As the calendar year draws to a close and Apple's legal department continues to prep for another big California courtroom clash with Samsung next March, several smaller Cupertino lawsuits are being wrapped up around the globe. Will Samsung get any home court advantage in its request to ban Apple products in South Korea? Can one New Zealand man hold off the crushing weight of Apple's lawyers to protect his invention?
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."
If you are in the market for a new hearing aid, one manufacturer is worried that some of Apple's product line be be totally confusing you. So worried, in fact, that they are suing to ban the product and force Cupertino to pay them back for all of the confusion-causing damage. Meanwhile, more legal drama in China, where the government has decided to get more aggressive in the fight against piracy -- by suing Apple. Again. Frivolity and hypocrisy, can you hear me now?
This week, Apple finds itself in several rather awkward courtroom dramas: being asked by a U.S. judge to find a way to go away; being sued by a European Union nation for something it should have fixed a year ago; and being railroaded by a Russian company for failing to police the App Store. All aboard! It's time for another trip on the Law & Apple Express.
Happy Windows 8 Day! What's that, you didn't know it was Windows 8 Day? That seems hard to believe considering Microsoft has practically held a media event every day for the last few months to chat about it and Windows Phone 8, which officially launches on Monday. Those lucky (?) Surface RT owners should get a taste of what it feels like for Apple gadget buyers to receive their launch day products at home today, so enjoy it, folks!
The ruling in the Apple v. Samsung case came down a few weeks ago, and yet fascinating bits continue to leak out. Apparently the Woz has very strong feelings about the case, Samsung was prepared to go extra-terrestrial to win over the jury, and Cupertino lawyers continue to leave no stone unturned in a global courtroom assault on seemingly anything that threatens the Apple brand -- no matter how trivial.
What, you thought things were going to quiet down?
If you've even casually followed the strange saga of Proview, the company who claimed to own the iPad trademark in China, you may see them as a fly-by-night. After reading this, you might think they're a bunch of deadbeats, too.
We're guessing the deafening silence from the App Store today is a result of those corrupted updates that made headlines over the 4th of July holiday. If you've been relentlessly pressing the update button in iTunes only to keep seeing "there are no updates available for any of the apps in your iTunes library," it might be time to take a break and read up on what else is happening in the tech world -- including what Apple has to say on the subject. Here's what's making news for Thursday, July 5, 2012.
It may be well short of the $400 million nearly bankrupt technology company Proview was hoping for, but it's sure better than the $55,000 they originally received for the Chinese trademark on the iPad.