Looks like Apple's finally starting to "double down on secrecy." Apple's former global supply manager, Paul Devine, who went to trial way back in 2010 for leaking and selling company secrets to component makers in Asia, was finally sentenced on Friday to one year in prison and to pay a $4.5 million fine. It could have been worse, especially considering that Devine's sentence was originally supposed to last a full 20 years.
We knew the rivalry between Samsung and Apple was bad, but it's sometimes surprising to see just how deep it goes. As a part of the latest patent trial between the two juggernaut tech companies, internal Samsung documents dating from 2011 have emerged (via Re/code) that show that the Korean company considered beating Apple its top priority in 2012.
The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
You almost have to wonder what John McCain would think of the following. Earlier today, a man named Mark Menacher filed a small claims lawsuit against Apple CEO Time Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego, claiming that he objects to the automatic downloads of iOS 7 install files that occurred on "legacy" phones such as the iPhone 4S.
For many, living cable- or satellite-free is the dream, if only there were some way to receive local TV channels. Aereo makes that possible, and now an appeals court decision paves the way for it to be legal as well.
Before a big product launch, Apple retail employees are typically enlisted for "overnights," where they prepare for the next day's big event under the cover of nightfall -- but that could change in France in order to comply with local labor laws.
It may be well short of the $400 million nearly bankrupt technology company Proview was hoping for, but it's sure better than the $55,000 they originally received for the Chinese trademark on the iPad.
Following up on yesterday’s story about an Australian watchdog preparing a lawsuit against Apple over selling new iPads there which don’t work with the country’s 4G LTE wireless, Cupertino is now offering refunds to those who feel misled.
Women may glow and the men might plunder in the land down under, but they get awfully touchy when you release a 4G-enabled tablet in Australia, only to find out that it doesn’t actually work there -- and as usual, all signs point to the courtroom.
Well, well, well… what have we here? An invitation to a special Apple media event in San Francisco next Wednesday, March 7 at 10am PST. Sounds to us like a new iPad is incoming, although there are also plenty of rumors about a third-generation Apple TV (not the kind with a display, mind you). But hey, maybe we’ll get some improvements to iTunes Match as well, judging from this “adaptive streaming” report below. Here’s a look at the rest of the day’s tech news for Tuesday, February 28, 2012.