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Samsung shows off the Note 2 in your “typical” office scenario [VIDEO]

Samsung seems to be hitting homerun after homerun when it comes to ads for its Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The latest advertising attempt by the OEM puts the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 into an office environment. No, the device’s awesome multitasking capabilities aren’t tested by the world’s most efficient employee ala Lisa from Obsessed, but it shows how one can use the Note 2 to work smarter, not harder.

This one minute spot will likely be chopped up a bit to fit typical broadcast advertising formats, but the video uses a clever balance of humor, fun and work to appeal to most normal white-collared 9-to-5′ers. I personally could have done without the slight swerve at the end, but that’s just me.

The ad should be just as effective as any when it comes to capturing the attention and interest of the viewer, but more important is Samsung’s attempt to appeal to enterprise in the first place.

Sure, the approach wasn’t all that serious in tone — and the decision to go with a particular phone for office use largely depends on each individual’s workplace and situation — but there’s no better way to try and break into a sector of the market dominated by iOS and Blackberry than to show it thriving in that setting. Be sure to take a look at the quick video above.

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Oppo Find 5 to hit more international markets in Q1 2013, adds a $569 32GB model

Oppo's Find 5 to hit several international markets in Q1 2013, adds a $569 32GB model

Ho ho ho! Even on this special day, the folks at Oppo decided to drop a bomb on its “Ofans.” According to a fresh teaser on its Facebook page, not only will Oppo be offering the $499 16GB version of the quad-core, five-inch 1080p Find 5 in the US (as we already knew), but there’ll also be a 32GB flavor for $569. What’s more, the image also lists many additional countries: Canada, UK, Spain, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Sweden, Singapore, Finland, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Japan and Hong Kong. Just to be sure, we reached out to Oppo and were told that it’s aiming to hit all these markets within Q1 next year; and better yet, it’ll try to do that as close to the China launch as possible. Sounds like the company’s pushing for a global online retail channel (the blurred out URL probably indicates that it’ll be a centralized website), and it’ll be interesting to compare its performance to Xiaomi’s more humble attempt closer to home.

Update: We’ve been told that this is only a partial list, so fret not if your country isn’t there.

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LG announces new Google TV sets for CES 2013


The Google TV platform continues to struggle, but manufacturers like LG might be able to save it. The Korean manufacturer has just announced a new series of 3D-enabled HDTVs with Google TV integrated, and they are looking good! These come with a new design, more sizes and even more features.

LG’s new Google TV sets will be available in 42, 47, 50, 55 and 60-inch form factors, bringing more options for users that were simply not satisfied with last year’s 47 and 55-inch TVs. They are thinner, the bezel is smaller and even the bases look darn sexy. These will also feature Google TV 3.0, which will sport all the recently announced features (like the new PrimeTime and Voice Search), OnLive compatibility and some other features that will come with LG’s custom Google TV UI.

The last part is actually big news – we haven’t seen custom UIs really expand in the Google TV platform. It could ultimately be good or bad… but with stock Google TV currently not bringing the most polished experience, LG just might be right about making this attempt.

One of the most interesting new additions is the implementation of “cards”. These highly ressemble Google Now’s cards, but they will be much more entertainment-oriented. LG mentions one will be able to see information about TV content, weather and they will even work as folders for Google TV apps.

The idea sure has much potential, but we will have to hold our judgement until the units are showcased at CES 2013, where LG will give us a first-look at two models (GA7900 and GA6400). Hopefully we will learn more about price and availability then, since right now those are anyone’s guess. We will be there to bring you all the news and details, so stay tuned for CES in the coming weeks!

I am definitely getting one of these bad boys, are you?

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Samsung announces it will drop injunction requests against Apple in European countries

On the same day that Samsung received mixed news regarding the Apple v Samsung fight here in the U.S., the company announced they are dropping their requests for injunctions barring sales of Apple products in several European countries. In courtrooms in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Samsung is withdrawing requests for injunctions “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” That statements sounds like Samsung has decided to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk when it comes to letting the market, and not the courts, decide which technologies will prevail with consumers.

