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Judge in Apple v. Samsung case, calls for peace!

Just a few months ago, “a San Jose jury awarded Apple more than $1 Billion dollars in its case against Samsung, the trial’s judge, Lucy Koh, is now aiming to settle the issues between the two companies.”

““I think it’s time for global peace,” Judge Koh told Apple and Samsung’s lawyers at yesterday’s hearing, according to the A.P Specifically, she’s referring to a calming of the patent wars prevalent in the technology world over the past decade, and which the Apple v. Samsung case is a poster child.”. “While one analyst predicted that Apple would be the overall winner in yesterday’s hearing, it appears that Judge Koh isn’t leaning towards either company. Samsung is aiming to cut its massive fines in the trial and is calling for a new trial, while Apple is pushing to increase the fines and potentially ban the sales of certain Samsung phones. Koh didn’t seem to favor either of those outcomes.”

Stayed tuned for the latest news in the Apple v. Samsung case, “it’s expected to hit the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and it could potentially reach the Supreme Court, according to the AP.”

 

Apple v. Samsung judge calls for ‘global peace’ in patent wars

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iPhone-less Japanese Carrier “Docomo” losing subscribers at a fast rate.

Rewind back a few years, before the iPhone took over the world. Japanese phone carrier NTT Docomo was the subject of every U.S. report on how mobile in Japan rocked in every possible way. Well that was then, Docomo has just reported its biggest-ever loss in subscribers: 40,800. The reason?” As Reuters notes, competitors Softbank and KDDI carry the iPhone. Softbank grew by 301,900 subscribers, and KDDI grew by 228,800. Since receiving the iPhone 5 Softbank and KDDI are using it t capture Japanese customers.” And it’s the lack thereof that is causing NTT Docomo its worst subscriber results ever.”

In its final defense to stop the bleeding, Docomo has introduced the new “Disney” smartphone, which is ran on Android. So the question here would be….”is whether Disney can put NTT Docomo into the net gainer’s club another time or if Japan’s largest carrier will finally see the light and start carrying a truly diverse set of phones.”

 

Without iPhone, Japan’s biggest mobile carrier is losing subscribers at a record rate

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iTunes 11 Released

The wait is finally over, Apple has finally released iTunes 11 which includes some cool new features and interface enhancements.

“The new app contains a refreshed iTunes store design that takes cues from the iOS app store. Elements of the store also extend deeper into the UI. For instance, albums not only gain a new look and feel but also contain a new “In the store” feature that shows you top songs and related albums.”

“As for navigation, the new iTunes ditches the sidebars and top sorting column in favor of a simple row of buttons along the top. Switching between types of media (music, movies, podcasts, apps, etc.) is done using an option in the upper left corner. You access the store by clicking a button on the opposite side of the screen.”

For all of you big iTunes users, expect a pop up to appear soon, prompting you to download the new software.

 

Tardy iTunes 11 finally rolls out

 

 

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Apples iPhone 5, iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad available in China in December.

Apple announced earlier this week that the iPhone 5, iPad mini and 4th generation iPad will be available in Chine this december.

“Reservation requests for each device will begin the day before they launch from Apple retail stores, and they’ll also be available for purchase from Apple’s online store and official resellers. Of course, nothing stopped Chinese consumers from nabbing one of Apple’s new devices on the black market, aside from a high markup.”

Now that Apple is expanding in China hopefully the have solved the manufacturing issues of the iPad mini and the iPhone 5 so that they can meet the international demand.

 

Apple’s China invasion continues: iPhone 5, iPad Mini, 4th gen iPad coming December

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Google’s Nexus now supports LTE

Initially it was believed that the Nexus would not be able to support LTE,but after a few small software tweaks the phone can now enable 4G LTE capabilities. Bad news about this for most Nexus customers is that “LTE band 4 (which covers AWS 1700 and 2100MHz spectrum)” is not supported outside of Nexus homebase, Canada. Verizon’s LTE network and the majority of AT&T’s use entirely different spectrum bands. AT&T uses AWS spectrum for some of its LTE network, but it’s not easy to find. According to users, this fix makes the Nexus an even better phone since  Band 4 LTE is what that carrier will eventually rely on.

