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Monday
Aug062012

YouTube Won’t Come on Next iPhone

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Get a new iPhone or iPad and you’ll get a handful of preloaded apps — Apple’s Calculator, Newsstand, App Store, and YouTube, just to name a few. But when Apple releases the next version of its iOS software — iOS 6 — in the fall, the YouTube app won’t be on the list.

“Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended. Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store,” Apple’s Trudy Muller told ABC News. Google, which owns YouTube, didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

While the YouTube app will stay in iOS 5, those who update their iPhones or iPads to iOS 6 in the fall will no longer have the YouTube app out of the box; they’ll have to download it separately from the App Store. And YouTube isn’t the only Google app that will be missing in iOS 6 — Apple’s replacing Google Maps with its own Maps app, which was previewed earlier this summer.

Apple and Google have continued to battle it out in the mobile phone market as Apple sues Samsung for copying its products, including its hardware and software. Samsung’s phones and tablets all use Google’s Android operating system. AllThingsD suggests that Google might have already been compromising on the app with the lack of ads and missing content.

iOS 6 is expected to launch in September alongside the new iPhone (which many think will be called the iPhone 5). Google has not said when it plans to release its standalone YouTube app.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul302012

Apple v. Samsung Trial Begins with Jury Selection

Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) --The long-anticipated Apple v. Samsung trial kicked off Monday morning with jury selection in San Jose, Calif.

With U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh presiding, prospective jurors were asked if they had any ties to Apple, Samsung, or Google. Judge Koh asked jurors about the types of phones they used and about their activity on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, AllThingsD reported. Lawyers from Samsung and Apple were permitted to ask jurors questions for 20 minutes. As of Monday afternoon the jury selection process was still in progress; ten jurors must be seated before the trial proceeds.

Opening arguments are expected Tuesday.  The trial is expected last through the end of August.

Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement -- copying its iPad and iPhone -- last year; Apple is seeking over $2 billion in damages. Samsung responded with a countersuit. If Samsung is found guilty of patent infringement, some of its products could be banned in the U.S.

Judge Koh has already granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Last week, the court docket revealed early designs of Apple’s iPhone.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jul282012

Apple v. Samsung: Court Documents Include Photos of iPhone and iPad Prototypes

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, Apple and Samsung finally go to trial in the U.S. to settle their patent dispute. Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement (copying its iPad and iPhone) last year. Samsung responded with a countersuit.

The companies will argue over who conceived which features of today's mobile devices. It is expected to be the largest technology patent suit ever.

But along the way Apple will share details on the development of its products, revealing more about the secretive company than ever before.

And the information flow about Apple has already begun. This week a series of court documents, which were made available to lawyers and press, included an abundance of details about Apple's design and business practices. Included in the exhibits were over 50 photos of iPhone and iPad prototypes.

The photos were first spotted by technology sites Buzzfeed FWD and The Verge. They show Apple's different design iterations over the years. Some iPad renderings date back to 2004, six years before the iPad was actually introduced.

Most of the images were exhibits in depositions of key Apple employees, including Jony Ive, Apple's lead designer.

"Steve Jobs and I had multiple conversations about the design of the first iPhone," Ive said during his deposition.

He also details design choices: "We were very clear at the early stages, as I described previously, that for -- for this idea of this infinity edge pool, this -- this oily pond, to -- to actually work, there couldn't be multiple buttons or features that would distract and make -- and undermine the design goal."

Christopher Stringer, another Apple designer, said in his deposition, "We make three-dimensional representations of most of the ideas that we consider to be good."

Stringer said Apple designers actually sit around a kitchen table to work on ideas. "There is no single path for defining how we come up with a new product at Apple, whether it be a new product platform or a generational change or update," Stringer said on Aug. 3, 2011.

Beyond design secrets, the documents reveal Apple's use of focus groups and market research, a practice Apple had publicly denounced before. Steve Jobs famously said, "It isn't the consumer's job to know what they want."

Apple is seeking over $2 billion in damages. If Samsung is found guilty of patent infringement it could result in the ban of specific products in the U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has already granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. The trial starts on Monday morning.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jul072012

High Profits for Samsung Electronics

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Samsung Electronics had a record-breaking second quarter. The world’s largest maker of memory chips, cell phones and flat-screen panels and televisions reports quarterly profits surged 80 percent.

Brisk demand for the high-end mobile phones helped Samsung offset a weaker profit growth in its semiconductor and other consumer electronics businesses. Samsung began selling the latest version of the Galaxy Smartphone six weeks ago, trying to get a head start before Apple announces a new iPhone.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jul052012

Galaxy Nexus Android Phone Banned in Apple-Samsung Patent Case

Apple/Samsung/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While Apple and Samsung’s phones and tablets battle it out on store shelves, the companies (along with Google) have been battling it out in the courtroom in ongoing patent disputes.

Apple has accused Samsung and Google with its Android software of copying the workings of its iPhones and iPads. Earlier this week the dispute came to a head as a California judge granted Apple an injunction — banning the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone until the case is argued.

“In sum, Apple has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity,” Judge Lucy Koh wrote in granting the injunction. The judge ordered Apple to post a $96 million bond for the injunction to take effect. Apple posted the money on Tuesday, making it illegal for the Galaxy Nexus phone to be sold in the U.S.

Samsung filed a motion to stay the ban, but Koh denied the request.