Samsung indicates it is still committed to licensing its technologies. The company is not dropping the lawsuits, just the attempt to enjoin sales of Apple products that may be infringing while the cases work their way through the system.

Observers of a more cynical nature may think Samsung’s action is really in response to a European Commission antitrust investigation. Samsung is alleged to be denying fair access to patents on standardized technology. This move would seem to position Samsung to be able to argue their disagreements and patent license issues are financial in nature and not an effort to stifle competition.

What do you think, is this a principle-based decision by Samsung, some holiday spirit, or a calculated move to avoid potential antitrust repurcussions?

source: The Next Web

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Samsung announces it will drop injunction requests against Apple in European countries

On the same day that Samsung received mixed news regarding the Apple v Samsung fight here in the U.S., the company announced they are dropping their requests for injunctions barring sales of Apple products in several European countries. In courtrooms in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Samsung is withdrawing requests for injunctions “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” That statements sounds like Samsung has decided to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk when it comes to letting the market, and not the courts, decide which technologies will prevail with consumers.

Samsung indicates it is still committed to licensing its technologies. The company is not dropping the lawsuits, just the attempt to enjoin sales of Apple products that may be infringing while the cases work their way through the system.

Observers of a more cynical nature may think Samsung’s action is really in response to a European Commission antitrust investigation. Samsung is alleged to be denying fair access to patents on standardized technology. This move would seem to position Samsung to be able to argue their disagreements and patent license issues are financial in nature and not an effort to stifle competition.

What do you think, is this a principle-based decision by Samsung, some holiday spirit, or a calculated move to avoid potential antitrust repurcussions?

source: The Next Web

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Samsung announces it will drop injunction requests against Apple in European countries

On the same day that Samsung received mixed news regarding the Apple v Samsung fight here in the U.S., the company announced they are dropping their requests for injunctions barring sales of Apple products in several European countries. In courtrooms in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Samsung is withdrawing requests for injunctions “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” That statements sounds like Samsung has decided to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk when it comes to letting the market, and not the courts, decide which technologies will prevail with consumers.

Samsung indicates it is still committed to licensing its technologies. The company is not dropping the lawsuits, just the attempt to enjoin sales of Apple products that may be infringing while the cases work their way through the system.

Observers of a more cynical nature may think Samsung’s action is really in response to a European Commission antitrust investigation. Samsung is alleged to be denying fair access to patents on standardized technology. This move would seem to position Samsung to be able to argue their disagreements and patent license issues are financial in nature and not an effort to stifle competition.

What do you think, is this a principle-based decision by Samsung, some holiday spirit, or a calculated move to avoid potential antitrust repurcussions?

source: The Next Web

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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?

 

source:  CNET

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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?

 

source:  CNET

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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?

 

source:  CNET

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[Video] Check Out YotaPhone. Dual Screen Phone Powered by Android

Ever wondered why dual-screen phones didn’t catch on? Yeah, me neither. I mean there can be ways that dual-screens can be pretty cool, but when Kyocera made an attempt with the Echo, and it flopped. Reports said battery life was terrible, and it just was not impressive. Does not look like it will ever catch on.

Well in comes YotaPhone. Not the final name choice, but this phone has 2 screens that is not quite what we have seen before. One HD normal display in front, one LCD screen in back. Yeah this is not a flip phone with 2 screens in a Nintendo DS manner, just a 2 sided device with an interesting twist. Now innovation is always key, and as much as this might be somewhat innovative; I do not see this type of phone catching on. The second screen in back acts as a backup screen for when your phone is completely dead. It can screenshot certain apps, and display it even though your phone is discharged. Might come in handy when your phone dies on the way somewhere. You can screen shot Google Maps and find your way with the ugly backup screen. Yeah it is not too pretty to look at , and with backup batterys, portable battery chargers, and just being cautious about your battery life needs; we really do not need a second screen that is going to be able to show us a screenshot of a page out of a book or a map.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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Sprint looks to fully acquire Clearwire, sets eyes on spectrum

Two months after Sprint took a majority stake in Clearwire, the company is now looking to take complete control of the remaining 50 percent. CNBC is reporting that the carrier, itself not far removed from agreeing to sell off 70 percent of the business to Japan’s SoftBank, is in “active negotiations” with Clearwire in a bid to increase overall spectrum.

