Monday, August 27, 2012

Apple stock hits all-time high!!


Shares of Samsung Electronics fell 7.5% Monday, decreasing the company’s market value by more than $12 billion. A San Jose, Calif. court judge ruled Friday that the South Korean tech manufacturer owed Apple $1.05 billion in damages on several incidents of patent infringement.

Meanwhile, shares of Apple stock hit an all-time high of $682.07 per share Monday morning.
The Calif. court ruling was announced around 4 p.m. PT on Friday after a three-week trial. The jury validated almost all of Apple’s claims that Samsung had copied the design of its devices, including several iterations of its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. The jury found that Samsung also infringed upon an array of other Apple-patented features, including double-tap zoom and pinch-to-zoom.

The Samsung devices affected include the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Nexus S, Mesmerize, Vibrant, Fascinate, Skyrocket, Continuum, Prevail, Infuse, Gem, Mesmerize, Indulge, Replenish, Epic 4G Touch and Droid Charge smart phones, and the Galaxy Tab and Tab 10.1 tablets, among others.

Those products could potentially be banned from sale in the U.S. Several Samsung and Apple devices have already been banned in other countries, including South Korea, due to patent infringements.
Apple and Samsung both have post-trial motions, and will return to court Sept. 20. On that date, Apple will ask the court to formally ban many of the Samsung devices the jury declared to be infringing on Apple’s patents.

Samsung will also appeal the rulings it lost, the company said Friday.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Zuckerberg denies the Facebook phone.What’s the evidence?

facebook phone
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday in the company’s first-ever earnings call that “it wouldn’t  really make much sense” for the social networking monolith to build its own smartphone.
A “Facebook phone” has been rumored for some time, however — and many analysts regard its appearance as a matter of when, not if.

So what’s the evidence that a mobile device based entirely around the social network is on its way?
Back in November of last year, the scuttlebutt originally reported by All Things D was that Facebook and HTC were working together to develop a phone codenamed “Buffy” that would hit store shelves in 12 to 18 months — as soon as this coming fall.

Buffy was said to run on a modified version of Android, tweaked heavily to revolve more prominently around Facebook and HTML5 support.

Then The New York Times reported this May that Facebook had hired “more than a half dozen” former Apple engineers who had previously worked on the iPhone or iPad to help build hardware for a Facebook phone. Finally, a Bloomberg report earlier this month reiterated much of what ATD reported in November, but pegged the mysterious “Facebook phone” launch to mid-2013.

The anticipation has grown so great that some designers have already began mocking up Facebook phone concepts (see gallery below).

While Zuckerberg denied the logic of Facebook building a phone, there are plenty of reasons why doing so would, in fact, make a lot of sense.

Facebook has been widely criticized for struggling to adapt to an increasingly mobile web, which most analysts see as dominating the emerging wave of digital life. One hedge fund manager recently predicted that Facebook’s mobile sluggishness would lead to the company virtually disappearing by the year 2020.

A Facebook-centric operating system — on a Facebook-branded smartphone — could go a long way toward capturing more mobile users and ad dollars.

So have all the rumors simply been hot air and will Facebook instead focus its efforts on improving a widely maligned mobile app? Or is Zuckerberg simply hedging his bets with some tricky wordplay, and a Facebook phone is in fact on the way? Let us know your take in the comments.

  1. The Facebook Phone
The Facebook Phone
A Facebook smartphone concept on Yanko Design -- and created by designer Michal Bonikowski -- gives us a look into what the device could potentially look like.

2. Front Look

Front Look
Featuring a sleek case in Facebook’s signature blue, the device is made from metal and touts a 4.2-inch screen.

 3.Back View 

Back view
It also features a 5-megapixel camera in the front and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.

4. The Full Concept

Full concept
A look at both sides.

5. Docking Station

Docking ststion
Bonikowski also included in his design a docking and charging station.