July 30, 2012 |
New documents filed by Apple in its patent infringement case against Samsung on Monday show another iPhone prototype that predates the Sony-inspired model discovered last week. Images of the prototype, code named "Purple," show a model built by Apple that includes many of the features that ultimately ended up on the iPhone, which was released in 2007. That counters a claim that emerged last week in Samsung's trial brief that Apple copied Sony's designs while putting together the iPhone.
August 28, 2012
After finding Samsung liable for more than $1 billion in damages for infringing Apple's iPhone and iPad patents, members of a federal jury told reporters that they hoped to deter companies from copying one another instead of developing their own designs and features. That's a laudable goal, and the public would surely benefit from more choice and differentiation among products. The challenge is in distinguishing between the sorts of innovations that should receive patent protection and the ones that shouldn't.
August 1, 2012 |
SAN JOSE -- Samsung lawyer John Quinn has some explaining to do. After sending reporters links to blocked evidence in its patent trial against Apple on Tuesday, Samsung had to face the wrath of U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh. Again. Here's a recap of what went down in court earlier in the day: Before opening statements, Quinn approached the bench and asked Koh to reconsider her earlier decision that Samsung not be allowed to present evidence showing that Apple's iPhone was inspired by "Sony style.
October 12, 2012 |
Busy day for Apple news and, as usual, rumors. First up, All Things D is reporting that Apple will introduce the iPad mini on Oct. 23 . Reporters and bloggers had expected a media invitation this week for a launch event Oct. 17, but it never materialized; that fueled speculation that the company was facing supply constraints and had to delay the release. All Things D speculated that the announcement will be held at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, Calif. Separately, Apple has hired away a top engineer from rival Samsung.
March 22, 2013 |
First Apple. Then Samsung. Now Google? The Mountain View, Calif., tech company is the latest tech giant rumored to be working on a smart wristwatch, according to a report Thursday by the Financial Times . The device is rumored to be under development by Google's Android unit, which builds the operating system used by many smartphones and tablets. That means that unlike Google Glass, the company's smartphone-like glasses that are being built by Google X, the rumored Google smartwatch may be see as more of a viable product, according to the Verge . PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Google did not comment on the smartwatch, according to the Financial Times, but the report points out a 2011 patent the company holds for a smartwatch that includes a "flip up display" as evidence that Google may be working on the device.
May 13, 2013 |
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing leading cellphone manufacturers to do more to help stem a growing tide of mobile phone thefts. On Monday, Schneiderman's office sent letters to Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, asking for details about what they are doing to deter such crimes. "Cracking down on violent and dangerous cell phone thefts is important for New Yorkers," Schneiderman said in a statement....
August 27, 2012 |
About $12.5 billion. That's how much Google paid for Motorola Mobility. The deal that handed the search giant patents to boost its intellectual property arsenal closed in May. But it's become more important than ever following Apple's resounding victory over Samsung on Friday as it wages a broader war against Android. A jury, after three days of deliberations in a complex U.S. District Court trial in San Jose, awarded Apple more than $1 billion after finding that Samsung had infringed on six out of seven patents by copying the look and feel of Apple's mobile devices.
October 7, 2013 |
New Samsung commercials featuring such characters as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Dick Tracy show off numerous telephone watches from popular TV shows to promote the company's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a $300 device by Samsung that launched this month in the U.S. The gadget looks like a wristwatch but has a touchscreen, a camera and can run apps as well as send text messages. And as Samsung likes to point out in its commercials, the Galaxy Gear can also be used to make and receive voice calls. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 In one of its new ads, the South Korean tech giant shows clips of popular TV show characters like George Jetson from "The Jetsons" and Michael Knight from "Knight Rider" talking into their wristwatches.
October 2, 2012 |
Samsung scored a rare victory against rival Apple as a U.S. court judge on Monday lifted a ban on U.S. sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. As the judge was issuing the order, Samsung filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Apple's iPhone 5, escalating the global legal wrangling between the two electronic giants. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh late Monday lifted the ban on sales of the tablet imposed in June. The judge imposed a temporary injunction prior to the August patent infringement trial that resulted in a $1 billion victory for Apple.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung may have given consumers a sneak peek at its smartphone plans with a new TV it announced Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show. At its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the South Korean company displayed the world's first curved OLED TV. From afar, the TV looked like any other set that might be on display at a tech show, but once Samsung spokesman Scott Cohen pointed out the new gadget, I began to notice its unusual curved screen. The picture quality was, unsurprisingly, remarkable and the weird curve didn't really affect the way my eyes saw the image.