Apple's iOS 7 was released on September 18, and just over a month later, the company is already seeing the updated operating system running on two thirds of its mobile devices. That means there's big interest in the latest iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system, which translates into better standardization across the iOS platform and less consumer support issues -- two things Google's Android OS can't boast.
During Apple's 2013Q4 Earnings Report, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on why OS X Mavericks and the iWork suite is being provided for free. In a larger context, his remarks seem to be about increasing the value of Macs and, thereby, increasing sales.
Samsung has found a new way to make U.S. Judges angry by improperly acquiring confidential Apple and Nokia licensing agreements, and now the company is taking its act on the road by getting on the bad side of Australian Judges for doing exactly the same thing. The electronics maker is compounding the problem by failing to cooperate with court investigations into its actions, and it looks like the company is fine with that.
Taiwan has fined Samsung TWD10 million (that's New Taiwan dollars, or US$340,131) for mounting a fake campaign to praise Samsung's Android devices and criticize unspecified in article comments and forums. Taiwan's Federal Trade Commission began an investigation of Samsung in April and concluded the South Korean giant paid people to talk up its products and bash competitors, a violation of local regulations.
Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin Wednesday when a Federal Jury ruled that Apple isn't infringing on the CDMA and HSPA-related patents it holds. That's good news for Apple, and an interesting turn, too, since the court that ruled against WiLAN is the Eastern District in Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent holders.
The question crops up over and over again. Why should one upgrade to this new OS? In the case of Mavericks, there are plenty of good reasons to make the jump even if it weren't free. Here are just five must have features.
Carl Icahn let the world know that he sent a letter to Tim Cook, and oh yeah, he just happened to also mention that the contents of that letter will be revealed on Thursday (tomorrow) on a brand new site he's launching that same day. That's pretty clever, if you don't mind a little shameless hucksterism.
Veteran technology columnist David Pogue has left his post at The New York Times for a gig at Yahoo! The longtime Mac and iPhone aficionado announced on Tumblr (which is owned by Yahoo!) that he was leaving The Times after 13 years, but would continue his Nova series and many publishing ventures.
There is no rumor like an Apple rumor, and there is no company like Apple to cause the world to pore over everything it can to find even the vaguest hints of what the company is planning. Today is one of those days, because Amazon's French and German sites did a tiny little thing that might hint at an Apple TV refresh during the October 22nd media event the company will hold in San Francisco.
Apple said it can't decrypt any communication sent through its iMessage service, but security research firm QuarkLabs claimed its research shows otherwise. Now Apple is firing back saying QuarkLabs is wrong and that decrypting our messages would require a re-engineering of the service. In other words, Apple really can't read what we say through iMessage.
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