Ever since the so-called "patent wars" broke out between Apple and Samsung in 2011, we've known that Apple's been trying to distance itself from its Korean rival and supplier. According to AppleInsider, however, Samsung itself might be attempting to break with other strange bedfellows of its own — namely, Google's Android operating system. Indeed, in a CNET interview this week, Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin played up the virtues of Samsung's own little-known Tizen operating system over Google's popular OS.
For better or for worse, it's increasingly starting to look as though 2014 may herald the heyday of the so-called smartwatch. We've seen increasing hints that Apple has its own device in the works, and now TechCrunch is reporting that Samsung may be throwing its own competitor into the arena with the "Galaxy Gear."
Samsung suffered a massive blow in its long war against frenemy Apple this weekend when President Obama vetoed the ITC's decision to ban imports of the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3G, and the iPad 2 into the USA. As reported by the Wall Street Journal (via 9to5Mac), the veto sliced a full 1 billion dollars off of Samsung's market value, representing a 0.9 percent loss.
We got rumors and we got betas this week as Apple news moves into the summer's concluding month before the fall rumor season really heats up. Blackberry tries to stay relevant, some new games hit the consoles, and it feels like Apple TV is getting some of its due. More just like that inside.
Though the iPad mini hasn't been a disappointment for Apple, many of the Cupertino company's devoted followers are holding out for the hope of an improved second-generation version of the diminutive tablet. Rumors about the next iPad mini including a Retina screen have been flowing ever since the launch of the original, sometimes with contradictory information. However, a new report from the Wall Street Journal indicates the wait for an iPad mini with Retina may soon be over.
The smartphone shipment numbers are in for the second quarter, and while Samsung is blowing everyone out of the water, the market is beginning to fragment as rivals LG, Lenovo and ZTE finally gain some traction.
The Patent Wars are now over two years old. From the beginning, there have been rumors and hopes that settlements would be reached that would prevent the diversion of product development funds to cover massive legal bills. More often than not, though, rumors have been quashed by the Next Big Lawsuit. Is all of that finally about to change?
The very concept of in-app purchases is a great one, assuming you're interested in buying what the seller has to offer that way in the first place. But almost every month, it seems like some little kid gets their hands on mom or dad's iPad and goes on a spending spree, and more often than not, Apple winds up on the hook for the charges. Haven't these people ever heard of parental controls?
From the outside looking in, Apple appears to be in trouble with the iPhone in Russia, one of the world's largest countries. Three major carriers there have turned their back on the handset after five years, but is it a case of Apple being intentionally difficult because it has other plans -- such as its own retail stores there -- or are fickle Russians simply tired of paying too much money for the coveted smartphone? Time will tell, but let's get up to speed on the news in today's recap...
Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?