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18,5% Of Mobile Phone Subscribers In U.S. Are Now Using iPhones





Today comScore published the results of its survey of mobile phone subscribers in U.S. for the September-November period, noting that 18.5% of mobile phone subscribers are using an iPhone, up 1.4% from the data for June-August timeframe. Samsung continues to lead the pack with 26.9% of the market share, up from 25,7% in the previous period, while LG, HTC and Motorola lost their shares.


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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. 22:44

Microsoft Acquired Startup R2 Studios To Enhance Its Xbox Unit



In December, we reported that Apple, Microsoft and Google were potential buyers of home automation startup company R2 Studios. Today The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft has already acquired the company to strengthen its Xbox unit.


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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. 20:01

Apple is in talks about acquiring a home automation system from R2 Studios



According to information from the Wall Street Journal, Apple, Microsoft and Google are potential buyers of home automation system firm R2 Studios, part of the id8 group, founded by Blake Krikorian. He was the founder of Sling Media, maker of the SlingBox, which was subsequently sold to EchoStar/Dish Network.


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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012. 12:47

Google Is Developing Smartphone To Compete With Samsung And Apple



According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is developing its own phone via its recently acquired Motorola Mobility unit. The smartphone, which the company plans to release next year, will compete more strongly with Samsung’s Galaxy line and iPhone, than Motorola’s current line of smartphones.


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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012. 13:23

Apple Sets Record High With 53,5% Share Of U.S. Smartphone Market



In late November, research company Kantar Worldpanel reported that strong debut of the iPhone 5 allowed Apple to retake the lead in the U.S. sales from Android. Over the August-October timeframe, Apple's share of the market was assessed at 48.1% compared to Android's share of 46.7%.

At the time, the company predicted that IOS share would continue to increase and Apple would hit a record high for market share on the strength of iPhone 5 sales over the following two 12-week periods.


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Friday, December 21st, 2012. 22:18

Google Launches Free Matching Music Service



Google added to its Google Play music service a new song matching service that is similar to iTunes Match. This means that users will no longer have to spend plenty of time uploading gigabytes of music as it was previously.

It is worth noting that users do not have to pay subscription fee for Google's matching service like with Apple and Amazon’s services. Last month this service was released for European Google Play, so this launch is new for U.S. users.


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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. 14:14

IGB Electronica SA Launches Android Phone Under "IPHONE" Name In Brazil



Brazilian electronics manufacturer IGB Electronica SA announced a new line of Android-based smartphones under the IPHONE trademark, which was applied for in Brazil back in 2000. Reuters notes:


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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. 1:30

More than half of smartphone consumers prefer to buy the iPhone 5



A new survey of more than 800 United States buyers found that more than half of those ones who planning to buy a smartphone in the next three months say they will buy the new iPhone 5 by Apple. The poll conducted by Piper Jaffray, revealed that 53.3% of consumers say they plan to buy the iPhone 5 in the near future. This is close to a number of buyers constituting the 54.9 percent who have already chosen the iPhone 5 in October and a little more than 47.7 percent who said they would choose Apple in September.


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Friday, December 14th, 2012. 13:00

Google Maps For iOS With New Features Now Available In App Store



The anticipated Google’s standalone Maps for iOS has gone live in the App Store. Now iOS 6 who are not satisfied with Apple’s Maps app can switch back to Google’s free map platform. The new app includes a number of features that were not available in built-in app on iOS 5 and earlier, notably turn-by-turn navigation and transit routing option.


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Apple is expanding its energy resources in the data center of North Carolina.



The Charlotte Observer reports that Apple is planning to double the size of its energy resources at its data center in Maiden, North Carolina to 10 megawatts.

"Fifty fuel cells adjacent to its $1 billion data center in Maiden are expected to be operating by January, Apple said in papers filed with the N.C. Utilities Commission. It will be fueled by “directed biogas” in which cleaned methane gas from a landfill is injected into a natural gas pipeline. [...]


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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. 22:16

iOS Moved Android Into Second Spot In US Smartphone Market



By virtue of iPhone 5 sales, iOS reached the top spot on the smartphone market in the United States, according to research company Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. According to the report covering smartphone sales over the 12-week period ending October 28, iOS accounts for 48.1% of the smartphone market in the U.S (up 25% year-over-year) and has officially moved Android into second spot.


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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012. 20:58

Fake apps from ‘Apple Inc’ end up on Google Play market for Android



This is interesting - somebody created fake Apple apps in Android AppStore. Fortunately Google removed all of them by now.




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Monday, November 19th, 2012. 13:51

Microsoft CEO Hinted At Possibility Of Building Their Own Phone



Yesterday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave interview to LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman in Santa Clara. TechCrunch pointed to audio clip from an interview where Ballmer talked about the role of Windows 8 in the smartphone market dominated by Android and iOS. In 2007, Ballmer laughed at the iPhone’s high price, but it appears that Microsoft CEO still thinks Apple’s smartphones are priced too high. Balmer said in the interview:


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Thursday, November 15th, 2012. 20:45

Samsung Is Not Going To Seek Settlement With Apple Over Patent Disputes



After HTC and Apple announced a global settlement on patent dispute between companies, some observers wondered whether this move could trigger a broader effort to settle similar disputes in the industry. Apple and many manufacturers of Android devices have been locked in patent disputes for the past years.


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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. 22:40

The UK Court ordered Apple to pay legal fees in favor of Samsung.



On Friday, the British Court ruled that Apple must pay legal fees to Samsung, after it was found that the company had not complied with the requirements of a notice on its Web site, which said that the South Korean company did not use the design of the iPad. Groklaw reported that the England and Wales Court of Appeal found the originals, posted on the Apple's website that contain inaccuracies and "false innuendo," requiring the payment of legal expenses on the basis of Samsung "indemnity "above the standard threshold.

In July, British judge, Colin Birss decided that Apple should put a notice on the home page of its website, with the announcement that Samsung did not copy the design of the iPad. The post was published, however, it was in the form of a reference to the statement in which Apple has made some changes.

The Court acknowledged that the added content has been false and distorted the essence of the decisions, especially referring to a quote by judge Birss, who heard the distinctive character of Apple products, saying it was torn out of context and "foster[ed] the false notion that the case was about the iPad."

Also in dispute was a reference to judgments through consideration of patents from around the world, including a lawsuit Apple vs. Samsung where Apple recieved $ 1.2 billion. The Court said that such inserts were "calculated to produce huge confusion" and that the notice contains "further false innuendo that the UK court's decision is at odds with decisions in other countries whereas that is simply not true."

In November, Apple was ordered to correct the notification under regulation. The decision of the Court was intended to illustrate the disapproval of Apple's behavior , especially in relation to the original order.

In conclusion, the author of the verdict, Sir Robin Jacob, offered the following comment: "I hope that the lack of honesty, resulted in this incident, a completely unique track record of Apple."




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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. 23:08