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


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


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

Google wants to stream the NFL’s London games, Apple does too


The National Football League (NFL) sends teams overseas annually to play games in London as a way to generate international interest in the sport and give false hope to locals that an organization would actually be located outside of the United States. During the current 2015 season, only one of the games was streamed online for everyone in the world to see. Now, after seeing modest results, the league wants to push heavier into streaming those London games. The NFL is shopping around all three games rather than just one, and two of the top interested parties are the tech industry’s fiercest rivals.

Google and Apple are fighting to secure rights to stream three NFL games.

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Apple tries to pack more in sack, asks court for almost $180 million more from Samsung


Like one of the scenes of the Grinch trying to cram every last bit of Christmas from Whoville in his sack, Apple strikes just before the holiday with a request to lighten the bank account of Samsung just a little bit more in their long-running patent battle. In a new court filing this week, Apple is asking the district court for another $180 in damages and interest. Read more

Samsung appeals to Supreme Court regarding Apple design patents


Earlier this month it was revealed Samsung agreed to pay Apple over half a billion dollar settlement from their historic patent battle of a few years ago. Samsung said they reserved the right to claw back some of the payment if a planned appeal to the Supreme Court was successful, indicating the case would continue despite the payment. Today Samsung filed an appeal with the Supreme Court concerning how the court handled design patent violations in the Apple case. Read more