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HTC One VX review: AT&T’s latest mid-range smartphone is worth a closer look

HTC One VX review AT&T's latest midrange smartphone is worth a closer look

A basic grade school education teaches us that two is better than one, but it doesn’t always work the same way when you add letters to phone names. In the case of HTC, the mid-range One VX is more of an average: it seems to take various aspects of the One X, One S and One V and jumbles them together into a $50 AT&T device (on contract). But does that mean this 4.5-inch qHD smartphone and its middle-of-the-road components offer an average experience? Not necessarily. Stay tuned below as we learn if the whole phone is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Google Sells Off Motorola Cable and Internet Box Business For $2.35 Billion

Looks like Google might have found a way to make some quick cash off of their Motorola acquisition. In a press release from Arris, another maker of cable and Internet boxes, they have reached a deal with Google to take control of that business to the sum of $2.35 billion. The deal is scheduled to be finalized [...]

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How would you change Sony’s Xperia U?

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The most exciting things in life, we are told, are measured not by the kilo, but the gram. Is that the case with Sony’s Xperia U? The runt of the company’s mid-year litter has an unspectacular camera, adequate internals and a middling five-hour battery life, and yet somehow, it’s more than the sum of its parts. Combine that with the sheer charm of the unit, and you can’t discount it as just another unexciting Sony phone. You’ve had nearly half a year to live cheek-by-jowl with this handset, so why not tell us what you love, what you loathe and what you’d change?

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[Hot Deal] Get the PowerA MOGA gaming controller for FREE today only

We recently reviewed the PowerA MOGA  gaming controller for Android phones. It simply is the best gaming controller available with over 30 games already compatible with it. At $49.99 it’s a pretty good price, but how about FREE? As you know, Modern Combat 4 was just released, and in celebration of that, they are allowing you to order the MOGA for FREE. All you have to do is pay the shipping, which amounts to about $5.00 depending on where you live. If that’s not enough, since Modern Combat 4 is MOGA compatible, they are also going to provide you with a code to download the full game for FREE.

So lets sum it up, you get the MOGA gaming controller and Modern Combat 4 for approximately $5.00 in shipping fees. Sounds like an incredible deal, and if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea, this could be it. There is a limit of one per customer so you might want to keep it for yourself. To get this deal, all you have to do is enter SecretSanta at checkout. I just did it so I know it works. The deal will run until midnight PST tonight. I am told they are giving away tons of controllers, but supplies could run out, so I would suggest getting your order in sooner rather than later. Hot the source link to get started and happy gaming!!!

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Google Fiber for the Entirety of the U.S Could Only Be a Pipe Dream

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Google Fiber has seen enormous popularity in the limited locations which have received the service. If you don’t know what Google Fiber is, it’s a project started up by Google to establish a broadband network using strictly fiber-optic communication. This was an experimental project started by Google with no information about a widespread availability. And it now seems like all hopes of a nationwide roll out of the Google Fiber service could be only a pipe dream as it is estimated that a sum of $140 billion would be required if Google were to provide fiber-optic service to the entirety of the U.S. The service currently is available only in Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas), and brings forth super fast internet to homes in these areas. Google’s decision process to pick the location for the initial roll out was subject to a lot of hype, and Kansas City was finally chosen.

Contrary to previous reports, it now seems like Google Fiber will only remain in Kansas. However, although Google cannot expand its reach to the entire country, it can provide service region to region and expand that way, which seems like a more viable option now. Goldman Sachs came up with the estimated amount Google would have to invest to bring Google Fiber to other regions in the country. If Google wants to satisfy even half of the country’s population or 50 million households, it will have to spend about $70 billion. Such an amount is large even for a company like Google. If it actually has the unrealistic plan of rolling out the service to most parts of the country, it will have to get a gargantuan loan just to get the infrastructure for the fiber-optic service.

People who have used Google Fiber have had nothing but good things to say about it. It is one of Google’s best new services to date. However, financial limitations will certainly be a hurdle in fulfilling Google’s dreams. But as we mentioned above, limited roll out initially will be a great way to go. Going by the results seen in Kansas City, it won’t be wrong to presume that Google would want to bring the service to other regions as well, particularly to places like New York and LA. We remain positive about this new project from Google as it brings better internet at our fingertips, along with the array of bundled Google Services with some plans. Fiber is no doubt a largely profitable investment for Google and the returns will be substantially more than what it gets with most of its products.

