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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.

Samsung Cites Kubrick’s ‘2001’ Film As Defense Against Apple’s Injunction Request

Numerous reports in the recent months have suggested that Apple and Samsung are involved in an intellectual property battle. Apple is seeking injunctions in a number of countries to prevent Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab and other Android-based related products from the company. Apple claims that Samsung has infringed upon their intellectual property rights by copying the designs of the iPhone and iPad.

Samsung 2001 iPad FOSS Patents reports today that Samsung has used a movie clip in its defense against Apple’s request for an injunction in the U.S.

According the to the court filings, Samsung has offered a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey as evidence of prior art that possibly could invalidate Apple’s design claims on the iPad.

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.

Samsung is questioning the design patent covering the ornamental design of the iPad, while Apple is claiming that the Galaxy Tab is identical to the iPad’s design. By providing a similar design from a movie clip shown in 1968, Samsung hopes to prove that there aren’t many other ways to design a tablet and prove that Apple’s iPad concept has been around for decades.

Personally, I find it hilarious that Samsung’s source is a YouTube clip, possibly copied and uploaded without permission. A bold way to carry on an intellectual property battle!

United Airlines Deploying 11,000 iPads to Pilots

Today, in a press release United Airlines announced that it has committed a transition to using iPads as electronic flight bags and rolling out 11,000 iPads to United and Continental pilots. United said that their pilots will use the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app for iPad,  “the industry’s premier app featuring interactive, data-driven enroute navigation information and worldwide geo-referenced terminal charts. The enhanced full-color, high-quality information display ensures the right information is displayed at the right time.”. The Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck app is available for free via the App Store, but requires a paid subscription to use Jeppesen’s services.

Pilot using iPad

Due to this transition, pilots will have less weight to carry in and out of the plane. In addition, the weight savings also saves fuel, while reducing the amount of unnecessary paper used and printed by airlines.

Each iPad, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, will replace approximately 38 pounds of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and weather information in a pilot’s flight bag. A conventional flight bag full of paper materials contains an average of 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot. The green benefits of moving to EFBs are two-fold–it significantly reduces paper use and printing, and, in turn, reduces fuel consumption. The airline projects EFBs will save nearly 16 million sheets of paper a year which is equivalent to more than 1,900 trees not cut down. Saving 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3,208 metric tons.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Adminstration approved the use of iPads to replace paper flight bags, with Alaska Air being the first airlines to adopt the iPad.  Many other airlines have also started to quickly adopt the iPad as flight bags, including American Airlines and Delta.

Electronic manuals on iPads are becoming popular because they can reduce around 40 pounds of paper weight per pilot and are easier to navigate, read and keep up to date, color graphics, and automatically update rather than going through many papers.  But remember, iPads are just for consuming content, not for real work!

iPhone 4 and 3GS Rank as Best-Selling U.S. Smartphones

Today, research firm NPD released its new mobile phone track report for the second quarter of 2011. The report shows that Android continues to lead the U.S. smartphone market with 52% of new sales during the quarter. iPhone accounted for 29% of the market while Research in Motion’s BlackBerry continued to decline and only accounted for 11% of the market.

SplatF points out that Apple’s 14 month-old iPhone 4 continues to lead the market in sales. In addition, the 8 GB iPhone 3GS ranks second. Apple’s iPhone 3GS was introduced 26 monnths ago, and they have kept the device available for purchase following last year’s iPhone 4 introduction by dropping the capacity to 8 GB and price to $99. Pricing for the iPhone 3GS has dropped to $49 since then.

Here are the top five best-selling phones during Q2, via NPD’s Mobile Phone Track service:

1. Apple iPhone 4
2. Apple iPhone 3GS
3. HTC EVO 4G
4. HTC Inspire 4G
5. Samsung INTENSITYII

Apple has continued to keep the iPhone 4 traction going by introducing a CDMA version on Verizon and the launch of the white iPhone 4. The company is expected to release a new version of the iPhone at the end of September or early October, and is expected to offer a lower end version of the iPhone 4.

