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Apple

Submission + - Russian iTunes Store shows porn images (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: Users accessing Apple's iTunes Store in Russia have been getting porn images when searching for films to rent.

Movies without images have been linking to xxx.xxx web address. The intention might have been to link to a placeholder, said one IT expert, but addresses ending in .xxx are real websites with explicit content.

Patents

Submission + - Apple ordered to share HTC deal details with Samsung (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: A US judge has ordered Apple to disclose details of its patent-sharing deal with HTC to its rival, Samsung. Apple and HTC signed a 10-year licence agreement earlier this month, but did not make the details public.

Samsung, which is also involved in various patent disputes with Apple, asked the courts to tell Apple to furnish the information. It said it was "almost certain" the deal covered some of the patents at the centre of its dispute with Apple.

The court ordered Apple to produce a full copy of the settlement agreement "without delay", subject to an "attorneys' eyes only" designation, meaning it will not be made public.

Patents

Submission + - Apple secures patent for NFC alternative technology (patentlyapple.com) 1

another random user writes: Apple has secured a patent in the US for an alternative technology to Near Field Communications.



The US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday published a series of 32 newly-granted patents secured by Apple.

According to Patently Apple, this includes a system within a portable device that enables it to communicate with another compatible device when in close proximity.

Apple is known to be experimenting with NFC, but it is also clearly working with an alternate methodology for which the firm has now gained a patent. As outlined by the patent, the technology works via a compass output in the device that detects when an another handset comes close to using a magnetic field signature.

Apple

Submission + - Apple Hires An Amazon Exec To Fix Siri

another random user writes: Apple has poached William Stasior from Amazon to lead Siri, its voice-activated personal assistant software, Kara Swisher at All Things D reports.

At the online retail giant, Stasior has been in charge of A9, Amazon’s search and search advertising unit. The former AltaVista exec co-founded the independent company and has run it since Udi Manber left for Google.

What’s more intriguing is what else Stasior might find himself working on — presumably, strengthening Apple’s search and search advertising technology in the wake of its increasing competition with Google.
Apple

Submission + - Apple to switch to TSMC instead of Samsung for making it's ARM CPUs (cens.com)

another random user writes: Apple is planning to shift production of its ARM-based microprocessors from Samsung to the Taiwanese chip-baking giant TSMC as early as next year, according to a report by the China Economic News Service (CENS).

The report cites CitiGroup Global Markets analyst J.T. Hsu as saying that TSMC will be Apple's sole supplier of 20nm quad-core processors, with volume production to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013. He also noted that Apple began its 20nm chip-verfication process at TSMC in August of this year.

Hsu told CENS that the future quad-core chips were intended for Apple's "iPad, iTV and even Macbook," turning up the heat on two rumors that have been simmering for months: that Apple is planning a move into the television market, and that an ARM-based MacBook is in the works.

Patents

Submission + - Unredacted documents in Apple/Samsung case, no evidence of 'copy' instruction (cnet.com)

another random user writes: Previously redacted documents presented in the Apple-Samsung case seem not to offer actual evidence that Samsung told its designers to copy the iPhone.

Documents that have now been unredacted seem to show that there was never any 'copy apple' instruction. There was a push towards things that would be different, such as what is now seen in the Galaxy S3: "Our biggest asset is our screen. It is very important that we make screen size bigger, and in the future mobile phones will absorb even the function of e-books."

Groklaw suggests, rather shockingly, that Apple's lawyers might have been a little selective in how they presented some of this evidence to the court, by picking little parts of it that offered a different shade of nuance.

EU

Submission + - Apple faces EU scrutiny over product warranties (bloomberg.com)

another random user writes: The way Apple tells customers about product warranties is being scrutinised across Europe. The European Commission has asked members to find out if Apple is letting customers know about their right to a minimum two-year warranty. Consumer groups in 11 nations have complained that Apple has emphasised its own after-care service over statutory protections.

“Apple prominently advertised that its products come with a one-year manufacturer warranty but failed to clearly indicate the consumers’ automatic and free-of-cost entitlement to a minimum two-year guarantee under EU law,” EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said to ministers in the letter, which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “These are unacceptable marketing practices.”