What do you think about Google Fiber? Should Google just see this merely as an experimental project, or should it consider this as a long term financial investment. With a speed of 1 Gigabit/second, Google Fiber is certainly right up there with the best new products/services of the modern era. So one can’t help but wonder what would happen with a widespread roll out. Head over to the Google Fiber page for more on its offers, if you’re from Kansas City that is.

Source: Business Insider, BGR
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Google Fiber for the Entirety of the U.S Could Only Be A Pipe Dream

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Google Fiber has seen enormous popularity in the limited locations which have received the service. If you don’t know what Google Fiber is, it’s a project started up by Google to establish a broadband network using strictly fiber-optic communication. This was an experimental project started by Google with no information about a widespread availability. And it now seems like all hopes of a nationwide roll out of the Google Fiber service could be only a pipe dream as it is estimated that a sum of $140 billion would be required if Google were to provide fiber-optic service to the entirety of the U.S. The service currently is available only in Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas), and brings forth super fast internet to homes in these areas. Google’s decision process to pick the location for the initial roll out was subject to a lot of hype, and Kansas City was finally chosen.

Contrary to previous reports, it now seems like Google Fiber will only remain in Kansas. However, although Google cannot expand its reach to the entire country, it can provide service region to region and expand that way, which seems like a more viable option now. Goldman Sachs came up with the estimated amount Google would have to invest to bring Google Fiber to other regions in the country. If Google wants to satisfy even half of the country’s population or 50 million households, it will have to spend about $70 billion. Such an amount is large even for a company like Google. If it actually has the unrealistic plan of rolling out the service to most parts of the country, it will have to get a gargantuan loan just to get the infrastructure for the fiber-optic service.

People who have used Google Fiber have had nothing but good things to say about it. It is one of Google’s best new services to date. However, financial limitations will certainly be a hurdle in fulfilling Google’s dreams. But as we mentioned above, limited roll out initially will be a great way to go. Going by the results seen in Kansas City, it won’t be wrong to presume that Google would want to bring the service to other regions as well, particularly to places like New York and LA. We remain positive about this new project from Google as it brings better internet at our fingertips, along with the array of bundled Google Services with some plans. Fiber is no doubt a largely profitable investment for Google and the returns will be substantially more than what it gets with most of its products.

What do you think about Google Fiber? Should Google just see this merely as an experimental project, or should it consider this as a long term financial investment. With a speed of 1 Gigabit/second, Google Fiber is certainly right up there with the best new products/services of the modern era. So one can’t help but wonder what would happen with a widespread roll out.

Source: Business Insider, BGR
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T-Mobile going hard in 2013: $4.7 billion in spending cash, new 4G markets, LTE, and no more discounted devices

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T-Mobile has been at the center of a many a headline today. After announcing that they would soon do the unthinkable and carry the iPhone at their stores, it seems that’s only the tip of the iceberg for 2013, which is shaping up to be their biggest year yet.

Lots ‘o money and network upgrades

First up, T-Mobile will be receiving a hefty sum of $4.7 billion from parent company Deutsche Telekom ($3 billion is also promised in both 2014 and 2015). This will help with the rollout of their upcoming LTE network, and in the refarming of their existing 2G network to 3G/4G. Speaking of refarming, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Atlanta are the latest cities to receive some of T-Mo’s network modernizing, bringing the official grand total to 18 markets in the US that have been upgraded.

While the focus of the 2G network upgrade has always been to snatch up existing iPhone users away from AT&T (of which there are supposedly already 1.7 million customers using iPhones on their network), there’s also a plethora of Android devices that will suddenly find themselves compatible on T-Mobile. AT&T exclusives like the HTC One X (or One X+) or even Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA, which works just fine on AT&T’s HSPA network thanks to its global roaming capabilities. T-Mobile’s merger with MetroPCS is also said to clear in 2013, a move that will help gain them even greater network coverage, along with better LTE penetration as well.