If you were to ask me, for a phone that has be pronounced “dead in the water” many times, these results are shocking.

Apple Testing LTE in iOS 5

Last week, Boy Genius Report reported that Apple has been testing a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone with carries, and suggested that an “internal iOS test build” was being used for testing. The build was a property list file (.plist) for LTE. BGR says that this is the file Apple was already using to test LTE hardware in the field. LTE is a new type of wireless broadband network that is currently being deployed by Verizon and AT&T. If the next iPhone is 4G LTE compatible, data speeds will be significantly faster.

iOS 5 LTE

MacRumors has discovered that the same LTE plist file in the last couple of iOS 5 builds. The LTE.plist file was only found in some of the builds (GSM iPhone 4, CDMA iPad), and it was related to Apple’s internal “Fieldtest” application.

In addition, Engadget posted a photo from a source who claimed that AT&T had installed 4G LTE equipment in a major Apple retail store. Forbes also pointed out that Apple has put out a job listing for field test engineers with specializing in LTE.

Field testing in the wireless industry typically means going outside (into the field) with a new cellphone and measuring its signal strength. It is an integral step that phone makers must take before releasing products to the public.

Rumors from Verizon and China Mobile executives have suggested that Apple is planning on offering an LTE iPhone at some point.

 

Apple Phasing Out Developer Access to UDIDs in iOS 5

iOS 5 Icon

Yesterday, Apple released  the sixth beta of iOS 5 to developers, and a significant change was introduced within the update. TechCrunch  has discovered  that Apple is phasing out the ability for developers to access a device’s  Unique Device Identifier (UDID)in iOS 5. Instead, Apple is asking developers to create  unique identifiers specific to their apps in order to tie installations to specific users.

This is a big deal, especially for any mobile ad networks, game networks or any app which relies on the UDID to identify users. Many apps and mobile ad networks, for instance, uses the UDID or a hashed version to keep track of who their users are and what actions they have taken. App publishers are now supposed to crete their own unique identifiers to keep track of users going forward, which means they may have to throw all of their historical user data out the window and start from scratch.

Apple’s decision to remove developer access to UDIDs is a big deal, especially for mobile ad networks, game networks, or any app that relies on the UDID to identify users. UDIDs would allow developers to keep track of who their users are and what actions they take, but the developers will no longer have this option in iOS 5. The company wants app publishers to create their own unique identifiers to keep track of users, which may cause developers to discard their historical data and cause them to start from scratch.

In the past, Apple has been sued over their method of handling UDIDs. Even though UDIDs can’t be directly linked to specific users, information tied to a device can be passed along to advertisers to help them in targeting their advertisements. This practice may have caused privacy concerns from people concerned about privacy.

Apple’s decision seems to address those privacy concerns.

Wow! Apple Is Worth As Much As All Euro Zone Banks

Due to the pummeling share prices throughout European banking sector this week, Apple’s valuation is now equal to all 32 of the biggest euro zone banks combined, according to a report by Reuters.

Apple LogoThis was because the DJ STOXX euro zone banks index reduced value by third of its value since the start of July, caused by declines in the share price of big banks such as France’s BJP Paribas and Spain’s Santander.  The euro zone banks have lost three-quarters of their value since peaking in May 2007.

The index fell an additional 4 percent on Friday, causing the combined value of its 32 members to $340 billion. That’s the market cap Apple has achieved in recent months due to innovative products like the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

AAPL 10 Years

Apple has seen a significant number of financial achievements this year, and the graph above is just mind blowing. A company that was nearly dead at one point has seen a growth of nearly 4000% in the past 10 years, has more cash in the bank than the US Government, is worth as much as all Euro Zone banks combined, and is the most valuable company in the world.

