Court Appointed Antitrust Monitor Accuses Apple of Obstruction

8:19 PM, Dec. 30th, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple on a leash

Michael Bromwich, Apple's court-appointed antitrust compliance monitor, filed documents with Judge Denise Cote accusing the company of obstructing his work in monitoring his work. According to documents filed earlier by Apple, Mr. Bromwich doesn't have any work to do until the company's new compliance policies are due on January 14th.

How Much Would a DIY PC Cost to Match Apple’s $9599 Top Mac Pro? $11,503

6:16 PM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · Analysis

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Every Apple hater on the planet goes to bed at night safe and secure in the knowledge that Apple's products are overpriced junk, and that real men and women do-it-yerself. But now FutureLooks—a site dedicated to "Stuff for people who like computers"—has gone and upset the apple cart by pricing out a DIY PC that (almost) matches Apple's highest-of-the-high end Mac Pro, and found that it cost almost US$2,000 more to build.

Xmas Day Sales from iOS Devices 5 Times Higher than Android

6:59 PM, Dec. 26th, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple and Android

On Christmas Day (December 25th), iOS users once again demonstrated that they use their devices more than their Android counterparts. According to data from IBM, sales from iOS devices were five times higher than sales made from Android devices, while total traffic from iOS devices was more than twice that from Android.

Google Asks Court to Protect Android Licensees from Apple-Owned Rockstar

4:19 PM, Dec. 26th, 2013 · · Analysis

Google

Google has sued patent holding company Rockstar—a company owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry Sony, and Ericsson—asking the courts to protect various Android licensees from patent infringement claims by Rockstar. In the suit, Google accuses the suits of, "placing a cloud on the Android platform."

Researchers Hacked into MacBook Camera, but that Doesn’t Mean They’re Spying on You

10:05 AM, Dec. 20th, 2013 · · Analysis

Two researchers have found a way to disable the green light on your Mac laptop that lets you know when the built-in camera is active, giving hackers a potential way to spy on you remotely. Just because it's possible, however, doesn't mean it's practical. In other words, there isn't much chance of your Mac being used to watch what you're doing without your knowledge.

Samsung Reportedly Hires Former Apple Store Designer for Retail Expansion

8:27 PM, Dec. 17th, 2013 · · Analysis

Samsung

You can't make up stuff that's this good: Samsung has reportedly hired a former Apple Store senior designer as it works towards a major expansion of its U.S. retail presence. This serves double duty in Samsung's Quixotic quest of being—or at least of having the perception of being—just as good as Apple.

Chinese Site Claims Apple Will Release iWatch in October, 2014

11:55 AM, Dec. 13th, 2013 · · Analysis

iWatch Mockup

Another day, another iWatch rumor: a Chinese site reported that unspecified insider sources—presumably in Apple's supply chain—said that Apple will release the long-rumored iWatch in October of 2014. The report comes with caveats, however, as Apple has reportedly not settled on a screen size, and is struggling with the fight between battery life and battery size. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on this rumor.

Would a 4K Display for Mac Pro Spill Apple’s UHDTV Beans?

6:44 PM, Dec. 12th, 2013 · · Analysis

We know that Apple's new Mac Pro can drive three 4K displays. We also know that Apple has a keen interest in next generation television, and that may be reflected in an Ultra High Definition 4K TV set, not just a follow-on to the current Apple TV.  So how do the two relate, if at all?  John Martellaro ponders the situation.