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Designers back Apple in long-standing fight against Samsung

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Aug 2016 20:16

Designers back Apple in long-standing fight against Samsung Over 100 designers have signed a court brief on behalf of Apple, taking sides in a patent battle that has hundreds of millions of dollars in damages waiting.

A few of the big names include Calvin Klein, Paul Smith and Alexander Wang, who claim Samsung should pay damages for infringing on Apple's design patents and that by stealing the designs, Samsung made more sales due to their appeal.

In 2012, a jury awarded Apple $548 million for copying "the designs of the iPhone's rounded-corner front face, bezels and grid of icons." Samsung is fighting $399 million of the damages, claiming the infringing designs were a minimal part of a much more complex phone and that the Supreme Court should look into whether one patent infringement should lead to them paying for all missed profits by Apple.

The designers, for their part, say the "look of the product comes to represent the underlying features, functions, and total user experience," and that stealing the design certainly leads to lost sales for Apple. On the other side, Samsung has some tech giants including Facebook and Google who claim that such a decision against Samsung "could lead to diminished innovation, pave the way for design troll patent litigation and negatively impact the economy and consumers."

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Report: Nintendo NX to launch with Zelda, Mario and Pokemon titles

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Aug 2016 19:32

Report: Nintendo NX to launch with Zelda, Mario and Pokemon titles In a move that will certainly delight fans, it is being reported that Nintendo will launch their upcoming NX console next year with Zelda, Mario and Pokemon titles.

The console is set for release in March 2017, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has already been announced. The reports claim that the unnamed Mario and Pokemon titles will launch within 6 months of the console's launch, within the "launch window" that can often make or break a system.

In addition, Nintendo will be getting some help from some old friends that left the Wii U for dead, as the reports claim Sega, Activision, Warner Bros, Ubisoft and Square Enix have all promised titles and appear to be all-in.

Furthermore, the sources claim the console will be less powerful than the PS4 and that the rumored detachable handheld controllers are indeed part of the console.

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Cook: Developers have earned over $50 billion from App Store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Aug 2016 18:59

Cook: Developers have earned over $50 billion from App Store Apple CEO Tim Cook has proudly tweeted that developers on the App Store have earned over $50 billion since the marketplace launched in late 2008.

July 2016 was a record-crushing month for the Store, as well, and many speculate it was due to Pokemon Go. Cook thanked and congratulated developers on their "success and such inspired creativity".

Growth remains strong for the App Store, as we have seen $10 billion paid to developers since Apple's last announcement in January 2016, following $20 billion in 2015 and $20 billion for the entire 2008-2014 period.

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Wal-Mart in talks to buy Jet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Aug 2016 18:46

Wal-Mart in talks to buy Jet According to the WSJ, giant retailer Wal-Mart is in talks to buy the one-time "Amazon killer," Jet.

The move is expected to give Wal-Mart an improved e-commerce solution to better fend off Amazon, which has recently become the largest retailer by market cap.

Sources claim Jet could be valued as high as $3 billion, even though it has been unprofitable since launch. Jet launched last year as an "Amazon killer" but it has yet to make a dent. The company also had to backtrack on a subscription fee they began charging after sales were significantly affected.

Wal-Mart could certainly use the e-commerce help, as the company's e-commerce sales were just $14 billion last year, a measly 3% of their total revenue. Online growth has been slowing for two years, as well, while Amazon's has done nothing but grow at an exponential rate for the last decade.

Jet, started by Diapers.com founder Marc Lore, has some interesting technology. The company is able to reduce prices (and usually undercut Amazon, others) using sophisticated pricing algorithms that take into account the size of your cart, your proximity to suppliers, and more.




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Apple Music grabs exclusive rights to Britney Spears' upcoming album

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 04 Aug 2016 10:25

Apple Music grabs exclusive rights to Britney Spears' upcoming album Apple recently announced that it has surpassed 15 million subscribers on Apple Music but the fight for the number one spot is still far away in the horizon. The first year has been everything but easy for the Cupertino's new music service but Apple is only getting started.

