Patent portfolio sale sign of détente for smartphone industry?


In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems. Read more

Cisco, Samsung sign cross-licensing patent deal after doing so with Google


First it was Samsung that signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Google. Then it was Cisco. Now, Samsung and Cisco have paired up. The deal gives the companies access to their patent portfolios for the next decade, avoiding as much patent infringement as possible. With all three now having deals with one another, it shows how companies want to innovate while avoiding any sort of lawsuit.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Google, Cisco agree to cross-licensing patent deal


Google has made another cross-licensing patent deal. Last month, Google and Samsung made an agreement for the next ten years. This time around, Cisco and Google have formed a partnership to share patents in order to avoid potential patent lawsuits in the future. Dan Lang, Cisco’s Vice President of Intellectual Property, said “In today’s overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits.” As of late, many companies have been embroiled in patent lawsuits and some have taken the easy way out. This deal shows Google and Cisco want to put up a good fight.

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Cisco security report finds 99% of mobile malware targeted at Android devices

Android Security

A new security report published by Cisco has found that 99% of all mobile malware attacks are targeted at Android devices. On top of that, the report says Android suffered 91% of all Java-based web exploits and 71% of all overall web-based exploits. Ouch. This is compared to Cisco finding that Apple’s iOS only encountered 17% of web exploits.

Eric Schmidt has publicly claimed that Android is more secure than iOS, but despite all of Android’s jumps in security and privacy over the past few years, that’s still not quite true. Obviously this doesn’t mean all Android devices are infested pits of malware, but just that you’re more likely to encounter malware attacks on an Android device.

You can check out the full security report below.

source: Cisco

via: TechnoBuffalo

Google, Cisco, and SAP may be placing bids on BlackBerry


According to Reuters, BlackBerry could be selling off either parts of itself or the company as a whole to another tech giant. Among the known companies discussing bids are Google, Cisco, and SAP. Intentions from the three are quite clear. Cisco and SAP would want to absorb BlackBerry for its enterprise assets. With BlackBerry’s market share is shrinking quickly, it would be wise for them to sell before things get worse.

Google could be looking toward making Android more business-friendly. After turning Motorola into a manufacturer for a more general audience, Google may want to absorb another company to lean into the enterprise crowd. BlackBerry has just as much brand recognition as Motorola; therefore, Google’s strategy could be converting struggling, already known brands into one that slows down its production to focus on core products.

Source: Reuters

North American monthly mobile data consumption expected to exceed a total of 6 GB per user by 2017


We live in a very different world than our parents and grandparents did. We live in a world where the possibility of a person from California is able to see and communicate with a person in Beirut within a matter of seconds, sometimes even microseconds. The sobering news, however, is while we live in a connected world, that connectivity requires a ton of data to make it possible.

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Cisco AnyConnect VPN Support To Be Implemented In Ice Cream Sandwich, Enterprise Users Rejoice

Productivity in the work place is about to reach a whole new level when ICS rolls around.  “Issue 3902” has recently been closed over at Google Code and according to some of the comments from a Google employee it looks like support for Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN client will be added in the new OS version.  This will be a welcomed addition to IT departments and users alike.  Support for AnyConnect supposedly can be found on several of the major platforms and until now lacked a healthy presence on Android devices.  Hopefully all of that is about to change.  As further versions continue to come about, it’s obvious that Enterprise users are going to benefit from new features greatly, making them more and more productive in the work place and on the go.  Any thoughts?

[via Google Code]

Are Carriers ready for the next wave of mobile broadband?

Broadband Future Usage

Net neutrality has been an ongoing hot debate in the mobile industry. One such case that has added fuel to the topic involves a case filed way back in January 2010 by T-Mobile who claims that their network was overloaded by an Android IM app. The unknown app essentially brought their network to a crawl after it started gaining popularity with users.

T-Mobile does not specify which Android app, vendor, or developer was involved in the network issues, but it has sparked arguments on how carriers will handle the ever-increasing network traffic, and how they should handle the bandwidth. Should it be monitored, throttled with different data packages available or channeled depending on the type of app and how it connects to the networks?

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