Clearwire and Sprint have a long history of dealings, stretching back to the rollout of a the Now Network’s now defunct WiMAX network. Reports of an attempted acquisition date back to 2011. The latest attempt still has a few hurdles to overcome, including the approval of aforementioned SoftBank, which will have to sign off on any deal to be struck between Sprint and Clearwire.

As of now, the report states that no deal is imminent. Sprint hopes to come to terms simultaneously with the finalization of the SoftBank deal. That should occur by March or April of next year.

 

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LG sells 10 million Optimus L-Series phones, stays semi-humble with success

LG sells 10 million Optimus LSeries phones, claims a small dose of humility

Although the Optimus G and its Nexus 4 cousin are clearly the darlings of LG’s mobile lineup, that isn’t precluding the Korean company from crowing about a milestone for its more pedestrian Optimus L-Series smartphones. The company has officially passed 10 million sales of L-Series phones spread across the entire line, ranging from the tiny L3 through to the extra-large L9. LG only makes a partial attempt at keeping itself grounded, though. While it’s quick to acknowledge that 10 million is a “modest” amount in the light of grander achievements, it directly credits the figure to rejecting rivals’ tendencies to put “all their eggs into a one-size-fits-all phone” — a not-so-subtle potshot at a certain competitor’s approach to budget models. Whether or not that’s valid criticism, we’d say a little braggadocio could be justified when most low-cost smartphones rarely get this kind of recognition.

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Rockstar Games And War Drum Studios Launch Grand Theft Auto: Vice City For Android [Updated x2]

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Update: It turns out someone jumped the gun on this one, and the game isn’t actually available just yet – which is why so many users are getting the “validation error.” Rockstar is aware of the issue and posted a statement on their official blog:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors. Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it.

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Validation issues force Rockstar to pull Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from Play Store

Rockstar Games announced it would bring the 10th anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the Play Store on December 6th, and they did. Unfortunately due to some weird errors, they’ve had to pull it right after getting it up. There appears to be some validation issues with the application, and Rockstar is aware of them:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors.

Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase.

Not good news, but hopefully the issue gets resolved sooner rather than later.

source: Computer and Video Games

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Validation issues force Rockstar to pull Grand Theft Auto: Vice City from Play Store

Rockstar Games announced it would bring the 10th anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the Play Store on December 6th, and they did. Unfortunately due to some weird errors, they’ve had to pull it right after getting it up. There appears to be some validation issues with the application, and Rockstar is aware of them:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors.

Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase.

Not good news, but hopefully the issue gets resolved sooner rather than later.

source: Computer and Video Games

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Grand Theft Auto Vice City makes an early appearance on the Play Store, not ready for Consumption

Sounds like Rockstar Games made a boo  boo today. Grand Theft Auto Vice City found its way to the Play Store this morning and a number of people managed to catch it and get it downloaded. That is great for them, as long as the validation went through. Shortly after the game was released Rockstar pulled it. Claiming the game wasn’t actually ready for consumption on the Play Store yet.

“We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors.

Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it. We’ll keep you up to date and let you know as soon as the game is live and available to purchase.”

Not a good way to start off with a release that a lot of users have eagerly been waiting for. We have seen stranger things happen in the past though. The important thing to know is that it is close to finally being launched. I don’t about you guys, but I am pretty excited.

Source: Rockstar Blog via Android Community

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Nokia hammers deal with China Mobile; Lumia 620 to feature brighter colors

In an attempt to regain its old place in the world’s largest mobile market, Nokia is reportedly planning to make a joint business venture with the mobile operator giant China Mobile, a reliable insider reported Wednesday.

China Mobile will start selling Nokia’s flagship phone Lumia 920 to its over 700 million subscribers. Apple, who plans to bring in the iPhone 5 weeks from now, has surprisingly no contract with China Mobile – the world biggest carrier.

