apple http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/275/ en Top 8 Apple Successes and Failures http://www.maximumpc.com/top_7_apple_successes_and_failures_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154280/imac.png" alt="Apple" title="Apple" width="342" height="228" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Sweet and sour apples</h3> <p>Following our <a title="microsoft success and failures" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_5_greatest_successes_and_failures_2013" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> and <a title="google success and failures" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/top_7_google_successes_and_failures2014" target="_blank">Google successes and failures</a>&nbsp;stories, we’ve heard some of you clamoring for an Apple Successes and Failures list. Since it also happens to be Apple's big WWDC week, we decided now would be a good time to oblige and reflect on Apple's history. Yes, we’re the biggest PC fanboys around, but we can’t deny that Apple has had some financially successful computing devices. Plus, it's also fun to take a look back at some of the company's biggest blunders.</p> <p>Here's a list of eight successes and failures Apple’s had over the last few decades.</p> <p>Is there a company that you would like us to analyze next? Let us know in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Update: We've updated the list to include more successes and failures.</em></p> <p><span style="font-style: normal;">Follow Chris on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/117154316323139826718" target="_blank">Google</a><span style="font-style: normal;">+&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="https://twitter.com/chriszele" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/top_7_apple_successes_and_failures_2014#comments apple failure Hardware iMac ios iphone success wwdc Features Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:45:45 +0000 Chris Zele 27189 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_confirms_purchase_beats_music_and_electronics_3_billion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_beats.jpg" alt="Apple and Beats" title="Apple and Beats" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are now Apple guys</h3> <p>After remaining eerily quiet for weeks following rumors and speculation of a $3.2 billion takeover, <strong>Apple this week finally announced that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion</strong>, $200 million shy of the originally reported figure. That includes a $2.6 billion purchase price and around $400 million that will vest over time. In addition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple as part of the deal.</p> <p>As previously surmised, it appears that the streaming music service Beats Music was the motivating factor in getting this deal done, hence Apple making mention of it first in its press release and treating the service as a second company.</p> <p>"Music is such an important part of Apple’s DNA and always will be," <a href="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/05/28Apple-to-Acquire-Beats-Music-Beats-Electronics.html" target="_blank">said Eddy Cue</a>, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The addition of Beats will make our music lineup even better, from free streaming with iTunes Radio to a world-class subscription service in Beats, and of course buying music from the iTunes Store as customers have loved to do for years."</p> <p>Before the deal became official, there was speculation in the media that it might not come to fruition, due in part because Apple was angered by a video posted online featuring Dr. Dre and Tyrese Gibson bragging about the unannounced deal. However, it seems more likely that the deal took longer than expected to complete as the two sides negotiated a final buying price.</p> <p>This is Apple's most expensive acquisition to date; all eyes will be on CEO Tim Cook to see if it was the right one.</p> <p>"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world."</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/janitors/14184344944/sizes/l" target="_blank">Flickr (Janitors)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_confirms_purchase_beats_music_and_electronics_3_billion_2014#comments acquisition apple beats electronics beats music dr. dre streaming News Thu, 29 May 2014 13:21:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27901 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Skips Ahead of Apple as Most Valuable Brand in the World http://www.maximumpc.com/google_skips_ahead_apple_most_valuable_brand_world_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_0.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />Apple concedes its spot atop the list of most valuable brands</h3> <p>Steve Cook and the rest of the Cupertino gang at Apple are off their collective game, or so it would appear. Having once been declared the <strong>most valuable brand in the world, that honor now belongs to Google</strong>, as determined by Millward Brown, a global research agency specializing in advertising, marketing communications, media, and communications. In a new ranking of the top 100 most valuable global brands for 2014, the Mountain View firm supplanted its Cupertino rival.</p> <p>The way Millward Brown figures it, Google's brand is worth $158.84 billion. That's a significant 40 percent jump compared to Google's brand value last year. Meanwhile, Apple's reported brand value dropped 20 percent year-on-year to $147.88 billion. In doing so, the two companies traded the top two spots.