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Booz Allen Hamilton Dropping BlackBerry for iPhone, Android

8:37 PM, Oct. 18th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

BlackBerry with prohibited symbol

Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm that works with the U.S. government, has eliminated support for BlackBerry. It will no longer purchase BlackBerry devices for its employees and is removing its BlackBerry server, effectively cutting off email to existing BlackBerry devices.

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RIM has promised a worth-the-wait upgrade with its BlackBerry 10 phones, but will the twice-delayed phone is now expected in early 2013, it seems that many are finding it not worth the wait.

Apple’s MFi Tech Summit to Focus on Lightning Technology

10:08 PM, Oct. 17th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad and AirPlay logos

Apple will be holding a conference for MFi accessory manufacturers in Shenzen, China on Nov 7-9. The hot topic will be the new Lightning connectors that were introduced with the iPhone 5. Apple has changed its policies regarding accessories and will use the venue to discuss those changes with the industry.

Apple Reportedly Set to Sole-Source Quad-Core Chips From TSMC

10:03 PM, Oct. 12th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Now With Less Samsung™

Apple is reportedly set to sole-source its quad-core processors from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC specializes in 20nm process and is expected to be the only supplier of these types of chips to Apple for the next year or two.

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This move toward TSMC would shut out Samsung as a supplier for these chips, and with Apple recently hiring Jim Mergard, a lead chip designer, from Samsung, it seems Apple is doing its best to part ways with Samsung, at least for processors.

Apple Wins Chip Designer Mergard from Samsung

9:33 PM, Oct. 11th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Portrait of Jim Mergard

Apple has hired Jim Mergard, a chip designer who has worked for AMD and most recently Samsung.  Of course Samsung and Apple have a convoluted relationship, with Apple using Samsung as a supplier at the same time each company is suing the other for patent infringement. Any movement of high-level talent between the two is notable.

New Samsung Prior Art Claim Jeopardizes Apple’s German Ban

11:58 PM, Sep. 25th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Samsung and Apple in the scales of justice

Samsung has added new prior art to its case against Apple in a German court that may threaten the preliminary injunction that is in place against the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is one more move in a long legal contest and a ruling isn't likely anytime soon. Even then it will be subject to appeal.

Swiss Rail Company to Meet With Apple Over iPad Clock Design

9:15 PM, Sep. 24th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

iPad clock or is it SBB's?

When Apple finally decided to add a clock app to the iPad, it went with a classic, timeless design - one owned by the Swiss national rail company (SBB) since 1944. Rather than take umbrage at the move, SBB is looking at the bright side of life and seeing the potential exposure the app can have for them. They will, however, be meeting with Apple to discuss the situation.

Apple Wants $707 Million Additional Damages From Samsung

8:31 PM, Sep. 24th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Apple and Samsung

Apple has asked the courts for another $707 million in damages from Samsung, and that's on top of the $1.05 billion already awarded by a federal jury after it found Samsung guilty of willful infringement on Apple design and utility patents.  For its part, Samsung has called the existing damages "unfair" and asked for a retrial.

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Samsung's comments suggest the company remains unrepentant. The "monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners" comment is particularly odious. It might play well with Android zealots who believe that innovation just happens, but it's utterly divorced not only from reality, but from the very case the company is whining about.

Apple Buys Land for Second Solar Farm in North Carolina

8:57 PM, Sep. 20th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina

Apple has purchased another 200 acres near its Maiden, NC data center, presumably for a second solar farm in an effort to meet its pledge to run the facility on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of the year. This new land will double the size of the solar array producing power for the center.

Apple Looks to Asia for Next Big Data Center

9:16 PM, Sep. 18th, 2012 · Julie Kuehl · News

Map of Apple locations in China

Apple is reportedly looking to build yet another data center, this time in Hong Kong. This would be the company's first data center located outside of the United States. It's another indication of Apple's interest in the Asian, and specifically the Chinese, market.