All posts by Parth Dhebar

Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

Apple Building Solar Farm for Data Center

Early this year, Steve Jobs talked about what powers iCloud during his WWDC keynote  . It is a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina that is 500,000 square feet and is about five times the size of the company’s existing Silicon Valley data center. Also, it costed $1 billion to build, which is  twice what Google and Microsoft generally invest in their cloud data centers.

Apple Data Center

Today, The Charlotte Observer reports that  Apple has begun work on a solar farm adjacent to its massive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. According to the report,  Catawba County permits have been issued giving Apple approval to begin preparations for the solar farm. When asked about the project, the company declined to comment. If this report turns out to be true, it just goes to show how much Apple cares about the environment. They clearly do care! County engineer, Toni Norton, said more information about Apple’s plans would be available when the company applies for a building permit.

The new solar farm is likely generate a significant amount of power for the facility, although Catawba County officials are yet to see building plans. Local permits show that the lot approved is  171 acres of vacant land on Startown Road that Apple  has acquired. In addition, according to the report, engineering plans have yet to show details about the solar farm.

The project is code named as  “Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded” and it had previously been revealed that the data center was codenamed “Project Dolphin.” Definitely, sounds like an Apple project to me. ;)

Apple Posts Steve Jobs Celebration Video

A few days after Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook sent out a letter to Apple employees regarding a celebration on October 19th, which would be held in the Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. The event was to honor Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs and the value he brought to the company. This event was specifically for employees only, but surprisingly yesterday the company published the event on its website.

The 80 minute video is entitled “Celebrating Steve”, and is available on Apple’s website which  shows the event held on the company’s campus last week, on Oct. 19. Thousands of Apple employees watched the event in person and around the world, as Apple also closed its retail stores to allow employees to watch a live feed. The picture below shows the amount of bonding among the employees. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Tim Cook at Steve Jobs celebration

The event began with an introduction from current Apple CEO Tim Cook. The event celebrated the life of Jobs and the many accomplishments he made before he passed away  earlier this month  at the age of 56.

I’d highly recommend watching the entire event once if not more. For the first time since Steve’s death, I did shed a few tears because of the atmosphere and Jonathan Ive’s  voice as he told stories of the man most of us never met in real life. His story will move you. This event gave me even more reason to believe that there’s no other company that has an aura like Apple’s. Period.

The full video  is available  to stream on Apple’s site. It requires Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.

 

Apple Advertises Siri with First iPhone 4S TV Ad

You know the phone that was considered to be a flop the moment it was announced, but turned out to sell 4 million in just three days without a single advertisement? Well guess what, the company behind the doomed phone has finally released an awesome new ad for the phone. Television networks begun airing the first commercial for the iPhone 4S, with the primary focus being on Siri (Apple’s new personal assitant feature).  In the past, Apple has created ads to advertise a specific feature of a device in the past.

The ad begins with the Siri interface and then switches to closeups of many people submitting requests to Siri. Every request is something different and demonstrates the full potential of Siri. Some of the examples mentioned are, “We have a flat tire,” “I’m locked out” and “What does a weasel look like?”. Each Apple ad seems communicate emotion, and this one does it again from a personal element to the device.

Apple’s competitors have called the service useless. Earlier this week, Android’s boss Andy Rubin said that he doesn’t believe  that phones should serve as assistants (*chuckles*). In reality, we all know that he means it is only a matter of time until Google copies Apple’s Siri. In addition, Microsoft’s Windows Phone head Andy Lee said that Siri “isn’t super useful”. Both of these statements should be taken with a pinch of salt.

It should also be noted that Apple has successful demonstrated a feature that acts like a robot, but without a robot in the ad (*stares at Google*). Brilliant, just brilliant.

Review: Mutewatch

Mutewatch Box

It is not every day you come across a watch that does more than telling time. The Mutewatch is a watch from the future. At first glance, it looks like a bracelet of rubber for $259 (pricy, but don’t let that fool you!). Simplying by a tap or flick it reveals to be much more.

