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Apple Files Motion to Stop Galaxy Nexus Sales in U.S.

10:15 AM, Feb. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Apple vs. Samsung legal scales

Late last week, Apple filed a motion in a U.S. court seeking a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which runs Android OS 4.0. Florian Mueller, who has been closely following Apple’s litigation for many months, said on his blog that he expects a ruling on Apple’s filing “within a matter of months.”

Steve Jobs Given Trustees Award at the Grammys

9:20 AM, Feb. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Steve Jobs' Trustees Award at the Grammys

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was given a posthumous Trustees Award at the 2012 Grammys. The award is given “to individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.” Mr. Jobs was one of three Trustees Award recipients for 2012.

Samsung Loses Patent Complaint; Apple Complies With Italian Court Ruling

12:47 PM, Jan. 27th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Apple vs. Samsung legal scales

Apple’s ongoing legal matters continued on Friday with a pair of events: a German court struck down Samsung’s second patent complaint against Apple, and Apple has placed a “Communication to protect consumers” notice on its online Italian store in compliance with a court ruling that said the company was pushing AppleCare while neglecting to tell buyers about the two-year warranty that’s legally mandatory in Italy. Apple was fined 1.2 million euros as part of the court ruling in Italy.

Motorola Posts $80 Million Loss For 4Q11

12:10 PM, Jan. 27th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Motorola logo

Motorola Mobility said on Thursday that its 4Q11 ended in a loss of US$80 million. The company said it shipped 10.5 million mobile devices, including 5.3 million smartphones and just 200,000 tablets. In comparison, Apple this week said it shipped 15 million iPads and 37 million iPhones during 4Q11.

Nokia’s Struggles Continue With 73% 4Q11 Earnings Drop

11:44 AM, Jan. 27th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Nokia Lumia

Nokia on Thursday said its 4Q11 earnings fell 73 percent from the prior year as its push to sell its new Lumia Windows Phone failed to help it compete in a new marketplace. According to Reuters, the Lumia phone has sold more than one million units since it launched last November.

DONKEY.BAS For iOS Revives DOS Game Co-Created by Bill Gates

11:04 AM, Jan. 27th, 2012 · Brad Cook · iObserver


Developer XVision on Friday released DONKEY.BAS at the iOS App Store. The retro game recreates a PC-DOS game co-created by Bill Gates in 1981 to show off what the Microsoft BASIC programming language could do. The .BAS file extension indicated that it was BASIC program, so while the game was called Donkey, it was more commonly known as DONKEY.BAS.

To Dividend Or Not To Dividend?

10:35 AM, Jan. 27th, 2012 · Brad Cook · Apple Stock Watch

Apple money pile

What to do with all that money? That’s the question facing Apple after it revealed its piggy bank was close to US$100 billion. CFO Peter Oppenheimer said the company is “actively discussing” how to use that money, which renewed the call for a dividend among many investors and analysts. Apple’s hoard exceeds the market value of all but 26 firms in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Google’s New Unified Privacy Policy: Much Ado About Nothing?

2:18 PM, Jan. 26th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Google logo

Google this week announced that it will be placing 60 of its Web services under one umbrella privacy policy that will take effect March 1 and allow those services to share data between them. The change is mandatory, although Google Books, Google Wallet and Google Chrome are excluded. Responses to the changes have been mixed so far.

AT&T Sets Record With 7.6 Million iPhone Activations in 4Q11

12:13 PM, Jan. 26th, 2012 · Brad Cook · iObserver

iPhone 4S

AT&T on Thursday announced its earnings for 4Q11, noting that it achieved its best-ever quarter for Android and iPhone activations, with 7.6 million iPhones activated out of the 9.4 million smartphones it sold. That helped drive the company’s sales 3.6 percent higher to US$32.5 billion.