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Topic: General

Apple looks to patent NFC-based 'gifting' for iTunes, currently owned media

08/15/2013, 06:08 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a system that allows users to "gift" media content from iTunes and their own library to other iOS device owners, with the transaction facilitated by near-field communication.


Apple researching flexible headphone connectors to stop potential breakage

08/15/2013, 05:08 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes an innovative headphone connector that uses flexible parts to protect against accidental breakage and costly equipment damage.


Apple ordered to prepare for May 2014 trial on e-book antitrust damages

08/14/2013, 08:08 pm

An order issued on Tuesday by U.S District Court Judge Denise Cote, who is presiding over the Justice Department's antitrust case against Apple's e-book pricing policies, notes all parties must by ready for a damages trial tentatively scheduled for May 2014.


Samsung to reportedly debut 'Galaxy Gear' smart watch on Sept. 4

08/14/2013, 08:08 pm

In what looks to be a bid to preempt Apple's anticipated fall iPhone announcement, Samsung is said to be prepping the so-called "Galaxy Gear" wearable computing device for an unveiling at its "Unpacked Episode 2" event scheduled for early September.


Roku beats Apple TV in owner engagement as video streaming device market picks up

08/14/2013, 07:08 pm

A report released Wednesday focusing on the U.S. streaming video device market says more Roku owners use their set-top streamer than those who have an Apple TV.


Samsung posts bonds with ITC, suggests continued infringement of Apple patents

08/14/2013, 05:08 pm

Following its defeat in court on Friday, Samsung has posted surety bonds with the U.S. International Trade Commission, a move that strongly suggests the South Korean tech giant is still importing and selling at least some products that infringe on Apple-held patents.


WebKit adds support for high-resolution displays, paves the way for Retina-friendly Web

08/14/2013, 05:08 pm

WebKit, the Apple-supported open source project behind Safari, is the first browser layout engine to support a new Web standard that makes it easier for developers to take advantage of high-resolution displays, like the Retina panels found in the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro.


Microsoft faces lawsuit over Surface RT struggles as company preps Oct. 17 launch of Windows 8.1

08/14/2013, 03:08 pm

Even as it prepares a critical update to its Windows 8 platform, Microsoft has become the target of a lawsuit alleging that the software giant misled investors regarding both Windows RT and the Surface RT device it released last year.


Apple's new iOS 7 design comes to beta testers

08/14/2013, 01:08 pm

Apple on Wednesday updated its beta site for developers, bringing many of the design elements the company already introduced to testers in pre-release builds of iOS 7.


Samsung socked with $108M Brazilian suit over alleged labor issues

08/14/2013, 01:08 pm

Brazilian prosecutors have begun legal action against technology giant and Apple rival Samsung, claiming that the South Korean conglomerate's Brazilian arm violated numerous labor laws at a factory in the Amazon region.


Apple reportedly buys second-screen startup, hints at new Apple TV capabilities [update: confirmed]

08/13/2013, 08:08 pm

According to a report on Tuesday, Apple has acquired a small startup called, which provided a second-screen iOS app connected to various content outlets like cable TV, Internet streams and digital storefronts.


Oracle's Larry Ellison slams Google's Larry Page as person behind 'evil' decisions

08/13/2013, 12:08 pm

Larry Ellison, chief executive of Oracle, had harsh words on Google CEO Larry Page in a new interview, calling him the primary decision maker responsible for "evil" actions taken by the search giant.


Samsung points to anti-Apple ads as 'tipping point' for company

08/13/2013, 11:08 am

According to one executive for the firm, Samsung's line of ads mocking Apple's iPhone and its devotees marked a tipping point for the firm, one that sparked a conversation that has propelled Samsung's brand on to become one of the most valuable in the world.


Larry Ellison sees dismal future for Apple without Steve Jobs

08/12/2013, 09:08 pm

In an interview with Charlie Rose set to air on Tuesday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gave a bleak outlook when asked how Apple will fare without his close friend Steve Jobs at the reins.


Apple's request to conduct 3D mapping of Oslo denied by Norwegian government

08/12/2013, 05:08 pm

A request by Apple to photograph Oslo from the air was rebuffed by the Norwegian government, prompting the U.S. embassy to offer support for the initiative meant to broaden Flyover coverage in the Maps app.


Sony preps Bluetooth lens attachments for iPhones, Android phones

08/12/2013, 05:08 pm

A set of images leaked on Monday claim to show off a new device from Sony aimed at turning smartphones like the iPhone into something approaching a full-fledged camera.


Apple restores all Developer Center services after 3-week downtime

08/10/2013, 03:08 am

Apple sent out emails to developers early Saturday saying all Developer Center services are back online, and that the company is extending a month membership to all teams to make up for the prolonged downtime.


Steve Jobs reportedly mulled axing Apple's pro products

08/09/2013, 07:08 pm

In a blog post on Friday, former Apple ad consultant Ken Segall reveals Steve Jobs once considered killing off the company's professional product offerings, including the Mac Pro and software like Final Cut Pro.


Apple v. Samsung proceedings muddled, but experts say Apple had strong day

08/09/2013, 06:08 pm

Legal observers have noted that Samsung appears to have gotten the worst of questioning in Friday's hearings with Apple at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which could mean that the Cupertino company may be able to get the better of its rival in the coming months.


Apple wins ITC ban on Samsung products [updated with ITC's final determination]

08/09/2013, 05:08 pm

Apple was dealt a significant win in its ongoing patent duel with Samsung on Friday when the U.S. International Trade Commission handed down a ruling that will likely see the ban of infringing products made by the South Korean company.