After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives debate the complicated legal claims of Apple Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., a jury of nine men and women are set to decide one of the biggest technology disputes in history.
Apple is demanding Samsung pay it $2.5 billion and pull its most popular smartphones and computer tablets from the U.S. market after accusing the South Korean company of “ripping off” its iPhone and iPad technology. Samsung, in turn, is demanding Apple pay it $399 million for allegedly using Samsung’s technology without proper payments in making the iconic iPhone and iPad.
Apple’s damage demands, if awarded, would represent the largest patent verdict in the U.S. An appeals court last year overturned the largest award to date, a $1.8 billion judgment against pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories.
Apple and Samsung are the top-selling smartphone makers and combined account for more than half of global smartphone sales.
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google announced today that access to its social network Google+ is available through an app for the Ipad.
“The Google Plus app for Ipad was designed with the device in mind. Your stream styles content based on popularity, type and orientation,” Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz said in a blog post today.
Horowitz said that Google has added “unique ways to interact with the app” such as the ability to pinch and expand posts in the stream to add comments, use two fingers to drag a post from the stream to reshare it and start a “hangout” from the Ipad and stream it to a TV using Airplay.