The landmark deal with China Mobile immediately paid off for Nokia, whose shares jumped by 8.7 percent at 2.75 Euros on the Helsinki stock market.

“It is not a surprise, but it still means a giant opportunity for Nokia, maybe one of the best opportunities for its smartphones right now. This market has a lot of piled-up demand for high-end smartphones,” Nordea Markets analyst Sami Sarkamies said.

Nokia seems to start turn things around after losing its grip to Apple in several key mobile markets in the world. In fact, the company will be releasing a much cheaper phone next year to cover all possible markets.

Nokia provided some key insights about its much anticipated a budget-friendly Windows 8-powered phone to be released in early 2013.

The Nokia Lumia 620 will reportedly feature smooth rounded corners and bright colors, hoping these exterior designs will help draw more customers when the lower-end phone is launched in January 2013.

The Initial pricing of Lumia 620 is pegged at only $249, though the 3G model phone offers a wide variety of great features, including 3.8-inch screen, back camera capable of shooting 720p video, IGHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 5-megapixel front camera with video chat, loudspeakers, and near-field communications (NFC) technology.

“With the 620, we wanted to introduce some bold blends,” Ahtisaari said. “We use a technique called dual-shot application of color, with an opaque layer underneath then a translucent layer above.” A yellow base becomes lime green with a cyan cover and orange with a red cover, for example.

The Lumia 620 is scheduled to be shipped first in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa before it hits the North American market.

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Rockstar Games And War Drum Studios Launch Grand Theft Auto: Vice City For Android [Updated]

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Update: It turns out someone jumped the gun on this one, and the game isn’t actually available just yet – which is why so many users are getting the “validation error.” Rockstar is aware of the issue and posted a statement on their official blog:

We’re aware that some users have attempted to download Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition from the Google Play Store and have experienced validation errors. Just to be clear: the game is not available for Android devices just yet, and if you’re seeing it listed on the Store then this is an error, and you shouldn’t attempt to download it.

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Microsoft’s New #DroidRage Twitter Campaign Against Android Backfires

Yesterday afternoon, the official Windows Phone Twitter account Tweeted the message we have included above. They asked for “Android malware horror” stories of yours, in an attempt to highlight one of the fake overblown problems that security companies and the media invented for Android. If your story was the best/worst (whatever that means), then they may [...]

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Microsoft is at it again, wants to hear your Android horror stories for a chance to win a free Windows Phone

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It was almost this same time last year Microsoft launched their “Droid Rage” campaign in an attempt to convert disgruntled Android users “infected with malware” into switching over to Windows Phone. Apparently, they had over 3,200 submissions which left many scratching their heads (really, who could pass up a free phone?). Well, starting just a few minutes ago — they’re at it again. This time it’s the official Windows Phone Twitter account asking people to tweet them with the hashtag #DroidRage, accompanied by their Android malware “horror story.” Really?

Adding insult to injury, @WindowsPhone gave a few helpful tips for those suffering from a virus ridden Android device, and they are as follows:

  1. Wait for your Android phone to get infected with malware
  2. Recover from SMS scam bill shock
  3. Skip steps 1 & 2, buy a Windows Phone and connect with people you care about instead of some hacker plotting in a dank basement

By now your blood is, no doubt, already boiling and you’re not the only one. Seems the relaunched campaign has already caused some backlash with Android fans all over Twitter rising to the occasion, defending their favorite mobile OS with witty sarcasm.

Out of pure curiosity, anyone out there have a real Droid Rage story they’d care to share? We’re all friends here, right? While I, personally, have yet to experience malware “Droid Rage” (Android’s inconsistent back button is a whole ‘nother story), I will tell you about an experience I had yesterday with a family member of mine.

Turns out my aunt was complaining her Android phone suddenly had a “mind of its own.” I decided to provide some tech support only to find that her entire homescreen was filled with spammy icons linking to external websites. While this was more or less adware, I would bet money that whatever could have been downloaded from those links would have been bonafide malware. The cause? Come to find out my little cousin — God, bless her soul — had been downloading any app with the title “Hello Kitty” onto my aunt’s device. I wiped the whole sucker clean and started her from scratch. #DroidRage.

