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Apple denied request to permanently ban 26 Samsung devices

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a little bad blood between Apple and Samsung. On this episode of ‘As the Smartphone World Turns,’ Apple attempts to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung devices in the U.S. However, a judge denied this latest attempt of Apple to derail Samsung.

Judge Lucy Koh, who has presided over the entire trial, ruled that any infringing features on Samsung’s devices are just part of a larger feature set, and wouldn’t fit into the broad ban that Apple was seeking. She added that it ‘wouldn’t be equitable’ to deprive Samsung consumers of the infringing devices when only ‘limited features’ have been infringed upon.

It would also seem that Samsung has already been punished for the infringements and that Apple is just finding ways to keep their lawyers busy these days. I’m no lawyer, but it may have been helpful to request the ban back in August. When will it stop, Apple?


source:  CNET

NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 Chip Outed, Looks To Bring Even More Quad-Core Goodness


We know that NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip is one hell of a processor, but what about it’s successor? We already know that NVIDIA plans on bringing in even more speed, but now it appears that we may likely see even more speed that ever before. According to Chinese website Chip Hell, the new Tegra chip will have a 28-nanometer part featuring “4-plus-1″ quad core architecture with a fifth battery saver core that will likely be based off ARM’s Cortex-A15 infrastructure. In addition, the imminent chip will be powered by a brand new 72-core GeForce GPU which should offer 20x the performance of the Tegra 2 and 6x that of the Tegra 3. Adding to this is the fact that the new chip will be capable of handling up to a 2,560 x 1600 resolution display at full 1080p and 4K support.

As exciting as the new chipset is going to be, we can only hope that we see more support for the upcoming chips that we’ve seen in years past. There are no further details for now, though rumor has it that we can possibly see a formal announcement of the new technology as early as CES 2013.

source: ZDNet

The Unofficial Sony “Yuga” Smartphone Gets Detailed Preview, Confirms Everything We Thought Previously About The Device


Another day, another tidbit of news regarding the suddenly not-so-secret Sony “Yuga” smartphone. After seeing some teaser photos of the superphone yesterday, we are now treated to a an actual preview of the device, complete with all the spec details you can handle. Thanks to our friends at Mobile Reviews, we now know the “Yuga” will come fully loaded with a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a microSD card slot, LTE and 12MP camera. In addition to the premium hardware features, the smartphone will come preloaded with Android 4.1 and Sony’s custom UI slapped on top.

So now that the cat is just about out of the bag, it’s just a matter of time before Sony comes out and gives up the deets. Q1 2013 can’t come here soon enough!

source: Mobile Reviews

The great Stephen Colbert and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt share an hour long discussion ranging from tech to politics [Video]

Stephen Colbert, one of the most charismatic figures on television today, shared an hour long discussion with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. The interview itself isn’t new, but the uncut and whole conversation was just posted on YouTube for all of us to see. Topics ranged from talks about Google Play all the way down to politics.

The highlight of the video, at least for us Android enthusiasts, comes about 8 minutes in where both talk about the Google Play Store and Schmidt’s book. Colbert also has some very nice things to say about Google and it’s endless possibilities at around 29:48 minutes in, so definitely check that part out. You can check out the whole interview below after the break!

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Official Tumblr App Now Supports Tablets


Your meme, fanfiction and #Caturday needs can now be met on a tablet with the official Tumblr app. Almost a year and a half after hitting Android, the app was finally updated to include tablet support. Besides tablets, the rest of the update is relatively minor: a new Following screen and subtle design updates. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to support horizontal viewing, which might be a drawback on 10-inch tabs. I’m sure you guys were wondering so I went ahead and tested it for you. Yes, Ja’mie King GIFs work great on the only Nexus device currently not sold out on the Google Play Store, the Nexus 7.

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Cyanogenmod 10.1 nightlies roll out to a select few devices

Cyanogenmod is the most popular after-market software for Android devices. It usually doesn’t take long after the latest iteration of Android hits AOSP that CyanogenMod starts to roll out nightlies of their custom software to a few devices, and CM 10.1 is no exception. A handful of devices have officially received the first run of nightlies and will continue to receive CM 10.1 support. Of course, many other devices will join them in due time. The list of supported devices and the download link to the first wave of nightlies is below. Read more

More details leak for HTC’s mysterious M7: 4.7-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera and more

Last week we reported about a mysterious HTC super phone dubbed the M7, but at the time little was known about the device. Well, today we have some gloriously good details trickling in. For one, the M7 is said to be the successor to HTC’s wildly popular One X. The phone will boast an optically laminated 4.7-inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 468ppi (40% more than the iPhone 5). The optically laminated panel is said to offer improved viewing angles, more accurate color reproduction and a better outdoor viewing experience.

Under the hood you will find a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage powered by a healthy sized 2,300 mAh battery. HTC has always been known to skimp on battery capacity, so it’s nice to see them outdo many of the current flagship phones this time around. As for shooters, you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera around back, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera to capture your handsome mug. The rear facing camera is said to come with some enhanced features, like super slow-motion video recording and HDR video mode. On top of that, the camera is said to use a Cinesensor imaging chip to improve overall image quality. As for software you’ll find Android Jelly Bean topped with HTC’s ever-improving Sense skin; this time Sense 5.

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Samsung reworks S-Beam commercial with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Samsung has certainly stepped up its advertising budget in the past few years and is ramping things up for the holidays as we’ve already seen. To add to their holiday repertoire, Samsung has redone their humorous, yet slightly suggestive, S-Beam commercial with a cheery Christmas theme. Instead of being sent off by wife and children, Santa Claus S-Beams some videos from his hard-working elves and Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus has the traditional Galaxy S III, but Santa is rocking the brand new Galaxy Note II. Of course, the video he gets from Mrs. Claus comes with a dirty look and the warning “Don’t watch it on the sleigh.” Thanks for tainting my childhood memories of Christmas, Samsung. Hit the break below for the video. Read more

Nova Launcher 2.0 Beta Doubles Down On Customization

You don’t have to be Xzibit to appreciate what Nova Launcher has done with its latest beta. No, the beta launcher won’t help you install an x-box to the trunk of your Toyota Celica but it does go a long way in helping you pimp your home screen. Nova is one of several capable third-party launchers but with the addition of a handful ton of customization options it’s doubling down on a more user-defined look and feel to Android.

Like with the version available on the Play Store, ver. 1.3.4, Nova Launcher 2.0 beta requires Android 4.0.1 or higher. And while both versions offer an increased level of control over its stock counterpart, 2.0 takes it to a different level. We’re talking transparency settings, resizing folders, gestures galore and some nice wallpaper tweaks. The 2.0beta3 release addresses some early beta bugs, with fixes to expanded notifications on Android 4.2, dock as overlay, dock infinite scroll, disabled wallpaper scrolling and force close issues.

Hit the break for a complete list of Nova Launcher 2.0 features and the all important download link.

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