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  • Amazon Loses Their State Department Kindle Contract(What am I missing?)

    08/17/2012 3:37:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies ^ | August 17, 2012 | Michael Harper
    The US State Department is now turning back on a contract they forged with Amazon 2 months ago – a deal which would have earned the Seattle company $16.5 Million and the US government a load of Kindle Touches to hand out to US embassies the world over. Today, the State Department canceled this contract in an announcement on their website.“US Department of State solicitation (Request for Proposals) SAQMMA12R0272 for Amazon e-Readers, Content Management, and Logistics is cancelled and the Justification and Approval (J&A) to award contract SAQMMA12D0131 on a sole-source basis is withdrawn. The Department of State intends to...
  • Clown Unknowingly Had Steve Jobs' Stolen iPad

    08/17/2012 12:45:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Aug. 17 2012 | Suzanne Stathatos
    If you weren't already freaked out by clowns, you may be now. Kenneth Kahn, aka Kenny the Clown, a Fisherman's Warf icon and onetime aspiring mayor, is in trouble with the cops once more. But this time, it's not for his alleged Ed Jew antics or for juggling fire on a skateboard. No, this time, Kenny was caught with Steve Jobs' stolen iPad. Kahn said he didn't know the iPad had belonged to Apple's late co-founder. He thought it was just a gift from a friend, 35-year-old Kariem McFarlin of Alameda, according to media outlets. McFarlin was arrested Aug. 2...
  • Samsung keeps prior art parade marching against Apple

    08/14/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 19 replies
    CNET ^ | August 14, 2012 | Josh Lowensohn
    Samsung today brought out early technology relics in hopes of busting Apple's design patents for the iPhone and iPad — the very ones Apple has pointed at it like howitzers. The South Korean technology giant called upon a pair of experts — one in person, another by video deposition — to make the case that others had beaten Apple to the punch, effectively rendering those patents useless. Samsung’s argument relied mainly on foreign patent designs and an early prototype for a tablet that never made it into commercial production. However, Samsung also brought out a real product, Hewlett-Packard’s TC1000...
  • Samsung Challenges Key Apple Witness' Expertise

    08/08/2012 7:08:22 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 5 replies
    Informationweek ^ | August 07, 2012 10:09 AM | Charles Babcock
    Samsung attorney probes industrial design expert Peter Bressler's qualifications to judge whether Samsung phones infringe Apple's patents. Samsung attorneys drew a bead on Apple's claims about the uniqueness of its iPhone design Monday, with stronger counterclaims about preceding designs or "prior art," citing three patent applications that preceded the iPhone. Two Japanese patents and one Korean patent show a rectangular phone form with a large glass face and rounded corners. The glass face varies in size from one patent to the other, but all are much larger than older generations of phones. All three resemble the form of the iPhone,...
  • Should I sell or hold my Apple stock?

    08/07/2012 5:10:56 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 47 replies
    vanity | 7 August 2012
    I bought 750 shares of Apple in April 2004 at $14/share. I now have 1,500 shares because it split in February 2005. Apple is now $620/share. Apple is now paying quarterly dividends of $2.65/share.
  • Apple Retains Top Spot on Media Tablet Market, But Asus and Samsung Are Closing In.

    Apple Controlled Nearly 70% of Media Tablet Market in Q2 Total available market of media tablets in the second quarter 2012 increased significantly from 18.7 million units in Q1 to nearly 25 million units in Q2. Thanks to the launch of the third-generation iPad, Apple managed to sustain its leadership position with 68.2% market share. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are closing in and shipments of their tablets are increasing faster than sales of Apple iPad. Total worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2012 are estimated at 25 million units; up from 18.7 in the first quarter...
  • Apple and Google are in a bidding war for Kodak patents

    08/07/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Tue Aug 07 2012, 10:30 | Carly Page
    Rivals have laid down between $150m and $250m THE HIGH-PROFILE AUCTION for Eastman Kodak's patent portfolio has begun, with Apple and Google kicking off the bidding war. The rival firms have laid down bids of between $150m and $250m for Kodak's digital imaging patents, the Wall Street Journal reports, way below the $2.6bn hat Kodak's 1,100 strong patent portfolio is expected to fetch. Still, speculation suggests that the two firms are looking to ramp up the imaging technology in the Iphone and Android phones, respectively, following stiff competition from Nokia.Kodak refused to comment on the mooted bids, telling the WSJ,...
  • How Apple let a hacker remotely wipe an iPhone, iPad, MacBook

