Motorola Mobility ordered by jury to pay $10 million in Fujifilm patent suit

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A U.S. jury has ordered Motorola Mobility to pay a total of $10 million due to the Fujifilm patent lawsuit where Motorola used their patented technology without permission. Fujifilm sued Motorola in 2012 accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth.

While Motorola is ultimately forced to pay up, it is significantly less than the $40 million that Fujifilm initially asked for.

source: Reuters

Samsung’s smart lighting platform to be demonstrated at LIGHTFAIR International 2015

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Today, Samsung Electronics announced that for the first time it will demonstrate its new open and secure platform for smart lighting at LIGHTFAIR International 2015. Per Samsung:

Samsung’s smart lighting platform is designed for integration with LED lighting systems in order to easily transform luminaires into smart, digital nodes. This Internet of Things (IoT) platform incorporates processing capabilities, firmware, connectivity and an open architecture connected to sensors for collecting data and creating new applications.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Tab S2 9.7 announcement in June

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Samsung’s successor to their Tab S line is expected to be announced in June and will be dubbed as the Galaxy Tab S2 (Tab S2 8.0 and Tab S2 9.7 respectively). There will be a total of 4 variants of their new Tab S2, with the 8.0 and 9.7 each receiving both a W-Fi only version and an LTE version. Samsung is expected to ship these new tablets to various countries including the US, Canada, several European markets, China, Latin America, Hong Kong, Korea, and India. As for specs, here’s what you can expect:

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Google releases their own Handwriting Input app

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Google released their Handwriting Input app, which is yet another way to enter text onto your device. If finger input, voice commands or even swype isn’t for you, then you can try this new method out by actually handwriting your letters and words. The app supports in upwards of 82 languages and I’m sure more will come in time. The cool thing about this is that it even registers emojis, so you can happily draw out those happy faces.

If you want more info on this new app, check out the source link below along with a direct link to its Play Store page!

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Huawei rumored to offering Samsung designers more money and higher level positions to work for them

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Is Huawei trying to steal away Samsung’s designers and technicians? If so, you certainly can’t blame them for the effort as Samsung is most certainly poised to have their most successful Galaxy S ever with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The refined and refreshed look of the S6 and S6 Edge seems to have caught Huawei’s attention as reports are coming that the company is not only offering more money, but higher level positions are also being dangled to Samsung’s design engineers. More independence is also rumored to be promised to these candidates which is essentially an engineers/designers dream. If these people were to take Huawei’s offer, you certainly can’t blame them.

Do you guys think Samsung’s own engineers can steer Huawei into a serious contender in the mobile phone industry?

source: Korea Times

 

Don’t have a phone that has wireless charging? Duracell has your back with a giant wireless charging ring that hooks to your micro-USB port

duracell ringWait, what? Sometimes you come across some odd products via random brands, but this time you have a fairly big company taking a whack at a fairly odd product that will allow devices that don’t have wireless charging to wireless charge via their “Ring”. As you can see above, the Ring grants you the ability to place your device onto any wireless charger and charge it. While a really cool idea, I just question the practicality of it as the Ring isn’t exactly small. The fairly large size may be more of a nuisance than anything.

Either way, I think the idea itself is wonderful. The Ring comes with a charging pad and sets you back at an odd number of $53.98. If you would like more info on the product or would like to purchase one, you can check out the source link below.  Read more

[Video] Samsung USA officially unboxes the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge via a promo video

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Samsung USA has taken it upon their YouTube account to officially unbox their two new flagships in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge via a pretty cool promo video. With all the coverage these two devices are getting in the recent weeks, I’m sure you are well familiar with them both. If not, check out the videos below and let us know what you think!  Read more

[Video] Take a look at a video representation of the history of Samsung’s Galaxy S line

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 is most certainly a culmination of everything the company has learned through its previous iterations of the device. Anybody remember the very first Galaxy S phone? I certainly do, and with how great the S6 is it’s crazy to think how far Samsung, and Android for that matter, has really come. SamsungTomorrow’s YouTube account helps you out with that as they just released a video showcasing the history of their Galaxy S line. From the Galaxy S all the way to the brand new Galaxy S6. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think!  Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 sales off to a blistering start; T-Mobile claims their Galaxy S6 sales have nearly doubled their total sales of the Galaxy S5

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If T-Mobile’s sales are indicative of how the other carriers are faring, the little traction and sales Samsung may have lost last year with their Galaxy S5 are now nothing to worry about considering the numbers their new Galaxy S6 is putting up. According to T-Mobile, sales of the Galaxy S6 have already nearly doubled the total sales of the previous S5. Consumers have wanted Samsung to change things up a bit as they viewed the S4 and S5 as minor iterations rather than a new device. With the new S6, Samsung decided to finally change things up a bit with a revamped look and finally parted with their plastic materials and opted for a more “premium” look/feel. The reviews of the S6 have bode very well for Samsung and it seems nothing will slow this train down.

What do you guys think of the S6? I know not everyone is on board with Samsung’s decision to go with glass and removing expandable storage alongside the removable battery (including myself), but it is refreshing to see Samsung listening to it’s critics and changing things up a bit.

source: T-Mobile