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Apple iOS Monopoly, more iWatch, Samsung Note III? and Dell not going public?
Apple is facing lawsuits from all sides at the moment with a consumer lawsuit over a potential monopoly over apps with their App Store service. Apple’s attorney Dan Law is arguing that because Apple doesn’t set the price of paid iOS apps and that they are only charging a price for distribution which does not violate antitrust laws. The attorney representing the seven customers who are suing Apple asked whether an iPhone customer could purchase Rovio’s Angry Birds game from somewhere else and load it onto their iPhone “If the answer is no, then Apple is a monopolist,” he added.
Swatch’s CEO Nick Hayek has gone on record as saying that Apple has been in contact with the several times over the years to chat about watch technology. Specifically he mentioned “energy harvesting technology that would generate energy from physical movement,”
which would help mitigate the power draw that the many concepts of the iWatch would lead to it having.
With the rumoured specs of the Galaxy S IV pushing the flagship phone in the Samsung range up to 5 inches, the Galaxy Note II’s 5.5-inch screen is going to be a smaller jump for those wanting a phablet sized device. Samsung looks set to be building a new 5.9-inch phablet which would effectively be the next Galaxy Note device. Rumours also peg the device to be using the Exynos Octa processor to do some heavy lifting on the handset.
Carl Icahn’s fortune is estimated at $14 billion and the investment mogul is taking a specific interest in Dell with the aim of stopping their proposed privatisation. Icahn looks set to attempt a leveraged buyout to keep the firm where it is and the market seems to like the news as Dell’s share price rallied on the news.