“Patent wars are not helpful to consumers,” says Pablo Chavez, director of Public Policy at Google, at a recently-held Technology Policy Institute conference. But given the timing of the recent Motorola Mobility offensive against Apple at the ITC, is Google sending the right signals?
While it may look like Samsung has more ways of overcoming any possible divorce issue, I’m willing to bet that neither Apple or Samsung will stop playing nice outside the courtroom for at least another year or so.
Restaurateurs have been trying to discourage the use of mobile phones during meals. Someone at the other table might consider it rude to answer a phone and indiscreetly talk while others are enjoying meals and conversations. Worse, that someone might be your date! A restaurant in LA has thought of giving discounts to customers who leave their phones at the door, ensuring a more intimate dining experience.
Fortunately for those of us that are more interested in anticipating the final decision, yesterday marked a turning point in Apple vs Samsung patent litigation. In short, Samsung basically tore apart Apple’s ‘381 patent, one oftenly referred to as the “bounce back patent”.
We chart the dramatic fall from grace for RIM and Nokia and ask if it’s too late for Android adoption to save them. Would Android have made more sense than Windows Phone and BB10? Is it too late to switch to Android now?
Now that Apple has rested its case, Samsung is on the offensive to try to demonstrate to the jury that it didn’t copy the iPhone and iPad when it comes to certain... design elements and that it didn’t infringe various Apple patents that cover certain functions also available on some of Samsung’s Android smartphones and tablets.
The task at hand is rather...
Mat Honan learned the hard way. He was hacked, in stellar fashion, by some social engineering techniques Kevin Mitnick would probably be proud of. He, like so many other victims of identity theft, had his bubble of information access popped and his life erased. He also states several times in his story, that “daisychaining accounts” was at the core of his undoing. Connectivity, it seems, has a price.
Patent experts and industry observers would usually say that the current patent situation in the U.S. may be stifling to innovation. With patent lawsuits flying across borders, corporations and brands, do current patent laws encourage innovation, or has the fear of litigation caused companies to design “ugly hacks” just to avoid lawsuits?
In case you didn’t hear, Sprint has recently decided to lower the price of the 16GB iPhone 4S model to $149.99, which is 49.01 lower than its regular price, while... also waiving the activation fee. The carrier is apparently doing this as an attempt to try to move as much iPhone stock as possible in anticipation of the upcoming sixth-generation iPhone.
I can’t speak for others, but the way I see things, one dark side to daily covering Android news is that you often feel somewhat disappointed when new devices are... officially announced, especially if the device in question has generated a decent amount of hype before it is actually revealed – and that happens quite a lot. Personally, I always feel like manufact...