Motorola ruled to have infringed on Intellectual Ventures patent

Moto_E_2015_Slanted_Motorola_Logo_Camera_Lens_01_TAA US Jury in Delaware has found Motorola guilty of infringing on one of Intellectual Venture’s patents, while clearing the company of a second potential infringement. The infringed patent in question deals with multimedia text messaging, while the non-infringing patent dealt with wireless bandwidth. Damages will be figured up later.
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Google Fiber services headed to Salt Lake City

Google_Fiber_Truck_01Google Fiber hasn’t exactly gotten off to a hot start, as it’s only available in a handful of cities. Google has been working on expanding their ISP footprint, though, and the next city on that list is Salt Lake City, Utah.

Google announced today that they’ll be partnering with the city to figure out the best way to lay out their fiber network to get customers connected. Salt Lake City was likely picked due to its large technology sector, since those kinds of cities and areas are prime targets for Google’s gigabit internet service.
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Lenovo announces the K3 Note phablet with mid-range specs

Lenovo K3 Note 2Lenovo has announced a new phablet to tackle the mid-range market called the Lenovo K3 Note. This phone is pretty similar to the smaller Lenovo K3 that was announced awhile back, but features some improved hardware and an obviously larger screen.

The K3 Note has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor, and 2 GB of RAM. You’ll find 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, plus a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. A big bonus is that the phone supports dual-SIM cards, so it’ll be a pretty flexible device.
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MetroPCS launching promotional unlimited plan with 1 GB of high-speed data for $30 per month

Metro_PCSMetroPCS has announced a new promotional unlimited plan for customers that starts at just $30 per month. The plan features unlimited talk, text, and data, but like always, there’s a catch.

The data is unlimited, but the high-speed cap is at a pretty low 1 GB. After that’s used up, you’ll be throttled. Pretty common practice with cheaper and prepaid carriers, so it’s not like MetroPCS is breaking the mold, but it would’ve been nice to see the cap a little higher. For $30, though, it might just be worth it.
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AT&T releasing Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Back_Galaxy_Note_4_Logo_TAAT&T and Samsung are finally pushing out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4. The update is actually a slightly tweaked version of what Samsung has been pushing out (which was is what Sprint’s users received) that brings Mute mode back. Otherwise, the update is identical and gives the Galaxy Note 4 all of Lollipop’s much appreciated new features.
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Front side of Sony Cosmos breaks cover

sony cosmosA new image of the Sony Cosmos has shown up online showing the front facing side of the device. It doesn’t really reveal anything we hadn’t seen before, but you do get a better look at the large front-facing camera that Sony’s including with this phone.

Rumors still point to this device launching with a MediaTek processor and running Android 5.0 out of the box, but otherwise, there’s a ton we don’t know about the device yet. Hopefully more info comes out of the rumor mill soon.
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Enhanced location support coming to Twitter thanks to Foursquare

twitter_new_banner_620pxTwitter has announced that they’ll be bringing location support to tweets in the near future thanks to a collaboration with Foursquare. Users will be able to add specific locations, restaurants, and other areas directly into their tweets like they appear in Foursquare’s location hopping app.

Currently, you can only add locations like cities and states into your tweets, so being able to let your followers know exactly where you’re eating for a lunch is a step up. It could also be considered pretty creepy, depending on who you ask.
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ASUS is preparing an ultra-affordable Chromebook with a Rockchip processor

asus chromebookChromebooks are already incredibly affordable, but ASUS looks like they’re preparing to undercut the competition even further with a cheaper model. The ASUS C201 is listed in an education ordering brochure and mentions specs like a Rockchip processor and an 11.6″ inch screen with 4 GB of RAM, and the catalog mentions that it’s the “cheapest Chromebook ever.”
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Amazon’s Unlocked program will make paid apps and games free

amazon-accounts-hackedAmazon will reportedly kick off a new program for their App Store soon, called Unlocked. The Unlocked program essentially takes paid apps and games, and ones with in-app purchases, and makes them completely free. Free to download, free to buy things in-game, and free to unlock extra features without spending a dime.

An internal presentation showcasing some of the functionality was leaked, showing off how users can sort out to only see Unlocked apps, and how it’ll look when users buy apps or make in-app purchases. This will all have to be done on Amazon’s own App Store, of course, but getting that installed isn’t too tough, even if Google yanked it from the Play Store
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