For now, the upgrade to the phone is considered on a hack , but there isnt anything preventing google from creating an upgrade.
http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/23/nexus-4-lte-hack/
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Samsung wins the right to see Apple-HTC patent agreement

Today, a court ordered that Apple and  HTC reveal its complete and unredacted contract. The contract will include the details of how much Apple is paid by HTC for every android phone. “As a result of that win, Apple is seeking a ban on the importation of Samsung’s Android smartphones and tablets.” The issue Apple has with this is “Knowing what HTC has already negotiated with Apple, of course, is a major advantage to Samsung if and when it chooses to seek a licensing agreement of its own.”  Also, HTC  and Apple believed that the court order should not be shared because of the competitive nature of the 3.

Seems as if this ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung will continue to steam on for months to come.

Samsung wins the right to see the full Apple-HTC patent-licensing agreement

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Apple TV’s launch is beginning to seem imminent

According to Jefferies and Co, Apples revolutionary television may be hitting stores new you sooner than you may think . “The new device — which may or may not be a more advanced version of the company’s Apple TV set-top box rather than an actual television set — will likely combine the innovation and developer enthusiasm of Apple’s App Store with the current pay-TV subscription business model that cable and satellite providers use.” With the release of, iPad mini, iPhone 5 and the fourth generation iPad, Apple does have a small gap for Apple to put its primary focus on the television.

Based on Apples reputation, other makers of TV’s may wanna figure out ” whats next” and find ways to stay ahead of the technology giant or the end may be near.

Revolutionary Apple television launch is ‘imminent,’ analyst says

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Google Maps for iOS is almost complete, but will Apple allow it

Today, Wall Street Journal reported that Google were putting their final touches on its new “Google Maps” app. With that being said, the app should be released into app stores soon. Considering the app has more features than the one created by Apple, Google will have to keep their fingers crossed and hope Apple accepts it into their app store.

Google itself, think that the chances of Apple accepting it is slim, according to sources within the company. “The reason for the skepticism is fairly obvious: Google’s app would compete directly with Apple’s, and the iPhone maker doesn’t have a great track record with dealing with these sorts of situations.” ”We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system,” the company says (and has said verbatim multiple times before).”

If your a big fan of google maps and is looking forward to downloading from the Apple app store, you wanna say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed.

 

Google Maps for iOS is almost finished, but Apple’s standing in the way

 

 

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Google maps new app for iPhone coming soon.

“According to a report by the Guardian, Google is working on a version of Google Maps for iPhone. ” But will Apple accept this offer? The issue from Apple’s perspective is that it doesn’t want apps that duplicate functionality already on the iPhone, such as an app with features similar to air play.

Google’s new “Maps” app is supposed to be available for app store submission by the end of the year, possibly December.

According to a Google spokesman “We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.”

Based on the massive flop of Apple maps, one could only wonder if Apple will accept this offer.

 

Google Maps app for iPhone coming in December — will Apple approve it?

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iPhone 5 biggest issue…Foxconn can’t make enough

For Apple, there seems to be good news and bad news with the iPhone 5. Good news is, everybody wants one. Bad news is, everybody wants one.  ““The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled.  To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated,” an unnamed Foxconn official told The Wall Street Journal last month.”

Apple sold 5 million phones the first week, this seems like a difficult demand for any manufacturer to meet. Foxxcon chief Terry Gou told reporters that after months of its release, his company is still having a tough time making the phones.

If you have any plans on obtaining an iPhone soon, get it line.