That is at least according to the new deals the company is making to boast even exclusive music. Largely the millions of songs are the same you can listen to on Spotify, or Tidal for that matter, but Apple has now struck a deal that will bring one of our generations biggest star's album exclusively to Apple Music.

After making Apple Music the only streaming service to get Taylor Swift's critically-acclaimed album 1989 last year, Apple has now managed to lure Britney Spears in on an exclusive deal. Spears' upcoming album Glory, which will apparently be "the beginning of a new era", will be available on Apple Music 8/26 the star tweeted.

Apple has been striking deals left and right, Apple Insider notes, trying to catch up to Spotify which has double the paying subscribers and a total of over 100 million listeners. Another Apple exclusive this month is Frank Ocean's Boys Don't Cry.

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Apple Music exits beta on Android

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 04 Aug 2016 9:47

Apple Music exits beta on Android Apple has released a new version of its music streaming app for Android, 9to5Mac reports. The new app is finally and officially out of beta and you can download it, of course, from Google Play.

Despite the problems (and there were plenty) Apple has considered its iOS version of the app stable from the get-go. For some reason Apple has kept the Android app under the beta stamp for nearly 10 months after releasing it in the Google Play Store in November last year.

There are no major changes to the app, unless you consider equalizer one, but getting called stable means that plenty of stabilizing and performance fixes have been made. Apple had already introduced offline playing and the Android widget to the app previously.

Reportedly Apple Music recently arrived at the landmark of 15 million subscribers but is far from over 30 million paying (and another 70 million ad-supported) subscribers that Spotify hosts.




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Microsoft releases Anniversary Update for Windows 10

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 04 Aug 2016 9:20

Microsoft releases Anniversary Update for Windows 10 As promised, Microsoft has released the first Anniversary Update for the company's number one product. This is the first major update for Windows 10 but many will struggle to find any visible changes. There are changes however.

The biggest deal amongst the new features seems to be support for Ubuntu software. Other major changes include improvements to the assistant Cortana, Windows Defender, Microsoft's new main browser Edge, Skype, Windows Hello, and digital pens and styli.

The update should be offered automatically or via Windows Update but if you have just recently updated to Windows 10 it won't show up. This is due to the fact that Microsoft keeps an option to go back to your previous Windows version for 30 days.

If you still want the update you can download it manually from Microsoft's website.




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Samsung unveils the new Note, now with waterproofing and an iris scanner

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 04 Aug 2016 9:03

Samsung unveils the new Note, now with waterproofing and an iris scanner Samsung has revealed its new flagship Note smartphone. Continuing the success of Galaxy S7 and of course the previous generation Note5, Note7 (yes, Samsung skipped 6) will try to take the phablet segment of the smartphone market by storm like it has done so many times before.

Galaxy Note7 was revealed first time officially at the yearly Unpacked event held simultaneously in London and New York. As per usual the new Note comes with a big, and now curved, 5.7 inch screen and the S Pen stylus. Samsung will distribute two versions, one with their own Exynos chip (Europe) and one with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip (USA).

Note7 is by and large what you would expect from a Note smartphone but there are some new features too. The highly rumored iris scanner indeed made it in the device and allows users to identify themselves for Samsung Pay and unlocking using their eyes in addition to fingerprints. Another first for Note smartphones is the IP68 water and dirt proofing.

The phone comes with 4 gigabytes of RAM, 64 gigabytes of storage, and even includes a microSD slot. The battery is nothing over-the-top but the now larger (and still not removable) 3500 mAh should offer stellar battery life. The main camera is the solid 12 megapixel perfomer from Galaxy S7 that has been touted as the best smartphone camera so far and is accompanied by the 5 megapixel shooter in the front.

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Cyanogen clears up 'misinformation' about the future of its operating system

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2016 21:16

Cyanogen clears up 'misinformation' about the future of its operating system Over the past week, there have been multiple reports about the future of Cyanogen Inc., the company behind the popular CyanogenMod Android fork. None were good.

