Motorola Mobility employees have been bracing for job losses since Google's purchase of the ailing smartphone maker went through in May, and now those cuts have arrived in the form of a 20 percent reduction or 4,000 jobs worldwide.
Apple acquiring most any company would certainly be worthy of headlines, but a new report claims Cupertino is snatching up the creator of "award-winning smart fingerprint sensors" which could point to the company's future plans for digital payments.
The Apple/Samsung battle doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon, even though an Australian judge called the suit "ridiculous". According to Computer World, Samsung accusing Apple of refusing to negotiate the licensing of key 3G patents that were used in production of iPhones and iPads. These claims come on the first day of trial in a countersuit that Samsung filed against Apple last year, after Apple had sued Samsung for infringement on patents in the touchscreen technology used in the Galaxy tablet. Samsung's counterattack focuses on three specific patents, all which deal with 3G data transmission in the iPhone 4/4S and the iPad 2.
It seems we'll never again have any surprises from an iPhone release, thanks to incessant rumors about nearly every little detail finding its way to our eyes and ears months ahead of time. And now it's going to have a thinner screen, too.
Samsung has suffered mostly defeat in the courtroom lately in its patent battles against Apple, but a U.K. judge has given them one small victory on Monday -- even if it comes at the expense of being humiliated about how uncool their product is.
We've got a bit of How-To action going on this week, as most newsy stories took their vacation just like lots of staffers all over. So the news was slow as the mercury climbed. So now that you've retreated indoors with the air conditioning, these how-tos might just be the ticket. A little something to keep you occupied.
If something feels off today, blame it on the 4th of July holiday on Wednesday. (If you live outside of the U.S., feel free to insert an excuse of your own.) Should you be unable to get much accomplished in a post-firework haze this fine Friday, take heart: The weekend is here, which gives most of us two more days of goofing off before we face a full five-day work week on Monday. So let's wrap up this Independence Day week with a few tech stories for Friday, July 6, 2012!
While it's not quite the final word just yet, Apple scored a victory in its efforts to stomp out Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet on Tuesday night, with a U.S. judge granting the iPad maker's request for a preliminary injunction against the rival slate.
Well, this is, folks -- the last weekday before Moscone West blows up with Apple goodness on Monday, June 11 at 10am PST. You can count on MacLife.com to bring you all the latest, grooviest news as it flies out of San Francisco and makes its way across the internet, but in the meantime check out that nifty iOS 6 banner getting hung today. Then click on and read all about it and the rest of the news for Friday, June 8, 2012!