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Oh, that whacky Samsung! Their contentious relationship with Apple is hitting Cupertino right in the pocketbook, with a report Monday that the Korean component manufacturer has raised prices by 20 percent for its application processors. Apple gobbled up more than 200 million such components in 2012 alone, so that should give Samsung plenty of walking around money to pay for all those patent courtroom battles.
MacRumors noted Monday that Apple released a second beta of iOS 6.1 to developers with a build number 10B5105c. The build arrives with betas for Apple TV as well as Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 2, all of which can be downloaded by registered developers from Apple's website. The second beta doesn't detail many changes from the initial seed, which includes new Maps integration for third-party developers, Passbook improvements and tweaks to Safari.
Elgato Systems announced a big update to its iOS-based EyeTV app on Monday which allows iPhone and iPad users to prepare recordings for remote access right from their devices as well as pause, fast-forward and rewind for live television. Version 1.2.4 of the universal app also includes an Enhanced Electronic Program Guide display for the iPad plus iOS 6 optimizations for all compatible devices, including support for the larger display of the iPhone 5.
The patent wars between Apple and Samsung may soon be hitting Cupertino's wallet outside of the courtroom as week. The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch is reporting that Samsung Electronics is raising component prices to Apple by as much as 20 percent -- an amount Apple reportedly refused to pay initially, but ultimately agreed to after finding no suitable alternative. The price hike involves the mobile processor known as an "application processor," and the report estimated that Samsung has provided more than 200 million such units to Apple this year alone, up from 130 million last year.
AllThingsD grabbed a telling sound bite from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday, taken from a French interview with Le Parisien. With the company's Windows RT-powered Surface tablet now shipping, Ballmer claims that sales "are starting modestly," which the CEO blames on limited distribution rather than lack of consumer interest. Indeed, the tablet is a Microsoft exclusive for now, which means ordering from the company's website or a mere few dozen retail stores spread throughout the United States. Ballmer insists that even with limited distribution, supplies are constrained, which the exec sees as "a good sign" for its future.
Would you like some Android with your point-and-shoot camera? If so, Engadget reported Monday that the Samsung Galaxy Camera is heading to AT&T this Friday, November 16 and can be yours for a cool $499.99. The good news (?) is that is the price whether you buy it with a two-year agreement or just walk in the door and throw cash on the table without that commitment, and if you're in the market for a Galaxy handset at the same time, the carrier will even knock $100 off any Samsung-branded connected device they offer -- but only when purchased with a two-year agreement, naturally.
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