French Court Hits Apple With $6.5 Million Royalty Tax Bill

More tax troubles for Apple …

As iPhone Growth Slows, Apple’s iPad Sales Surge

IPads are still exploding in popularity, but iPhone sales are a bit more complicated.


Google Preps Maps App for Apple Devices

The head-to-head battle between Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in mobile maps is drawing nearer.

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Google Aware of Gmail IMAP Problems, Working on Fix (Update)

If you’ve been having problems receiving your Google email on devices, such as your iPhone or Android tablet, you’re not the only one. A number of users have reported receiving a “mail service is not responding” error message when trying to access their accounts via IMAP and not just Apple devices as originally reported. Google said in an email to AllThingsD that it’s aware of the problem and working on implementing a fix. In the meantime, Google has posted more details and some workaround advice on its support page under the “Pop, IMAP and Sync” section.

Martha Stewart on Her Changing Media Empire

“We are relentless in serving our customers where they need us, where they want us,” Stewart said, speaking at D: Dive Into Media on Tuesday.


Beyond Tablets: The Next Five Computing Form Factors

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 a few short weeks away, it’s a good time to look ahead at what’s next for consumer technology.

VeriFone Acquires Company That Helps Retailers Swap Registers for iPads

VeriFone, the largest maker of payment processing devices, has acquired Global Bay, which develops software that helps retailers use devices such as iPads as payment options.


Time for a Sequel to AOL-Time Warner?

This isn’t a joke. The buzz from California is that it just may be time to try another AOL-Time Warner. That $164 billion merger disaster defined a decade of thoughtless deal making, reckless ego and vaporous “synergy.” But for Hollywood executives and bankers now toting their iPads like baby blankets, the new technology has brought them back to an old conversation about “content” and its distribution.

Apple: King of All Mobile PCs

If the iPad truly is a PC and not the “media tablet” that some claim, then Apple is the largest mobile PC vendor in the world. According to DisplaySearch, Apple shipped 10.2 million mobile PCs in the fourth quarter of 2010–iPads, MacBooks and MacBook Pros–to claim a 17.2 percent share of the mobile PC market. That makes it the new global leader.

It’s Hard to Cut the Charging Cords

A pad to charge all your mobile devices sounds like a great idea, and yet most people are still fumbling with jumbles of power cords. Katie looks at the different technologies involved and why charging pads aren’t more commonplace.