The big news this evening comes not from the Apple world, but from rival Google as it sells off Motorola to Lenovo for US$2.91 billion. Lenovo will get the chance to gain a foothold in the US market, and Google will hold onto most of Motorola's patent portfolio. Still, a good 2,000 of those patents and a license on the rest will go to Lenovo, The Verge reported. Motorola and Apple clashed over these patents a number of times, and it'll be interesting to see how the landscape will change now that Lenovo holds some of these assets.
Other news from Wednesday afternoon includes:
- Chinese iPhone users got an iOS update geared toward fixing network issues.
- Evernote has given its servers a boost, which has resulted in speedier syncing. How fast? Up to four times faster, Evernote says. Its apps will be upgraded to take advantage of the improved syncing.
- Virgin Mobile is determined to prove it won't be left behind in the iPhone sales game. It's offering a nonsubsidized iPhone 5c for $359.99 and iPhone 5s for $459.99. You'll pay roughly $200 more if you go with any other carrier, as well as Apple itself.
- Apple's new retail head Angela Ahrendts is already is bringing in the honors before she even starts at Apple. She is being named a Dame of the British Empire. Melinda Gates also is receiving the honor.
- Oops! If you're missing some emails between Jan. 12 and 21, you might want to check your spam and trash folders. A Gmail bug was causing legit emails to be trashed or spammed alongside the ones you meant to delete.
- 9to5Mac noticed a glitch on iCloud.com that indicates iCloud bookmarks that can be viewed on any browser could be coming in the near future.
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