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.
Microsoft has suffered through more than a few security embarrassments over the years, but at least according to Kaspersky Labs, the Redmond based software giant is back in control. The security researchers have named the top 10 offending companies/products, and for once, Microsoft has been knocked off the list thanks to improvements in Windows 7 & 8. Automatic update mechanisms are citied as the top reason for the high profile exclusion, and have indeed done an amazing job of keeping hackers at bay.
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A U.K. judge took a verbal bite out of Apple for a court-ordered statement that appeared on its overseas website. In a previous ruling in the U.K. -- one that was held up in appeal -- Apple was ordered to take out newspaper ads and post a month-long message on its website clarifying that Samsung didn't infringe on any of its patents. Apple made good on that promise in a short, two-sentence paragraph, but then added four additional paragraphs condemning Samsung, including a lengthy court quote that described Samsung devices being "not as cool" as Apple devices.
The iPad Mini announcement sent Apple fanboy’s into a mouth foaming frenzy, however, just about everyone else had one minor issue with the companies new entry level tablet. Without putting too fine a point on it, the $329 starting price that Apple is so proud of isn’t actually all that competitive given the hardware specifications, especially considering the economies of scale the company enjoys. We knew Apple probably wasn’t going after the $199 tablet market, however the $130 delta between the Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini seems to have helped Amazon immensely.
Worst. Apology. Ever. That's the only way to describe to Apple's court ordered message on its U.K. website, in which the Cupertino company was forced to post a month-long 'advertisement' clarifying that Samsung did not infringe on any of its patents. Apple lost an appeal that would have negated the need to post a public apology of sorts, so it resorted to a backhanded explanation of events instead. Here's the gist of it.
The Internet is terrible at keeping secrets, and we've known for some time that Apple was cooking up an iPad Mini device, but we didn't know how much it would cost. Apple answered that question at a press event this afternoon, launching the oft-speculated iPad Mini starting at $329 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi. Like the full size iPad line, there are different storage options and 4G LTE models.
You probably never considered the chemical composition of your smartphone, but it's a topic HealthyStuff.org decided to breach, the results of which were posted on iFixIt. iFixIt, best known for tearing down electronic gadgets and rating them with a "Repairability Score" on a scale of 1-10 (the higher the score, the easier it is to service a product), explains why the chemical analysis of 36 mobile phones, including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, should be of concern to consumers.