Apple v. Motorola judge speaks out about software patents

In a recent ruling, Judge Richard Posner with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Chicago) effectively ended the case of Apple v. Motorola before it ever got to a courtroom by dismissing the claims in the case. In his ruling, Posner indicated specific claims for damages could not be shown by either party which left him no choice but to dismiss the case.

Posner is a judge who is not scared to speak out on a variety of issues. Just last week he wrote a critique of Supreme Court Judge Scalia’s dissent in the Arizona immigration lawsuit. Posner is a prolific writer as evidenced by a row of books in his office that he has authored, including one on the topics of economics and intellectual property laws.

Posner indicates in a recent interview about the Apple v. Motorola case that he questions whether we really need software patents. He mentions the benefit that software companies receive by being first to market with a new “gadget”, a benefit he thinks will exist whether patents are granted or not. He also has some concern with the fact that smartphones and similar devices are composed of thousands of components, yet a patent on any one of those components effectively confers legal protection (or liability) on the entire device, even the components not covered by the patent.

To read more about Judge Posner and the topic of patents, head on over to the source article. It provides a unique glimpse into one judge’s perspective on the continuing software patent wars.

source: Reuters

DROID Incredible 4G LTE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

I’m calling it the phone that could’ve been. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE is the third version of the Incredible series, but for whatever reason Verizon didn’t want to make this a flagship DROID device. Sprint, on the other hand, knew that the third installment of the EVO line needed to be a major player, and that’s why they chose the HTC One X as the basis. Verizon took a different approach and went with the HTC One S as the basis, but left out the ImageSense camera chip. On the flip side, they did allow for a removable battery and an available microSD slot for expanded storage. This phone isn’t part of the One Series, and it doesn’t feel like anything close with it’s 11.7mm thick frame, as opposed to 7.8mm for the One S and 8.9mm for the One X.

The specs are similar to the One S and include a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, Android 4.0.3, and Sense 4.0. The price is $149, which is competitive for Verizon Wireless, but one has to wonder if spending $50 more and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the wiser choice.

Look for our full review soon, but for now check out our initial hands on after the break.


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Amazon Rumored To Release The Kindle Fire 2 In August

Hot off the success of its Kindle Fire and Google’s recently-announced Nexus 7 tablet, Amazon is rumored to begin picking up steam for its not-so-secret Kindle Fire 2 tablet. According to the China Times, Amazon plans on shipping the first batch of Kindle Fire 2 tablets on August 7th in order to place itself in direct competition with the Nexus 7, while also ordering 2 million units from Chinese manufacturer Quanta. Additional rumors include the Kindle Fire 2 will feature a metal frame with otherwise plastic body, with the display made by LG and touch panels by TPK. Sounds like Amazon is gearing up to make the new tablet as good or better as the competition out there.

Ladies and gents— get ready for the next round of the (mini) tablet wars!

source: China Times
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Chat QWERTY Smartphone

Samsung has just unveiled an attractive new QWERTY smartphone called the Galaxy Chat. This attractive Blackberry Curve-style device is expected to feature some nice options including Ice Cream Sandwich and:

 

  • 4GB of internal storage with MicroSD card slot for expansion
  • 2MP Camera
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ( b/g/n ), Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0

 

Naturally the device will feature additional Sammy-exclusive goodies like AllShare Play and of course, the ChatON instant messaging service. The Galaxy Chat will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to the rest of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point— so you can expect the device to be easily wallet-friendly for prospective buyers.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

Nexus Q gets a teardown compliments of iFixit, This isn’t your parent’s Magic 8 Ball

The King of teardowns, iFixit got their hands on the Nexus Q. This has to be the most intriguing device that Google has ever created. It’s certainly high quality, but the price is steep. Of course everyone is talking about the fact that it’s made in the USA. It might look like the Magic 8 Ball, and it might even act like one if you do the right thing, but trust me, it isn’t.

