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April 2013

Apple's Record 17 Billion Dollar Bond Deal Wows Market

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The International Financial Review reports that Apple wowed the debt markets on Tuesday with the largest non-bank bond deal in history, offering a whopping US$17bn for sale as the US computer giant switches strategy to placate restless shareholders.

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Apple's AirPort Products are Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

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Three brothers living in Texas who own a 2002 patent titled "Communication and proximity Authorization Systems," are suing Apple for patent infringement. According to their document filed with the court, Apple's AirPort and AirPort Extreme products infringe on their intellectual property. If Apple is found guilty, the plaintiffs are seeking a "reasonable" royalty from Apple.

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Apple was Granted 43 Patents today with a Surprising one that Covers Multiplayer Gaming with integrated Chat Capabilities

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we uncover a major surprise. Apple has been granted a major multiplayer gaming patent that emphasizes the integration of chat sessions over mesh and focus networks. Two of Apple's engineers that are listed on this patent have worked extensively on other FaceTime and/or iChat patents in the past which gives this aspect of the patent credibility. Last week we covered Apple's patent filing for new pivotal-styled buttons for a game controller and a secondary granted patent published today covers techniques for controlling gaming accessories on an iDevice. With Apple's CEO talking about new product and service categories being in the pipeline over the next two years, it would appear that advancing gaming to a whole new level may be one of the top ones coming our way. Without a doubt, today's gaming patent is by far the most detailed of them all to date. To top off our report we provide you with a full list of the other patents that were granted to Apple today.

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Apple Wins another Major Multitouch Patent and the First Acquired Kodak Patent Surfaces

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two granted patents. The first relates to a multitouch display while the second relates to automatically installing software for transferring and sharing photos. The later appears to be one the first patents that Apple acquired from Kodak.

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Apple Granted 4 Major Design Patents Relating to iPod & EarPods

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of four design patents for Apple today covering their iPod nano (seventh generation), the iPod Touch (fifth generation), their new EarPods and iPod nano Lanyard called "The Loop." While it's rare to see design patents get fast tracked as these have today, it's a trend that should continue being that we're in an era of quick design turnovers.

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Is Samsung Really Trying to Patent a Shadow Effect for eBooks?

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In a new patent filing from Samsung we learn that they're trying to patent a shadow effect for turning an eBook page. Androiders love to complain and rant about what they perceive to be Apple's frivolous patent filings. I say to them, take a long look in the Samsung mirror and say, what? Samsung is trying to patent the creation of a shadow for turning an eBook page? Is this really worthy of a patent?

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China Wireless' Coolpad Seen as Homegrown iPhone Killer

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A relatively unknown player to North Americans by the name of China Wireless is seen as a serious challenger to Apple in China. The little unknown was in the number three spot last year behind Samsung and Lenovo but well ahead of Apple who came in the sixth position. Wireless China isn't worried about Apple, even if their more economical iPhone is in the pipeline. While China Wireless is only a fraction of the size of Apple, their latest smartphones called the Coolpad is outselling the iPhone due to their fuller range of lower priced models and much closer ties to Chinese Carriers. While Apple enjoyed the best quarter ever in China, we thought that we'd put a face on one of Apple's tougher competitors in China with a video from Bloomberg.

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Nokia Mocks the Apple-Samsung Smartphone War

Sometimes it's good to use humor in ads. Apple's long standing "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" series of ads used humor to scoff at Windows. Now Microsoft and Nokia are trying to show that the Apple-Samsung feud is out of control in a humorous light. Of course it's all being filmed on a Lumia 920 smartphone with Windows.The campaign's message is simple: Don't fight switch to Nokia. 

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Apple Sets Groundwork for their Debt Sale

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The International Financing Review is reporting today that Apple is set to begin investor calls today led by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, a source familiar with the situation told IFR, and filed SEC paperwork for a debt offering.

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The Tablet War in the 7" Space is set to Heat Up in 2013

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As tablet players are turning their focuses from the 10-inch segment to 7-inch for the second half of 2013, sources from the upstream supply chain believe the competition between Apple iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets will become fiercer than before.

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Two Suicides Reported at iPhone 5 Foxconn Plant

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Zhengzhou Foxconn is currently producing Apple's iPhone 5 and is preparing to manufacture Apple's new products. It was at this plant where 2 employees plunged to their deaths late last week.

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While Samsung aims to Copy Apple Again, Intel Counts the Nano Seconds to Core 4 & Google may have a Surprise for Glass

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Here are three simple stories worth noting on Saturday April 27, 2013.

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Video: Ten Top Time Saving Tech Tips from David Pogue

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Tech columnist David Pogue shares ten simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users in a brief six minute video. While you may know some of these tricks, there's probably one or two you don't. Check it out below.

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A Fascinating Liquidmetal Patent from Apple Surfaces in Europe

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Every once in a while I check out various databases around the world for new trademark and patent filings and every now and then I'm rewarded by finding something interesting or something that somehow slipped through the cracks. One of these surprises has once again surfaced and it's an interesting one that touches on the subject of Liquidmetal. The Material's extraordinary ability to bond contrasting materials together with stunning precision will no doubt provide Apple with the ability to create a series of future devices that will be seen as aesthetic wonders. And within this patent application we learn a few new twists about Liquidmetal. And to top it all off, Apple provides us with an interesting list of possible products that could be aesthetically and functionally enhanced by using this exotic material in the future.

