In the month that was in Apple litigation, Steve Berman goes all Braveheart on behalf of ebooks customers, Michael Bromwich continues to be a thorn in Apple’s side, the Korea Fair Trade Commission learns about the legal system at the “Wonder Pets” School of Law, and a formidable new foe steps into the arena: the angry educated of Wisconsin!
I think Amazon is on serious grounds to compete with the Apple TV in a way that no other company can compete. An Amazon TV box would be as close to an Apple TV alternative as possible, especially because Amazon has been build an ecosystem with, until now, nothing to tie it all together. This device would be it.
Burstly announced earlier this week that it would be getting rid of the Android version of the TestFlight software and would stop taking in new customers for its SDK. The company has kept TestFlight open for current customers, though Apple will likely shut down the service and incorporate it into its own developer center sometime in the near future.
Apple continues to register generic top-level domains (gTLDs) run by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). The domains are named after ones you would expect Apple to register, as they not only relate to the company’s products but also to the general tech environment in which they exist.
Apple remains atop Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and more to be the world’s most valued brand for the third year in a row according to Brand Finance. Every year the Brand Finance Global 500 rates companies based on brand value in millions of US dollars.
Comcast has offered to pay Time Warner about $159 per share, which is one of the largest acquisitions we have seen in the last five years or so. Will Apple be able to go through with its original Time Warner deal, or will it now have to re-negotitatie with Comcast to get what it wants for media on its set-top box?
I had been wondering which PC maker would be first to abandon the sinking Windows PC ship, as PC sales continue to tank. I suppose it’s not surprising that it might turn out to be Sony, given the Vaio’s dismal sales performance of late, but I’m pretty confident that with Mac OS X Sony PCs, it would have been a different story.
In January, Apple reached a settlement with the FTC over an issue they already settled with customers. Come on, FTC, either catch up with us just head back home. Who else needs to go home? Three dudes from Boston who are mad Apple asked for their personal information when making a sale. Meanwhile, a Melissa Pettignano is looking for publicity for her book by suing pretty everyone who sold it, so we’ll oblige, and Samsung…well, they just pop up all over this wrap-up, don’t they?
Apple today reported its sales numbers for the fourth calendar quarter of 2013 and first fiscal quarter of 2014, noting they sold a whopping 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. The company also sold 4.8 million Macs and made above $4 billion from iTunes services alone. Apple is seeing record numbers across most of its product lines and has sold 3.8 million more iPhones than it did in the year ago quarter.
30 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh. To celebrate, Apple created a timeline highlighting each of those years. Each year talks about how a famous musician, doctor, artist, teacher, or entrepreneur used the Macintosh to do things others thought impossible. It then mentions which Macintosh was released that year and how people used it in their own lives. You can tell Apple how you used your first Mac by answering a short survey.
With the iOS 7 redesign and the new iPhone lineup now fully available in the United States and being introduced in new countries, Apple is reaching new levels of success. On Tuesday, ad solution platform Opera Mediaworks announced that Apple’s iOS has surpassed Android in both mobile ad traffic and in terms of revenue generated on the platforms. Apple’s iOS had about 43.39% of mobile traffic between the months of October to December, as opposed to Android ‘s 37.71% mobile ad traffic.
On Wednesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare TV appearance on CNBC to discuss Apple’s deal with the largest mobile carrier in the world: China Mobile. China Mobile has over 700 million subscribers and is now going to be selling the iPhone 5s in the country.