Bye, bye Classic

Probably the wildest news in all this is T-Mobile decision to kill off their Classic Plan, moving away from tried-and-true method of carrier subsidized handsets. You know, the way other carriers offer you a heavily discounted smartphone in exchange for a high monthly bill? Before you freak out — this doesn’t mean customers will have to shell out $600-$700 for the latest smartphones. Not upfront anyway. I mean, that would never fly with Americans, no matter how much they’d save in the long run.

Instead, T-Mobile will allow for customers to pay for their handsets in installment payments over the course of their 2-year agreement. These payments — anywhere between $15-$20 a month — would be tacked on top of their low priced monthly plans. This will apparently save customers more at the end of their contract than if they went the traditional route (cheap phone, expensive rates).

Will T-Mobile survive?

As you can see, T-Mobile is doing more than outfitting Carly in black leather, they seem to be offering consumers with a real alternative. I’m excited to see how it all pans out. Anyone planning on sticking it out with T-Mobile a little longer? Any readers out there suddenly seeing T-Mobile as a viable network option for your new Android device? Oh, and if you got some time on your hands, you can watch the full announcement streaming from YouTube below.

[via TMoNews | Telekom | YouTube]

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T-Mobile: $4 billion in spending cash, new 4G markets, LTE, and no more discounted devices

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T-Mobile has been at the center of a many a headline today. After announcing that they would soon do the unthinkable and carry the iPhone at their stores, it seems that’s only the tip of the iceberg for 2013, which is shaping up to be their biggest year yet.

Lots ‘o money and network upgrades

First up, T-Mobile will be receiving a hefty sum of $4.7 billion from parent company Deutsche Telekom ($3 billion is also promised in both 2014 and 2015). This will help with the rollout of their upcoming LTE network, and in the refarming of their existing 2G network to 3G/4G. Speaking of refarming, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Atlanta are the latest cities to receive some of T-Mo’s network modernizing, bringing the official grand total to 18 markets in the US that have been upgraded.

While the focus of the 2G network upgrade has always been to snatch up existing iPhone users away from AT&T (of which there are supposedly already 1.7 million customers using iPhones on their network), there’s also a plethora of Android devices that will suddenly find themselves compatible on T-Mobile. AT&T exclusives like the HTC One X (or One X+) or even Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA, which works just fine on AT&T’s HSPA network thanks to its global roaming capabilities. T-Mobile’s merger with MetroPCS is also said to clear in 2013, a move that will help gain them even greater network coverage, along with better LTE penetration as well.

Bye, bye Classic

Probably the wildest news in all this is T-Mobile decision to kill off their Classic Plan, moving away from tried-and-true method of carrier subsidized handsets. You know, the way other carriers offer you a heavily discounted smartphone in exchange for a high monthly bill? Before you freak out — this doesn’t mean customers will have to shell out $600-$700 for the latest smartphones. Not upfront anyway. I mean, that would never fly with Americans, no matter how much they’d save in the long run.

Instead, T-Mobile will allow for customers to pay for their handsets in installment payments over the course of their 2-year agreement. These payments — anywhere between $15-$20 a month — would be tacked on top of their low priced monthly plans. This will apparently save customers more at the end of their contract than if they went the traditional route (cheap phone, expensive rates).

Will T-Mobile survive?

As you can see, T-Mobile is doing more than outfitting Carly in black leather, they seem to be offering consumers with a real alternative. I’m excited to see how it all pans out. Anyone planning on sticking it out with T-Mobile a little longer? Any readers out there suddenly seeing T-Mobile as a viable network option for your new Android device? Oh, and if you got some time on your hands, you can watch the full announcement streaming from YouTube below.

[via TMoNews | Telekom | YouTube]

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The Only True Comparison of the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 – Will They Blend?

Oh, the folks at Blendtec have done it again. If you’re unfamiliar with the channel, then let me sum up what these people do. They take anything and everything, then use their heavy duty blenders to destroy it. Viral video gold. Their latest video pits the iPhone 5 up against Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Incredibly, Samsung’s plastic holds [...]

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Sprint’s Galaxy Note II to arrive October 25th, with LTE and $300 price tag

Sprint's Galaxy Note II to arrive October 25th, with LTE and $300 price tag

Fancy being more than just a statistic on a Japanese balance sheet? Come October 25th, you can be a statistic and the proud owner of a stylus and an accompanying Note II to scrape it against. The Now Network just announced that it’ll make the handset available to new customers and upgrade-eligible folk for $299.99 on a two-year contract, in either marble white or titanium gray. Expect to pay a significant monthly sum too, especially if you eventually want to exploit that Sprint-flavored LTE we keep hearing about.

