It wouldn't be a week in the technobubble without a new intellectual patent suit. This one is looking like quite the doozy, though. Apple has filed a patent and trademark infringement suit against Samsung. At issue are Samsung's line of Galaxy phones and tablets. Apple claims the physical design and user interface borrow too heavily from Apple products.
Talk about technology coming full circle. Earlier this week, Commodore USA announced it was reviving the Commodore 64 with a replica model updated with modern components, and now Atari has gone and dumped a collection of 100 classic Atari games into the iTunes Store. It includes 18 classic Atari arcade games, including the ever-popular Pong, as well as 92 Atari 2600 games.
With everyone’s lives on display via services like Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, it’s gotten to the point where it’s getting hard to find anything new to talk about. Fortunately, TED, our Cool Site of the Week, plays host to enough intriguing content that after one visit, you’ll never be at a loss for a topic to jaw about again.
Apple's App Store is filled with more than 350,000 applications. According to AndroLib, the Android Market has about 280,000 apps. Apple in January announced that App Store Downloads topped 10 billion. Again, according to AndroLib, the Android Market sits at 3.7 billion and climbing. If looking just at these numbers, then clearly the advantage belongs to Apple. But if you're a software developer, there's one very compelling reason you should consider Android over iOS.
Many users today are having issues logging into their Twitter accounts from mobile apps UberTwitter, Echofon, and Twitdroyd. According to Twitter itself, there's a really good reason for that. They've suspended the apps from the service for violation of Twitter's policies. The remedy? Twitter says you should use the official apps.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology in Germany have shown that an iPhone or iPad can be hacked to reveal passwords stored in Apple's keychain password manager. This can be accomplished even if the device is locked with a passcode. The attack requires no special circumstances, just an iPhone, jailbreaking software, and the code developed by the researchers.
As the Verizon iPhone gets ever closer to release, some survey results paint a frightening picture for the purveyors of othersmartphones on Big Red. In an online survey of 700 users of BlackBerry and Android users on Verizon, a total of 54% are considering to switch to the Verizon iPhone 4. By comparison, only 26% of AT&T customers in a similar survey planned to switch carriers for the handset. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Play.fm today announced that its Play.fm Mobile App is now available for download in three flavors, including Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7.
"With our mobile Apps music fans now have access to the probably biggest collection of DJ mixes regardless of where they are at the moment," says Georg Hitzenberger, founder of Play.fm. "Cloud Music, i.e., the consumption of music hosted on dedicated streaming servers, is the future of the music business. One can assume that smartphones will play a major role there."
The app runs $3.99 regardless of whether you purchase and download it through the Android Market, Apple iTunes, or Windows Marketplace. That buys you 90 days of unrestricted access to audio streams from Play.fm's roughly 30,000 DJ sets. After 90 days, you get five hours per month at no cost, or you can pony up for the Premium subscription for unlimited access (price yet to be determined).
Remember how the iPad was submerged under tons of ridicule for a variety of reasons even before its release? Of course, you remember it all. The fact is a lot of people simply can’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at the Cupertino-based iEverything vendor. As for its competitors, they just love it even more. Now, Toshiba is mocking those visiting its tablet site from iOS-based devices by reminding them just how big a handicap the lack of Flash can be.
This is the message that greets iDevice users: “Such a shame. Add this to the list of interesting places on the Internet you can’t see on your device. Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire Internet. Yep, Flash sites too.”
Toshiba’s tablet will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC and run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. However, iPad owners need to wait a few more months if they wish to switch to Toshiba’s 10.1-inch.
To say it's been a good quarter for Google's Android platform is an understatement. Back in August 2010, Android trailed behind Apple in smartphone market share by 4.6 percentage points. But for the 3 month average ending November 2010, Android sits on top of Apple with a 26 percent share of the market, compared to Apple's 25 percent share, according to new data by comScore.
"After several months of strong growth, Google Android captured the #2 ranking among smartphone platforms in November with 26.0 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Apple accounted for 25.0 percent of smartphone subscribers (up 0.8 percentage points), followed by Microsoft with 9.0 percent and Palm with 3.9 percent.," comScore notes.
Android posted the biggest point change of them all, and by a wide margin. While Google moved up 6.4 percentage points, Apple was the only other company to post a gain, and by less than 1 percentage point.