Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on the iPhone: “I wish it did all the things my Android does”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may have waited in line for the release of new iPhones, but he says there are ways Android has leapt ahead of iPhone. His calm and collected perspective on the two platforms is a breath of fresh air between typically warring parties and definitely in stark contrast to that other founder. That is whats so great about Steve Wozniak, the branding doesn’t matter, it’s all about the tech itself, a staple of a true blue, and I say this admiringly, geek.

Woz recently attended an interview with Dan Lyons of the Daily Beast. During the interview he compares iPhones with Android phones, and ultimately the Woz laments the limitations of Apple’s smartphone. Check out excerpts from the interview after the break.

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Apple Patent Dispute Ruled in Motorola’s Favor

Add this to the Motorola win over Apple column because according to the Administrative Law Judge appointed by the International Trade Commission in the Apple v. Motorola case, Motorola Mobility has not violated three patents held by Apple. Senior VP and general counsel of Motorola Mobility, Scott Offer issued a statement following the ruling:

“We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility.  Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.”

Interacting with the screen, including tapping, sliding and pinching with one or multiple fingers (multi-touch) were the disputed patents and Apple claimed that devices from the original Droid to the Charm were specifically in violation. While we don’t have all the details we have the press release which you can read after the break.

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Google and IBM Continue To Grow Google’s Patent Lineup, Brings 217 New Patent Filings To The Table

Google continues to gain major ammunition for its various patent battles with competitors. According to Bill Slawski of SEO by the Sea, Google acquired 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM in the last week of 2011. The patents cover a broad area too, ranging from presentation software and email administration to internet, phone and mobile phone technologies. Nothing wrong with Google obtaining added protection for itself and its allies in case certain corporations try to slow down Google’s momentum again. Let’s see how this further impacts the patent war between Google, Microsoft and of course, Apple.

[via SEO by the Sea]

Apple Applies For Facial Recognition Patent, Sticks Tongue Out At Google’s Attempt Of Facial Unlock Feature

Leave it to Apple to try to outdo anything Android. An Apple patent application was just released today describing a facial recognition system and works whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Here’s how it works: the technology compares a current image of yourself to a reference model user profile made using “high information” portions of the human face, like eyes and mouths. In other words– the technology takes any picture or image of you, compares it against other images or pictures affiliated with user accounts on the device and decides if the two images or pictures are similar enough to allow you access to your device. It’s definitely an interesting and exciting concept because it will ultimately force Google to improve the Facial Unlock feature now in Android 4.0… especially considering how there’s that little potential security flaw we’re aware of.

There’s one major thing to note though: Apple submitted the paperwork for this patent in June of 2010– it’s only now being disclosed to the public. That means Apple was ahead of the curve long before Google introduced the Facial Unlock technology.

[via Engadget by Apple Patent Blog]

ITC Rules In Favor Of Apple; Bans Some HTC Devices, But HTC Feels “Gratified” In New Statement

 

 

In a ruling issued by the International Trade Commission, HTC was found in violation of two patents belonging to the Cupertino company; a ban will go into effect for all affected HTC devices on April 19, 2012. The patents cover a UI feature of sorts that basically turns computer text data into a link or other usable interaction in another place, like for dialing a phone number through a link in an email.

The victory for Apple was accompanied by some losses however, with rulings that found HTC did not violate more crutial patents involving  real-time signal processing that would have caused the most severe blows to HTC’s ability to make brisk changes and avoid major losses.

Wasting no time at all, HTC released a statement deflecting from their minor defeat and focusing more on the  their decisive wins. They also lay out their next course of action and outwardly express a sense of gratification for the end results:

HTC:

“This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. The ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.”

 

Hit the break for full ITC ruling in PDF.

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Motorola poised to ban iOS devices in Europe

Big news for Android this morning, and perhaps a lesson in karma. Motorola has successfully sued Apple in Germany and thereby blazed the trail for a sales ban on all iOS devices for the entirety of Europe.

This is Motorola’s first win in two patent infringement cases brought up against Apple in April, and it grants them injunction against all infringing products including the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G. The iPhone 4S isn’t specifically mentioned but this is likely due to the filing being made in April.

The patent in the suit relates to core cellular technology and is described in the court document as “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system”. So long as thee ruling is upheld, Apple has to either remove this technology from their devices or pay Motorola a hefty licensing fee, and they may even have to provide payment for past infringement.

