Apple Files For Figurative Smart Cover Trademark in China

Apple has already trademarked the actual “smart cover” product name in the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. This specific trademark isn’t always effective, however, as it essentially lets someone get away with creating a knock-off cover with a similar name such as this “smart case” which was later pulled from sale. For third-party manufacturers in China, though, things are about to change.

As discovered by Patently Apple, Apple has filed for a figurative smart cover trademark in China’s Patent & Trademark Office which will effectively prohibit the sale of cases, covers, sleeves, pouches, or any similar looking product to that of Apple’s official smart cover—including similarly named products. This won’t stop counterfeit smart covers from being manufactured altogether, but it should help combat the number of fakes produced.

[Patently Apple]

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Andy Rubin: Nexus Devices Won’t be Exclusive to Motorola

Google bought Motorola Mobility. Many are saying it’s just for the patents (which it might be), while others are saying that it’s actually Google recognizing the importance of vertical integration in the mobile phone space. Regardless, the deal has made many (myself included) believe that Motorola will now be the sole manufacturer of Google’s Nexus line of devices. That isn’t so, says Andy Rubin. (more…)

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Prototype MacBook Pro With Built-In 3G Listed on eBay

It appears that, at one time, Apple had been working on a MacBook Pro with integrated 3G connectivity. A prototype MacBook Pro has been placed for sale on eBay, listed as a 2007 Santa Rosa model that used to belong to a former Apple employee. The computer was used by the employee for “software development work,” and he was allowed to retain the device after his tenure with the Cupertino-based company.

The two distinguishable features that identify the computer as having 3G capabilities are  the integrated, retractable antenna next to the screen, as well as a SIM card slot underneath the memory cover. The employee never got the 3G to actually function, as it (more…)

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Apple and Microsoft’s Anti-Competitive Ways Prompted Google’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility

Google’s chief executive officer Larry Page, in a post made on the Official Google Blog, shared his views about how the anti-competitive ways of both Apple and Microsoft prompted the Mountain View company to acquire handset maker Motorola Mobility.

Page claims that Google’s open source Android platform has been subject to anti-competitive patent attacks from Apple, Microsoft, and other companies. Through its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Page suggests that Google will be able to better protect its Android platform against this patent litigation because (more…)

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Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion

Google announced on Monday that they have entered into an agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion. The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to “supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing.”

Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android, and other handset makers will still be able to use the open source operating system. The acquisition of Motorola Mobility will enable Google to strengthen its ties between hardware and software. Google’s Android platform can now be installed on devices that are (more…)

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New Renders Surface For Apple’s Future Mothership Campus

The City of Cupertino has rendered new images of Apple’s proposed flagship campus as part of the city council’s review process of Apple’s plans. The first step of the review involves an environmental impact assessment that will evaluate traffic, noise, air quality and will provide the public with an opportunity for comment.

Steve Jobs first made an appearance at a local Cupertino council meeting in June to discuss plans for the new-and-improved Apple headquarters, which would occupy 150 acres of land just down the street (more…)

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Please read on for more information and requirements to apply for the iFans Review Team. (more…)

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Jim Dalrymple: Apple Event on Sep 7 is “Not Happening”

Last night, Japanese website Kodwarisan reported that Apple would be holding its annual fall media event, which has always been focused around the introduction of new iPods, on Wednesday, September 7. While this speculated date would seemingly match up well with Apple’s past fall media events, which have all taken place around the same date, Jim Dalrymple from The Loop has debunked the rumor completely. Dalrymple claims that his sources have informed him that the event will not take place on this date nor will a new iPhone be launched on that day.

Reports began to surface yesterday that Apple would hold a special event on September 7 to launch the new iPhone, but that’s not happening. According to my sources, Apple will not have an event or launch the next iPhone on September 7. It’s hard to say how that specific date was chosen by the sites that started the rumor, other than it fits into the timeline of previous Apple events.


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All-New Counter-Strike Game Coming to Mac in 2012

If you’re a fan of the Counter-Strike series of games for Mac, you’ll be happy to hear that Valve Software has announced its forthcoming plans to release a new game, called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (GO), early next year. Valve is notoriously known by Mac gamers for releasing some of the best multiplayer games for Mac, including Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, and Half-Life. The company is also known for running the popular gaming network Steam for Mac and PC users. Counter-Strike is a team-based tactical ops multiplayer shooter, considered by many to be among the best in its genre.

Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999). CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

[Cult of Mac]

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iTableous: This Isn’t Any Ordinary Dinner Table

While Apple is quick to advertise the iPhone for its slim, lightweight design, that didn’t stop Benjamin Bachmeier from creating an over-sized, tabletop replica of a white iPhone 4. The table doesn’t support multi-touch, meaning that you’ll have to hook up your regular mouse and keyboard set, but makes up for the absence of a touchscreen with some fairly decent specs: 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a functional 5.7 megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, USB and HDMI ports, and a 30-pin dock connector. This tabletop iPhone can dual-boot both Hackintosh Mac OS X 10.6.7 as well as Windows 7 Professional.


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