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Apple & Samsung No Longer BFF’s: My Take on the Trial Results

I really expected the trial deliberations to go a lot longer than they did.  The fact that the verdict came back so quickly speaks volumes about design, perception, and what the public believes when it comes to computing and the patent system. I’ve got a quick summary of the results and a couple of opinions on where the trial went south for Samsung.

 

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The Results are in – Samsung: GUILTY as charged

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Apple’s On-Line Store Goes Down in Preparation of WWDC 2012

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I woke this morning fully anticipating an update to the Apple Store. It IS WWDC-Day, after all.  Also not a surprise today is the glut of last minute guessing that’s going on as to what will transpire in just a few short hours at the conference’s keynote speech, given by Tim Cook and likely, the a few more Apple C-Level execs. 

In an effort not to disappoint everyone, here’s my last minute roll of the dice.

  • iOS 6
    There have been a number of rumors on iOS 6 hitting the airwaves over the last week or so. Apple hasn’t released a beta of their iDevice OS yet, I would expect detailed information to come to light during the conference.  This is also an easy one to predict, as banners for the new OS have been seen gracing the conference hall. No points for me on this one…
  • Finally…! iPhone 5?
    No, not yet.  However, with the introduction of iOS 6, you can certainly expect something to be said, or hopefully confirmed for a September or October launch.
  • Mountain Lion Dev Preview 4
    I am expecting a new Dev Preview of Mountain Lion today (DP 4) and an announcement on a release date.  You should be able to find a review of Mountain Lion Dev Preview 3 on Soft32, if not now, then it should be posted shortly.  You will be able to find a full write up of Dev Preview 4 on BYTE in the coming days.
  • Updated iMacs, Mac Pro, and MacBook/MacBook Pro’s?
    I am fully expecting a full blown, hardware update on both Apple’s Desktop and portable lines today.  Their iMacs are due for a bump.  Their Mac Pro line of completely awesome desktops are OVERdue for an update.  I’m pretty certain we can expect updates to both those today.  Its also long been rumored that Apple will be making big changes to their MacBook Pro line of laptops with thinner, “MacBook Air” based updates coming to both the 13″ and 15″ line of MBP’s.

    Its been rumored that their 17″ MBP is also going to be discontinued.  The 17″ MBP is an awesome machine, but its pretty much a niche item, due to its entry level price – near $3000. I fully expect to this rumor to be realized.  I also expect to see transitional models introduced with the current 13″ and 15″ models phased out next year. 

All that said, this is really just a last minute guess.  Despite all the increased rumors and possible accurate leaks leading up to the keynote of WWDC, its still a crap shoot as to whether or not these are accurate. The only thing we’re going to have that’s a certainty is that we’re going to have to wait for Tim to take the stage and tell us what’s new.

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Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Editions – Returns to XP Simplicity

Microsoft has always been a bit, oh…unusually interesting comes to mind, when it comes to their decisions on how to break up and market the different versions of Windows. Windows XP was pretty straight forward. Barring special editions of Windows that were released as a result of litigation or court proceedings, such as Windows XP Starter Edition for developing markets or Windows XP Edition N (released in Europe. The “N” was for, “Not with Media Player”), Microsoft made it easy for most of us with just two versions – Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

Windows Vista editions weren’t as clear cut. Vista was released in five different editions – Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise. Coming off the simplicity of Windows XP editions, no one could keep them straight. Windows 7 was identical with Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. The Starter and Home Basic versions were stripped down and often installed on value-based hardware. These stripped down editions didn’t fulfill their missions very well as that hardware could run the higher end editions, and could (mostly) do so without a performance hit. Feature sets, like Media Center, included in Windows 7 Ultimate, for example were the exception.

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RIM Quarterly Post-Mortem

Ok…I have just one word to say about RIM’s announcements out of Toronto yesterday:

Pitifully sad.

Ok, that’s two words; but it does sum up the writing I saw on the wall a few months ago.  Based on news reported by Bloomberg, a couple additional nails were pounded into the RIM coffin. In no particular order, here they are:

  • Fourth-quarter earnings, excluding one-time items, fell to 80 cents a share; and sales dropped 25 percent to $4.19 billion
  • Jim Balsillie, one of RIM’s former co-chief executive officers, has resigned from the board. Additionally, chief technology officer David Yach and global chief operations officer Jim Rowan are also leaving the company
  • RIM’s new CEO  Thorsten Heins, announced that RIM would no longer provide “specific qualitative guidance.” RIM expects “continued pressure on revenue and earnings throughout fiscal 2013.”

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Apple Releases iOS 5.1 After Media Event

 

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The Software Update Notification from my iPhone 4S

Yesterday was a big day for Apple and its fans as Apple’s Tim Cook lead the announcement of the “New iPad,” or “iPad 3rd Generation” as its being formally referred to on the company’s website.  In conjunction with the release of the new hardware, comes iOS 5.1, for all currently supported iDevices.  The download weighed in at 189MB for me, but could be as big as 206MB (or slightly larger) on the desktop.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
    (previously, this was accessible via a double Home Button tap)
  • Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces
  • Redesigned Camera app for iPad
  • Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV programs and films on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer
  • Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30-second rewind for iPad
  • Addresses bugs affecting battery life
  • Fixes and issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

MS Office for iPad – Psych!

The internets were all a-gush today with a number of different rumors started by online publication, The Daily, who reported that Microsoft was not only actively developing Microsoft Office for iPad, but that its release was immanent. This would have been huge, had it been true. I for one, would have been ALL over it.

The Daily, it seems had someone “close to the project” come into their office and demo the software for them…or at least that’s what they are claiming at this time.  The Daily claims upside down, backwards and sideways that the report is credible and that the image that they posted (seen below – Credit: The Daily) isn’t doctored, but is a digital image they snapped of the software’s main program screen on the iPad that it was demoed on.


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Credit: The Daily

 

Last year, Microsoft released OneNote for iPad, and that of course sparked all sorts of rumors and speculation that MS would release the entire Office 2010 suite for iPad.  Well, before you start drooling all over the tablet you’ve come to know and love, grab a napkin and sit back.  Microsoft adamantly denies the entire story. 

According to the New York Times, Microsoft has issued the following statement:

“The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.” She added that an image with The Daily’s article depicting an Office product for iPad was not from Microsoft. “The screenshot is not Microsoft’s software,” she said.

Its too bad. OneNote for iPad, currently version 1.3, has mixed user ratings; but it syncs desktop and device based notes, and (the version I have) supports both handwritten as well as typed notes.  A full Office suite on the iPad could be huge for Microsoft, if they ever do decide to pursue it.

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Oracle buys RightNow Technologies for $1.5B

Oracle recently announced the acquisition of RightNow Technologies, a cloud based customer service company meant to help them compete with the likes of salesforce.com. It also beefs up their total cloud offering which includes human resources, talent management, social networking, databases and Java, said Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of Oracle Development.

The idea here is to bolster Oracle’s cloud offerings, making it a more competitive cloud player. It currently ranks number 80 in the Washington Technology 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

I’ve been asking one question regarding cloud computing for the last few years and I’ve yet to get a decent answer for it: What happens when the cloud evaporates?

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