Google’s Pablo Chavez Believes Current Software Patent Model May Not Promote Innovation


Tired of all these issues involving software patents? Well luckily, you’re not alone— even high-ranking officials at prominent companies are sick too. While speaking at the Technology Policy Institute conference, Google Public Policy director Pablo Chavez states:


“One thing that we are very seriously taking a look at is the question of software patents, and whether in fact the patent system as it currently exists is the right system to incent innovation and really promote consumer-friendly policies.”


Chavez certainly has reasoning for this too. As of now, Google has been involved in long-standing disputes against other tech heavyweights such as Apple and of course, the not-so-friendly Oracle. Oh and don’t forget patent trolls and patent bullies like the infamous and generally disliked Lodsys. The current software patent model doesn’t make sense and is not uniform in something like medicine-related patents. To support his notion, Chavez believes software patents can be differentiated from patents in areas such as medicine because a:


“Lot of structural differences between that industry and the software industry. With that in mind, we are starting to brainstorm longer-term solutions.”


Chavez’s reasoning certainly isn’t too unreasonable, especially since there are other experts who you know— share the same sentiment.

source: CNet

Samsung Scores a Victory Regarding Jury’s Instructions

As you know, Samsung and Apple have been in a very heated battle regarding who copied whose patents, and assuming no settlement is reached, a final verdict will be made in the next few days. Yesterday, in a turn of events, Samsung was able to score a victory as Judge Koh made a surprising reversal to the prior ruling by Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal. Judge Grewal had originally decreed that the jury would be told Samsung had failed to retain evidence as part of the jury instructions.

This ruling upset Samsung for two reasons: First, the date they were accused of deleting their emails was well before the lawsuit was filed, and secondly, during that time Apple had not yet ordered its employees to start saving their emails either. Since Apple was the one who brought on the lawsuit, Samsung reasoned that they were equally as responsible for saving messages from the same start date since they knew the lawsuit was on the horizon.
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[Deal] Toshiba Excite 10″ For $299 At Costco, Tegra 3 Power On A Budget

Want a big 10-inch screen, quad-core Tegra 3 power, and 16GB on onboard storage for under 3 bills? Well Costco has a deal for you. Until December 1st, Costco is offering $100 off the Toshiba Excite 16GB and 32GB 10-inch tablets. That brings the 16GB version to just $299 and the 32GB version to $349. Not a bad deal for Toshiba’s slim tablet.

The specs are pretty solid for this price:

  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB onboard storage
  • 10.1-inch 1280×800 Gorilla Glass screen
  • 5MP back camera, 2MP front camera
  • SD Card slot
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Micro USB slot

This looks to be a pretty good online deal. Hit the source link top pick yours up.

source: costco

Samsung engaged in “beat-Apple” strategy by copying iPhone Apple claims in court hearing

Last week all eyes were focused on a courtroom in California where Apple and Samsung were engaged in a litigation battle. That was only one front in the war between the two smartphone manufacturing giants. Across the country, in an appellate courtroom for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, Apple and Samsung engaged each other to start this week in yet another Apple v Samsung case.

This particular hearing was the result of Samsung’s appeal of an order from Judge Lucy Koh to ban the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones until the patent infringement trial takes place in March 2014. Samsung is trying to get the ban overturned, to get Judge Koh’s finding that Apple is likely to prevail overturned, and they are challenging the validity of the patent in question. On that point, the patent is the one that involves the ability of Google search to return “hits” for items both on the device and on the Internet – a unified search result.
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Rogers announces Android 4.0 update schedule for select devices

Software updates can be a dreaded nuisance for any smartphone owner, but when carriers openly share information, it tends to make things more bearable. Rogers has decided to take this route by sharing an Android 4.0 update timeline for numerous devices. Included in the list is Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, as well as multiple Xperia handsets.
  • HTC Raider – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • HTC EVO 3D – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Now available
  • Sony Xperia Arc S (LT18a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Sony Xperia Arc (LT15a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Sony Xperia Mini Pro (SK17a) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Early September
  • Motorola Razr (XT910) – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) – Late August

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First Images of Android-Based Nikon S800 Leak

We first informed you about the soon-to-be-released Nikon S800, the first Android based camera from Nikon. Today, Nikon Rumors revealed the first pictures of the camera. From what has been posted, the camera will be a point and shoot with a 12x wide optical zoom and feature a 3.5″ OLED touchscreen. From the screenshot posted, it appears it will sport some variation of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with app icons for camera, browser, email, music, and others.

An announcement on the upcoming Android shooter is expected Wednesday August 22nd, where it is rumored to be announced alongside the advanced point and shoot Coolpix P7700.

source: nikonrumors
via: theverge

MIUI Jelly Bean ROMs now available for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

MIUI has proven to be a highly desirable aftermarket firmware among the developer community, and today marks the initial release of Jelly Bean builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S. Currently, the ROMs contain no major bugs, which is good news considering previous Ice Cream Sandwich builds offered less than ideal functionality. The massive changelog offers an in-depth look at the the backend changes that had to be made to support the bump to Android 4.1. Fresh features include a revamped video player UI, a new contact manager and hundreds of optimizations. You can read the official instructions and download your ROM after the break.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Turn your Android phone into a server with Servers Ultimate [Tools]

If you have an old Android phone laying around and love to tinker, I have a really good app for you to try. It’s called Servers Ultimate, and it was created by XDA member Themuzz. What it does is turn your Android phone into a server, and you have your choice of 10 dfferent types: DLNA, DNS, Dynamic DNS, Email, FTP(S), Proxy, SMS Gateway, Time, HTTP(S) and/or (secure) WebDAV. It doesn’t stop there because you can run multiple instances of the same server type and the same time.

This means you can set a streaming media server with the DLNA option, share files via FTP, set up your own web server, or even host your own email server. You’re probably thinking you need to be rooted, but guess what? You don’t. Themuzz says there are way too many features to list on the Google Play Store page, but hit the break to see what this puppy can do.

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AOKP Jelly Bean Build 1 now available!

CyanogenMod (CM) and the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) are the two most feature filled ROM’s that you can find in the custom ROM world. With CM10 Nightlies having been released just a couple of days ago, it was only natural for the AOKP team to follow suit and release their first official build of Jelly Bean AOKP. There’s far too many features that AOKP provides to list them all, but here’s the popular ones that you can expect:

  • Notification Toggles
  • Lockscreen tweaks (no custom targets yet)
  • Navigation bar modifications
  • Custom kernel performance options
  • LED colors
  • Notification wallpapers
  • Phone ringer modifications (Flip call to silent, silent/vibrate when headphones are in)
  • Plus more!

You can head on over to the source link for a download link, the device maintainer list and their Gerrit page. Let us know if you’ve given AOKP a shot and tell us your experience with the ROM!

source: AOKP Google+