Samsung and Apple End Their Patent Disputes outside the US Territory

The two great electronics rivals, Apple and Samsung have decided to put an end to their patent litigations outside the US borders. This is the first step in ending a long and expensive legal battle between the two companies. The company made public a common statement in which they confirm that their legal war had ended overseas but not on the US territory.

The Wall Street Journal claims that the agreement between the companies does not imply any agreement upon licensing. The Journal also points out that the companies will continue their disputes in the US law courts.

This legal battle began in 2011. Apple accused Samsung of imitating the features of the iPhone line and sought for legal advice. It ended up by dragging the Korean company into court. But Samsung was not intimidated and filed law suits in countries across Asia (Japan and South Korea), Europe (Italy, France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands) and in Australia. Apple had to face the accusation of having infringed the wireless transmission patents that belonged to its rival.

The two companies intend to stop all legal actions in the countries mentioned above with the exception of the US. This is a very important decision since the Apple might have a certain advantage in the US. For example, the California jury granted Apple 119 million US dollars out of the 2.2 billion US dollars that the company wants to receive from its Korean rival. This happened in the month of May. During the last two years, Apple managed to obtain almost 930 million US dollars from its rival Samsung. This happened due to an order issued by the federal court of San Jose, California.

At the beginning of 2014 the companies tried to solve their differences by means of mediation. The top representatives of both companies met but the encounters lead to no fruitful results. The judge overseeing the case was actually hoping the companies would reach a consensus before the trial. Only in the last three years the two electronic companies filed more than forty patent law suits against one another. The litigation in the US is the most important because it implies the highest amounts of money.

Apple has taken legal actions against other electronic companies as well. Thus, the American company filed a suit against Nokia in 2009 and against Google and HTC in 2010. However, the company has decided to put an end to its litigations. Thus, it reached a consensus with Google in the month of May. Now, it is Samsung’s turn.

Blackberry brings the BBM on Windows Phones

Windows Phone is now equipped with the BBM. The well-known BlackBerry has provided the Windows Phones with its futuristic and limited application for messaging.

The BBM created for the Windows Phone has a look that is quite similar to the native applications. It makes use of the pivot views of the Windows Phone and it also has the capacity to pin a discussion on the Start Screen. Unfortunately, version number one lacks certain features that can be found on other platforms. Among these features one can enumerate screen sharing, video chatting and various channels. It is more than sure that these features will be here in the not so distant future.

BlackBerry has manages to create a highly popular social network with its BBM. Moreover, its decision to keep BBM exclusive for its gadgets was quite wise until the Blackberry sales started to drop dramatically. Lots of cheap imitations appeared all over the market and the most popular of them, the now famous WhatsApp, was purchased by Facebook for the sum of nineteen billion US dollars. This sum is five times higher than the present market capital of BlackBerry.

However, the imitators are different from BlackBerry in certain aspects. Obviously, they do not use the BlackBerry network and they make use of email addresses. They do not use the PIN ID system belonging to BBM. The system permits users to have more control on their privacy. WhatsApp, has the negative reputation of uploading users’ data and contacts without requesting their previous permission.

Moreover, the imitating version is free. On the other hand the BBM Protected which is focused on companies belongs to the BlackBerry server suite. Another minus point is that it functions only on BlackBerry devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 against iPad. Which will be the winner?

The market of tablets has been dominated by the iPad for some time now. Of course there are lots of tablets for the buyers to choose from but none has been a serious competitor for iPad up till now. Unfortunately for Apple the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has hit the stores and it has features and design that make it more than just another rival. The Tab S is a threat; a serious one.

A short glance and even the people less interested in mobile gadgets might be impressed. Buyers say that this is the best tablet that Samsung has ever brought to life. Up till now Samsung has gad the habit of releasing very similar smart phones. Therefore, they have not always been eye catching not to mention a real stir. Samsung has decided to change its strategy and for the time being its has various smart phone of various size on the market.

Tablets are still widely used in spite of the growing number of large screen smart phone. This determined Samsung to come out with a brand new tablet to bring iPad down from its front position on the tablet market.

Up till the release of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Apple and its iPad had no problems into being the leader and had not encountered any serious competition. But the Tab S has changed everything and customers are showing genuine interest in this new Samsung device.

The screen features the AMOLED technology and it has a high resolution of 1600×2560 pixels. It is also equipped with an eight megapixels main camera. The buyers can choose between the sixteen gigabytes and the thirty-two gigabytes models.  The first one has a micro SD card which can be used to extend the memory of the device up to 128 gigabytes. Samsung has added extra features to its new tablet, new applications and a cloud storage that can reach fifty gigabytes.

