DOJ Slaps Samsung’s Wrist for FRAND Patent Abuse Against Apple

8:58 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

Samsung's Timeout

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has slapped Samsung's wrist, warning the South Korean company not to use standards-essential patents (SEPs) to try and get import bans on competitors' products. The warning caps an investigation into Samsung patent abuse by the DOJ, but it didn't include any penalties for the company.

Apple Might Be Serious About Sapphire Displays for iPhone

8:50 PM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sapphire

Remember that big sapphire manufacturing deal in Arizona that Apple was working on? According to some excellent sleuthing from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple is working with sapphire producer GT Advanced to make enough sapphire for 200 million iPhone displays, and if so, Apple will leave the competition flat-footed once again.

Apple Quietly Battles Bitcoin Transactions Out of App Store

2:20 PM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple and Bitcoin

Apple has pulled another yet Bitcoin app from the App Store: Blockchain, the online wallet app from Blockchain.info. With this latest action, Apple has systematically removed the ability to conduct Bitcoin transactions from the App Store, and it's unclear why.

Appeals Court May Limit Apple’s Antitrust Monitor

8:20 PM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

DOJ

A panel of three judges in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Apple on the imposition of an antitrust monitor on the company. Reports from the hearing show that the judges may be willing to limit the responsibilities and authority of the monitor, but they scoffed at the notion that having the monitor during the appeals process will cause "irreparable harm" to the richest company on the planet.

Apple Adds Sleep Expert to Growing List of Wearable Experts

6:14 PM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sleep Science

Apple has added yet another expert to its ever-expanding ranks of experts in wearables, sensors, health, and fitness. The company hired Roy J.E.M Raymann, an expert in sleep research who was formerly a senior scientist at Philips Research and a member of the Dutch Society for Sleep-Wake Research.

David and Goliath on Paper: FiftyThree, Facebook, and Fighting for App Names

9:39 AM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

Last week, Facebook announced it was introducing a new iPhone app called Paper. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because you've already heard of Paper by FiftyThree -- a popular drawing app for the iPad. FiftyThree is asking Facebook to change the name of its app, but it doesn't look like the social networking service is interested, and that could make for a big headache for the drawing app company.

Medical Hires Hint at Wearable Apple Fitness Gear

7:01 PM, Jan. 31st, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple has turned to the medical community for several of its recent hires, hinting that at least part of its wearable technology plans include fitness tracking. The most recent hire was Michael O'Reilly MD who previously worked for Masimo Corporation as the company's Chief Medical Officer.

Lenovo Plans to ‘Surpass’ Apple and Samsung in Smartphones

9:42 PM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

Lenotorola

Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang's plan for buying Motorola is nothing less than "surpassing" not only fellow Android OEM Samsung, but iPhone maker Apple. In an interview with Fortune held right after Mr. Yang addressed Motorola employees in Chicago, the Chinese executive said he believes his company can pass up both companies "over time." Good luck with that, sir.

Samsung’s Win: No Sanctions in Apple, Nokia Document Leak

10:03 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

Samsung won't be facing any sanctions for its involvement in leaked confidential licensing documents between Apple and Nokia. Quinn Emanuel, the law firm representing Samsung in the patent infringement fights, is being saddled with all the costs and fees related to the leaks for handing over the documents to Samsung, which ultimately lets both off the hook without any serious consequences.