Archive for Dec 30, 2010

LG to “actively respond” to Sony patent lawsuit over phone infringement

LG to “actively respond” to Sony patent lawsuit over phone infringement

New details on Sony's patent lawsuit against LG have emerged, with the Korean company saying it "will take action and actively respond" to claims that over ten LG handsets infringe on Sony technology. Sony is seeking an injunction on LG imports into the US, alleging the devices use audio and microphone technology, caller ID systems and radio transmission tech that Sony and the Sony Ericsson joint venture have patented.

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ABI Research predicts 7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

ABI Research predicts 7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

I'm not a huge text message myself, but my wife is. Before we had unlimited texting on our mobile devices she once racked up a $500 bill in texting expenses alone. She's not the only one that texts a lot either, all of her gal pals text tons too, all I hear is her phone beeping all day. This happens all around the world apparently and ABI Research has offered up its predictions on how many SMS messages will be sent in 2011.

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RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM deny PlayBook power problems: any testing was on “pre-beta” units

RIM has blamed absent power management systems for any BlackBerry PlayBook tablet power issues, claiming that third-party testing would have been looking at pre-beta units without the necessary software. The statement, passed to Erictric, comes on the heals of suggestions by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu that the PlayBook can only manage "a few hours" of runtime and that issues with prolonging usage have delayed the slate's release.

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Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

A virus affecting third-party Android app stores has been spotted, with the potential to strip handset and SIM identifier data and send it, as well as location information, to the trojan's authors. Dubbed Geinimi, the malware is currently infecting various Chinese third-party app stores; according to Lookout, as well as stealing personal information, the trojan could leave an Android phone open to remote access and control by a hacker.

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B&N NOOK2 trademark application tips next ereader?

B&N NOOK2 trademark application tips next ereader?

Barnes & Noble has been on a trademarking spree, applying for names including NOOK2 - suggesting a second-gen ereader - along with Nook Smart, Nook Cook and even Nook Kids. Pocketnow have dug through the USPTO applications, and reckon that while the Nook Kids description matches that of the presumably hardware NOOK2, it may well be a content-only platform and companion iPad app.

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Apple’s Verizon iPhone unveil by February 14 claims insider

Apple’s Verizon iPhone unveil by February 14 claims insider

Apple's Verizon iPhone announcement is expected to take place sometime before February 14 2011, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, but the CDMA smartphone won't be making its official debut at CES 2011 next week. Previous sources had suggested Apple would attempt to outshine the trade show by launching the much-anticipated Verizon iPhone; however, "a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly" says the reveal isn't expected until after CES is finished.

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Motorola DROID XOOM tablet to have optional 4G LTE, go on sale February 14?

Motorola DROID XOOM tablet to have optional 4G LTE, go on sale February 14?

Motorola's incoming Android 2.4 Honeycomb tablet is expected to launch as the Motorola DROID XOOM, according to sources, though it will not come with Verizon 4G connectivity as standard. Droid Life's tipsters confirmed the name and the fact that the Tegra 2 slate won't automatically be able to log onto the new LTE network that so impressed us earlier in the month; however, Android and Me has separately heard that the XOOM will be able to use an optional embedded 4G modem instead.

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ASUS Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 get short-lived tease

ASUS Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 get short-lived tease

ASUS has let slip more details about its upcoming CES 2011 tablet range, publishing - and then yanking - a video partially detailing the new Eee Pad EP71, EP101, EP102 and EP121 models. NetbookNews and Notebook Italia grabbed the best bits before the video disappeared; the Eee Pad EP101 and EP102 will each run Android on a 10-inch display, the EP101 having a dockable keyboard while the EP102 has a slide-out keyboard.

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Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford has pushed out their new SYNC Destinations mobile app today, allowing iPhone, iPad or Android device users to hook up to the TDI systems in their Ford vehicles and get Predictive Traffic advice for route mapping. Hooking up with the device's address book, as well as allowing up to 25 saved locations, the app lets you search for turn-by-turn directions and have them ready and waiting when you actually get into the car.

Ford's predictive systems take into account real-time speed, accident and incident information for all highways, interstates, arterials and city streets in 126 metropolitan areas across North America, and then use that to pick what the system reckons is the best route for your journey. So far, so good, but it then throws in local school schedules, sports games and concerts as well.

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The Daily Slash: December 29 2010

The Daily Slash: December 29 2010

Before all else, lets travel into the future - behold Technology Predictions for 2011 by supreme master predictor mister Ben Bajarin. Stay futuristic with another prediction by Chris Davies: 2011: The Year of Pentaband? Then come back to the now and here where a man punches a 15 year old in the arm for not turning off his iPhone. Reflect back on the blue and the green with Philip Berne in a column by the name of What I Learned From a Year in 3D. Think an unreasonable amount about ad consistency, location, method changes in Angry Birds on Android, and check out ARCHOS brand new Android based 3D MP3 players and 250GB HD tablets! And what's this - Verizon to focus on Android, not iPhone at CES 2011? All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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