A definite plus is the fact that the Tab S is cheaper than the iPad. Apple’s greatest problem with its iPad has always been its price.

The Amazon Fire Phone and Its Games- A Challenge for the Dynamic Perspective

The Dynamic Perspective of the Amazon Fire Smart Phone has definitely puzzled certain users and made them wonder what its utility is. The Dynamic Perspective is in fact a control system which has just had its debut on the market. In order to put this new feature at work Amazon has in its Game Studio two games functioning on this feature and thus enriching the game experience.

Games like Match 3 and Same Games have developed at lot in the past years due to mobile phone gaming. They are more than just simple matching games; they are now complex games that incorporate RPG game types, for example.

The game named Saber’s Edge is more or less similar. It has numerous matches that give extra power to the gamer’s pirate crew while in a fierce battle. Since the game was projected for the Amazon Fire Phone, it has certain extras. Usual match-3 mobile phones have a flat board but Saber’s Edge has a cube. The head titling is perceived by the Dynamic Perspective feature. This permits the users to have a look at the sides of his/her cube and design an attack, having a match-9 combo. The user’s various gestures (titling or twisting) are used in order to have a better control over the game.

It is not a secret that the Amazon Studios are fond of the cubes they created. The To-Fu Fury has its bean curd cube as well. In To-Fu Fury battles are approached into a more direct manner. The player controls the tofu and performs various commands in order to get over obstacles as well as enemies. It is true that the Dynamic Perspective is not used as elaborately as in Saber’s Edge. Nonetheless the gaming experience is unique. The gamer can have a look round the obstacles in order to have a better perspective of the layout and create the strategy for the battle. However, it is possible to win the game without employing the Dynamic Perspective.

Saber’s Edge is about to be launch but Amazon has good news for users: it is going to be free of charge. To-Fu Fury is on the market and can be purchased for the price of 1.99 US dollars. Both games have in-app purchases. The games are attractive and apparently cheap. But they function only with the Amazon Fire Phones. So you need a Fire Phone to take advantage of the gaming experience offered by the Dynamic Perspective.

News from the Android World comprising Samsung, Xiaomi, ART and Smart Watches Applications

Various events occurred in the Android world during last week. Thus, Samsung displayed signs of slow down, Xiaomi came up with a new tablet, ART underwent a series of actions that raised lots of questions, while Amazon had difficult to guess plans for its Fire Phone. To all these, add the news about the applications for writs wearables.

 Samsung Drop

The results obtained by Samsung during the second quarter crested a bit of a fuss in the Android world, because it has been showing signs of sale drops. The figures pointed out a24% decrease in the operating income while the operating profit suffered a 10% drop as well. The smart phone world is not without precedents when it comes to drops in sales with none of the stories having a nice ending.

Xiaomi’s New Tablet

While Samsung has to face serious problems Xiaomi is riding the wave. Its new table the Mipad vanished immediately from the market. This was not due to some fault which caused rapid warehouse retreat but because the limited batch containing no more than 50,000 units sold in approximately four minutes. Small batches launched on the market, just to create an urge for something more is a typical marketing strategy that wears Xiaomi all over it. The China based company has all it takes to be the number one Android star on its home market. The day will come when Xiaomi will look beyond the border of the Chinese market and that will definitely be a memorable day for the Android world.

ART closely scrutinized by Anandtech

The Dalvik runtime characteristic of ART (Android Run Time) is for the time being one of the greatest changes that gadget developers working on Android have to face. The switch from Just in Tim to the new Ahead of Time offers more when it comes to performance; however, it relies on energy and storage which Android has managed to obtain due to Moore’s Law.

Andrei Fumusanu, working for Anandtech has closely analyzed the runtime so as to identify its strong and weak points. Thus, he has pointed out that ART displays lots of weaknesses that are typical when using non-native like applications and when having a system that manages memory in an automatic way. He has said that for developers this new change is beneficial and that the majority of the performance problems he needed to solve by using smart programming are less drastic now.

This also involves that Android can compete now with iOS when it comes to performance and fluidity.

The Mysteries of Android L

ART is just one of the new features of Android L.  It is for sure that all features will have some sort of an impact upon the user. However, customers might not be very sure why all of a sudden their audio is better, why they have large picture files or why their battery does not need constant recharging. Obviously the operations that lead to these results are well hidden from consumers, but the effects are more than public.


