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Google India’s recently concluded “Mapathon” contest has attracted quite a lot of negative criticism from the Indian Police who says that it is investigating the mapping data and the contest conducted by Google that might expose sensitive and restricted data. Indian police claim that Google violated rules in a competition that asked users to add information about their local areas for its online map services after a government agency raised security concerns.

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Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police, New Delhi, said that a complaint has been received from Survey of India which has been forwarded to the cybercell for further action. Survey of India is India;s national survey and mapping agency.

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Apple and Motorola have been fighting it out in the German court to settle out various patent infringement cases against each other. In the latest development, a German Federal Patent Court ruled Apple’s “Slide To Unlock” patent as invalid. The patent under consideration was European Patent EP1964022 for “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image”. After a day long court session, the German court invalidated the patent even after Apple’s attempt to save the patent’s validity by presenting 14 proposed claim amendments. The German court noted that Apple’s patent claim does not meet with the requirements set by the European patent law and the swiping gesture is just an enhancement to previous art.

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Android and Samsung might be dominating globally, but US still seems to be a stronghold for Apple that Samsung is failing to break. Samsung has been spending high amount of money market its products in the US and capture the top spot last year but still failed to make it despite its efforts, there were repots earlier suggesting that Samsung is planning to increase its marketing spending up by 4 times in US in an effort to further push its smartphone sales in the US. The recent reports from ComScore suggest that the overall sales of smartphones in the US moved up by 8% this quarter and recorded 133.7 million handsets being owned currently. Out of all the handsets in use right now Apple’s iPhone currently occupies 38.9% up by 3.9% compared to last quarter’s 35%.

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In yesterday’s launch of Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg was quite keen on stressing about the openness of Android OS as a whole that made it possible to develop Facebook home that allows to make some deep system level customisations. When asked about the possibility of extending Facebook Home to iOS users, Zuckerberg was quite non-committal saying that the experience of Google’s Android platform cannot be seen anywhere else. When questioned about iOS users to get to use Facebook Home, Zuckerberg had positive views about Apple as such saying that they had a great experience with Apple so far but he assured that unless and until some kind of partnership happens with Apple they cant extended something like Facebook Home to iOS users.

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Last week we reported about the progress of Apple music streaming service, iRadio, being delayed because of pricing issues between record labels and Apple. It was reported that Apple was willing to pay a mere 6 cents per 100 songs to the record labels as compared to the industry standards of 21 cents per 100 songs. Even reputed services like Pandora and Spotify pay as high as 31 cents per 100 songs currently which is way higher than what Apple has been offering to the record labels to sign a contractual agreement. Apple’s main reasoning was its advantage over rivals of having millions of users already using iTunes and iOS platforms who will also migrate to its music streaming service when launched. But a report that emerged on Tuesday claims that Apple has almost done a deal with two major record labels that would accelerate its launch plan for iRadio service.

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Initial budget estimate for Apple’s mega spaceship campus was estimated at $3 billion which is a huge budget as such, but recent reports suggest Apple to have shot the budget up by 66% to a whooping $5 billion current estimate for its project which is almost 30% higher than the World Trade Center complex currently being build at New York. Apple’s move seems to be irking the investors who are already worried about Apple’s continuously collapsing stock.  The spaceship campus, Apple’s late CEO Steve Job’s dream project, was presented to the Cupertino City Council back in June 2011 which was Steve Job’s last public appearance. The build will be built in a 176 acre land area and will have a floor space of 2.8 million square feet accommodating 12,000 employees.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States, that at times would need to intercept mobile communications to gather valuable data. But recent report from CNET suggest that Apple’s iMessage service is turning out to be a big pain to crack and intercept as iMessage’s encryption are not vulnerable to existing methods used by the DEA. Apple’s terms include a clause to share their iMessage details with governing agencies to comply with law enforcement is deemed necessary as does any other tech company like Google or Facebook. But as of now the laws only state backdoor access to be provided to agencies like DEA by all telecom operators and Apple not being a telecom operator is exempted from it.

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AppleInsider reprots of three different patents filed by Apple that aim at improving the accuracy of pedometer implementation using current devices or any device supporting a gyroscope and accelerometer. Apple’s patent suggest it being keen on creating a dedicated health accessory or to implement it in their current mobile devices itself. Accessories like FitBit, Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up and Samsung’s recently showcased watch all aim at helping user track their daily calorie burning and help them in gamifying their daily target for burning calories. Currently Apple provides APIs for users to track a users motion so that it can be implemented in their mobile applications (eg: Nike +) but there seems to be no advanced way of having a better accuracy.

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Apple maps is currently lagging behind Google maps in many aspects but things are getting better with Apple maps at a rapid pace and few user driven tests also confirmed it recently. One aspect where Google maps is better than Apple maps is with the provision of Street View of a location where users will get the real view of a street upon entering a Street View mode using Google Maps. Apple seems to have filed for a patent taking this technology a bit ahead of Google Maps Street View. Apple’s patent suggests that current Street View technologies are cluttered and need many user actions to navigate which is quite troublesome on mobile devices with smaller screen. Instead Apple is opting to make use of all the sensors on its mobile devices to navigate when in street view.

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Researchers suggest that Apple will have a hard time to grow its marketshare percentage in smartphone segment but it can remain dominant in the tablet segment for a longer time now. The market dynamics in the smartphone segment are going in the wrong way right now in a race to capture the largest share which might not sustain for a long time suggests Toni Sacconaghi wrote for Bernstein Research. Apple, once dominant in the smartphone market as well now hardly owns around 17% of the smartphone market where as its rival Android is present on 70% of the smartphones. But dose that speak the right number to be measured for? In a race to beat Apple all the Android OEMs are beating themselves up by reducing the smartphone prices drastically and earning lesser and lesser profits. Apple currents takes a share of 65% in the overall profits earned in the smartphone market with a mere share of 17%.

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