Mutewatch is a clock + a  “time management tool” by setting quick wrist-felt vibrating reminders during the course of the day. Normally, clocks have physical buttons but this one instead has a touch-sensitive section with LEDs, an ambient light sensor, a motion sensor, and a vibrating motor for alarms (very cool!).

While unboxing the Mutewatch, I came to realize that the rendering on the box were nearly identical to the watch itself (excellent). The watch is made from a flexipble    TPU with a soft-touch feel, and overall the watch feels great to wear. The watch is also supposed to be water resistant enough to survive washing dishes. Unfortunately, it is not serviceable if something happens to the watch inside. The watch is available in three colors (gray, white, and red). Personally, I like the gray one the best and the watch is sleek looking. The strap’s size only offers maximum length of just over 7-inches, which causes it to not fit larger wrists. Luckily, it would fit my wrist comfortably.

After I was done unboxing the Mutewatch, I had to charge it via USB. Folding back the strap reveals a hidden USB stick, which is also used for software updates. A 3 inch extension cable is also provided to charge the Mutewatch. Charging time is about 2 hours. Since the watch does a lot, I was surprised to find out that the watch lasted more than 5 days on a charge. Apparently, if the watch isn’t used for a week, it’ll go into a hibernation mode to preserve its battery.

One thing, which is very interesting, is that this watch is designed to be worn under the wrist. Most watches are worn above the wrist. However, since the placement of the screen is under the wrist, it did make it uncomfortable to type.

The touch panel on the Mutewatch uses nine capacitive panels and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the intensity of its LEDs. It worked flawlessly for me. By flicking your wrist or a single tap brings up the display, allowing you to  wipe sequentially back and forth through its menus: the clock, up to five alarms, vibration length and a timer (up to an hour). Unfortunately, the clock only displays in military time. I hope in the near future there’s a way to change this via a software update.  Setting the time or an alarm is super simple and only required a few swipes. I was surprised by how intuitive the interface for a digital watch this was.

Mutewatch’s coolest feature is vibrations, which helps you manage time.  The SH-RT mode gives a quick  bzz bzz,  while its L0-NG mode gives out longer buzzes for up to a minute unless a sequence of LEDs is tapped to disable it. In addition, the watch senses how  movement is going on and automatically adjusts the strength of the vibes, which get stronger with less movement.

To conclude, the Mutewatch is a unique gadget that offers an interesting watch wearing experience. If you are willing to spend $259 for a watch, I’d highly recommend purchasing one.

Disclosure: The Mutewatch was provided free of charge via Mutewatch.

Twitter CEO Points to Apple as ‘corporate mentor’

Yesterday, Twitter CEO  Dick Costolo said in an interview that the company views Apple as a “corporate mentor” because of the two companies’ common focus on simplicity. He also mentioned that iOS  signups for  the service have increased three times since the release of iOS 5 (which was on October 12th) .

Twitter iPhone iOS 5 integration

While being on-stage at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco this Monday, he indicated that he expects the results from the partnership with Apple  to be “even better” than originally thought, reports GigaOm. According to the CEO,  daily signups for Twitter from Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices jumped up more than three times on the first day that iOS 5 became available.

Earlier this year, Apple introduced a system-wide level of Twitter into iOS. The benefits from this partnership  with Apple are much greater than just increased users. Costolo also said that  Apple is a like-minded company because of the restraint it exercises on its products, suggesting that  he views the Apple as a mentor.

Those guys [at Apple] are an amazing partner for us. When they think about products and enhancing products they think about editing them,he was reported as saying. [At Twitter] we’re going to offer simplicity in a world of complexity… they’re a corporate mentor to us.

Costolo also confirmed Monday that Twitter is worth $8 billion.

Apple Profits Jump 54% on Record Sales of 4.9m Macs, 11.2m iPads

Apple logo

Today, Apple had its Q4 quarterly earnings call. During the call, Apple announced that  fourth quarter profits rose nearly 54 percent to $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, driven by record sales of more than 11 million iPads and nearly 5 million Macs. Surprisingly, these numbers are considered to be “below expectations” by analysts/Wall Street and this was Apple’s first miss since 2002. Clearly, these numbers weren’t a miss and goes to show how high Apple has set the bar for themselves.