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Nokia Sells Its Headquarters in Espoo, Finland

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Nokia isn’t having a great time in the market with Windows Phone adoption just slowly picking up pace now. And as if that wasn’t enough to set the company back, we’re now learning of a new low point in the company’s timeline. Nokia has agreed to sell one of its headquarters in Espoo, Finland for 170 million Euros, which is close to $222 million. This seems like a desperate attempt to cut costs as the company has been struggling to rake in profits. There have been plenty of job cuts in the past, which was an indication of what’s to come in the future. While Nokia is making this sound as if it’s a strategic decision, it doesn’t take a genius to see the real picture. This long term lease deal has been struck with a Finland based company named Exilion. Despite the deal, the company will continue to operate in the premises for a while, it is said. The sale of the headquarters is believed to be finalized by the end of this year.

The CFO of Nokia, Timo Ihamuotila had this to say in the company’s official press release – “We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome. As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia’s core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets. We are naturally continuing to operate in our head office building on a long-term basis.”

It was initially reported that the company was seeking somewhere close to 200 million Euros for the Espoo headquarters, but having settled to just 170 million Euros, one would think if this is a long term lease deal signed between Nokia and Exilion. The building is very special to Nokia as it has been in operation close to 15 years now. It is obviously disappointing to see a company like Nokia reach this level, but one can’t help but wonder if the company brought this on itself.

All hopes for Nokia currently ride on the Windows Phone handsets that the company is offering. They have been successful to some extent in particular markets, but haven’t received widespread success. Nokia’s Lumia 920 is all that people talk about today when any mention of Nokia is made. The device is currently doing well in the U.S, but its sales have been hindered due to low stocks with the retailers. Nokia puts in much of its efforts into marketing as much into R&D. While marketing has proved to be vital for the company’s existence in the highly competitive mobile industry, it seems like the company needs a little more than that to woo shareholders and potential customers too. Let’s see what the future holds for Nokia, as it desperately needs things to work in its favor now.

Source: Nokia
Via: Phone Arena

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Korea Times: LG’s first in-house chips will launch at CES 2013

Korea Times LGs first inhouse chips will launch at CES 2013

Remember when LG announced it would license ARM’s processor designs so that it could be come a fabless chipmaker — so that it could exert more control over its own processors? Well, if the Korea Times is to be believed, then LG could unveil its first homemade chips at CES 2013. In an attempt to gain more “independence and dignity” for its business, CEO Koo Bon-joon has pushed for the company to own as much of its technology as it can. As such, it’s apparently ready to debut a chip for embedded devices called H13, built on TSMC’s coveted 28-nanometer process. The newspaper is also reporting that a mobile version is in the works which the company will use in its own phones and also try to sell to rivals — mirroring the business plan of that other Korean behemoth.

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Sprint to impose $10 charge on Nextel iDEN customers

Call service provider Sprint recently announced its plan to impose an additional $10 charge against Nextel iDEN customers in January in an attempt to encourage customers to upgrade their phones to CDMA push-to-talk service.

Sprint, the third largest long distance provider by subscribers, is apparently luring its subscribers to switch to CMDA before they shut down Nextel iDEN on 30th of June 2013.

“Customers that migrate prior to January will likely find a price plan comparable to what they have now,” Sprint spokesman Mark Bonavia said in a statement. “They are also eligible to receive a variety of very attractive device offers.”

Sprint purchased Nextel for $35 billion in 2004 but the carrier’s decision to drop Nextel’s iDEN technology signifies that it’s starting to initiate moves for the accomplishment of its Network Vision plan. Starting in 2013, Sprint will unveil new features and improved services, including its move to 4G and LTE technology.

Sprint still has loyal market base in the public safety and construction industry along with its followers in the business sector, but the company had to make a move in order to capitalize on the booming mobile market and catch up with the kind of services being offered by its competitors.

Instead, Sprint has been encouraging customers to Sprint Direct Connect handsets, which provides the same push-to-talk feature of an iDEN phone.

Meanwhile, a report from a reliable insider said Apple will not be granting carriers to upgrade its 4G and LTE services until certainly requirements are met.

