Tim Cook to Headline D11: All Things Digital Conference Next Month

April 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the opening night speaker at the 11th D: All Things Digital conference next month. Last year, Cook joined hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg for a 100-minute session that covered a wide variety of topics.

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There’s lots to talk about, from the explosive growth of the mobile market to intense competition from a range of rivals, most especially Google’s Android, as well as innovative offerings from Korea’s Samsung. It will also be interesting to talk about the changes at Apple under Cook’s leadership, who took over from the late co-founder and industry legend Steve Jobs, as well inquiring about what new products are in the pipeline and how the company is faring in an increasingly high-pressure market.

Tim Cook makes very few public appearances, but appears to be making the D Conference his preferred interview spot much like his predecessor Steve Jobs did. Jobs appeared on the D stage six times in nine years.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/tim-cook-to-headline-d11-all-things-digital-conference-next-month/

Leap Wireless Reports Improved iPhone Sales Amid Customer Losses [iOS Blog]

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iphone_5_black_whiteLeap Wireless today reported its first quarter financial results, noting improved iPhone sales amidst significant customer and revenue losses. Leap, which began offering the iPhone in June of 2012 through its subsidiary Cricket Wireless, announced in February that weak iPhone sales would prevent it from purchasing its full allotment of iPhones from Apple.

We are also seeing improved sales of our iPhone® offering, having worked with Apple on new advertising, pricing plans and other promotions, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them.

Despite an increase in iPhone sales, Leap Wireless is reporting a loss of 93,000 customers, along with a 4.3% decline in total revenue to $789.9 million from $825.6 million during the year-ago quarter.

Leap has a three-year contract with Apple that requires the company to purchase at least $900 million worth of iPhone hardware. As a super-regional carrier, Leap utilizes roaming agreements to serve its 5.3 million customers.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/leap-wireless-reports-improved-iphone-sales-amid-customer-losses/

Apple Seeds Build 12E40 of OS X Beta 10.8.4 Developers [Mac Blog]

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mountainlionApple today issued build 12E40 of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, a week after build 12E36 was released. Build 12E40 marks the fifth beta iteration of OS X 10.8.4.

Apple continues to ask developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and Apple’s Developer Page.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/apple-seeds-build-12e40-of-os-x-beta-10-8-4-developers/

AT&T Announces Upgrade to In-Store Smartphone Trade-In Program [iOS Blog]

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AttAT&T has announced an upgrade to its in-store smartphone trade-in program. The plan will give an instant credit of at least $100 for any smartphone that is less than three years old, with more recent and valuable phones receiving larger credits.

The credits are good for the purchase any AT&T smartphone or accessories, meaning someone could trade in an older Android smartphone for a new iPhone 4S, or half-price on a 16GB iPhone 5.

Beginning May 1, consumers who trade in their current smartphone to AT&T* will be eligible to receive at least $100 off the purchase of a new smartphone, including the new Samsung Galaxy® S 4, BlackBerry® Z10 or 32 GB HTC One®. These devices are normally $199.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement but, with this limited time promotion, they will be available for $99.99.

This promotion applies to any smartphone AT&T sells, and gives customers access to the latest devices at a fraction of the cost or, in the case of smartphones priced under $99.99, for free.

The $100 promotion is for a limited time, though AT&T has not specified when it will end.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/att-announces-upgrade-to-in-store-smartphone-trade-in-program/

Russian Billionaire Buys $100 Million in Apple Stock [Mac Blog]

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With Apple’s stock price at its lowest levels since 2011, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov — one of the main investors behind the Digital Sky Technologies investment group — has purchased $100 million of Apple stock, reports Bloomberg.

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“I believe in the future of this company even after Steve Jobs,” Usmanov, 59, said in an interview at Bloomberg’s Moscow offices, referring to Apple’s late co-founder. “When the company lost $100 billion of its market value, it was a good time to buy its shares, as the capitalization should rebound.”

Usmanov is estimated to be Russia’s richest man with a fortune worth $19.8 billion.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/russian-billionaire-buys-100-million-in-apple-stock/

New Damages Trial in Apple v. Samsung Set for November

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Samsung and Apple will be heading back to court in November for a partial retrial, reports FOSS Patents. The trial follows judge Lucy Koh’s March ruling that struck $450 million from the $1 billion in damages that were awarded to Apple last August, on the premise that the original damages may have been miscalculated by the jury.

According to Koh, the original jury may not have had a clear understanding of the patent issues, which resulted in a lump sum award that did not distinguish between patent violations, making it impossible for the court to determine which part of the damages were applicable to each patent.

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Scheduled for November 12, the new trial could result in an award that favors either Apple or Samsung, depending on whether the amount is more or less than the original $450 million. The trial will be limited to the same evidence used in the original trial, which means neither Samsung nor Apple can introduce new information.

The new damages trial will take place on November 12, 13, 14, 15, and 18, 2013. Eight jurors will be selected, and for the purposes of their new damages verdict, the first jury’s infringement findings will be law of the case, as the court rejected Samsung’s argument that a new trial also has to re-evaluate liability issues.

Though a trial will determine how much (or more) of the $450 million Samsung is required to pay, Samsung is still responsible for the remaining $600 million from the original jury decision. Apple will also request both interest and supplemental damage, which could cost Samsung even more.

Apple wants prejudgment interest and supplemental damages (damages covering the period between the jury trial and the final ruling), and it’s undoubtedly entitled to both, but the court won’t determine the amount (which won’t be substantial compared to the overall set of issues in this case) until after the appeal from a final ruling following the second trial.

Samsung requested a stay on the case in order to reexamine two Apple patents on rubber-banding and pinch-to-zoom that have since been preliminarily invalidated, but the request was denied. Koh did say, however, that a final ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office could change her mind.

The two companies also have a separate 12-day trial scheduled in March of 2014 to investigate additional patent infringement claims.

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/new-damages-trial-in-apple-v-samsung-set-for-november/

Jawbone Releases API for Developers, Buys BodyMedia [iOS Blog]

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Jawbone today launched a new API for developers, called the Up Platform. The API can deliver all of the data that the Jawbone UP collects, including steps taken, distance traveled, calories consumed, and sleep quality for use in third party apps. It is also able to incorporate data from those apps into the accompanying Jawbone UP app.

While the API is currently closed, it is available to a number of Jawbone partners such as LoseIt, and RunKeeper. Integrated apps can be accessed via an update to the UP by Jawbone app.

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UP Platform: Connect UP with your favorite apps to complement your UP experience. Select from the Apps tab on the left menu to seamlessly integrate new data into your feed, lifeline, and trends. You can also share all of your data from UP to the integrated apps to make those experiences even better.

The new API also connects to the Withings’ Wi-Fi scale to import weight data into the UP app and it integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That) to create triggers.

In addition to launching a new API and app update, Jawbone also announced the acquisition of BodyMedia, a company that creates its own fitness tracking armbands. Though BodyMedia makes products that are similar to the Jawbone UP, its lineup is able to collect additional data by measuring factors like ambient temperature and sweat.

Exact details on the acquisition were not given, but TechCrunch reports that the purchase price was upwards of $100 million. For the time being, BodyMedia will continue to operate as an independent company headquartered in Pittsburgh.

The Jawbone UP wristband can be purchased for $149.99. The UP by Jawbone app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    

from MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors – All Stories http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/30/jawbone-releases-api-for-developers-buys-bodymedia/

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