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Patent War Between Apple and HTC Ends with Settlement (2)

  One of Apple's legal battle against Android, Google's mobile operating system, draws to a close as the company co-founded by the late Steve Jobs and Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC agreed to dismiss patent infringement lawsuits hurled against each other, ending a bitter two-year feud. Back then, Apple accused HTC of copying the iPhone, the same accusation to other Android-toting smartphones of Samsung and Motorola. On the other side, HTC told Apple to stop its patent-trolling ways. Both companies said their settlement includes a 10-year license agreement, which grants rights to current and future patents of Apple and HTC. They declined to disclose the monetary details, but it is widely believed that HTC is paying Apple as part of the settlement. In a statement, HTC's spokesperson Sally Julien said that her company does not expect the deal to have "an adverse material impact on the financials of the company." Analysts say the settlement could be a sign that Apple's new CEO and Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, is eager to "end the distraction and risks of patent fights." "We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC," Cook said in a prepared statement about the deal. "We will continue to stay laser-focused on product innovation." Source: New York Times Read More

Amiigo Fitness Bracelet (1)

There are so many fitness bracelets in the market such as the Nike FuelBand, MotoACTV, and Jawbone UP. It certainly won't hurt if another one is added to the mix, especially if it works more intelligently than the rest. The Amiigo fitness bracelet also comes with a compatible fitness app. The lightweight plastic bracelet comes with a detachable shoe-clip and can identify what kind of exercise you are doing. In fact, the Amiigo bracelet is so intelligent it can even tell you if you are doing the exercise right with the help of its bevvy of sensors that analyzes how your body is responding to your every move. And those exercises you are doing gets identified through Amiigo's gesture-based software algorithms, which improve over time as the software learns more about how you move. Although you do not have to wear both the bracelet and the shoe-clip, it certainly helps in distinguishing between a run and a bicep curl. It also generates real-time fitness data by sensor-tracking different variables such as your heart rate, skin temperature, and even blood oxygen levels. Meanwhile, the Amiigo app is available for both iOS and Android devices. The software allows you to view the data, set fitness goals, customize challenges, share workouts in real time, and accumulate fitness points for a chance to redeem them for discounts on fitness gear. The Amiigo is not yet available in stores, as it kicks off its fund raising on Indiegogo on October 29th with an aim of raising $90,000 and hopes to be ready to ship in April next year. Backers would be able to snag the bracelet for $89, while the rest of us can get it for $119. Source: TechCrunch Read More

Goodbye, Webtop! We Hardly Knew Ye! (0)

Back in 2010, Motorola unveiled what they hoped would shape the future of mobile computing: the Webtop, which enable its smartphones provide the brain power of a laptop or television entertainment hub. However, the webtop did not become a hit in the market due to the expensive accessories needed to take full advantage of this technology. It was a matter of time before Motorola quietly pulled out Webtop. "While consumers around the world have adopted Webtop and the concept spurred a lot of innovation in the industyr, the adoption has not been strong enough to justify continued resources being allocated to developing Webtop on future devices," quoted Motorola in its official statement on the matter. This also means that soon-to-launch Motorola smartphones, including the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD, will not have the Webtop feature. Source: CNET, via CNET Asia Read More

BlackBerry 10 to Integrate Social Networking into Contacts (0)

One of the several features expected to appear in the BlackBerry 10 platform is the ability to display social networking and other data about your contacts and put them all together in a single location. This means that not only it will show your friend's phone number and email address, but also his latest tweets, Facebook status updates, and other nitty-gritty details about his online life. The upcoming mobile OS will also have enterprise-specific features, such as displaying future meetings scheduled with a particular contact. If these features seem familiar to you, it is because these have already been utilized on the Motorola Droid, and Android 2.0-powered smartphone debuted back in 2009. You have heard it right: expect the BB10 to integrate some of Android's goodness into their upcoming platform. It is very clear that RIM is setting its sights on the competition for some inspiration. With some of the Android-esque capabilities expected to appear on the BlackBerry 10, we wonder whether the platform will also borrow functions from iOS and Windows Phone. The new BlackBerry 10 platform, along with its flagship handsets, are set to debut in early 2013. Source: Reuters, via Information Week Read More

BlackBerry PlayBook Keyboard Hinted (5)

A Research In Motion executive has hinted that a BlackBerry keyboard intended to be compatible to the BlackBerry PlayBook is being planned. Bruce Winter, RIM's head of accessories, may not have officially confirmed the presence of a physical keyboard being developed, he said that creating accessories beyond "just cases" would be something one could logically expect from their company. Some sources have recently leaked photos of what seems to be a QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard for the PlayBook. RIM has yet to have a physical keyboard for its tablet device, while Apple, Motorola, and Samsung all already made keyboards for their tabs. Source: Pocket-Lint, photo by BlackBerry Rocks Read More

