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Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet on May 21st for settlement talks

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Apple and Samsung CEO meet May 21st to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung’s CEOs are scheduled to meet on May 21st to discuss a possible settlement to the widely-publicized on-going legal battle, FOSS Patents reported. The two companies have been in a bitter patent war since last April that includes more than 20 cases in 10 countries. Despite the scheduled settlement talks, however, the Korean manufacturer asserted eight additional patents against the Cupertino-based company last week. Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts during the company’s earnings call that he would rather settle lawsuits than fight them in court. “I’ve always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it. We just want people to invent their own stuff,” the CEO said. “I would highly prefer to settle versus battle. But the key thing is that it’s very important that Apple not become the developer for the world.” If the two companies cannot come to an agreement, a trial is scheduled for July in the United States.

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Dolphin Browser arrives in BlackBerry App World, now with developer’s permission

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
Dolphin Browser arrives in BlackBerry App World, this time with developer's permission

Everybody loves happy endings, so it’s with this in mind that we bring you news of the official “sanctioned” arrival of Dolphin Browser within the BlackBerry App World. At version 7.2, this app isn’t quite as fresh as its native Android counterpart — which sits at version 7.5 in the Play Store and offers Sonar voice features — but it still brings its webzine and gesture-driven mannerisms that many appreciate. As you may recall, this isn’t the first time that the Dolphin Browser has graced the App World, but this time around, it was submitted by MoboTap — so yeah, they know it’s in there. If you happen to have a PlayBook and would like to try the alternative browser, be sure to hit up the source link.

Dolphin Browser arrives in BlackBerry App World, now with developer’s permission originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: iPad 3 Will Be the First iOS Device with 1 GB of RAM [Rumors]

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Google tells Android devs to kick the menu button to the curb, seriously you guys

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
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If you’ve seen Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus in action, then it should be clear that the menu button has no future in the Android ecosystem. In order to drive that point home, Google has posted over at the Android Developer blog urging app creators to “say goodbye to the menu button.” With the until now standard key getting the boot, big G wants devs to start designing interfaces that focus on the ActionBar introduced with Honeycomb. Of course, there’s only so much room on the screen, and that’s where the “action overflow” button comes in handy. Those vertical elipsis hide useful, but perhaps secondary options, that don’t fit in the action bar. It also pops up on the far right of the navigation bar as a replacement to the menu button… basically because it behaves the same as menu, just in a different location. If nothing else at least Google is pushing Android and its apps towards a more uniform design. Check out the source for more details.

Google tells Android devs to kick the menu button to the curb, seriously you guys originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 06:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Raspberry Pi demos Model B computer’s AirPlay capabilities (video)

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Just a few days after announcing that production of its Model B Linux computer is underway, Raspberry Pi has now unveiled a preview of what its single board device can do when combined with AirPlay. In a video published this week, a Raspberry Pi developer demonstrated how to stream content from an iPad to the ARM-based Model B, using only an HDMI-equipped TV and an AirPlay app. It’s as seamless as dancing cows are beautiful. Still no word yet on when this $35 will begin shipping, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the demo video, after the break.

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Raspberry Pi demos Model B computer’s AirPlay capabilities (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Free, legal Siri port now available for iPhone 4 and other iOS 5 devices

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

News of a new untethered jailbreak solution for all iOS 5.0.1 devices other than Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2 emerged this morning, and iOS users now have another reason to take advantage of the hack. IOS developer chpwn announced on his blog on Tuesday that a free Siri port dubbed “Spire” that does not violate any copyright laws is now available for jailbroken iOS 5 devices. This is not the first Siri port available for the iPhone 4 and other devices, but it is the first legal option and it also allows users to input their own proxy server since Apple’s servers cannot be used by devices other than the iPhone 4S. Spire is now available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices, and it can be downloaded from Cydia.

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Microsoft’s Kinect development kit now supports Windows 8

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Microsoft released its Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2 on Friday that adds support for Windows 8, among other changes. According to ZDNET, Microsoft has two Kinect development kits. One software development kit for commercial usage will be available early next year. The second kit, released on Friday, is targeted at enthusiasts running Windows 7 or the developer build of Windows 8. “Developing Kinect enabled applications is essentially the same as developing other Windows applications, except that this SDK provides support for the features of the Kinect sensor,” Microsoft explained in a note accompanying the release. The SDK also adds support for 64-bit apps, improved accuracy and a number of enhancements to skeletal tracking.

