After years of battling in courtrooms around the world, it appears Apple and Samsung may be starting to grow weary of litigation. In the latest sign of this, Apple has filed a motion to drop a cross-appeal against Samsung on a matter related to the first California case decided a couple years ago between the two companies. The motion, filed with the Court of Appeals, ends Apple’s attempt to secure a permanent injunction against Samsung over multi-touch functions. » Read the rest
Apple knows that the “cool factor” is key in selling products.
Hell, it bought Beats by Dre, a headphones company hailed by audiophiles everywhere as “overrated, overpriced garbage,” for $3 billion.
Apple also has a partnership with Nike, which both parties have found lucrative since striking the deal.
Samsung sees Apple’s successes, and clearly wants in.
Google co-founders sat down with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to talk about a few different topics. One of them was how the company develops new products. While Google and Apple are both giants in the tech industry, they take very different approaches to developing products. Apple chooses to work on a very small number of products at any given time; however, Google typically tries many things and sees what sticks.
Khosla asked how they differ on this subject, and Larry Page had this to say:
I would always have this debate, actually, with Steve Jobs. He’d be like, ‘You guys are doing too much stuff.’ And I’d be like, ‘Yeah that’s true.’ And he was right, in some sense. But I think the answer to that – which I only came to recently, as we were talking about this stuff – is that if you’re doing things that are highly interrelated [...] at some point, they have to get integrated.
Hit the break for more from the fireside chat and the video. » Read the rest
One of the very few companies big and brave enough to fight Apple directly is Samsung. And by fighting directly, I mean calling out Apple and its products by name publicly. Not many others are willing to do the same. The latest head-to-head duel comes courtesy of a new commercial Samsung has released to promote the Galaxy Tab S.
The selling point for the Galaxy Tab S is its display. The new commercial takes us through a few different scenes and asks if the iPad’s display is of the same caliber. Clearly, some editing magic can make that happen. Though, many have been quick to point out that the display on Samsung’s new tablet is actually quite stunning.
Recently, Samsung has released other commercials to promote the Galaxy Tab S. One covers the product and its design, focusing primarily on specifications. The other is about the history of a display, taking us to the current screen found on the Galaxy Tab S. Hit the break to watch each video. » Read the rest
A few years ago, Apple and its iPhone were the undisputed mobile champions. The company revolutionized an entire industry and was selling units at a record pace. Then came along Samsung. After experiencing a decent launch with the Galaxy S II, the company’s Galaxy S III success really took the world by storm. Samsung poured a ton of money into marketing that consumers had become so entranced by what Apple would project, they forget what else was in front of them. Samsung’s Vice President of Knox, Jae Shin, says that “in the beginning maybe it was just about branding, but I think now consumers have the know-how and the resources to make a smart decision.” With the tools ready, consumers can decipher which device is actually right for them instead of being tricked into thinking one or the other is a superior product.
A new report indicates U.S. law enforcement officials will announce today that Google and Microsoft will add “kill switches” to their operating systems for mobile devices. The kill switch is meant to serve as an anti-theft measure as it enables consumers to remotely lock smartphones and delete the data off of them if they are stolen. All three major producers of smartphone operating systems had been resisting calls to include the technology in their operating systems until last year when Apple finally cracked and included a kill switch in iOS 7. Since then, Verizon has added a kill switch to Samsung devices sold on their network. » Read the rest
According to the Korea Times Apple and Samsung may be close to a patent cease fire. An industry official —”familiar with the negotiations”— mentioned that neither company wants to continue fighting each other, nor spending their time fighting each other over patients. The source claims both companies are looking for a “common” ground.
Beats Music continues its quest to become a big time player in the streaming music market and now tries to do so with the backing of Apple after being bought for $3 billion. It is still unclear exactly how Apple sees Beats Music in relation to the rest of their ecosystem, especially in light of iTunes, but Tim Cook says it will eventually be integrated with iTunes Radio. All indications are that they plan to continue to offer Beats Music on both the Android and Windows platforms. To help entice the curious, some tweaks have been made to pricing for the service and the trial period.
With the financial backing of Apple, an annual subscription to Beats Music will now run $99.99, down from the previous $119.88 price point. Apple has also doubled the trial period from seven days up to fourteen days.
Are you interested in checking out Beats Music in light of these adjustments and Apple’s involvement?
Earlier this month Apple managed to prevail in a case against Samsung over some patent violations in smartphones. However, the jury took much of the wind out of Apple’s sails when it awarded the company only $119 million in damages, much less than the more than $2 billion Apple was seeking. Apple seems to think the relatively insignificant amount of damages awarded in court is sufficient to justify a sales ban on Samsung products based on a recent court filing. » Read the rest