Archive for Sep 29, 2011

Samsung “knows it can’t rely on Google” says exec

Samsung “knows it can’t rely on Google” says exec

Samsung has lashed out at Google over Android patent issues, with an executive at the company claiming it signed the Microsoft licensing deal because "Samsung knows it can't rely on Google." The unnamed official dismissed suggestions that Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility would be beneficial to the ecosystem of Android device manufacturers at large, telling The Korea Times that "if Samsung truly believed that Google's takeover of Motorola Mobility was going to be helpful ... it would have waited until that deal was closed before concluding the license agreement with Microsoft."

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Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype boosts Android video calling (but adds ads) in v2.5

Skype has added video calling support for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the original Google Nexus One and the Motorola Photon 4G, as well as a host of other Android devices. Skype for Android v2.5 adds fourteen new phones and tablets to the compatibility list, bringing the total to 41, as well as adding support for switching between portrait and landscape orientation midway through a video call.

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Steve Jobs opened Samsung patent negotiations court told

Steve Jobs opened Samsung patent negotiations court told

Apple ex-CEO Steve Jobs personally contacted Samsung management in 2010, in an attempt to hash out the ongoing patent concerns and give the Korean company "a chance to do the right thing" it has been revealed. The exec outreach news was shared as part of Apple's legal presentation in Austalian courts yesterday, the WSJ reports, though Jobs' involvement was apparently limited to just the initial olive-branch. "The discussions started with contact from [Jobs], and then he wasn't involved in meetings beyond that" senior Apple exec Richard Lutton confirmed during cross-examination.

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Amazon Silk browser could hit PC, Mac and mobile

Amazon Silk browser could hit PC, Mac and mobile

Amazon may well be planning a version of its Silk browser for PC, Mac and mobile platforms, rather than just the Kindle Fire tablet announced yesterday, if domain name registrations are anything to go by. The retailer has gone on a URL spree, buying over 500 domains, but it's registrations for "amazonsilkforandroid.com", "amazonsilkformac.com" and "amazonsilkforpc.com" that have particularly caught attention. Silk uses a combination of caching and on-the-fly server-side compression to boost browsing speed on the Kindle Fire.

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Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Acer and ASUS opt into Tizen; HTC ponders say sources

Tizen, the platform that gobbled up MeeGo, may only be a few days old but already it's reportedly gaining support from new companies including ASUS and Acer. The firms are each apparently set to add Tizen development to their engineer's workload, DigiTimes' sources claim, with HTC said to be "currently evaluating its decision." The shift in OS focus will mean that ASUS and Acer's existing MeeGo device plans are put on ice, it's suggested.

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Facebook Project Spartan leaks; Unveil tipped Monday with iPad app

Facebook Project Spartan leaks; Unveil tipped Monday with iPad app

Facebook's HTML5 app push, codenamed Project Spartan, looks set to launch next week, with a Monday unveil for the mobile platform - and the iPad Facebook app - tipped. The scheduling, so TechCrunch's sources say, is designed to offer Facebook a fallback option if Apple decides not to share stage-space with the social network at the iPhone 5 launch on October 4. Meanwhile, a prematurely posted (and subsequently yanked) Facebook page seemingly documented exactly what Project Spartan will offer to users and developers.

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Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5GHz dual-core eyes speedy smartphones

Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5GHz dual-core eyes speedy smartphones

Samsung has announced its latest Exynos mobile processor, the Samsung Exynos 4212, a 1.5GHz dual-core chip intended for the company's upcoming smartphones and tablets. Built using 32nm processes, the Exynos 4212 has apparently been designed for 3D gaming and graphics in mind, with developers Gameloft already onboard with a selection of titles that take advantage of the new chip's abilities.

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Meltemi tipped as Nokia’s new open-source OS ambition

Meltemi tipped as Nokia’s new open-source OS ambition

Nokia is rumored to be developing an open-source OS for its low-end handsets, codenamed Meltemi, despite having failed to drive MeeGo to the point where it could save the company's smartphones. Apparently being led by Nokia EVP of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell, so the WSJ's sources tell them, Meltemi named after "the Greek word for dry summer winds that blow across the Aegean Sea from the north."

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Nokia slashes 3,500 more jobs, shutters factory

Nokia slashes 3,500 more jobs, shutters factory

Nokia has announced it is slashing its workforce by 3,500, shutting its Romanian production facility by the end of the year while also shuttering the Location & Commerce sites in Bonn, Germany and Malvern, US. The reductions - which are expected to be completed by the end of 2012 - are described by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as "painful, yet necessary, steps to align our workforce and operations with our path forward," and come before the company has even officially unveiled its first Windows Phone handset.

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LaCie LaPlug promises simple USB HDD network shares

LaCie LaPlug promises simple USB HDD network shares

LaCie has unveiled the LaPlug, a straightforward network bridge that can get USB hard-drives and printers shared across your local network and set up for remote access across the internet. Packing four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet and a WiFi b/g/n connection into one of LaCie's typically discrete boxes, the LaPlug offers DLNA/UPnP streaming to send multimedia content from hooked up drives to your PS3, Xbox 360 or smartphone/tablet.

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