    08/06/2012 5:54:06 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 27 replies
    Gizmondo ^ | August 5, 2012 | Emil Protalinski
    On Friday, I wrote about how Gizmodo's Twitter account was hacked. It turns out that this was Apple's fault. Let's take a step back. Over the weekend, it quickly became clear that the bigger story was how the whole thing started. First, former Gizmodo employee Mat Honan's iCloud account was hacked. The hacker then remotely wiped his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air, got into his Gmail account, his Twitter account, and finally Gizmodo's Twitter account. When this came to light, I updated my article with a link to Honan's blog: Emptyage. Once Honan regained access to his iCloud account, he...
  • Apple cloud burst: how hacker wiped Mat's 'life'

    08/06/2012 1:57:22 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    casey weekly ^ | 08/06/2012 | ASHER MOSES
    What would you do if your entire digital life started evaporating before your eyes and there was virtually nothing you could do about it? This is the nightmare scenario that greeted US technology journalist Mat Honan, who had all of the contents of his iPhone, iPad and Macbook Air wiped, and lost control of his Gmail and Twitter accounts, all in the span of just over 15 minutes.
  • Sony's Involvement in Apple-Samsung Scuffle---WSJ Video Report

    08/06/2012 12:34:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    WSJ ^ | Aug 3, 2012 | Reed Albergotti
    Apple and Samsung dig in for weeks of courtroom jostling, as the personalities and tactics of their legal teams are adding to the drama. Reed Albergotti has details on The News Hub. Photo: Reuters.
  • Apple Asks Court to Sanction Samsung

    08/02/2012 11:36:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | Updated August 2, 2012, 11:35 a.m. ET | JESSICA VASCELLARO
    Apple Inc. AAPL -0.27% asked a federal judge to sanction Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE -2.85% by declaring its own patents valid, as a squabble over disputed evidence in their patent case continued for a third day.In a filing made public Thursday, Apple said "Samsung and its counsel engaged in bad faith litigation misconduct by attempting to prejudice the jury." Samsung, denied the chance to use evidence it believes is important in the case, on Tuesday emailed the material to reporters. The company says the documents show that the iPhone was inspired by Sony Corp. 6758.TO +2.44% and that one of the devices Apple...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Samsung, Apple, FRAND -- What's It All About? -- Samsung's Side~pj Updated (Groklaw)

    07/31/2012 9:18:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Groklaw ^ | Thursday, July 26 2012 @ 10:48 PM EDT | PJ
    As Samsung and Apple have been fighting over patents from one end of the earth to the other, most of the coverage, with few exceptions, seems to present Apple's point of view. [Example A, Example B, Example C, Example D, and Example E.] We know how much money Apple is asking for, we know it's claiming treble damages for willfulness, we know it thinks FRAND patents are not deserving of injunction enforcement, and that Samsung is asking too much money for them. But now that we have the redacted trial briefs from the parties, I thought you'd like to see...
  • 10 reasons to drop Windows for Mountain Lion

    07/29/2012 8:43:21 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2012 | Mark Spoonauer
    I guess you could say I started cheating on Windows back in October of 2010. That’s when Apple debuted the revamped MacBook Air. For the first time, I could resume working almost as soon as I flipped the lid on a laptop, thanks to the way the notebook leveraged its flash memory. (Intel and Ultrabook makers wouldn’t offer a similar instant-on experience until a year later.) The Air was a work of art, but it didn’t feel complete until OS X Lion arrived last year. With key time-saving features like Auto Save and Mission Control for faster multitasking, I started...
  • New Apple Mac Trojan Called OSX/Crisis Discovered (Possibly not in wild)

