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Burst of Loyalty Could Sew Up US Market for Samsung
December 12, 2012
Apple may get more mindshare from consumers, but Samsung currently holds the lead when it comes to market share. The connected device market, which includes PCs, tablets and smartphones, grew 27.1 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2012. In that time Samsung maintained the top position with 21.8 percent market share based on shipments.
USPTO Strikes Blow to Apple's Prized Multitouch Patent
December 10, 2012
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has preliminarily invalidated 20 of the claims in the so-called "Steve Jobs" patent, the second such blow dealt to Apple's IP portfolio in recent months. The Jobs moniker refers to the Apple founder's listing as the chief inventor. The patent protects the technology used in the touchscreen interface on Apple's iOS devices.
For Apple, Repairability Rules Don't Apply
December 6, 2012
Apple is frequently taken to task for its design choices, many of which revolve around the battery. For years, the naysayers were irritated that Apple's iPods and iPhones, for example, didn't have user-replaceable batteries. Worse yet, you couldn't swap in a new battery while on the go if you ran out of juice. Then Apple took away the removable batteries in its MacBook line, favoring instead to glue them in.
iTunes 11: I Want to Be More Impressed Than I Am
December 3, 2012
After the iTunes 11 delivery delay, I was hoping Apple was working through a seriously complicated redesign that would vastly improve my iTunes experience. Instead, we got iTunes 11, which looks like a huge improvement, but -- if anyone out in the world is at least somewhat like me -- is just a marginal improvement with some pretty shininess built into it.
iTunes 11 Introduces Powered-Up MiniPlayer
November 30, 2012
Apple released a new version of iTunes for Windows and OS X on Thursday, revamping the software's interface, refreshing the look of its store, and enhancing integration with cloud services. It was the software's first major overhaul since September 2010. In user libraries, Apple has abandoned the spreadsheet look in favor of a graphical layout consisting of thumbnails of all media content in the collection.
iPad Owns Black Friday Mobile Shoppers
November 28, 2012
Apple's retail stores were bustling with shoppers this Black Friday, but this year, its iPad tablet won the day as the favorite mobile device for online shoppers to use while buying other things. Mobile shopping overall was on the rise this year, according to a report from IBM.
Xbox SmartGlass: Not Quite the One, But Worth a Date or Two
November 26, 2012
I've been watching Microsoft's Xbox 360 transformation from online gaming console to living room media center for years, so when Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass app showed up earlier this month, I had to give it a whirl. My personal Xbox 360 use is fairly limited to playing a few games here and there as well as assisting small children as they attempt to play games.
iOS App Turns the Dyle on Mobile TV
November 20, 2012
For more than half the nation, live broadcast television can now be in the palm of their hands. A new accessory for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad allows the devices to receive live broadcast TV feeds through a free service offered by Dyle Mobile TV in 35 markets covering 55 percent of the U.S. population. The EyeTV Mobile accessory costs $99.95 and is made by Elgato.
Apple, Microsoft and Google Play High-Stakes Musical Chairs
November 5, 2012
The last decade seemed to be about the decline of Microsoft, the dominance of Apple, and the emergence of Google. This decade, Microsoft seems to be trending up, Apple looks increasingly at risk, and Google looks more and more like the Microsoft of 10 years ago. It is almost as if the companies have shuffled and changed chairs.
Court Orders Apple to Revise Cheeky Apology
November 2, 2012
The British court that ordered Apple to post a statement declaring that Samsung didn't infringe on its designs isn't happy with the way the order was carried out. Apple posted a statement to its UK website, but it was apparently not what the three-judge appeals panel had in mind.
Elevating Ive Is the Smartest Move Cook's Made Yet
November 1, 2012
When Apple announced its executive shakeup this week, there was plenty of news to chew on and make you wonder what happened behind the scenes and why. At the top of the attention list, Scott Forstall, the iOS software group leader, was fired by Apple CEO Tim Cook. What? The head of the operating system of the most wildly acclaimed smartphone of all time -- let go?
Google Plants Voice Assistant Flag on Siri's Turf
October 31, 2012
Google revamped its search application for iOS this week, adding an enhanced version of voice search technology that could compete with Apple's voice assistant Siri. Voice Search is an extension of Google's core search engine that now provides contextual, intuitive, spoken results for voice queries and Web searches on Apple's mobile OS.
Google's Nexus 10 Hits Apple Where It Lives
October 30, 2012
Google canceled its New York press event Monday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, but that didn't stop it from announcing its new Nexus 10 tablet, along with the Nexus 4 smartphone and Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. A step up in size from the Asus-made Nexus 7, released in July, the Samsung-made Nexus 10 will be available beginning Nov. 13.
What Lies Beneath the Surface Tablet's Screen
October 29, 2012
The last thing people probably consider when buying a new gizmo or gadget is how hard it might be to fix, but according to the teardown team at iFixit, Microsoft's shiny new Surface tablet is easier to repair than the latest iPad, but it is still difficult to take apart. The online teardown site rated the Surface's "repairability" a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the easiest.
Microsoft Boxes Apple's Ears With Surface Tablet
October 29, 2012
You really don't get a sense of just how limited the iPad is until you actually explore the Surface tablet that Microsoft released last week. It is like the designers sat down over beers and argued over every single shortcoming they found in the iPad and then built into Surface just the right features to make the iPad look inadequate.
