth Circuit Court’s unanimous decision a couple of weeks ago forbidding it to enforce the German injunctions it got on its H.264 standards-essential claims against Microsoft. It’s a long shot, which is why Google is claimi...
Apple has poached a top chip designer from Samsung, its nemesis as well as its foundry. It’s waltzed off with the guy who was chief engineer at AMD until June of 2011, when he went to work for Samsung down Texas way as chief system architect. Jim Mergard, who was at AMD for 16 year...
Well, no invitation to the supposedly thinner 7.85-inch iPad mini’s unveiling materialized last week as most of the press corps predicted. So now according to All Things Digital the widget, whose existence Apple hasn’t acknowledged, will appear October 23, three days before Micros...
A testy Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Thursday overturned the preliminary injunction that Apple briefly got in late July on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone before the same appeals court stayed it. It sent the injunction back to the lower court saying it had “abused its discre...