Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases Brings Patent Lawsuit Agai
Foss Patents and Bloomberg report that Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases has broadened its patent lawsuit against Apple to include the U.S.
In the U.S. complaint, Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases accuses Apple of violating patents that "relate to fundamental innovations that increase mobile device reliability, efficiency, and quality, and improve user interface in mobile handsets and other products."The 10 patents that Samsung Galaxy S3 Cases is alleging that Apple has infringed upon are detailed on the Foss Patents blog. Seven of the patents are related to communications standards and the others with user interface.
The Samsung counter-suit is in response to Apple's original lawsuit against Samsung over the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Apple has accused Samsung of "blatant copying" of the iPhone.
iPad 3 Cases Production Pegged at Two Million Unit
While much has been made of Apple's strong iPad 3 Cases
sales this quarter with estimates now pushing toward 30 million units
, what hasn't been known is the mix of iPhone models contributing to that number. The significant majority of sales are almost certainly from the current iPhone 4S, but the company continues to offer lower-end 8 GB iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS models in some markets. Higher-capacity iPhone 4 models are also available in countries where the iPhone 4S has yet to launch.
Ahead of the iPhone 4S debut, the iPhone 3GS was continuing to sell well
under the shadow of the iPhone 4 in the United States, suggesting that there is indeed a significant market for these lower-end devices.
A new report from Digitimes
now puts some production numbers on these low-end models for the current quarter, claiming that Apple's manufacturing partners are pushing out two million units of the iPhone 3GS this quarter. In addition, Apple is said to be producing 800,000-1 million CDMA iPad 3 Cases
Apple has been increasing its penetration into entry-level smartphone markets and the OEM production of iPhone 3GS has continued steadily with the volume likely to reach two million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 1.4-1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.
Meanwhile, the production of the CDMA version of iPad 3 Cases is expected to top 800,000 to one million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 500,000-600,000 units in the following quarter, estimated the sources.
Unaddressed is the GSM iPhone 4, which is undoubtedly being produced at an even higher rate given the worldwide market for the device. And despite Apple's rapid international rollout of the iPhone 4S, a number of countries are still yet to see the device and are thus still selling the GSM iPhone 4 as the most current model.
Report of Hands-On with Gucci iPad 3 Case Rear She
iLounge, which just last week updated its claims regarding details of the next-generation Best iPhone 4 Cases with mention of improved cameras, today reports that it has viewed what appear to be at least prototype parts for the device.
The parts, which seem to include the rear shell and front glass bezel, reportedly corroborate iLounge's earlier claims of an almost imperceptibly thicker body and an upgraded iPhone-like rear camera.
The new iPad’s body is so slightly thicker than the Gucci iPad 3 Case that the change is unnoticeable on first inspection; a roughly 1mm increase will barely be perceptible to users. We’ve heard that the only accessories that might have issues are cases, and then, only cases that were precisely contoured to fit the iPad 2’s back. On the rear, the camera in the upper left corner has become bigger—noticeably so when placed alongside the Gucci iPad 3 Case, but not so huge that anyone would think they were different at a distance. The new camera hole is silver-ringed, and does in fact look the same size as the iPhone 4S’s much-improved rear camera system, minus the LED flash.iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz reports that some accessory manufacturers are claiming that the iPad 3 will come with a slightly smaller screen, but a front glass bezel seen by Horwitz fails to support that notion. Otherwise, the locations of all external features of the iPad 3 remain identical to those on the iPad 2.
Horwitz cautions that the rear shell part he was able to view seems to have been produced at least six months ago and thus may not represent the final design for the next-generation iPad, which he notes could be called the iPad 3 or perhaps some variation on the iPad 2 name. But the parts do apparently support iLounge's existing claims of Apple's design tweaks for the next-generation iPad, which many are expecting to debut around March of this year.
Apple cofounder Ronald Wayne shares early company
Following Apple’s original founding documents beingauctioned for roughly $1.6 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday, Engadget sat down with Apple cofounder Ronald Wayne who shared a collection of other early documents related to the company.Chanel iPhone 4 Case|Chanel iPhone 4S Case|Gucci iPhone 4 Case|Gucci iPhone 4S Case
About a week ago, we traveled to the desert to spend two days with Ron Wayne. The 77-year-old Pahrump, Nevada resident has had a number of careers in his long life, working for Atari, a few slot machine companies, developing devices for use on the ocean floor and running a collectables shop in Northern California. In his semi-retired state, Wayne sells stamps and coins to supplement his checks from the government… During our time in Pahrump, Wayne was kind enough to let us comb over a number of papers from his days with the nascent computer company.
The report noted that Wayne has the documents stored away in a USPS envelope in his office, some of which include hand drawings in pencil for an Apple I casing that was ultimately rejected.Burberry iPhone 4 Case|Burberry iPhone 4S Case
Interestingly, Wayne also has a copy of the founding documents that sold at Sotheby’s, as well as the document that he handed in when leaving the company. Other interesting documents in the collection include an Apple I manual with Apple’s original logo designed by Wayne, and a purchase form for the Apple II.
It’s safe to assume that these documents could also fetch a pretty penny if Wayne ultimately decides to put them up for auction.