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Samsung Struggles to Compete with Apple's iPad

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Chitika Insights published a new report today showing Apple's iPad share of Web traffic in North American is holding firm at 82% as we reported on last month. The new report illustrates iPad stats over the last six months where iPad Web traffic has slid from 92% to 82%. In that same time frame Samsung had rung up an anemic 2% growth in their tablet Web traffic to a total of, drum roll please, 4%.

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Apple's Latest TV Commercial: Photos Every Day

 

I don't know about you, but I found that Apple's last batch of TV ads were really annoying. Apple has now introduced a refreshing new kind of TV advertisement that says very little and yet says so much. It's simple. It's about taking photos every day. What's your take on the new ad?  

 

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Apple Hit New Record First-Quarter High for iPhone Sales

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According to a new IDC report, Apple's smartphone shipment volume hit a new first-quarter high thanks in part to the iPhone 5, with volume growing 6.6% year over year. The last time that Apple posted a single-digit year-over-year growth rate was 3Q09. IDC stated that Apple has held the second spot in the smartphone rankings for the past five quarters.

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Apple Dropping Samsung Displays Hit Samsung's Bottom Line

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In September 2012 we reported that "Apple has reduced purchases of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for tablet computers from Samsung Display amid the deepening patent disputes." Market experts had stated that the move is aimed at minimizing its reliance on Samsung parts. Today, news of Samsung's earnings has surfaced showing that Apple's decision to stop orders for Samsung displays have now officially Samsung's bottom line.

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Is Samsung's Galaxy S4 Really Selling Off-the-Chart or are they Just Playing a Marketing Game?

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It was in the news recently that the Fair Trade Commission had formally set up a case to investigate whether Samsung was deceptively pitching its products online and attacking its rivals' devices. There's a fine line between a marketing team being aggressive and crossing an unethical line. That's where the Fair Trade Commission comes in to keep dirty tricksters out of the market, or more realistically, fine them and embarrass these companies publically. But now another kind of game seems to brewing over at Samsung. No one is saying it's illegal. It just smells bad.

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Apple Reveals Pivoting Buttons for iDevices & Game Controller

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During Apple's financial conference on Tuesday afternoon, Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple had new categories of products in the pipeline for the end of the year and throughout 2014. It was three years ago to date that Apple first hinted at a gaming console and controller. Well today, one of Apple's published patent filings revealed new pivoting buttons that may be coming to future iDevices. The exciting aspect to this is that there are two specific example button designs for a game controller that they have in mind. The first gaming button is noted in our cover graphic above while the second gaming button is presented in our report. The designs are about the buttons and not the look of a full game controller. This is the first big hint that Apple may be closer than we think to a gaming console or at least a game controller for a gaming version of Apple TV. I love video gaming and this news put a smile on my face. Come on Tim – get it out the door for Christmas. We're all cheering you on.

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New Apple Patent Applications Cover Maps, a Buckling Shock Mounting System and Much More

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On April 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a round of eleven original patent applications from Apple today excluding 15 continuation patent filings. In this report we cover two patent applications relating to Apple's "Maps" App, a new buckling shock mounting system to better resist mechanical shock and a list of five others covering matters such as data transfers using the Low Energy Bluetooth standard and battery technologies.

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Apple Reveals a New Keyboard Illumination System Designed for yet Thinner MacBooks

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On April 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new In-Plane Keyboard Illumination system designed to allow future MacBooks to be even thinner. Apple's engineering teams are always pushing the boundaries of industrial design to deliver the very best products in the marketplace.

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Apple Reveals an Advanced Indoor Mobile Location Application for Finding a Vehicle in a Parking Structure

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On April 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to future iPhones being able to locate your vehicle in a multi-tiered parking lot. In fact, Apple states that a "parking location" can be any place where a vehicle can be parked, stored, or docked. For example, in the case of a boat, a parking location can refer to a berth in a marina; in the case of an aircraft, a parking location can refer to a location at a municipal airport (e.g., outdoors or in a hangar). The vehicle can go beyond a car and it could be useful in trying to find a bike that you've parked. This new parking system application is likely a sub-system of a broader application. Part one of Apple's future automotive-application was covered in our first patent report of the day titled "Apple Reveals Advanced Automotive Access & Control System." It's pretty clear that Apple's acquisition of WifiSLAM will definitely play a role in the development of this application.

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Apple Reveals Advanced Automotive Access & Control System

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On April 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new automotive access and control system that will primarily be found in future iPhones. Last June we posted a report that revealed Apple's in-vehicle initiative with nine major auto companies to integrate Siri into popular vehicles regarding "Hands Free Navigation." Today we learn that Apple's work may be going far beyond just integrating Siri and that's major news. Apple's patent filing reveals that future iPhones will be able to open your car door, start your engine, shut off your engine for specific time frames, be able to program complete personalized car settings and much, much more. The depth of these integrated services can't be done in a vacuum, which clearly indicates that the collaboration between Apple and a number auto companies has been quite elaborate.

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Apple Announces their Developer Conference Starts on June 10

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Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco's Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. Tickets for this year's WWDC go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PDT.

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