We have a complex story coming out of New York that says GlobalFoundries is going to be making at least some of Apple's A-series chips in the company's "Fab 8" facility in Malta, NY. What's interesting is that according to the story, Samsung will be helping GlobalFoundries set it up. Bryan Chaffin examines the issues.
Apple's TV ambitions have been "put on hold again," according to unnamed sources cited by NPD DisplaySearch's Paul Gagnon. Those sources are in the TV industry's supply chain, and Mr. Gagnon speculates that Apple could be focusing on another long-rumored product entry, wearable computers (or wearables). Bryan Chaffin argues that there's not much meat on this rumor bone.
Apple is planning on releasing an iPhone with a curved screen next fall, according to insider sources. That's an interesting idea since Samsung has already jumped on the curvy bandwagon, but it's also wrong. It doesn't make sense for Apple to warp the iPhone's screen.
Samsung and its legal firm Quinn Emmanuel are facing sanctions for improperly disclosing confidential licensing agreements between Apple and Nokia. The sanctions will come as part of the ongoing mobile device patent infringement fight between Apple and Samsung, and a hearing is scheduled for December 9, following the retrial to determine damages in Apple's big infringement win against Samsung from last year.
Motorola Mobility and its parent company Google had a bad day on Friday when two courts handed down rulings setting back the mobile device maker's hopes of a win against Apple in their ongoing patent infringement fight. First, a court in Germany granted Apple a stay in a case determining the licensing fees the company owes for SEP-related patents Motorola Mobility owns, and then a U.S. court denied Motorola a rehearing request over an ITC ruling on Apple's mobile device patent validity.
Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his public campaign in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). On November 3rd, Mr. Cook wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal asking Congress to pass the bill, and on Friday, Mr. Cook tweeted his thanks to the Senate for doing just that, and asked that the House of Representatives follow suit. Bryan Chaffin examines the issue in this editorial.
Marvel is currently the king of the super hero world on both the big screen and television, but the company isn't looking to the traditional networks to for its next series. Instead, Marvel is teaming with Netflix for a set of four shows that will culminate in a mini series that brings them all together. That's good news for comic fans who are jonesing for some more super hero action, but bad news for networks because Marvel's message to them is "We don't need you."
Apple issued a document called "Report on Government Requests" on Tuesday, where it reported the number of law enforcement requests the company received between January 1st, 2013 and June 30th, 2013. In the report, Apple emphasized the fact that its business model isn't based on collecting personal data. Bryan Chaffin takes a closer look at the issues.
Apple is getting into the sapphire business—synthetic sapphire—by building a plant for a company called GT Advanced Technologies, Inc. The plant will be owned by Apple, but the equipment inside that plant will be owned and operated by GTAT in a multiyear deal financed by Apple to the tune of US$578 million. Bryan Chaffin explains what this means.
Patent holding company Rockstar has raised a ruckus by launching a major patent-infringement suit against Google and several Android OEMs targeting—if you can believe this—search-related advertising. That's a big deal because it's targeting Google's corporate heart and soul, but it casts Apple in the role of a patent troll, something that Apple itself has railed against.
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