Antonio Viana, president of commercial and global development and executive vice president at ARM Holdings, said the premium segment of the smartphone market will grow much slower than the other areas -- only about 4 percent each year through 2018 versus 14 percent annual growth for mid-range devices and 17 percent annual growth for low-end phones. The high-end market will grow more in North America, he said, but Apple still … Read more
Apple and Samsung both saw the same gains in their US smartphone shares last quarter, but the iPhone was by far the top device, according to research firm ComScore.
Looking at the US smartphone market for the past three months of 2013, ComScore pegged Apple with a 41.8 percent share, up 1.2 percentage points from the prior three months. Samsung also grabbed a 1.2 point gain, giving it a 26.1 percent slice of the market. That left Motorola in third place, followed by LG and HTC, none of whom saw growth in their cut of the … Read more
Wireless charging pads can charge or sync your device. Now Apple has patented a smart pad that knows what you need based on how you place your device on it.
Granted Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent named "Device orientation based docking functions," attempts to take the labor out of telling the charging pad just what you want it to do. Instead, the pad knows what to do based on how your device is oriented.
As described in the patent, you can place your device face up or face down, at a certain rotation, … Read more
The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant may be building its own content delivery network to deliver apps, software updates, and iTunes content to consumers, according to Dan Rayburn, principal analyst at business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Details are pretty limited at this point, but Rayburn said Apple is in the process of building its network. It has hired many people experienced in building out large-scale networks, he said. It's unclear what type of content Apple's network will deliver, what areas it will service, and other factors.
Currently, Akamai … Read more
Apple is no stranger to patent suits, but the latest one alleges legal issues with the brains behind the new iPhone and iPad.
Filed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) on behalf of the University of Wisconsin, the suit claims that Apple's A7 chip violated its 5,781,752 patent known as "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer," PatentlyApple reported on Monday.
The patented technology is described as follows:A predictor circuit permits advanced execution of instructions depending for their data on previous instructions by predicting such dependencies based on previous mis-speculations detected … Read more
Apple used the iPhone to compose a Happy 30th Birthday ode to the Mac.
Appearing Monday on Apple's Web site, the 90-second video takes us around the world as we watch people of different ages and nationalities using the Mac in their personal and professional lives. We peek in on kids, students, designers, researchers, inventors, and musicians tapping into the Mac with some scenes of the iPhone and iPad as well. The video ends by telling us that it was all shot in one day using iPhones.
A follow-up page explains that on January 24, 15 camera crews trekked … Read more
It was after around the 14th or 15th time I'd seen "Game Over" flash across my iPhone screen in the last maybe seven minutes that I decided that the app Flappy Bird -- an experience so simultaneously simple and maddening that I could already picture it haunting my dreams -- was perhaps the worst smartphone game ever created.
I had hit a high score of 12 on my fifth attempt, finding myself secretly elated at the speedy proficiency of my mindless tapping timing. And then I proceeded to lose after earning a single point -- literally just one successful obstacle cleared -- about 10 times in a row. Before I knew it, I was sitting there at my desk, heat crawling up the back of my neck, ready to shake my phone in frustration like a '90s kid ready to dismantle his NES controller during the "Turbo Tunnel" level of Battletoads.… Read more
Tim Matheson is best known for playing Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 cult comedy "Animal House," and VP John Hoynes on TV series "The West Wing." But the esteemed actor and sometime director has a 40-year career with many highlights. He provided the voice for "Jonny Quest" and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including "Yours, Mine and Ours," "Magnum Force," "Fletch," "The Virginian," "Bonanza," and "CSI." He currently plays Dr. Brick Breeland on the CW'… Read more
Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android's fragmentation … Read more
Mobile devices don't always interpret touch gestures correctly. A new patent application from Apple, which CNET also reported about here, suggests one way to improve their accuracy.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Gesture and Touch Input Detection Through Force Sensing" explains a way of adding force sensors to a touch screen. Such sensors would recognize certain types of swipes and better distinguish accidental gestures from the real thing.
As envisioned by Apple, three or four force sensors would be outfitted with a device's touch screen. But the sensors would … Read more