Apple

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban lifted in the US (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: A temporary sales ban on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the US has been lifted by a US court. District Judge Lucy Koh gave a court order rescinding a ban on US sales that was part of a patent dispute with Apple.

The ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been placed before a month-long patent trial between Apple and Samsung. In August, at the conclusion of that trial Apple was awarded a victory on many of its patent violation claims where it said Samsung had copied Apple's iPhone and iPad designs. It was also awarded more than $1bn (£664m) in damages. However, the jury found that Samsung had not violated the patent that was the basis for the ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung, therefore, argued for the sales ban to be lifted

Android

Submission + - Dan Lyons: Apple's has become a company that copies others and plays it safe. (bbc.com) 1

another random user writes: A provocative article by Dan Lyons (Creator of the 'Fake Steve' blog) presents the the view that Apple has become a copycat, changing the iPhone/iPad to match Android systems despite previously dismissing them.

Extracts from the article:

Worse, despite all its bluster about innovation, Apple has become a copycat, and not even a good one. Why is Apple making the iPhone bigger? To keep up with the top Android phones.

Apple also has become a copycat in tablets. Jobs once said the iPad's 9.7in screen was the perfect size, and smaller tablets made no sense. Then the Android camp had success with 7in tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7, and now Apple supposedly will announce its own smaller iPad in October. Talk about thinking different!

The big $1bn (£650m) patent "victory" over Samsung made Apple look like a bully, and also raised awareness of how good Samsung's latest products are.

Last month, Samsung's Galaxy S3, with its huge 4.8in screen, outsold the iPhone 4S in the United States, the first time any smartphone has outsold the iPhone in the States.

Apple got where it was by taking bold risks. Now it has become a company that copies others and plays it safe.

Try to actually read all of the article before jumping in with how right or wrong you think it is...

Apple

Submission + - Apple adds Galaxy S III phone to revised suit (wsj.com)

another random user writes: Apple, accusing Samsung Electronics Co of flooding the market with “copycat products,” added the Galaxy S III smartphone to a list of products that it says infringe Apple patents.

Apple’s revised a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California, follows a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung on Aug. 24. The jury, in a separate case in the same court, found that Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents at stake in the trial. In that case, Apple seeks a US sales ban on eight Samsung smartphone models and a tablet computer.

Apple, in yesterday’s filing, alleges Samsung continues to “flood the market with copycat products.” The maker of the iPhone has made similar allegations in the follow-on case before. In yesterday’s filing, Apple said Samsung has sold infringing products through August, including its “current flagship device, the Galaxy S III” smartphone.

Google

Submission + - Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC and LG make a joint bid for the Kodak patent pool (wsj.com)

another random user writes: Debt-struck photography pioneer Kodak has been trying to raise funds by selling off more than 1,100 digital imaging patents.

It had originally planned to announce a buyer last week, but said "discussions continue" and a deal might not happen.

Apple and Google had been reported to have made rival bids for the patents, but the Wall Street Journal reports they have now joined forces and have added Samsung, LG, HTC and others to their consortium

The WSJ's sources suggested the offer price for the portfolio would be about $500m (£315m) — well below the $2.6bn estimate that Kodak had suggested it could be worth.

Apple

Submission + - HTC defeats Apple in swipe-to-unlock patent dispute (bbc.com) 1

another random user writes: HTC is claiming victory in a patent dispute with Apple after a ruling by the High Court in London.

The judge ruled that HTC had not infringed four technologies that Apple had claimed as its own.

He said Apple's slide-to-unlock feature was an "obvious" development in the light of a similar function on an earlier Swedish handset.

Lawyers fighting other lawsuits against Apple are likely to pay close attention to the decision regarding its slide-to-unlock patent

Apple

Submission + - Apple wins hearing order re Motorola Mobility (androidauthority.com)

another random user writes: Last week Judge Richard Posner gave a provisional ruling between Motorola and Apple that seemed to seal the deal and refuse both parties the chance to go up against each other in court.

He has now changed his mind and granted Apple’s request for an injunction hearing

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