Shanghai Daily reports that Apple is facing a lawsuit in China over Siri, with Shanghai Zhi Zhen Internet Technology Co Ltd claiming that Siri infringes upon its patent rights.
The Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court will hold a pre-hearing at 2pm today to let Apple and Shanghai Zhi Zhen Internet Technology Co Ltd exchange evidence. [...]
“Siri is very similar to Xiaoi, a chat robot system we have been developing since 2003,” said Mei Li, a spokeswoman of Shanghai Zhi Zhen which filed the lawsuit.
Mei said her company applied for patent rights for Xiaoi in 2004 in China and the patent right went into effect in 2006.
Xiaoi “which started as a chat bot for MSN” has evolved to look quite similar to Siri, is available on multiple platforms such as Android and iOS [App Store] and has over 100 million users. » Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit In China Over Siri
The iPhone 5 will finally be sold through T-Mobile starting on April 12. This iPhone 5 is a modified version of the A1428 iPhone 5 that is currently produced other networks such as AT&T. The new version of the A1428 has been tweaked on the hardware side by Apple to support Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) bands for T-Mobile’s network. Current iPhone 5 A1428 models can not be updated to add AWS support and will be notably slower on T-Mobile’s network. » T-Mobile Will Get iPhone 5 With AWS Support On April 12
AppleInsider reports that “a 14-page preview of the eponymous Steve Jobs manga was posted to the Web on Monday, with the first panels giving a look at how author Mari Yamazaki plans to to tell the tale of the late Apple co-founder“. The manga was posted in the April issue of the company’s Kiss magazine, which is a publication targeting the young adult to adult female demographic. » First Chapter Of ‘Official’ Jobs Biographic Manga Goes On Sale In Japan
Folowing the last rumors “Samsung confirmed” that Apple and Samsung both are working on a Smart Watch, The Financial Times now reports that Google is also working on a smart watch that will run Android. The report unsurprisingly suggests that Google views the smart watch as a more mainstream wearable accessory than the Google Glass project that has garnered significant attention in recent months. » Google Also Working On A Android Powered Smart Watch
According to the latest rumors, Apple is working on a something called “iWatch”, which is a smart watch project. Now Bloomberg reports that Samsung has confirmed rumors that they are also working on a smart watch, it appears that the two rivals will be going head-to-head yet again as the battle over mobile devices widens. » Samsung Working on Smart Watch Project
Apple has just released iOS 6.1.3 to the public and includes minor enhancements including a fix for a passcode security bug, improvements to Maps in Japan and it addresses at least one of the security holes used by the evasi0n jailbreak tool. So if you love your jailbroken device, do not update! Everybody else, do update, since it fixes a vulnerability that has been discovered in iOS 6.1 that can be exploited to bypass passcode locks on iOS devices. » Apple Releases iOS 6.1.3 With Passcode Bug Fix, Japanese Maps Enhancements, But Kills Evasi0n Jailbreak
Apple added a new web campaign to their website called “Why You’ll Love an iPhone” and comes with all-new graphics, a new “Why iPhone” page, and an email promotion. The “Why iPhone” page shares a number of features and highlights of the iPhone such as Apple’s J.D. Power customer satisfaction awards, the iPhone’s design, Retina display, battery life, A6 chip, and more. » Why You’ll Love an iPhone: New Apple Web Campaign