If you were watching the Oscars last night, you probably noticed Ellen DeGeneres using a Samsung Galaxy Note onstage. Indeed, it was kind of hard to miss. Samsung's presence was everywhere last night, whether it was in the commercials or during DeGeneres' "blurry" selfie taken with Samsung's "mini tablet" smartphone. Behind the scenes, however, there was a another story. Aside from the scripted Galaxy Note event, DeGeneres was using her iPhone to send tweets all through the night.
I could write a month's worth of columns on my distaste for Samsung. From its petty Apple-bashing ads to its shameless and slavish implementation of every good idea it sees, Samsung is unapologetically unoriginal, slapping its name on anything it thinks can make a buck. Many of its products have no discernible value, often created to fill a seemingly underserved niche and sold to unsuspecting consumers who think they're getting something better than they are: cheap, compromised smartphones with crippled processors, low-resolution screens, and tiny batteries that force consumers into decisions they regret for the majority of their 24-month contract.
Samsung's on the verge of releasing its newest smartphone, and Apple aficionados might find that some of its rumored features sound a little familiar. As SamMobile reports (via 9to5Mac), the Galaxy S5 (if that's not similar enough for you) will embed a fingerprint sensor in the device's home button, much as with the iPhone 5s. That's a stark departure from earlier rumors that the sensor would be embedded in the screen itself.
Steve Jobs famously refused to look back, always keeping his eye focused on the future -- but the return of the discontinued iPhone 4 in a trio of emerging markets indicates the new Apple may be taking a different approach.
In case you missed it, Apple has now added a behind-the-scenes video to its 1.24.14 promotional page, which none other than marketing VP Phil Schiller announced in a tweet Monday night. Now Mac fans can get a peek at how Apple managed to distill more than 70 hours of iPhone 5s video footage shot across five continents into a minute-and-a-half-long commercial — and that's not all that made news on Monday, so read on...
Once again, Apple served up some impressive numbers during its quarterly earnings report on Monday, only to have investors back off and critics paint a bleak picture for the iPhone maker. Perhaps the only truly sad news was CEO Tim Cook's comments about "declining business" with the iPod, which took a year-over-year nose dive after hitting its peak back in 2008. Hey Tim: Please don't kill our iPod classic! Some of us prefer to have our entire library in the palm of our hands...
Happy Macintosh release date! Well, what have we here? Rumors? Really? Already? Well, I guess the new year wouldn't be complete with rumors and speculation about the iPhone 6 and every single Apple product out there, but, really, we've only had the 5S for what? Barely more than two months. You people are insatiable. Well, then, let's dig into these juicy new handset rumors and see what's what.
A judge orders Apple to let her friend investigate every aspect of the company and then pay him for it. When another court looks askance at that arrangement and suspends it, the judge defends her original decision by using the "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to hide" logic. Really? Meanwhile, Samsung only wants to settle out of court if they do not have to promise to stop copying Apple. True story, though you might not believe it. Read on.
Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines innovation as the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices or methods. But when we're talking about technology, that definition doesn't quite tell the whole story. It's not just the unveiling of some new or better design--it's making as big a splash as possible before anyone else can even get in the pool.
It was once a relatively slow process. Every few years an exciting new product would come along that indelibly altered the landscape: color televisions, VCRs, Walkmen, iPods. It was given room to grow and evolve until something inevitably better was born out of its influence.