    07/26/2012 10:34:10 AM PDT · by zeugma · 14 replies
    Intego ^ | July 24, 2012 | Lysa Myers
    Update – July 25, 2012 10:30AM PDT This threat may run on Leopard 10.5, but it has a tendency to crash. It does not run on the new Mountain Lion 10.8. _______ Intego has discovered a new Trojan called OSX/Crisis. This threat is a dropper which creates a backdoor when it’s run. It installs silently, without requiring a password, and works only in OSX versions 10.6 and 10.7 – Snow Leopard and Lion. The Trojan preserves itself against reboots, so it will continue to run until it’s removed. Depending on whether or not the dropper runs on a user...
  • Nokia's Bad Call on Smartphones

    07/20/2012 8:18:42 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | ANTON TROIANOVSKI and SVEN GRUNDBERG
    More than seven years before Apple Inc. AAPL -1.63% rolled out the iPhone, the Nokia team showed a phone with a color touch screen set above a single button. The device was shown locating a restaurant, playing a racing game and ordering lipstick. In the late 1990s, Nokia secretly developed another alluring product: a tablet computer with a wireless connection and touch screen—all features today of the hot-selling Apple iPad. Former Nokia designer Frank Nuovo says the company had prototypes that anticipated the iPhone. "Oh my God," Mr. Nuovo says as he clicks through his old slides. "We had it...
  • The Executive Computer; 'Mother of All Markets' or a 'Pipe Dream Driven by Greed'? (1992)

    07/19/2012 8:10:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 4 replies
    New York times ^ | 7/19/1992 | NYT
    Sometime around the middle of this decade no one is sure exactly when -- executives on the go will begin carrying pocket-sized digital communicating devices. And although nobody is exactly sure what features these personal information gizmos will have, what they will cost, what they will look like or what they will be called, hundreds of computer industry officials and investors at the Mobile '92 conference here last week agreed that the devices could become the foundation of the next great fortunes to be made in the personal computer business. "We are writing Chapter 2 of the history of personal...
  • Obama has investments in companies that ship jobs overseas

    07/17/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 17, 2012 | Philip Klein
    President Obama has accused Mitt Romney of raking in profits from investing in companies that ship American jobs overseas, but according to his most recent financial disclosure, he and First Lady Michelle Obama have hundreds of thousands of dollars in a mutual fund that has large holdings in corporations that outsource jobs. “(Romney) invested in companies that have been called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing,” Obama said at a Saturday campaign event in Glen Allen, Va. “I don’t want a pioneer in outsourcing. I want some insourcing.” But Obama’s own portfolio shows a willingness to invest in American corporations that have shifted...
  • Obama: $112K in Donations From Employees of Offshoring Kings Nike & Apple

    07/10/2012 6:51:54 AM PDT · by Perdogg
    NRO ^ | By Jim Geraghty
    So, American companies moving jobs overseas to benefit from cheaper labor is terrible, right? After all, it’s the centerpiece of the latest Obama attack on Mitt Romney. So which companies are among the worst? Let’s go to some good lefty source, like, say, the Center for American Progress, to find some companies that we should consider to be among the biggest offenders:
  • U.S. Patent System is Broken, Declares Judge in Android v. Apple Cases

    07/09/2012 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 6, 2012 1:12 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Veteran Judge Posner says "animals" like Apple are just exploiting the weapons an ineffectual gov't has created "It's a constant struggle for survival.  As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem," states Judge Richard A. Posner in a recent interview with Reuters.   As a sitting judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals who occasionally moonlights as a judge in Chicago's U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Judge Posner has watched the devolution of America's intellectual property system over the past several decades. I. Google v. Apple -- A...

    07/08/2012 11:44:51 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 14 replies ^ | July 6, 2012
    Federal agencies can no longer buy Apple products for their offices. According to a recent announcement, Apple will be pulling all of their products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the leading green consumer electronics standard. EPEAT is designed to mitigate the negative environmental and social impacts of electronics manufacturing by requiring that products meet eight environmental “performance categories,” including product lifetime, toxic materials, and recyclability of components and packaging materials.
  • Why Steve Jobs Always Announced Things In Threes

