Apple drops cross-appeal against Samsung in apparent sign of court fatigue

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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.
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Conan O’Brien makes fun of the iPhone 6

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Samsung recently released a commercial telling iPhone fans to stop waiting for a bigger iPhone, and apparently Conan O’Brien saw it as well, and is continuing the razzing.

It is widely expected that Apple will offer a bigger 4.7-inch display on the upcoming iPhone 6. In yesterday’s opening monologue, Conan said the new iPhone 6 will be called, “Last year’s Samsung Galaxy.” Actually if you think about it, he should have called it the “2012 Samsung Galaxy” since that phone had a 4.8-inch display, which is much closer to the rumored 4.7-inch display that the iPhone 6 will sport.

If you want to check out the video, head on past the break. It starts at about 1:33 in.


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Siri and Google Now duke it out, which is better?

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The war between Android and iOS isn’t just about smartphone or tablet market share. How about Google Now vs Siri? Which is better? Well Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted a study that answers the question.

He threw 800 questions at both apps, and half of them were asked indoors, while the other half was outdoors. The questions were about local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS command.


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Samsung doesn’t think iPhone fans should wait 2 more months for a bigger iPhone

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When it comes to the iPhone, Samsung has never beaten around the bush. They think they have a superior product and they have mocked iPhone users for a while now. In their latest commercial, it’s all about the display size.

Apple has always been behind the times when it comes to the display. It was only about two years ago, when they finally bumped up the iPhone to 4-inches from 3.5-inches. Apple is expected to finally release something that is closer to the norm in September. The iPhone 6 will mostly likely sport a 4.7-inch display. Samsung thinks that iPhone fans should stop the waiting and just go and buy a Galaxy S 5.


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Samsung considering possible partnership with Under Armour to compete with Apple – Nike collaboration

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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.


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Samsung already losing market share ahead of iPhone 6 launch

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After a weak Q2 profit, Samsung just keeps getting hit with bad news. In May of this year, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 5 sold about 5 million phones, which isn’t a terrible number. However, Apple’s iPhone 5S managed to sell 7 million, and it’s a device that’s been on shelves for almost a year. The Galaxy S 4 managed to move about 7 million per month when it launched last year, for reference. Samsung reported that losing market share in the low end was what really hurt their profits, but it looks like they’re struggling to keep up in the high end, too.
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Samsung pokes fun at iPhone owners again with new ‘Wall Huggers’ commercial

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Samsung is back at it again. They just released another commercial making jabs at iPhone owners, this time regarding the battery. “Wall Huggers” refers to those that have to spend their time at their airport close to a wall outlet in order to charge their phone, or shall I say iPhone. It’s not that Samsung is saying their phone will last longer, it’s more that they offer two things that iPhones don’t offer. The first is the ability to swap out the battery, and the second is Ultra Power Saving Mode. The latter will allow your phone to last a long time, but at the expense of not doing much else on your phone other than texting and phone calls.

It’s yet another effective and funny commercial, but I doubt there will be too many iPhone owners that will run out tomorrow to buy a Galaxy S 5. Hit the break for the 60 second spot.


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Samsung executive feels consumers think beyond just the Apple brand

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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.

Source: Computing

New study names Samsung the leader in smartphone patents


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Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.

According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony  with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.

source: The Korea Economic Daily
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