"Maybe I'm an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on," an emotional Ballmer acknowledged in what was described as a series of interviews published Friday. "As much as I love everything about what I'm doing," he said, "the best way … Read more
Isis, the mobile wallet launched by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is off to a rocky start.
The app is getting slammed on the Google Play store, where it is averaging a score of one-and-a-half stars after nearly 1,400 people have weighed in.
Common complaints include the incompatibility of the Isis app with rooted Android phones, as well as the complicated process of getting a special SIM card to run the service.
By requiring a special SIM and a phone compatible with near-field communications (NFC) technology, Isis hasn't made the process for using its digital wallet … Read more
Phil Schiller, head of marketing at Apple, testified Friday in court here that the reason Samsung gained so much market share in smartphones was because it copied Apple. That's also why Samsung flourished while other smartphone makers such as Motorola and Nokia floundered, he said.
"There is a difference," Schiller said. "One is copying. The others are not -- as much."
Along with suing Samsung, Apple also has pursued lawsuits against Motorola, HTC, and other rivals.
Samsung's attorneys, meanwhile, have argued that people … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Samsung's devices that looked like the iPhone made it "much harder" for Apple to differentiate and sell its devices, Apple's head of marketing, Phil Schiller, on Friday told a court here.
Schiller, speaking in a retrial for damages owed by Samsung for infringing Apple patents, said Apple's marketing would have had even more success if Samsung hadn't released similar products.
"This was an incredibly important time," he said. "As this [infringement] has been occurring, it's harder for us to get new customers and bring them into … Read more
Tom Wheeler has been the FCC's chairman for only a few weeks, but he likely already gained a few fans by urging the wireless industry on Thursday to move toward unlocking consumers' cell phones.
Unlocking cell phones allows handsets to be used on a wireless network other than that of the originating carrier. It's a process that wireless carriers are usually willing to accommodate once the customer's wireless contract has been fulfilled.
But the process became illegal earlier this year when the Library of Congress opted not to renew an exemption in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright … Read more
Schiller took the stand in a damages retrial against Samsung with only 11 minutes left in the session. That gave him just enough time to introduce himself and talk briefly about his role at Apple, the development of the iPhone, and the event introducing the product.
"There were huge risks [with the first iPhone]," he said. "We … Read more
Intel is getting into the retail game right before the height of holiday shopping season.
The company announced on Wednesday that it will open its first pop-up retail store in the Nolita neighborhood of New York on November 23. The store will house Intel-based products, allowing customers to check out devices and order them online from within the store. Intel also said it will let the community test drive certain products at home.
Dubbed the Intel Experience Store, the outlet will also offer customers some extra perks like free coffee, speakers from the neighborhood, and movie viewing every Friday.
The … Read more
A federal judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit that an author group brought against Google, concluding that books are like Web pages when it comes to indexing them and displaying small excerpts in search results.
The Google Books project has indexed millions of books, digitizing them without copyright holders' permission, and the Authors Guild sued over the fact. But U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in New York rejected that argument, granting on Thursday Google's motion for summary judgment.
See below for a copy of the full opinion.
He agreed with Google's assertion that showing "snippets&… Read more
Roku turned to AOL Thursday to provide quicker access to news on its streaming-video box.
In addition to the AOL On app that has been on Roku for a while, the box is adding an integrated AOL news service to its home screen, providing fast access to a selection of real-time news videos from more than 1,000 sources like the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Reuters, BBCNews, HuffPost Live, and the E! cable network. CNET, which puts its videos on AOL's On network, will be there too.
Roku has more than 1,000 channels, adding new ones … Read more
The wireless carriers' mobile payment initiative, Isis Mobile Wallet, is finally going live nationwide, delivering another way for consumers to use their phones to pay for goods and services.
It's been a long time coming for Isis, which went through the work of lining up partners, building a mobile-payment platform, and going through trials over the last few years. The Isis Mobile Wallet is available for select Isis-compatible smartphones -- notably not the iPhone -- and comes with a few financial incentives to get users on board.
Isis, jointly run by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is … Read more