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We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.

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September 9 is Officially New iPhone(s) Day

Posted by Kellex August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Apple sent invites out to their select group of press this morning, confirming that September 9 is the day for things to be (re)invented.

If you haven’t been keeping up with rumors, Apple pundits are expecting there to be two iPhones (iPhone 6), one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch. Rumors as of yesterday also seem to believe that Apple’s first take on a smartwatch (iWatch) will be a part of the festivities. 

The whole event will undoubtedly be amazing, great, beautiful, better, extraordinary, phenomenal, wonderful, gorgeous, magnificent, exciting, amazingly remarkable, incredible, advanced, and magical.

Of course, Apple’s event is only a week after Motorola, LG, Samsung, Asus, and Sony show off their new goodies. It should be a fun month.

Via:  Engadget

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Apple can’t stop Samsung from selling infringing devices

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Apple may have won its second patent case against Samsung, but Judge Lucy Koh won’t allow it to take more. She has denied Cupertino’s request for an injunction that would have banned Samsung devices that have been found to be infringing on Apple’s patents from being sold in the US.

At the heart of the matter is cause and effect. In essence, Judge Koh claims that Apple was unable to convince the court that Samsung’s patent infringement has caused it significant harm, either in loss of sales or injury to Apple’s reputation. Since Apple failed to prove that, there was no reason for the court to halt sales of those infringing devices. It is almost tantamount to saying that even if Samsung has been found guilty of copying features, Apple wasn’t able to prove those features were significant enough to have cost it a fortune or users.

This latest decision may not be a devastating blow to Apple, but it sure is a slap on the face. Although Samsung isn’t exactly getting away scot-free for its crime, it will only be paying damages in the amount of $119.6 million, a measly fraction of the $2.2 billion that Apple was going after. Plus now the court is practically telling Apple that those features that Samsung copied aren’t exactly all that. Or rather, they aren’t enough to have made a significant negative impact on Apple’s part.

It isn’t known yet if Apple plans to appeal this decision, that is if it has any other legal recourse left. Could this finally be the end to the patent squabble between Apple and Samsung in the US? The two rivals have agreed to a truce on patent litigation outside the US, but so far there has been no word on their relationship this side of the world. That said, even the international ceasefire between the two isn’t exactly legally binding, so there’s really no assurance that even that would hold in the long run.

VIA: Apple Insider

Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.

Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.

I think everyone is in favor of getting rid of subsidies. T-Mobile has taken the lead here in the U.S., but the bottomline is that companies like Samsung and Apple won’t be able to profit as much in a non-subsidy world. At the same time, companies like Xiaomi make a fantastic product at an attractive price so we know it’s possible.

source: Bloomberg

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Cyanogen Inc. Working on “Something Really Cool” With Ex Google, HTC and Apple Employees

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

“Something really cool” is getting worked on, as announced by Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit, a not-so-new startup focused entirely on mobile devices and cloud computing. Nextbit’s team is comprised of former Google (original Android team engineers), Dropbox, Amazon, and Apple employees, and last night, the company announced they are to bring on former HTC Senior VP Scott Croyle as Vice President of Design and Product. 

While the something really cool is quite an unknown, Cyanogen posted to Google+ that they are looking for alpha testers, aka people who are willing to wipe their devices to try out whatever it is they are working on.

Purely speculation, but with Nextbit’s heavy focus on hardware and design, coupled with Cyanogen building a custom OS for it, we could be looking at the makings of a new US-based OnePlus-type device.

The only type of explanation or peek into what Nextbit is working on comes from their CEO, Tom Moss. In the press release, he states, “As an industry, we’re really just getting started with mobile. At Nextbit, we are building a world class engineering team to tackle big technical problems. We know Scott [Croyle] is the right person to guarantee that all the technology we build focuses on creating unique mobile experiences for users.”

If down the road we can expect some type of device from this team, would you be looking forward to it?

Via: Engadget | +Cyanogen Inc. | Nextbit

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Judge refuses to invalidate Apple patents

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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In the latest twist of the ongoing infringement battle between Samsung vs Apple, a Federal Judge has denied a motion from Samsung to invalidate two Apple patents.