Telecoms.com reported Friday that Apple will be meticulous on carries, whether they have the capacity to support the iPhone 5.

In an article written by CNET reporter Erick Mack, he believes that Apple is just trying to avert any snag that could affect the sales of iPhone 5 and its future smartphones.

“It’s hard to imagine many situations where users would be better off on an old 3G network than even mediocre LTE. Perhaps Apple is still smarting from the legacy of the early iPhone era when sometimes shoddy service at the hands of AT&T’s network led some iPhone users to jump ship for an Android phone on Verizon (back in the days before Big Red snagged the iPhone),” said Mack in his article.

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Clock Plus Brings Much Needed Features to Android 4.2 DayDream

When Google introduced Android 4.2, one of the features that seems to have been overlooked a bit, is DayDream. For those not familiar, think of DayDream as Google’s attempt at a more robust docking station app. If setup properly, you can have your phone or tablet automatically display a clock, secret BeanFlinger screen, Google Currents, or [...]

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HTC Hires New Chief Marketing Officer, Benjamin Ho to Launch “Marketing 2.0″

In an attempt to turn that marketing frown upside down, HTC has hired a new marketing director Benjamin Ho, while the previous director will head over to the sales strategy sector. Benjamin’s previous employer was a telecom operator from Taiwan called Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. As for what “Marketing 2.0″ could mean in terms of HTC [...]

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What Hath Science Wrought: Behold Samsung’s Phone-Crushing Automatic Ass-Bot

2012-11-26_12h14_52It seems to be a growing trend among manufacturers to show off the process behind creating their products. Today, Samsung joined the ranks, bringing us an inside look of the stress test process that the company’s moneymaker undergoes. To ensure that every Galaxy S III can stand up to all the punishment you can throw at it, there are a number of machines that attempt to scratch, crack, or soak the handset to see how well it can hold up. Oh, yeah, and there’s an automated ass that sits on the phone over and over again.

If you’ve ever seen a stress test video, there won’t be much here that’s entirely shocking, though this clip is in Korean.

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Microsoft Patents… Google Project Glass?

The patent wars never cease to push forward into realms previously thought too ignorant to explore. While tech companies blindly register for thousands of patents ranging from painfully general to weird and obscure, the US Patent and Trademark Office seems to approve said patents at an equally alarming rate. The most recent? A patent filed 2 days ago by Microsoft, in an apparent attempt to secure exclusive rights to a product Google already has in development: Project Glass.

Quoted directly from the patent filing:

A system and method to present a user wearing a head mounted display with supplemental information when viewing a live event. A user wearing an at least partially see-through, head mounted display views the live event while simultaneously receiving information on objects, including people, within the user’s field of view, while wearing the head mounted display. The information is presented in a position in the head mounted display which does not interfere with the user’s enjoyment of the live event.

I’m not quite sure how such a claim would even be patentable. Someone could accomplish the above by taping their phone to their head. It would be a pretty terrible product, but the point is the general concept is nothing original. Especially considering Google has already locked up a bunch of patents directly related to Project Glass.

WAIT. Microsoft received their patent on November 22nd, 2012 whereas Google’s patent was issued on May 22nd, 2012 but Microsoft actually FILED their patent request earlier. Microsoft’s submission for their “EVENT AUGMENTATION WITH REAL-TIME INFORMATION” came in May 2011, a full 5 months before Google’s “Wearable display device section”.

This could get sticky, and if eventually litigated (which we’ve come to expect), chances are these patents will come down to the utility and design more than the concept alone.

A couple interesting notes, though, are Microsoft’s examples of how the product may be used, mostly in conjunction with live sporting events and concerts. Take for example this picture of how Microsoft’s Google Glasses (note: sarcasm) would work at a baseball game:

Several problems here. First of all, the Yankees don’t lose to the A’s. Second of all, Willie Randolph is at bat, a ball player  who hasn’t played in the Major Leagues in 2 decades. Perhaps that’s part of the strategy… you know, maybe they’ll think we drew this picture twenty years ago and grant us the patent.

