Apple tells Supreme Court not to hear Samsung’s patent trial appeals

Apple-vs-Samsung-lawsuit1We have more Apple and Samsung lawsuit news, and we all know what that means. After years of legal battling, the two companies have finally decided to compromise and stop the never-ending lawsuits and have agreed to just get along.

Actually, Apple told the Supreme Court that it shouldn’t hear Samsung’s appeal over their massive patent dispute after Samsung filed for the court to hear everything back in December. It’s not really a cheerful ending, but we can still hold out hope for that first thing. Read more

A bidding war could ensue over the NFL’s TNF streaming rights

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Earlier this week, the National Football League announced it reached a deal with CBS and NBC to provide both networks with five games each from its Thursday Night Football package. Another eight games will be aired exclusively on NFL Network. Overall, the NFL will get a combined $450 million for giving up ten games to outside parties. But the league isn’t done cashing in on Thursday Night Football’s success in the 2014 and 2015 season. Thursday Night Football averaged over 16 million viewers per game on CBS while NFL Network-only games enjoyed a weekly average only a few million less. So why not try to get another partner and add even more money to the lucrative sport? When Monday’s deal with CBS and NBC was made, the NFL stated it was engaged in “active discussions with prospective digital partners.”

The NFL is shopping exclusive streaming rights to the Thursday Night Football package to the largest technology firms around. Variety is reporting Google, Apple, Amazon, and Verizon are all among those seeking to make a bid and score the most valuable content in the United States.

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Apple focusing on yet another Android “innovation”

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Apple fans will soon have a new “innovation” to crow about according to new reports coming out of China. Sources are reporting that Apple has requested their largest camera supplier, Largan Technology, to provide dual-lens camera samples. Reportedly Apple is asking other camera manufacturers in Japan and China to also provide dual-lens camera samples. The dual-lens setup is believed to be targeted at a version of the next-generation iPhone Plus. Android fans will quickly recognize that use of dual-lens cameras was pushed heavily by HTC in the past and more recently companies like Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei are adopting the technology. Read more

Alphabet, other tech firms will engage community for Super Bowl 50

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The NFL’s biggest event of the year, the Super Bowl, isn’t just about attracting millions of eyeballs in the United States and around the world. It’s much more than a giant spectacle on television. Hosting a Super Bowl means that a city and its surrounding areas will be flooded with visitors for a couple of days in early February. And this year it’s the San Francisco Bay Area’s turn to put together a week-long celebration as the NFL honors the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary. It only makes sense for the league to ask local giant businesses to sponsor and be advisers to the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Among the executives involved with the Super Bowl Host Committee are Alphabet SVP David Drummond, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Each of their companies join Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SAP, Seagate, Uber, and Lyft as committee sponsors or partners.

Being a sponsor and adviser unsurprisingly means that these companies will be heavily involved in Super Bowl 50, especially Alphabet and Uber to combat inevitable congestion in the Bay Area.

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Samsung will probably have its own version of Apple’s Live Photos

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Between the millions of Samsung and Apple customers roaming the world, there’s a lot of debate. Each side constantly goes back-and-forth accusing the other company of copying a hardware or software feature. It’s just one big shouting match of declaring copycats. Most of the time, Samsung and Apple end up in a courtroom to handle long, drawn-out lawsuits. And it seems that this year the two companies are going to end up battling over another matter because a new report claims that Samsung is preparing its own version of Apple’s Live Photos.

Live Photos was created by Apple to give new life to photographs. Apple is essentially creating glorified GIFs that contain sound, only played when someone with an iPhone presses on the photo. Samsung apparently likes the idea and will be moving forward with an implementation of its own.

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Apple might be developing tools to migrate data to Android

apple_in_colorApple broke the barrier in 2015 by releasing a couple apps onto Google’s Play Store. One of those apps was Apple Music, and the other was a utility to move data over to an iPhone for anyone switching ecosystems. Now it looks like the company is under pressure to release software to move things the other way, for those users that are leaving Apple’s platform for Google’s Android. (Sorry, Windows Phone users.) Read more