Alongside its Monday approval of Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) also approved the purchase of over 6,000 highly coveted mobile tech patents of bankrupt Canadian firm Nortel Networks by a consortium of bigwig tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, and Sony.
In what apparently is the latest development in terms of the ongoing legal scuffles between smartphone makers, Apple filed a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility in the US District Court, Southern District of California.
Apple has taken the legal route against Motorola – the two companies are already fighting a legal battle in Germany – in the US, accusing Motorola not for violating Apple’s own patented technology, but for breaching a contract pertaining to Motorola’s own IP, which Qualcomm uses in its MDM6610 baseband processors.
A 191-page file has been recently released by the government in response to Freedom of Information Act request, and it contains documents which provide a rather intriguing glimpse of the Apple's late founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
The documents form part of the background check which the FBI conducted on Jobs way back in the year 1991, when Jobs was being consider for a post in the White House, under the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Incidentally, the documents pertain to the time when Jobs had been sacked from Apple in 1991, and he moved to positions at Pixar and NeXT Computer.
Claiming that Apple is supposedly sourcing parts suppliers for it much-rumored HDTV project, a new report from Canada’s biggest national newspaper The Globe and Mail has revealed that Apple is currently in talks with two Canadian telecom firms, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada Enterprises, to strike an agreement for its expected TV set.
With electronics companies widely acknowledging the ‘affordability’ as well as ‘versatility’ advantages of Asian manufacturing plants, Apple has set somewhat of a standard in the tech industry in terms of finding parts, and manufacturing its devices, almost entirely overseas.
Since the Apple devices – including the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac laptops – come with an inscription, on the back side, says “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China,” it is evident that Apple is able to bring down the costs of building its devices by banking heavily on overseas manufacturers.
According of reports from the news sites of The Australian and TheNextWeb, Apple’s patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung in Australia expanded notably on Friday, from three claims to as many as 278 claims.
As per the reports, the lawsuit began with Apple initially claiming that one Samsung device - the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – had violated its patent. However, the suit has now grown substantially to involve 10 devices, all of which allegedly infringe on Apple patents.
The last week introduction of the iBooks 2.0 and the free iBooks Author software by Apple marks the company’s intentional locking out of the open EPUB standard --- a standard to which the company has been reiterating unconditional support, for the last almost two years, in an attempt to lure digital book publishers and authors.
In the opinion of Apple-watchers, the company’s development of its iBooks platform on the back of an open standard can essentially be seen as a present-day version of software giant Microsoft’s 1990s policy of “embrace, extend, and extinguish.”
According to a new Ars Technica report, the printed textbook market is seemingly on the verge of being "digitally destroyed" by Apple, which is scheduled to hold a publishing-related event on Thursday, January 19, at New York's Guggenheim Museum.
Despite the fact that Apple has, in its characteristic style, refrained from sharing any details about the event, other than that it will largely mark an "education announcement," reports have it that the company will announce what apparently will be a "GarageBand for Books" system for authoring as well as selling ebooks.
According to a late last week report from Bloomberg News, the next iteration of the Apple iPad - which has been dubbed as the `iPad 3' by the tech media - will likely hit the markets in March.
The report, citing information from three unnamed sources, also said that the iPad 3 will boast a higher resolution touch screen, and a speedier processor. In addition, the new iPad will have 4G LTE connectivity, thereby marking a notable enhancement over the first two iPads which have Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity.
That Apple is looking to ward off the criticism about the rather deplorable working conditions at its supply chain in Asia is evident from that the company has, for the first time ever, published the much-guarded list of its global suppliers.
The revelation marks a dramatic as well as unprecedented move by Apple, which has disclosed the names of 156 firms which represent 97 percent of the supply chain of the company. The disclosure was all the more unusual in the wake of the fact that, for driving margins, the tech industry is greatly dependent on overseas component suppliers.
While Apple's and Samsung saw their US market shares increasing in the three months to November 11, LG, Motorola and RIM suffered continued to decline.
According to market research firm ComScore, Apple's market share in the US jumped the most from the previous three months, i. e. 1.4 per cent, to grab 11.2 per cent of the market share. With that much share, the Cupertino, Calif.-based gadgets maker stood at fourth position.
While popular gadgets maker Apple is stretching its reach, rival electronics manufacturer Samsung is leading supplier of mobile phones in the US, figures compiled by market researcher ComScore revealed.
According to ComScore, 25.6 per cent of US mobile subscribers in the quarter to November 11 had Samsung handsets, while Apple handsets accounted for only 11.2 per cent.
According to mobile metrics firm Flurry Analytics, as many as 6.8 million people activated their Apple and Android devices on December 25, the Christmas Day --- with the figures marking a more than two-fold increase from the 2.5 million devices which were fired up on the same day in 2010.
As per Flurry Analytics - which keeps track of activity from 140,000 apps -, during the days prior to Christmas, the daily activations of the Apple iPhones and Android-based handsets touched nearly 1.5 million.
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