 

The iPhone 5’s biggest problem: Foxconn still can’t make enough of them

 

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Google new iOS search app tries to compete with Siri

Google is looking to create a new iOS search app that allows users to search using simple language, much like Siri. The “Google Search digs into Google’s Knowledge Graph, which google unveiled in may with the feature, Google is able to get information on major topics like landmarks, the weather, travel schedules,  and movies, and use the info to return relevant answers relatively quickly.”

While using the app, the result is a search experience that should feel very familiar to Siri users. “While the app likely doesn’t work quite as rapidly as Google advertises, Google Search and similar efforts represent the future of search and can only get faster from here.”

Seems to be a good idea, but at the end of the day Siri still has home field advantage!!!

Google’s new iOS search app is a direct assault on Siri

 

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Apple releases iOS update.

Apple just released its latest update to iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod.  This update includes a number of bug fixes and system updates. “The update fixes an issue that blocked iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly while not connected to iTunes, a more serious problem that could block iPhones from accessing cellular networks (in other words, acting like a phone), and a Wi-FI connection issue for both iPhone 5 and the 5th-generation iPod Touch.” Considering this only a point release, this is one of the larger iOS updates in recent memory. iOS 6 itself was only about 600 megabytes, if you update correctly over wifi, this update will be about 70 MB.  If I were you, I would consider getting this update sooner than later.

 

iOS 6.0.1 hits Apple’s update servers with a 983 MB thud

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Apple TV sales reach 5.3 million, but its still perceived as a “hobby” for the company

Apple approached around 1.3 million in sales of the apple TV in the years fourth quarter, but its still being called a “hobby.” According to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said “Apple sold a total of 5.3 million Apple TVs this fiscal year, almost double the 2.8 million it sold in 2011. But those numbers are still tiny in comparison to, say,  the 26.9 million iPhones Apple sold in just the last quarter.”

There is obviously some major potential in this product, until it gets its big break, I guess it will continue to be a decent hobby.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/25/apple-tv-still-hobby/

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iPad mini shows to be good for gaming

According to game developers, the iPad mini is expected to have quite an impact on gaming. Created with an A5 chip, and its display is a 7.9-inch, 1024×768 pixel display, this will make it difficult for developers to create the apps, considering their used to making it for the fourth generation ipad with a A6X processor.

According to Scott Foe “the iPad mini could further revolutionize the educational market, leading to more devices in classrooms. That could mean kids goofing off playing Angry Birds in school or new kinds of apps that could replace physical textbooks.”

“The price of $329 is a real issue. But it’s a serious competitor not only to the $249 PS Vita and the $169 3DS but also the $299 iPod Touch. Apple has to hope that its new device won’t cannibalize the popular MP3 player.”

http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/23/game-developers-says-ipad-mini-will-be-good-for-gaming/

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Why iPhone 5s are still scarce

Since the iPhone 5 was released in late September, selling 2 million in the first 24 hours and around 5 million at the end of its first week, it has been very hard to get a hold of.  Shipping delays on Apple’s website today are between three and four weeks, meaning that supply is still significantly constrained

“One of the challenges has been build quality. iPhone 5 is partially made of aluminum, which — though it’s lighter — is also softer than the steel in the iPhone 4 and 4S. That caused some issues in brand-new phones, especially black models, with some reports saying that half of all phones were scratched out of box, or shortly thereafter. According to Apple exec Phil Schiller, that was “normal”

Its either the phone is very difficult to assemble, or Apple is using a cheap material that is being scratched up before it is shipped.  Hopefully the process is sped up and phones are received at a regular time frame.

 

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Apple’s builds its newest data center in Prineville, Oregon

“Apple is finally breaking earth in Prineville, Oregon on the 160-acre data center site the company purchased back in February right down the street from Facebook’s Prineville data center”.

The original cost of the development is just $68 million, but if Apple builds out both buildings, it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and possibly as high as a billion, which is the amount that Apple plans to spend in total.

