Whether or not Windows Phone can compete with Android and iOS will depend on apps.
As 2012 comes to an end, Microsoft finds itself in a reflective mood, looking back at what it's accomplished in the past year and what its plans are for 2013. One of Microsoft's biggest areas of focus in 2012 has been mobile, and towards that end, the Redmond outfit published 75,000 new Windows Phone apps and games to effectively more than double the catalog size, and over 300,000 app updates.
It's said that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, but what about a bunch of rotten Apple Store employees? Do they spoil the Apple image that Steve Jobs created? We'll let you be the judge of that after reading a few confessions from people who claim to work at Apple Stores across the country and even overseas. Everything from stealing product to sexual harassment gets exposed.
For the first time in 14 years, Nokia doesn't lead the cell phone market.
Given Samsung's fanatical following and the widespread popularity of the company's Galaxy S III device in particular, it's hardly shocking that Samsung would sit on top of the cell phone market. Nevertheless, Samsung's ascent to the top, in terms of market share, is pretty remarkable, considering Nokia has held the No. 1 spot for the past 14 years. Samsung is set to seize the crown by the end of the year.
Just about everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, so in addition to buying family/friends physical gifts, why not gift a few apps this holiday season? Ranging anywhere from $1 to $30, apps are like digital stocking stuffers, perfect as last minute purchases that won’t break your budget.
Pricing premium or not, there's a market for Apple branded HDTVs.
It's long been rumored Apple would eventually release its own brand high definition television (HDTV), but given the premium price tags the Cupertino company often applies to its products, would it sell enough units to make the venture worthwhile? Who are we kidding, of course it would! A new survey suggests a large number of people are interested in an Apple HDTV, many of which would be willing to pay a higher price tag (this is where we feign surprise).
Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and every online store and brick-and-mortar retail shop was barred from selling Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 devices. Do you turn to the Galaxy Note as well? That's barred too. In fact, you can't even buy a Jelly Bean device in this made-up scenario, because it infringes on Apple's patents. None of this has happened, mind you, but it could in a worst case scenario now that everything mentioned has been added to an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.
If you've ever seen the movie Step Brothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, then you have an idea of the relationship that exists between Samsung and Apple. It's a contentious one, born out of the fact that they've been brought together as a result of a marriage between mobile technologies and a mainstream audience increasingly infatuated with smartphones and tablets. Just as in Step Brothers, shenanigans ensue, the latest of which involves a significant price increase that Samsung is attempting to shove down Apple's throat.
Unlike in the US, Apple was handed a resounding defeat during its legal truffle with Samsung in the UK. Unfortunately for Apple however, the judge did a bit more than throw the case out. Judge Robin Jacob ordered the company to publically apologize to Samsung on the front page of its website, and gave them a tight timeline to comply. How did Apple respond? First they posted a halfhearted apology, then when the judge ordered them to try again, they used a bit of web trickery to hide the proper apology, regardless of browser type or resolution. The judge as you could imagine, was not impressed.
Apple may have taken a billion dollar bite out of Samsung in the courtroom, but in the court of public opinion, the Korean handset maker's Galaxy S III is proving to be the most popular smartphone on the planet. It's all in the numbers, and according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S III leapfrogged over Apple's iPhone 4S to become the world's top selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012.