 

 

Apple Wants To Completely Ban Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Phones in EU

Last week, Apple was granted a preliminary injunction to prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all countries of the European Union except the Netherlands due to a complaint of intellectual property infringement. Netherlands was not part of the case because Apple had a separate lawsuit in progress in the country.  Apple’s filing in the Netherlands is related to patent infringement rather than just copying design elements, and goes beyond the German filing. The German ban only applies to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and did not prevent existing inventories from being sold.

iPhone Galaxy Comparison

Computerworld reports that according to a new filing Apple demands an injunction against sales of all of Samsung’s Android-based smartphones, including the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S and Galaxy SII,  the Galaxy Tab 7, and new 10.1 tablets.  The report also suggests that Apple’s looking to ban other related models such as Google’s Nexus S, and the Samsung Gio, Europa, Appolo, and Mini. According to Apple, these devices  are also covered by one or more of the patent rights invoked.

Apple’s complaint, seen by Webwereld, a Dutch IDG publication, seeks an injunction for the entire Galaxy series. This includes smartphones — the Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S and Galaxy SII — and tablets: the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Other Galaxy devices, like the Gio, Nexus, 551, Europa, Apollo and Mini are also involved, albeit only in a footnote in which Apple states, “It is expected that these devices are also covered by one or more of the patent rights invoked.”

Apple demands an extensive ban on these devices, covering manufacturing, stocking, importing, distributing, trading or selling by Samsung Korea and its Dutch subsidiaries, which include Samsung Logistics BV and Samsung Overseas BV.

Apple is demanding that Samsung recall all of the stock with 14 days and provide compensation to vendors.  The court in The Hague is scheduled to rule on the case on September 15th, with any potential injunctions not to take effect before October 13th.

HP’s webOS Runs Faster On iPad 2 Than On TouchPad

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that HP is looking into a sale or spinoff of its PC business and is discontinuing its webOS-based hardware program. An interesting move by the company, considering HP obtained it last year with the $1.2 billion purchase of Palm and relaunched on Pre smartphones and the TouchPad tablet just months ago.

TouchPad

According to This is my next, HP engineers had tested webOS on an iPad, discovering that the operating system ran “over twice as fast” on the iPad 2 as it did on the TouchPad for which it had been designed for. Surprisingly, webOS running as a web app within the iPad 2’s Safari browser proved to offer better performances than on the TouchPad.

In addition, The Next Web reports that the TouchPad hardware had already been designed when HP acquired Palm last year. Engineers were tasked with getting webOS running on the existing TouchPad’s design, and due to outdated hardware the webOS team lacked the ability to innovate and led to poor response from the market.

The hardware reportedly stopped the team from innovating beyond certain points because it was slow and imposed constraints, which was highlighted when webOS was loaded on to Apple’s iPad device and found to run the platform significantly faster than the device for which it was originally developed.

With a focus on web technologies, webOS could be deployed in the iPad’s Mobile Safari browser as a web-app; this produced similar results, with it running many times faster in the browser than it did on the TouchPad.

HP has discontinued the TouchPad, but is still available for purchase for  just $99.

Apple Tops Worldwide Mobile PC Shipments in Q2 2011 with iPad Included

A new report by research firm DisplaySearch reveals that Apple sold a significant amount of mobile PCs in the second quarter. The study includes both traditional notebooks and tablets, and Apple was the leader with 21.1 percent of the market on 13.6 million units shipped. Apple sold 3.9 million more than HP.

Nearly 80 percent of Apple’s mobile PC sales were iPads. DisplaySearch categorizes tablets as “the engine of growth for the mobile PC industry.”

DisplaySearch Q2 2011

Quarterly tablets sales saw an increase of 70 percent sequentially and 400 percent over the year ago quarter. DisplaySearch also reports that 16.4 million units were shipped in the second quarter. 10.7 million of those units shipped were iPads.

If Apple was removed from the figures, the shipments of other makers’ tablets would have grown just 25 percent over the past year, bringing the total to over 5.6 million units.

Even though Apple sold as many iPads they could build, competitors still have been shipping tablets. For example, HP reduced the price of the TouchPad, and it has been reported that a huge inventory remains unsold in stores.

