Articles about iPhone

The State of Play for 5G in 2020

5G is now a reality. AT&T and Verizon began offering service in limited cities in 2019, officially ushering-in the latest era of wireless network technology. While 5G is in the process of finding its commercial footing, the next generation of devices are here and ready for consumers to purchase. With the dawn…

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California Judge Rules that Qualcomm Violated American Antitrust Law

In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged semiconductor and telecommunications equipment giant, Qualcomm, with anticompetitive behavior. After a protracted legal battle, Judge Lucy Koh of the District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the company had indeed violated antitrust law, creating potentially seismic repercussions for the chipmaker’s business…

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Supreme Court Allows Apple Antitrust Suit to Move Forward

A long-simmering lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court. Apple Inc. v. Pepper, a major antitrust suit with enormous implications for how the tech giant does business, was allowed to proceed in a 5-to-4 vote from the highest court in the land. While antitrust cases are typically long, protracted…

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Lawsuits Alleges U.S. Cellphone Carriers Sold Customer Location Data

New class-action lawsuits have been filed against major US cellphone carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in US District Court in Maryland. Each suit alleges violation of Section 222 of the US Communications Act in mostly identical terms via (in the words of the AT&T suit) the real-time “collection of geolocation data…

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International Cyberwarfare Raising Questions About US Contractor Relationships

Espionage is a time-honored tradition – after all, there have always been secrets for others to uncover. The advent of digital technology and the rise of the internet have opened intelligence efforts to new frontiers, and cyberwarfare is increasingly common. Hacking is a necessary weapon in the digital age, prompting governments to…

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ACLU vs. Government: Should There Be Rules Governing Hacking?

The rise of mobile technology means we are rarely disconnected from a vast ecosystem of services and content. With more people online sharing more than ever, personal data has become currency, and entire business models are predicated on harvesting and deriving insight from that information. But technology companies have lost the benefit…

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Jury Finds Apple Infringed Smartphone Patent

A patent trial in the District of Delaware between MobileMedia Ideas (MMI) and Apple ended with a jury finding of infringement by Apple and an award of $3 million to MMI. The patent at issue, U.S. Patent No. RE 39,231, described the invention of the “polite ignore” feature on cell phones for…

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Runaway Growth: China’s Dominant Role in the Smartphone Market

In 2012, China became the world’s largest smartphone market, having accounted for 26.5% of global smartphone shipments that year. That put it well ahead of the US, whose market share dipped from 21.3% to 17.8% year over year (2011-2012), according to research firm IDC. Looking forward, both countries seem set to continue…

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Smartphone Patent Wars: Timeline of the Apple v. Samsung Legal Battle

Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of intellectual property lawsuits involving Apple Inc. (who, ahem, does not like to be called Apple, Inc.). Apple went after Digital Research and Microsoft during the ’80s and ’90s for copying the “look and feel” of the Macintosh OS. But in the last five years, Apple…

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Edwards Tapped to Testify on GPS, Navigation, and Mapping Patents

Dr. George Edwards, Quandary Peak’s resident guru of location-based mobile services, has been asked to testify as an expert witness in a lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent for “Method and System for Providing an Image Vector-Based Traffic Information.” The case, Porto Technology, Co., Ltd. et al. v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon…

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