    07/02/2012 12:33:21 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 24 replies
    The Cult of Mac ^ | John Brownlee
    Have you ever heard of the Rule of Threes? It’s a guideline used widely in writing and communicating that dictates that your message is clearer and more effective when you can convey it in three parts. For example, in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that every American had an inalienable right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Drop any one of those, and the sentence is somehow less effective. You know who else was a big fan of the Rule of Threes? Steve Jobs. Over at Forbes, Carmine Gallo writes: Steve Jobs applied the Rule of...
  • A Tour of the Self-Contained, Design-Happy City of Obamaland

    06/29/2012 10:52:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 29, 2012 | Nancy Scola
    Chicago -- Obama doesn't just denounce outsourcing on the stump. His campaign HQ is a living test of the theory that everything can be done best in-house. Out on the campaign trail, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are at the moment engaged a spirited rhetorical debate over what it means to be an "outsourcing pioneer," a phrase borrowed from the Washington Post's coverage of Romney's Bain Capital past. For the most part, it's been discussion waged in generalities. But a tour of Obama's headquarters half-seriously suggests that the president might just want to point to his own campaign as a...
  • New MacBook Air Crashing? Blame Google Chrome, Probably

    06/27/2012 5:11:37 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 29 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 6/27/2012 | Molly Oswacks
    Earlier, we posted about our new MacBook Airs, which, still in only their first days of use, have been freezing and crashing like crazy. This generated some great discussion threads, from both readers and writers alike. Apparently, we're not the only ones with this MacBook bug!
  • Apple quietly stops touting the fact that it has a virus-free platform

    06/26/2012 8:08:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Tecca ^ | June 26, 2012 | Fox Van Allen
    The half-a-trillion dollar company finally admits that its software isn't bulletproof.
  • Apple iOS 6 vs. Android vs. Windows Phone (Comparison Chart)

    06/11/2012 6:02:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    PC WORLD ^ | 06/11/2012 | Ginny Mies, Armando, Daniel Ionescu,
    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off today with the unveiling of iOS 6 for the iPhone and iPad. Apple is promising over 200 new features in the latest version of its mobile operating system, but only a few of them were highlighted in the keynote. June is an exciting month for smartphone fanatics as Microsoft is expected to unveil the next generation of Windows Phone at an event next Wednesday, June 20 while Google is expected to reveal its plans for the next version of Android, codenamed "Jellybean." While some of the features Apple announced today already exist...
  • Beware the spy in the sky.. snoopers, Google and Apple you sunbathing in your back garden

    06/10/2012 8:33:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 June 2012 | Vanessa Allen
    Software giants will use military-grade cameras to take powerful satellite images Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple. The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide. But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London. Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood...
  • Why Apple is the Top Smartphone Maker

    06/10/2012 10:38:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/09/2012 @ 5:15PM | Larry Magid
    Nielson is out with some new statistics on the iPhone, pointing out that — as of March 2012 — about 1 in 3 smartphone owners globally are using iPhones. Earlier this year, Nielsen reported that smartphones account for half of all new mobile phone purchases in the U.S. Nielson also said that Apple is also a top destination on the web, with 72 million unique US visitors to their site during April 2012 and “has been among the top 10 web brands overall.” Visitors to Apple’s website spent nearly 1 hour on average during the month. The analytical firm also...
  • Windows Phone market share expected to surpass Apple's iOS in 2016 (Do you believe this?)

    06/07/2012 5:16:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/07/2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
    Windows Phone will swing past iOS in the smartphone market share by 2016 to become the second-most-used mobile operating system, a telecom analytics firm predicts. The report by the International Data Corp. says Windows Phone growth will begin picking up, despite a slow start, as a result of Nokia's strength in emerging markets. That growth should bring Windows Phone 19.2% of the market by 2016, which would place it above Apple's iOS, which IDC expects will suffer a slight drop in market share and land at 19%. “Growth will moderate over the five-year forecast, given the large installed base Apple...
  • 1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

    06/07/2012 9:00:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | 7th June 2012 13:11 GMT | Anna Leach
    A riot broke out at a Foxconn workers' dormitory in Chengdu after hundreds of workers got involved in a clash with security guards, according to reports from Chinese human rights website Molihua... The incident at the dorm started at about 9pm on Monday and escalated into a full-scale riot involving three to four male dormitories, and up to 1,000 employees, reports claimed. Bottles, trash cans, chairs and fireworks were thrown from the upper floors of the male dormitory that housed workers from the Foxconn Chengdu plant. It lasted for two hours before local police quelled the disturbance, say reports. The...
  • Windows 8, Intel Atom SoC Will Be iPad Killer

