Too Late for HP in the Smart Phone Market?

Is HP's purchase of Palm for $1.2 billion seems too little too late for HP to compete in the smart phone market? As the largest manufacturer of computers in the world it does seem like HP should be in the smart phone market, and yet few people realize that HP already sells the iPaq which...

10 Billion Apps Downloaded - Wow!

Apple claims 160 million iPhone, iPod, and iPad users world-wide and given the popularity of Apple apps- it's no surprise at Apple's announcement of 10 billion apps downloaded. The 10 billion apps comes on the heels of Steve Jobs' announcement of his departure for medical leave, once...

So You Have an iPad....

If you are a current iPad or iPad2 owner you have probably tinkered around with it a lot. In fact, you have probably already mastered Angry Birds, totally customized your Pandora station, and your iBook shelf runneth over. Are you now considering using it for work and productivity purposes? What are...

Senator Sends Letter to Apple Complaining about iPhone/iPad Location Logging

Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices only, so the largest problem will occur if the devices are lost, stolen, or hacked...

Is Internet Privacy Possible?

A new lawsuit against Google for Internet location tracking highlights my recent eCommerce Times column that Internet privacy may not be possible . The new class action lawsuit brought by Jon Pessano and others asserts that Google uses its location marketing database to generate billions of dollars...

Apple - Most Valuable Brand in the World, But Loses its Retail Guru to J.C. Penny

Google was the most valuable brand name in the world for 4 years, and now Apple has finally surpassed Google as the most valuable brand . Rounding out the top 10 are very familar names: 1. Apple 2. Google 3. IBM 4. McDonald's 5. Microsoft 6. Coca-Cola 7. AT&T 8. Marlboro...

Apple Stores in China Counterfeit!

As a retailer Apple appears to be second to no one, but since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery is it any wonder that a blogger visiting China recently discovered more than one counterfeit "Apple Store " selling Apple products and employees of the counterfeit "Apple Store"...

Apple Loses Trademark Claim on "App Store" to Amazon

Apple did not prove that App Store was famous and not descriptive, therefore Apple failed to establish a likelihood of success at trial. On July 6, 2011 US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied Apple's request to enjoin Amazon from using "App Store " as she ruled that it was unlikely...

Apple More Valuable than Exxon Mobil!

A NY Times stock market report for August 8, 2011 highlighed the fact that Apple's stock was the most valuable company in the world ahead of Exxon Mobil, but by the close of the day Exxon Mobil was still number one. Many stock analysts "expect Apple and Exxon Mobil to continue jockeying...

eBook Antitrust Litigation Against Apple and Publishing Companies Continues

On May 15, 2012, the Honorable Denise Cote, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, denied Apple's and five of the largest publishing companies' motions to dismiss in the eBooks antitrust litigation case. See In re Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation, No. 11 MD 2293...

Peter S. Vogel: Cloud Data Storage - How Safe?

By Peter S. Vogel Daily news headlines regularly report lax, or no, security for cloud data. In the past few weeks two very high profile businesses reported cloud breaches - Apple's iCloud and Dropbox. It is no coincidence that my August column for eCommerce Times is entitled " The Cloud...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...