Apple lands a patent for a rectangle with rounded corners

Oh my, our broken patent system is at it again. Yesterday Apple was awarded patent D670,286, which is a design patent pertaining to the iPad’s “ornamental” design. In a sense it’s a patent for a rectangle with rounded edges covering a “portable display device.” Before everyone screams foul, it remains to be seen if it will be worth anything to Apple.

Apple already has a design patent D504,889, and they successfully convinced Judge Lucy Koh that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be banned based on it. Of course, in August, a jury didn’t find the Tab 10.1 infringed on that patent. Back then Samsung was quoted as saying it was “unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners.” Interestingly enough Apple now has the patent with this new ’286.


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Hisense jumps into 4K TVs with the XT880, promises Android 4.0

In a surprising move, Hisense is entering the “large” big screen TV market with it’s upcoming XT880 line’s of 50, 58 and 65 inch TV’s deliver that 3,840 x 2,160 picture resolution. Hisense also promised a full-fledged, 3D-capable smart TV based around Android 4.0 with WiFi internet access, a remote with voice commands and a removable camera for gesture control or Skype chats.

More details of this should surface come CES, but certainly seems interesting thus far. Hit the break below for Hisense’s full press release!


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Best Buy Black Friday ad surfaces, reveals $50 Galaxy S III on AT&T and Sprint

As we inch closer and closer to November 23rd (Black Friday in retail speak), all of those wonderful Black Friday ads begin to slowly get leaked. Today the Best Buy ad has found its way to my desk. While we revealed on Monday that ‘The Shack’ would be selling the Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint for $50 on a new 2-year contract, it looks like Best Buy will be doing the same for the Sprint version but they’ll be beating The Shack’s AT&T Galaxy S III price by $50 and offering it for $50 as well (16GB version).

Other devices of mention are the DROID RAZR MAXX 4G for free on contract, Samsung Galaxy S II for $1 on contract, and a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for $179 before a $20 gift card. I know a lot of you are getting your Black Friday plans together so keep checking back here as we’ll be summing up all the deals for you when the dust settles.

source:  BFAds

Multi-Window OTA update for Sprint’s Galaxy Note II rolling out

One of the unique features of Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the multi-window feature. It is so popular that Samsung decided to make it available on their Galaxy S III device. Oddly enough, when Samsung made the Galaxy Note II available for the U.S. market, the Jelly Bean build that shipped did not include the multi-window function, even though it was available on international versions.
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T-Mobile Set For Major Price Drops For All Of Its Most Popular Devices

 

As the holiday season quickly approaches, most wireless carriers are gearing up major promotions and sales in order to entice customers and T-Mobile is no different. According to Brief Mobile, T-Mo is all set to announce major price drops for many of its most popular devices like the One S, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. All in all here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will see a price change as early as tomorrow:

 

  • HTC One S: Will drop from $149.99 to $99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II: Will drop from $369.99 to $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze: Will drop from $99.99 to $49.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S II: Will drop from $149.99 to $79.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: Will drop from $279.99 to $129.99

 

This certainly isn’t a bad way to usher in the holiday season, so it will be exciting to see how many customers T-Mo can woo with the sweet prices of its popular devices.

source: Brief Mobile

[Deal] RadioShack offering 32GB Nexus 7 for $229 for a limited time only

 

Still haven’t nabbed yourself Google’s Nexus 7 tablet? This may be an incentive for you to finally grab one. For a limited time, RadioShack is offering $20 off on one item that exceeds $125, in which the Nexus 7 does. Just enter in the coupon code “RMN20″ and you should be able to purchase it for $229 plus taxes.

Head on over to the source link, and don’t forget the coupon code! We don’t know how long this code lasts, so buy now if you’re interested.

source: RadioShack

HTC DROID DNA renders surface

Earlier today we reported on plans by HTC and Verizon to hold a joint event in New York City on November 13th. Details are scant, but there is lots of conjecture out there that this could be an announcement of the new HTC DROID DNA. Consistent with the flurry of leaks and rumors about this new device, tonight we have a new render of the device that has surfaced. You might notice some red accents in the speaker and on the power button, which appears to be centered. Hopefully we will see next week how accurate this render is at the HTC/Verizon event.

source: @evleaks

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini open source code posted

Yesterday we reported on Samsung posting open source code for their Galaxy Tab 2 devices and AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s developers have continued their work today, making available the code for the new Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Those interested in grabbing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean code for the device can head over to the Samsung Open Source Release Center to find their copy. With this code now available, we expect it will not be long before the modders start releasing tweaks to the firmware, new ROMs based on the code, or even incorporating some Android 4.2 features for use on the Galaxy S III Mini.

source: Samsung Open Source Release Center
via: Android Police

HTC and Verizon team up in New York on November 13th

When leaks and news get rolling on a given device, it seems that it just arrives in droves – which we definitely enjoy. The hot device of late, since the Nexus 4 has died down a bit, is the DROID DNA. Seeing as the DNA news and leaks are coming fast and furious, coupled with this promo shot of a ‘collaboration’ between HTC and Verizon, we can only assume that this ‘collaboration’ will be the official announcement of the DROID DNA in some fashion. Granted, it could be an 8x event as that has happened in the past, but we’re hoping for the official unveiling of the DNA.  After all, the timing seems right, or maybe that’s just my selfish enthusiasm. In any event, we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Also, do you find it an odd coincidence that they’re holding this event on November 13th?

Motorola Atrix HD Developer Edition Hits Motorola’s Site

On the heels of releasing the DROID RAZR M Developer Edition and the DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition, those anxious to be able to do the same type of customization with the Atrix HD are in luck. The Atrix HD Developer Edition from Motorola is now showing up on their website, but in information registration form only. There are no specifics as far as pricing or availability. All the requisite warnings will still presumably apply and the second you purchase the device, your warranty is void. Basically, there is no warranty. However, this edition does let you customize to your heart’s content like custom software and themes thanks to its unlocked bootloader.

source:  Motorola