Check out some of the nearly 60 images in the slideshow below:
Make your iPhone¡¯s Apple logo glow with $40 in 5
A new hack by a Chinese manufacturer will allow a user to make an iPhone 4/4S’s Apple logo glow. Much like the MacBook’s, the logo will glow once you turn the device on.Designer iPhone 4 Case|Designer iPhone 4S Case
K.O. Gadget, the maker of this mod, said it can be done at home in less than five minutes. For $42, K.O. Gadget will send you the kit to perform this hack, but it would void an iPhone’s warranty.
The mod is easy because all you’re doing is replacing the back panel on the iPhone. The backpanel has a transparent Apple logo that allows light to pass through, but the key is the “light strip” that is added in. You can see the addition in the video below.Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case|Louis Vuitton iPhone 4S Case
The light strip and custom backing doesn’t add any thickness to the device, because it uses the same glass material that Apple uses. K.O. Gadget also said there isn’t any over heating issues or battery life issues.
If you’re the adventurous type, this is something definitely worth checking out. Check out the install process below:
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Since the launch and rise of Apple’s coveted iPhone, the mainstream media is quick to jump on any story where thieves are specifically targeting Apple users.Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Cases|Louis Vuitton iPhone 4S Cases|Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case|Louis Vuitton iPhone 4S Case
This is because the iPhone is seen as a high-end, luxury device in comparison to its Android counterparts – despite having an entry price tag lower than most competitors.
While the price isn’t preventing the average smartphone user from grabbing an iPhone anymore, thieves still seem to target iPhone users, presumably for their high resale value.
A report from NBC New York profiled a pair of robbers in upper Manhattan who chose to not take an Android and other non-iPhone devices found on their victims.Designer iPhone 4 Cases|Designer iPhone 4S Cases|Designer iPhone Cases|Designer iPhone 4 Case
A pair of would-be robbers targeting Columbia students in upper Manhattan seem to be rather picky as they prowled. Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said.
The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid, so they took cash instead.
“I think it speaks to the resale value of an iPhone,” said one student.
Another student said: “It’s insulting they don’t want my BlackBerry.”
Another student interviewed by NBC on the nearby Columbia campus said: “I don’t like mine [BlackBerry], I’m waiting to get an iPhone myself.”
Police have yet to catch the two suspects, but they are hoping someone recognizes the men shown briefly in snapshots in the video above, as well as one suspect caught on surveillance video.
Samsung drops iPhone 4S Germany patent suit after
Samsung dropped its lawsuit in Germany seeking to ban the sale of Apple’s iPhone 4S.
The South Korea-based company had focused its complaint against a patent covering 3G communications tech. According to patent expert Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, Samsung recently discovered a Qualcomm licensing agreement protects the technology.Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Case|Louis Vuitton iPhone 4S Case
“Other news from Mannheim: Samsung has formally given up attacking the iPhone 4S with 3G patents. Recognizes Apple is licensed thru Qualcomm,” tweeted Mueller on Dec. 16.
Samsung recently lost a preliminary bid to ban iPhone 4S sales in France; although, the case can progress as a patent trial:Chanel iPad 2 Cases|Gucci iPad 2 Cases|Burberry iPad 2 Cases|Swarovski Crystal Cases
“Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology,” said Samsung in October, regarding its first filing complaint in France. “We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.”
Samsung is abandoning efforts to ban iPhone 4S sales in Germany, but Motorola is scoring big in the Mannheim Regional Court after a judge recently issued a preliminary ruling that could stop sales of iOS devices by Apple Sales International.
According to FOSS Patents blog, Motorola, as part of the ruling, won the injunction against Apple products that infringe upon the company’s wireless patents. The infringing product list includes the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.
FOSS Patents‘ patent blogger Florian Mueller outlined Apple’s options, and said the company could “modify its products by removing the patented feature so as to steer clear of further infringement.” Mueller also said it remains to be seen whether “this is a commercially viable option for Apple,” as the feature could be “somewhat fundamental to wireless data transfers in general.”
Motorola released a statement Dec. 9 claiming to be pleased with the German court’s ruling, while Apple, later the same day, announced to AllThingsD it intended to appeal the court’s ruling “right away.”
Walter Isaacson plans to expand Jobs biography, re
Walter Isaacson cannot write an alternate ending for Steve Jobs in his famed biography, but the author is entertaining plans to expand the 630-page book in the future.Louis Vuitton iPhone 4 Cases|Louis Vuitton iPhone 4S Cases
Isaacson shared his upcoming plans, and numerous anecdotes about the two years he spent with the late Apple CEO, at a Dec.14 event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California. Fortune senior editor Adam Lashinsky moderated the sold-out discussion.
The biographer mentioned plans to create an annotated version of the best-selling biography.Hello Kitty iPhone 4S Covers|Hello Kitty iPhone 4 Covers
According to CNN’s Fortune, the author also described Jobs’ influence on the book’s cover at the San Francisco event. The Apple cofounder apparently teased Isaacson about quitting the interviews unless he was given input over the cover:
“It took me about one and a half seconds to say, ‘Sure!’” said Isaacson to the event’s crowd. “I mean this is one of the greatest design eyes of our time.”
Isaacson further discussed writing an addendum to the book that details the days before and after Jobs’ death:
“This is the first or second draft,” Isaacson told Lashinsky, while conversing about his book’s role in accurately documenting Jobs’ life. “It’s not the final draft.”Designer iPad 2 Cases|Louis Vuitton iPad 2 Cases
Despite being released in late October, Steve Jobsshot to the top of Amazon’s charts and became the most sold book in 2011.