Apple ex-CEO Steve Jobs personally contacted Samsung management in 2010, in an attempt to hash out the ongoing patent concerns and give the Korean company "a chance to do the right thing" it has been revealed. The exec outreach news was shared as part of Apple's legal presentation in Austalian courts yesterday, the WSJ reports, though Jobs' involvement was apparently limited to just the initial olive-branch. "The discussions started with contact from [Jobs], and then he wasn't involved in meetings beyond that" senior Apple exec Richard Lutton confirmed during cross-examination.
Microsoft is hoping to block Apple's trademarking of the term "App Store", arguing that the name has become generic and that its rival is attempting to "usurp" the phrase from general use. Apple had filed for the App Store trademark back in July 2008, the same year it launched the on-device software download service for the iPhone; the status page for the filing currently states that "an opposition is now pending at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board."
Behold the most massive amount of posts outside the Daily Slash CES 2011 roundup. This is a big weekend and a day's worth of content you might never be able to wrap your eyeball skins around, believe it! To even have a chance, you'll have to start with Chris Davies CES 2011: All-Star Tablet Round-Up and the CES 2011 Complete Android Community Breakdown by yours truly. From there, head over to Ben Bajarin's Verizon iPhone – An Analysis of the Major Questions in preparation for tomorrow's SlashGear Verizon Event Liveblog: Tuesday Jan 11 Live Verizon Press Event (we'll be there to bring it to you DOUBLE live!) Head over next to a personal roundup Goodbye, CES 2011 – It’s been fun by Dylan Bailey over on Android Community, and -Oh! Don't forget your Google Goggles!
Oh my goodness! Crazy speeds and companies blowing up and phones being thrown around like candy! All the signs of a great day here at the R3 Media Network! First, SlashPhone breaks some news about Motorola being divided into two different divisions starting at the beginning of 2011. Then Google Reader sends an app to Android (making it even MORE impossible to get away from the news!) Angry Birds gets a Seasons expansion for Android devices (probably in the chute for Apple's App Store.) And finally, Vince has his hands on one of the incredibly small amount of LG VL600 Modems out in the world right now, and he wants to show you Verizon's LTE "4G" network speeds first hand, and Ben wants to tell you all about why Verizon's LTE and the other 4G networks are important. All this and... yes! More! Today on The Daily Slash!
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! This week we saw the new Blackberry Bold 9650 get official. The handset should be landing on carriers soon. The Gizmodo editor that wrote the story about the iPhone HD that was found in the bar after Gawker purchased the device had his home raided this week. California's R.E.A.C.T task force seized some of the editor's gear in the raid.
Considering the scathing nature of Steve Job's open letter about Flash Player and Adobe, we're not surprised to hear that Adobe's CEO, Shantanu Narayen, has made some official comments in reply. Courtesy of an interview the man just had with The Wall Street Journal, we've got some pretty interesting remarks as to what Jobs said earlier this morning. In the end though, it's nothing we haven't heard before, but that doesn't make it any less obvious that the two companies are indeed butting heads.
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Lots of cool stuff last week, the VAIO E notebooks went official with bright colors and 14 or 17-inch screens. The rigs can be had with various Intel CPUs. MEDL Tech unveiled a cool portable display with a 13-inch screen. The little display is perfect for notebook users on the go thanks to an internal rechargeable battery.
Well another week has come and gone as time steadily marches on and like every other week here on SlashGear, it has been a busy one. Poor old Toshiba took the old adage "if you can’t beat them, join them" seriously on Monday and announced that it would be launching its own Blu-ray player by the end of 2009. That had to be hard to swallow for the execs who bet it all on HD DVD only to be defeated by Blu-ray. Also on Monday the slick HP Mini 5101 netbooks tipped up starting from $399. I'm not convinced we need another netbook on the market right now personally.
It's Sunday again. Another week is about to start, but before we get to look forward to all the news coming out of the industry next week, we reflect on what we learned last week. Ok, I'm done reflecting, how about you? No? Can't remember all the news from last week? Well here's the rundown.
We kicked off the week with our review of the Sony VAIO P, the company's "don't call it a netbook" companion ultraportable. It's interesting to contrast it with Acer's just-confirmed 10-inch Aspire One, which will likely offer greater performance at less than half the price. Elsewhere, Sanyo took the wraps off of their 2009 Xacti camcorder range, including a very tempting 1080p 60fps model, and HTC announced the Touch Cruise smartphone with an integrated GPS-tagged memory app. In other smartphone news, everyone got surprisingly agitated about President Obama's super-secret messaging phone.