Oh, that whacky Samsung! Their contentious relationship with Apple is hitting Cupertino right in the pocketbook, with a report Monday that the Korean component manufacturer has raised prices by 20 percent for its application processors. Apple gobbled up more than 200 million such components in 2012 alone, so that should give Samsung plenty of walking around money to pay for all those patent courtroom battles.
With the iPad mini flying into stores this Friday, some might see the end of the road for Google's Nexus 7 tablet -- but manufacturer Asustek claims that's not the case, with shipments fast approaching seven digits each month.
It takes years, often many of them, to turn a simple design element into an unmistakable part of a brand. Movado's midnight dot. Adidas' stripes. Audi's grille. Apple's home button.
These things don't happen accidentally. Teams of high-paid creative types gather in large rooms for months, poring over prototypes and brainstorming for just the right combination of simplicity and seduction. Sometimes the result is fresh and bold, like the iPod click wheel; others put a unique twist on an everyday item, like Coca-Cola's contoured soda bottle.
Last week, Google announced its own Android event on October 29, which directly competes with the long-planned Microsoft launch of Windows Phone 8 on the same day. Now the search giant is finding out karma is a… well, you know.
There's always plenty of news we miss throughout the work day, which is where our overnight recap comes in, mopping up the smaller stories and tidbits and putting them on display for all to enjoy. On this fine Tuesday morning, let's kick back and enjoy a handful of these stories before the craziness of Apple's media event tomorrow!
Earlier this year, we wondered if the Galaxy S3 would stand a chance to outperform the iPhone 5. Well, the next-generation iPhone isn't out just yet -- but it appears the Galaxy S3 has dethroned the iPhone 4S in the U.S. market for the month of August. During a time when Samsung is still trying to make sure it can sell a number of its products in the States, this has to feel like something of a victory.
China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.
As a jury weighs the fate of Apple v. Samsung here in the U.S., a South Korean court has already come to a decision in a separate case, ruling that the companies have both infringed on each other's patents, with several older products now banned for sale there.
Finland cell phone giant Nokia may be down, but they're certainly not out quite yet. The company's sales and marketing VP has even taken to Twitter to trash talk rival Samsung ahead of a Windows Phone event coming September 5.