October 1, 2012

As promised last month, Samsung filed suit against Apple this evening for what it perceived to be patent infringements in the iPhone 5.

Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday that it filed a new lawsuit against Apple Inc in a U.S. court, contending the iPhone 5 infringed on Samsung’s patents.

In a statement, Samsung said: “…we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”

Apple previously won a $1 billion judgment against Samsung from patent infringements, and it plans to add more of Samsung’s newer devices to the list from which it seeks damages. The Samsung’s suit announced today will go to trial sometime in 2014.. this is definitely far from over.

In related news, the U.S. ban on the Galaxy Tab was lifted today. BusinessWeek has more.

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Today Duo Gamer announced “Gamer Controller” for Apple iDevices. The game controller will attempt to bring a more console-esque gaming experience to mobile Apple devices. The controller connects via bluetooth allowing the user to “kick-back” and really settle into their gaming session. Duo Gamer partnered with Gameloft on this project and as a result this controller set will only work on the Gameloft iOS titles including: Asphalt 7: Heat, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, Order & Chaos Online, Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front, and N.O.V.A. 3.

The controller layout is reminiscent of old NES or Playstation gaming pads with dual thumb-sticks, a D-pad and 6 buttons.  For an even more console-like gaming experience users can connect their iDevice to a big screen TV while using their Duo Gamer controller.  This seems like a great idea but for $79.99 we wish it was compatible with more gaming titles.  The Duo Gamer controller will be available for purchase from Apple.com starting October 5th, Amazon.com, and Target stores.

Apple announced on its Investor Relations page this afternoon that it will release its Q4 earnings Oct. 25. In typical fashion, Apple releases its earnings in a press release at 4:30 p.m. after the market closes and follows with an earnings call with key Apple executives at 5 p.m. This quarter’s call will be one to tune in for, as CEO Tim Cook will surely discuss iPhone 5 sales and more. You can listen to the call on Apple’s website, and as always, 9to5mac will provide full coverage and analysis when it all goes down.

During Q3’s earnings call, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said, “Apple expects Q4 revenues of about $34 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $7.65.” Apple announced revenues of $35 billion and diluted earning per share of $9.32 in Q3.

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A new free app launching in the App Store today, called “App Map,” allows users to discover apps based on the most commonly used by other iOS users in their area. After prompting the user with the usual dialog to allow access to location, App Map requests access to “send a list of your recently used Apps” to its server. Within the app, users can view a list of trending apps worldwide, as well as a live-updating map and list of nearby apps based on number of users and distance from their current location.

App Map does not appear to store all of the apps on a user’s device but instead collects a selection of what it deems the most used (in my case: a couple apps that have not been used in several months…and a total of 7). In some cases, an app’s name is not recognized properly or it is changed, but App Map allows users to correct or “Identify” those apps by searching from an app index.

App Map analyzes the list of running Apps on your phone (don’t worry, we can’t see any of your private data!) and simultaneously shows you what Apps are being used nearby… Help us confirm identity of the Apps you use (inside of the “Me” tab), and you’ll receive even more relevant results! Search for Apps that are not recognized to help others identify theirs, automatically.

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