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Patent Wars: Samsung Faulted For Purging Email In Apple Case

The judge in the Apple vs Samsung patent case has been throwing the book at the Korean manufacturer. They recently went under fire for failing to turn over source code pertaining to a work-around that Samsung has used to protect itself from a patent Apple holds for “overscroll-bounce”.

Samsung didn’t give that source code up in the allotted time frame and Apple asked the presiding  Judge Paul Grewal to essentially disqualify any work around source-code from Samsung’s patent defense. Grewal granted that Apple request, laying down these sanctions:

 

Samsung shall be precluded from offering any evidence of its design-around efforts for the ‘381, ‘891 and ‘163 patents, and shall not argue that the design-arounds are in any way distinct from those versions of code produced in accordance with the court’s order. Samsung must instead rely solely on the versions of code that were produced on or before December 31, 2011

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Now Apple has gone back to court again. Reportedly, Samsung purges emails on a regular basis and Apple is suggesting that important emails pertaining to the case have been destroyed. Apple has filed a motion accusing Samsung of “spoliation of evidence” and said that Samsung destroyed “vast quantities of relevant evidence in blatant disregard of its duty to preserve all such evidence.”

Part of Apple’s Motion reads:

Samsung’s ad hoc, unmonitored email ‘preservation’ methods have resulted in the irretrievable loss of unknown volumes of relevant emails. … For example, Judge Grewal recently compelled the deposition of Won Pyo Hong, the head of Samsung’s Product Strategy Team, in part due to an email in which Dr.Hong ‘directly orders side-by-side comparisons of Apple and Samsung products for design presentations.’

Apple and the Court cannot possibly know how many more emails Dr. Hong sent or received that would have supported Apple’s claims that Samsung copied Apple products had they not been deleted.

Samsung has dismissed these allegations as “baseless”

source: AllThingsD via PhoneArena

Florian Mueller Is A Fraud?

The interwebs went wild on Friday when it was revealed that trusted patent blogger Florian Mueller is actually being paid by Oracle and may be in line for a top paying job with the company that’s embattled in a bitter patent suit with Google.

Over the past couple of years, the self proclaimed patent expert has been quoted on every site in the tech blogsphere from Engadget to Yahoo, and even the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNET. It was assumed with his patent rhetoric and court documents all over his site that he knew what he was talking about. No one took into consideration the fact that until just a couple of months ago his site was hosted by Blogger.com and not even his own domain name.

Mueller has received a lot of criticism for his anti-Google position, however it’s now surfaced that he has actually been paid by Oracle which explains his anti-Google position.

Mueller has recently posted an “ethics” statement of sorts on his blog which it seems that he feels relieves him from any potential backlash:

That said, as a believer in transparency I would like to inform you that Oracle has very recently become a consulting client of mine. We intend to work together for the long haul on mostly competition-related topics including, for one example, FRAND licensing terms.

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CTIA 2012 Video: Hands On With The Intel Powered Orange Android Phone

Back in February at Mobile World Congress it was announced that Orange would be one of the first, if not the first, to bring an Intel powered Android device to market. Presently just Lenovo and Orange have Android phones with Intel’s Z2640 processor ready to go.

We saw the first Intel reference design in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and now we’re starting to see the phones emerging from that design.

Orange has been packaging phones under their own brand for years. Now they are looking to release a few smartphones under the Orange label. Orange has turned to Intel to power a new phone called the Orange “Santa Clara” smartphone.

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New Vibe App Lets You Set Custom Vibrate Tones On Android VIDEO

One of the cooler apps that we saw at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans is a new app called Vibe. Vibe makes vibration tones customizable for your Android smartphone.

You know the feeling when you’re in an important meeting and your Android phone vibrates. You don’t want to do the sneak peak at your phone in fear you’ll get caught, but since you can’t hear those 100+ custom ringtones, you have no idea who’s calling.

Is it your boss checking on the meeting? Is it the dry cleaner telling you that your suit is ready? Is it your wife? Has there been an accident?

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CTIA 2012 Amzer Debuts The Shellster Case Lineup For The HTC One Family


Amzer is back at it again. This time they are introducing their new Shellster line of cases for the HTC One Family. The ruggedized holster/case combo provide front and back protection and an easy to use and comfortable holster.

