stories by Ed Sutherland
Despite being out just four days, Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system is already breaking records.
There’s a war brewing. Apple and Samsung are selling half of all smartphones and the two technology giants will increasingly fight for the remaining turf, IDC researchers said Friday. Overall, the smartphone market grew just 42.1 percent in the second quarter of 2012 — the lowest since late 2009.
Does this Microsoft patent make my Android smartphone look fat? That’s the question Motorola Mobility is asking today after yet another German court ruled its mobile phones were infringing patents owned by the software giant. The decision by the Mannheim Regional Court bans sales of Motorola phones including the Razr, Razr Maxx and Atrix and awards Microsoft undetermined monetary damages.
If you felt a little woozy after your latest gadget spending spree, you might want to sit down for this number: $2.1 trillion. That’s how much consumers worldwide are expected to spend this year on tech toys and services, according to Gartner Research.
Look at your Firefox browser on your laptop or phone. It’s likely been tweaked-out with the perfect pallete of colors and acts just the way you want. Since those add-ons became available in 2004, more than 3 billion have been downloaded — more than the entire Internet user base and nearly half of the world’s population –Mozilla announced Thursday.
Google has been tight-lipped on the reasons for its acquisition of handset maker Motorola, other than the buyout would “supercharge Android.” However, the Internet giant apparently had more plans than to load up on patents.
Apple won a split-decision in a German court against Samsung’s Galaxy tablets. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court banned Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab 7.7 in all EU countries, but the iPad maker lost an appeal to block sales of the Korean company’s larger Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The ruling in favor of Samsung confirmed “that the Galaxy 10.1N does not infringe” upon Apple patents, the rival firm announced.
API-management startup Mashery announced $10 million in new funding today to expand its part in what it calls the “post-website era.” The firm’s API Management platform is now used by Fortune 100 companies such as ABC News, ESPN, and Cisco.
In the apparently never-ending back-and-forth courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung, the South Korean electronics firm told an Australian judge Monday that the Cupertino, Calif. iPad maker “refused to negotiate” about licensing 3G-related patents.
Verizon Wireless posted encouraging second quarter numbers, bolstered by increased revenue from smartphone sales and the shift from copper to fiber optics’ FiOS for wireline and Internet customers. The No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier announced Thursday a $1.83 billion quarterly profit on $28.552 billion in revenue.
Software giant Microsoft told EU regulators today a “technical error” prevented a mandated browser-choice option being part of its just-updated Windows 7 operating system. The company apologized to the European Commission and said it would offer the browser choice option for an added 15 months.
Sharing your likes and dislikes about movies has always been popular online. Now Internet veteran IMDb is making it easier, announcing updated iOS and Android apps that makes sharing your big-screen tastes with Twitter and Facebook. The company also announced that its apps have been downloaded more than 40 million times since 2010.
Samsung Electronics Friday announced record quarterly profits of $5.9 billion for the April-June period, the figure largely fueled by rapid sales of the Galaxy series of smartphones.
Just how important is the U.S. market for global smartphone sales? Ask Taiwan-based handset maker HTC which today announced that U.S. Customs delays, along with sluggish European demand, were to blame for second-quarter profits falling more than 57 percent.
Google’s just-announced Nexus 7 tablet is variously called a threat to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s larger iPad. A teardown by the folks at iFixit find both Amazon and Apple could learn a few things from the Android-powered device. At the top of that list is how to make repairable — not replaceable — mobile devices.
That tablet in your hand could soon become the most popular mobile device sold — even the ubiquitous notebook PC, new research finds. Shipments of tablets — exemplified by Apple’s iPad — will almost quadruple to 416 million units by 2016, up from the current 121 million units, the research firm NPD announced today.
South Korea’s Samsung Sunday appealed Friday’s preliminary injunction against sales of the Android-based Galaxy Nexus. In papers filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Samsung lawyers argue that the judge had “legally insufficient evidence” that Apple would be irreparably harmed.
Micron Technology announced today it will buy bankrupt Japanese memory manufacturer Elpida Memory for $754 million in cash and $1.75 billion (140 billion yen) in company debt in annual installments through 2019.
Six months after reorganizing, AOL has done it again. This time, the Internet, advertising and content company will split into three parts: AOL Membership, Brand Group and the Advertising.com Group.
A spate of crashing new MacBook Air laptops running Google’s Chrome browser had the tech conspiracists in a tizzy, what with the frenemies relationship between iPhone-maker Apple and Android-creator Google. But the root cause of the problem turns out to be much more mundane: the MacBook’s graphic accelerator.
Rocket Fuel, a four-year-old ad technology firm out of Redwood Shores, Calif., today announced $50 million in additional funding, along with a larger pool of financial players. The company has now pulled in $76 million in total funding.
Add watchdog to the list of duties now on required of U.K. Internet service providers. The nation’s communications regulator, Ofcom, today rolled out a draft code demanding ISPs watch out for piracy, record how many warnings are given suspected offenders, and after three notices, remove violators. The new draft rule is the start of the UK’s Digital Economy Act and a three-strike response.
An app for Pinterest, the website that lets you share photos in a “pin-board” fashion, may be arriving on Android soon. The company reportedly is listed as among exhibitors coming to this week’s Google I/O conference, a gathering of Android-related developers.
Usually, patent disputes are courtly affairs, decided before a judge and making most readers nod off and turn to the latest Lindsay Lohan news. Thank goodness for companies such as Motorola Mobility and Microsoft, who are having a very public cat-fight over patent royalties. You can hear the Silicon Valley hissing all the way from the East Coast.