</p> <p>"Digital service brands such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tencent and LinkedIn are now more than just tools, they have become part of our lives. They offer new forms of communication that absorb people’s attention and imagination, while also helping them organize the rest of their lives at the same time. To gain more of our mind-space brands such as Google are making ambitious plays across existing category boundaries," Peter Walshe, Global BrandZ Director at Millward Brown, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10844575/Google-overtakes-Apple-as-worlds-most-valuable-brand.html" target="_blank">told <em>The Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>IBM took the No. 3 spot at $107.54 billion, followed by Microsoft at No. 4 ($90.18 billion) and McDonalds at No. 5 ($85.76 billion). Technology-based firms accounted for half of the top 10 spots, the other two being AT&amp;T at No. 8 ($77.83 billion) and Amazon at No. 10 ($64.25 billion).</p> <p>You can view the full list <a href="http://www.millwardbrown.com/brandz/2014/Top100/Docs/2014_BrandZ_Top100_Chart.pdf" target="_blank">here (PDF)</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_skips_ahead_apple_most_valuable_brand_world_2014#comments apple Google millward brown News Wed, 21 May 2014 18:00:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 27851 at http://www.maximumpc.com Worldwide PC Shipments Rose Five Percent in Q1, Says Canalys http://www.maximumpc.com/worldwide_pc_shipments_rose_5_percent_q1_says_canalys500 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/pc_shipments_canalys.jpg" alt="PC shipments up five percent" title="PC shipments up five percent" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Apple remains largest vendor despite ‘sharpest ever’ decline in iPad shipments</h3> <p><strong>Global PC shipments rose 5 percent year on year to reach 123.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014</strong>, according to the <a href="http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/tablet-growth-slows-21-channel-stock-rises" target="_blank">latest shipments data published by research firm Canalys</a>. Roughly 41 percent of those shipments belonged to the tablet category and about 38 percent to the species notebook, with desktops making up the rest.</p> <p>Where the non-tablet PC segment is concerned, a notable trend Canalys identified during the quarter was that the Windows XP “supportocalypse” helped arrest the decline in notebook shipments somewhat, limiting it to 7 percent. This factor also helped desktop shipments remain flat year on year.</p> <p>The quarter was particularly good for Lenovo as it managed to raise its PC market share from 10 percent to 12 percent, shipping around 15 million units worldwide. “It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively.” said Canalys in a press release.</p> <p>EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), per Canalys analyst James Wang, was the region where most of that growth came from, with the Chinese vendor managing an impressive 61-percent year-on-year growth in shipments there. </p> <p>“‘Lenovo was quick to move with new form factors and its Yoga line now dominates the global convertible notebook market,”Wang said. “In addition, it has diversified its tablet portfolio and has product SKUs in all key market segments. Unlike Apple, with its ‘one size fits all’ tablet strategy, Lenovo and others are free to tailor tablets to specific market segments. The tablet form factor is well liked by both young and old consumers; product customization can be beneficial in both cases.”</p> <p>Apple, meanwhile, experienced a precipitous decline in iPad shipments. Dubbing it the “sharpest ever”, analyst Tim Coulling said the decline in iPad shipments was on account of Apple trying “to run down its iPad inventory, a smart move as tablet stock in the channel rose due to strong seasonal shipments in the previous quarter.”</p> <p>“Longer term, we do not believe Apple’s Q1 performance points to a decline in the tablet category, despite growing pressure from larger-screen smart phones. Consumers, and increasingly businesses, are continuing to adapt, with tablets acting as disruptors and finding their place as desktop and notebook replacements. Apple’s ecosystem and the recent launch of Office for iPad should ensure it is well placed to remain a leader for some time,” Couling said.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> <p><em>Image Credit: TechRadar</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/worldwide_pc_shipments_rose_5_percent_q1_says_canalys500#comments apple canalys Desktops lenovo pc shipments tablets windows xp end of life windows xp supportocalypse News Sun, 11 May 2014 21:58:27 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27787 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Reportedly Interested in Acquiring Beats Brand for $3.2 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_reportedly_interested_acquiring_beats_brand_32_billion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/beats_iphone.jpg" alt="Beats iPhone" title="Beats iPhone" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />If this goes through at $3.2 billion, it would be Apple's priciest acquisition ever</h3> <p>If the stars align just right, the next iPhone model may sport a Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the back. According to various reports, <strong>Apple is engaged in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion</strong>, which would be the largest acquisition in Apple's nearly 40 year history. However, that's less than half of what Microsoft paid to acquire Nokia ($7.1 billion) and is well short of the $19 billion Facebook forked over for WhatsApp.