Apple may fix iPhone battery issues once and for all

By on March 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM.

Apple may fix iPhone battery issues once and for all

Apple may be working on a smarter way to fix battery issues affecting its mobile devices once and for all, a patent application discovered by AppleInsider reveals. The iPhone’s operating system would be able to analyze its user’s daily activities, patterns, and battery charging habits and figure out ways to prolong battery life by continuously optimizing power requirements based on the user’s needs. More →
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Samsung, Google sign global patent licensing agreement

By on January 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM.

Samsung, Google sign global patent licensing agreement

Samsung and Google announced over the weekend that the two companies have signed a wide ranging global patent licensing agreement. The agreement covers multiple technologies and business areas and will be valid for current patents held by the two companies as well as those filed over the next 10 years. The financial details of the agreement weren't made public. More →
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Google patents tool to turn boring Facebook status into funny comic strip

By on January 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

Google patents tool to turn boring Facebook status into funny comic strip

Google has been reportedly granted a patent to turn old boring Facebook statuses into funny comic strips. The US patent allows the search giant to let users have a simplified interface to embed their cartoon their choice of social networking site. More →
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Samsung extends patent licensing agreement with Nokia for 5 years

By on November 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM.

Samsung extends patent licensing agreement with Nokia for 5 years

Nokia today announced that Samsung will extend a patent licensing agreement with Nokia for five years. The current agreement expires at the end of this year and will be renewed for 2014 onwards. However, the two companies haven't agreed upon the compensation Samsung will pay Nokia for the patents, which is expected to be closed in a binding arbitration sometime in 2015. More →
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Apple patent indicates redesigned battery shapes for thinner devices

By on January 20, 2012 at 3:20 AM.

Apple patent indicates redesigned battery shapes for thinner devices

The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple on Thursday that reveals potential next-generation battery designs. As the mobile industry turns toward thinner devices, Apple is looking to redesign batteries to enable these thin designs. According to PatentlyApple, the Cupertino-based company’s invention relates to a battery cell, which includes a set of electrode sheets of different dimensions that can be arranged in a variety of designs. The configuration can be based on a non-rectangular battery design such as an L-shaped, a triangular or a pyramidal design. Existing battery packs typically contain rectangular cells, and by utilizing cells with alternative shapes, Apple will seemingly be able to pack more cells into a smaller battery pack. More →

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LG and Microsoft sign patent agreement over Android and Chrome OS

By on January 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM.

LG and Microsoft sign patent agreement over Android and Chrome OS

Microsoft and LG have signed a patent agreement that covers LG’s tablets, mobile phones, and other consumer devices running Android or Chrome OS. Terms of the deal between the two companies have not being disclosed. However, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has targeted an Android vendor, previously signing deals with Samsung, HTC, and Acer, among others. “Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.” Each vendor who signs a deal with the Redmond-based company pays an undisclosed licensing fee for using Microsoft’s patents, which Android and Chrome OS reportedly infringe upon. However, not every company is giving in, with Motorola and Barnes & Noble currently involved in a lengthy patent battle with Microsoft. Read on for the press release.

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Samsung to invest in startups in 2012

By on January 3, 2012 at 12:08 AM.

Samsung to invest in startups in 2012

Samsung’s chairman Lee Kun-Hee has hinted that the company is going to make new investments and acquire new start-ups for the development of new products and future technologies. In a report filled by the TheNextWeb, Lee Kun-Hee proclaimed in a New Year’s speech that the company’s existing businesses would stagnate and would struggle to grow amidst the economic downturn but focus on start-ups and future technologies will rekindle the company’s growth. More →
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Patent war continues: Samsung files suit against Apple over emoticons

By on December 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM.

Patent war continues: Samsung files suit against Apple over emoticons

The patent war between Apple and Samsung never seems to stop. The warring heads are back after a breather. Reuters reports that the latter has accused the former of violating four of its patents which also includes the use of emoticons. Samsung Electronics has filed fresh claims against Apple Inc over alleged patent infringements in Germany. The two companies have been conflicting over breaches pertaining to WCDMA for 3G mobile handsets owned by Samsung. "(Samsung) made four more claims; two are standard-related patents and the other two are utility patents. And a court said it would make these claims separate from the April lawsuit," the spokesman said. LA Times mentions that Samsung does own a patent on use of emoticons in its smartphones and had won the European rights to it in the year 2000. Now, when you look into your iPhone on the Japanese keyboard under Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards, you will see an emoticon option. The very menu that pops out happens to be the weak spot for Apple, and this is how the American giant seems to have landed up in trouble. Samsung had earlier seemed to have an upper hand in the fight when an Australian court lifted a ban on the sale of its Galaxy tablets in December. But the South Korean tech giant's glory was spoilt when it lost bid to block Apple 4S sales in France.
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Motorola wins injunction against Apple in Germany? [updated]

By on November 5, 2011 at 4:51 AM.

Motorola wins injunction against Apple in Germany? [updated]

FOSS Patents is reporting that Motorola has won an injunction related to a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany, Europe’s largest market. According to the ruling by a Mannheim Regional Court, Apple is barred from selling any mobile device that infringe on two Motorola Mobility patents filed in April of 2003. Motorola is also reportedly owed for past damages. One of the patents in question relates to GSM, UMTS and 3G, and it is unclear what the second patent covers. If Motorola Mobility actually has won an injunction against all of Apple’s mobile devices in Germany, it would be a huge win for the company and Google’s Android platform as well. We’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: It looks like Motorola’s win was scored against Apple Inc. rather than its local subsidiary, Apple Germany. As Apple Inc. doesn’t sell anything in Germany, it looks like this is an empty victory for Motorola, but under the ruling, this affects “new goods” which means that Apple can’t deliver new products to Apple Germany. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.

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Microsoft inks licensing deal with Compal, boasts of grip on Android ODMs

By on October 24, 2011 at 6:41 PM.

Microsoft inks licensing deal with Compal, boasts of grip on Android ODMs

One week after announcing a similar deal with Quanta, Microsoft on Sunday revealed a new licensing arrangement with consumer electronics original design manufacturer Compal Electronics, Inc. The Redmond, Washington-based software company has reached a deal with Compal whereby it will receive royalty payments on sales of Compal’s tablets, cell phones, eReaders and other devices powered by Google’s Android or Chrome platforms. With this new deal in place, Microsoft also now holds licensing agreements with more than half of the worlds Android and Chrome ODMs. ”We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry,” Microsoft’s deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a statement. ”Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio. We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.” Microsoft’s full statement follows below. More →

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