The Galaxy Nexus was the first phone to ship with Google’s Android 4.0 operating system, known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

The injunction is primarily over the “Quick Search Box” found on the Galaxy Nexus, a feature that allows users to search the phone’s memory and the web at once. Apple said it already holds a patent for a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”

On Monday night the Galaxy Nexus phone was pulled from Google’s Play Store.

“Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decision that denied our motion to stay. We believe today’s ruling will ultimately reduce the availability of superior products to consumers in the United States,” a Samsung spokesperson told ABC News. “We will continue to pursue an appeal of the Galaxy Nexus preliminary injunction, which we filed on July 2 to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Meanwhile, we are also working closely with Google to resolve this matter, as the patent in question concerns Google’s unified search function.”

Google told the technology site The Verge that it planned to issue a software update that would fix some of the disputed patent issues. The update, the company said, would disable users’ ability to search the phone and just allow them to search the web. Thursday afternoon, no such update had been sent out to Galaxy Nexus phones. Google did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Apple’s patent war with Google and Samsung continues.  While Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he doesn’t enjoy the litigation and went as far to call it a “pain in the ass,” he also said, “We just don’t want people ripping us off.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun302012

Apple Victory Over Samsung

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Apple was given a victory on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh when she blocked the U.S. sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus, one of the biggest competitors in the Smartphone business, according to the LA Times.

Apple argued that the Galaxy Nexus phone had too many similarities to the iPhone including the user interface, packaging and the shape of the hardware and believed this to be patent infringement.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun042012

Samsung Galaxy S III Heading to All Major US Carriers

Samsung(NEW YORK) -- As expected, Samsung’s premiere Android phone -- the Galaxy S III -- is headed to America. 

After its debut last month in London to much fanfare, Samsung revealed that the 4.8-inch phone will be coming to all five major U.S. carriers starting this month.  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular will all carry the new phone.

Details on each carrier’s pricing haven’t been released, but according to Samsung’s statement some models will start at $199.

The 4.7-ounce Galaxy S III is a top-of-the-line device based on hardware specifications.  The phone, which comes in white and “pebble blue,” has a HD Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 2.0, an 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2GB of RAM.  It has an 8-megapixel camera, removeable battery and 16GB or 32GB of storage.

To compliment the hardware, Samsung has added significant features on top of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, including unique eye tracking software that won’t put the screen to sleep if you are looking at it.  And the phone doesn’t only see you, it hears you too.  Called “S Voice,” the Galaxy S III has a feature similar to Apple’s Siri, which will let you use your voice to control the phone. 

Samsung has also added a number of camera features, including “burst shot,” which takes three images per second with zero shutter lag.

The Galaxy S III is likely to be the biggest rival to Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5.  Apple hasn’t released details on its next iPhone, expected to hit the market this fall.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr272012

Samsung and Amazon Report Big Sales that Rival Apple

PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Move over Apple.  You have some competition.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has become the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, with soaring sales of mobile devices based on Google’s Android software.  The Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 were both hot sellers.

Samsung's first-quarter profit soared 82 percent as the company’s broad range of products outsold Apple’s iPhone.  Samsung is a giant corporation, with quarterly sales of $40 billion, up more than 20 percent from the year before.

Amazon is another Apple rival and it’s spending big to boost market share.  While profits dropped 35 percent for the first quarter, sales rose 34 percent.

The company continues to expand beyond its roots as an online seller of books, saying the Kindle Fire tablet computer was its best-selling item and helped lift revenue from digital movies and books.

“Customers are buying a lot of content,” says Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak.  “You’re seeing that accelerate.”

Amazon shares shot up 13 percent after its quarterly profits were announced.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Mar102012

Angry Birds Teams Up with NASA for Space Venture 

Tim Whitby/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Those Angry Birds have their work cut out for them. Not only have they been destroying those green pigs in celebration of Valentine’s Day and every other major holiday, but they’re now being launched into outer space.

Rovio, the maker of the cult game Angry Birds, recently announced at SXSW 2012 that its next version will be Angry Birds Space.

But this isn’t just another iteration of the game. This one has the full support of NASA.

A demo video, released by Rovio, features astronaut Don Petitt on the International Space Station, where he shows how a stuffed toy Angry Bird and a balloon fly in a straight trajectory because of the lack of gravity in space.

Of course, the masses won’t be playing the game aboard the space station, but the entire game has been redesigned with that weightless element. I got a chance to play it here at Samsung’s Lounge in Austin, and the birds do in fact fly in straight lines. I only played a few levels, but it sure did seem to make the game a bit easier.

“NASA wants to educate about all things space, and they think this is a great tie-in with a game that shows off gravity in space,” Rovio’s Saara Bergstrom told ABC News.

Rovio has also teamed up with Samsung to offer some exclusive levels on the company’s Galaxy Android devices. The game will be available March 22 in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Play store.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan112012

CES: Samsung’s OLED TV

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The biggest buzz so far at the Consumer Electronics Show comes from the new OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) televisions from South Korean manufacturing giant Samsung.

Production costs had previously limited the size of OLED screens, which is why consumers mostly found them in cellular phones, and in the only commercially available OLED television, Sony's XEL-1, an 11-inch model that debuted at the 2007 CES with a price of $2,500.

Samsung’s new televisions feature a 55-inch screen, an absurd 0.6-inch width, and a richness of color never before seen in commercial displays.

There’s a battle going on between the large TV manufacturers to build the thinnest model possible, with LG debuting its own OLED TV this year that’s only 0.3 inches. Of course, without an official release date, or price point, who knows when we’ll see one of these in someone’s living room?

ABC News spoke with Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, who said, “We’ve seen OLED TVs before, but this one is big.”

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