Guilty verdict

In light of the court’s decision, and the points presented by both Apple and Samsung, what clearly comes to light is the role of patents in innovation, and the extent to which businesses can take liberties at existing intellectual property and work these to their own goals. We weigh in with our thoughts, with the focus of whether the verdict can result in better innovation for Android and the smartphone industry in the long run.

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In case you’re curious about how the Galaxy S3 was designed – and we all remember that certain design features of the phone were highly critiqued at the time... the handset was launched by both tech media and potential users – then Samsung now has a 5-minute video on YouTube to explain the “designed-for-humans” decisions behind the creation of the Gala...

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Do people care that they have a new follower? Do they need an alert every time someone responds to something they posted? Do they care that there’s new content available? Do they want to know about free trials? Do they want to be pestered for reviews? Are push notifications getting out of hand? How many of the notifications that app developers set up do you really want to receive?

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“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?

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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.

Android malware is on the rise.

The latest Kaspersky Lab report about Android malware is again sounding the alarm, as if the company’s warning over ZitMo attacks from last week wasn’t enough. According to the Moscow-based security firm, the number of new malicious programs targeting the Android platform has almost tripled during the second fiscal quarter of 2012.

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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”.