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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (right) is currently banned from sales in Australia, pending the result of Apple's lawsuit against Samsung. No reports of the iPad being banned have arrived yet.  (Source: Daily Mobile)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has proudly admitted to "stealing" ideas from competitors, but argues that Android "steals" from his company's ideas and shouldn't be allowed to, legally.  (Source: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Company will repay Samsung for lost revenue if it loses the case

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has scored a major victory in latest round of lawsuits [1][2] courtesy of a ban on Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930) Australian Android tablet sales.  

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android platform is outselling the iPhone 2 to 1 and is growing at a faster pace than Apple.  So Apple is now trying to stifle its competitor with lawsuits.  It is currently suing all three [1][2][3] of the world's largest Android handset makers.

This week, Samsung agreed to cease sales and advertising of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, pending the outcome of a suit Apple filed against it in Australian court.  The suit is one of many that Apple has filed against Samsung in international courts.  

Like the other suits, in this one Apple contends that Samsung "slavishly" worked to steal its intellectual property, including its patented iPad design -- a thin rectangular tablet with a glass screen and black bezel.  Apple also claims Samsung stole its touchscreen technology.  In all 10 of Apple's patents are cited as being infringed.

Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, says the ban on sales was necessary as Samsung made "announcements of an imminent launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device ongoing since July 20."

So far Samsung has not made similar agreements in the North America, Europe, or Asia.  However, Apple is pursuing a preliminary injunction banning sales in these regions.

Samsung is countersuing Apple.  The company has one of the world's largest patent portfolios and holds more U.S. patents than Apple.  Thus some legal experts believe Apple may have picked an intellectual property fight with the wrong company.

Apple chief executive and co-founder, Steven P. Jobs has bragged about his mastery of stealing ideas from others, stating [video], "Picasso had a saying - 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." 

Mr. Jobs contends Android handset makers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola should not be allowed to "steal" the iPad and iPhone's copyrighted look and designs.  

Critics have contended that Apple's patents are so broad that they cover every smart phone and tablet in existence today, as well as non-mobile devices like personal computers.

Apple has agreed to pay Samsung unspecified damages for lost sales, if it loses the case.  It is unclear if this agreement would cover lost sales in the case of a "draw" -- a scenario, which could occur if both companies win their respective lawsuits, forcing a cross-licensing agreement. 



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RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/2011 4:15:24 PM , Rating: -1
Ha ha ha! Funny you say that, because I contend that today's Phandroidboi is like the Mac fanboi of the 1990s. You root (pardon the pun) for the underdog, regardless of product quality. To be fair to the 1990s Mac fanboi, at least graphic design and audio recording were better on a Mac. But for most users, Windows was better and offered more options. The one button Mac and crap like dragging the disc icon into the trash to eject it was hoakey...

When Macs got Intel processors, multiple-button mice, and more software titles, it became clear that Windows was a loser product. Now it's a no brainer. Macs run Windows better than any PC. Macs have tons of native software, even more, with the new app store. Macs can also run Unix software, both services like Tomcat, and X.11 unix applications like Gimp. A Mac with half the memory and half the processing power of a Windows PC will perform just as well. OS X apps do not hog resources like Windows. OS X is Unix.

My advice -- get the best technology that is currently available. Don't buy into hype and promises of what will be. That is Google for you. Their Google TV strategy is particularly pathetic, as they are selling people something that works very poorly (even worse than Android phones and tablets) and telling consumers they will provide a much better update this summer...

What the F is that? Why not wait until they get something working right, and then sell it? Google is just so awful, expecting people to pay to beta test. They need to learn about the SDLC and how to properly manage a technology product. These Android devices really should be tested by beta testers, who get the devices for free and are compensated for their time and submitting feedback. Do that, make a quality product, THEN sell it...

That's what Apple does. Not perfect. I still wait a month or two before installing a new OS X or iOS release, because I am used to Microsoft... so far, this has been unnecessary, as their released products all seem to be of high quality.


RE: cool
By weskurtz0081 on 8/1/2011 4:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
Believe it or not, we have Windows 7 running at work on some pretty old P4's with 1GB or memory, and the users prefer that over Windows XP. We have found Windows 7 performs extremely well on older hardware, better than XP did on XP era hardware. So, saying Windows is a loser product that performs poorly really makes you sound like nothing more than a fanboy.


RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: cool
By weskurtz0081 on 8/3/2011 9:00:57 AM , Rating: 1
Oh, I see, so you are saying if one is even the least bit faster than the other, then the slower one is complete junk... you don't sound like a fanboy AT ALL!!