</p> <p>Multi-billion dollar buyouts are suddenly vogue it seems, and this would would give Apple a recognizable brand that also includes the new Beats Music streaming service, <em>The New York Times</em> reports. One of the unique selling points of Beats Music compared to other streaming music services is the inclusion of a $14.99/month family plan that covers up to 5 accounts across 10 devices.</p> <p>No deal is yet in place, though it appears talks are in the advanced stages. Assuming the negotiations don't run into a brick wall, a sale could be announced as early as next week.</p> <p>This would be an interesting move on Apple's part for a number a reasons, not the least of which is it represents a departure from Steve Jobs' preference to make smaller deals. As current chief Tim Cook pointed out in Apple's most recent earnings call, Apple's made 24 acquisitions in the last 18 months.</p> <p>"We are expanding Apple's products and services into new categories, and we are not going to underinvest in this business," Cook said.</p> <p>Apple can certainly afford to make an acquisition like this. The company is sitting on a mountain of cash piled $159 billion high, so plucking $3.2 billion would hardly register a blip. What's more interesting than the purchase price is exactly what Apple would do with the Beats brand and how it would affect the company's approach to streaming music.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/foeock/6324179467" target="_blank">Flickr (foeock kannilc)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_reportedly_interested_acquiring_beats_brand_32_billion_2014#comments acquisition apple audio beats dr. dre headphones Peripherals News Fri, 09 May 2014 15:03:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27782 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Files Lawsuit Against Apple- and Microsoft-backed Patent Group http://www.maximumpc.com/google_files_lawsuit_against_apple-_and_microsoft-backed_patent_group_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/android-logo.png" alt="Android" title="Android" width="150" height="150" style="float: right;" />Rockstar Consortium under fire after targeting Android</span></h3> <p><a href="http://maximumpc.com/tags/google" target="_blank">Google</a> has decided that enough is enough. The company has filed a lawsuit against <a href="http://www.ip-rockstar.com/" target="_blank">Rockstar Consortium</a>—a patent group backed by many of Google’s biggest competitors—claiming that the group’s patent campaign is unfairly targeting Google and its Android partners.</p> <p>Google’s been at odds with Rockstar since 2011 when Google narrowly lost the auction to buy the Nortel Network’s 6,000 patent portfolio. Rockstar picked up the patents for $4.5 billion and has <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/major_patent_dispute_pits_applemicrosoft-led_rockstar_group_vs_google_samsung_and_others2013" target="_blank">since used them to sue</a> Google and many of its hardware partners. It’s a battle with clearly drawn sides. Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony—the backers of the Rockstar Consortium—face off against Google, Samsung, Huawei, HTC, and other mobile phone companies.&nbsp;</p> <p>The thousands of patents and patent applications involve core phone technologies like wireless connectivity, networking, and even semiconductors. Google’s fighting back with its own lawsuit, and it seems that Rockstar’s confidence is wavering. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-23/apple-backed-rockstar-said-to-hold-discussions-to-sell-patents.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> recently reported that some of the Nortel patents are already being sold off.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/12/24/google-sues-to-protect-android-device-makers-from-apple-backed-patent-hell/" target="_blank">Gigaom</a> has found a copy of <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/193573584/Google-Dec-Action-vs-Rockstar" target="_blank">Google’s complaint</a> with some of the particularly relevant bits underlined. Check out the entire document below—it’s not exactly fun reading, but it has all of the specific details.</p> <p style="margin: 12px auto 6px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; display: block; text-align: center;"><a style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Google Dec Action vs Rockstar on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/193573584/Google-Dec-Action-vs-Rockstar">Google Dec Action vs Rockstar</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/193573584/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-1fnme9a5abmir90ji8uo&amp;show_recommendations=false" width="600" height="800" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_files_lawsuit_against_apple-_and_microsoft-backed_patent_group_2013#comments android apple Google microsoft patent Patent Infringement rockstar consortium News Law Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:52:20 +0000 Ben Kim 26954 at http://www.maximumpc.com Free Apps Generate the Most Revenue, Google Play Grows http://www.maximumpc.com/free_apps_generate_most_revenue_google_play_grows <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/unnamed.png" alt="Google Play Logo" title="Google Play Logo" width="175" height="175" style="float: right;" />Distimo year-end review details the success of the freemium business model</span></h3> <p>Freemium apps—free apps with in-app purchases—make up a huge majority of the revenue generated in both the <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a></strong> App Store and on <strong><a href="http://maximumpc.com/tags/google" target="_blank">Google</a></strong> Play. It’s a business model that’s become more and more popular with video games and now applications inserting paid add-ons into games and apps that initially cost nothing to download.