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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”.

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From an Android blogger perspective, I find that brand Android smartphones and tablets (think Samsung, LG, HTC) are more than often the best devices you can get, period. Even if the price for a Samsung tablet, for instance, is noticeably higher than the price of an Archos tablet with similar specs, I would still recommend that you go the Samsung way, if you can afford it. Granted, these examples are not edificatory, but you should get the point nevertheless.

How Android can save RIM & Nokia

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?

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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.

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Right now, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is THE must-have smartphone. This month is also currently one of the most popular times of the year for people to go off on their holidays. I did that myself very recently, and I learned that if you are taking your phone with you, it can be handy to know a few things before you leave.

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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.

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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?