And, sorry, but I am not making anything up, I can even go get the exact system specs if you like. I know the system requirements are higher than those of XP, but in the real world it runs very well on the exact same XP hardware, try it out for yourself. I know someone that just put Windows 7 on an old single core Dothan Inspiron with 1GB of memory, similar results. 7 runs very well, at least as good as XP did on that notebook. Wouldn't you agree, it's not about benchmarks but rather how fast it feels!

And, I never said that 7 would run on ALL XP era hardware, I specifically referred to a P4 in the first post, so no need to create a straw man. I don't think there ever was a P4 below 1GHz.


RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: cool
By themaster08 on 8/2/2011 2:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
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Microsoft makes about 10 apps for iOS, which integrate with other Microsoft products... (they also make Office for the Mac).
What does that prove? Apple make just about as many programs for the Windows platform. So what?

quote:
I don't hate Microsoft. I just think their products suck. I used Windows for 20 years as well as did quite a bit of server side programming
Sure, so find me a viable alternative to Windows Server, especially for SME's that outsource their I.T support.

quote:
Microsoft does not innovate. They acquire. They bought they next generation operating system (which replaced DOS based Win 95 & 98) from Novell. Novell ditched LanManager, which became Wndows NT, and went with Linux...
That's rich coming from someone who's a fan of on operating system that was initially heavily based upon Xerox Parc's original GUI, and then later having BSD underpinnings.


RE: cool
By weskurtz0081 on 8/3/2011 9:03:20 AM , Rating: 1
Hold on, this entire post is in response to my post? The mental picture I have of you typing that response is with you foaming at the mouth! Calm down, you are taking making far too many assumptions, my brand loyalty/loathing doesn't run NEARLY as deep as it appears yours does.


RE: cool
By Kragoth on 8/1/2011 7:12:56 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sorry Dirk88 but what planet are you from?

Let me just point out a few of your crazy ideas.

quote:
When Macs got Intel processors, multiple-button mice, and more software titles, it became clear that Windows was a loser product. Now it's a no brainer. Macs run Windows better than any PC.


So let me get this right. You think that the badge on the outside of a box makes windows run better? Seriously!??!? When Macs got Intel processors they BECAME PCs with a different OS. There are so few hardware differences between a PC and a Mac that making comments like this prove you have no clue about how computers actually work. Just so you're following.

Differences in parts between PC and Mac
CPU - none
Motherboard - none to minimal (form factor stuff)
RAM - none
GPU - none (except Macs are at least 1 generation behind in 99% of cases)
HDD - none
Sound - some differences depending on model.
Mouse - different in some models (does not improve windows performance :P)
Keyboard - different (does not improve windows performance)
Display - different (proprietary connections that are ultimately no better then HDMI. Does NOT improve windows performance)

So if you are running Windows on a Mac then YOU HAVE A PC with a weird mouse and keyboard :P.

Next quote
quote:
Macs have tons of native software, even more, with the new app store.


This just boggles the mind. If Macs have tons of native software....then pcs have mega/giga/tera tons of native software. The correct thing to say would have been. Macs are getting more native software titles but, still have very little in comparison to PCs.

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Macs can also run Unix software, both services like Tomcat, and X.11 unix applications like Gimp.


Out of all them X.11 is the only one that doesn't run just fine on a PC...because X.11 isn't needed on a PC. Emulators are slow compared to native execution. There is no possible way to make an emulator faster then native code. (On like for like hardware).

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A Mac with half the memory and half the processing power of a Windows PC will perform just as well. OS X apps do not hog resources like Windows. OS X is Unix.


Once again you fail to understand computing. How do you measure this? You do realize that it is impossible for you to measure this accurately. Apps running natively on OS X will have been optimized for OS X which is a very controlled environment. PCs don't have such a controlled environment so code has to be written to work with ANYTHING . So optimizations are harder to make. That being said with the difference in Macs not using current hardware, there is only a very small time frame where Macs are even close to PCs in performance over the course of a year. In other words NO. Your statement is unproven and lacks evidence to suggest that you are correct in any way at all.

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Their Google TV strategy is particularly pathetic, as they are selling people something that works very poorly (even worse than Android phones and tablets) and telling consumers they will provide a much better update this summer... What the F is that? Why not wait until they get something working right, and then sell it? Google is just so awful, expecting people to pay to beta test.


Seems you've missed the boat on this one. The 1980's SDLC is no longer the way things are done. Companies have realized the potential for minimizing the costs of a project by providing a paid beta access. They do this for a number of reasons. First, it is a great way of getting a diverse range of testers that are actually interested in your product and will use it. Secondly, they don't need to pay for the testing. Third, it will give their system a much better test then a controlled test group. Last but not least....it is FREE advertising for them.

