Judge Lucy Koh Wants Apple & Samsung To Talk It Out Soon, Argues “It Is Time For Peace”

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As the Apple & Samsung case winds down, Judge Lucy Koh sought one last ditch effort in order to get the executive heads to try and make peace before the final decisions where handed to a jury because after all, she “sees risks here for both sides”. While the lawyers asserted each CEO would attempt to talk (again), most patent lawyers believe it’s not likely. Florian Mueller, an intellectual property consultant believes “think this dispute isn’t ripe for a settlement” because Mueller agrees with Judge Koh and argues both sides have too much at stake in the case.

Hopefully the CEOs do end up coming together and resolving this issue once and for all. It’s time to focus on development on innovative products now— not bickering and name slander. Like Judge Koh says, “it is time for peace”.

source: WSJ

Samsung Reported To Update Galaxy S II And Galaxy Note Smartphones To Jelly Bean

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Samsung Galaxy S II owners are probably content enough to have gotten the Android 4.0 update but those same owners will certainly be giddy after hearing this tidbit of news. According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently testing the preliminary builds of Android 4.1— also known as Jelly Bean. In fact—the same source claims testing has gone well for Samsung and Samsung should release the latest version of the Android OS (Android 4.1.1) by September or October— if all goes well. Of course this is expected to apply to the international variants of the smartphone— so you American owners of the device will have to add a few months after the initial launch.

Oh and you Galaxy Note owners won’t be left out of the blue either as that device is set to receive the Jelly Bean update as well— though a specific time frame for that device is anyone’s guess. If this is indeed true Samsung— well done to you. Well done.

source: SamMobile

Hands on with the Kno Textbook App on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 [Video]

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As we mentioned previously, the Kno textbook app comes pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Yesterday at the launch event in New York City we got a chance to see it in action. The Kno app allows students k-12 and the college level to download textbooks in which they can annotate and highlight, but they are also interactive. For example, students can click on videos or see interactive 3D diagrams. It will not only provide the student with a better experience than the traditional textbook, but it also allows them to carry less bulk. Right now there are over 200,000 textbooks available and most of the k-12 books cost about $10. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the first Android device to use the Kno app (previously available on iOS), and is just another feature that makes it so cool.

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For more coverage on the Galaxy Note 10.1, check out our Adobe Photoshop Touch demos (Part 1 and Part 2)

Technology Expert Claims Apple’s Bounce-Back Patent Is Invalid

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As Samsung continues to defend itself in its legal battle with Apple, it continues to find reasons why Apple may not have such legitimate patents after all. Expert witness Dr. Andries van Dam, a faculty member at Brown University highlighted several reasons why Apple’s ’381 bounce-back patent is invalid. As seen on a certain Tablecloth application, the software allows a user to scroll through a certain image and then displays a blank white space when the user reaches the end. When that happens, a finger is removed which causes the image to snap-back— just like Apple’s feature. In addition, Tablecloth dates back to 2005, while Apple’s bounce-back patent was originally filed in December of 2007.

Dr. van Dam didn’t stop their either. He went on to demonstrate the LaunchTile user interface and highlights it didn’t appear to be similar to the ’381 patent because when a user reaches the end of the on-screen content there is no off-screen information revealed. On the other hand, van Dam argues the software does meet the requirements when swiping within the main content field itself, the next next tile serving as the “off-screen content” in this case. He adds the US Patent Office had never seen the two pieces of software before granting Apple its patent.

Apple responded to Dr. van Dam’s argument by stressing Tablecloth returns the user to the original starting point upon a bounce-back, rather than the edge of the content. Naturally that quickly became invalid when Dr. van Dam finished his point by adding:

 

“The patent does not tell you how you implement a touchscreen display. In every way that is a touchscreen display.”

 

Your move, Apple?

Google Play Store gift cards and wishlists coming soon, Download the latest 3.8.15 update

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Google just updated the Play Store to version 3.8.15, which you can download below. What’s most interesting about this update is the fact that gift cards and wishlists are finally on the way. They aren’t live yet, but the folks over at Android Police were able to find references of them in the code. This is something Google desperately needs. We kind of knew this would happen sooner rather than later when Google offered $25 gift balances to those that purchase a Nexus 7.