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Sprint’s Galaxy Note II to arrive October 25th, with LTE and $300 price tag originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NumberOne for iOS – Brain Puzzle with a Stroop-ish touch

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NumberOne update 1.5 for iOS and Android brings 3 new modes to the , six in total and now it’s Free on iOS and Android systems. NumberOne defy our concentration on a fast placed, yet simple premise. We show you a number, and you need to find it as fast as you can. Every time you press the correct one we will show you a new arrange of numbers and the better you are, the harder it will be.

Players are presented with a numbered tile and have to find the correct one among the ones offered, focusing their attention in the number without being confused by colors, tilts or vibrations. If we fail, time will be deduced from our clock, but as we sum correct tiles we can sum more time to our game, giving us the opportunity to make a better score. Once the time has run out, we can see our score and average response time, best time, number of errors. Players can challenge family and friends, thanks to the integration of the game with Twitter and Facebook.

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Samsung confirms all time high $7.3bn profit for Q3 2012

Samsung has put up a new personal best $7.3bn profit for Q3 2012. This is the highest quarterly profit in the companies’ history, and much of it is likely fueled by the popularity of the Galaxy S III and other Android devices. Of course, being one of the leaders for high-end TVs certainly did not hurt their bottom line either.

Samsung actually doubled their profit from Q3 last year. However, they do not expect that to continue through next quarter. Samsung is indicating high levels of competition from the iPhone 5 will play a major factor in their expected profit going forward. There is also the potential billion dollar bill Samsung could face if none of their appeals in the Apple trademark infringement case work.

Besides possibly paying a large sum to Apple, Samsung also intends to ramp up marketing, which can prove quite costly in the short term. The $200 billion smartphone market is obviously competitive, and marketing plays a key role in making a device stand out.

Because Samsung is expecting to turn $25bn in profit for the entirety of 2012, they will also be faced with much higher performance bonus payouts for its employees. This will cause Samsung’s bottom line to take yet another hit. Still, a record setting quarter is most certainly not a bad thing, and Samsung is clearly in a position to remain among the top electronics companies in the world.

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MetroPCS merger deal on the table with T-Mobile

The last time there was a merger talk that involved T-Mobile, it was with AT&T. We all know how that played out. It still worked out great for T-Mobile as a whole since they acquired a large sum of money and some much-needed spectrum. With the current state of affairs in the mobile industry though, T-Mobile needs to play all the cards they have to get back into a position of success. After dropping down the list on JD Powers, something has to give. T-Mobile, and their parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT), are hoping that a merge between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS could be a great turning point that they need to boost themselves back up.

Both Metro PCS and DT have released statements on the merger talks.

“Deutsche Telekom is holding talks with the listed company MetroPCS with the aim of operating its subsidiary T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS within one company in which Deutsche Telekom would hold the majority of shares,” the carrier said on its Web site. “The talks are at a stage where significant issues have not yet been finalized, contracts have not yet been signed and the conclusion of the transaction is still not certain.”

MetroPCS today confirmed that it is in discussions with Deutsche Telekom regarding an agreement to combine T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS.  There can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions, and the Company does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached.”

So the talks are officially confirmed by both sides of the table. We didn’t catch wind of the proposed purchase price yet though. DT’s Supervisory Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow to approve the transaction. We don’t see how this purchase could hurt T-Mobile. It would bring on a slew of new customers along with various devices that MetroPCS has been able to lock down. Granted MetroPCS is a pre-paid business, but we can see some deals that could work customers off the monthly pre-paid options and onto contracts coming out.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel it is in T-Mobiles best interest to pick up Metro, or should they look more towards trying to merge with someone bigger?

Source: Bloomberg via TmoNews

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How to share Instagram pics on Google+ (or anywhere else)

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Here's one we get asked quite often: How do you share from Instagram to Google+? After all, there's no way to automatically post to Google+ from Instagram like there is to Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr. And while that's a shame, it's also indicative of how tightly Google continues to run things with its fledgling social network. And with Facebook having purchased Instagram earlier this year for the paltry sum of $1 billion, it's also something we're not likely to see change anytime soon.