Richard Shim, a senior analyst for DisplaySearch, said in a release that preliminary results show a second consecutive quarter of Y/Y shipment growth rate decline. While part of the Y/Y decline can be attributed to a strong first half of 2010, the rising tablet PC shipment growth rate begins to point to notebook PC shipment cannibalization.

Apple continues to sees to sell the most of the tablets and dominate.

Apple Expanding New York City Office Space For iAds and Business Projects

The New York Posts reports that Apple has signed a lease for a new office space in a Fifth Avenue office building in New York City near Union Square. According to the report, the lease has been signed for a 45,000 square feet office space. Earlier, Apple’s iAd team was working out of a 10,000 square-foot space on a short term lease, but is expanding its presence with the new lease.

Apple's New York Office

In addition, Business Insider reports that the larger space will not be used only for the iAd team but also for corporate-level efforts. The corporate-level efforts will be focused on “new business projects”.  Apple is also said to keep its space on other floors in the building.

Apple already leased a 10,000 square-foot chunk of the Kaufman building back in January for the iAd group, and now it is taking a bigger chunk of the building for its first executive office in NYC.

Apple will use the space to launch new business projects. The office will look and feel like the retail stores with an all-white lobby, sleek elevators and LED lights.

Several reports have suggested that Apple’s iAd program has only seen marginal success so far. Yesterday, AllThingsD reported that the Quattro Wireless founder Andy Miller, who joined Apple as a vice president to lead the iAd team when Apple acquired Quattro last year, is leaving the company  to join a venture capital firm in Boston.

Santa Monica, CA Apple Store With Beautiful Glass Roof Approved

Just yesterday, it was reported  that Apple proposed to open a massive glass-roofed retail store in Santa Monica, CA and was waiting for approval. Today, the Santa Monica Planning Commission has approved Apple’s plans for the new retail store with a giant roof. The store was approved without any discussion.

The project was included on  commission’s Consent Calendar, which Peggy Clifford of  Santa Monica Dispatch said this is the first time she can remember a plan of this size had been proposed for approval.

Members of the planning commission pulled Apple’s retail store project from the calendar, making it to be approved unanimously. The rapid approval was something Clifford had never seen before.

The surprise was that the staff put the project on the Consent Calendar. I cannot remember any large, complex commercial project ever going on the Consent Calendar. Apple was the only item on last night’s Calendar. And, under the rules, the Consent Calendar is approved as a whole unless someone wishes to pull at item for discussion.

And in that crucial blink, the commissioners approved the Consent Calendar (aka Apple Glass House), and that was that except for a staff report on the redesign of the Project Case List, after which they adjourned.

Documentation used for the report for the project doesn’t specifically mention Apple, but  renderings of the project clearly reveal an Apple Retail store with a giant curved glass ceiling.

Apple’s new retail store would replace an existing three-story building which used to be a Borders Bookstore. In addition, the 34 foot high store is expected to have a gorgeous glass ceiling.

The design at the proposed Santa Monica site is similar to Apple’s store in New York’s Upper West Side, which opened in 2009.

Verizon’s Android Share Down Dramatically Following iPhone 4 Launch

At the end of March, Chitika Insights reported that Verizon was the largest Android carrier, due to the carrier’s migration from RIM’s BlackBerry to Android throughout 2010.

Five months later, Chitika Insights now reports that there is a huge decrease in Verizon’s share of the US Android market share after the iPhone 4 became available on Verizon.

Chitika Insights Android Marketshare

Even though several promotions for Android devices were offered,  AT&T’s share of Android users is up just 5 percentage points. T-Mobile and Sprint both have maintained a ratio of the nation’s Android users as Verizon moved millions of its subscribers to the iPhone.

Surprisingly, the largest growth comes from other carriers, including MetroPC, Virgin, and US Cellular. These carriers amounted to less than 3 percent of the US Android market in  in March, but now claim 8.5 percent.