As far as wishlists, I had no idea it was coming. Sites like Amazon utilize wishlists, but I have to honestly say I’ve never used one. I guess it’s a way for you to add items that you want to eventually buy, but don’t have the money now. It could also be used for sharing so your friends can see what you covet and maybe they will send you a gift card. Either way, this is exciting news and will only strengthen the Play Store.

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Samsung: 10 Million Galaxy Notes Sold Worldwide

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Some exciting news came from yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event where the company briefly announced they’ve sold more than 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones worldwide. The original Note made its debut in late October 2011 in Europe before making its way to the U.S. in February. To be honest with you, when Samsung announced the Note, I didn’t think it would be the first phone, greater then 5 inches, to have the success it did. It certainly has taken the mobile world by surprise!

Just to give you an idea of the momentum, it was only four months ago that Samsung announced they had sold 5 million Notes. The surge of sales to 10 million units is no doubt a combination of its launch here in the States and continued promotion throughout the Olympic Games. Samsung is expected to launch a successor to the original device at their pre-IFA press conference on August 29th in Berlin, Germany. The new version is rumored to have an even larger screen, and a bump to a quad-core CPU. Personally, after using the Note for the weekend, I welcome a newer, larger, and faster version! What about you?

 

Samsung HM5100 Bluetooth S Pen Makes a Surprise Debut in our Galaxy Note 10.1 ‘Press Kit’

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The standard S pen you have come to know and love is already a pretty cool utility for your Galaxy Note. Add Bluetooth, a microphone, and a mini speaker to the equation and voila, you get the new “BT S Pen (HM1500).” The device had no introductions at yesterday’s Galaxy Note 10.1 event, no lime light, and no demos on stage, it was simply placed neatly in our “press kit” as a surprise, and surprised we were! » Read the rest

Easily Crack Android’s Pattern Unlock, No Root Required

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Hey modders, devs, and hackers! You know how you keep that “USB Debugging” option checked in settings? Sure, it’s useful when you need to root a device or test an app you’re developing, but you might want to consider unchecking it when not using it.

XDA developer M.Sabra says that anyone with a little ADB knowledge can easily hack Android’s pattern unlock, essentially getting access to your entire device. Apparently it’s not that difficult to do either. Root isn’t even required.

We won’t go into detail here on how to do it, but hit the source link to find out how easily your phone can get hacked if you lose it. Don’t believe your pattern gives you total protection.

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Google+ Update Improves Hangouts And More

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It’s obvious that Google is taking social networking seriously judging by its continual improvement of Google+. The most recent update to the Google+ app improves Hangouts for mobile. You can now join Hangouts on Air from your mobile device, and teens can now create and join Hangouts. Also, the app now contains a grey shortcut bar at the top for quick access to your circles, sharing, and other options. This makes sharing posts more efficient. Photo view also gets a little love by gaining a floating timestamp, and abuse reporting has been added for Events. Here’s the full list of what’s new from the Play Store page.

What’s in this version:

  • Teens can now create and join Hangouts from mobile
  • Join Hangouts on Air from mobile
  • Floating timestamp in photos view
  • Shortcuts for post creation
  • Ability to report abuse in Events

Get the update from the Play Store link or QR code below.

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Hands on with Adobe Photoshop Touch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Part 2 – Drawing a Portrait [Video]

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After Roy got his picture taken and edited on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 this afternoon at the Samsung launch event, it was my turn to pose for a portrait. Samsung had about 4 stations with artists for drawing portraits, and I was lucky enough to get a chance to get in on one. I have the utmost respect for people who can draw freely, and I was thoroughly impressed. This was all done utilizing the Adobe Photoshop Touch app that comes pre-installed on the Note 10.1. Again it’s S Pen optimized so there is no shortage of things you can do with this app. If you can imagine it, you can probably do it.

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