In August we reported that L.A. Unified, the second largest school system in the U.S. had officially cancelled a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads. Schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to Apple executives. An internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation. Today, a new report states that the FBI descended on from the Los Angeles Unified School District and removed 20 boxes of documents related to the awarding of contracts for the ill-fated $1.3 billion iPad project we noted in August.
On November 19 we reported that GTAT creditors were vexed by the settlement deal with Apple and called into question the adequacy of the settlement agreement. The noteholders said they wanted access to internal records and documents from Apple and GT Advanced to investigate if the settlement lets Apple off too cheaply. The noteholders asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff to postpone the settlement hearing, currently scheduled for Nov. 25, to give them time to complete their investigation. Today GTAT creditors seek the right to question Apple's Jeff Williams who is responsible for end-to-end supply chain management.
Just last week we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 Still the Top Smartphone in Japan." Apple's lead in Japan is by a wide margin. Today, it's being reported in Korea that Samsung's smartphone sales aren't only crashing in China - they're crashing in Japan as well. We also learned today that Samsung is selling off some of their businesses as fast as they can dump them in an effort to reverse the downward spiral that they're currently in.
CNBC interviewed Martin Fink, HP CTO in Barcelona earlier today who discussed how Hewlett-Packard is rethinking storage and memory in the world of computing. Computers for 60 years have been based on three basic components: The processor, main memory and big storage (for permanent storage). HP's project called "The Machine" will basically collapse those layers into one and change the architecture of computing forever. It will apply to servers, the cloud and eventually to appliances, desktops, notebooks, smartphones and everything that's a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Fink noted that the technology will allow for a hundred terabytes on your future smartphone. One of the surprising applications could be how a service like Netflix could be embedded into future modems in an all-new way and Fink talks about that scenario in this video. While the project in the big picture may take five years to come to market, Fink notes that parts of the technology will be applied to various shorter range projects to get the ball rolling. Our full report touches on the basics of this revolutionary new architecture.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major design patents along with granted patents for personalized vocabulary for Siri and free fall protection for a future version of the iPhone. We began to hear about "hands free navigation" with Siri for vehicles in 2012. In 2014 Apple introduced CarPlay with Siri playing a major role. In today's granted patent for Siri we're able to see that Apple began to design Siri for vechicles back in 2011. Our cover graphic illustrates this as well. More importantly we see that Apple has Siri earmarked for future computers and "Consumer Appliances." We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
News about the progress of Google Glass had fallen off the planet for a while. So much so that we posted a story a few weeks back titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." Many in the press had written Google Glass off. We wondered if Google was simply looking for a killer app or trying to wind it down. We pointed to new patent filing that showed Google Glass could one day add a projector to its frame. Over the weekend we discovered a new Google Glass patent regarding the addition of biometric authentication. In the last 24 hours the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has discovered that the project is undergoing a technological shift. Instead of using processors from Texas Instruments, Google Glass is to be powered by Intel Inside next year. How will this new launch for Google Glass be different from the rest? WSJ's Alistair Barr and Tanya Rivero discuss it in the noted video above. Our report below touches on possible new directions for Google Glass and the Company's patent pending biometric invention.
Jim Cramer CNBC on Apple's Stock Dropping: Basically he saw the drop in Apple's stock as primarily being an algorithm that triggered a sell call for all tech stocks and Apple got caught up in that this morning. He sees the market simply reversing Friday's uptick. But later in the day others weighed in.
Last week we reported that biometrics are coming to PCs in 2015. Intel's Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, first noted during his keynote at CES 2013 that Intel would be bringing Biometrics to the PC and last week he confirmed that. Today, Intel announced their acquisition of Montreal based PasswordBox that is likely to play a role in Intel's upcoming security upgrade for mobile devices and PCs in the new year.
Earlier today we reported that Samsung's Galaxy S5 sales in China have plummeted by as much as 50% and with profits following suit, mayhem reigned at Samsung. While three of Samsung's top executives maintained their current positions for the time being (J.K. Shin, B.K. Yoon and Kwon Oh-hyun), three other executives were forced to resign from the company for their poor business performance.
A Korean report published today notes that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 has been struggling to match the successes of its predecessor since it first went on sale back in February, and nine months on, things aren't looking much better. Thanks to declining demand in many markets, the Galaxy S5 is missing sales projections by 40%. The Galaxy S5 which was to be an iPhone 6 competitor has ultimately failed to impress consumers in China.
During Apple's April Financial Conference Call they quoted IDC as the source behind the educational statistic that 95% of the education was owned by Apple's iPad. In June, Google's Senior VP Sundar Pichai at their I/O developer conference tried to nibble away at Apple's statistic in education by zeroing in just the top 100 Universities and claiming that 72% had "gone Google." Today, we learn via IDC's art of statistics that Google has overtaken Apple in US classrooms. But that still has nothing to do with Apple's dominance in tablets in the educational market.
There's a new trend emerging in computing that could breathe new life and some badly needed excitement back to the Desktop once again. The trend involves integrating advanced 3D scanners and projectors into the desktop so that artists of every stripe could unleash their creativity in ways once thought unimaginable. HP just released a next-gen desktop computer that incorporates these technologies and they call it Sprout. This week we discovered a Sony patent filing at the U.S. Patent Office that takes this HP-like concept but applies it to a next-generation video conferencing system experience. It uses a similar tower camera/scanner approach as HP's Sprout does to allow users to share documents, graphics and more in real time with a colleague having a similar system. Sony's system also differs from the HP system in that it utilizes large transparent desktop displays that add a measure of realism to the whole conferencing experience so that you'll swear that the person you're conferencing with is in the same room as you. While today's report covers the basics of Sony's patent, it's really about seeing the bigger picture of where this new trend may be going. Some really refreshing ideas are beginning to surface about the future of the desktop – and it's certainly about time.
In October Apple filed for the trademark "Swift" in the U.S., Europe and China. This week, Apple has filed for the alternative trademark "Apple Swift" in the U.S, Europe and China. Swift or "Apple Swift" is a multi-paradigm, compiled programming language created by Apple for iOS and OS X development. It was first introduced during Apple's 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple states that "Swift is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast." UPDATE Dec. 01, 2014. Apple adds filing for Swift logo/icon.
Yesterday we reported that Apple iOS users won the Thanksgiving Day spending battle by spending about 25% more than Android owners on their Turkey Day purchases, with an average of $118.57 per order compared to $95.25, according to the most recent data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Today, new stats have emerged about online holiday shopping. New York City was the leading city for online shopping over the two-day period, followed by Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. New York City shoppers spend an average of $121.91 on Black Friday. Did Apple iOS users win the battle again? Yes, of course.