Apple also announced that they saw a quarterly revenue of $28.27  billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share for the three-month period ending September 24, 2011.  These numbers compare to  revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.

In addition, Apple sold 17.07  iPhones during the quarter as it drew down inventories ahead of this month’s iPhone 4S launch, still representing 21 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. It was also reported that  new quarterly records for iPad sales at 11.2 million units and Macs at 4.89 million units, an increase of a 166 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

The company also reported that they saw a  record low sale 6.62 million iPods, a 27 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.3 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter and International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

You’ll be able to listen to a replay of the call here beginning 5 PM PST.

Samsung Accused of Lifting iPhone Screenshot for Galaxy Player Promo

Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber discovered  today   (via  Jeremy Philippe) that Samsung (the non-copycats) had been using a maps interface that  was an “ever-so-slightly modified rip-off” of the Maps application on Apple’s iPhone for a promotional image of the Galaxy Player 50 on its website. Quickly, it was revealed that  interface shown on the device is actually an exact copy of an iPhone screenshot from a  blog post  by Laura Scott on  BlogHer  in 2008 (stay classy, Samsung). Samsung’s Galaxy Player is supposed to be a response to Apple’s  successful iPod touch.

Samsung iPhone maps ripoff

Currently, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

The reason for the borrowed image is not clear, but a lack of placeholder image is believed to be the cause. Whatever the reason maybe, this is ludicrous because  Apple is currently accusing Samsung of copying the design of its iPhone and iPad on its own products. It doesn’t help Samsung in anyway that’s for sure!

Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung.

It was  reported  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs,  Reuters  revealed  that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a  Samsung Galaxy  Tab and an Apple  iPad  held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*). In addition, yesterday, it was  reported  that Apple had told Samsung that  it owns a thicket of patents,but it will only license lower level patentsto competing companies.

But wait! It doesn’t stop there. Today, it was reported that Samsung had filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry in an effort to stop sales of the newly launched iPhone 4S.    Samsung has also included the  iPhone 4  and the  iPad  2.

It seems that these lawsuits have more twists than daily soap operas.

ITC Judge Finds Apple Did Not Violate Four HTC Patents

Back in June, it was reported that a  patent dispute  had been going on between Apple and HTC. The judge found that HTC had indeed been infringing upon two of Apple’s patents, and initially had ruled in Apple’s favor. Then,  Bloomberg reported  that HTC is interested in striking a deal with Apple for the patent dispute between the companies.  FOSS Patents  pointed  out that these two patent infringements could put Android in serious trouble.

Apple vs HTC

In addition,  Bloomberg said  in a separate report that the battle between Apple and Google had started to heat up. Apple contributed to a consortium of $2.6 billion towards the  acquisition of Nortel’s patents, which  outbid Google with a total of $4.5 billion. The report revealed that Google and Apple both bidded  for patents from the mobile technology company InterDigital. Question: how could a company that claims to be  innovating  and not stealing be this desperate for patents?

Today, a judge with the U.S.  Trade Commission ruled against HTC in a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Apple. The judge found that Apple was not violating the four patents related to power management and phone dialing, according to Reuters. A final decision will be made to uphold or reject the judge’s decision on February 17th.  Analyst Mike Abramsky from RBC Capital Markets said Apple’s victory is yet another positive for the company, as it has found continued legal success against Android device makers.

Currently, Apple is also involved in many legal disputes with Samsung.

Oh Snap! Samsung Attempts to Block Sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S in Japan, Australia!

Folks! It is time to grab some nachos, popcorn, and soda. As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung.

Also, it was  reported  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs,  Reuters  revealed  that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a  Samsung Galaxy  Tab and an Apple  iPad  held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*).