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.distimo.com/blog/2013_12_publication-2013-year-in-review/" target="_blank">Distimo’s year-end review</a> of the mobile app market, nine out of the top 10 grossing global apps in the Apple App Store were freemium apps. Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga top the list as prime examples of the popularity of games that are technically free, but provide ample opportunities to spend real money. The Google Play Store’s top 10 grossing apps were all freemium apps.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/03a_apple_app_store_top_global_apps_grossing.png" alt="Top 10 Grossing Apps in the Apple App Store" title="Top 10 Grossing Apps in the Apple App Store" width="500" height="321" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/03b_google_play_top_global_apps_grossing.png" alt="Top 10 Grossing Apps on Google Play" title="Top 10 Grossing Apps on Google Play" width="500" height="349" /></p> <p>It’s shocking just how fast freemium apps are taking over the market. In January, 77 percent of revenue generated in the Apple App Store was from free apps with in-app purchases. By November, they accounted for 92 percent of revenue. The Google Play Store had a similar jump going from 89 percent to 98 percent by November.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for total revenue, Google’s starting to catch up to Apple with a 7 percent increase in its share of the revenue since June. Apple fell from generating 70 percent of the revenue to just 63 with Google Play at 37 percent. In the homeland of Samsung, South Korea, Google generates more than 80 percent of all app revenue. The United States still generated the most mobile app revenue with Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and China following close behind.&nbsp;</p> <p>What do you think of the freemium business model? Do you mind in-app purchases? Tell us in the comments.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/free_apps_generate_most_revenue_google_play_grows#comments apple Apple App Store Distimo freemium Google google play News Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:13:10 +0000 Ben Kim 26942 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD to Grab Nearly a Third of the Professional Graphics Card Market in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_grab_nearly_third_professional_graphics_card_market_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/firepro.jpg" alt="AMD FirePro" title="AMD FirePro" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Apple deserves a 'Thank You' card</h3> <p>AMD has proven itself to be quite the resilient company over the years. No matter how bad the financial situation looks at times, the Sunnyvale chip designer always manages to find a way to stay afloat, and it's not always through desktop and/or laptop processors. <strong>AMD's graphics division</strong> has been a saving grace of sorts, and by landing a lucrative contract to supply Apple's new Mac Pro systems with FirePro parts, it could end up with a significant share of the professional graphics market.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20131223PD211.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> and its sources</a> within the upstream supply chain, AMD could carve out a 30 percent share of the market in 2014 thanks in large part to the Mac Pro deal. Each Mac Pro comes standard with two FirePro cards, and since these are high-end parts, the markup is pretty high, too.</p> <p>It seems AMD is increasingly interested in graphics these days. In addition to scoring the Mac Pro deal, AMD's GPUs power all three current generation consoles (Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One). And on the PC side, AMD's aggressively priced R7 and R9 Series are proving popular, both among gamers and virtual coin miners (Litecoin, mostly).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_grab_nearly_third_professional_graphics_card_market_2014#comments amd apple Build a PC firepro gpu graphics card Hardware Mac Pro Video Card News Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:06:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 26939 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fully Loaded Mac Pro Ravages Your Wallet for $9,600, Ships in February http://www.maximumpc.com/fully_loaded_mac_pro_ravages_your_wallet_9600_ships_february <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/mac_pro.jpg" alt="Apple Mac Pro" title="Apple Mac Pro" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />You could toss a small fortune into Apple's trash bin-shaped workstation</h3> <p>For those of you who like to keep abreast of what's happening on the other side of the pond, Apple's cylindrical <strong>Mac Pro</strong> systems are now available to order, though don't bother shopping for one unless you're ready to drop some serious cash. Window shopping won't cost you a dime -- hopefully we didn't just give Apple any ideas -- but to bring one of these workstations home, you'll need to wave around at least three large.