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Submission + - Apple Gets Trademark for Retail Store Design (

itwbennett writes: "Last week, Apple was awarded a service mark for the design and layout of its retail stores that it applied for in May 2010. Apple's troubles with copycat stores in China are well documented on Slashdot, but whether the new service mark will provide Apple any protection internationally is left to the discretion of the individual member countries of the Madrid Protocol."

Submission + - Foxconn May Expand Manufacturing in the US (

itwbennett writes: "Following Tim Cook's announcement Thursday that Apple would be investing in U.S. Mac manufacturing, Foxconn on Friday hinted that it might be the recipient of that investment. Foxconn said it was considering expanding its existing U.S. operations in order to meet the needs of its customers, and to 'leverage the high-value engineering talent' available in the U.S. market."

Submission + - An Apple a Day Keeps the Apps Away (

itwbennett writes: "You've heard the horror stories about the App Store approval process driving developers away, but what really makes it so bad isn't the 6-8 day waiting period or even rejection. What make it so bad is the lack of access to a human problem-solver at who can loosen the stranglehold of Apple's protocol machine, says Matthew Mombrea, who recounts in excruciating detail his company's experience publishing iOS apps, and, worse, updates to iOS apps."

Submission + - Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production (

itwbennett writes: "That army of robotic assembly line workers we mentioned yesterday apparently can't get started soon enough. As many as 2,000-3,000 workers are on strike at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory, upset at stricter quality control requirements with the iPhone 5 and having to work through a national holiday this week. 'According to workers, multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day,' China Labor Watch said. Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo are both blocking searches in Chinese for "Foxconn strikes"."

Submission + - Will Your Next iPhone Be Built By Robots (

itwbennett writes: "Foxconn has ambitious plans to deploy a million-robot army on its assembly lines. But while robots already perform some basic tasks, when it comes to the more delicate assembly work, humans still have the edge. George Zhang, senior principal scientist with ABB, a major vendor of industrial robots, thinks Foxconn will eventually replace human workers for much of its electronic assembly, but probably not in time for the iPhone 6. For now, humans are still a cheaper and more practical choice."

Submission + - A Tale of Two Factories (

itwbennett writes: "From the article: 'It's likely you can't tell where your gadgets were made, or by whom. But the two manufacturing towns provide a stark contrast between the way things used to be made, and the way they are now. The Japanese town of Yaita is a fading, placid community where many factory workers have spent most of their lives, commuting from roomy apartments and cheering the powerhouse high school soccer team on weekends. Zhengzhou is raw, pulsing capitalism, with young recruits pouring in from all over China with suitcases in hand, sleeping four to eight to a dorm room between marathon shifts on the factory floors.'"

Submission + - Samsung: Android's Multitouch Not as Good as Apple's (

itwbennett writes: "Hoping to avoid a sales ban in the Netherlands, Samsung has said that Android's multitouch software doesn't work as well as Apple's. Samsung lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman said that while Apple's technology is a 'very nice invention,' the Android system is harder for developers to use. Arguing the bizarre counterpoint, Apple's lawyer Theo Blomme told judge Peter Blok, that the Android multitouch isn't inferior and does so infringe on Apple's patent: 'They suggest that they have a lesser solution, but that is simply not true,' said Blomme."

Submission + - Is Apple Working On iOS Game Controllers? (

itwbennett writes: "In an iPad review, AnandTech mentioned the possibility of an 'internal project' at Apple to create an iOS game controller. How likely is this? Given that Apple is well aware that the gaming market is big and growing, and gaming on iOS is big and growing, the chances that Apple is working on something is pretty high, says blogger Kevin Purdy. But don't expect it to 'be something familiar, like a dual-handed PS3 controller or a Wiimote,' says Purdy."

Submission + - Samsung and the Price of Differentiation (

itwbennett writes: "If you're among the multitudes who saw the Galaxy Note Super Bowl ad when it aired last Sunday, you first thought was probably 'really, a stylus?' And then you might have wondered briefly about how much it might have cost Samsung to produce and air that spot — and whether it was worth it. ITworld's Kevin Purdy did some quick math, and estimates that Samsung spent 'about $12 million all told.' And why? Because that's what it costs to try to differentiate yourself from Apple."

Submission + - Apple: Galaxy Products Won't Hurt iPhone, iPad Sal (

itwbennett writes: "In court documents that were inadvertently left unredacted, Apple admitted that Samsung's Galaxy products were not likely to take sales from iPhones, iPads. DailyTech's Jason Mick highlights the interesting passage buried in the Reuters article: Apple's own research 'shows that most of Samsung's customers are either new smartphone users who weren't interested in iPhones or, most commonly, are current Android users who are switching from another device maker.' This, after Apple went to great lengths to advise competitors on how to avoid making tablets and phones that look remotely like ipads and iphones."

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