Samsung was found to have infringed on those two patents and was hoping (as MacObserver notes) that recent Supreme Court cases would help their case in invalidating the patents due to their simplistic digital representations. Specifically, Samsung brought up the Alice vs CLS Banks Supreme Court ruling to the court by stating that the new case states (among other things) that simplistic software-based concepts with “real world parallel’s” could not be patented.

The patents in question describe the iPhone’s slide to unlock (’721) and unified search (’959) features, both of which Samsung was ruled to infringe on in the 2012 trial where Apple was awarded over US$900 million in damages, their second trial this year where the iPhone and iPad maker won about $120 million. - MacObserver

The case was not an entire victory for Samsung as the reason for the denial had nothing to do with whether the patent was valid and everything to do with the Judge’s decision that Samsung was filing this argument too late in the process.

While Samsung is not barred from bringing up the validity of the patent in the future, it looks unlikely that they will be able to bring up its validity for the foreseeable future.


Source: MacObserver;

Most smartphone users download this many apps per month: zero

Posted by wicked August - 23 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

In summer of 2008, Apple introduced another game-changer that would affect the way people used smartphones moving forward – the iPhone App Store. This has now contributed to the global consciousness about apps, and Google saw that this was the only way to go to peddle its apps as well through the Android Market, concluding in the current incarnation of the Google Play Store. But why does comScore’s new data point to a staggering truth – that most smartphone users average ZERO app downloads in a month?

According to the same study, 52 percent – a little over half the time people spend on digital media (Internet, smartphones, tablets) are on apps. Yet the numbers of the report say this – that 65.5% of all smartphone users in the country average zero app downloads in a month. Only one third – roughly 30% — download any apps at all, and that would be around 1 to 3 apps.

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What’s the deal? It’s not like these apps aren’t useful – the usage numbers say that more than half of US smartphone owners tapped and used apps on a daily basis (comScore). Are good apps too pricey? We all know that most apps are free, and even then, most paid apps average on from a few cents to a few dollars, and the market is such that it pushes prices down rather than up.

One suitable explanation maybe that over the years, the app saturation has gone on to very high levels that it pushes users to have an “app routine” – that is, get to know the apps that do the job for you, and stick to them like glue. Once a user falls into a routine, they will still have the same apps even if they upgrade devices – the Google Play Store has made this tremendously easy, and even I can say that I am glad for it.

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Another explanation may be that the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store – but more Apple than Google, really – has made it very difficult to discover new apps. The Apple App Store ecosystem is notorious for relying heavily on “top lists” and also known for not improving its search functions over the years. This only makes “editor’s picks” and bigger companies get all the profit and pushes an app – however ingenious it is – to the bottom.

The numbers won’t lie, the app ecosystem has pushed people to a state of non-discovery. It falls a lot to Android journalists and writers to discover and recommend the cool apps that need to be unearthed out the pile. But it also points to Apple and Google having to improve their market ecosystems, or else it might die a slow and painful death.

VIA: QZ

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The latest news from Apple and Samsung’s never-ending court battles has to do with Apple’s hefty legal fees. Apple wanted Samsung to pay for the $16 million in attorney fees that Apple spent during four trade dress claims against Samsung relating to the iPhone, iPad, and iPad 2.

Legally, Apple would have only been reimbursed if the court found the case “exceptional.” Since Judge Lucy Koh decided that some of Samsung’s patent infringement was based on function, it wasn’t an “exceptional” case, and refused to make Samsung pay for Apple’s fees. She did, however, release Apple’s $2.6 million bond that was pending from a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In the grand scheme of these lawsuits, $16 million isn’t going to be a deal breaker for either company. The real winners are the attorneys that are getting paid by both companies.

source: Scribd

via: Phone Arena

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iPad Air 2 doubles RAM to an industry standard 2GB

Posted by Tom August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

In 2014′s tablet market, 2GB of RAM is the expected loadout for new releases. Apple is finally catching up and offering double the RAM for the high-priced tablet, the new version of which will be officially announced in October.

The iPad Air 2 could sport the expected split-screen feature coming in iOS 8, which would demand more memory.

Via techradar

Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

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