Once the facility is complete, it will join the existing data centers in Newark (California), North Carolina, a planned data center in Nevada, and another in Hong Kong.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/19/icloud-is-coming-down-to-earth-in-apples-newest-data-center-nearest-neighbor-facebook/

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Starbucks Integrates mobile pay to Apples’s Passbook

 

Starbucks along with a list of other big name companies that have updated their  mobile applications to work with Passbook, Apple’s wallet-like application for storing mobile coupons, gift cards, electronic tickets, and now making mobile payments by proxy.  Today Starbucks announced that it officially has launched Passbook integration at a press conference in Houston. “The update allows Starbucks customers with iPhones and iPods to store their digital cards in Passbook for quick and easy mobile payments.”

The Starbucks mobile application will now prompt you to “ add to Passport” once it is launched. The use of Passport requires the support of 3rd party developers. A small amount of companies such as American Express, Target, Ticketmaster, and Lufthansa, already support Passbook. Once an application updates to support Passbook, the application user can choose to then store select items, such as a Starbucks card, in their Passbook.

Starbucks integration adds mobile pay to Apple’s Passbook

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LG’s Nexus Abdroid phone to have limited storage

According to MoDaCo.com, LG’s Nexus Android phone will be limited with storage space. The phone will “only be available with 8GB and 16GB storage options initially, won’t allow for expanded storage with MicroSD cards, and won’t even let you swap out the battery.” Considering the Nexus has always be known as the “flagship” of android phones, such limitations come as a surprise. In the past, Nexus phones have always showed to be one of the best Android phones on the market although it has always lagged behind in certain hardware. For example, “The Nexus S, for example, couldn’t record high-definition video, even though plenty of Android phones offered it at the time. Last year’s Galaxy Nexus limited storage are true, this would just be the next disappointing phone in line.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/05/surprising-lg-nexus-details/

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iOS Cloud based video service ” Cloudee ” now open to the public

Cloudee, an iOS cloud-based video service was released to the public earlier this week. “The service is a lot like the new feature Apple recently rolled out for its iOS 6 camera apps, which allows friends and family to view custom streams of video or images via iCloud.  Cloudee allows you to create and organize all the personal videos on your iPhone into separate streams for friends, family, co-workers, etc. Then you will be able to share your video through various apps such as Facebook or Twitter. As of now the service offers users unlimited storage space, but users probably can expect some type of subscription in the future. The Cloudee team also unveiled a “new desktop upload tool that should help give the service a boost over Apple’s native apps. People who do have a collection of videos stored on their PC probably aren’t in any rush to figure out a way to add them to Apple’s photo and video streams.” With its high level of sharing with specific individuals, video sharers may wanna put forth an effort to download it and give it a try.

 

Cloudee forecast: iOS-based cloud video service opens to the public

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iPhone 5 just steps away from being sold in China

In order for Apple to bring the iPhone 5 to be sold in China, Apple needs to obtain a China Compulsory Certificate, approval from the China Radio Management Agency, and a license to use cellular networks. This week Apple received two certificates to sell the iPhone 5 in China. According to” Sina Tech” a technology blog, Apple received two China Compulsory Certificates for two different versions of the iPhone 5. “The certificate indicates that China Unicom and China Telecom, both existing carrier partners with Apple, will get the next iPhone.” Considering China is one of the largest countries on earth, seems as if the iPhone will be getting one step to capturing the world.

iPhone 5 one step closer to being sold in China

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Apple has replaced the Youtube app with ‘Jasmine’ for iOS6

Have you updated your present iPhone with iOS 6? Notice anything different?  With the new update, Apple has removed Youtube in iPhones, iPads and iPods and has replaced it with Jasmine.

In case you don’t know, ‘Jasmine’ is the Youtube like client pn your iPhone developed by Jason Morrissey,” who is best known for creating the extremely popular Alien Blue Reddit client apps for the iPhone and iPad.”  In his initial Jasmine announcement, Morrissey said “It’s a far lighter project than Alien Blue and doesn’t carry a lot of bells and whistles, but it may serve as a simple alternative.” Seems likes iPhone users will have the chance to see for themselves once they update their phones to the new software.