But you can share your pics (and only yours) from Instagram to Google+. It's quite simple, really, even if it's a tad hidden. In fact, you can share Instagram pics to any other app that accepts sharing intents from Android. And it's just one extra step.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV coming in Feb. 2013?

Apple recently announced the latest and the greatest (still in question) iPhone ever, the iPhone 5. Just a few days before that, another major smart phone manufacturer on the plant, Samsung, had announced another new product, the Galaxy Note II. The patent war between Apple and Samsung went on for more than a year and did not end in happiness for Samsung. And Apple benefited $1.05 billion, a huge sum of money. Now, the two companies are head to head in the smart phone competition and Samsung is ready to do anything to bring Apple down. And this effort is beaming in a kind of obvious way.

The South Korean Android smart phone giant, Samsung, has recently released an awesome flagship device, the Galaxy S III. And now, as the phone has become kind of old, rumors about the device’s successor are coming up to the surface. We have the first ever rumor about the next Galaxy S device from Samsung today. And the source of the news is not sure if the device is going to be named Samsung Galaxy S IV, or Samsung Galaxy S 4. Well, that is going to get some heat.

Apart from that, we have a few more rumors. First, Samsung is going to bump up the size of the display on the smart phone from the current 4.8 inches to 5 inches. Samsung seems to have found a love for big screen devices, which is obvious from making the Note II a 5.55 inch device.

Next, the rumor goes on to say that we can expect the device to be released by February of next month. The device is supposed to be on display at the Mobile World Congress 2013. A Samsung official has passed on this news to the Korea Times. So whether to believe it or not, is your choice.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 will arrive with a free Lightning to 30-pin adapter (update: Apple officially says no it won’t)

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If you were miffed at having to pay $29 to adapt your existing iPhone accessories to the iPhone 5‘s newfangled Lightning connector, fear not: Apple will throw in the first adapter, gratis. Extras will still run the aforementioned sum, which Cupertino has justified by saying the units will include chips to enable features like analog and USB audio along with syncing and charging. There’s also a $39 cable version available, but neither format will let you output HDMI or VGA video — there’s more (as yet unpriced) adapters coming for that.

Update: Well, the plot thickens. We’re now hearing reports that the above wording is a mistake, and that the adapter isn’t included after all. The information comes via a reader of The Next Web, who advises Apple sales support informed them it was an error. Of course, we’re reaching out to get the final word on the matter. However, that won’t be much consolation to those who made a purchase based on incorrect info.

Update 2: The above wording is now nowhere to be found on Apple’s site, suggesting that it was indeed an error. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything more.

Update 3: Well, we’ve just received word from Apple confirming that the iPhone 5 will not ship with a 30-pin to Lightning adapter, which is a bit of a bummer. But, it does come with a Lightning to USB adapter, so if your current accessories have a USB port, all hope is not lost. Sadly, the specific iPod out functionality found in BMWs and Minis is not supported. The full comment is below.

The Lightning to 30-pin adapter does not come in the box with iPhone 5. It is sold separately. However, the Lightning to USB cable does come with iPhone 5 for connection to AC chargers and other devices… The Lightning to 30 Pin adapter supports analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Lightning to VGA and Lightning to HDMI cables will be available in the coming months.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 will arrive with a free Lightning to 30-pin adapter (update: maybe not!)

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If you were miffed at having to pay $29 to adapt your existing iPhone accessories to the iPhone 5‘s newfangled Lightning connector, fear not: Apple will throw in the first adapter, gratis. Extras will still run the aforementioned sum, which Cupertino has justified by saying the units will include chips to enable features like analog and USB audio along with syncing and charging. There’s also a $39 cable version available, but neither format will let you output HDMI or VGA video — there’s more (as yet unpriced) adapters coming for that.

Update: Well, the plot thickens. We’re now hearing reports that the above wording is a mistake, and that the adapter isn’t included after all. The information comes via a reader of The Next Web, who advises Apple sales support informed them it was an error. Of course, we’re reaching out to get the final word on the matter. However, that won’t be much consolation to those who made a purchase based on incorrect info.