Here’s another example from Microsoft used at a football game:

[0001] Fans of live sporting and artistic events have enjoyed various types of information which is provided on different displays to supplement the live event. This supplemental information is provided both when the user is in attendance at the event and when the user views the event on broadcast media. One example of this is the augmentation of football games to display a first down marker superimposed on a playing field in a broadcast television event, and the broadcast of replays both on broadcast television and large displays at the venue of the event.

Interesting indeed, but telling us how a developer might leverage the product to create an app for Project Glass doesn’t make it patentable. Especially considering that whole yellow first down line thing is already patented.

[Via WinSource, LaPresse (thanks Alexandre!)]


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Quantro enters internet muliplayer public Beta, the craziest take on Tetris ever Released

You all know what Tetris is. It is a long-standing casual puzzle style game that nearly everyone and their dog has played at least a few times. You take various puzzle pieces and attempt to layer them to clear out lines for a high score. I know I have been a Tetris fan since way back int he Nintendo and Gameboy days. Now there is a new and highly addictive twisted version of the game out from Peace Ray. The latest addition in the world of puzzle piece dropping is called Quantro. Just watching the trailer for the game is mind-blowing enough to make your jaw drop.

The company took the concept of Tetris and totally did a number on the game. Giving you 36 unique falling puzzle pieces to put together the best you can. They built the game from the ground up which helps provide a completely unique experience. Take everything you thought you knew and loved about Tetris and through it out the window. Seriously. Quantro has  various play options like 4 different single player modes that even lets you take a break and saves your game for you. Just check out the video and screen shots real quick.

    Are you lost and confused yet? Quantro has some pretty crazy pieces added to the mix along with that insane 3D color codes style game play.

Quantro has been out for a while now though and it has breached the 10K download mark. It is sitting at a 4.4 star rating, meaning that it is pretty darn awesome. Over the holiday week though, they have pushed an update out to the game. The update adds in two beta internet based multiplayer sections.

The open beta offers three different multiplayer lobby styles:

  • Public lobbies are open for anyone to join as long as the creator hosts them.
  • Private lobbies require an invitation to join. Invite friends over email, SMS, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.
  • Roaming lobbies keep going even after the host leaves: anyone with an invitation can take over hosting duties.

Quantro is free for all to play, and the new internet multiplayer beta section is open to all who play if an internet connection is available. We definitely recommend you snag this game up and give it a chance. It is easily worth the free price tag. If you want to kill off the ads in the game you can simply buy Quantro XL through the game to do so. Click or scan the QR code below to pick this one up.

Application: Quantro 
Developer: Peace Ray
Cost: FREE

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NTT cuts fiber internet prices in Japan, may be reacting to an LTE generation

Samsung Galaxy S III at NTT DoCoMo

As manic as LTE adoption has been in the US, it could be triggering a full-fledged generational rift in Japan. NTT is cutting prices for fiber-to-the-home internet access by as much as 34 percent in the midst of falling landline subscriptions, and Australia’s Delimiter hears from unofficial sources at the provider that the cuts may be in response to youth being enamored with 4G on their phones. The tipsters believe that many of the younger set are picking one expensive LTE plan, even with data caps, instead of paying for two services; a price drop would be an attempt to keep at least a few of these wireless rebels onboard. Take the assertions with a grain of salt when there’s no official statements to match, but there’s no doubt that 4G demand is booming when NTT’s own DoCoMo just landed its 7 millionth Xi contract. We only wish American wired and wireless carriers would be so accommodating of our temptation to cut the cord.

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Via: GigaOM

Source: NTT West (translated), Delimiter

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Mayans Be Damned, Google Is Bringing December Back To Jelly Bean

No December 2012 in Jelly Bean

Google announced it will correct the bug which prohibited the entry of December events into the updated People app in Android 4.2. The good news came via a Google+ post for the official Android account. While no specific date was given we’re hopeful “soon” means sometime before December arrives. Some people I still think this may have been Google’s attempt to prevent the end of the world by not allowing 12/21/2012 to come. Read the full statement below.

We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won’t be forgotten by your friends and family.

Source: Android Google+


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