"Eighty percent of the world's purchasing power lies beyond our borders," Portman said. "But we're living with an international tax code that's a relic of the 1960s."
Apple should watch out, however. Its brand value grew just one percent, compared to mobile rival Samsung's massive 51 percent growth to number 30 in the global rankings at $21 billion.
"Apple has real operations in real places with Apple employees," Cook said. "We pay all the taxes we owe, every single dollar. We don't only comply with the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law. We don't stash money on some Caribbean island."
What time is it -- about five months before fall, 2013? Then it must be time for testing iWatch.
Apple faces the tax man.
"We want our users to have a magical experience, with easy and natural movements in the air leading to amazing interactions," co-founder David Holz said. "Leap Motion's mission is to break down the barriers between people and technology."
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a Finish mobile company was working on a ground-breaking game-changing world-shaking new smartphone operating system based on Linux rising from the ashes of Intel's Moblin and its own Maemo projects.
China's fast growth in fast mobile subscriptions -- and increasing mobile competition among the giant Chinese mobile carriers -- will be key factors in driving Apple's moldering stock price to unseen heights of over $800, one analyst says today.
"Think of it like a smart rifle. You have a smart car; you got a smartphone; well, now we have a smart rifle," company President Jason Schauble says.
Bang With Friends, the app that connects you with Facebook friends looking to hook up, was removed from the Apple app store only a week after it made its debut.
The problem with clearing smartphones for use in top secret environments is that they are, essentially, full of radios: Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular.
Systemically, Apple is falling out of the race for smartphone supremacy. And that puts Apple at risk of being in Microsoft's sights for the number two position in the global smartphone market share battle.
It's a good thing Apple hit the number today, because if they waited even another week, the Cupertino company might have been second-best to Google's Android
In the first quarter of 2013, a third of smartphones sold in the U.S. were prepaid, double the amount from the previous year. Apple's share of the prepaid market? A mere 8 percent.
"Apple has not 'conspired' with anyone, was not aware of any alleged 'conspiracy' by others, and never fixed prices," the company stated in a reply to the suit.
Google may release its music streaming service at its major developer conference this week. It is reported that the company has signed licensing deals with music industry giants.
Sometimes there is method to the Cupertino madness.
In other words, Apple's saying, Samsung can't have its cake and eat it to. Or, what's good for Pauline is good for Petra.
Apple has built a massive and fast-growing $16 billion annual revenue stream in digital content alone, Apple analyst Horace Dediu says.
Spair wants to help users buy a game once that works on any mobile operating system.