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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FeatureSamsung email targeted Steve Jobs' death as "our best opportunity to attack iPhone"

Samsung executives discussed Steve Jobs' passing as "unfortunately" having an "unintended benefit for Apple," and at the same time, "our best opportunity to attack iPhone," in internal memos marked "highly confidential," presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial.

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Samsung calls on computer scientists to refute Apple patent claims

In the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Tuesday, Samsung continued its defense against by calling on a cavalcade of computer science experts who testified that Apple's patents were not novel, should not have been granted or did not apply to alleged infringing products.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Judge denies Apple motion to dismiss states' e-books suit

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Apple's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by state attorneys general over e-book price fixing, allowing a trial that could cost the company up to $840 million to move forward.

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Apple issues OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers with minor changes

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta seed to developers with no known issues and

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Apple joins tech heavyweights, wireless carriers in smartphone anti-theft initiative

A group of smartphone industry giants, including Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, signed on to a voluntary program spearheaded by the U.S. wireless industry that looks to incorporate anti-theft technology into handsets by July 2015.

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FeatureSamsung braced for "iPhone 5 Tsunami," targeted an "attack" on Apple's customer base

New confidential internal memos presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial detail a "counter tsunami plan" Samsung hoped to set up in response to Apple's iPhone 5 launch, in order to distract from its own Galaxy product vulnerabilities it described as "plastic feeling" with "lack of key feature."

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Metal iPhone 6 mockups make appearance at Hong Kong electronics show

Adding to a slew of iPhone 6 related "leaks," a case maker at the 2014 Hong Kong Electronics Fair on Tuesday showed off a tooled metal mockup purportedly representative of Apple's next-generation iPhone 6.

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Alpine confirms Apple CarPlay head units coming in 2014

Japanese aftermarket manufacturer Alpine confirmed on Tuesday that it will be the second car audio maker to bring Apple's CarPlay to aftermarket receivers with products set to launch in the U.S. and Europe later this year.

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Google releases Helpouts for iOS, A&E brings live streaming from cable to the iPad

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store Tuesday as Google brought its Helpouts live video tutorial service to iOS and A&E Networks launched live streaming of its A&E and History channels to the iPad.

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Microsoft launches $70/year Office 365 Personal for Mac, iPad

Pricing on Microsoft's Office 365 service became a little more affordable for individual users on Tuesday, as the company launched a new "Personal" subscription plan priced at $69.99 per year.

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Amazon's iPhone competitor purportedly revealed in photos with 6 cameras, 3D UI

A series of snapshots hit the web Tuesday showing what is alleged to be a prototype of Amazon's upcoming first-party smartphone, with a 4.7-inch display and 6 cameras that are said to power a unique three-dimensional user interface.

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Closer look at alleged 'iPhone 6' front panel suggests 5.1" screen with 16:9 ratio

Whether it's legitimate or not, a newly revealed front panel claimed to be for Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to show a part for a 5.1-inch display with a screen ratio of 16 to 9.

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Pioneer announces first aftermarket Apple CarPlay systems, coming this summer starting at $700

Apple's forthcoming CarPlay standard for in-vehicle dashboards won't be limited to new cars, as Pioneer announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing five aftermarket options for customers to install in their existing vehicles this summer.

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Revenue from mobile device displays to surpass televisions for first time in 2014

Display manufacturers will make more money in 2014 from the screens found in mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers than those in television sets for the first time as consumers increasingly demand higher-quality displays in mobile devices, according to new data.

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Apple tech uses Wi-Fi access points for indoor navigation, 3D positioning

While most mobile devices rely on GPS for mapping and navigation, the system only works outdoors and in range of satellite timing signals. However, new technology from Apple could extend accurate positioning indoors without need for additional hardware aside from existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

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Rumor: First photo of supposed 'iPhone 6' front panel surfaces

A single photo of what appears to be a larger than normal iPhone front panel assembly showed up on Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Tuesday, offering what could be the first look at Apple's next-generation handset.

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Samsung execs deny copying Apple design, attribute smartphone success to marketing

Continuing to grind through its long list of expert witnesses on Monday, Samsung brought up two company executives, as well as three Google engineers, to further its case of non-infringement of five Apple patents.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador, suggests testing in Latin American market

Apple may be testing a rollout of iTunes Radio services in Latin America as reports on Monday note the feature is up and running in at least one country in the region.

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Apple now cooperating says external compliance monitor Bromwich in first report

Apple's court-appointed external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich on Monday issued his first report to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, noting a marked improvement in relations between himself and the Cupertino, Calif. company.

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Sony updates QX10/QX100 wireless camera lens with 'Half-Press' focus, high-res videos

Sony on Monday pushed out a firmware update for its iOS-compatible DSC-QX10/QX100 "lens-style" cameras, adding a half-press to focus function to the device's on-board shutter release, higher resolution MP4 video recording and other minor enhancements.

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David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Steve Jobs biopic

According to a report on Monday, director David Fincher will not reteam with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for Sony's upcoming big-budget Steve Jobs biopic. The duo, along with producer Scott Rudin, worked together on the Academy Award winning film "The Social Network," which focused on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

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Apple's CarPlay reportedly coming to aftermarket Alpine stereo systems

Consumers looking for a way to take advantage of Apple's new CarPlay infotainment offering without buying a new vehicle may soon be able to do so, as aftermarket manufacturer Alpine is said to preparing a CarPlay-compatible receiver for release later this year.

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Microsoft taps into Apple's Passbook, adds support in Windows Phone 8.1 [u]

With Apple's Passbook quickly becoming the de facto way for developers to create digital tickets, store cards and passes, Microsoft capitalized on ways to strip the data from .pkpass files and recompile them on handsets running Windows Phone 8.1.

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Facebook said to be readying electronic payment system, could preempt Apple entry

Social media behemoth Facebook is reportedly nearing a deal with Irish authorities that would allow the company to offer its European users electronic payment and remittance services ahead of Apple's hotly-anticipated entry into the market.

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Custom iPhone baseband chips seen as too 'herculean' a task for Apple to tackle in-house

With recent rumors and hires suggesting Apple may be planning to build its own custom baseband chips for future iPhones, moving away from off-the-shelf silicon from companies like Qualcomm, one analyst thinks it's a highly unlikely route for Apple to take given the time it would have to invest.

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New photograph of purported 'iPhone 6' tooling suggests device with 4.7" display

Just days after pictures surfaced of what were said to be molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a new photograph has emerged that gives a clearer indication of the parts' scale and sheds light on the possible physical dimensions of the new handset.

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Apple reportedly probing carriers about potential $100 premium for next-gen iPhone

Apple has apparently shown interest in raising the price of its next generation of iPhone models by $100, and has sought approval from carriers to do so, according to one Wall Street analyst.

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FeatureAndroid docs reveal before iPhone, Google's plan was a Java button phone

Before and after versions of Google's internal "software functional requirements" documents released in the Apple vs Samsung trial this week show that prior to Apple's 2007 iPhone debut, Google's vision for Android was a simple button phone running Sun's Java.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

OpinionFlorian Mueller backs Samsung legal strategy of trivializing Apple's technology

A prominent patent law blogger has again raised the argument that Apple's patented features have very little value, while stopping short of saying that Samsung should just stop using the infringing technology.

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