It came to light this morning that Apple was sued by Tina King late on Wednesday for $75,000 in a personal injury/ product liability lawsuit. King alleges that her iPod touch blew up in her face while listening to her music. Her incurred medical costs were claimed to be a whopping $600. That's right, $600, which is about the cost of a Band-Aid these days at a local hospital or clinic. Yet that will somehow cost Apple $75,000 if it is found liable. The formal complaint was filed in Eastern Texas.
Elia Data of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit alleges that Apple infringed upon a 2001 patent titled "Method and system for secured transport and storage of data on a network." Elia claims that Apple's Remote Desktop, OS X Server, iCloud, iTunes and App Store services infringe upon various claims of their patent. It would appear on the surface that Elias Data is little more than a patent troll.
Taiwan's Central News Agency is reporting this morning that a flat screen research institute in Taiwan predicts Apple will ship more than 82 million iPads globally in 2013 which will be exceed 25% growth.
In a new research report published by ABI today they forecast wearable computing devices such as Apple’s iWatch to exceed 485 million annual shipments by 2018. The report states that "Wearable computing devices are projected to explode in popularity over the next year and with a wave of new gadgets set to hit the consumer market, could soon become the norm for most people within five years."
Apple Files for New Patents Covering Camera Technologies, Magnet Machining, Communications and Much More
On February 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published 16 original patent applications from Apple not including their continuation filings. While we covered a number of the higher profile patent applications this morning, our wrap-up patent report covers a few patents relating to camera technologies, magnet machining, communications and a dozen more. For those of you who love to know everything that Apple's engineers are working on, there's a treasure trove of links to the original patent filings for you to track down and check out. Good hunting.
Apple Reveals New Floating Toolbar Options for Quick Searches, Taking Notes & Highlighting in the Works for iOS
On February 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they're working on extending tools for users reading an iBook, iMagazine, document, electronic newspapers and likely the web. The tools go beyond the traditional use of "copy" and "paste." Apple wants readers to be able to easily and quickly highlight text, share an article, make notes or access search all from a new customizable floating tool bar. Apple also illustrates that they're likely to add a new "card" element users could call up so as to better keep track of formal notes or to have them handy during a presentation. Our report covers a ton of graphics illustrating the new floating tool bar options to help you visualize what Apple is thinking of introducing in a future iOS upgrade. At present, Apple has implemented this specifically for iBooks and iBook Textbooks as shown in this example screenshot. Here's to hoping that Apple's tools will spill over for the rest of us who surf the web for news and research on a daily basis.
Apple's iPhone 5 Integrated Touch Display Technology Comes to Light and it loudly Screams it's Coming to all Macs Eventually
During Apple's iPhone-5 event in September 2012, Phil Schiller introduced Apple's new, highly advanced "Integrated Touch" display that was one of the upgrades that made the iPhone 5 so much lighter than previous generations. Today, Apple's In-Cell display patent application has come to light. Yet perhaps the real story here is that Apple has clearly stated that this technology could apply to Macs and went out of their way to list the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and even a future iMac. So contrary to Tim Cook's adamant position that Apple has no interest in creating a hybrid MacBook-iPad variant whatsoever, today's patent filing shows that Apple's engineers were obviously given different instructions that contradict Apple's "marketing position." If the new Ultrabook Convertible segment becomes a run-away hit over the next 24 months, it's clear that Apple has a backup plan, just like they did when the 7" tablet segment proved to be the consumer's sweet spot. I personally have my fingers crossed that Apple will surprise us on this front sooner rather than later. Hey, a guy could dream can't he?
Well, talk about timing. The buzz over Apple's iWatch has been at fever pitch all week. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an advanced wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as a watch. That's the key, as the bracelet goes far beyond being a wristwatch. Apple states that with a multitouch display, the user "can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, or reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display." Apple also contemplates utilizing a solar panel beneath the display as well as take advantage of kinetic energy. This is one hot little invention and the drum that's been beating very loudly of late calling for an iWatch, appears to be well into development. Report Update March 01, 2013
According to Canadians, Apple's iPad is still king. Those addicted to their tablets read more news and watch more streaming video, and the popular gadgets are mostly used at home, even though they're often called "mobile" devices, says a new report that details how Canadians are adopting and using tablets.
In late November 2012, Apple's invention for a new wireless charging system came to light in a new patent application that fully described a "Virtual Charging Area." The basic idea is that the new charging system will be able to charge your iMac's wireless keyboard, a Magic Mouse or Trackpad along with all of your iDevices like your iPhone and iPad all at once. Today it was revealed that Samsung has developed a new charging technology of their own with assistance of Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
if you happen to be a Sony PlayStation fan, then it's time to feast your eyes on the PS4 capabilities that are on their way. The video that was on our site has now been removed as it was only intended to be available for a few days. If you still wish to see the presentation, then check it out here.
