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The long, winding legal saga of Apple v. Samsung took another interesting turn this weekend, with a Reuters report claiming that Steve Jobs was so intent on suing the Korean manufacturer, he disregarded the opinion of Tim Cook just prior to making him CEO of the company. Why did Cook protest? You'll have to keep reading to find out...
Although the transition to iOS 6.1 has been mostly smooth for users of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, GigaOM is reporting that Vodafone UK and 3 Austria have notified customers with iPhone 4S handsets that they should avoid applying the upgrade, claiming it "impacts performance on 3G." The result appears to be occasional difficulty in connecting to the network or even the ability to make or receive calls or texts. The statement makes clear that "Apple is working on a solution to their software issue," although it seems to be too little, too late given that the update is now almost two weeks old. Curiously, U.S. carriers do not appear to be affected by the bug thus far.
Reuters filed an interesting study Sunday on the relationship between Apple and Samsung and while most of it is fairly common knowledge, one curious item seems to be getting the majority of the attention. Prior to becoming CEO of Apple, sources claim Tim Cook was opposed to taking legal action against Samsung, a critical component supplier for the company's iOS products to the tune of $8 billion by some estimates. Then-CEO Steve Jobs would hear none of it, intent on launching the "thermonuclear" courtroom battle against the Korean manufacturer we see playing out today. Curiously, Cook has yet to reverse that course of action after being CEO of Apple for more than a year, although he's publicly gone on record as being opposed to suing over patents.
The weekend got off to a grim start for Infinity Blade fans with news that a highly-anticipated spinoff's fate is now on hold. Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced in a blog post to the Epic Gamers forum that Impossible Studios is being closed, with the executive claiming the deal "wasn't working out for Epic." The creators of the Infinity Blade: Dungeons first revealed the iOS game 11 months ago, when it was promised for release by the end of last year -- ultimately getting bumped into an uncertain timeframe in 2013. According to Sweeney, the game is "now on hold as we figure out the future of the project," and while the Impossible team is receiving three months of severance pay, they'll also have the chance to form a new company with the same name and logo, so there's always the possibility of a comeback.
While it was pretty clear a nasty blizzard was coming to several Atlantic states late last week, AT&T users with 4G LTE-equipped devices certainly weren't being warned about it. AllThingsD is reporting that the free government-run emergency alert system currently doesn't work on AT&T's LTE network, although the carrier plans to implement the service by the end of the year. Curiously, an iPhone 5 (or other device) on Verizon's LTE network has no such problem, and the emergency service works just fine on AT&T's older EDGE, 3G and 4G networks.
AppleInsider reported Sunday that a swearing in ceremony for several New Jersey firefighters was almost ruined by the absence of a Bible in the City Council Chambers. After some quick thinking, the Atlantic City Fire Department ceremony proceeded, replacing the paper Bible with a virtual copy on the iPad of someone in attendance. The firefighters simply placed their hands on the iPad, same as they would have with an actual Bible, and swore their oaths, same as always. We're guessing this idea won't become commonplace, but it certainly worked in a pinch...
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