    06/07/2012 7:15:15 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 108 replies
    Informationweek ^ | June 04, 2012 | George Ou
    When Intel announced its Windows 8 Tablet check list running on a soon-to-be-released Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core System on Chip (SoC), the reaction was mild enthusiasm with a healthy dose of skepticism. Intel said that Intel Windows 8 tablets would come with 10- or 11-inch screens, measure less than 9 mm thick, weigh less than 1.5 lbs, and offer more than nine hours of battery. The typical reaction was disbelief because no Intel notebook or netbook has ever come close to being as thin and light as an iPad with the battery life of an iPad. Conventional wisdom among tech...
  • How Steve Jobs Jobbed The Left

    06/04/2012 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | June 4, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    How do you become a business titan that treats employees like garbage, creates products intended to be monopolies, charges excessive prices that result in outrageous profits, practices significant tax avoidance, and yet not get pilloried (on the contrary, become deified) by the anti-business media? It’s simple; you are Steve Jobs and you are just too cool to criticize. There’s no doubt that Steve Jobs was a major player in the development of the personal computer, transformed the animation business, and developed products in the last decade of his life that changed our culture and society. His finest quality was the...
  • Apple filing claims that the DOJ's ebook lawsuit 'sides with monopoly, rather than competition'

    05/24/2012 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 05:47 pm | Nathan Ingraham
    Just as it did in public statements, Apple's taking a strong stance in its defense against alleged price-fixing actions in concert with major ebook publishers. In US District Court filing yesterday, Apple claimed that "the Government's Complaint against Apple is fundamentally flawed as a matter of fact and law," going on to say that "Apple has not 'conspired' with anyone, was not aware of any alleged 'conspiracy' by others, and never 'fixed prices.'" Apple even acusses the government of "[siding] with monopoly, rather than competition."All in all, it's quite the strenuous defense. Unsurprisingly, Apple claims its entry into the eBook...
  • Should taxes take bigger bite of Apple?

    05/06/2012 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 21 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5-6-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Unlike the government (and unlike the New York Times), we come to celebrate Apple, not to bury it. The Times' recent headline about the Cupertino-based computer company was, "How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes." A couple of obvious conclusions may be drawn. Either, this is shameful. Or, this is admirable. You can read the Times story and draw your own conclusion about that paper's conclusion. You can find it here. However, there are a few tell-tale signs that tip the Times' hand. Here's one: . . .
  • New York Times: Apple should save California by paying higher taxes

    05/02/2012 3:51:17 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-02-12 | Vince
    Bill Whittle over at Pajamas Media had a great piece in his Afterburner segment this week. Calling statistician William M. Briggs’ “The love of theory is the root of all evil” “The Best Sentence Ever”, Whittle discusses how the love of the theory of Communism caused the deaths of well over 100,000 million people during the 20th century. The crux of his piece is that liberals, living in their world of theory and planning have no clue how the world actually works. Just such liberal fatuousness was on display in Saturday’s New York Times. The paper ran a 3,800...
  • Apple Could Offer Own Wireless Service, Observer Says (To bypass AT&T and Verizon Wireless)

    05/01/2012 2:17:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 05/01/2012 | By PATRICK SEITZ
    Apple (AAPL) soon might bypass AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications (T) and Vodafone (VOD), to offer its own mobile wireless service directly to customers, according to an industry observer. Veteran wireless industry strategist Whitey Bluestein made the bold prediction while speaking at the Informa MVNO Industry Summit in Barcelona, Spain, according to BGR. Apple has the distribution channels and customer base, with more than 250 million credit card numbers on file for iTunes users, to make the move, Bluestein said. But to do so, Apple itself would have to subsidize its iPhone for customers, Bluestein says....
  • Flashback malware exposes big gaps in Apple security response

    05/01/2012 1:39:35 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 15 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 29, 2012 | Ed Bott
    In one of those great ironies of technology, an increased incidence of malware is a sign that your product has been a success in the market. Apple’s been astonishingly successful with its Mac hardware in recent years. The dark side of that success is the attention they’ve begun to attract from online criminals. Apple and its customers got a hint of what was in store with last year’s Mac Defender outbreak. This year, a much larger and more disturbing outbreak has infected more than 600,000 Macs with a piece of malware called Flashback.The entire Flashback episode has in fact exposed...
  • Apple, the tax-dodger? We certainly hope so. You should too.

