Samsung piles on US lobbying spending after lengthy court battles with Apple

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We’re pretty familiar with Samsung’s constant legal battle with Apple all over the world, and especially in the US. Samsung, having quite a bit of extra cash to play with, upped their legal spending on US lobbyists last year to $900,000, up from just $150,000 in 2011. That’s a pretty significant jump. The extra spending is an attempt to sway the federal government on many legal issues, including IP copyright and telecommunication infrastructure. Samsung also hired former Sony veteran Joel Wigington to run a Washington office.

The mobile market is expected to be worth $847 billion in 2016, so this is obviously a really sweet pie that everyone wants a piece of, Samsung included. The lawsuits aren’t likely to let up, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see other companies beef up their legal presence to defend against (or initiate more of) those lawsuits.

source: Bloomberg

Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX to Receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA

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“Well, it’s about time!”, might be what your thinking if you have been anticipating the much anticipated OTA of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX. Unlike their little brother, the Droid RAZR M, which received the OTA months ago, owners of these devices have been denied the pleasure of all 4.1′s Jelly Bean goodness…but no more!

We already got an idea of some of the changes with this update, but now it’s officially approved and ready to go. Hit the break for some of the new Jelly Bean highlights along with some demo videos.

  • Google Now – Receive sports scores, stock updates, weather reports, and traffic updates without having to search the entire web for them. Google Now will learn what’s important to you and give you the updates you need before you even know you needed them.

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  • Expanded Notifications – Get a snapshot of your incoming e-mails, news reader notifications, Facebook updates, chat and more. Swipe them away where your done with them and move on with your busy life.

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  • Improved Voice Search – Ask Google Now a real-world question, and get a real-world answer in seconds.  Want to know what the weather will be like for the motorcycle ride this afternoon? Android 4.1 will tell you, in spoken word!

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Want to know more, check the source for a link to Motorola’s new Android upgrade page and get information on the upgrade schedule.

Source:  Motorola

OUYA game shop is now live for developers to begin uploading games

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If you backed OUYA on Kickstarter, you still have a few weeks to wait before you receive your OUYA console. The good news, though, is that there should be plenty of games on the market for you when you do get your new gadget, as OUYA has opened their game download shop for developers to begin uploading their projects. This is going to guarantee there’s a big enough selection to keep the excitement going for the console on launch day.

OUYA is also running a contest in their shop to spur development. The top three developers based on the first six weeks of availability will be featured in a series of short documentaries. Hopefully we’ll see some positive results out of this. Who’s excited to get their hands on a OUYA console?

source: Gamefans

via: Phandroid

 

LG Optimus G on Sprint to receive Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update

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If you’re the owner of a Sprint Optimus G, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the 4.1.2 update that Sprint has announced it will be pushing to your device. You’ll get Google Now, expandable notifications, and all the other awesome features in Jelly Bean. Now we just have to wait and see if AT&T’s Optimus G gets the same treatment anytime soon. Hit the source below to get a full list of new features in the update.

source: Sprint

TrakDot Luggage tracking device will tell you where your luggage is at all times, now available for preorder

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Greetings frequent travelers!  If you like to travel as much as I do, you have probably fallen victim to the missing luggage bandit at some point. Bummer when you are attending a week long business seminar and everything you brought to wear is MIA. Low cost tracking solution guru’s, GlobaTrac, LLC., has a solution. They have just announced the release of their latest innovation, the GPS TrakDot Luggage  for preorder.

Just purchase the low cost TrackDot for $49.99, activate it for $8.99, and subscribe to the service for a nominal $12.99 annual subscription fee and the TrakDot will do the rest. Just drop the GPS enabled TrakDot into your luggage and it will report what city/airport it’s at in real time to your cell phone. It will even automatically turn itself off just before takeoff and turn back on upon landing.  By the time you get off the plane, you will receive a text message telling you what city it’s in.


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Facebook announces revamped newsfeed with apparent nod to Google+

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Earlier today Facebook announced changes to the newsfeed for the popular social media site that appear to mimic some features from Google+. The overall look is laid out in a manner similar to Google+ with items in the feed becoming more prominent while a ribbon down the left side of the site is full of icons for different functions. To the right side of the layout are blocks for access to specific lists of friends or other pages you may be following. Though Facebook claims the new redesign is based on mobile devices, opening a Google+ homepage and comparing it with the new Facebook newsfeed may leave you wondering whether they were copying the principles of Google+.
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Samsung Pays $111 Million For 3% Stake In Sharp To Secure LCD Supply

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Samsung is a fan of Sharp’s displays and has acquired three percent of the Japanese company for $111 million. The move now makes Samsung the largest shareholder outside of a financial institution, and the fifth largest shareholder overall. This three percent stake helps solidify both companies’ relationship and ensures a steady supply of LCD panels for Samsung’s products.

Sharp isn’t doing so well financially and has created similar deals with such companies as Qualcomm who owns 2.56 percent of the business. Foxconn could soon be another shareholder in Sharp with a 10% stake. However, that deal was announced in March 2012 and closes at the end of this month.

Source: Unwired View

How to backup apps and app data on your rooted or non-rooted Android phone or tablet

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We’ve all been in a situation before where we needed to either factory reset our phone, send it in for a warranty replacement, etc. Not a big deal by itself, but you’ve got 3 stars on 80% of Angry Birds levels, and who would want to lose that accomplishment? You want to be able to keep that data forever. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do, and this guide will help you get started. You’ll even be able to start transferring some app data to new phones when you upgrade.


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FBI continues to seek data about users from Google without a warrant

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During 2012, Google says they received “national security letter” requests for up to 2,000 accounts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. National security letters are a tool used by the FBI and other government agencies to gather financial, phone and Internet data without a warrant. National security letters are normally subject to gag orders and even acknowledging their existence can land the recipient in hot water. Nevertheless, Google provides period reports concerning the number of inquiries it receives pursuant to the letters.
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Featured Android App Review: Clean Master [Tools]

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Spring is in the air folks and you know what that means, spring cleaning. When people say, “spring cleaning” people always think about cleaning their house or office, but it doesn’t stop there. Your phone might need a little as well, especially if it’s not running like it was when you first took it out of the box. We actually did a post about that last year, but there is a newer app on the scene that will assist you in cleaning your cache, uninstalling apps, and deleting  files, bookmarks, and text messages. It’s called Clean Master from Ksmobile, and it reminds me of CCleaner for Windows. It’s so simple to use, that I guarantee that after using the app for a few minutes, your phone will be as good as new again.

The interface is simple, clean, and features the Holo UI. Those are three things I love in apps. The main screen will give you a quick glance at how much storage you have left on both your device and on your SD card (if  installed). You have four options: History, Privacy, Tasks, and App Manager.


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