And now Samsung skewers Apple's iPad Air pencil ad

This isn't going to stop, is it?

Samsung is going to relentlessly tweak Apple's slightly tired-looking cheek until everyone in the playground is laughing.

In another new ad that chuckles at Apple's allegedly retrograde nature, Samsung -- or rather its California-based creative types -- decides to take the well-known iPad Air ad featuring a pencil and suck the air out of it.

Should you have somehow forgotten this Apple ad, it's the one in which an iPad Air is said -- by Walter White of "Breaking Bad" -- to be thinner than a pencil (… Read more

The search for an awesome Flappy Bird replacement

Flappy Bird enjoyed phenomenal success in just over a week, only to be taken down from the App Store on Sunday.

The gaming concept for Flappy Bird couldn't be more simple. You simply tap your screen to flap as you guide your bird through the spaces between pipes to get a high score. Though it sounds simple, the game is surprisingly difficult, which is what got so many people addicted to trying to break their high scores. The graphics are not impressive, but the game has solid physics and just enough polish that you don't mind.

Unfortunately, if … Read more

Apple's Arizona plant could make 'unprecedented' amounts of sapphire

Apple's new Arizona factory could manufacture "unprecedented" amounts of synthetic sapphire used to make stronger iPhone screens, according to a report.

The factory will make as much as double the current global capacity of sapphire, according to Yole Developpement analyst Eric Virey, via Bloomberg. That's enough for 80 million to 100 million iPhones a year, the report said.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in November announced that Apple was building a factory in Mesa, Arizona, to manufacture sapphire materials. And Apple late last year signed a contract with GT Advanced to produce sapphire-based materials at Apple's … Read more

Judge again denies Samsung an Apple mistrial over 'racist' remarks

Despite Samsung's protestations over "racist" comments by an Apple attorney, the Korea-based gadget maker has been denied for a second time a mistrial in a patent-related case.

On Friday, Judge Lucy Koh again admonished Apple's legal team over remarks made last November during closing arguments in the case, which involved determining the damages Samsung should pay for patent infringement. But she ruled that the remarks didn't influence the jury's verdict and that the verdict would stand.

"Particularly in light of...the high-profile nature of this litigation, the Court expresses its disapproval and disappointment … Read more

Mobile puzzle game Threes is a design marvel worth your time

The image of the emblematic smartphone game has not been held in high regard of late. Certainly not with titles like Flappy Bird seemingly taking over the world, earning $50,000 a day off our meaningless compulsions and further cementing the well of condescension "hardcore" gamers have for the mobile platform and its capacity.

That's where Threes comes in. Released Wednesday as a universal iPhone and iPad app, the $1.99 title -- a simple math-based puzzler with gorgeous design and catchy music -- is what an overtly refreshing, downright fantastic mobile game should be.

It's … Read more

Walmart sale slashes iPad 2 price to $299

Anyone interested in an iPad 2 can save $100 through a new sale at Walmart.

As of Thursday, the retailer has trimmed the cost of the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad to $299 from the regular $399. The sale will stretch for the next 30 days and is good both online and at retail stores.

Walmart shoppers also can get money back by trading in their current iPad.

Trading in any model of Apple's tablet will score you at least $100 and possibly more depending on the condition. That means people who give up an older iPad for an iPad 2 … Read more

Tim Cook lands in Turkey, could he be planning an iPad deal?

Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Turkey this week has been in the works for a while now. It coincides with the opening of the company's first retail store in the country. However, during his visit, Cook also has plans to meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday.

Word has it that Cook will be discussing an initiative that could bring millions of iPads to children in Turkey's schools, according to AppleInsider. The deal is said to be worth as much as $4 billion.

The iPads are a central component to Turkey's technology education initiative, … Read more

Apple said to build its own content delivery network

Apple may soon control even more of the user experience.

The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant may be building its own content delivery network to deliver apps, software updates, and iTunes content to consumers, according to Dan Rayburn, principal analyst at business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

Details are pretty limited at this point, but Rayburn said Apple is in the process of building its network. It has hired many people experienced in building out large-scale networks, he said. It's unclear what type of content Apple's network will deliver, what areas it will service, and other factors.

Currently, Akamai … Read more

IHS cautious about Apple's push for large iPad

How probable is a large iPad? Not probable enough for market researcher IHS to take seriously -- yet.

Ostensibly larger than Apple's current 9.7-inch iPad Air, a laptop-size iPad display could conceivably compete with Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 shown at the Consumer Electronics Show -- which the South Korean company is marketing as its most business-friendly tablet.

But it's all very iffy right now, according to Rhoda Alexander, IHS' director of tablet and monitor research.

"Some manufacturers over the last six months have received sample quantities of a larger panel. They're playing … Read more

Future iPhones, iPads could be more touch sensitive

Mobile devices don't always interpret touch gestures correctly. A new patent application from Apple, which CNET also reported about here, suggests one way to improve their accuracy.

Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Gesture and Touch Input Detection Through Force Sensing" explains a way of adding force sensors to a touch screen. Such sensors would recognize certain types of swipes and better distinguish accidental gestures from the real thing.

As envisioned by Apple, three or four force sensors would be outfitted with a device's touch screen. But the sensors would … Read more