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The US Patent and Trademark Office, which has been re-examining Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent (US No 7,844,915) presumably at Samsung’s behest, said Wednesday that all 21of its claims are invalid on the basis of prior art, specifically for anticipation and obviousness. It’s a prelimin...
Samsung said Tuesday that it will drop its attempts to get Apple products banned anywhere in Europe using its standards-essential patents (SEPs). It’s not dropping its infringement suits, but will limit its SEP claims to monetary damages. It will still seek injunctions for Apple’s al...
This book a no nonsense approach to learning the key points of Objective-C and iOS at the speed of light. It is a fast paced sprint through tons of hands on examples. The books starts off with a nice introduction to Xcode by building a small twitter application using the new iOS 6 Soc...
Returning from Asia Jefferies financial analyst and Apple follower Peter Misek said several iPhone 6 prototypes and an iTV, presumably integrated with Apple’s mobile ecosystem, appear to be floating around. There’s reportedly an iPhone model with a 4.8-inch Retina+ IGZO screen, 128GB...
Embarcadero Technologies has just released a new 64-bit C++Builder solution – a linear descendent of Borland’s C++ Builder created more than 15 years ago. It’s supposed to offer a faster way to create high-performance native Windows 8 and Mac OS X PC and laptop applications as well a...
Google couldn’t have picked a prettier time to release the upgraded version of Google Maps for iOS it’s been working on since Apple kicked it off the iPhone and iPad in September in favor of its own dodgy Apple Maps that couldn’t find the Eiffel Tower, utterly embarrassed the company, ...
Google is close to signing a consent decree with the US Federal Trade Commission after the agency claimed Google broke the antirust laws by blocking access to key mobile technologies covered by patents owned by its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, Bloomberg says. It quotes “three people f...
Well, there may actually be an Apple TV in our future. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working with Asian component suppliers and testing large-screen high-resolution TV prototypes. The testing is apparently in its early days and involves Foxconn, which assembles the iP...
Apple and Samsung were back in district court in California Thursday. Samsung wants the jury verdict finding it ripped off the iPhone overturned or the $1.05 billion judgment against it reduced. It’s one of the largest decisions ever in an IP case. Apple, which says its future depen...
After “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in USA” tags were spotted on some new iMacs, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed Thursday that production of one of the company’s existing Mac lines is moving to the US. Production will ramp up next year. Apple is investing $100 million to p...
Google’s bid for an injunction halting the sale of Microsoft products based on Motorola Mobility’s standard-essential patents (SEPs) has failed. A federal judge in Seattle last Thursday said the SEPs, which in this case cover video decoding, can’t be used for injunctions. He’s the ...
Apple has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the NeXT legacy who botched the mission-critical maps program that replaced the Google Maps program Apple used to offer on its widgets. Apple wanted Google Maps off its iPads and iPhones because it loathes Google and its Android operatin...
Ericsson, the big Swedish telecom house, has sued Samsung, the big Korean conglomerate, in the plaintiff-friendly US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas charging patent infringement and breach of contract. It said that after two years of negotiations involving the most s...
Late Wednesday right before Thanksgiving Day Apple was ordered to turn over a copy of its recent 10-year licensing deal with HTC – the one that ended all litigation between them – to Samsung. Apple said it didn’t care if Samsung got it but deferred to HTC, which said it didn’t care e...
Apple claims six more Samsung products, including the Galaxy Note II, infringe eight of its patents and wants to add them to its other California suit against the Korean giant, the one that doesn’t go to trial until March of 2014. Its first California suit against Samsung resulted in...
The Internal Trade Commission late Monday said it would review the decision made by one of its administrative judges in September finding that Apple didn’t tread on four Samsung patents in making the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Two of Samsung’s patents, the only two that Samsung cou...
Samsung has asked the California court handling the billion-dollar judgment against it to see Apple’s shiny new 10-year licensing agreement with HTC since Apple is claiming it will suffer irreparable harm – that money can’t recompense – without a permanent injunction against the Korean...
Loss-making Nokia Tuesday introduced a cloud map service called Here. It means it to be one of five businesses including smartphones, basic phones, patents and cellular infrastructure that will help it get back on its feet. Its map customers include Amazon, Rand McNally, Bing, Daim...
A consignment of Apple iPad Minis was looted from a warehouse at JFK International Airport in New York the other night according to the New York Post. The cops suspect it was an inside job. The thieves used one of the airport’s own fork lifts to make off with two pallets of the little ...
Late Saturday – on the eve of Armistice Day – Apple and HTC announced that they have settled their patent litigation at the price of a 10-year license agreement that covers “current and future patents held by both parties.” Terms aren’t being disclosed. An HTC spokeswoman told the ...