</p> <p>The <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/mac-pro?product=ME253LL/A&amp;step=config" target="_blank">$2,999 configuration</a> includes a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of DDR3-1866 ECC memory, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards, and a 256GB PCI-E based solid state drive. Apple provides amenities in the form of a built-in speaker, HDMI 1.4 output, four USB 3.0 ports, half a dozen Thunderbolt 2 ports, dual GbE LAN ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and OS X Mavericks.</p> <p>Also available is a <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/mac-pro?product=MD878LL/A&amp;step=config" target="_blank">6-core configuration</a> starting at $3,999, though we decided to go wild and ramp up all the available core options. Our grand total came to $9,599 for a 2.7GHz 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 64GB of RAM, 1TB PCI-E based SSD, and dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs. Accessories and software options could potentially add several thousand more dollars to the tally.</p> <p>We're not picking on Apple here -- this is some serious hardware, and the Mac Pro is already proving popular. No matter what the configuration, ship dates have already slipped to February. That's a long wait when you're dropping several grand.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/fully_loaded_mac_pro_ravages_your_wallet_9600_ships_february#comments apple Hardware Mac Pro OEM rigs system News Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:18:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 26919 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Makes $345 Million Offer for PrimeSense, 3D Sensor Tech Firm Behind the Kinect http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_makes_345_million_offer_primesense_3d_sensor_tech_firm_behind_kinect <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/primesense_sensor.jpg" alt="PrimeSense Sensor" title="PrimeSense Sensor" width="228" height="125" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Acquisition would open a world of opportunities for Apple</h3> <p>Perhaps hinting at a future feature of its iPad, iPod touch, and iPad mini devices, it's being reported that <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/apple">Apple</a></strong> snatched up PrimeSense, a fabless semiconductor company in Israel that specializes in low-cost, high-performance 3D sensing and machine vision technologies. The start-up's technology is represented in more than 24 million devices around the world, including Microsoft's original Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360 console. It can also be found in 3D scanning applications like the Asus Xtion.</p> <p>A <em>Calcalist</em> financial newspaper report says the deal went down for $345 million, <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57612712-37/apple-reportedly-acquires-primesense-for-$345m/" target="_blank">according to <em>CNET</em></a>, though <em><a href="http://allthingsd.com/20131117/apple-aiming-at-primesense-acquisition-but-deal-is-not-yet-done/?mod=tweet" target="_blank">AllThingsD</a></em> says the acquisition has yet to be finalized as the two sides try to negotiate "end-game" issues like liquidity preferences (who gets paid first).</p> <p>In any event, Apple is clearly interested in 3D sensing technology, though it's not clear what the Cupertino company would use it for. There are a number of possible applications, from controlling on-screen AppleTV content through motion controls, to countering Samsung's hands-free swiping capabilities in smartphones.</p> <p>"We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and natural interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices," a spokeswoman for PrimeSense <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/17/us-primesense-apple-idUSBRE9AG03G20131117" target="_blank">told <em>Reuters</em></a>. "We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not relate to rumors or recycled rumors."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zXKqIr4cjyo" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>This isn't the first time these two companies have been linked in acquisition reports. It was reported back in July that Apple was trying to buy PrimeSense for around $280 million.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_makes_345_million_offer_primesense_3d_sensor_tech_firm_behind_kinect#comments 3d sensor acquisition apple Hardware kinect motion control primesense News Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:04:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 26712 at http://www.maximumpc.com Surprise! Lenovo is World's Third Largest Smartphone Vendor http://www.maximumpc.com/surprise_lenovo_worlds_third_largest_smartphone_vendor2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_k900.jpg" alt="Lenovo K900" title="Lenovo K900" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />The No. 1 PC maker is also No. 3 in smartphone sales</h3> <p>Life is good for Lenovo. The OEM figured out the secret formula for <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_sold_4_devices_second_last_quarter_pc_plus_strategy_working2013"><strong>thriving in a technological landscape</strong></a> that finds itself in a midst of a transitory phase, and as such, it grew its desktop PC shipments last quarter by 1 percent when the industry averaged a 6 percent decline. Laptop sales went up 8 percent, and as for the mobile handset sector, Lenovo is now the world's third largest smartphone vendor.