 Android wants more permission

Chris Nerny has analysed the issues surrounding Android applications that make use of permission groups. He has also looked into the way in which new permission organizations like “identity” diminish the handset security. Thus, if the user approves the request for a certain group, other updates of the application will gain access to every single permission in the respective group.


Amazon and its new Fire mobile smart phone

Experts say that Amazon’s Fire phone is a highly exploratory gadget which will allow producers to understand and to improve the future models. Many presume that with the second model Amazon will put aside the Amazon Prime membership and will make use of the enormous distribution network that Amazon has been built in the past years.


New applications for writs wearables.


Dan Seifer has put together applications such as Trello, Lyft, Runkeeper, Evernote and others. These are available to users having a Samsung Gear Live or an LG G. 

Android and Amazon Join Forces to Save Blackberry

The once must-have gadget, BlackBerry, has experienced some very tough times lately. This is partiality due to the company’s uninspired decisions taken over the past years. The BlackBerry Bold the 9900 version, it is a beautifully designed device but it has got so many problems that lots of users just gave up and started using other devices.

Fortunately, BlackBerry has learnt from its old mistakes and has managed to eliminate the necessity to pay a certain fee so as to gain access to the servers of BlackBerry OS version 10. This is a much-needed change that ought to have happened years ago. Even the most fanatic BlackBerry users is reluctantly giving his/her money away when it comes to gaining access to some emails that he/she would have for free if he/she were using another mobile phone.

They have also learnt too late, that if they let other platforms for mobile devices to have full access to the BBM (abbreviation for BlackBerry Messenger), this would have finally provided them with a huge market ready to be exploited. Facebook has proved to be paying 19 billion US dollars for WhatsApp. This shows what an amazing opportunity BlackBerry has managed to miss. We have to remember that BBM is the first instant messenger application that was put on the market and has served as a source of inspiration for lots of applications that have been created since its release.

Thus, it is extremely encouraging to be a witness the new decision made by this famous company. The plan implies adopting the Amazon Android Store for Applications as some sort of back-up source for the applications extant on the platform.  The BlackBerry gadgets are able to function on the Android system. This smart movement might help BlackBerry leave the market of third party applications. It will obviously create its software but at the same time will let the applications of Android take care of the third party increase.

Due to the Applications Store of Amazon the number of BlackBerry applications rises from 130,000 to almost 300,000. Nobody knows exactly the number of Android applications sold via Amazon that will actually work on BlackBerry phones version 10.3. There are high chances for some of them not go hand in hand with the Berry hardware.

For the time being the BlackBerry Application World is still available but many people doubt that this will last for long. BlackBerry is about to admit that the applications built for operating systems based on QNX are in fact a waste of time. Some developers might have different opinions but since nowadays nobody creates an exclusive platform, it is more than logic for developers to pay attention on the applications of Android and make them compatible with BlackBerry as much as possible. Both Android and BlackBerry are based on Linux and for this reason adjusting the Android applications to the berry should not be so much of a problem.

Some experts are worried at the idea of BlackBerry to make a team with Amazon when it comes to applications referring to music and films. Because of this partnership, BlackBerry is quite out of the entertainment sphere, which could have been avoided if it had gone to Google, which has by far a much better and larger library. However, this is probably a commercial decision and probably the working conditions with Amazon have been better than the ones with Google.

There people who consider that the Berry should have left the hardware market. But, one should not forget that BlackBerry is actually capable of making exceptionally good hardware. It is among the few electronics companies that really took into consideration its customers’ needs and also managed to meet them. For this reason the physical keyboard remained the same on the Berry mobile phones and people still purchase them despite the fact that the Berry version 10 is quite messy.

BlackBerry has managed to come to terms with its weak points and to rescue the hardware it created from complete oblivion. The company will survive in one form or another, but the move it has made, will help it face fierce competitors like Google and Apple.



The Common Feature of Yoga and Lenovo? The Lenovo Yoga Table

Lenovo has just launched a new challenge for Apple: the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. For years there has been a huge battle in order to take down the hegemonic iPad, the queen of Tablets worldwide. Thus, Lenovo, once more decided to challenge Apple by creating a new gadget and releasing it on an already satiated market.

Take a walk along the narrow aisle of your next several hours long plane journey and see with your own eyes how many other travelers have already taken the drop. Laptops are large and large and have batteries that lose their energy in a short period of time. Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet not only features an eighteen hour battery power but it is also equipped with a disguised kickstand and an ergonomic office leg. I am the proud possessor of an iPad, but I am often disappointed by being forced to use my hands, find a place for it, pick it up, put it down, just to find the information I need. That is by far more frustrating when using it as an electronic recipe book and your arms are covered in panko food crumbs.