    04/30/2012 1:46:10 PM PDT · by freedombiz · 12 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 4-30-12 | Mark Landsbaum
    The New York Times reported Apple “paid cash taxes of $3.3 billion around the world on its reported profits of $34.2 billion last year, a tax rate of 9.8%.” Further more, Apple’s federal tax bill likely would have been $2.4 billion higher last year without these moves, says the Times. The fact remains Apple paid less tax than it would have otherwise had it not moved operations to low- or no-tax jurisdictions. Good for Apple. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had the same flexibility?
  • Apple, the tax-dodger? We certainly hope so. You should too.

    04/30/2012 12:05:13 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    he New York Times disapprovingly writes that Apple avoids billions of dollars in taxes each year. And this is a bad thing? The New York Times reported Apple “paid cash taxes of $3.3 billion around the world on its reported profits of $34.2 billion last year, a tax rate of 9.8%. . . .
  • 'It's no contest': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak praises Windows phone...

    04/30/2012 6:22:27 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 29 Apr 2012 | Daily Mail Author
    He may have co-founded the company that became Microsoft's largest competitor, but former Apple boss Steve Wozniak has glittering things to say about his former rival's mobile OS. Mr Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs in 1976, has given a shocking endorsement of Windows' 7.5 Mango interface. The 61-year-old, who no longer works full-time for Apple, says of the four phones he travels with (including two iPhones), the Nokia Lumia makes him feel as though he is 'with a friend, not a tool'. Shock endorsement: Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs in 1976,...
  • Samsung outstrips iPhone sales to ring up record profit

    04/29/2012 7:34:53 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 110 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 27 April 2012 04.28 EDT | Associated Press
    A surge in Galaxy smartphone sales fuelled earnings at Samsung Electronics to a record high in the first quarter, usually a tough season for the global consumer electronics industry, outshining handset rivals such as Nokia. Samsung sold more smartphones in the first three months of the year than Apple and raked in more than 70% of its operating profit from mobile businesses. Shares in Samsung shot up nearly 3%. Net profit nearly doubled from a year earlier to a record 5.05 trillion won (Ł2.75bn) for the quarter to 31 March. Operating profit also hit a record high, at 5.85 trillion...
  • Steve Wozniak Says Windows Phone Is More Beautiful Than iPhone Or Android

    04/28/2012 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Businessinsider ^ | April 28, 2012 | Steve Kovach
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is known for playing around with all kinds of mobile tech, even if it competes with iOS devices. Wozniak recently bought Nokia's new Lumia 900 Windows Phone, and shared some of his thoughts on Microsoft's Mobile platform in a podcast interview with The Report. (The Verge first picked up the interview). Overall, Wozniak says he prefers the look and feel of Windows Phone apps over Android and iPhone apps. He also likes Windows Phone better overall than Android. We had similar feelings towards Windows Phone apps when we reviewed the Lumia 900. Many apps such as...
  • How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Global Taxes

    04/28/2012 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 28, 2012 | by Charles Duhigg
    RENO, Nev. — Apple, the world’s most profitable technology company, doesn’t design iPhones here. It doesn’t run AppleCare customer service from this city. And it doesn’t manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby. Yet, with a handful of employees in a small office here in Reno, Apple has done something central to its corporate strategy: it has avoided millions of dollars in taxes in California and 20 other states. Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those...
  • Carriers Desperately Seeking Windows Phone

    04/28/2012 7:34:50 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 32 replies
    PCWORLD ^ | Apr 27, 2012 8:20 pm | Matt Hamblen
    AT&T and Verizon Wireless want Windows Phone smartphones to succeed in the U.S., partly to provide leverage against Apple's demands for subsidies and other concessions required for selling the popular iPhone. AT&T recently began selling the Nokia Lumia 900 with the Windows Phone 7 operating system for a competitive $99.99 price. Meanwhile, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo recently told Reuters that Verizon is "really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that's a differentiator." Both carriers need a strong competitor -- like Windows Phone -- to go up against the iPhone and Android phones, analysts said. The wireless...
  • 1 in 5 Macs Has Malware [STUDY]

