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.
2014 could be a good year for Quanta Computer—according to a report from Taiwan's DigiTimes, Quanta has landed the/a deal with Apple to produce that company's rumored large-sized iPad. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Quanta is also vying with heavyweight Foxconn and Inventec to produce another rumored Apple product, the iWatch. Bryan Chaffin puts these rumors through the wringer and finds them wanting.
Apple won another victory against Samsung in the epic battle battle between the two companies, as a German court stayed an infringement case Samsung had launched against Apple. Samsung's legal strategy has been an unmitigated disaster around the world, but at the end of the day the company is still reaping enormous profits build from copying Apple. Bryan Chaffin examines the issues.
The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed a bill this week aimed at curbing patent trolling, although it may be a hollow victory for companies targeted by the practice. Legislators stripped out the provision that would've helped bring low quality patents under control, which also happen to be a favorite of the trolls, and was removed at the request of Microsoft and IBM.
Many key products in the online Apple Stores in the UK and Australia are priced higher than straight currency conversions can account for. That's even after we take off value added taxes (VAT) and other sales taxes that are usually blamed for such discrepancies.
With two days of Jury deliberation behind us and a third about to start in Apple and Samsung's patent damages retrial, Samsung is pushing for a stay in the case and Apple is calling out the company for using delay tactics that are "Beyond reason." The two companies are in court to determine how much money Samsung owes Apple for infringing on mobile device patents.
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