It seems that Apple and Google have got tired of donating their lawyers by battling in every courthouse when they have time and field for doing so. Or, probably, they have decided that their lawyers are already well-off enough and that the time for finding a compromise has come. It seems likely so.
Just hours after Apple fixed its major iMessage and FaceTime outage that affected iOS 6 users all over the U.S., iTunes Match went down, preventing subscribers from playing or downloading music both from iOS and Mac devices. Although the glitch affected a number of people, all services were still listed as up and running on the iCloud website, which only mentioned that the iMessage and FaceTime issues plagued “some” users as of Sunday evening. Those who tried to play iTunes Match songs Monday morning simply saw their tracks frozen at the zero time mark, with no error messages pointing to a potential source of the bug.
Samsung has made a surprising move, asking Apple to provide a copy of its newly signed licensing deal with HTC. The South Korean tech giant allegedly wants to check out the patents covered by the agreement in a hope to find overlaps with those asserted in its own legal spat with the iPhone maker. In particular, the company’s latest filing mentions the scrolling and zooming and “bounce back” patents.
On December 14, Apple will end Messages Beta on its OS X Lion and shift Messages service to OS X Mountain Lion exclusively. The feature might be another reason to upgrade to Mountain Lion which includes many new features and is rather convenient in use.
The initial reason for the introduction of Messages was that previous solution – iChat, consolidated services such as AIM, Yahoo chat and Jabber, but did not work with iMessage and FaceTime, which are company’s own products for iOS.
Apple (AAPL) market value has lately dropped below $500 billion mark. Is this the result of investors mistrust in Apple stock? There are some reasons of such a disappointing situation. The stock is not sold nearer the 200-day moving averages of $610.30 and the 50-day ones of $607.50. Since the early November the average volume rose 46 percent to 28.4 million shares in comparison to an average volume of about 19.5 million shares for 3 previous months.
iPhone 5 availability keeps improving for all models, including the three storage options and two color varieties, which are now listed as shipping within two to three weeks. That’s much faster than the previously cited three- to four-week wait times.