Samsung Claims Android’s Multitouch Software Is Not As Good As Apple’s In Dutch Courts

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Android’s multitouch software is not as good as Apple’s multitouch software? That’s what Samsung is claiming in order to avoid a recall and sales ban of its Android smartphones in a patent suit in the Dutch Court of Hague. In this round of the Apple vs. Samsung saga, Apple argues Samsung infringes on a certain multitouch patent called the “touch event model”— which prevents users from pushing two buttons at the same time on the screen. So as a result of the alleged infringement, Apple believes the Dutch courts should intervene and enact a sales ban of Galaxy products that operate on Android 2.3 or higher. Of course Samsung respectfully disagrees with Apple’s notions. Samsung lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman believes “the Android based method is more hierarchical the system is more complex and therefore harder for developers to use”. Apple respectfully disagrees as Apple lawyer Theo Blomme highlights Samsung’s claim of having a lesser solution “is simply not true“, while adding the technique that Android uses essentially makes its software the same as Apple’s.

Samsung is seemingly living on the defensive, isn’t it? After losing its epic battle Stateside, it is doing its best to try and try and have the upper hand on Apple this time around. There won’t be too long of a wait however— as the Hague court will deliver a judgement and ruling on October 24th regarding this matter.

source: PC World

Google Glass hitting the runway this spring as part of the DVF Fashion Show

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At some point in early 2013, many developers will receive their beta version of Google Glass, but designer Diane von Furstenberg (and others) are already using them to record preparations for the upcoming DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show. They also plan to use them during the show as well.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said, “Beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology.  We are delighted to bring Glass to the runway together with DVF.”

Diane von Furstenberg also added, “I am so excited to introduce Glass to the fashion world and use this revolutionary technology to give everyone a unique perspective into fashion.”

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Amazon reverses course again, will now allow users to remove ads from the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD for $15

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Last week we heard that the new Kindle Fires will feature ads on the lock screen. We assumed they would probably offer a way to opt out, but Amazon said no. It looks like a lot of people complained and Amazon is doing the right thing by changing their mind to now allow users to opt out of such ads for $15.

“With Kindle Fire HD there will be a special offers opt-out option for $15,” an Amazon spokesperson told Ars Technica. “We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.”

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China to Get Samsung Galaxy Note II With Dual SIM and Dual Standby

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Samsung is going to release a special version of the Galaxy Note II for China. In the picture above you see a Galaxy Note II with three slots, two of which are going to be for SIM cards and the other for a microSD.

Having dual SIM cards allows users to essentially have two phone lines in one phone and be able to monitor both lines at the same time. These phones are more popular in China and this phone could be headed to their Unicom network. The rest of the specs look to be the same, and impressive, with the 1280×720 Super AMOLED HD screen and Exynos 4412 processor. The special attention to the Chinese market shows that Samsung is trying to go big with the Galaxy Note II.

Source: Unwired View

Sony tears down its new Xperia Tablet S

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Sony’s new Xperia Tablet S didn’t make the biggest splash at IFA 2012, though it was one of the first devices that was announced to actually start shipping. Today, however, the manufacturer has decided to give techies an in-depth look at its newest mobile hardware, opting to tear down the revamped Tablet S in front of a camera. To get a peek at the device’s impressive Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display and 6,000 mAh battery, catch the full video after the break. » Read the rest

Carphone Warehouse UK Carrying Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III

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We already heard that Samsung would be releasing more colors for the Galaxy S III. The Garnet Red version is now available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and is available at the same price as other colors and on all the carriers that Carphone Warehouse serves. In the US, AT&T has been carrying the Garnet Red version for a little while, but this is the first we’ve seen it in Europe.

So if you’re in the UK and fancy a flashy red S III, hit the source link.

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HTC Desire 4G LTE shows up in Verizon’s internal system

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A recently leaked image from Verizon’s internal system suggests that the carrier could be prepping to release another HTC-manufactured device later this year. Dubbed the Desire 4G LTE, HTC’s newest handset sheds the usual “Droid” branding, which infers that it could aimed at the lower-end of the market. It’s unclear whether the smartphone is a variant of HTC’s recently announced Desire X or if it is an exclusive for Big Red’s network.

We’ve already come across an unannounced HTC handset slated to land on Verizon Wireless, though it appears that these are two entirely separate devices. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we get more information

Source: Engadget

Anonymous Source Claims Samsung SCH-I605 Is Verizon’s Galaxy Note II, Also Claims Galaxy Note II Is Headed For U.S. Cellular

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We know Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is headed to at least AT&T and Sprint, but now it looks like Verizon Wireless is all set to get in on the party too. Our friends at Brief Mobile got their hands on a screenshot that clearly highlights a Samsung device listed as model number SCH-I605, courtesy of their anonymous source. According to the source, this mysterious SCH-I605 smartphone will be Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Note II and will feature a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE service. In addition, the anonymous source claims Verizon’s version will be nearly identical to the international version, except the standard Verizon branding on the front and back of the device.

Brief Mobile doesn’t stop there as it also claims another major carrier will get the touted smartphone as well. It has confirmed that U.S. Cellular will get its own variant of the smartphone too for its ever-growing network as well. So all in all– the device is all but confirmed to launch on every major U.S. carrier. Of course, when the exact launch is for each carrier is anyone’s guess.

source: Brief Mobile

Files From Sprint Server Show New Samsung Device Believed To Be The Galaxy Note II

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A major device may soon be destined for Sprint’s network. A leaked RDF file from Sprint’s servers show a device called the Samsung SPH-L900 that features a nice list of specs including: a Exynos 4412 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and Android Jelly Bean running the device. Of course some of the specs we listed in this latest leaks are ones we expected since they match up with the leaked screenshots from AT&T’s Galaxy Note II.

The thing that was not in the file was the screen size. The larger screen was what made the Galaxy Note stand out from the crowd. The only listed specs about the screen was the 1280 x 720 display. So it is unclear if the smartphone is a bumped-up Galaxy S III smartphone or the Galaxy Note II as we suspect. Either way with all these features this phone will be able to compete with any other smartphone in the hardware department.

Samsung showed off the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012 and it looks like a very strong sequel to the original. Samsung was focused on having the device available on more US wireless carriers. With all these features, the Galaxy Note II will have a highly anticipated launch sometime in the future Sprint and possibly a few others.

Source: Android Central

Upcoming Wikipad Gaming Tablet Gets The Hands-On Treatment

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The game-changing Wikipad is one step closer to being in the hands of Android gamers everywhere, but one lucky son of a gun was able to see the intriguing tablet in action, courtesy of its creator James Bower. Right off the bat, users are treated to what is a fairly slim and trim profile that is smooth to the touch except for the middle of the back. That section of the device has a square-shaped groove along the back center of the tablet, which is intended to help give it a solid grip. Oh and Bower also touts the groove helps to “keep the tablet cool under stressful gaming power-consumption”.

The big focus of the device is no doubt its performance capabilities and the Wikipad delivers. Powered by a Tegra 3 chip and Jelly Bean, it helps to power games like Cody and a port of famed action-adventure game Max Payne like a true champ. The graphics were fluid as expected, while he controls gave better-than-expected results– thanks to comfortable dual analog sticks and responsive buttons. One minor critique may be the fact the tablet plus controller dock can possibly make the complete unit a little  heavier than some would like. Then again, it’s assumed most people won’t be playing on the Wikipad for hours on end.

You can see more pictures and details of the hands-on when you hit the source link below.

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