Apple is accustomed to being on the winning side of patent infringement suits, but a new ruling in Germany has turned the tables on Cupertino. The court has found that Apple’s iPhone and 3G iPad products infringe a Motorola patent covering the implementation of GPRS mobile technology. This isn’t the first win for Moto, but this one does give it the legal authority to ban sales of the infringing products in Germany.
As peaceful protests continue in Syria, the regime of president Bashar al-Assad had what must have seemed like a bright idea in the heat of the moment. As of today, Syria has banned the iPhone from the nation. Customs inspectors in the country will no longer allow shipments of the device in, and current users are strongly encouraged to stop using the iPhone. Take that, democracy.
Apple is a family-friendly company, and it just wouldn’t do to have any inappropriate shenanigans going on using Apple trademarks, right? Well, Apple certainly thinks so. To those ends, Apple is now the proud owner of seven adult website domains that included the term iPhone in the address. The iPhone maker filed suit with the World Intellectual Property Organization to secure the sites.
It may have once seemed inconceivable that Google's Android platform could not only catch up with iOS, but surpass it, however now it seems equally unlikely that iPhones will ever again outnumber Android smartphones. To wit, Android smartphones now lead iOS smartphones (iPhone devices) by a measure of more than three-to-one, according to data provided by market research firm Gartner.
Overclocked graphics cards and Apple products; now there’s two things you won’t hear uttered in the same breath very often. You’re hearing it today though! Don’t bother looking out your window – pigs aren’t flying, the moon isn’t blue and Apple hasn’t spontaneously decided to let end users tweak their systems. Instead, MSI has brought its AfterBurner app to the iPhone and iPad. Overclocking has never been more convenient! Unless, of course, you already had the Android version, which has been out for months now.
Apple's iPhone 4 has had a bear of a time trying to impress the folks over at Consumer Reports. After a round of testing, Consumer Reports said it was able to confirm a design defect relating to the antenna placement and how it could potentially lead to dropped calls, and that was the reason it could not recommend the device. And when Apple rolled out a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon customers, Consumer Reports called it a "middle-aged device" and said customers should wait for a newer model. So how does the iPhone 4S rank?
It’s easy to forget sometimes that Google is not a giant monolithic entity that eats your search data, but is in fact, run by people. And people can make mistakes; like for instance releasing a much anticipated app with a crippling bug. That’s what’s going down today as Google has had to pull the just released Gmail iOS app after a bug was found that rendered notifications non-functional.
Apparently the Gmail team has been hard at work on more than just the redesign. According to MG Siegler, Google has submitted a Gmail iPhone app to Apple for review. The lack of true Gmail support on the iOS platform has been a sore spot for users of the platform since it was released in 2007. Apparently, the wait is almost over.
There are lots of reasons why battery life in smartphones might fall well short of expectations. You could have too many services turned on all the time, each one sipping juice from the lithium-ion battery. There could be a rogue app that's flawed or poorly coded and constantly doing things in the background. It could be a software snafu, and it could be a hardware problem. Or, as one Apple Genius put it, the phone could be stressed out, man.
Normally we pass on Mac or iPhone specific news, but just in case it ever comes up in a debate, 9 to 5 Mac has proven that without a doubt, Apple is indeed shafting iPhone 4 customers. It seems an enterprising young hacker by the name of Steven Smith has not only ported the Siri AI interface to the iPhone 4, but the two way communication with Apple servers is now working perfectly.