Patent portfolio sale sign of détente for smartphone industry?

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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.
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Samsung spreads some holiday cheer with Galaxy S5 infused snowman

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To help celebrate the holiday season and spread a little cheer, Samsung decided to build a snowman. It is not just any snowman though. Thanks to the water (even the frozen, snowy kind) resistant qualities of the Samsung Galaxy S5, this special snowman has been infused with some unique features like animated eyes and a beating heart.

You can check out the video showing the Samsung snowman creation after the break.
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New Samsung production capabilities point way to 4 GB RAM smartphones

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Samsung has announced the company has started production of the industry’s first 8 GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM. The new memory is being produced using Samsung’s new 20-nanometer (nm) capabilities. Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing with Samsung says the new dies will contribute to “the timely launch of UHD, large-screen flagship mobile devices.”
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T-Mobile finally rolling out Android 4.4.4 update for Galaxy Tab 3

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T-Mobile has at last started rolling out the pretty hefty, much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 over-the-air (OTA) update to all its carrier-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 3′s located in the United States. The upgrade brings the latest build of KitKat to the slate, complete with a multitude of additional bug fixes and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Top 6 Reasons Why Android OEMs Should Expect Dismal Growth In 2015

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As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.

2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end.
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Samsung develops app to help autistic children with eye contact

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Samsung is the king for making bloatware apps, but this new app is far from that category. As part of their “Launching People” initiative, they have created a new app called Look at Me. It’s an interactive camera app that will help children with autism to make eye contact, read facial expressions, and express their emotions.

As you can see in the video below, Jong-Hyun used this app for 8 weeks straight, and the results were dramatic.

The Launching People campaign connects and invests with aspiring young creators to “unleash their dreams.” We have the videos after break.


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