    04/24/2012 6:55:44 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 106 replies
    Mashable ^ | 24 Apr 2012 | Todd Wasserman
    In a challenge to the prevailing belief that Apple computers are immune to the sort of cyberattacks that plague WIndows-based machines, research firm Sophos has released a study claiming that one in five Macs have malware. The report, released on Tuesday, is based on a “100,000-strong snapshot” of the millions of Macs that downloaded Sophos’s free Mac antivirus software. The study found that 20% of Macs were carrying one or more instances of Windows malware. Such malware doesn’t cause symptoms unless the Mac owners run Windows on their machines, but it can be spread to others. However, this doesn’t appear...
  • Rumors swirl of smaller iPad, which Jobs detested

    04/19/2012 1:47:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | April 19,2012 | PETER SVENSSON
    Apple generates more gossip than the Kardashians. There's a constantly spinning mill of rumors about Apple products, most of which turn out to be untrue. What's unusual this week is that talk has revived of a smaller iPad model, an idea company founder Steve Jobs derided publicly a year before he died. —WHY IT'S A GOOD IDEA: A smaller tablet would help Apple further its lead in the tablet market. "From a competitive standpoint, we believe an iPad mini with a lower price point would be the competition's worst nightmare, says Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee. "Most (competitors)...
  • The DOJ's Mugging Of Apple Reminds Us That Antitrust Is Theft

    04/19/2012 7:30:51 PM PDT · by Publius6961 · 36 replies
    Forbes on Line ^ | April 19, 2012 | Wendy Milling
    The DOJ's Mugging Of Apple Reminds Us That Antitrust Is TheftThe government should not interfere in any pricing or offering, even if a company outright colludes with competitors to set a price. Market participants have a right to offer their goods and services at whatever price they wish, and they should be free to determine that price however they wish. Some sort of twisted resentment at companies for deliberately trying to get the most money from a deal is not a valid basis for outlawing their activity. No one is forcing anyone to buy their products. Those who do not...
  • Apple rejects Greenpeace data center estimate as inaccurate

    04/18/2012 6:28:17 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Apple has taken issue with the consumption estimates for its Maiden, N.C. data center included in a just-published "How Clean is Your Cloud?" report by Greenpeace, noting that renewable energy will provide 50 percent more of the center's power needs than the environmental advocacy group projected. Greenpeace on Tuesday gave Apple low marks in its new report and criticized it for its reliance on coal-based power. In the report, the organization dismissed Apple's renewable energy efforts for its Maiden, N.C., server farm as providing just 10 percent of "their total generation." The Cupertino, Calif., company quickly responded in a statement,...
  • Apple Is One of the Heaviest Coal Users in the Industry (VIDEO)

    04/17/2012 1:52:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    Apple's pretty products do a good job distracting from the bleak reality of how they're made. As we've learned from the Foxconn debacle, that means sub-standard working conditions. But it's not just people that are affected, but also the environment. Built to support iCloud, Apple's new billion-dollar data center in Maiden, North Carolina is another strike against the world's most valuable company. In fact, the behemoth, which is one of the largest such facilities on the planet, is powered mostly by coal, through Duke Energy. Even though Cupertino is building a solar farm down the road from the data center,...
  • New Mac OS X Trojan unearthed. Call it SabPub

    04/16/2012 9:00:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Reisinger
    Here we go again. Kaspersky Lab security researcher Costin Raiu has discovered another Mac OS X Trojan. Dubbed Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a (or just SabPub, for short), the malware uses Java exploits to infect a Mac, connect to a remote Web site, and wait for instructions that include taking screenshots of the user's Mac and executing commands. "The Java exploits appear to be pretty standard, however, (and) they have been obfuscated using ZelixKlassMaster, a flexible and quite powerful Java obfuscator," Raiu wrote on the Securelist blog. "This was obviously done in order to avoid detection from anti-malware products." Related stories Raiu's discovery comes...