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BlackBerry PlayBook’s Killer New Feature, Android, Demonstrated on Video [Video]

Monday, October 24th, 2011
The long-awaited Android app player for BlackBerry has been demonstrated by a developer, giving PlayBook owners a future reason to stay loyal. It’s Android, in a little window, courtesy of RIM’s BBX 2.0 OS. [MacBerry via BGR via Gizmodo UK] More »


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Behind the glass: a detailed tour inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

By now, the specs on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are already publicly known, but what other magic is hiding within all the wires and circuitry? To find out, we’ve enlisted the help of developer Francois Simond (SuperCurio) to break down as many of the inner components of the Android 4.0-loaded device as possible. And while there isn’t anything particularly earth-shattering revealed here, we at least have a better idea of the kind of wizardry taking place underneath that bedazzling HD display. Read on with us to learn all of the deliciously nerdy details.

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Behind the glass: a detailed tour inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Facebook’s ‘Project Spartan’ HTML5-based client revealed

Friday, September 30th, 2011

When Facebook announced a revamped mobile page in April, its lead mobile exec Eric Tseng said the social network would focus on using the HTML5 standard for future updates instead of updating individual applications for each mobile operating system. “Project Spartan” is the fruit of those labors, reports claim, and it will be the social network’s attempt to the spill its games and applications into the mobile space. Images and information on Project Spartan were recently posted on a Facebook developer page before being pulled. Thankfully TechCrunch grabbed several of the images and information from the site before it was taken down. The leaked photos clearly display a panel loaded with Facebook Pages, mobile apps and events being accessed from an iPhone’s Safari browser. There also appears to be a notifications component. Facebook will officially announce the platform sometime next week, TechCrunch said. Read on a few additional photos of Project Spartan.

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Google posts guide to prep Honeycomb apps for Ice Cream Sandwich

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Google posted a guide on its Android Developers website on Monday that should help developers prepare Honeycomb applications for the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, which will run on smartphones as well as tablets. That means Honeycomb developers will need to make their applications compatible with displays smaller than those found on various Android tablets. Creating an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible version of an application is important to reaching a larger audience, too. “Optimizing for handsets can be tricky if your designs currently use all of a large screen to deliver content,” Google explained in a blog post. “It’s worth the effort, though, because Ice Cream Sandwich brings the Honeycomb APIs to handsets and you’ll significantly increase the user-base for your app.” Read on for a link to to the Android developer site, where you can read an in-depth guide to adding smartphone support to Honeycomb apps. 

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Windows 8 Slate Hands On: It’s Fantastic. (But Don’t Sell Your iPad.) [Video]

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
A Microsoft tablet with Windows 8 has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. Sort of. We got our hands on a developer’s preview yesterday and while flawed, it’s extremely impressive. More »


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LG developing slimmer Optimus 3D handset, might be ready for 2012

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The LG Optimus 3D certainly isn’t the slimmest smartphone we’ve ever seen, but it looks like the chunky handset is about to get seriously streamlined. In an interview with Pocket-Lint, LG developer Dr. Henry Noh confirmed that his company is working on a thinner version of its 4.3-inch phone, hinting that it may be ready for release by next year. Noh didn’t offer specifics on dimensions, but acknowledged that the current version, at 11.9mm (0.47 inches) thick, definitely isn’t the “sexiest phone on the street” — something he hopes to change. “Eventually, we want to make it so that having the 3D won’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be thicker,” Noh explained. “That’s going to be a differentiating factor that comes for free to the user.” Doing so, he claims, could help LG’s glasses-free 3D device distinguish itself from its 2D competitors:

“These days, all the phones look the same. They have a huge screen – 4.3-inches is normal these days – and next year they’re moving even larger. And they have a fixed number of touch buttons. They’re the same thickness. They have the same camera. And even the same OS. It’s so boring.”

Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not this strategy actually pans out, but it’s definitely something we’ll be keeping an eye on.

LG developing slimmer Optimus 3D handset, might be ready for 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 05:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple Grants MobileMe Users 25GB of Free iCloud Storage Space Until June 2012 [The Cloud]

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

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