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple had told Samsung that  it owns a thicket of patents,but it will only license lower level patentsto competing companies. Today, despite Apple winning previous lawsuits against Samsung, Samsung is wants to attack against Apple’s recently launched iPhone 4S. The company has filed a pair of new lawsuits looking to block the sale of the device in Japan and Australia. This isn’t ludicrous at all because Samsung isn’t copying Apple. Nope, not at all.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Samsung had filed preliminary injunctions in the Tokyo District Court and in the New South Wales Registry in an effort to stop sales of the newly launched iPhone 4S. Samsung has also included the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. This is particularly interesting because Apple will be launching the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia on October 28th.

Though the legal battle between Samsung and Apple is intense, Samsung remains a supplier of Apple’s and provides its  A5 processor found in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

Apple Says Its Retail Stores Now Require Reservation for iPhone 4S Buyers

Two weeks ago, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well. Just days after,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale.  Apple  announced  that the iPhone 4S sold one million preorders in its first 24 hours of availability, setting a new record for the company.

iPhone 4S reserveIt took 74 days for the iPhone to hit a million sales. The iPhone 4S took just one.  Today, Apple announced that the company had sold more than 4 million units of the iPhone 4S. In addition, now Apple says that customers looking  to purchase a new iPhone 4S from its US or Canadian based retail outlets will first be asked to make a reservation online. This suggests that there’s a huge demand  for a phone that was considered doomed the moment it was announced.

Apple’s “how-to-buy” webpage for iPhone now says that customers can check back online after 9 p.m. where they can attempt to make a reservation for pick up the following day. Customers can also check stock availability at each store before they make a reservation, and must select which carrier, color, and capacity they require.

In addition,  Apple is putting the restrictions in other countries as well, noting that only on-contract phones are available to walk-in customers, while both on-contract and SIM-free models can be purchased by reserving the night before.

The iPhone 4S is  currently available  in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K., with availability coming to 22 more countries by Oct. 28, and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

Apple Tells Samsung It Will Only License out ‘lower level patents’

Oh boy! Folks grab some more popcorn.  As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Also, it was reported that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. For laughs, Reuter revealed that asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a  Samsung Galaxy  Tab and an Apple  iPad  held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*).

Today, Apple has told Samsung that  it owns a “thicket of patents,” but it will only license “lower level patents” to competing companies. This has been revealed via  a 65-page document Apple filed in Australian court last week, after Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. FOSS Patents Florian Mueller has analyzed the filing, and says it is    “one of the most interesting court orders I have read in connection with mobile devices.”

The filing reveals that Apple is prepared to allow Android device makers the ability to license “some lower level patents”, but also said that it wants to keep many of its inventions exclusive to its own iOS products. In addition,  Mueller said the document shows that Apple did not begin pursuing legal action against Android device makers simply to obtain a licensing deal. This is very different from Microsoft’s path, who is believed to receive $5 per unit for every Android device sold by HTC.

Apple has previously  won  an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Germany.  Honestly, if you ask me, Samsung isn’t  copying  Apple at all. Nope, not at all.

 

Samsung Lawyer Couldn’t Tell iPad and Galaxy Tab Apart from 10 Feet Away

As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected  that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

A few days ago, it was reported that Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled  on Thursday  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction. The suit will proceed a full hearing, but even if Samsung prevails, the company will have lost valuable time in the tablet market.

Now,  Reuters reveals that when asked by a judge in a California courtroom to tell the difference between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an Apple iPad held side-by-side 10 feet away, an attorney for Samsung couldn’t do it (*chuckles*). A judge held both a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad above her head, and asked Kathleen Sullivan, a lawyer representing Samsung, to identify what company made which.  She wasn’t able to tell the difference.

“Not at this distance, your honor,” she reportedly said. Koh then asked if any of Samsung’s lawyers could identify which tablet was made by Apple and which was made by Samsung. Another lawyer supplied the correct answer “moments later.”    The judge has yet to rule on Apple’s request to bar some of Samsung’s products from being sold in the U.S.

