Apple And Samsung Going To U.S. Court Twice Over Patents In The Next Year

The patent war between Apple and Samsung has no end in sight. After Apple won a landmark victory against Samsung for patent infringement last summer to the tune of about $1 billion in damages, the court later deducted $450 million from what Samsung owes Apple. The California judge presiding over the case, Lucy Koh, said that the jury miscalculated what the damages should be for the 14 included Samsung devices.

All of the various charges and reexaminations being thrown around mean that Apple and Samsung will be heading to trial in the U.S. again not once, but twice in the coming year.

FOSS Patents says ”there will be two Apple v. Samsung trials in the Northern District of Calfornia over the next 12 months: a smaller one in November and another big one starting in March.”

The November retrial will focus on how much Samsung and Apple actually owe each other from last August’s $1 billion ruling. $450 million is up for grabs in terms of what Samsung has to pay Apple on top of the $600 million it is already required to hand over. Neither company can submit new evidence, but Apple can seek additional damages if it so chooses.

In March, a separate trial will examine more patent infringement claims that have yet to be nailed down. Judge Koh wants to keep things confined to only a few patents and newer devices, like the iPhone 5, the second time around.

Source: FOSS Patents

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Tim Cook at the D conference last year.

Apple executives have a long history of appearing at the All Things Digital (or “D”) conference every year. Steve Jobs gave some of his most revealing public interviews at D over the years, and Tim Cook’s first major interview as Apple’s newly-appointed CEO was at D10 last year.

For D11, Tim Cook will be headlining once again with an interview on the conference’s opening night, May 28th.

There’s lots to talk about, from the explosive growth of the mobile market to intense competition from a range of rivals, most especially Google’s Android, as well as innovative offerings from Korea’s Samsung. It will also be interesting to talk about the changes at Apple under Cook’s leadership, who took over from the late co-founder and industry legend Steve Jobs, as well inquiring about what new products are in the pipeline and how the company is faring in an increasingly high-pressure market.

You can watch Tim Cook’s entire interview from last year online for free. The D talks are always pretty interesting. Cook will be answering questions from veteran journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Given the pressure Apple has faced from Wall Street and competitors over the past year, Cook will undoubtedly have plenty of good stuff to share.

Source: AllThingsD

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Tim Cook to Headline D11: All Things Digital Conference Next Month

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the opening night speaker at the 11th D: All Things Digital conference next month. Last year, Cook joined hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg for a 100-minute session that covered a wide variety of topics.

There’s lots to talk about, from the explosive growth of the mobile market to intense competition from a range of rivals, most especially Google’s Android, as well as innovative offerings from Korea’s Samsung. It will also be interesting to talk about the changes at Apple under Cook’s leadership, who took over from the late co-founder and industry legend Steve Jobs, as well inquiring about what new products are in the pipeline and how the company is faring in an increasingly high-pressure market.

Tim Cook makes very few public appearances, but appears to be making the D Conference his preferred interview spot much like his predecessor Steve Jobs did. Jobs appeared on the D stage six times in nine years.


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AT&T Now Giving $100 Credit When You Trade In Used Smartphone For Upgrade

Today AT&T updated its store trade-in program to incentivize more customers to trade in used smartphones for an upgrade. The carrier is now giving $100+ credits towards the purchase of a new smartphone with a two-year plan. The catch is that you have to trade in a smartphone that is “no more than three years old and in good, working condition.”

If a new phone purchase would normally be $199, then this credit would cut the upfront cost in half. A $99 phone could be purchased for free. If the trade-in value of a newer smartphone is higher than $100, AT&T will give a larger credit.

This looks like a limited-time deal, but AT&T hasn’t said when it will end. You can take advantage of this offer starting tomorrow in all AT&T stores.

Beginning May 1, consumers who trade in their current smartphone to AT&T will be eligible to receive at least $100 off the purchase of a new smartphone, including the new Samsung Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10 or 32 GB HTC One.  These devices are normally $199.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement** but, with this limited time promotion, they will be available for $99.99.

This promotion applies to any smartphone AT&T sells, and gives customers access to the latest devices at a fraction of the cost or, in the case of smartphones priced under $99.99, for free.  To take advantage of this offer, customers are encouraged to visit any AT&T company-owned retail store or participating authorized dealer with their previous smartphone that is no more than three years old and in good, working condition.  In stores, upon trading in their old phone, customers will receive the $100 credit on-the-spot and can use it immediately.

Some trade-in phones may have a value higher than $100.  In this case, customers will receive the credit at the higher value.

Source: AT&T

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Leap Wireless Reports Improved iPhone Sales Amid Customer Losses [iOS Blog]

Leap Wireless today reported its first quarter financial results, noting improved iPhone sales amidst significant customer and revenue losses. Leap, which began offering the iPhone in June of 2012 through its subsidiary Cricket Wireless, announced in February that weak iPhone sales would prevent it from purchasing its full allotment of iPhones from Apple.

We are also seeing improved sales of our iPhone® offering, having worked with Apple on new advertising, pricing plans and other promotions, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them.

Despite an increase in iPhone sales, Leap Wireless is reporting a loss of 93,000 customers, along with a 4.3% decline in total revenue to $789.9 million from $825.6 million during the year-ago quarter.

Leap has a three-year contract with Apple that requires the company to purchase at least $900 million worth of iPhone hardware. As a super-regional carrier, Leap utilizes roaming agreements to serve its 5.3 million customers.


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Path Is All Up In Your Personal Business Again

Path was recently fined $800,000 by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for deceiving its users “by collecting personal information from their mobile device address books without their knowledge and consent.” Last year, the social network was caught storing all of its users’ contacts on its servers under the radar. Now users have started accusing Path of spamming friends to join the service via text message.

Stephen Kenwright has a long explanation on his blog of how Path accessed his address book and sent out messages to all of his friends asking them to join overnight. Some of his friends were also getting phone calls, but it doesn’t look as though those were directly Path’s fault. “Having uninstalled the app yesterday when I decided it wasn’t for me, I’m going to go ahead and assume that Path took this data out of my phonebook sometime during the half hour I had it installed,” says Kenwright.

The issue is that Path sees this as a feature, not a privacy problem. The app automatically blasts all of your Facebook friends with messages asking them to join unless you unselect the option during the sign-up process. The signup links are also texted to every number Path can get its hands on from your device or Facebook. This is a problem that has been bothering users for months. Something so intrusive should be opt-in, not opt-out.

Despite all of the privacy concerns Path has been subjected to in the press, the social network has continued to grow. Path surpassed 10 million users just yesterday.

Source: The Verge

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Apple Seeds Build 12E40 of OS X Beta 10.8.4 Developers [Mac Blog]

Apple today issued build 12E40 of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, a week after build 12E36 was released. Build 12E40 marks the fifth beta iteration of OS X 10.8.4.

Apple continues to ask developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and Apple’s Developer Page.


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