Every year, Apple releases new iPods, forcing us all to consider whether its time to upgrade our music player. The 2010 crop of iPods--revamped shuffles and nanos, and a refreshed iPod touch--represent some of the biggest changes to the iPod lineup in recent times. Apple curiously left the classic out of this round of updates, and as the sole remaining hard drive-based iPod, we suspect that the venerable classic is on its way to being a relic remembered by music geeks alongside other forgotten audio tech like wax cylinders and, uh, those CD things.
If you can't beat 'em…uh…sue 'em? That seems to almost be the standard nowadays in the ultra-competitive cell phone industry. Today, Apple found itself being served with three complaints from Motorola, over 18 various patents.
When Google TV set up their site, they showed off the nifty feature of your smartphone, whether Android or iPhone, acting as the remote. There was a good reason for this apart from the coolness aspect. And it's the stuff of nightmares.
No doubt some strong language and Sith choke holds were seen in Cupertino today, as word has broken of a patent infringement ruling against Apple to the tune of $625.5 million. With a wake-up call like that first thing Monday morning, who needs coffee? The lawsuit that led to the judicial command for the hefty payout was filed back in 2008 by the now defunct software company Mirror Worlds, which, as a piece of tragic trivia would have it, was founded by Unabomber victim and Yale professor David Hillel Gelernter. Can word of a patent lawsuit become more intriguing than this?
It's Monday, and that means with two days of rest from soothsaying and divination, it's about time that the world got back to the serious business of making off-the-cuff financial predictions once again. According to Brian White, a financial analyst for Ticonderoga Securities and part-time fortune teller, Apple stock could reach as high as $430 per share this year, propped up by a wicked-hot product line that's set to be an even greater success as the world draws closer to the upcoming holiday season. So confident is White in Apple's ability to dazzle the purchasing public, that he's declared the company will most likely overtake Exxon as the most valuable company in the world according to market value within the next 12 months.
Sometimes in life, things are said in haste that can forever change the nature of a relationship. No matter how much one desires the ability to take back that which slipped past their lips, they know that, irrecoverably, their words have forever changed the way of things. We're betting that Meizu CEO Jack Wong is spending his day pondering what exactly it was that he was thinking last month. You see, on September 9, Mr. Wong, who's company is renowned across Asia for the production of the very finest Apple mobile knock-offs, quipped that he felt the latest iteration of the iPod touch looked "a bit like the M9II"--Meizu's flagship smartphone. A little over a month after opening his mouth, it appears that Apple has turned their legal guns to bear on Wong and his iPhone riffing company.
If you're an Apple purist that laments the fact that wearing a pair of the company's iconic white earbuds in public could grab a mugger's attention and lead to a nasty thrashing, we've got great news for you: Universal Designs is offering replicas of Batman's belt from The Dark Knight that come complete with a holster for your iPhone or iPod. It's a sure bet that wearing this baby out in public will guarantee you'll never have to worry about being rolled for your precious Apple products again. After all why would any self-respecting criminal want to beat someone to within an inch of their lives for a portable media device when they could be beating them for wearing superhero memorabilia. I mean, come on--even criminals have priorities.
Sooner or later, everything ends up on eBay. A human kidney? Check. A walk-on part in an Ally McBeal episode? Check. A grilled cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary scorched onto the bread? Check. The Mac Museum of Franklin Park, New Jersey? You'd better believe it. The private museum's collection of insanely awesome Apple memorabilia is up for grabs on the venerable auction site. What could be better?
If you're one of the many that have suffered poor reception when jaw-wagging on your iPhone 4 due to the handset's much maligned antenna design, Apple may have a solution for you in the not so far-flung future: A MacBook with an integrated cellular antenna that could allow for 3G and possibly even LTE connections, making phone calls from your laptop sans VoIP a possibility.
Go ahead and Give it a try: Put a death-grip on a laptop. We challenge you.