When you actually keep the Yoga Tablet in one of your hands, its significant weight (approximately 1.3 pounds) is allocated perfectly, and when it is set on the “Tilt” mode, on-screen writing is simple enough. The same platform that permits you to use your product for binge viewing also has a reasonable couple of front-facing sound devices that may generate grouses from maniac players but are more than enough for having a nice Skype conversation or watching a YouTube video.

This recently retooled edition of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet is a response to experts who believed its forerunner had a pretty grubby screen as well as a pokey type processer. The new gadget has very powerful display with 1920×1200 pixels while the quick efficiency is guaranteed by the Qualcomm 1.6 gigahertz chipset of Snapdragon 400 type. The RAM has been more than doubled from one gigabyte to two gigabytes. The gadget runs of Android Jelly Bean the 4.3 version with an update to KitKat 4.4.

To tell the truth the camera with 1.6 MP and front-facing characteristics will not make you the next great displayer at Tate Modern, but the 8 MP rear-facing system is excellent for catching Grandmother while she bakes your favorite cheese cake. The new gadget has an amazing storing feature, having two versions: one that comes in with sixteen gigabytes and the other with thirty-two gigas. Moreover, it has got a SD micro cards port if by any case more space is required.

At a price of 350 US dollars, it is not the most affordable tablet in the online world, but another forty-two clams purchases you the Bluetooth Keyboard Cover of Lenovo, which changes your tablet in a nice laplet.



The Songza Playlist Generator is Now Part of the Big Google Family

The world famous giant Google has lately been purchasing start up after startup companies. More than 20 new businesses have joined the huge Google family this year so far.

A year ago, Google decided to tackle the music space with All Access, which was disclosed in May 2014. However, I confess that somehow I have managed to completely forget about this event. Possibly this is the result of all the actions that Apple has been doing in the same space. However, Google sort of lost all sense of direction in the mix.

But there are chances for that to change with Google’s most recent purchase: the playlist generator known as Songza, which made the news available to all in a brief declaration made on Tuesday. The company representatives expressed their thrill to having entered the Google extended family and expressed their hopes to achieve the ultimate soundtrack with the help of the American giant.

No money related terms of the arrangement were uncovered. Moreover, Songza, the organization will not be closing down as a consequence of being bought. The company officials declared that the only changes planned for Songza were those concerning the quality of their product.

Google made its statement similar in meaning. Thus, the Google representatives confirmed that their purpose is to mingle Songza with the Google Play Music and other of their products.

In spite of all these reassuring declarations coming from both parties there will be at least one change at this time: the organization is going to have its Terms of Service redesigned as well as its Privacy Policy to match them with those belonging to Google.

Songza, which was formally released in the autumn of 2011 (September to be more precise), is in fact a cloud-based advanced music administration that permits clients to make and offer music playlists. It provides the so called Music Concierge that gives clients proposed playlists by taking into consideration the date and the hour, also having various emotion features.

Thus, if a user decided to listen to music on a nice and warm Tuesday night, he or she will have choices such as: love, bedtime, romance or studying. If the same user decides that a Wednesday afternoon is perfect for a chill up, than he or she will receive alternatives such as: studying or bedtime but no love or romance.

The organization managed to gather up to 7 million dollars, incorporating 2 million dollars in financing during the month of September in 2011 while in the same moth of 2013, it incorporated and another 4.7 million dollars. World famous companies put their money in this business., Troy  Carter and Deep Fork Capital were only a few of them.

It is intriguing that Google raises a conceivable reconciliation with Youtube, given the fact that Google had been devising up a streaming service for music a year ago. However the service did not hit the market because the officials claimed that it was not ready for being released. Maybe the Songza buy is a sign that the organization’s second music streaming feature is close to its introduction.

The 2014 acquisitions made by Google

This year Google acted like a real shopaholic by purchasing no more than twenty businesses.

First they bought the Swiss Bitspin the producer of the application known as Timely clock. Afterwards the moved forward to Imperium specialized in cyber security, which was closely followed by Deepmind famous for its artificial intelligence work. The Google purchase list included: Adometry, Skybox, Appurify and others.

Furthermore, the organization purchased Nest Labs (producer of smart thermostats) for the sum of 3.2 billion dollars. This is the highest price that the company paid for a new business. Nest itself has since purchased two new companies of its own to add to the Google family: Myenergy and and Dropca. The former being a platform for monitoring energy and the second being a new security business.