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The Battle Continues: Apple/Samsung Injunction Hearing Set For September 20

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Oh, you thought this whole mess was over now that Samsung has to pony up $1.049 billion in damages to its bitter rival Apple? Not by a long shot. According to The Verge, Samsung and Apple attorneys have been talking with Judge Koh about a preliminary injunction hearing, and have apparently agreed to schedule it on September 20.

Now that Apple has a considerable jury verdict to back up its claims, you can expect the company to push Samsung hard to either license the infringed patents in question (meaning Samsung would have to pay out even more money on top of the damages it already owes) or bar the Korean electronics giant from peddling some of its questionable wares in the United States.

Apple’s clearly not shy when pushing for that latter option too — the company won a preliminary injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus earlier this year (ordered by the same judge, no less), a move Samsung quickly appealed.

This song and dance is already familiar to both parties, which hopefully means they’ll make judicious use of their time. According to Judge Koh, Apple will file its motion by August 29th, after which Samsung’s (undoubtedly bummed) legal team will have two weeks to cobble together its crucial response. From there, Apple has two days to whip up a response to the response. Just like in these proceedings, both Apple and Samsung are stuck with page limits for all their filings, so neither of them can afford to go off on tangents.


The Battle Continues: Apple/Samsung Injunction Hearing Set For September 20

VZW Preps for 28 New LTE Markets

Verizon Wireless today announced the May 17 launch of 28 new LTE markets, while also expanding its network in an additional 11 markets. The launches will bring Verizon’s total LTE markets to 258 across the United States, covering more than

VZW Preps for 28 New LTE Markets

RIM Falls Short: BlackBerry Shipments Down 21% From Q3, Former Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Resigns

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This just in folks: RIM has released their Q4 2012 earnings report, and it paints a pretty bleak portrait of the ailing company. RIM posted quarterly revenues of $4.2 billion, down 19% from the previous quarter, and down 25% from the year-ago quarter. The Waterloo company also reported a net loss of $125 million or $0.24 per share diluted in Q4, along with earnings per share of $0.80.

In the days leading up to the release, analysts expected earnings of $0.83 cents a share on revenue of $4.56 billion.

RIM forecasted during their Q3 earnings call that they would ship between 11 and 12 million BlackBerry handsets this quarter, and managed to move 11.1 million — that’s a 21% dip from their Q3 BlackBerry shipments. Interestingly, the company shipped 500,000 PlayBooks in Q4, a considerable jump from the 150,000 they moved in Q3.

CEO Heins can’t be too pleased with the result — this is the company’s first earnings release with Heins at the helm, and while the company played up the leadership change quite a bit this past January, it doesn’t seem to have done much good yet. That doesn’t mean that Heins has been sitting idly by though, as a source close to him told The Globe And Mail that the CEO has just laid off a number of RIM executives at the “senior vice-president and vice-president levels.”

Former co-CEO Jim Balsillie has also announced that he would be resigning from RIM’s board of directors.

While the aftermath of that high-level shakeup remains to be seen, RIM may have a more pressing issue on their hands. In the days leading up to the release, analysts pointed to the company’s stagnant smartphone selection as a big reason for RIM’s substantial dip.

RIM is still working on their forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system and the hardware to accompany it behind closed doors. An early version of the OS will make an appearance on a number of developer units at this year’s BlackBerry Jam conference in May, though actual consumer-ready handsets with BlackBerry 10 won’t be available “the latter part of 2012.” Meanwhile, iOS and Android devices continue to dominate the smartphone market in the United States, though recent Nielsen data has RIM currently sitting at a distant third in terms of market share.


RIM Falls Short: BlackBerry Shipments Down 21% From Q3, Former Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Resigns

Dell Gives Up On Selling Smartphones In The U.S. (For Now, Anyway)

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I’d wager that only a few of you will remember that Dell sold their own smartphones, and still fewer of you have ever actually owned one.

It should come as no surprise then that Dell, who entered the smartphone market less than two years ago, has announced that they have ceased sales of their last remaining smartphone lines: the Android-powered Venue and the Venue Pro Windows Phone. With those product lines getting the axe, Dell has (for now) put an end to their struggling smartphone business here in the States.

None of Dell’s smartphones managed to gain critical mass in the U.S. market, thanks in part to hardware and software issues that plagued the likes of the Streak 5 and the Venue Pro. They haven’t given up the smartphone ghost completely though, as they’ll continue to sell their devices outside of the United States. Their focus now, according to PC World, has shifted toward “emerging markets and higher-margin products.”

The smartphone game can be a very tough one to crack — consumers, fans, zealots, and certainly us tech writers, demand continuous improvement from the companies that make our hardware. Make them bigger, thinner, faster, better looking, and do it several times a year. Those are tall orders even for entrenched players like HTC and Motorola, so for a company like Dell whose primary focus remains in PC hardware and software solutions, the odds of building and maintaining a considerable stake in the smartphone market were against them from the beginning.

HP has learned that lesson all too well — after having spent an inordinate sum of money to throw their hat into the smartphone and tablet ring with webOS, they pulled the plug in what seems like record time. It takes more than cash and manpower to produce a hit, and in the end, neither HP nor Dell hit upon that crucial formula.

Right now though, Dell’s future in mobile remains hazy. A Dell spokesperson confirmed that the company has plans to push out new mobile products later this year, though he refused to comment on what exactly those devices are (my money is on a slew of Windows 8 tabs with some funky form factors). It’s very possible that Dell intends to dust themselves off and jump back into the ring, but they’ll need a brand new strategy if they want to start playing with the big boys any time soon.


Dell Gives Up On Selling Smartphones In The U.S. (For Now, Anyway)