Google's Glass Project is Ramping up; the iWatch may adopt a Spiral User Interface; and the Woz Calls for iTunes on Android
Apple has been working on a true iPhone based credit/debit card system for years that most call the iWallet. Apple has an extensive series of patent pending technologies and methods supporting such a product. The question isn't if Apple will debut a financial instrument called the iWallet but rather when. Today a new a report out of Canada confirms that the powerhouse group of TELUS, Bell and Rogers under their joint venture of Ensign is set to bring the electronic wallet to Canada big time later this year. Savvy iPhone users in Canada that are up for renewal this year won't want to miss out on such an important smartphone feature – which begs the question, is this the year that Apple introduces their long awaited iWallet application?
Einhorn may succeed in Apple Case, Apple Releases Malware Removal Tool & Apple Launches Apple TV in India
The morning edition of MORENEWS presents you with seven links to interesting reports from around the web. Some of the reports that we're covering this morning include: Einhorn hedge fund may succeed in Apple case; Apple releases malware removal tool after being hit by computer hackers; Apple TV launched in India; the ITC to review Apple victory in Motorola patent case and more.
A new report out of China this morning quotes new market research data from Strategy Analytics that shows that in Q4 2012, Apple's iPhone 5 became the world's best-selling smartphone surpassing Samsung's Galaxy S3 despite the press cheering on the S3.
A new report from DigiTimes states that AU Optronics has reportedly reached the one million mark in panel shipments for the iPad mini after months of struggling to increase yields. AU Optronics currently provides AH-VA wide-angle panels for the iPad mini while LG Display, Apple's other main panel maker for the device, provides IPS wide-angle panels. While the company worked diligently to reach its production targets throughout Q4 2012, they've now solidified higher yields to keep the iPad mini in supply for this current quarter and beyond. The company is now reportedly working on panels for the next-generation of iPad mini which should be introducing a Retina display later this year.
Reuters is now reporting that unknown hackers infected the computers of some Apple workers when they visited a website for software developers that had been infected with malicious software. The malware had been designed to attack Mac computers, the company said in a statement provided to Reuters.
Morgan Stanley Believes in iPhone Mini, HTC Launches Sexy Metallic Smartphone and a Look at a Legal Firm using iPad
Today's edition of MORENEWS presents you with seven links to interesting reports from around the web. Some of the reports that we're covering in this report include: Apple, Macs hit by hackers who targeted Facebook;Apple could unveil iPhone Mini this summer; HTC launches sexy metallic smartphone, Researchers Name Three Hackers Tied to One of China's Most Active Military Intrusion Teams and more.
Apple Granted 36 Patents Covering a Proximity Detector, Active Apple Store Packaging, a Haptic Feedback System & Much More
On February 19, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents describing a proximity detector, future active Apple Store packaging, a haptics feedback system describing a virtual keyboard and more. We close out our report with a full listing of the other patents that were granted to Apple today.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a design patent for the MacBook Pro and Apple's patent for a 3D version of OS X.
It was interesting to note last week that HP had been granted a patent for WebOS. Under HP's joke-able leadership of CEO Leo Apotheker, WebOS based tablets and smartphones were taken off the market only a month after debuting. It was a corporate blunder that should have landed Apotheker in jail. Instead he reaped the benefits of a golden parachute when fired in September 2011. HP acquired Palm in order to have a competing mobile operating to Apple's iOS. While WebOS has now been open-sourced and is part of both Enyo and Open WebOS projects, the operating system may one day resurrect in HP devices powered by CPUs supporting multiple operating systems. Intel's upcoming Haswell is one such processor (see below). While we noted last week that HP is likely to adopt Android for future smartphones and tablets, their option to resurrect WebOS as a second OS remains open. With the US Patent and Trademark Office granting HP a patent for WebOS, it breathes a little life into their various ongoing projects. In the end, only time will tell if it really matters.
Apple and Samsung are two of the most powerful players in the mobile industry today with 91% market share for iOS and Android smartphones. Both companies launched new flagship smartphones in 2012 with Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III. In September 2012 Apple's CEO presented a web traffic share chart wherein the iPad commanded a stunning 91% share compared to just 9% for all other tablets. Cook found this quite humorous and stated that he didn't know what these other tablets were doing. "They must be in warehouses or store shelves or maybe in somebody's bottom drawer: he added. Yet in the smartphone arena, the stats are much different. Yet believe it or not, Apple's iPhone still outguns Samsung's. Our report presents you with two interesting charts that prove that out.
Our first edition of the THEWEEKENDER presents you with a few funny photos of 1980 Apple prototypes along with interesting, funny and crazy photos from around the world. If you don't have a sense of humor, then this report isn't for you.
A new report out of Europe this morning states that models on the catwalks of London and New York Fashion Week are now surrounded not just by the great and the good of the world's glossy magazines. Increasingly, the iPad and the iPhone are the devices that record each show, and technology in general is used to bring a global audience closest to the action.
MoreNews PM: Looking at the Fake Projects Myth at Apple, Dropbox Offers a Way to Free Data from Mobile Apps & Google Breaks their Stance on Patent Suits
The afternoon edition of MORENEWS presents you with 7 links to interesting reports from around the web. Some of the reports that we're covering this afternoon include: How Nest's Control Freaks Reinvented the Thermostat; Does Apple Really Assign Engineers to "Fake" Projects as a loyalty Test?; Google Breaks their Stance on Patent Suits; Bionic Eye Implant Approved for U.S. Patients and more.