As iFixit always does, they give us plenty of pictures and explanations through all 24 steps. Just hit the source link for all the details.

source: iFixit

 

 

 

U.K. Judge: HTC Doesn’t Infringe Apple Patents

 

Sure Apple has recently seen its fair share of legal victories, but it’s just been dealt a major blow— courtesy of the U.K. courts. Judge Christopher Floyd recently ruled that HTC is not in violation of four Apple patents used for its touchscreen technology, which includes Apple’s slide to unlock feature. In addition, not only does HTC not infringe on Apple’s patents, but three of the four patents identified are actually invalid. The court only ruled that while Apple’s photo-management patent is valid, HTC didn’t infringe upon it.

While this is a significant victory for HTC, this is perhaps far from over. After all before his death, Steve Jobs did pledge Apple will “destroy Android” because ummmm you know… it was a stolen product and all.

source: Bloomberg

Motorola Atrix HD landing page reveals full specs

We’ve been hearing about the Motorola Atrix HD for some time now. It was actually almost a full year ago when we first  reported about the Dinara and it’s HD display. It’s finally a reality as it will now be known as the Atrix HD (MB886) and will debut on AT&T soon. As one might expect, it has Motorola’s signature Kevlar coating, and it’s very thin, at 8.4mm. This will also be Motorola’s first device to feature on screen buttons for the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience.

The big question is the battery. It’s going to sport 1780 mAh’s, which is quite surprising since I thought it would come with the same 3300 mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR MAXX. I’m not sure why they aren’t doing the same with the Atrix HD, especially since there isn’t another manufacturer that has been able to come close to that spec. Maybe they made a side deal with Verizon for all we know. Anyways, hit the break for the full spec list.


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Google Music, TV, And Magazines Not Available In Time For UK Nexus 7 Launch

Google launched Google Play Magazines and TV shows in the US at Google I/O last week. Well, it looks like you folks across the pond won’t be getting access to these new services, or to Google Music, in time for the Nexus 7 launch. Currently, the UK has access to Apps, Books, and Movies. Streaming music with Google Music has yet to arrive, and the UK was not included in the new roll-out of Magazines and TV shows.

The UK version will feature all of the options currently available in the UK Play store,” a Google spokesperson told The Inquirer. That short sentence says everything it needs to. Only the current offerings will be available to UK users when the Nexus 7 launches for £159. Of course, this does not mean that the UK will never get these services, and it’s likely those services will all show up at some point in the future.

Does the delay in adding all Google Play services in the UK deter anyone from buying a Nexus 7? The 7-inch tablet is a Google Play consumption device, so we understand if you’re disappointed it won’t be all it can be at launch, but does that price point make you willing to take the plunge anyway and wait for the services to come? UK folks, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source: the inquirer
via: android central

 

White Evo 4G LTE Coming July 15th, Epic 4G Touch BOGO Offer

We’ve already seen leaks of the white HTC Evo 4G LTE for Sprint, and now we get another peek that gives us a possible release date, courtesy of the sources at TechnoBuffalo. The screenshot above reveals the date for the release of the white Evo LTE as July 15th. That’s less than two weeks away. White’s not my thing, but for those who are partial, the waiting is almost over.

Another interesting thing we learn from this screenshot is that the Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be getting a buy one get one free promotion that looks to run between July 15th and August 18th. This is last year’s Galaxy S II device for Sprint that comes with a dual-core Exynos processor and should be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. Not a bad deal for anyone looking for great phones on a budget.

source: technobuffalo

Google to offer employees-only Android robot

Google employees will have a unique opportunity when September rolls around. Employees of the company will be the only ones eligible to buy a new inflatable, remote-control robot. The robot is not just any, run-of-the-mill robot – it is the Google Android mascot.

Offered by Bladez Toyz, the robot will be just over 2 feet tall, can go forward, backward, do 360-degree spins, and will right itself if it falls over. Cost is expected to be in the $62 to $70 range.

If demand is strong enough, the robot may eventually be offered to the general public.

source: Pocket-lint