We're not big fans of locked handsets, but let's face it: It's a fact of life in the USA if you want to get 'em cheap and subsidized. While the iPhone has historically been tricky to get SIM unlocked from AT&T, suddenly this year it seems the floodgates have opened and between the carrier itself offering free unlocks for off-contract devices and a plethora of sources offering cheap freedom for everyone else, a lawsuit against Apple seems like maybe the wrong approach. Didn't hear about it? Read on to find out about that and a handful of other stories you might have missed on Monday.
Well, looks like the verdict is officially out: Samsung is a big copycat.Wired reports that the jury ruled today in Apple's favor in the longstanding courtroom battle against Samsung in a Northern California District courtroom. Samsung has been ordered to pay more than $1 billion in damages for violating Apple's patents for its iPad tablet design.
The court ruled that Samsung had infringed upon patents relating to user interface design (like scrolling and multi-touch), as well as physical design. Samsung could not convince the court that it hadn't taken its design ideas from Apple's iPad.
If you've even casually followed the strange saga of Proview, the company who claimed to own the iPad trademark in China, you may see them as a fly-by-night. After reading this, you might think they're a bunch of deadbeats, too.
We're guessing the deafening silence from the App Store today is a result of those corrupted updates that made headlines over the 4th of July holiday. If you've been relentlessly pressing the update button in iTunes only to keep seeing "there are no updates available for any of the apps in your iTunes library," it might be time to take a break and read up on what else is happening in the tech world -- including what Apple has to say on the subject. Here's what's making news for Thursday, July 5, 2012.
Could Google’s Chrome browser ever come to iOS? At least one analyst seems to think so today, and they seem confident that the search giant may even have a final version of the app waiting for Apple’s approval in the App Store. There’s not much to dislike about Mobile Safari, but choice is always a good thing -- even though Apple isn’t likely to ever voluntarily let us change the default browser on our iOS devices. Meanwhile, here’s a look at everything else making news for Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
Grab bag o' news this week as no one really duked it out for top dog in the headline race. Apple's got a few tricks up its sleeves, Samsung did well in sales, lawsuits are such a constant they're like air anymore, and the iPad still kicks major butt. So what else did happen this week worth your time? How about these 10 stories, tips, and reviews?
A New Yorker is suing Apple, claiming the company double billed him for an iTunes music purchase and then refused to offer a refund, citing its own Terms of Service -- and if he gets his way, it will become a class action.
Although the U.S. Department of Justice is mostly aiming its scope at e-book monopolies as a whole, Apple also appears to be in the government’s sights -- but Cupertino is fighting back with a statement pointing the finger right back in Amazon’s direction.