Chitika Insights says the “Verizon’s share of iPhone traffic continues to increase, but it seems that Verizon is gaining market share in Apple’s prominent smartphone at the expense of its other, Android-running devices.”

In conclusion, in less than six months Verizon Wireless’s share of Android phones sold in the US has declined from 51.4 percent to 41.1 percent, suggesting a shift among Verizon subscribers to iPhone 4.  In any case, the iPhone remains to be “dead in the water”.

Apple’s iAd Chief Leaving for Venture Capital Firm

A year ago, Apple acquired Quattro Wireless after it lost out  to Google in an attempt to acquire AdMob. Google beat Apple to acquiring AdMob by putting a last-minute offer.

Andy Miller

Today, AllThingsD reports  that Andy Miller, the former founder and CEO of Quattro Wireless who is the vice president of mobile advertising and head of the iAd program at Apple will be leaving the company soon. According to Kara Swisher’s sources, Miller will be leaving to  become a general partner at venture capital firm Highland Capital in Boston. Highland Capital is the same venture firm that helped fund Quattro when he started the company.

Sources said Miller — who sold Quattro Wireless, the mobile advertising company he co-founded in 2006, to Apple in early 2010 for $275 million — will become a general partner at Highland Capital, the Boston-based venture firm that had funded Quattro.

Apple will search for a replacement for Miller, whose staff was told of the impending departure today.

During his time at Apple, Miller reported directly to Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs. Apple will reportedly look for a replacement for the executive.

iAds went live last year  as Apple’s effort to revolutionize mobile advertising with high-quality, interactive ads for iOS devices. Reports have suggested that Apple has only seen marginal success with iAds so far.

Apple Proposing a Massive Glass-Roofed Retail Store In Santa Monica, California

MacRumors and Curbed report that at the Santa Monica Planning Commission,  Apple has proposed a beautiful new Apple Retail Store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. The proposal is from an unnamed retailer who is looking to construct  a 8,084 square foot commercial building. Located on the Third Street Promenade, the shop would replace an existing three-story building that was used to be a Borders Bookstore. Also, the 34-foot-high store would feature a gorgeous transparent glass ceiling.

Apple Store Promenade

The applicant’s name is listed under the name “Howard Robinson”  and the property owner as ASB/Blatteis Promenade Holdings, LLC. However, the renderings of the store make it clear that this is an Apple Retail store.

Apple Store PromenadeIn addition, the proposal also revealed that the applicant will encourage its employees to use alternative transportation to get to work, offering a $100-per-month transit subsidy toward public transportation fares, as well as a $20-per-month bicycle reimbursement. Bicycle parking has also been proposed for inclusion at the facility’s basement level.

Apple does have a retail store on Third Street Promenade, but is known to get crowded on weekends. Also, Apple is currently working on renovating the Fifth Avenue Store and a new store in Grand Central.

Apple, Starbucks Team Up To Give Away Free iPhone Apps

Since April 2008, Starbucks has partnered with Apple for the “Pick of the Week” program. The “Pick of the Week” program provides users with iTunes Music Store content via cards. Previously, the promotion only allowed  customers access to a free song each week, with tracks priced up to $1.29. Now, CNET reports that these cards are now also offering free downloads of paid iOS applications.

Shazam Encore, the first Starbucks Pick of the Week App

The first application made available for free is Shazam Encore, which usually sells for $5.99 in the App Store. Starbucks has not commented on whether the free applications offer will replace music tracks for good, or if both will be offered in the future. Judging by the first free app offering, it seems they’re serious about providing quality apps because Shazam Encore is a very popular music app costing $5.99.

Customers who visit Starbucks can pick up the free “Pick of the Week” cards at the register that contain codes  redeemable in the App Store towards the purchase of iOS apps.  Last year, Starbucks also did something similar by partnering with Apple and Yahoo to offer digital content to in-store customers.

Android owners, are you jealous yet? Anyways, Apple’s evil.

[image credit: CNET]