Apple vs. Samsung battle renewed by U.S. Court of Appeals

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Remember when Samsung faced a possible U.S.-ban on 26 of its products last year? U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request for a court injunction against Samsung. It was good news for the Korean manufacturer, but it still had to pay $1 billion in damages.

However, Samsung may again be in danger. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave Apple a partial victory which will give the company another chance to argue that Samsung should have its products banned from the U.S. market.

Apparently Koh had not considered Apple’s evidence well enough to make her decision in the case, according to the Court of Appeals.

If something new comes out of this new trial, we’ll certainly keep you updated.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Samsung preparing to produce 560 ppi displays in 2014 smartphones, Galaxy S5

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Just as the competition to manufacture the best television display was booming just a few years ago, the same is now happening with smartphones. Samsung is reportedly planning to release phones next year that have a pixel density as high as 560 ppi on screen sizes as low as 5-inches. That’s 2560 x 1440 resolution.

The AMOLED panels may first show up on the Galaxy S5. Samsung Display CEO Kinam Kim confirmed the rumors, and it wouldn’t be wild to guess that this resolution will come to tablets soon enough as well.

Sure, you might argue that that’s way too small for the human eye to tell the difference, but the numbers will be where it’s all at.

Via: SamMobile
Source: OLED.AT

Google offering a free Nexus 7 as part of “Share What Matters” contest

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Do you want a new Nexus 7 for free? Well, Google is offering just that, as part of a new promotional contest they are running. All you have to do is create your own portrait of the things that matter to you alongside your favorite Android device, just like you see above, and you’ll have the chance to win a new Nexus 7 tablet, or a $50 Google Play gift card.

Sounds easy enough, right? Head to the source link for more information on how to submit your portrait.

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Nexus 10 (2013) leaks again, giving way to LG making the device and a launch on November 22

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It has been fairly quiet on the Nexus 10 front. We haven’t heard a single thing since last month when the current Nexus 10 with 16GB went out of stock and a press render of the next one leaked. Now over on Reddit a frustrated Telefonica employee has unleashed what could be the upcoming Nexus 10 (2013). As you can see in the image, Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show. But interestingly it seems that the Google Experience Launcher is utilized, unlike other Nexus devices that received the KitKat update. Also, this device has a rather thin bezel and it looks like the speaker grill has been shifted to the top rather than two on the sides. And notice the price tag. That translates to $482 over here in the U.S.; however, this is presumably for the model with cellular connectivity. Attached to the Telefonica leak is even a possible release date — November 22.

The second image (after the break) has LG’s watermark smacked on top. This is interesting as Samsung makes the current model. LG also makes the Nexus 5 for Google. LG manufacturing the new Nexus 10 would make sense because it could be the device that received Bluetooth certification two weeks ago. The model number “LG-V510″ appears on both this new image and the certified device. So unfortunately there may not be a Nexus 8 in the works, although Google may want us to believe there is. » Read the rest

Holiday themed Google pop-up shops opening to show off its newest products

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Google’s good in the marketing department. Really good.

It’s officially the holiday season, and Google wants to remind you that now’s the time to buy, buy, buy.

The company is opening up a series of tent-like pop-up shops for the upcoming season to display some of its latest products, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Chromecast, and the newest Chromebooks.

They will be called “Winter Wonderlabs,” and will be located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and Paramus, NJ.

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Asus developing Google Glass competitor, still in talks with Google about 2014 Nexus 7 tablet

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Looks like Asus is having a big day. The first big new from the tech manufacturer is that they’re readying a wearable device similar to Google Glass and it will be announced at Computex next year, which takes place in Taipei from June 3rd to June 7th in 2014. Unfortunately because of how early this news comes, it means there’s no solid information about the device itself. It seems like everyone else is pursuing glasses and watches, though, so don’t be surprised if we start to hear about either of those from Asus soon.

The second bit of news relates to next year’s inevitable refresh of Google’s flagship 7 inch tablet, the Asus-made Nexus 7. Originally, there was some speculation that Google would pick a different manufacturer for the tablet because Asus was focusing more on their own line of tablets, but according to CEO Jerry Shen, that’s not necessarily the case. The company is still in talks with Google to make that manufacturing partnership happen. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see Asus make the next Nexus 7, but it’s clearly a valuable chunk of their business, and I’m sure they’d hate to see it picked up by another manufacturer (although I wouldn’t complain if Google got Sony on board with some of their Nexus devices)

With Google considering moving production to a company besides Asus because they want to focus on their own line of tablets, it really makes you wonder if we’ll ever see another Samsung Nexus tablet with the rumors about the direction they’ll be going in next year.

source: Phone Arena

[Deal] Get any tablet from Staples $50 off, including Nexus 7

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Black Friday is coming up in just a few weeks, but Staples already has great deals flowing. You can get any tablet over $149 for $50 off. That includes the new Nexus 7, and brings down the price to $179 for the 16GB version, and $219 for the 32GB tablet. That is an incredible deal for a brand new, top of the line device.

All  you have to do to take advantage of this deal is enter the coupon code 24373 while you’re checking out on Staples.com. This deal is only valid today, so be quick!

Source: 9 to 5 Google

[Deal] 2012 Nexus 7 on Woot! for as low as $129

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This one might not be a smoking hot deal, but it is a decent deal for anyone looking for an inexpensive tablet. Woot! has the 16GB 2012 Nexus 7 for $129 and the 32GB version for $149. I should point out these are factory reconditioned, and it’s not clear if you will still get the normal manufacturer’s warranty. My past experience with factory reconditioned products is that it does, but Woot! mentions nothing about it. They do offer a Square Trade 1 year protection plan for $22.99, which is leading me to believe that it doesn’t.

There are a lot of inexpensive tablets out there, but this one already has Android 4.4 KitKat, so it’s still a pretty good deal. The deal expires at midnight tonight or when they sell out. Hit the source link to get your order in.

source: Woot!

Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for mantaray Nexus 10 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your Nexus 10 (mantaray), we have the download link and instructions to manually install it.

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file (linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for nakasi WiFi-only 2012 Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your 2012 Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (nakasi), we have the download link and instructions to manually install

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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