Aug 272012

“Apple won big with Friday’s $1 billion U.S. patent judgment against Samsung. In a sense that seems fair, as Apple revolutionized the cell phone and rival products from the Korean manufacturer and other competitors mostly look like copycats,” Richard Beales opines for Reuters Breakingviews. “But if the fear of future lawsuits forces Google, which makes the Android operating system used by Samsung, to push the technology and hardware makers forward, users could benefit, too.”

“The California jury took Apple’s side in almost all the company’s claims. These ran the gamut from the design of hardware to the appearance of icons and the gestures that users apply to a touchscreen to control it,” Beales writes. “[Samsung] seems to have miscalculated. Documents in the case showed that Apple had offered to let Samsung license certain patents for $24 per device. Based on the Korean firm’s smartphone and tablet sales, the Wall Street Journal calculates the cost would have been a bit over $500 million so far. Striking that deal with Apple could have turned out cheaper, especially since the judge can triple the awarded damages.”

Beales writes, “But the Apple-Samsung case doesn’t have to hold back progress. If the Android camp – which includes Google, Taiwan’s HTC and other handset makers – take the verdict as a challenge to out-innovate Apple, consumers could find themselves with exciting new options. And if rivals can steal Apple’s thunder rather than echoing it, they’d be able to note smugly that the Cupertino company’s seemingly comprehensive patent victory in 2012 was Pyrrhic.”

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Aug 222012


According to media reports, South Korea Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has developed a new technology, which will significantly reduce the charging time of the rechargeable battery. If the product launches to the market successfully, then the future laptops charging time will be shortened to 1 minute.

Scientists uses a nanometer particulate to produce battery, then decomposes and carbonizes in graphite solution, and eventually covering the entire electrode conductor network to a lithium ion battery. Through such process, all particles can be charged at the same time, so as to achieve the purpose of rapid charging.

This technique can be applied in a variety of devices using lithium ion batteries. In addition to notebook computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices that we usually use, it can also be used in areas such as automobiles.

Aug 222012

According to the U.S. technology news site TechCrunch reports, a staff of the U.S. mobile operator Verizon Wireless said on Tuesday, Verizon Wireless has prohibited all employees making any vacations from September 21 to 30, which implies that Apple’s new iPhone, will be on sale in the U.S. market on September 21, 2002 (Friday).

The specific name of the Apple’s next generation iPhone is not yet clear, the product may be called the iPhone 5, may also be just called as the new iPhone. TechCrunch pointed out that if the above message thst Verizon Wireless employees revealed is true, it indicates that the new Apple iPhone certainly will start selling on September 21, then there will be a lot of Apple fans lining up in front of various stores.

Earlier there were media reports speculating that according to Apple’s past practice, the time of the next generation iPhone release in the U.S. market should be around September 12 this year. But taking into account Wayne Goodrich, one of the executives responsible for the promotion of the iPhone was fired in December last year, plus booking, releasing preparation and other matters, so the time-to-market of new iPhone this year postponed to Sept. 21 fell more in line with the actual situation.

Apple on last October 4 (Tuesday) announced the launch of the iPhone 4S version phone, and indicated that the product could accept reservations on October 7(Friday); one week later, ie October 14 (Fri.), the iPhone 4S Edition was officially on sale in the U.S. market.

TechCrunch speculated that the iPhone 5 release plan this year is as follows:

September 12 (Wednesday), Apple announced the launch of the new iPhone;

The new iPhone would start reservations on September 12;

The official sales time of the new iPhone is on September 21 (Friday).

Aug 202012

So far, we’ve seen the iPhone 5 disclosure Figures, but we did not see the actual display of the iPhone 5. Now, some medias reported that the iPhone 5 display disclosure Figure appeared.

It is understood that UBreakiFix repair shop has gained next generation iPhone front panel photos, including the LCD display. Their sources confirmed the new iPhone screen diagonal size is limited to 4-inch rumors (the current version iPhone screen size is 3.5 inches), and the new iPhone display pixel density is the same with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S (Retina display) display pixel density.

UBreakiFix also released an enlarged picture, which shows the upper part of the display, and from which we are able to see the LCD connector and serial number.

Aug 172012

The iPad mini may become Apple’s first equipment using the indium-tin oxide (ITO) coated films on the screen. Indium-tin oxide is a conductive transparent material, and it can be used as EMI shield to reduce radio interference.

The report said that in Taiwan, a called Efun Technology Company as producing the ITO thin film flexible substrates, its profits doubled in recent years. ITO is a thin and very light thin-film material, and helps to reduce the radio interference to mobile devices, which can also be used for electromagnetic shielding.

The success of this company mainly comes from the use of ITO technology in the Samsung mobile phone devices, but the latest news that this promising company has been working with Apple to provide this technology for the iPad mini. The 7.85 inches iPad mini will become Apple’s first equipment to use Efun company ITO technology. Another source said that the fourth generation Apple iPad products will also use the same technique.

In addition to its ITO technology, it is learned that Efun also produces the microlens film on the LCD TV for the customer’s in Japan and South Korea. Among many Taiwanese manufacturers, Efun is the only manufacturer that produces the thin film. At the same time suppliers that supply backlight component for the IPad are suffering a short-term impact, because Apple has adjusted the iPad order to prepare for the release of iPad mini.

Aug 082012

Speaking to a group of reporters over at Sprint’s Kansas headquarters, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recalled the company’s decision to sell Apple’s iPhone on its turf. He said that the opportunity to sell the iPhone was too good to pass up, even though Sprint had to spend billions for it. Hesse added that a lot of its customers decided to stick with the carrier hoping that it would eventually offer the iPhone. “You really don’t want to be on the outside,” he said.

When asked about the Apple-Sprint partnership, the CEO noted that the blessing came in the form of a phone call from Cupertino last year, saying, “I think the No. 1 thing was getting the call from Apple that they were interested in at least having the opportunity.” During the course of the conversation, Hesse commented that the iPhone is a good product for the long-term since customers are more valuable in the long run. “Today, looking back, I think it was the right decision,” Hesse added.

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