Andrew Auernheimer, one of the men behind a 2010 incident where account information for 114,000 iPad owners on AT&T's network was stolen, has been sentenced to 41 months in prison and must pay US$73,000 in restitution. Mr. Auernheimer's co-defendant, Daniel Spitler, will be paying part of the restitution, as well.
There are two new, next generation technologies being discussed these days: smart glasses, being pursued by Google and wearable computing devices which Apple may be considering with its rumored iWatch. Are they equivalent ways of achieving the same thing? Perhaps not.
Renewed talk of a dividend increase pumped some life into shares of Apple Inc., pushing the stock above US$455 for the first time in weeks. After talking to six analysts on the topic, Bloomberg reported that Apple was likely to boost its quarterly dividend to $4.14 per share, a 56 percent increase. Bryan Chaffin explains how this works.
Samsung cast the newest stone in the battle for (perceived) supremacy of the Smartphone Wars, and the Galaxy S4 packs a punch. Big, with a display than could prove to be higher quality than Apple's vaunted Retina Display, the GS4 is chock full of Samsung-specific technologies that build on Google's Android services. We're going to compare the specs and features of the GS4 to Apple's iPhone 5.
Apple is reducing build plans for the iPhone, according to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. His sources in Apple's supply chain also indicated the company is working on a lower-cost iPhone model and an iPhone 5S for the second half of 2013. More interestingly, he said that Apple is showing signs of working on a large-screen iPhone model that could be ready in 2014. Bryan Chaffin examines the issues.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 on Thursday at a launch event called SamsungUnpacked. The event featured awkward plays, bad executive presentations, and a celebrity MC, but the takeaway is that the company is distancing itself from Google and Android with the new device.
Here I am at SXSW, and it's now fully transitioned from the tech geeks (and marketing flacks) attending the Interactive festival to the music geeks attending live music showcases at night and catching a few panels during the day.
Apple and Samsung will have to wait a little longer to hear what the International Trade Commission's ruling on their patent infringement claims will be because the agency pushed its planned March 13 decision date out to May 31. Both companies were waiting to hear whether or not the ITC was planning on issuing a ban that could result in an injunction blocking the sale of iPhones and iPads in the United States, and there's a chance the agency is looking at siding with Samsung.
Google made it clear on Wednesday that it is serious about cleaning house with the a surprise announcement that its RSS service Google Reader, along with the Mac and Windows versions of the image enhancement tool Snapseed are shutting down. The Internet search giant is also giving the axe to Google Building Maker, Google Cloud Connect, Apps Script, CalDav API, Search API for Shopping and Voice App for BlackBerry.
Apple vice president Phil Schiller took the offense on Wednesday, the day before Samsung launches its long-awaited Galaxy S4 smartphone. Mr. Schiller gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal where he dismissed the user experience on Android and called fragmentation on the platform a fact, "plain and simple."
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