Update 2: The above wording is now nowhere to be found on Apple’s site, suggesting that it was indeed an error. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything more.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 will arrive with a free Lightning to 30-pin adapter, after all

DNP iPhone

If you were miffed at having to pay $29 to adapt your existing iPhone accessories to the iPhone 5‘s newfangled Lightning connector, fear not: Apple will throw in the first adapter, gratis. Extras will still run the aforementioned sum, which Cupertino has justified by saying the units will include chips to enable features like analog and USB audio along with syncing and charging. There’s also a $39 cable version available, but neither format will let you output HDMI or VGA video — there’s more (as yet unpriced) adapters coming for that.

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Apple content to wait until next year for Samsung to pay its billions in damages

Apple won a pretty big pay day when a jury decided in the company’s favor in a case against Samsung, but that pay day might not be coming any time soon. Samsung isn’t expected to pay out the billion dollar sum any time soon given an extended court schedule, and Apple is perfectly content with waiting until next year to collect. Apple likely won’t be able to demand payment from Samsung until at least two weeks after post-trial motions that will begin on December 6th.

The reason Apple isn’t all the miffed over playing the waiting game is their ability to withhold payment for certain Samsung components used in the production of their iPhone and iPad, which should balance out some of what the cupertino-based company is due.

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Tokyo District Court Delivers Win To Samsung, Apple Pays Out $1.2 Million

As opposed to the jury’s choice on Samsung infringing on Apple patents, Tokyo returned with a favorable ruling for Samsung on Friday that found Samsung’s mobile devices were not in any way in violation of an Apple patent that was related to inter-device media transfer. Look’s like the company who resides in Cupertino is going to have to shell out a rather large sum of money. Of course, it’s not nearly as much as the $ 1.5 billion Samsung had to pay out to Apple nor did it really “hurt” Apple.

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This news is coming out just one week after Samsung lost in what continued to be one of the most watched and compelling trial in the tech industry. Sure the San Jose ruled that Samsung Electronics owed Apple over $1 billion in damages over various trade dress and patent claims by Apple, but it seems as if the Tokyo court sees it a different way. The jury in Tokyo awarded Samsung no damages as they found that Apple didn’t violate any of Samsung’s patents and that all of Apple’s patents retained their validity.

Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung in Tokyo, Japan has called for Apple to pay out over 100 million Yen (which is $1,273,400 USD0 over the allegedly “infringed-upon” patent. The case was dismissed today with Judge Shoji ruling that, (for the accused patent) Samsung’s and Apple’s methods of execution were different enough to dismiss the claim. We could also put that in terms that Shoji basically told Apple that they were a waste of time.

Full details on the lawsuit and each party’s responses are not yet available to the public. When they are available though, we’ll make sure to keep you updated with any sort of details regarding this case in Tokyo. I’m kind of happy to see Samsung winning cases in other countries, the U.S ruling seemed kind of one-sided and unfair due to the silly patent system we have here.

source: Android Police

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Samsung Reacts: ‘Today’s Verdict … A Loss For The American Consumer. It Will Lead To Fewer Choices, Less Innovation’ [Update: Apple's Response]

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There’s no question – today’s verdict dealt Samsung a heavy blow. The massive $1.04 billion sum Samsung will now be responsible for paying Apple in damages aside, the trial will undoubtedly have an effect on the rest of the industry.

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Being all too aware of this fact, Samsung has already issued an official response to the verdict, stating that the verdict is not a win for Apple, but a loss for consumers and a blow to innovation.

Here’s the statement:

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.

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Samsung Reacts: ‘Today’s Verdict … A Loss For The American Consumer. It Will Lead To Fewer Choices, Less Innovation’

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There’s no question – today’s verdict dealt Samsung a heavy blow. The massive $1.04 billion sum Samsung will now be responsible for paying Apple in damages aside, the trial will undoubtedly have an effect on the rest of the industry.

Being all too aware of this fact, Samsung has already issued an official response to the verdict, stating that the verdict is not a win for Apple, but a loss for consumers and a blow to innovation.

Here’s the statement:

Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices.

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South Korean court rules on Apple v. Samsung patent infringement

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Just in case you can't get enough Apple vs. Samsung news, the Seoul District Court has now laid out a split decision for both parties involved. Both Apple and Samsung have been found guilty of infringing on each others patents.