After Earnings Miss, Apple Looks to Holidays for Help
October 26, 2012
Apple is setting its sights on the holiday season after an earnings report that fell short of expectations for the second straight quarter. Apple's profit rose 24 percent for the quarter that ended in September, with a net income of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per share, up from the $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per share it brought in a year earlier.
iPad Mini: The Difference Is in the Details
October 26, 2012
Feature for feature, the iPad mini mainly bests its rivals in the 7-inch tablet market, but it does so at a price that's 65 percent higher than those competitors. The mini has a larger display than Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7. Its screen measures 7.9 inches diagonally, while the Fire and Nexus have 7-inch displays. Apple's tablet is longer than both its competitors and wider than Google's slate.
Chinese Company Rips Off iPad Mini and Its Tagline
October 25, 2012
Goophone, a Chinese company best known for cloning Apple products, reportedly will release its iPad mini doppelganger in November. The "GooPad mini," which already appears on posters, will sell for $99, while Apple's iPad mini will cost $329 but won't be sold right away in China. Goophone has even taken the liberty of ripping off Apple's "Every inch an iPad" tagline: "Every inch a GooPad mini."
Apple's Biggest Threat: Killer Advertising
October 25, 2012
While Apple crafts consumer gadgets of incredible beauty, built to look good on the outside and the inside -- even when Apple tries to fuse the case so the components can never be seen by mere mortals -- the hardware is not Apple's biggest weapon. The MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro with Retina display, the iMac, the iPad and new iPad mini -- not even the wildly popular iPhone is the most devastating weapon in Apple's arsenal.
Ecosystem Agnostics May Tip Scales for iPad Mini Sales
October 24, 2012
All eyes were on Apple on Tuesday as the company held its second product launch this fall to announce the iPad mini, along with refreshes to its iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac mini lines, ahead of the holiday shopping season. The iPad mini features the same dual-core A5 processor as the iPad 2. The 7.9-inch device was designed to be light and thin for one-handed use.
Apple Rubber Band Patent Bounced by USPTO
October 24, 2012
Apple's patent on rubber banding -- the bounce-back scrolling behavior that played a role in its victory over Samsung in a lawsuit earlier this year -- has been rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rubber banding, also known as "scroll bounce," causes the image on a screen to bounce when it reaches its top or side limits.
Apple's Big Mini Mystery Solved
October 24, 2012
Apple made it official Tuesday and unveiled its new iPad mini tablet along with a new iMac and MacBook Pro. The new tablet is notable in that it is 7 inches, the same size as similar products from Amazon and Google. The MacBook Pro features a 2.6 GHz Intel processor, high-resolution Retina display and solid-state drive. The new MacBook will be 20 percent thinner than the previous generation.
Skinny Mini Joins Apple's Chorus Line
October 24, 2012
Apple revealed not only the much-anticipated iPad mini Tuesday, but also a flurry of updates across its product line. The full-size iPad, now in its fourth generation, gained a new A6X chip with twice the CPU and graphics performance as the previous generation's A5X chip. The 13-inch MacBook Pro picked up a graphic-intense Retina display, while Apple also announced a beefed-up Mac mini.
UK Judges Order Apple to Set the Record Straight
October 19, 2012
A three-judge panel has rebuffed an attempt by Apple to overturn a UK court's decision favoring Samsung. Britain's Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that found Samsung's Galaxy tablet did not copy tablet designs registered by Apple in the UK. The court also sustained the lower court's mandate that Apple inform the public that Samsung's tablet does not infringe Apple's registered designs.
A Tale of Two iPads
October 18, 2012
Even before Apple actually announces a product, as a Mac and iOS device enthusiast, I tend to start imagining how I could actually use Apple's new awesomeness. The results aren't always as I hope. Often enough, I end up concluding that I don't need it -- like the 27-inch iMac and the Mac mini -- and sometimes, that I don't even want it.
Apple's Mini Doesn't Need Mega Success
October 17, 2012
Early adopters of the iPhone 5 probably don't have much time to bask in the glory of owning the latest Apple product. The company sent out invitations to an Oct. 23 event in San Jose, when it is expected to launch a smaller, more affordable tablet. The invitation reads, "We've got a little more to show you," with the "little" apparently implying a smaller iPad is truly on its way.
iPad Mini Beats Surface to the Launch
October 17, 2012
Apple has announced a special press event for October 23 -- three days before Microsoft's impending launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet. It's widely believed that Cupertino will launch the much-anticipated iPad mini on that date. An iPad mini "will definitely be disruptive to the 7-inch media tablet space," said Rhoda Alexander, a research director at IHS iSuppli.
Rockmelt for iPad Lets Pictures Do the Browsing
October 12, 2012
Rockmelt brought social browsing to the desktop in 2010 with an innovative Web browser, and now it hopes to do the same for the iPad with a new browser introduced on Thursday. Unlike traditional browsers, Rockmelt for iPad presents a user with two columns of floating tiles containing information that the user may be interested in based on past browsing. It chooses what to display based on an analysis of a user's Internet activity, social networking interactions, manual choices and other factors.
Acer's Windows 8 Tablet Edges Into iPad Turf
October 10, 2012
Ramping up for the holiday season, Acer this week announced the Iconia W510 Windows 8 hybrid tablet, just five days after it unveiled the W700 Win 8 tablet PC. The W510 is offered in four versions -- as a standalone tablet PC with 32 or 64 GB of RAM, with a keyboard dock, or as a full-fledged business device running Windows 8 Pro. Prices range from $499 to $799 and the W510 will be available on Nov. 9.
Consumers May Be Cooling Toward Apple
October 10, 2012
Apple stock ascended to a record high earlier this year, but the company has experienced a slight fall from grace in the past few weeks, with the stock down 10 percent from its all-time high of $705.07 on Sept. 21, the day the company launched the highly anticipated iPhone 5. Judging by the post-launch social buzz about the products, some of Apple's shine might be wearing off, said John Feland, CEO and founder of Argus Insights.
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