Apple topped Dell as the most popular brand for desktop computers in an annual survey of "planned holiday purchases" by research firm Parks Associates. This marks the first time Apple has claimed that spot for desktop computes, and it's something that should concern Michael Dell.
Do you smell that? That's the scent of pressed aluminum in the air, and that means we're getting close to the expected release of Apple's delicious new Mac Pro. An Apple retailer in Germany—Conrad Electronics—has made a successful grab for some publicity by claiming the device will be available on December 16th, even though Apple hasn't announced a release date.
There are over 475,000 apps for the iPad. The vast majority of those apps are, generally, inwardly focused on the user: games, cooking, weather, entertainment, finance, health, medical, social networking and so on. What's often overlooked are productivity apps that are outwardly focused, those that make a difference and allow the user to make a contribution to others. John Martellaro takes a look at the second category, and you may be surprised.
Apple and its court-appointed monitor—attorney Michael Bromwich—appear to be headed towards a throwdown over his mandate. Details over friction between the two began emerging over the thanksgiving weekend, but a new report shows that tensions and stakes are running even higher.
Apple wants the court to make sure there are repercussions for Samsung wrongdoings in the ongoing court battles between the two companies. Apple has asked the court to declare that Samsung has "unclean hands," and to bar certain Samsung executives from engaging in licensing negotiations because they improperly obtained confidential information. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple's iPad was the big seller on Black Friday at Walmart, Best Buy and Target. iPad models were the top sellers at both Walmart and Target, while at Best Buy it was outsold by Microsoft's Surface tablet, according to data from InfoScout.
Apple recently purchased the social media tracking company Topsy Labs for around US$200 million, which gives the iPhone and iPad maker a database of Twitter posts dating back to the social networking site's launch in 2006. On first glance, the purchase could be seen as another attempt on Apple's part to get deeper into the social networking game, but this buy may be more about selling ads.
Another Black Friday has come and gone, and once again Apple's iOS devices were by far the most popular devices for mobile shopping, crushing Android. According to IBM, mobile traffic and sales increased, with iPhones and iPads accounting for almost all of it. Bryan Chaffin looks at the issues.
iPads were a popular purchase on Black Friday this year, and especially so for Android smartphone owners. About 40 percent of last Friday's online iPad purchases were attributed to the Android smartphone camp, which doesn't bode well for Google's mobile operating system or the companies that make rely on it for their products.
Judge Denise Kote not only saddled Apple with a court-appointed outside attorney to monitor the company's antitrust compliance, she then picked the attorney she wanted—Michael Bromwich—without also establishing how much he would be paid. The result? After two weeks on the job, Mr. Bromwich is trying to charge Apple $1,100 per hour. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is outrageous.
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