As part of the decision, Apple will no longer be allowed to offer their infringing products in South Korea that include the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 as well as the first two generations of the iPad. Something that shouldn't bother Apple all that much, given those devices are no longer sale anyhow. In addition to that, Apple will be required to pay a sum of about $35,000 to Samsung.

While that may sound like a small win for Samsung, they're not off the hook entirely either. Samsung will have to stop selling the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 due to the decided infringement of Apple's elastic scrolling patent, but the court ruled they didn't copy Apple designs or violate their trade dress. Like Apple, Samsung will have to fork over damages as well to the tune of about $22,000.

This isn't likely to be the end though, as the courts differ in South Korea. Either side could technically file an appeal through the appeals court and keeping it going even further, all the way to the South Korea Supreme Court if they wanted to push it.

Source: WSJ, Bloomberg via: iMore

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Sprint ready to offer up to $400 in-store credit to certain customers?

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It looks like Sprint really wants your business, to the sum of a potential $400 in-store credit to be had for activating three lines on their Everything Data Share or Simply Everything Data plans. Said credit is then to be available to use towards the purchase of "qualifying devices," whichever they may be. 

A 2-year deal will be required — as you would expect — and all lines must be active a minimum of 60 days. The qualifying period is set to start in stores only tomorrow, Aug 19, running through September 15. 

As with all offers, there looks to be some fine print, a few caveats. Qualifying devices appear to be only phones. Tablets, accessories and portable hotspots look to be right out. And, if the device you're getting using the credit is eligible for a mail-in rebate, you won't get that on top. Can't have everything, after all. The credit has to be used in full at the time of purchase too. 

The definite catch though, is that one line must be transferred from another carrier, and one that isn't affiliated with Sprint such as Virgin or Boost Mobile. Sprint definitely wants your business, but they also want new business. 

All this comes from a leaked flyer, so it's not exactly 100% concrete. But, if it sounds like your kind of deal, maybe head into a local Sprint store tomorrow. See what's going on. 

Source: Phonearena

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Google buying Frommers, should fit nicely with Zagat

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Google's already helping you find out where to go — now it's going to help you get there. Publisher Wiley & Sons has agreed to sell the travel publication to Google for an undisclosed sum, the Wall Street Journal reported today. It isn't clear what el Goog will do with Frommers — it could be folded into the Zagat end of things, the WSJ opines, and that's certainly a possibility.

Google has made some pretty big strides in the travel sector, with the Zagat purchase as well buying flight scheduler ITA and integrating it into search results, which has been bolstered even further in Google Now.

Source: WSJ

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Facebook Settles Rift with US FTC Over Privacy Issues But With Conditions

Just a day after U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Google to pay an amount with the sum of $22.5 million that serves as a fine for privacy-infringing practices, the bureau decided to let Facebook go off the hook without requiring a single penny, although there were conditions laid for the social network to comply.

Facebook has always been the target of scrutiny as far as privacy is concerned. However, the social network also displayed its willingness to change its privacy policies to comply with demands of the government. That could be the reason why FTC didn’t require the company to pay a hefty amount. But it doesn’t mean Facebook is off the hook of FTC forever because the bureau will closely monitor Mark Zuckerberg’s company if it complies with the conditions, according to the report from an Australian news firm. Here are two of the key conditions FTC gave to Facebook.

Timely Audits. Facebook and FTC agreed on a condition that the former will have to submit audits of its privacy practices every other year within the 2-decade time span for the latter to be able to monitor if violations have been done. Also, the FTC found that while privacy policies can be changed easily, monitoring the company for 20 years would ensure no private information will again be revealed without approval from concerned users. Or, at least, it will give Facebook a chill if it’s going to repeat what it has done.

Explicit Approval from Users. Since the focus of the complaint was Facebook’s actions to reveal some information without necessary authorization from users, FTC let the social network commit to acquire explicit approval from users before divulging any information that can be found in each account of nearly a billion users.

There are some people who believe Facebook has gotten off the hook so easily. Of course, it is easier to compare this case with that of Google’s, and I believe the key factor used by FTC in ruling out these decisions is if there were “willful” or “deliberate” action taken by both companies that resulted to the violation of users’ privacy.

