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Apple accuses Samsung of violating court order in infringement case

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Apple has accused Samsung of violating a court order to produce its source code in a recent patent infringement case. The Cupertino-based company claims that the vendor has “only partially complied with” a judge’s order that required Samsung to hand over the source code for its 4G smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, Bloomberg reported on Monday. According to a recent court filing, Apple claims that Samsung has only produced the source code for one version of each of the infringing devices and withheld all other versions. “At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code,” Apple said in the filing. The company claims that because of Samsung’s late submission, Apple has been left with “insufficient time for Apple’s experts to analyze any new code,” which are due in less than two weeks. Since April, Samsung and Apple have filed more than 30 lawsuits against one another in various countries around the world.


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Apple defends rights to iPad name in Shanghai court

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Apple on Wednesday defended itself in a Shanghai court against Proview International, which claims Apple is violating a trademark it holds on the “iPad” name, the New York Times reported. Proview’s allegations have prevented the Cupertino-based company from selling its popular tablet in numerous smaller Chinese cities, however Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai continue to sell the device. The four-hour session at the Pudong New Area People’s Court ended without any ruling from the district judge, though both sides reportedly presented new evidence in the case. Apple claims it acquired the iPad trademark from Proview in 2009. “We bought Proview’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries several years ago,” the company said in a statement. “Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter. Our case is still pending in mainland China.” Proview claims that Apple is using the iPad name illegally, however, as the subsidiary that licensed the trademark to Apple was not authorized to do so.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales halted in Australia by Apple suit

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The latest twist in the on-going Apple / Samsung patent soap opera is a doozy, particularly for Android fans Down Under. Samsung will not be advertising or selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, at least until the Korean company gets court approval to do so — or until the suit is resolved. Due to differences between the US and Australian versions of the Android tablet, Samsung is required to present the device to Apple at least seven days before its planned launch. Apple claims that the US version of the tablet infringes on ten of the company’s patents.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales halted in Australia by Apple suit originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple calls foul on web browser speed test

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Earlier today, we told you about a study conducted by Blaze Software comparing the native browser speeds in Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The results of over 45,000 tests were published, and the firm concluded that Android was roughly 52% faster than iOS in terms of browser performance. Not so fast, says Apple. In a statement to blog The Loop, an Apple spokesperson pointed out a perceived flaw in Blaze Software’s methodology. “Their testing is flawed because they didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone,” wrote Apple’s spokesperson. “Instead they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading web pages.” The UIWebView framework, which was used to run Blaze’s “proprietary app” in an “embedded web viewer,” does not leverage Apple’s Nitro JavaScript engine — the part of mobile Safari that Apple claims is nearly 2x faster than its predecessor. Tests that leverage the enhanced JavaScript engine would, according to Apple, have improved Safari’s performance. Blaze Software has yet to publicly comment on Apple’s rebuttal.


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Engadget Podcast 211 – 09.04.2010

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Do you have two hours to spare? Maybe you’re taking a road trip. Maybe you have an hour commute and can listen to one half on the way to work and one half on the way back. Maybe you’re a marathon runner. Whatever. Obviously, there was a ton of stuff to talk about this week in the World of Tech and the Engadget Podcasters have got it all covered – just for you. Complete with Neo Geo, TurboGrafx 16 and Atari Lynx + Jaguar references.

Joshua Topolsky, Paul Miller, Nilay Patel
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Monkey Wrench

00:03:40 – Live from Apple’s fall 2010 event
00:04:04 – The new Apple TV for $99
00:10:40 – Apple’s AirPlay music streaming coming to third party speaker docks, receivers, and stereos
00:12:45 – iHome teases first AirPlay-compatible portable speaker dock
00:18:50 – Amazon streaming 99-cent ABC and Fox shows… right now (update: purchases, not rentals!)
00:19:20 – Roku lowers prices across the board: HD box now $69, $99 HD-XR to get 1080p support
00:21:15 – Apple claims 50 percent of portable gaming market, iPod touch ‘outsells Nintendo and Sony combined’
00:23:00 – Apple TV (2010) first look / hands-on! (updated with video)
00:25:00 – Apple TV vs. the competition — how does it stack up?
00:29:19 – iPod nano redesigned: smaller, lighter, better and costing $149 for 8GB or $179 for 16GB
00:29:51 – iPod nano (2010) first hands-on! (update: video!)
00:36:00 – Apple announces redesigned iPod shuffle, brings the buttons back
00:35:26 – iPod touch gets revamped: retina display, FaceTime, HD video recording
00:37:28 – iPod touch (2010) first hands-on! (update: video!)
00:38:52 – Sony Bloggie Touch preview: an actually simple ‘simple camcorder’
00:44:33 – Confirmed: the iPod Classic is alive and well
00:44:55 – Apple announces iTunes 10 with Ping social network
00:45:55 – iTunes 10 (with Ping) mercifully becomes available for download (update: iOS 4 has Ping, too)
00:46:10 – Why did Apple take Facebook Connect out of Ping?
00:46:47 – All Things D: Facebook blocked Apple’s Ping service for unauthorized use
00:52:50 – We’re live from IFA 2010!
00:53:00 – Samsung Galaxy Tab preview
00:56:30 – Samsung Galaxy Tab rooted, just for bragging rights
01:00:14 – The Samsung Galaxy Tab: more relief on the go
01:02:40 – Samsung Galaxy Tab reported to retail at €699 and €799 in Europe (update: O2 Germany pricing)
01:04:18 – Galaxy Tab with WiMAX coming to Sprint this November?
01:12:18 – Toshiba Folio 100 preview
01:18:00 – ViewSonic 10-inch dual boot ViewPad preview
01:25:13 – Archos unleashes five (five!) new Android Froyo tablets, we go hands-on
01:27:55 – Palm puts webOS 2.0 SDK into limited release starting today
01:37:55 – Windows Phone 7 goes gold master, begins rolling out to partners for final launch preparations
01:40:05 – Clearwire’s Rover service goes live, offers $5/day 4G service
01:44:00 – Verizon officially announces prepaid smartphone data packages
01:47:52 – Shocker! Google’s Android logo boosted from Atari Lynx title ‘Gauntlet: The Third Encounter’