The bad blood between Apple and Samsung is evidently getting worse. Samsung recently hiked the price of the so-called application processors it builds for Apple’s widgets by a hefty 20%, according to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, quoting a story Monday in the Korean-language...
Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu think Apple is going to get $6–$8 in royalties on each Android phone HTC sells because of their weekend licensing arrangement that puts an end to all litigation between them. Of course, terms weren’t disclosed and Wu’s estimate could just be a shot in the ...
After a roughly four-month investigation, the staff at the Federal Trade Commission has reportedly told the agency’s five commissioners that they should bring Google to book for FRAND abuse for trying to block Apple and Microsoft from importing devices into the US that Google maintains...
First thing Monday morning Apple said that it sold three million iPad minis and fourth-generation iPads in the three days since Friday when the widgets went on sale. The number is double the 1.5 million sold in the last three-day weekend in March when the third-generation iPad ca...
Apple’s record earnings came in a bit short of expectations Thursday, a situation the smart money attributed to its failure to make enough phones although it still sold an amazing 26.9 million of the things, up 58% year-over-year and good for $17.13 billion, into the expected launch of...
The International Trade Commission decided Wednesday that Samsung Android smartphones and tablets infringe four Apple patents – a design patent, a hardware patent and two multitouch software patents – a preliminary determination sure to be kicked upstairs to the ITC’s six commissioners...
Google is reportedly courting an antitrust charge by the US Federal Trade Commission because of its insistence that Microsoft and Apple pay gouging royalties for Motorola Mobility’s standards-essential patents. The Wall Street Journal said Friday that Google “is weighing whether to s...
The US Patent and Trademark Office has tentatively decided that all 20 claims in Apple’s US Patent No, 7,469,381 are invalid. The non-binding decision had Samsung sprinting off to Judge Lucy Koh late Monday to inform her of the re-examination finding. See, Apple used Claim 19 of th...
Apple Tuesday brought out the roundly anticipated iPad mini with most of the specs exactly as the rumor mill called it. At least the price remained a secret. The 7.9-inch diagonal widget will cost $329 to start, pricier than many people expected. In the manner of Steve Jobs’ famous “...
Samsung told the Korea Times Monday that it will be terminating its contract to supply Apple with LCD displays next year. It blames it on the margins it can fetch from Apple’s business although it appears that it’s really Apple that’s doing the “terminating” by shifting its orders el...
If people really don’t like negative political ads, why aren’t they sick of companies behaving like spoilers and trying to step on each other’s announcements? Google apparently can’t stand the thought of Apple and Microsoft unveiling products without it putting its two cents in. It’s...
After foiling press prophecies last week about when the media would get invitations to the supposedly thinner 7.85-inch iPad mini’s unveiling the precious suggestive invites arrived the other day. The widget, whose existence Apple has yet to acknowledge and addresses competition from...
Apple finds itself in the enraging position of having to deny in print that Samsung copied its iPad technology after losing an appeal to the UK’s Court of Appeals Thursday. It was protesting a High Court decision this summer that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 couldn’t possibly infringe...
Microsoft Tuesday priced its ARM-based tablet, the dingus with the ARM-ported Windows RT that won’t run any of the scads of applications written for x86 machines although there will be an ARM-ported version of Office bundled with the things. The new widgets will go on sale next week ...
Motorola Mobility is asking for an en banc rehearing of the Ninth Circuit Court’s unanimous decision a couple of weeks ago forbidding it to enforce the German injunctions it got on its H.264 standards-essential claims against Microsoft. It’s a long shot, which is why Google is claimi...
Apple has poached a top chip designer from Samsung, its nemesis as well as its foundry. It’s waltzed off with the guy who was chief engineer at AMD until June of 2011, when he went to work for Samsung down Texas way as chief system architect. Jim Mergard, who was at AMD for 16 year...
A testy Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Thursday overturned the preliminary injunction that Apple briefly got in late July on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone before the same appeals court stayed it. It sent the injunction back to the lower court saying it had “abused its discre...
Looks like a US district court is going to tell Motorola Mobility – and its master Google – exactly how much they can charge for the standards-essential patents they’ve been using to try to get injunctions blocking companies like Microsoft and Apple from marketing their products becaus...
After looking into his crystal ball and seeing nothing all that good in Microsoft’s long-term future, CEO Steve Ballmer has signaled in his annual letter to stockholders Tuesday that Microsoft’s venture into hardware à la Apple’s tight integration is here to stay. “There will be time...
Chatterboxes in the Apple supply chain have got the rumor mongering US press, including the Wall Street Journal, reporting that Apple has placed orders for more than 10 million 7.85-inch iPad minis to be delivered in Q4. Apple of course hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a din...


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