The Shellster family is available for a variety of phones already including the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now they’re also available for the HTC One X, One V and One S. Check out the video below and check out Amzer.com to get your own. They’ll cost you just $14.99 when you get them direct at Amzer and about $30 at a carrier store.

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CTIA 2012 Hands On With The ZTE Era

The new ZTE Era was originally introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.  This new Android powered smartphone is ZTE’s flagship smartphone for this season and with it’s specs you can definitely see why.

It’s powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 4+1 core (quad-core) processor. It also features Nvidia’s Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. The screen is a 4/3″ qHD screen with high quality 960×450 pixels. There’s 8gb of flash memory and a microSD slot for up to 32gb more.

“The numbers speak for themselves. With 50 percent growth in handset shipments and 400 percent growth in smartphone shipments, we are confident that we are entering a new era in the mobile terminal market. The ZTE Era captures the excitement we feel about the future and brings it to life in a fantastic new device,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminals Division at ZTE.

According to industry analyst Gartner, ZTE was ranked the world’s No.4 in terms of handset shipments in Q4 2011 and ZTE smartphone sales are growing faster than any other vendor except Apple.

“In 2012, ZTE products will be building up from the low-middle end of the market into the middle-high end, with the ZTE Era being the best example of that development,” Mr. He Shiyou said. “We will continue our long-standing cooperation with operators around the world, but we will also continue to build our distributor channels (both ODM and OEM), and we will be focusing our marketing in particular on the high-end markets of Europe, America, Japan and China.”

 The ZTE Era will be available in Europe and China in the second half of 2012. There’s no word on US availability.

CTIA 2012 We Go Hands On With The ZTE V96 Android Tablet


Here at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans the ZTE block was definitely hot with several of their new Android devices that debuted at MWC on display and ready for hands on.

The ZTE V96 Android tablet features a respectable 1.7ghz Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 dual-core processor.  The 10.1″ tablet has a 1280×800 pixel multitouch display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for it’s operating system.

We’re not sure which carriers (if any) it will end up with in the United States but it supports both 4G/LTE and HSPA+.

 

 

CTIA 2012 We Go Hands On With The Huawei D-Quad


The quad-core Android beast from China’s Huawei was on display at CTIA in New Orleans where the block was definitely hot.  When we got up close and personal with the Huawei Ascend D-Quad we found that it’s just as sexy as we thought it would be.

Both Huawei and their Chinese rival ZTE have vowed to become major players in the smartphone scene globally and with phones like this they may just do that. Especially since they are dubbing the Huawei Ascend D Quad as the “World’s Fastest Smartphone”.

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What’s really interesting is that they are doing quad-core phones and not with a processor by Nvidia, Samsung, Texas Instruments or Qualcomm. Huawei has manufactured their own Silicon dubbing it the K3V2 processor. According to the company it runs 49% faster than any quad-core silicon available today including the TI OMAP processor in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nvidia Tegra 3 in the Asus Transformer Prime.

The rest of the phone features include a 720p high resolution touch screen, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, 8 mega pixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 1080p HD video capture and playback.

They plan to release their whole line of “D” series devices during Q2 2012.  We’ve confirmed with Huawei that the K3 processor plays nice with 4G LTE. We also can say with confidence that this will most likely be a flagship phone for one of Huawei’s traditional America carriers.

 

CTIA 2012 We Check Out The “Thing Sling”


This is one of those contraptions, or accessories that seems so simple that you think “Why didn’t I think of that” well the reason is because Thing Sling did.  These cell phone holders allow you to easily grip your phone and NOT DROP it which is always useful.

Thing Sling comes in a variety of colors and they’re really useful.  I’ve been using it all day, a rather busy day mind you, and I haven’t dropped the Galaxy Note. Check it out the video and check them out at thingsling.com

Virgin Mobile Announces 4G With HTC Evo V 4G May 31

As originally tipped here, to the world, by Thedroidguy last summer, Sprint has shifted their 4G WiMax network to their prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.

Virgin Mobile USA will introduce 4G speeds to their prepaid customers on May 31st with the introduction of the HTC Evo V 4G.

The new HTC Evo V 4G features include:

  • Mobile hotspot capability – Connect up to five Wi-Fi devices
  • 5MP camera with video and 3D HD imaging, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
  • 1730mAh battery (up to six hours of talk time)
  • 1GB RAM/4GB ROM
  • External micro SD memory card slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • HDMI and Bluetooth-capable

Virgin Mobile USA customers will enjoy 4G speeds at an unbelievable pre-paid price point starting at just $35. They will also be able to harness the power of the HTC Evo V 4G’s mobile hotspot for just $15 per month making the total combination $50.  That’s with Sprint’s traditional, and exclusive “unlimited” 4G speeds.

