The iPhone 5c lie.

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

That means iPhone 5c sold twice as many units as all Blackberry smartphone sales combined (6 million), more than all of Nokia’s Windows Phone smartphone sales in the winter quarter (8.2 million), and in fact, all of Microsoft’s Windows Phones sold globally in the winter quarter (slightly more than 8.2 million, as Nokia makes 90 percent of the world’s Windows Phones).

Even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 reportedly sold just 9 million units in the winter quarter. If you do the math, that’s less than 12.8 million.

LG’s heavily marketed flagship G2 reportedly sold just 2.3 million units in the winter quarter. That indicates that Apple’s mid tier iPhone 5c outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and LG’s G2 put together.

’nuff said.

2013 in review: Apple and it’s competitors – AppleInsider.

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

Tech blogs and mainstream media reports in 2013 consistently presented Apple as beset by a series of unsolvable problems, from flagging sales and slipping market share to a generalized lack of innovation. In hindsight, the media was disastrously, egregiously wrong about the horses it chose to back in the technology market this year. Perhaps they’ll do a better job in 2014.

What a great piece of reporting on the facts.

Strategy Analytics’ get’s slammed.

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

A report by Strategy Analytics is getting lots of attention, but its core implication that Samsung Electronics is now leading Apple, Inc. in profits is simply not accurate.

Go read it. Dilger makes a great case for why you shouldn’t trust “analysts”.

But it’s open! Part XI.

In today’s installment:
Google and Facebook try to change the meaning of “Do not track”, plus Motorola (read: Google) wants more from it’s FRAND patents than the whole patent pool gets.

AppleInsider via The New York Times.

Totally open.

Florian Mueller for FOSS Patents:

This relates to the H.264 video codec standard. On the left side of that chart, Microsoft highlights that it pays to the MPEG LA pool (which contains 2,339 patents on H.264, contributed by 29 different companies) an annual royalty that is capped at $6.5 million. If the cap didn’t exist, the amount would be $60 million. By sharp contrast, Motorola holds only 50 such patents but has made a royalty demand that would, even in the most conservative (!) estimate, amount to $4 billion.

Open.