Book retailer and e-reader maker Barnes & Noble has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice, accusing Microsoft of filing and threatening to file frivolous lawsuits in an effort to bully competitors into paying royalties on Android devices. Microsoft claims Android OS infringes on a number of Windows related patents, and the company has engaged in a legal proxy war with Google, rather than face the search engine giant directly.
Last week we reported on the significant battery issues that iOS 5 was causing some users. Apple promised a fix, and according to early reports the update has successfully fixed the problem, bringing battery life back to expected levels. This is good news for iOS 5 users, but the update will still not be available to the general public for at least a couple of weeks.
Some are celebrating the victory of Apple's stance on Flash now that Adobe has announced the death of Flash browser plugins. Steve Jobs condemned Flash a couple years ago as being too buggy to be supported by his company's mobile devices. This seemed like the start of a digital-content cold war between Apple Adobe with HTML5 and Flash as their proxies, but this may be a winning move for Adobe. Here are a few reasons why, even if it means the loss of jobs for many Adobe employees.
Apple excommunicated an iPhone security researcher finding an iOS security threat. He successfully found and tested a flaw iin the App Store process that allowed him to get an app approved. The app gives him access to features on the phones of people who downloaded the app. Has your iPhone vibrated randomly? That's probably him. The hack also allows him to download contacts, make calls and access other information. Did I already say that the app was approved by Apple?
Mobile payments is more than a trend. It’s the future. PayPal is processing $10,000 in mobile payments per minute. eBay is showing the same. Get on the mobile payment bandwagon. It is here, it was here, and it's growing. PayPal expects $3 billion in volume for mobile payments this year. The company has also popped into the NFC field with a tap-to-transfer-funds option on the Android app (if the phone has NFC). Something to watch out for, mopay is trying to use HTML5 to enhance its mobile payments platform, but it's unclear to what end.
Mobiquity VP of of App Development Joel Evans was recently interviewed about the prospects of mobile technology by Providence Business News. He said that as users are becoming increasingly willing to share location based and preference based data, companies are seeing a paradigm shift that is allowing them to engage customers on a much more personal level, helping create stronger customer loyalty. Check out the article here.
Apple has released the latest version of its Apple Store iOS app. New features include in-store pickup, which allows you to purchase items on your mobile device and then pick them up at an Apple store, "Easypay" which allows you to scan items with your device and pay for them without having to physically check out, and order/shipment tracking
According to Reuters, Hewlett-Packard is weighing a potential sale of its WebOS software platform, in a move that would help to recoup some of the $1.2 billion the company spent on Palm, Inc.
Thought that a dual-core processor was enough to handle all your multitasking needs? Not according to HTC: Images of the HTC Edge leaked yesterday, and along with a ridiculous 720p 4.7 inch screen, the Edge will also apparently ship with a quad-core 1.5 GHz NVIDIA processor.