Apple loses trademark on the name “iPad” in China is reporting that Apple has lost its trademark case in China in which it was suing Proview Tehnology of trademark infringement on the iPad name. Proview had registered the trademark as early as 2000 in China, however it sold the “global trademark” to IP Application Development (a UK Based company) in 2006 for $55,000. THe trademark was then transfered to Apple. The Chinese court said that the Trademark for the Chinese mainland was not included in the agreement, because the Taiwan unit did not own the trademark at that time. Proview is seeking $1 Billion in compensation from Apple.

Hard Drive Prices to Rise

Two industry research groups, IHS iSuppli and IDC, are warning flooding in Thailand will likely case increased consumer prices and shortages for computer hard drives. Western Digital is likely to be the hardest hit as it is estimate 75% of their production capacity will be temporarily shutdown. Western Digital and Toshiba have both announced temporary shutdowns of their Thailand factories.

While PC manufacturares are not likely to be affected, shortages of 25 to 28% are predicted in the consumer market. The number of drives to ship is estimated to be 125 million in Q4 compared to 173 million in Q3. Prices in Q4 are expected to rise 30% over Q3 prices, though some prices have already doubled.

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Google Music Artist Hub

Google Music’s Artist Hub is a site for artists to sell and share music directly with fans.  Artists can build their own page, sell their own songs, and set their own prices for their music.

Gartner iPhone Forecast

Gartner review of iPhone 3Q2011 sales and forecast.

Apple shipped 17 million iPhones, an annual increase of 21 percent, but down nearly 3 million units from the second quarter of 2011 because of Apple’s new device announcement in October. Gartner believes Apple will bounce back in the fourth quarter because of its strongest ever preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first weekend after its announcement. Markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia and China are becoming more important to Apple, representing 16 percent of overall sales and showing that the iPhone has a place in emerging markets, especially now that the 3GS and 4 have received price cuts.

Android tops 50% of Smartphone Sales in 3Q11

Gartner released smartphone sales for the 3rd quarter of 2011. Overall, smartphone sales were up 42 percent over 3Q2010. When ranked by OS, Android tops the list with a 52.5 percent market share. Symbian and iOS were second and third with 16.9 and 15 perent respectively. The report states that iOS sales were depressed in part due to consumers waiting for release of the iPhone 4S.

Google Music "Open for Business"

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After releasing Google I/O in beta back in May, the Google blog announced today that Google Music was now “Open for Business.”

  • Auto sync your entire library across all your devises
  • Androidcentric Market fully integrated
  • 13 million tracks
  • Purchase songs or albums
  • Share “free full play of purchaseds songs” with Google+ friends
  • Artist hub