Today, founder Steve Kondik addressed the "misinformation" and seems to suggest that Cyanogen is doing just fine:

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Apple: Pokemon Go has most downloads in first week, ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Jul 2016 22:46

Apple: Pokemon Go has most downloads in first week, ever Without giving specific details, Apple has confirmed that Pokemon Go had the most downloads in its first week of availability than any other app in history.

The game launched in North America earlier this month and just released in Japan, where it is expected to continue its blockbuster run. The game is currently the top free and top-grossing app on Google Play and iTunes.

Most estimates from experts place revenue at $1-$2.3 million per day for the game, putting it on par with hits like Clash Royale.

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Verizon to buy Yahoo core assets for $4.8 billion

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Jul 2016 21:47

Verizon to buy Yahoo core assets for $4.8 billion As expected, Verizon will bid $4.8 billion for Yahoo's core assets, ending the Web pioneer company's sad decline since its peak in the early 2000s.

Verizon will acquire the core internet operations and land holdings but not the company's highly valuable Alibaba stake, giving Verizon access to 1 billion visitors per month across a portfolio of media assets like the popular Yahoo Finance.

Revenue and profits for Yahoo have fallen for the last half decade, and the company's high-profile acquisitions like Tumblr have all misfired.

Marissa Mayer, the Yahoo CEO brought in 2012 to turn around the fortunes of the company but who did the exact opposite, will receive an extra $55 million in severance after the sale, giving yet another example of how executive pay is usually outrageous.

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Facebook Messenger reaches 1 billion users

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Jul 2016 22:44

Facebook Messenger reaches 1 billion users Facebook has yet another service that has reached 1 billion users.

The company's "Messenger" messaging and payments service hit the milestone this month, following in the footsteps of Facebook itself, and WhatsApp. The company's Instagram photo-sharing service has 500 million users, as well.

"As part of this journey to 1 billion, we focused on creating the best possible experiences in modern day communications. We remain focused on helping connect people to the people and businesses who matter most," said David Marcus, VP of Messenger, in a statement.

Less importantly, Facebook also says 22 million GIFs are sent via Messenger daily.

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Microsoft ends Skype support for Windows Phone and Androids before 4.03

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Jul 2016 22:24

Microsoft ends Skype support for Windows Phone and Androids before 4.03 Microsoft has announced today that it will no longer support Skype for those using Windows Phones and users with Android versions before 4.03.

There will be continued support for iOS 8 and newer (which is most Apple users) and Windows 10 Mobile users (which is not most of Windows phone users).

You can continue to use Skype if you have those old operating systems, but you will not be receiving any future updates which will likely include new and improved features over time.

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Ukranian man arrested and charged with copyright infringement for running KAT

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Jul 2016 21:01

Ukranian man arrested and charged with copyright infringement for running KAT U.S. authorities have charged Ukranian Artem Vaulin with copyright infringement, alleging that he ran the world's most popular torrent site, Kickass Torrents.

Vaulin was arrested in Poland and the U.S. is actively looking to extradite him.

Prosecutors in Chicago claim the site offers unauthorized downloads of music, movies, games, ebooks and more valued at over $1 billion.

It also appears that domains have been seized.

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Deezer launches subscription streaming service in the U.S.

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Jul 2016 11:56

Deezer launches subscription streaming service in the U.S. Deezer, an on-demand music streaming service popular in parts of Europe, has launched in the U.S.

The company was available in 180 countries and had plans to go public last year, but competition from Apple, Spotify and others delayed and eventually killed their offering.

U.S. users will not get an ad-supported tier like Deezer offers in other countries, and so will have to pay $9.99 a month for the service, in-line with other competitors. Deezer offers 40 million tracks, 40,000 podcasts, "Flow" personalized radio stations based on your habits, lyrics and more.

Deezer currently has 6.3 million users and will have to pick up significant steam if it wants to compete against Spotify and Apple.

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