Apple watchers are waiting anxiously for the company's quarterly earnings report Monday, especially because it covers the 2013 holiday season this time around. If you're restless clocking time until the big event today, kick back for a few minutes and soak in all of the weekend's news you might have missed -- and hey, if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, there might just be some dough in it for you...
Still not feeling the holiday spirit even though the calendar says we're just over a week away from Christmas? Maybe today's recap will cheer you up, particularly if you're a Gmail user still struggling with OS X Mail on Mavericks. Or maybe you're a Sprint customer in one of 70 new 4G LTE markets! Either way, our recap will get you up to speed as the pre-holiday week drags on...
In case you needed a reminder that the things you say can come back and haunt you, consider the case of Anand Chandrasekher, once the chief marketing officer of chip-maker Qualcomm. Earlier this month we reported that Qualcomm felt obliged to correct his dismissal of Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip as a "marketing gimmick," and now Cnet reports that Chandrasekher has been "reassigned" in the wake of his comments.
Despite what you may have read in the press, Apple's influence on the tech world is just as strong as it's ever been. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 released last month is clearly aimed at the iPad mini, and its Wallet app, let's just say, is inspired by Passbook. Amazon's recent TV ad directly pits its 1900x1200 Kindle Fire HD against the iPad's retina screen (and price). And Blackberry is so tweaked by Apple, at least one of its executives can't even bring himself to speak his competitor's name in public. But no matter how hard they try, no matter how much time Apple gives them to catch up, there's one thing none of them can seem to get right: the art of the product reveal.
Last month, when the ITC decided to investigate a previous ruling between Apple and Samsung, who knew that the investigation would spiral into reality-TV drama and name-calling? Especially from a company that was last seen as a major player on the mobile device scene before reality TV even existed? And this is why we can't have nice things.
Not everyone is happy to take cash from Apple, with a new report claiming Cupertino was turned away in its efforts to invest in a Taiwanese chip maker who also rebuffed an investment from rival Qualcomm.
My dog Roxy is a German Shepherd, which means that when she’s committed to doing something, she’s going to do it. One of those things is sneaking through the fence and going for long walks around the neighborhood. I’ve seen enough episodes of The Dog Whisperer to understand why she does this, but until she is “rehabilitated” (as Cesar Millan puts it) we need to make sure she’s safe. Enter Tagg the Pet Tracker, which lets me track Roxy’s whereabouts with a handy iPhone app.
So much for a slow news week on the Apple beat! There’s plenty to report about everyone’s favorite tech company today, between antitrust fines in Italy, new iPhone 5 rumors, activations for both iOS and Android on Christmas Day and even the debut of the iPhone 4S in mainland China. Ready to soak it all in? Read on for all the news that’s fit to print for Tuesday, December 27, 2011.