For a fresh perspective on the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4 rumour mill, check out Sascha Segan's blunt appraisal of the recent speculation surrounding the Cupertino-based firm's developer logs and the South Koreans' plans for its next blockbuster handset launch. He points out that next-gen smartphones enter development years ahead of their release - Apple is currently working on its iPhone 7, he claims - so we should hardly be surprised that there are entries regarding this year's release. On the Samsung front, he rubbishes the "Will it be CES? Will it be MWC?" debate with regards to the Galaxy S4's launch, pointing to the firm's track record of staging independent unveiling event. The moral of the story? Yes, it's 2013 and that means we're going to be on the receiving end of both the next iPhone and Galaxy S4 - just not yet.
Days after Apple dropped Samsung's Galaxy S3 Mini from its latest patent lawsuit, the Cupertino-based firm has taken another litigation-related blow, this time in an ongoing battle with Amazon. A California court has granted Amazon's request to dismiss Apple's false advertising claim in an ongoing lawsuit regarding the companies' joint use of the "app store" name. Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton agreed with Amazon that Apple failed identify a single false statement Amazon has made about its app store. "The mere use of 'Appstore' by Amazon to designate a site for viewing and downloading/purchasing apps cannot be construed as a representation that the nature, characteristics, or quality of the Amazon Appstore is the same as that of the Apple App Store," she concluded.
Cybercrime is still on the rise and the methods of online miscreants are becoming increasingly sophisticated. But is our understanding of the problem and our ability to deal with it getting any better? The British government thinks not, and is thus ready to launch a brand new educational programme to raise awareness about the growing threats that exist online. The catch-all scheme is targeting old and young, businesses and the general public, as the Cabinet Office’s parliamentary secretary Chloe Smith admitted, "We need to crack this problem." Follow the link for the full story.
The day also brought potential good news for disgruntled UK consumers who are upset with the recent price hikes on their mobile tariffs. Ofcom has launched an investigation into the current contract policies of service providers, which could result in the institution of new rules enabling consumers to end fixed-term contracts without incurring a penalty. The proposed rule will affect contracts for landline, broadband and mobile services. Follow the link to find out more on this story.