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A German regional court Thursday cleared the way for Apple to file for a permanent injunction barring the sale of products in Germany put out by Google satellite Motorola Mobility. It was found guilty of infringing Apple's "rubber-banding" patent in its Android tablets and smartphones. The feature lets a page on a mobile device bounce back after a user has swiped the bottom of the screen. It's only a month since a California jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple over a billion dollars because its Android devices infringe Apple IP. There is a "blue glow" workaround for the rubber band but it's not very effective and FOSS Patents says the "injunction spells further degradation of the Android user experience." Apple will have to post a €25 million ($31.5 million) bond to get the injunction enforced. For another €10 million it can insist that Motorola destroy any infringin... (more)

Apple, Ever the Conundrum, Buys Off Stockholders

In the most anticipated quarterly report in recent memory, Apple - which a few brief months ago was the largest company in the world before its record stock price collapsed - indicated Tuesday that its growth has tempered and its margins have been crimped. It made $9.5 billion, or $10.09 a share, down 18%, on revenues up 11% to $43.6 billion in the March quarter, against earnings of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 a share, on $39.2 billion in revenue a year ago. It was the company's first earnings decline and first revenue slowdown in years although it beat Wall Street's lowered revenue estimates of around $42.3 billion. It also forecast flat revenues of only $33.5 billion to $35.5 billion this quarter against Wall Street expectations of $38.2 billion, which could mean its first year-over-year decline in a very long time. However, Apple's June quarter is usually weak. An... (more)

My Thoughts on the Apple iPad

iPhone Apps on Ulitzer iPhone Apps on Ulitzer - The Apple iTablet or iSlate is due to be shown off to the world January 27th, and unleashed on us sometime in March. The blogosphere has been buzzing about the topic. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews.com said “The world doesn’t need an Apple Tablet, or any other” (full post here). MG of TechCrunch followed up with “The World Doesn’t Need Someone Telling Us What We Don’t Need In Tech” (full post here).  I think both writers make some good points, but I wanted to give my thoughts, and ask the readers of CTOvision theirs. The Apple Tablet is rumored to cost $1000. So the first word that comes to my mind is “overpriced.”  When you can purchase a decent netbook for under $300, a solid ultra-portable 12-14″ (laptop) for $500, and a good business laptop for under $700…why would you ever pay $1000 for a simple tablet?  Quite frankly, I... (more)

Opinion: Sybase, iPad and an Analysis

iPod on Ulitzer I am mostly nice on this blog, but come on Sybase!!! What were you thinking with this report, ...Sybase has announced the results of a survey on mobile device usage, commissioned by Sybase and conducted by Zogby International. The survey, which was compiled from an online survey of 2443 adults with a mobile phone, 770 of which own smart phones, uncovered that the #1 reason U.S. consumers would use a device such as the Apple iPad is for "working on the go." Sybase, the next time you want to commission such an in-depth report please call me. I will conduct it for at least 10% less than Zogby International and come up with the same findings. More, "...the study demonstrates that consumers want more access to information and work applications on their mobile devices." OK, with that level of analysis, perhaps I would need to add another 5% to my proposal. ... (more)

Some Thoughts on Femtocells

  AT&T recently released their Femtocell.  This device plugs into your home (or small office) network, and uses your current ISP to provide strong cell coverage.  Currently, AT&T and Sprint are the only networks with full on femtocells.  T-Mobile has their “Hotspot @ Home” which enables Wi-Fi phones to have better calling via your broadband internet, but is not an actual cell tower.  AT&T’s offering enables voice and data over the cell (great for those non-Wi-Fi phones) while Sprint’s femtocell only allows voice transmissions.  Obviously enabling full on voice and maybe data for people in their homes is a big deal.  Especially on the most often reviled and harangued network, AT&T. The ability to actually make calls from home is something a lot of iPhone users and other cell phone users would love to have.  The most common thing heard about the iPhone is “it’s grea... (more)

Will Microsoft VSTS 2010 Be as Good as the Demo

Only once in a while you attend a product launch and come back with the impression that – yes – that is one feature I always wanted. (This happens frequently with Apple product launch.) It was the Microsoft Tech-Ed event in Bangalore, end of day one and Amit Chatterjee, General Manager for the Visual Studio Test Business at Microsoft was talking about Visual Studio 2010. He talked about three features: How you can reverse engineering and generate design documentation from code How developer can recreate the exact scenario of a bug reported by the tester How agile project management aids have been incorporated It is the second feature that caught my attention. A tester while reporting a bug can record the UI sequence leading up to the bug as a video and attach it to the bug. The developer can play the video, and see exactly how the bug happened. Developer can also repl... (more)

Cloud Computing: iPad 2 in 25 More Countries This Friday

"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we've changed the game again with iPad 2," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone's patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone." Apple on Tuesday announced that iPad 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store beginning at 1 a.m. Apple on Tuesday also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April. iPad 2 features an entirely new design th... (more)

Apple, Intel, and Others to Bid for Nortel Patents

Nortel Networks last Thursday delayed the auction of its precious portfolio of 6,000-odd patents and patent applications a week from Monday June 20 to Monday June 27. It said it was because of "the significant level of interest" in the thing.  And now it appears that, according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Intel and Ericsson and RPX are going to try to wrest the prize away from Google.  Google's so-called stalking horse bid is for $900 million and it's going to have to up the ante. The Journal said the week's delay would let companies other than Google get cleared by the Justice Department, which frets that the patents could be used to stifle competition or extract high-tech ransom demands. Ericsson and RPX, one of those outfits that buys patents and re-licenses them to other companies for defensive purposes, have reportedly been cleared as part of one or... (more)

Weighing in on WayIn

Co-founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems Scott McNealy is in business again. This time however, instead of creating computer systems, he has ventured into the social media world. His latest venture, manifested currently at Wayin.com and launched mainly on Twitter, combines user created content and distributes it to other users. Those users then get to weigh in on the content. Here is how the WayIn website describes this concept: “Wayin gives everyone a voice by allowing you to add your own questions to any photo before sharing with friends and followers. All at the flick of a finger!  YOU set the answer options, so it’s easier than ever to see which choice is winning. Just point, click, shoot and ask for unlimited opinions on everything from the cute stranger on your right to the concert you saw last night.  Follow your pals and lend your advice, help your favo... (more)

Understanding Amazon's Kindle Strategy

When Jeff Bezos introduced the Kindle Fire on Sept-28 2011, he mentioned that he's not introducing just another tablet, but adding to an ever increasing number of ways you can consume your Amazon content. Kindles are (as Bezos put it) an "end-to-end service" - not just a stand-alone product. So when someone compares it with other "tablet devices" out there, I believe they miss the point. Because, unlike say, the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Motorola Xoom, all Kindles have one distinguishing characteristic: they are connected to Amazon's dynamic content delivery engine (i.e. their web-site)... and to get the most out of the device, you "consume" content sold by Amazon. With a Kindle, you aren't buying a device that you configure, load up with software like you would say, a laptop... you are buying a pre-configured content-delivery vehicle that (with the Fire in the line-... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Growing Fastest in Asia

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. R... (more)