snydeq writes: A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA, InfoWorld reports. The jury found that the iPhone directly infringed U.S. patent 6,070,068, which was issued to Sony and covers a method for controlling the connecting state of a call, U.S. patent 6,253,075, which covers call rejection, and U.S. patent 6,427,078, which covers a data processing device. MobileMedia has garnered the unflattering descriptor "patent troll" from some observers. The company, which was formed in 2010, holds some 300 patents in all.
snydeq writes: "As the iPhone 5 nears, six major defects in iOS really need to finally get addressed — especially for iPad users. From mail filtering, to file uploading, to groups creation, those are just a few of the shortcomings Apple needs to address as 'meeting higher standards often comes as a price of success, especially when your basic value proposition is that you set that higher bar. That's where Apple stands as it prepares to unveil the sixth major version of iOS, the power behind the iPhone and iPad. Apple has succeeded in making the iPhone the standard-bearer for smartphones, displacing the BlackBerry as the corporate go-to and providing the model that Google tries to copy in Android.'"
snydeq writes: Speculators' attention is turning again to iPhone rumors — and missing the deeper shift: that version numbers for mobile devices are increasingly unnecessary given that software is the ultimate driver of value for the devices, writes InfoWorld's Galen Gruman. 'Apple understands that the deep value is in the ecosystem, not the box that runs it, and the importance for owners of all models to feel current. It doesn't really matter whether your MacBook Pro is from 2009 or 2011 but whether it runs OS X Lion and iCloud. Ditto on mobile devices, where iOS 5 and iCloud compatibility is the major advantage.... What all this comes down to is the rapid maturation of device hardware. Though hardware is important, software ultimately creates the most value, partly by enabling the hardware's value. We'll see version numbers on iOS, OS X, Android, and Windows for some time, but the devices that run them, not so much.'
snydeq writes: Recent updates to the iPhone OS have brought to light two 'policy falsehoods' that could jeopardize the iPhone's long-term prospects in the enterprise, InfoWorld reports. At issue are Apple claims around Exchange policy adherence and VPN policy support, both of which have been key to the iPhone's increased support among businesses. In the case of Exchange, it took Apple's iPhone 3.1 update to reveal that iPhones have been falsely reporting on-device encryption to Exchange Servers. A similar falsehood was uncovered with the iPhone 3.0 update, before which users could save VPN passwords despite the fact that the iPhone would report to VPN servers that the passwords were not being saved. Some IT admins who risked supporting the devices have expressed 'being bitten by the change,' which may cause them to 'start distrusting Apple.' 'My guess is the original decision to emulate hardware encryption was made at a level where there wasn't much awareness of enterprise IT standards,' one analyst said. 'After all, this is a foreign language for Apple.'
snydeq writes: "Novell has announced MonoTouch 1.0, a commercial SDK kit that allows developers to build iPhone apps using Microsoft's.Net Framework instead of the Apple-designated C or Objective-C languages. The SDK leverages Novell's Mono runtime for running Windows apps on non-Windows systems, allowing developers to utilize code and libraries written for.Net and programming languages like C#. With MonoTouch, the Mono runtime provides such developer services as garbage collection, thread management, type safety, and Web services, said Mono leader Miguel de Icaza."