“Overall, Jasmine just has a simpler navigation as well as a few nice perks that improve upon the original YouTube iPhone app.” Maybe once iPhone users start using Jasmine and gaining a understanding of it, the fuss will die down about it replacing Youtube. In the mean time Apple will continue to hear the complaints of the new app and beg for Youtubes return.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/21/jasmine-youtube-app-alien-blue/

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iPhone 5 could quite possibly be Apple’s most repairable phone yet

Dropping your phone and shattering you screen may have become a little more stress free with the iPhone 5. It seems as if the new iPhone is a lot more repair friendly than the previous iPhone 4 &4s.

“I think Apple is finally paying attention to what consumers really need,” said  Kyle Wiens, head of iFixit iPhone repairs. By making the iPhone easier to repair ” means that it’s more likely that owners will keep their phones much longer.” Seems as if Apple is finally starting to listen to whats the consumers are saying, and are making there product more durable.

Besides the repairs, it was also mentioned that apple has made the phone more scratch resistant. While doing their tear down of the iPhone 5, iFixit also noticed that the back of the phone didnt attract as many scratches as the previous phone but the edges are pretty much the same.

As the phone advances, we all look forward to seeing what kind of new unique techniques apple will come up with.

 

http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/21/iphone-5-teardown/

 

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Trade-ins for the iPhone have increased by 500% now that the iPhone 5 release is around the corner.

With the iPhone 5 just weeks away from being released to the public, a vast increase of trade-ins have begin to take place implying that many current iPhone users plan to upgrade their phones.

Softcell, a site that allows individuals to sell their old smart phones ” says that iPhone trade-ins are five times higher in August 2012 when compared to the same period a year ago.”

It has already been reported that the value of the iPhone 4s has decreased by 10 percent in the past month, so if you are thinking about trading in your old phone or selling it, it may be necessary to Hurry Up!

 

iPhone trade-ins up 500% as iPhone 5 is just a week away

 

 

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iCloud.com available to all now through Apple

According to 9to5Mac, Apple has released iCloud.com to everyone using the content-syncing service, after a trial period. If your not familiar with “cloud” it is information that is stored online, not through your own personal computer but a remote computer or sever.

Users will be able to access  iCloud by entering their current Apple ID and there password. Once inside the portal, users will be able to link all of your Apple devices and share content through them quickly. Being to access all of your files, photos, music and more backed up and available over the Internet, wherever you are whenever you need them sounds like it is worth the download.

 

Apple makes iCloud.com available to all

 

 

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Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 Lumias may be coming to AT&T Nov. 2

Although there is no concrete release date for Nokia’s new Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphones, it is expected that updated Operating System will launch at the end of the month, followed by the new phone in early November. Along with release dates, there is no price set in stone as well. Since the highly favored Iphone 5 is expected to be released toward the end of the month, its likely that the Lumia will be priced a bit lower.

With the release date of the phone coming up in the next few months, its kind of surprising that the company has not released important information like a exact release date and the amount the phone will cost. It was also mentioned that once the phone is  released to AT&T it aims to launch in Europe soon after.

http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/07/nokia-lumia-920-820-release-nov-2/

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Pandora’s stock falls as rumors surge that Apple may launch its own music streaming channel

With rumors beginning to surface about Apple creating its own music streaming service, its expected that Pandora’s investors are starting to become a bit uncomfortable. As of today Pandora’s stock has dropped close to 18 percent, which is new to the  music streaming channel considering their stock previously remained consistent against other rivals like Spotify and Rhapsody to name a couple.

While Pandora and other music streamers find it hard to make a profit, its no wonder these rumors began to cause uneasy feeling among  investors. It seems as if everything apples dibs and dabs into turns into a goldmine. If these circulating rumors turn to be true, that could possibly mean that its time for Pandora to pack up and move out of town.

http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/07/pandora-stock-down-apple/