Motorola Mobility is now in the prime position of deciding whether or not they will enforce this ban immediately. Apple will of course appeal, but Moto can proceed with injunction right now if they so choose. A $134 million bond is all that stands in their way, in case the verdict is overturned in appeal. Apple wanted the bond set at whopping $2.7 billion, citing the massive losses they would take, but  the judge sided with Motorola.

You know what they say. What goes around comes around.

thanks Johannes
[via Gizmodo]

 

Another blow for Apple, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban in Australia is no more

The Holiday season is treating Samsung good this year as they just scored a second major victory over Apple. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go back on sale in Australia thanks to a decision by an Australian court lifting the 4 month ban.

Apple has accused Samsung of “slavishly” ripping off its designs, and the two giants have been involved in a bitter battle that has visited 10 countries.

Last week, Samsung had another major victory when a U.S. court denied Apple a preliminary injunction blocking the Tab 10.1 in the U.S. Even with this early success, Samsung still set aside $200 million for legal battles thanks to Apple. Of course, this will end up stifling innovation and cost the consumer.

Recently, Samsung has taken this battle outside the courtrooms with a marketing campaign mocking iPhone fanboys and fangirls.

The war is far from over, but it’s refreshing to see Samsung winning a few.

[via reuters]

 

 

ZTE To Hit U.S. Market Hard With High-End Smartphones

As we all know, Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola are locked in a furious battle for U.S. market share. According to the Wall Street journal it appears that the Chinese company, ZTE, will be throwing their hat into the ring as well with a new line of high-end smartphones that look to debut sometime next year.

It’s a surprise move considering they mostly sell budget devices and broadband modems. ZTE America President Lixin Cheng is optimistic about pushing forward into the U.S. market. He was quoted to say:

“By 2015, we expect the U.S. to be the largest market for handsets for ZTE. Next year, we’re going to launch LTE and high-tier phones in the U.S.”

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Patent Wars: Even With Victories, Samsung Prepares For More Battles By Setting Aside $200 Million

It appears that the tide of victory after victory in the patent war with Samsung is slowing to a halt for Apple. Samsung continues its forward push with a few recent wins up its sleeve. We told you about both the Australian and U.S. victories earlier this week and it appears that the Samsung legal team is optimistic about a victory in Paris as well.

The case will be ruled upon December 8th and they will be ruling on Samsung’s request to completely ban the sales of Apple’s iPhone 4s in France. An unnamed Samsung executive was quoted to say, “If we win in Paris as well, that’s truly a big blow to Apple.”

While Koh, the California judge that ruled on the U.S. patent case ruled in Samsung’s favor, she did go on to write that Apple would likely prove infringement by Samsung on one if its tablet patents but Apple hadn’t shown that it was likely to overcome Samsung’s claims to the patents’ validity.

This victory couldn’t come at a better time for the Korean company as the Holiday season is in full swing. The Samsung executive expressed this by saying, “We are ready to aggressively sell the Tabs.” Samsung welcomed the rulings with an official statement that suggested that Apple’s arguments lacked merit. It was written:

“We are confident that we can demonstrate the distinctiveness of Samsung’s mobile devices when the case goes to trial next year.”  Read more

New Carrier IQ Suit Brings Apple, Motorola and Carriers Into the Mix

While the extent of the damage that Carrier IQ has caused is still out to jury, it appears that a few more companies are being added to the lawsuit mix. The only people that haven’t heard of Carrier IQ are those that have shunned technology, but if you are one of those folk that don’t know what the exact controversy is, you should read this. The new suit brings Apple, Motorola and cellular carriers, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, into the foray.

The suits were filled by Sianni & Straite, of Wilmington DE, and both Keefe Bartels and Eichen, and Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy of New Jersey. They are being handled in a Wilmington Delaware federal court. All companies named are being accused of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, the Stored Electronic Communications Act, and the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. While companies involved in this controversy are placing blame else where, it appears that T-Mobile may have allegedly installed Carrier IQ on devices without phone maker’s knowledge and participation.

It is safe to say that this controversy rocked the smart phone world and that the fallout from this will be monumental. As companies continue to shake the blame the waters will continue to become muddier. There are those out there that are doing there part to rid phones of Carrier IQ and for those of you curious on how to do that please go here.

[via electronista]