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Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Android bloatware has a new name and it is Microsoft. That might be a rather scathing remark, but that is the reality facing Android users yesterday and today. Xiaomi and Microsoft have just announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal that will see Microsoft's Android apps, particularly the mobile Office ones, pre-installed on Xiaomi's more recent handsets. What the announcement didn't mention, which Wall Street Journal reported, is that Xiaomi is also purchasing a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

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Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast, Disney team to offer ‘The Force Awakens’ on Xfinity TV store

Comcast and Walt Disney Studios have teamed up for a new content licensing deal that brings top movies to the Xfinity On Demand TV store, the biggest of which is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Under the agreement, Comcast subscribers will be able to download the new Star Wars movie, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean and more directly from their television using the service provider’s set-top box.

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Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

Seinfeld will make its streaming debut on Hulu this June

‘What is the deal with streaming? Is it Internet? It’s definitely not TV.’ Whatever the Jerry Seinfeld in my head who just set that joke up thinks it might be, all episodes of Seinfeld will be made available for streaming soon. Sony has licensed Seinfeld exclusively to Hulu for on-demand watching, which will debut on the service in June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a previous rumor put the per-episode licensing fee north of $500,000 per episode.

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JBL Ambient Aware hands-on: Apple Lightning earbuds have arrived

JBL Ambient Aware hands-on: Apple Lightning earbuds have arrived

It's time for the officially Apple licensed Lighting-connector earbuds and headphones to begin arriving, and they're starting with Harman's audio brand JBL. The JBL Reflect Aware earbuds bring on the lightest-in-class ABL headphone technology with features that'd normally require a separate power source to function. Here, though, the audio product works with a Lightning Connector or Micro-USB - depending on the pair you get. While JBL and Harman haven't announced a release date yet, these headphones (or earbuds, whatever you want to call them), are fully functional right here right now.

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Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia CEO says they “will return to the consumer world”

Nokia, as a handset maker, is gone from us. Having sold their hardware division to Microsoft, the once-dominant mobile device maker is changing direction. Now a company of services, Nokia will concentrate on its Networks unit, technologies division, and impressive mapping prowess. Still, as end-users and consumers, many of us still want a Nokia handset. Their Lumia devices co-produced with Microsoft were special, but those will now be branded as Windows. Still, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri isn’t closing the door on Nokia handsets in the future.

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Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

In an interesting agreement, Google will take control of NASA’s Moffett Field. the 60-year agreement will see Google invest up to $200 million in the property. Though they’re operating and investing in the air strip, which previously used by Google as a private airstrip, NASA will ultimately retain ownership. According to NASA, Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC branch, a shell company for investment purposes, will dole out $1.16 billion over the contract, and reduce NASA’s operating cost by $6.3 million annually.

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LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

LG, Google ink 10-year patent licensing agreement

If you're tired of hearing patent squabbles left and right (though we haven't actually heard from Apple and Samsung recently), then this might come as a refreshing change. LG and Google have announced that they have reached a long-term cross-licensing agreement that will let both companies take a peek and use the other's portfolio of patents. Conversely, it also protects both from lawsuits that involve each others patents, leaving them free to work on their products and technologies, most likely ones surrounding Android and smart devices, without fear of litigation.

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BlackBerry cuts licensing partnership with T-Mobile

BlackBerry cuts licensing partnership with T-Mobile

It might sound like a headline worthy of April Fools, but BlackBerry is a company that can hardly afford such a joke. The embattled smartphone maker has just announced that come April 25, it will no longer renew its license agreement with T-Mobile that allows the carrier to sell BlackBerry devices.

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Ericsson and Samsung settle patent litigation with a licensing pact

Ericsson and Samsung settle patent litigation with a licensing pact

After signing a global patent licensing agreement with Google, Samsung is once again entering into another licensing arrangement. However, in its settlement with Ericsson, however, Samsung is not really standing on equal ground.

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Google and Samsung reach a patent license accord

Google and Samsung reach a patent license accord

Samsung and Google's lawyers have been busy bees over the weekend. Now the two companies have announced a global patent license agreement that will extend 10 years into the future in the hopes of fostering innovation and perhaps to also shield themselves from patent litigation.

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Google denies rumor of Google Mobile Services licensing fees

Google denies rumor of Google Mobile Services licensing fees

A recent report surfaced that practically accused Google of charging manufacturers a rather hefty fee to license its Google Mobile Services on Android. The Android maker has now come out to deny such a business practice, though some of its recent moves might make some remain a bit cautious.

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Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu will be including a default new scope with the aim of encouraging its philosophy of Free Culture directly into the user experience via the search engine of the OS. It will allow The Pirate Bay users to perform BitTorrent searches directly from the desktop.

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