The Obama government just vetoed Samsung’s proposed ban on AT&T’s Apple phones prior to iPhone 4S, iPad 2.

“After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group…I have decided to disapprove the USITC’s determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation…”

This ruling came in after T-Mobile executive VP of public policy  and general counsel Randal Milch, wrote an open-plea for Obama to prevent the potential ban from taking place. This affects the company as T-Mobile might have maintained around 400,000 subscribers due to the introduction of the iPhone 5 to their line up.

Basically, Samsung did not want Apple to use some of their standard essential patents. Practically, these patents allow a device to connect to an industry standard such as a 3G network. The owners of these essential patents have a duty and responsibility to licence them to anyone at a reasonable fee. However, in this case, Samsung wanted to use some of Apple’s patents (non-standard essentials). And of course Apple would not allow their crown jewels go just like that.

Well done Mr. President. You deserve a third-term.


Apple Maps 2.0

Apple is not giving up and is heading in the right direction in the future of it’s built-in iOS Maps app.

More people today, especially those in big cities, are having to rely on third-party apps (on any OS) for their local transit and walking routes.

Today, Apple Inc. has formally announced the acquisition of two mapping companies.

The first one mentioned by AllThingsD is Toronto-based startup Locationary.

Not only does Locationary ensure that business listing data is positionally accurate (i.e., the restaurant I searched for is where Apple said it would be), it ensures that it is temporally accurate as well (i.e., the restaurant I searched for is still open for business and not closed for renovation or shuttered entirely). And that sort of clean location data could go a long way toward improving Apple Maps and distinguishing it from rivals

Next is Hopstop.

Hopstop shows users in more than 500 cities the fastest way to travel by foot, bike, subway and car.

Personally, I’ve never had any problems with Apple’s native Maps app but do notice Google still has more data. But remember that it took Googles a significant amount of time and years to get to where they are today. Even though Apple got off to a rocky start, I am confident to say that within the next year or two, I will be solely using the iOS app.


Hyperloop, Reddit Pizza and Design

Elon Musk to unveils details about Hyperloop

I’ve been pretty excited about the concept and idea of being able to travel a distance such as from L.A. to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. This is precisely what Tesla Motors CEO and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to do next. “Imagine a concord and a rail-gun” he proposed at D11.

Child cancer patient receives pizza from Reddit

Being someone who has worked in a children’s hospital, this story hits close to home. Health care professionals would do anything to help kids in need. “The flow of deliveries — more than 20 pizzas in total — overwhelmed the hospital staff.”

“Authentic design”

A very well written and researched article by   on the evolution of user interface designs on modern operating systems such as OSX and Windows.