Press Photos of HTC Incredible 2 for Verizon Leaked (0)

It is very likely that the unveiling of HTC's Incredible 2 on Verizon will be sooner than we think. Press photos of the smartphone have appeared on PocketNow, saying that it will be shipped on April 28. The HTC Incredible 2 is seen with the Droid "red eye" commonly featured in Motorola's Android handsets, fueling speculations that it could be named "Verizon Droid Incredible 2." Source: PocketNow Read More

Microsoft Exec Thinks Tablets are just Fads, Agree? (1)

A Microsoft executive claims that tablet computers, which includes Apple's iPad, are nothing more than a fad. "Mobile is something that you want to use while you're moving, and portable is something that you move and then use," said Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, during a luncheon in Sydney. "These are going to bump into one another a little bit, and so today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between." "Personally, I don't know whether I believe that space will be a persistent one or not," Mundie added. This probably reflects why Microsoft remains low-key in the tablet market, despite the aggressive competition from various manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Toshiba, and Motorola. Windows 7 has appeared on a handful of tablets, most of which are only available in Asia. However, rumors claim that Microsoft is not taking tablet computers for granted, as its next operating system, with the working title "Windows 8," would be designed for tablet computers. The new OS is expected to be released in 2012, which may also prompt Microsoft to develop a tablet to go with it. Source: eWeek Read More

Acer Iconia Tab A501 Comes to AT&T (1)

When Acer introduced its Iconia Tab A501 last January, many tech reporters thought it would go straight to Verizon. After all, it featured an LTE modem and a bunch of Verizon apps. However, AT&T has announced that it will be distributing the Acer tablet computer by the second quarter of 2011. This means the Acer Iconia Tab A501 would also support GSM standard and 4G connectivity. The device will feature a 10.1-inch screen, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, and dual-core 1GHz Tegra 250 processor with integrated graphics. Other specs will include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a high-definition front-facing camera for video chat, and an HDMI port for HD viewing. The Iconia Tab would be AT&T's answer to Sprint's HTC EVO View 4G, T-Mobile's LG G-Slate, and Verizon's Motorola Xoom. Source: Engadget Read More

Grace Digital Eco Extreme Waterproof Speaker Case (2)

With smartphones and other pocket sized media players becoming highly valued devices, its owners may want to provide a higher level of protection against damage for them. But most of such devices may not always be adequately protected from the various elements. That is why cases like the Eco Extreme from Grace Digital may actually become quite handy. The Grace Digital Eco Extreme is a unique waterproof case that can protect most mp3 players as well as mobile phones like the iPhone, the iPod, Motorola Droid and Blackberry phones. This casing is built with a rugged and rubberized protective outer layer that not only protects a device inside it from dust but also from water. It also comes with a built-in 3" full range speaker that will allow users to listen using the device protected by the casing. The casing can also be sued to protect credit cards as well as cash along with other devices from the sun, sand and water. The Eco Extreme Waterproof Speaker Case is available at Grace Digital for US$50. Image Source: Grace Digital Read More

Analyst: iPad 2 Rivals Are Better Off Collecting Dust (1)

With the iPad 2 hitting the shelves today, will other tablets be able to make a sizable cut in the market pie? One analyst says they should forget about it. This outlook is how J.P. Morgan Research analyst Mark Moskowitz see it. According to Moskowitz, other tablet manufacturers could hit an oversupply bubble during the second half of 2011 because they are unable to sell their devices. J.P. Morgan estimates that Apple and its rivals would manufacture about 81 million tablets this year. However, Moskowitz foresees that only 47.9 million tablets would actually ship this year, causing an oversupply among many companies but he thinks the iPad would not suffer that fate. "In our view, the technical and form factor improvements of the iPad 2 stand to make it tougher for the first generation of competitive offerings to play catch-up, meaning actual shipments could fall well short of plan," Moskowitz wrote in his investor report. The oversupply of tablets, if it does happen, would not only hurt the makers of tablet computers, but also manufacturers of individual hardware components such as touch screens, processors, and graphics chips. Among the iPad 2 competitors that are set to be shipped in the coming months include the Samsung 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab (in addition to the recently-demoed Galaxy Tab 10.1, as seen in the picture), the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the HP TouchPad. Those and many other tablets will join the Motorola Xoom, which made its retail debut two weeks ago. Source: CNET Read More

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