Archive for April, 2010

HTC license Microsoft patents for Android devices [Updated with Microsoft statement]

HTC license Microsoft patents for Android devices [Updated with Microsoft statement]

Microsoft have announced that they've signed a patent agreement that will see Microsoft IP in use on HTC Android devices.  The specific patents themselves are unnamed - Microsoft only confirm that the agreement "provides broad coverage" across their portfolio - but one assumption is that HTC are hoping to prevent further legal battles such as that currently ongoing with Apple.  For instance, Altimeter Group analyst (and SlashGear columnist) Michael Gartenberg reckons that the agreement will redefine the notion of Android being a "free" platform, since device manufacturers will have to take care to protect themselves from litigation.

Updated after the cut (and Update 2 with official Microsoft statement)

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The Daily Slash: April 27th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 27th 2010

Does it feel like this week is going by pretty slow to you, too? We could've sworn this was a Wednesday, but thankfully we've got a daily tally, so we figured out the error of our ways pretty quickly. So, welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got an unknown HTC Android device, Facebook changing up video formats, and a lesser version of the Samsung Galaxy S. And then in the Dredge 'Net, it seems that LTE will have more sustainability than WiMAX, a new PlayStation 3 firmware update to add a nice feature, and then finally the Zune HD gets some new games added to the library, along with a new app.

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Apple Buys Up Intrinsity, Doesn’t Clear up A4 Processor Speculation

Apple Buys Up Intrinsity, Doesn’t Clear up A4 Processor Speculation

So, if Apple isn't buying ARM, where are they going to spend all that money? Apparently to "people familiar with the deal," it looks like Apple has taken the steps necessary to buy chip maker Intrinsity. There had been grumblings about the acquisition earlier in the month, when Intrinsity employees changed over their LinkedIn employee status to reflect a more Cupertino-based company, and further supported by their website doing down. But, now if the New York Times is to be believed, the deal is done.

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Dedicated Halo 2 Players Keep Online Gaming Going

Dedicated Halo 2 Players Keep Online Gaming Going

So, what's the definition of dedication? There's probably a bunch of answers for that, and we're sure you even managed to make up a few for yourself, even after you read the title of this article. For 14 individuals, the meaning of dedication is keeping your Xbox console on for 12 days, playing the ever-living snot out of your favorite game. What's that game happen to be? Yep, you guessed it: Halo 2.

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Andy Rubin Discusses Android on Google Campus

Andy Rubin Discusses Android on Google Campus

When you're the vice president of any department at a company like Google, you're probably expected to speak to the rest of the employees every once in awhile. For Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google, it seems that one of his instances was last week, as he spoke at the Google Campus, and covered just about every facet of Android's existence that you could think of.

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Black Nintendo Wii Could be Coming to the States After All

Black Nintendo Wii Could be Coming to the States After All

When the black Nintendo Wii was announced for Japan last year, it was one of the most hotly anticipated pieces of technology here in the States, at least for a few months. That probably wavered, a lot, when a month after that announcement, Nintendo came forward and revealed that the coveted piece of tech wouldn't be coming to the United States. It only got worse when European "limited edition" models started showing up in Europe near the holiday season, but there was still no US launch date. Well, things may be changing for the better.

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Google TV Could be Samsung’s Next Big TV Feature

Google TV Could be Samsung’s Next Big TV Feature

Google's one of those companies that, when they get on a roll, they don't stop. Whether or not you consider Google Buzz a good starting point or not, they're not slowing down with announcing new things. When Google TV was brought to our attention, we were curious as to see how Google's Android mobile Operating System would do powering a TV's features, along with set-top boxes. Well, we found out thanks to People of Lava a few weeks later, and while it looks great, we're interested to see what a company like Samsung can do (considering Panasonic is out) with the technology.

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Volkswagen App My Ride Contest Asks Developers to Create Apps for Vehicle Systems

Volkswagen App My Ride Contest Asks Developers to Create Apps for Vehicle Systems

While other car companies may be focusing on the more practical ideas of in-car systems, like making applications for the phone that sync with your vehicle, it looks like the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen just wants to cut out the middle man. The company is set to kick-off what they're calling the "App my Ride -- Volkswagen App Contest," and they're hoping that developers and programmers of all sorts try their hand.

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Samsung Blue Earth to Feature First Paper SIM Card

Samsung Blue Earth to Feature First Paper SIM Card

If you're curious as to how companies all over the world are forging ahead in the endeavor to save our environment, here's something to take note of. The Portuguese carrier TMN has decided to utilize one eco-friendly device with their latest plan: paper SIM cards. A small detail in some people's eyes, but as the company points out, the SIM card (along with the card you punch it out of, and subsequently discard) is manufactured from petroleum-based plastics, and therefore something to consider.

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