Google have a pretty good name out there in the real world. So when Google says "this summer we are going to be greatly improving your experience" then the vast majority of people are going to believe them.

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That's what Apple does. Not perfect. I still wait a month or two before installing a new OS X or iOS release, because I am used to Microsoft... so far, this has been unnecessary, as their released products all seem to be of high quality.


This also is not true. iOS updates have been plagued with problems if you took the time to read. My own iPhone (sadly I did own one but, not anymore...Samsung Galaxy S II FTW!!) was basically made a non functional brick by one of the iOS updates that they had to patch a week or so after release.

I am a software engineer. I know how this game works. It is almost impossible to release software as complex as an OS without there being some bugs. You just have to try make that an acceptable number of bugs.

I also think you may not be keeping up with news about Windows 7. It is quickly becoming one of the most stable and secure OS's in the world. I'd be very careful making claims about OS X in a field where Win 7 is pretty much the standard that all OS's are aiming for.


RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: cool
By karlostomy on 8/1/2011 9:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
@ dirks88

quote:
If you get a $1000 Mac and a $1000 PC, and install Windows on both, the Mac will perform better.


Did you seriously just write that?
You really are from another planet aren't you?

For $1000 I can get MUCH better components in a PC than the comparable $1000 MAC that is dictated to you by SJ.
In most cases, the PC will have at least a better graphics card, or more RAM, or a bigger screen, etc.. at the same price point.
That's a no brainer.

How then do you assert that a MAC/Windows PC with inferior hardware will perform better than Windows PC with better hardware?
Makes no sense.

In addition, a $1000 PC will already have Windows installed and incur no further cost.
However, on a $1000 Mac, you need to spend additional money on a copy of Windows, bringing the real cost of the $1000 Mac (with inferior hardware) to about $1200+.

To add insult to injury, when it comes time to upgrade the RAM or GPU, the MAC will give you fewer choices of hardware to do it with and a higher cost in doing so.
Many MACs have NO option of upgrading the GPU. wtf?

Try to think before you post, dirks88.


RE: cool
By Helbore on 8/2/2011 8:36:24 AM , Rating: 1
Well it is obvious you haven't bought a PC in a long time if you think this has any truth to it. It almost sounds like you are comparing a bottom-of-the-line Dell Vostro to a Mac Pro and saying "look the Mac has better hardware!" But then you make a real pig's ear of it and claim a $1000 Mac has better hardware in it than a $1000 PC.

It doesn't.

Also, its not just down to the hardware to make Windows run well. It is also the drivers and Apple are notorious for writing crappy Windows drivers. Windows does not run better on a Mac with identical or lesser hardware than a comparable PC. In many cases, it is far worse, thanks to Apple's shoody drivers (which I'm sure they do on purpose, purely to make OSX seem better on the Mac than Windows)

It's funny that you blame poor coding in Windows for its performance problems and say how OSX is more efficient, so needs lower hardware requirements (which still isn't a good explanation as to why a Mac is more expensive when containing cheaper hardware), but you then go on to say that the buggy, problematic OS can run just fine on Apple's lower system requirements, too.

You can't have it both ways. Either Windows runs slower than OSX on lower-end hardware, or Windows can run just as well as OSX on similar hardware.


RE: cool
By karlostomy on 8/1/2011 8:40:04 PM , Rating: 2
@ kragoth
Really good post. +6

It seems Dirk88 forgot to put on his thinking cap this morning.
Sadly, this is nothing new amongst the macfanboy fraternity.


RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: cool
By Pirks on 8/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: cool
By karlostomy on 8/1/2011 9:33:41 PM , Rating: 1
@ dirk88

Cripes, dude!
You wrote 1285 words in that blathering wall of macfanboy text.

Youmad?


RE: cool
By 225commander on 8/2/2011 9:37:13 AM , Rating: 2
Haha, why are all of you attempting to reply and correct this guy?

Me thinks 'Dirks88' = 'Pirks'

now go back and read the comments and tell me you don't see the similarities, right down to the long diatribe 'explaining' Apple superiority in the face of reality,


RE: cool
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/2/2011 11:21:52 AM , Rating: 2
Def sounds Pirkish...


RE: cool
By Pirks on 8/2/2011 4:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
And you sound just like yourself - a clumsy autistic clown, can't even entertain me well. What a loser... try harder maybe? ;)


RE: cool
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/6/2011 3:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
Entertain you? I am not here for your entertainment moron. The only loser here, is as usual, you.


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