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Apple responds to congressional inquiry, details location data collection in 13-page letter

Monday, July 19th, 2010

When Apple’s latest privacy policy revealed the company could track any iPhone’s location in real time, it threw some for a loop… including a pair of gentlemen from the US House of Representatives, who asked what Cupertino was up to. In a thirteen page letter dated July 12, Apple’s legal counsel explains the whole matter away, while giving us a fascinating look into how the company collects — and justifies collecting — all that GPS data. Legally the defense is simple, as Apple claims users grant express permission via pop-up messages for ever single location-based service and app, and if you don’t care to be tracked, you can simply shut down location services globally or (in iOS 4) on a per-app basis in the phone’s settings panel.

Where it gets more interesting is when Apple explains what it actually collects, and who they share it with — namely, Google and Skyhook, who provided location-services to earlier versions of iOS. In iOS 3.2 and beyond, only Apple has the keys to the database, and what’s inside are locations of cell towers, WiFi access points, and anonymous GPS coordinates. None of these are personally identifying, as the company doesn’t collect SSIDs or any data, and in the case of device coordinates they’re reportedly collected and sent in encrypted batches only once every 12 hours, using a random ID generated by the phone every 24 hours that apparently can’t be linked back to the device. In the case of iAd, Apple says coordinates don’t even make it to a database, as they’re immediately converted (by remote server) to a advertising-friendly five-digit zip code. Concerning location data collection for services other than iAd, there’s still the little question of why, but we’ll just leave you with Apple legal’s quote on that subject after the break, and let you hit up the full document yourself at Scribd if you want the deep dive.

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Apple responds to congressional inquiry, details location data collection in 13-page letter originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Jul 2010 01:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone OS 4.0 unveiled, adds multitasking, shipping this summer

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Digg this! Just a bit more than a year after we first laid eyes on iPhone OS 3.0, Apple is back with the latest big revision of the OS that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It’s shipping this summer, and the developer preview will be out today. The biggest new feature is multitasking, which Apple says is going to be the “best” implementation in the smartphone space, though it’s obviously not the first. App switching is activated by double tapping the home button, which pulls up a “dock” of currently running apps, and Apple claims it can do this without hurting battery life or performance for the front app. This is just one of seven different new “tentpole” features, Game Center, enhanced Mail, and more…

Notable new features for users (“tentpoles” are in bold):

  • Multitasking.
  • Spell check (like on the iPad).
  • Bluetooth keyboard support (again, on the iPad).
  • User-defined wallpaper (a jailbreak favorite).
  • Tap to focus when recording video, just like with photos, and a 5x digital zoom for the camera.
  • Playlist creation and nested playlists.
  • App folders for sorting apps! You can even put an app folder in the dock.
  • Enhanced Mail! You can have a merged inbox view, switch between inboxes quickly, and sync to more than one Exchange account. There’s also threaded messaging (at last!) and in-app attachment viewing.
  • iBooks, just like on iPad, only smaller. You can wirelessly sync books between platforms, a la Kindle.
  • Enterprise features, including remote device management and wireless app distribution.
  • Game Center. It’s like Xbox Live, but for iPhone games. Includes achievements, leaderboards, and match making. It will be available as a “developer preview,” and out for consumers later this year.

Developers are getting plenty of new tricks too:

  • Full access to the camera.
  • Date and address “data detectors.”
  • Background audio (think Pandora).
  • Background VoIP (think Skype).
  • Background location data, both with live GPS for backgrounded turn-by-turn, and cell tower-based for lower power draw.
  • Local notifications. Like push notifications, but sends a notification straight from the app without needing a push notification server, perfect for an alarm, for instance.
  • Fast app switching. Saves the state of an app and resumes it from where you left off, without dwelling in memory.
  • iAd. Apple says it’s for keeping “free apps free.” The ads keep you in the app, while also taking over the screen and adding interactivity — using HTML 5 for video — up to simple gaming in-ad. Apple will offer a 60 / 40 split on revenue, and users can even buy apps straight from an ad.


Make sure to check out the ongoing iPhone OS 4.0 liveblog!

iPhone OS 4.0 unveiled, adds multitasking, shipping this summer originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Apr 2010 13:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia files suit against Apple, claims patent infringement

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Nokia makes the world’s most widely-used handsets — by a wide margin — and they went on the offensive to defend their technology announcing a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. The claim, filed in Delaware district court, alleges 10-counts of patent infringement for technologies used in all iPhones produced since 2007. Nokia’s press release states, “Apple’s iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards.” No other specifics about the suit have been released. After Apple’s recent earnings blowout announcement we can guarantee you one thing: if these claims have any merit Apple will be settling.


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