Tech-friendly cities prefer iOS over Android devices

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Crittercism, a company that works to improve mobile application performance, has found that tech-friendly cities have a clear preference as to what mobile operating systems are more favorable. A tech-friendly city is one that is, unsurprisingly, technologically advanced. The cities that made the list are some of the largest in the United States.

The results of the study were mixed as some cities favor Android and others went the way of Apple’s iOS. The top two iOS cities were San Francisco and New York. Being in the New York Metropolitan Area, I can firmly agree that iOS devices are predominantly carried around. San Francisco, on the other hand, is nearby Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. Other cities that were more so leaning iOS include Chicago, Fort Worth, and Jacksonville. Cities that heavily prefer Android are San Antonio, Phoenix, and Detroit. Even Houston and El Paso were high on Android’s side, but it was basically split even with iOS.

What have you noticed? Is your area Android and iOS favorable?

Source: Re/code

Post acquisition by Apple, Beats Music adjusts pricing, trial period

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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?

source: phoneArena

Apple seeks injunction against Samsung despite weak win in court

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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.
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Apple plans on fixing iMessage issues to alleviate the horrors for those that switch to Android

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iMessage is a lovely little app, as long as you are in the Apple ecosystem. Unfortunately that is how it works for all of Apple’s products. What happens when someone wants to get rid of their iPhone and buy something more useful like an Android phone? Anybody who has done that, and kept the same phone number, knows that all those messages that were sent through iMessage are stuck in Apple’s lovely cloud.

Things have gotten so crazy that Apple is already being sued over this. One woman claims that Apple’s control of these text messages violate California’s unfair competition law. not to mention the fact that it interferes with the wireless carriers in that they cannot deliver their services effectively.


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Apple wins patent lawsuit over Samsung in The Netherlands

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Apple has won a broad injunction over Samsung in The Netherlands. The decision was reached by the District Court of The Hague this morning, and the case has been dragging on for almost 3 years.

The case was originally awarded to Apple back in 2012, however a German court ruled in favor of Samsung on the same patent. Samsung contested Apple’s win in The Hague for another year, after which the case was again ruled in Apple’s favor. The patent itself refers to Apple’s simplification of navigating and manipulation of photos, and is known as the “bounce back” patent.


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Google overtakes Apple as world’s most valuable brand

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Here’s some news to cheer about, Android fanboys.

According to a study conducted by Millward Brow, an independent research company, Google experienced a 40 percent increase in brand value between 2013 and 2014, while Apple experienced a 20 percent loss in value. Pretty significant, right?

Well, the changes in brand value seem to have put Google on top, moving from the second position, swapping with Apple, which was the previous top dog on the list.


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Italian Antitrust Authority investigating Google, Apple, Gameloft, and Amazon over in-app purchases

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Everybody deals with those pesky in-app purchases from time to time, especially in mobile games. The in-app purchases help developers make money by luring potential customers in with a free (and often very limited) game, then hitting them with a paywall a few hours in. Sometimes levels are locked if you don’t pay for them, and sometimes leveling up your character is incredibly tedious if you don’t spend real money on in-game currency.
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Apple and Samsung working on settlement talks once again

Apple-vs-Samsung-lawsuit1According to Korea Times, the legal battle between the tech giants of Apple and Samsung may be coming to an end. Of course we’ve seen that before, only to also watch it crash and burn, but according to the Korean news publication, both companies have resumed talks to settle patent disputes out of court and if all goes according to plan, will end the multi-year battle between the two companies as early as the end of summer. Both are discussing royalty payments and the possibility of cross-licensing to avoid future court battles.

This news does come of last week’s announcement that Apple would be dropping patent disputes with both Motorola and Google. Should the two companies come to an agreement in ending the great patent wars, this will bode a different direction for all companies involved as there are also discussions about a cease fire (cease litigation) for a certain period of time on future disputes.

source: The Korea Times

iPhone user sues Apple over vanishing texts after iPhones swapped

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An ex-iPhone user is suing Apple, claiming Apple’s messaging system interfered with the delivery of text messages after she switched from an iPhone to an Android device.

According to Adrienne Moore, Apple’s iMessage retains SMS messages sent from other Apple users, and will not deliver them to her Samsung device. Moore says that people who switch from an iPhone to a non-Apple device are “penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts.”


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Motorola and Apple settle smartphone patent litigation

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Apple and Motorola Mobility today agreed to settle all patent litigation, ending one of the higher profile lawsuits in tech. In a joint statement Apple and Motorola mentioned that the settlement does not include a cross license to their patents.

The statement also mentioned that Apple and Google has agreed to work together towards some areas of patent reform. Apple and a number of companies that use Android have filed countless lawsuits against each other, with Apple arguing that Android phones copy their iPhones.


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