</p> <p>Part of Lenovo's "PC Plus" strategy entails focusing on the mobile market while continuing to dominate in traditional PC sales. As a result, Lenovo is the world's largest PC supplier and the third largest vendor of smartphones, the latter of which is the result of increasing its smartphone sales to 12.9 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to <a href="http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2623415" target="_blank">data released by Gartner</a>. That's an 85 percent year-over-year bump.</p> <p>Out of the more than 455 million smartphones shipped in Q3, Samsung led the way with 80.3 million units, followed by Apple at 30.3 million. With Lenovo's rise to No. 3, LG was bumped down to fourth place with 12 million units, followed by Huawei (11.6 million) and all others.</p> <p>In terms of platform dominance, Android is found on nearly 82 percent of the world's smartphones. Google's open source OS is crushing every other contender, including iOS (No. 2), which is way back in Lenovo's rear-view mirror with a slightly better than 12 percent share of the market.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/surprise_lenovo_worlds_third_largest_smartphone_vendor2013#comments android apple gartner Hardware ios lenovo mobile samsung smartphone News Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:47:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 26692 at http://www.maximumpc.com Renders Give a Glimpse of Apple's Upcoming Headquarters http://www.maximumpc.com/renders_give_glimpse_apples_upcoming_headquarters2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_campus_2.jpg" alt="Apple Campus 2" title="Apple Campus 2" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />It's circular to promote collaboration</h3> <p>Before he passed away, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/apple"><strong>Apple</strong></a> co-founder Steve Jobs helped design his company's new headquarters with renowned architect Sir Norman Robert Foster. Called "Apple Campus 2," the new headquarters will reside on a 176-acre plot in Cupertino. The main building -- a circular spaceship (the Mothership) intentionally devoid of rectangles and squares which, along with long buildings and buildings with more than four stories, have been deemed to inhibit collaboration -- will take up 2.8 million square feet with room for 13,000 employees.</p> <p>While knowledge of the planned campus isn't new, <em>Wired</em> dug up 20 never-before-seen renders of the Mothership and surrounding area, which consists of a man-made forest in the northeast corner of Cupertino. There's a two-level, 2,000 space parking garage underneath the main facility. There's also an underground auditorium, a 90,000 square-foot cafeteria, and all kinds of excess.</p> <p>Estimates have the project's budget at $5 billion and growing. As it stands today, the site is 20 percent landscape, the rest covered by buildings and asphalt, <em>Wired</em> says. The goal is to have it complete by 2016, with every last detail planned out, including the placement of every single tree. When it's finished, it will be 80 percent landscape. Due to the climate, there won't be a need for air conditioning or heating because of natural ventilation. The facility will also run on 100 percent renewable energy, having one of the largest solar arrays in the world.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="http://www.wired.com/design/2013/11/a-glimpse-into-apples-crazy-new-spaceship-headquarters/?viewall=true" target="_blank">renderings (and video)</a> and let us know what you think.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/renders_give_glimpse_apples_upcoming_headquarters2013#comments apple headquarters norman foster steve jobs News Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:43:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 26678 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Bullies Popular iPhone, iPad Inventory Tracker Sites into Shutting Down http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_bullies_popular_iphone_ipad_inventory_tracker_sites_shutting_down2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_evil.jpg" alt="Apple Evil" title="Apple Evil" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Is this a sign that Apple's 2nd Gen iPad mini is in short supply?</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/apple"><strong>Apple</strong></a> devices are incredibly popular and it's not unusual for there to be a shortage of whatever new gadget just came out. Coming soon, the hot new item Apple will be pimping is a new iPad mini with Retina display. There have been plenty of rumors leading up to the 2nd generation iPad mini's launch suggesting Retina panels for the device are in relatively short supply, which might explain why Apple is suddenly interested in shutting down inventory tracker websites.</p> <p>Apple-Tracker.com's founder Mordy Tikotzky <a href="http://www.apple-tracker.com/" target="_blank">claims he received</a> a DMCA takedown notice from Apple's legal department saying that his website, along with iPhone-check.com, are operating in violation of Apple's Internet Service Terms of Use. Tikotzky's websites scraped Apple's retail store sites to determine how much inventory was available.