On September 19th, 2012 Google released an update for their maps app for Android. The changelog reveals that they added two new features: the ability to access mobile and desktop search history (so you don’t have to search an address on the desktop, and then reenter it on your mobile device), and a new… Continue reading Is Google Killing Pinch-to-Zoom?
Patents are a pain. In some industries they lead to better products, by protecting the innovator long enough to recoup the costs of developing and marketing the product. Pharmaceuticals, for example, often require around a decade just to go from early development through animal and human testing and eventually approval. In software, patents are just… Continue reading Are the Patent Wars Making Android Better?
Discuss on Google+ Windows Phone will rise and Android will be laid low! At least, that’s the strange and unfounded conclusion some hyperbolic journalists and fans (including a few employed by Redmond) have arrived at after Apple’s strong victory against Samsung in court. A couple Microsofties get to enjoy their moment to gloat on… Continue reading Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph
Image Credit: Dan Matutina Discuss on Google+ Signs May Point to Android-Apple Settlement If you’re closely following developments in the ongoing “patent warfare” between Apple and Google’s Android OEM partners, it probably seems like a peaceful settlement in the patent wars is as far away as it has ever been, if not further. But are there… Continue reading Is A Cease-Fire Near in the Mobile Patent Wars?
Discuss on Google+ U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently granted a rare pre-trial injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s most recent Nexus flagship smartphone running pure Android Ice Cream Sandwich, soon to be upgraded to Jelly Bean). Some would argue that this decision was incompetent on the very… Continue reading Judge Lucy Koh is Made to Look Incompetent
Just as it seemed that the Patent War between Apple and Android was becoming as dull as a Jerry Garcia Guitar Solo and as unproductive as most political debates, a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge in the U.S. appears set to possibly grant Apple a broad patent on multi-touch for touchscreen devices. The Judge… Continue reading Apple’s Patent War Could Kill the U.S. Mobile Market
What a proud moment that must have been. It was the moment, the critical moment, when Apple rose from the shadows of Microsoft once more, a towering giant in a brand new market it created. No wonder Steve Jobs was prone to accuse Bill Gates of a lack of original thinking: Microsoft keeps playing catch… Continue reading 2012 Tech Prediction: The Steve Jobs Legacy Bankrupts Apple
When Steve Jobs famously declared that the iPhone was patented by Apple, it’s become obvious by now what he thought he meant: he believed, really truly believed, that the Apple iPhone was so thoroughly patented that no one would be able to make anything at all like it without going through Apple. In other words… Steve… Continue reading Apple as a Designer Brand, Their Opponents as Knock-Offs
The media and blogosphere is going wild with news that the ITC has ordered an injunction against the shipment of certain HTC devices running the Android operating system. As usual the Apple fanbois have overstated the significance of the ruling, Android fans are perhaps a bit too quick to dismiss any significance, and uninformed tech journalists… Continue reading Apple and Microsoft’s Pyrrhic Patent Victories