While personnel shifts between various tech companies is far from uncommon, it raises eyebrows when someone leaves a company for the company they’re currently engaged in multiple legal battles with. This is the case with Jim Mergard, who has just left his position as Chief System Architect for Samsung for an unspecified position with Apple.
As we get closer to Christmas, we’re going to see a bunch of interesting new gadgets in stores including new tablets. Of those, we expect the 32GB Nexus 7, the iPad mini and the Microsoft Surface to be soon launched.
Back in August, a Seoul court ruled that both Apple and Samsung did indeed infringe on one another’s patents. As a result, both companies ultimately had several devices banned. Apple of course filed to delay the ban of the company’s iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately for Samsung, Apple’s request has been granted.
Android users know that “slide-to-unlock” stands for two things in the smart mobile world we live in, a software utility made popular by Apple to unlock the display of the iPhone and then used by various Android device makers for the same purpose on their phones and a patented weapon in court for Apple to go after the same competitors.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and current Chairman, talked to AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher for an hour on Wednesday evening, sharing his views on Google’s current state of affairs but also on the tech world as a whole.
In case you weren’t paying any attention to the mobile wars, these are not fought only stores, but also in courts where the main players in the game are suing and countersuing each other on various patent-related claims.
Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia and Opera (all working closely with the W3C) have recently launched a website that plans to become a definitive resource for HTML 5, CSS 3, and any other web development technology meant to set standards across all platforms, including mobile.
In 2011 Google and Apple both spent more money on patents than they did on research and development. The result is stifling innovation instead of encouraging it and, as usual, we, the consumers, have to suffer the consequences in terms of higher prices and limited features.
Android tablets are about to get new competitors in the near and distant future, some of them running iOS 6 while others will have Windows 8 under the hood. Today I’m specifically talking about Apple’s iPad mini and Razer’s Project Fiona, as both have been confirmed for production.
How do you compare two devices that are as different as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the iPhone 5? The simple answer is you don’t. But many people still want to see how the two top smartphones of the moment fare against each other, even if they are polar opposites in terms of… well, everything.