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CTIA 2012: We Talk With Safely About Android And More VIDEO


We talk with Safely. Safely specializes in kids and safety on smartphones. The company covers everything from texting while driving, geo-locating kids and family members, and smartphone management.

Most families want to get their younger children a smartphone. Smartphones, Androids in particular can be very useful. But once the decision is made to get the child an Android device, the worry sets in. Will the child run up a texting bill? Will they be texting while driving? Will they be texting during class?  Why aren’t they home yet, and a host of other worries.

Safely is LocationLabs consumer facing brand, but they’ve been in te industry for quite some time now. In fact LocationLabs is the company behind AT&T’s family locator and other white label services for major carriers.

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SRS Labs Introduces The iWOW-U (universal) Sound Enhancer And It Sounds Great (VIDEO)


On our first night in New Orleans for CTIA 2012 we spent most of the evening at ShowStoppers which is a media preview event to take a sneak peak at some of the products that will be featured on and off the show floor the rest of the week.  We had a chance to meet up with our friends at SRS Labs.

Remember before the HTC/Beats marriage SRS labs was featured prominently on HTC devices and a handful of other Android devices.

Well now they’ve taken their patented sound technology and made it available to everyone via their new iWOW-U sound enhancement adapter that went on sale Monday on SRS Labs website and at amazon.com.

Needless to say when we got back to the hotel I immediately connected it to an iPhone, an HTC One X (with Beats Audio) and the Galaxy Note. All three sounded phenomenal. It has a very full sound all around and the bass is clear, not scratchy. The other thing that I noticed in just a loose listening comparison, was that the iWOW-U was much more full in the midrange than Beats Audio.

Of course with the Samsung Galaxy Note the sound was enhanced by about 10 times. The iPhone audio sounded incredible as well.

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AppNation Is Less Than 10 Days Away We Talk With Founder Drew Ianni

If you’re an app developer on any operating system and at any level you need to get to an AppNation conference. AppNation holds a giant annual conference every year in San Francisco and several boutique events like the AppNation conference and  TV 3.0 Summit happening May 15th and 16th in New York City.

This year’s New York AppNation event is happening in conjunction with Internet Week New York which is happening a few weeks earlier than the normal first week in June when IWNY has been held in the past. There are hundreds of things going on in New York as part of IWNY, but AppNation has got to be one of the biggest.

AppNation founder Drew Ianni has done a great job of recruiting top tier speakers to speak on every possible nook and cranny of the app ecosystem. Ianni also does a great job of pricing the AppNation learning conferences so that big time development studios and Fred in the Shed developers aren’t breaking the bank to get to the conference.

At the end of our interview with Ianni he gives us a gerat discount code so make sure you head to appnationconference.com and register. You won’t want to miss it. We’re back again this year as a media partner and we plan on learning a lot.

You’ll recognize a lot of the companies that are speaking and presenting at the App Nation NYC Mobile Summit. Bloomberg, NBC, Time Inc, 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon, Urban Airship, Mozilla, Glu Mobile, Shazam and Google are just a sample of what’s to come May 16th in New York City.

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Verizon Employees Pushing Android Over iPhone, Here’s Why

A CNN Money report over the weekend has really got the interwebs chatting about iPhone vs Android and why in the world Verizon Wireless is back to hawking Android first.

It was almost three years ago that Verizon Wireless and Motorola teamed up for the original Motorola Droid. With all the marketing, fanfare and promotions surrounding the launch Verizon grabbed Android by the horns and ran with it until the iPhone was announced.

Naturally, employees were eager to sell the iPhone because it’s not nearly as much work as trying to explain that Android phones are just much better equipped and have better features than the iPhone. This is true I own both.

But now the game has changed again. As PC Magazine’s smartphone guru, and industry expert, Sascha Segan points out, Verizon has switched gears back to Android. Heck we even heard Android mentioned in Verizon commercials that aired all weekend long during sporting events.

Segan suggests and we agree, that the shift has nothing to do with the Android vs iPhone war or subsidies on phones .It doesn’t have to do with commissions either.  As Segan points out what it does have to do with is 4G/LTE.

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