Samsung seeks a retrial of the retrial in Apple copycat case

Apple vs Samsung

The Samsung vs Apple war is one of those wars that may never end. Last year’s famous copycat trial ended with a $1.05 billion reward for Apple, but $410 million of it was dropped by judge Lucy Koh after some mistakes were found in the jury’s calculations. A retrial took place in which Apple was awarded $290 million of that $410 million bringing the total damages to $930 million.

Samsung is now seeking a retrial of the retrial. Samsung is claiming racial bias because Apple compared Samsung to other Asian manufacturers that flooded the market with low-cost TVs that forced several U.S. companies into bankruptcy. It’s unlikely Koh will agree with this argument, and if so, Samsung will most likely take it to the Supreme Court and appeal the decision.

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LG to unveil the Chromebase at CES, an all-in-one computer powered by ChromeOS


LG sent out a presser tonight announcing that they will be showing off the Chromebase at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. What is a Chromebase you ask? It’s an all-in-one computer powered by Google Chrome. It features a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB iSSD storage, 1.3MP webcam, 5W built-in speakers, HDMI-in, USB 2.0 x 3, USB 3.0 x 1, LAN, keyboard, mouse, and cable organizer.

“LG’s Chromebase is an exciting new form factor that expands the options available to customers who want a fast, simple and secure computing experience for the home, school or office,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. “LG Electronics makes great devices that customers love, and we’re glad to welcome them to the Chrome family.”

We will be sure to get some hands on time with the Chromebase at CES, but for now, hit the break for the presser.

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Sony’s Xperia Z1 MotionShot camera app available on any device with Android 4.0 and up


Need to get your hands on the Sony Xperia Z1 camera app? Thanks to XDA Forum Member xperiaZ2, you can. Android devices running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher can download the app that allows users to snap a photograph with motion. This merges the motion into one single image for your viewing pleasure. To download, hit the link below. Just make sure you have at least 500MB available to install the MotionShot camera.

Source: XDA Developers [Download Link]

AT&T internally testing what could be the Samsung Galaxy S 5


Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S 5 smartphone may be making rounds to at least one U.S. right now. According to @evleaks, AT&T is testing the SM-G900A smartphone. He adds that this device has a high resolution display that gives “some support to the theory that it’s an int’l flagship.” This specification matches the 2K display rumor from yesterday.

What’s interesting is the model number. So far we have seen the SM-G900F, SM-G900S, and now the SM-G900A. These variants could be for models that are compatible with various carriers. Being that the AT&T-tested version ends with the first letter of the alphabet, it makes sense that it would be the international version. But don’t get too excited for a release date. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 is expected to be released in late April. Would you mind waiting for a metal chassis? Read more

Moto X bamboo backplate now available via Moto Maker for $100 extra

Moto_X_Wood_Backing_TAMotorola told us earlier this week that we wouldn’t have to wait too much longer for wooden Moto X back covers, and right on schedule, they have appeared on Moto Maker. Just in time for Christmas, Moto Maker has a new category of materials called “Neutral,” with bamboo as the only option under the category, currently. Choosing bamboo will add an extra $100 to the cost of the phone, and also a delivery delay of up to 14 days.

White edges are required with the bamboo back, but all other color and engraving options are available for the front and accents of the device.

Source: Motorola

Amazon to launch smartphone in first-half 2014


Rumors about the possible release of an Amazon smartphone have been around for a while now, but it seems we’re getting a lot closer to a possible release. According to Digitimes, Primax Electronics has received orders from Amazon for compact camera modules for smartphones to be launched in the first half of 2014.

Such smartphones feature floating touch technology, with each to be equipped with six CCMs for sensing, and Primax will supply more than 50% of the CCMs, the sources said. Primax declined to comment on the sources’ claims.

This report also supports the rumor that Amazon will be using multiple front facing cameras in order to push a 3D display that will track users and their movements. A smartphone also would make sense for the company given the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Source: Digitimes

145,000 Chromebook 11 chargers being recalled by Google and HP


The HP Chromebook 11 was taken off of shelves just a few weeks ago without much of an explanation. It turned out that the cause was because the chargers were overheating, and today, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that Google and HP will now be recalling the device’s charger.

Hit the break for a quote from the report as well as other information:

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition receiving Android 4.4.2 today

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With the recent flurry of updates to Google Play edition device updates comes the 4.4.2 update to the Sony Z Ultra GPe. It’s really good news that the Google Play edition devices are working out as well as they were supposed to be from the start. Fragmentation issues are slowly dissipating and it’s certainly nice to have a whole batch of options for devices that have stock Android and receive quick updates.

This particular update is 444MB and includes fixes for the security settings bug, the app uninstall bug, the clear data bug, and also issues with Google Now voice commands.

Let us know if any of you have received it yet and how it’s working out for you!

Samsung HomeSync now compatible with a few non-Samsung devices


Samsung’s HomeSync has only been available to Galaxy devices, but a recent updated finally allows a few non-Samsung devices to get in on the action. The list isn’t large, but it includes the HTC One, Butterfly, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia SP, Optimus G Pro, and the Nexus 4. Of course, just about every Samsung Galaxy device, whether tablet or phone, is already covered. I can’t imagine this $299 streaming box is flying off the shelves, and I doubt this update will change that. If you have one of these newly compatible phones and want to learn more about HomeSync, click here.

source: Google Play Store

Oppo Find 7 officially set to have 2k display


Rumors and speculation about the Oppo Find 7 have been flying around the internet for a number of months now, but we haven’t heard much at all from Oppo. Until now, that is! It has now been confirmed that the Oppo Find 7 will include a 2k display, or a display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Other rumored specs include a Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP rear facing camera. Folks, these specs are certainly no laughing matter! Now that the screen resolution of the device have been released, we should expect to see other specifications soon!

Source: @Oppo