In addition, the judge did say that Samsung’s Galaxy-branded tablets do infringe on some of Apple’s iPad-related patents and Apple must  still prove to the court that its patents are valid under the law.  Koh also tentatively said she would not grant Apple an injunction based on one “utility” patent the company has accused Samsung of infringing upon.

Apple has previously  won  an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Germany. Honestly, if you ask me, Samsung isn’t  copying  Apple at all. Nope, not at all.

AppleCare+ Offer Extended to iPhone 4 and 4S Pre-orders Until Nov. 14

AppleCare+Apple not only  announced  a new iPhone last week, but also updated its AppleCare program for iPhone.  AppleCare+ for iPhone is a new  extended warranty service that combines tech support, software support, and the company’s first accidental plan.  Earlier, AppleCare used to be offered for $69, but the new $99 AppleCare+ for iPhone replaces that program. AppleCare+ extends an iPhone’s repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date but also adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to an owner’s poor handling of the device.

Each accidental damage incident is subject to a $49 service fee (normally $199 or more for accidental damage repairs) and is available only for the iPhone and its included accessories. In addition, the company promises that customers taking advantage will receive either a new or refurbished iPhone.

Today,  TUAW reports that earlier they had received numerous e-mails from Apple’s customers asking how to add the warranty to an existing order (since AppleCare+ had to be purchased with the iPhone 4S purchase), but no definitive answer was available.  TUAW has received official word from Apple that if you did not get a chance to order AppleCare+ with your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, Apple is extending the eligibility. The eligibility has been extended to November 14th.

Dear Apple Customer,

Thank you for your recent iPhone purchase at the Apple Online Store.

We would like to let you know that every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee.

We noticed you weren’t given the opportunity to add AppleCare+ to your iPhone. If you would like to extend your coverage for only $99, please reply to this email.

Thank you for shopping with Apple.

Sincerely,
Apple Online Store Team

On Monday, Apple had announced that it had received a record one-million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in the first 24 hours of availability. One order of a black 32GB iPhone 4S with a side order of AppleCare+, please!

Apple Wins Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia

As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was  reported  that  Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.

Apple vs. Samsung

At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.  Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court.  The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple  rejected that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Today,  The Sydney Morning Herald reports that  Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled  on Thursday  that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction. The suit will proceed a full hearing, but even if Samsung prevails, the company will have lost valuable time in the tablet market.

Justice Annabelle Bennett today said Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them.

In a statement, Samsung Electronics said it was disappointed with the ruling and would be seeking legal advice on its options.

“Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers,” it said.

“This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple’s claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross-claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales.

Apple has previously won an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Germany. Honestly, if you ask me, Samsung isn’t  copying  Apple at all. Nope, not at all.

Apple TV Gets AirPlay Mirroring, Photo Stream, NHL and WSJ Live

Apple TV 4.4 Update

Oh boy! What a day it has been for Apple.  Earlier today, Apple  released  iOS 5 for the iPhone,  iPad, and  iPod touch  and  Mac OS X 10.7.2  with iCloud support. Apple also released Find My Friendsand AirPort Utilityfor iOS 5, but wait! There’s more. The company also released a software update for its second-generation Apple TV.

Version 4.4 for Apple TV’s software brings in a number of features. The new software updates enables AirPlay mirroring, which it means that you can can wirelessly stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV via Apple TV. Also, the update enables Photo Stream, an iCloud feature that uploads images to the cloud and pushes them to WiFi-connected Apple devices.

–  AirPlay Mirroring: Now with video mirroring wirelessly stream what’s on your iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.

–  Photo Stream: View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.

–  Trailers: A whole new way to browse and view hundreds of the latest theatrical trailers.

–  National Hockey League: Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.

–  Wall Street Journal Live: Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts. (via Macworld)

In addition, the update also includes Trailers, which Apple describes as an “all new way to browse” hundreds of the latest trailers, as well as Wall Street Journal Live and National Hockey League content. The new NHL channel comes with the  stream live games, display highlights and scores, while WSJ Live offers access to “up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis.”

Last but not least, the update comes with support for subtitles in Netflix and three new slideshow themes.