</p> <p>"I have a good faith belief that the the website identified by URL below is unlawful because, among other things, the page scrapes and collects data from Apple.com in violation of the Apple.com Internet Service Terms of Use," Apple's attorney stated in the notice.</p> <p>Tikotzky expressed regret for having to turn off his websites, adding that he's "not really interested in picking a fight with Apple." It's an unfortunate turn of events for consumers who, prior to the takedowns, could input their ZIP code and find out whether a particular product was in stock locally.</p> <p>In <a href="https://twitter.com/tikotzky/status/398215129101516800" target="_blank">subsequent Twitter posts</a>, Tikotzky said he <a href="https://twitter.com/tikotzky/status/398240022023135232" target="_blank">released the source code</a> for his websites and tracking tool. While Apple may have successfully shuttered the original tracking sites, it's only a matter of time before copycat sites pop up, giving the company's legal department plenty to keep busy with.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_bullies_popular_iphone_ipad_inventory_tracker_sites_shutting_down2013#comments apple Hardware Internet inventory iPad ipad mini iphone online News Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:36:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 26650 at http://www.maximumpc.com iPad Air Fails Soft Dirt Drop Test, Suffers Slow Motion Abuse http://www.maximumpc.com/ipad_air_fails_soft_dirt_drop_test_suffers_slow_motion_abuse2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ipad_dirt.jpg" alt="iPad Air Dirt" title="iPad Air Dirt" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />Better buy a case if you plan to purchase an iPad Air</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/apple"><strong>Apple's</strong></a> 5th generation iPad is the recently announced iPad Air, a remarkably slim and light slate that's around twice as fast as its predecessor, yet noticeably slimmed down. Perhaps as a result, it's also a little...soft? We're trying to be nice here, and while most tablets aren't built to withstand drops on concrete, we're a little surprised by a YouTube video showing the iPad Air's display shatter when dropped on some soft dirt (to be fair, there were some rocks mixed in).</p> <p>That's just the beginning. Richard Ryan, host of YouTube's RatedRR channel, likes to post destruction videos recorded with a slow motion camera. In this episode, the iPad Air undergoes a range of torture tests, everything from being dropped on the ground and submerged in water, to being repeatedly pelted with an Airsoft MP7 and, well, you'll have to watch to see what else.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6JNTx4zy19w" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Now the only question is, <a href="http://www.willitblend.com/" target="_blank">will it blend</a>? We're sure it will, but we'll keep our fingers crossed for an upcoming video, anyway.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ipad_air_fails_soft_dirt_drop_test_suffers_slow_motion_abuse2013#comments apple Hardware iPad Air mobile slate tablet News Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:20:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 26643 at http://www.maximumpc.com Major Patent Dispute Pits Apple/Microsoft-led Rockstar Group vs Google, Samsung, and Others http://www.maximumpc.com/major_patent_dispute_pits_applemicrosoft-led_rockstar_group_vs_google_samsung_and_others2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nuclear.jpg" alt="Nuclear" title="Nuclear" width="228" height="194" style="float: right;" />The mother of all patent lawsuits</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/patents"><strong>Patent</strong></a> disputes are unfortunately a common occurrence in the tech industry, but boy-oh-boy, the patent lawsuit filed by Rockstar may take the cake. In this case, Rockstar doesn't refer to Rockstar Games, makers of Grand Theft Auto V, but a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony. At the heart of the dispute are thousands of former Nortel patents Rockstar purchased for $4.5 billion, and according to the lawsuit, several Android players infringe on these patents.</p> <p>Google stands accused of infringing on seven patents covering technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/31/us-google-rockstar-lawsuit-idUSBRE99U1EN20131031" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>. That makes up the backbone of Google's search business, so this is a pretty big deal.</p> <p>In addition to going after Google, Rockstar also filed patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Asus, Pantech, and ZTE. Notice a trend? Every single company builds Android devices.</p> <p>If and when this case goes to trial, you can bet Rockstar's legal team will point out the fact that Google tried to acquire Nortel's patents for $900 million back in 2001, and then eventually increased its bid to $4.4 billion. Rockstar ultimately won the bidding war, prompting Google to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which was primarily motivated by Motorola's patent portfolio.</p> <p>Stay tuned, this is going to be big.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/major_patent_dispute_pits_applemicrosoft-led_rockstar_group_vs_google_samsung_and_others2013#comments android apple Google htc huawei lawsuit microsoft nortel patent rockstar consortium samsung News Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:49:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 26617 at http://www.maximumpc.com