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Steve Jobs Comic Book Hits the Shelves

12:58 PM, Jan. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Steve Jobs comic

Bluewater Productions’ comic book version of Steve Jobs’ life hit shelves this week, and Reuters filed a video report covering the story. A New York City comic book shop owner is quoted as saying the artwork “is pretty basic for a comic,” but it offers many “iconic images” from his life.

Apple Patent Describes 3D Motion-Controlled iPhone Interface

12:23 PM, Jan. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

3D iPhone user interface

Apple’s latest patent filing, which was filed in July 2010 and made public this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office, details a new iPhone interface concept in which the user relies on motion controls to interact with a 3D environment. However, this is not 3D in the sense of images springing off the screen; the patent filing refers to it as 3D images built with polygons.

Target Confirms Plans For Apple Stores-Within-Stores

9:53 AM, Jan. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Target iPad

Target has confirmed rumors from earlier this week that Apple will open stores-within-stores at 25 of its locations. The New York Times quoted a Target spokeswoman as saying the effort would involve “expanded displays” of Apple’s merchandise; she declined to elaborate on specifics.

Unruly Crowds Force Apple to Halt iPhone 4S Sales in Beijing, Shanghai

9:27 AM, Jan. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Police disperse Chinese shoppers at Apple store

Unruly Chinese shoppers forced Apple to cease sales of the iPhone 4S in Beijing and Shanghai on Friday, the first day of the new smartphone’s sales in the country. According to CNN, hundreds of people camped outside an Apple store in Beijing and became angry when it remained closed after its scheduled 7 AM opening time.

Steve Jobs’ TV Epiphany ‘Nothing New,’ Says Samsung Exec

12:45 PM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · Brad Cook · CES

Apple TV

As speculation about an Apple TV set swirls through this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, Philip Newton, Samsung Australia’s director of audio-visual, said that ex-CEO Steve Jobs’ revelation about “the simplest [TV] user interface you can imagine” is “nothing new.” He was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Over Half of Apple’s Cash Locked in Offshore Accounts

11:52 AM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Apple money pile

On the heels of Apple’s acquisition of Anobit, Seeking Alpha has taken a look at the tech giant’s growing cash hoard, which is impressive at US$82 billion but is hampered by the $54 billion that is held overseas and can’t be repatriated without a 35 percent tax hit.

Apple’s Purchase Price For Anobit Said to be $390M

11:39 AM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · Brad Cook · Rumor

Apple + Anobit

Apple’s acquisition of Israeli firm Anobit Technologies, which produces controllers that optimize flash memory capabilities, was said to be US$390 million, according to a pair of Anobit shareholders who spoke to Bloomberg. That price was below what Anobit sought, which was said to be as much as $500 million, according to speculation in an Israeli newspaper last month.

Foxconn Resolves Latest Labor Dispute

11:08 AM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Foxconn logo

Foxconn Technology on Thursday said it has resolved a dispute with 150 employees who launched a protest earlier this week that involved some of them threatening to commit suicide by jumping from the roof of a factory. Foxconn said most of the employees returned to work, with 45 of them resigning; a source cited by The New York Times said the workers were promised higher pay.

Samsung, LG Reportedly Beat Out Sharp For iPad 3 Display

10:33 AM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · Brad Cook · Rumor

iPad crystal ball

Samsung and LG have reportedly beaten out Sharp for the contract to supply iPad 3 LCD panels, according to a source who spoke with Korea IT News. Sharp competed as a supplier, but the source said it failed to pass Apple’s approval process.

Apple Tops Mobile Shopping Satisfaction Survey

10:07 AM, Jan. 12th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Apple blue ribbon

Research firm ForeSee on Thursday announced the results of a new study in which it found that the mobile shopping experience on Apple’s web site was the most satisfying among 3,000 consumers who were asked about 16 e-retailers. Apple’s score was 85 out of 100, barely beating out Amazon’s 84 points. Dell, Netflix, and eBay rounded out the top five.