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Samsung Starts Production Of New High-Speed Embedded Flash Storage

Samsung-eMMCOne complaint many people have had (particularly with Asus tablets) is that the performance of the embedded storage is just plain bad. So I ran some storage benchmarks (2 apps, 13 metrics) on 11 different devices and compiled the results. In sum: while adequate, most devices aren’t exactly speedy in the storage speed department.

That’s likely all set to change soon, as Samsung (who, let’s not forget, is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of everything electronic) has begun production of a new generation of embedded storage. The company claims read speeds of up to 140 MB/s and write speeds of up to 50 MB/s (for comparison, the fastest microSD card on the market checks in at 17 MB/s and 19 MB/s, respectively).

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Full QWERTY Slider Pantech Marauder Announced by Verizon

The full QWERTY slider keyboard is not quite dead yet. Some people do have trouble letting go of the physical keyboard, and making their transition to the world of full touch. I had this problem for a while, going from the G1 and G2, I did not want to go full virtual. After many therapy sessions I was able to make the jump. For those of you that are waiting the new full keyboard will be happy to see that there is a new LTE from Verizon coming out.

The Pantech Marauder has just been announced, in all its slider keyboard glory. It will be dropping August 2nd, and it will cost you a whole huge sum of $50. That is pretty cheap if you are not looking for a super high-end phone. Do not think that this phone is low-end. Pantech phones will surprise you. I did a review on the Pantech Burst, and was shocked to find that it was a fast, smooth phone, that could hold its own in the Android world. This phone does  not look any different. It will be rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core juiced up to 1.2 GHZ, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, and a 4-inch display. Only downside, it will be running Gingerbread. You hate to see that. New phone released, running in old OS. But then the price is only $50, so I guess you really cannot complain about it. Let us know if you plan on getting one, or maybe getting a family member this phone.

Source: Android Community

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Did Samsung Copy The Rounded-Corner iRectangle?

 

 

As the Apple vs Samsung trial starts here in San Jose, California, neither side is backing down from the fight. Samsung’s Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham had some words that pretty much sum up his thoughts on the whole scene. It all comes down to fighting over rectangles. Here’s what he said during an interview with Wired.

“In terms of patents, we have a made lot of contributions in the design space as well. I would say the patents we’re struggling with — where there’s a lot of discussion and litigation right now — are around these very broad design patents like a rectangle. For us, it’s unreasonable that we’re fighting over rectangles, that that’s being considered as an infringement, which is why we’re defending ourselves.”

If we ignore all the legal detail surrounding the myriad of lawsuits between the two companies, and take a huge step back for a very wide point of view, it’s not impossible to boil the whole thing down to “Your thing looks too much like my thing!” and that’s what Packingham is essentially saying… that Apple and Samsung are at odds over a basic geometric shape.

Should a company be able to patent a shape? Obviously, hardware and software-wise, the two company’s devices are very different. But the general shape of a rounded-corner rectangle is common to both, so should that be allowed? You could also say that a particular Honda has the same shape as a particular Toyota, or that this Logitech mouse is shaped just like that Microsoft one. Personally, and perhaps obviously, I am totally on Samsung’s side on this one. Apple has a lot to lose since they have all their eggs in one iOS basket, so it makes sense they would defend it with all their power. But you’ve got to think somewhere inside the halls of Cupertino, someone is saying quietly to themselves, “Wow, I hope we get away with this.

source: wired


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Project Glass pre-orderers (or Glass Explorers) to get exclusive updates on progress

Our resident developer Steve has gotten an exciting email from Google regarding project glass. Those who pre-ordered the device for the whopping sum of $1,500, otherwise known as “Glass Explorers,” have been invited to be part of period updates on the project’s progress. They will get exclusive updates on how things are going.

Since we have about, say, 3 of those things headed our way we’ll be fortunate enough to be let in on the news as well! We look forward to bringing you all the information we can, non-disclosure agreement or intimidating manbearpigthing pending. Check your inbox for the email and details if you fit the bill.

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Greetings, Glass Explorers! It was great to meet you a few weeks ago at I/O. As you know, being an Explorer is about being part of a unique, trusted community that will help shape the future of Glass.

We’re going to start sharing private updates with you on Google+. We’ll be posting exclusive content (see Sergey’s post, above), as well as inviting you to special events and Hangouts where you’ll get the chance to meet the team.

To take part, here’s what you need to do:

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