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Apple seeks injunction against Samsung despite weak win in court

Posted: 25 May 2014 03:49 PM PDT


Earlier this month Apple managed to prevail in a case against Samsung over some patent violations in smartphones. However, the jury took much of the wind out of Apple's sails when it awarded the company only $119 million in damages, much less than the more than $2 billion Apple was seeking. Apple seems to think the relatively insignificant amount of damages awarded in court is sufficient to justify a sales ban on Samsung products based on a recent court filing.

Apple's latest request in Judge Lucy Koh's courtroom come based on a study performed by one of their expert witnesses, Dr. Hauser, that supposedly measures the value of the features covered by the patents at issue. The problem for Apple is that Judge Koh has already ruled one time that Dr. Hauser's studies fall short of proving irreparable harm if a sales ban is not instituted. That determination came after Apple's first victory over Samsung a couple years ago when Apple was much more successful in obtaining a $1 billion judgment.

In this latest case, Apple had Dr. Hauser conduct a new study to try to establish a more direct connection between the value of the features and the patents at issue. As we know from the small award by the jury, the argument was largely unsuccessful during the damages phase.

Besides Apple's motion seeking a sales injunction, the court received filing from both parties seeking judgments as a matter of law. All of the documents are sealed, though some heavily redacted versions have been made available. It seems likely that Samsung is asking Judge Koh to overrule the jury's findings of liability. The bits of Apple's filing that are available suggest the company wants the court to restore the original damages claim or grant a retrial, which indicates Apple is not nearly as happy with the "win" as their initial statements suggested.

source: FOSS Patents

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App of the Week: Hootsuite

Posted: 25 May 2014 02:20 PM PDT

Hootsuite Today's app of the week, Hootsuite, made its debut appearance on the Google Play Store last year and has been recognized as one of the most elegant, user-friendly, secure and feature-packed third-party Twitter clients ever since. So, consequently, we've decided to bring it its very own review here at Cult of Android. For those of

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12 Delicious Recipe Apps For Android Tablets

Posted: 25 May 2014 02:06 PM PDT


Growing up in a traditional Lebanese home taught me the value of a great home cooked meal but limited my food experience to the local Mediterranean cuisine. It wasn't until my late teens that I started putting aside my preconceptions about flavors and experimenting with recipes. Nowadays, whenever I feel the need to do some creative cooking, I head into the kitchen with my Nexus 7 in tow. It houses twelve excellent recipe apps optimized for tablets, with some of them specifically designed to be used during the cooking process.

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Samsung patents leaked showing what could be their next wearable device

Posted: 25 May 2014 12:50 PM PDT


There have been a number of rumors about Samsung's upcoming wearable device which is supposed to be able to take and make calls, and include a heart rate monitor and GPS. Recently a few of Samsung's patent applications were released, showing what could be that device.

The device looks quite similar to the Motorola Moto 360, and a number of the patents are related to the gestures that are used to control the device. While it is strange that the patents are leaked around the same time as rumors of a new Samsung wearable, the patents do describe a device that get connectivity through being paired with a smartphone or tablet. Because of this, either the recent rumors are wrong, or the device in the patents is unrelated to the wearable expected from Samsung this summer. Hit the break for more images!

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Source: SammyToday

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WhatsApp servers are down — it's not just you!

Posted: 25 May 2014 12:09 PM PDT

WhatsApp, the incredibly popular instant messaging service recently purchased by Facebook for almost $20 bilion, is offline at the moment. So, yeah, it's not just you. It's the WhatsApp servers. There's no word yet on how long the outage will last, so let us know in the comments whether it's working for you yet, and if not, when it starts working again!

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LG G3 demo unit spotted in the wild before launch

Posted: 25 May 2014 07:39 AM PDT

Some photos of an LG G3 demo unit have surfaced in Korea ahead of a formal announcement. Since we've already witnessed images, videos, renders and accessories, it only makes sense for everyone to experience the device in dummy form. The photos show off thin bezels, improved back buttons and more.

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Deal of the Day: Body Glove Tactic Brushed Case for HTC One (M7)

Posted: 25 May 2014 06:10 AM PDT

What makes the Tactic Case stand out is its ability to combine an impact resistant gel with an exterior hard shell while still maintaining flexibility and an extremely sleek form. The protruding edging is also unique, which allows you to obtain a more secure grip around your device, keeping it in your hand and off the floor.

The Body Glove Tactic Brushed Case is available for just $14.95, 50% off today only. Colors include charcoal, white and raspberry.

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European HTC One M8 receives stability update

Posted: 25 May 2014 04:24 AM PDT

The European HTC One M8 has started to receive its first major post-release software update — the second in total, following the launch-day update that added Extreme Power Saving mode. M8 handsets in parts of Europe are getting a 66MB update to firmware version 1.54.401.10, adding a variety of stability fixes. Here's the official changelog —

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Google’s Open Automotive Alliance user interface detailed in new leak

Posted: 24 May 2014 05:49 PM PDT

Google caught us off-guard at CES earlier this year when it announced the Open Automotive Alliance, a partnership between it, NVIDIA and several car makers that's aimed at "accelerating auto innovation." We haven't heard much about the effort since then, but today that information dam has burst with a leak that may have revealed some early details of the service.

According to information shared with Android Police , the Open Automotive Alliance software will feature four distinct sections: music, telephony, navigation and search. The image you see above is a mockup of what the music interface is expected to look like. Included is a large album art image, a translucent bar with playback controls, four buttons for jumping between the main spaces of the UI and a Google search shortcut in the upper right corner.

The dialer UI is said to allow the user to choose a contact, dial a number or start a call just by using his or her voice. Voice commands are also expected to be able to compose messages. After the user dictates the message, the software will read it back and ask if it should be sent.


Rounding out the Open Automotive Alliance UI, it's said that voice commands can be used to conduct searches and launch navigation. The car icon at the bottom of the display could show information related to the vehicle itself, and it's possible that Google Now cards could be included as well.

Since Google hasn't said much about the Open Automotive Alliance since January, it's possible that some of the details of this leak could change by the time that the software rolls out the public. Android Police also notes that, just like with Android on mobile devices, car manufacturers may choose to skin the OAA software. That said, the UI described in todays report sounds like one that would be used in a car, with a focus on large buttons and voice commands.

What do you think of the UI described in today's report? Would you like to have the Open Automotive Alliance software in a car?

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[Bonus Round] Zombie Road Trip Trials, 1Path, And Just Escape

Posted: 24 May 2014 04:36 PM PDT

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a Zombie-themed Trials clone, an interesting take on the marble maze, and a good-looking room escape puzzler.

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Verizon said to be adding Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its rotation

Posted: 24 May 2014 03:49 PM PDT


When a carrier like Verizon decides to expand its device selection, everyone wins. Today, we hear that Big Red will be adding the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. When? We do not know. There is a very good chance, though, that it arrives alongside the Xperia Z2. Both Sony devices have been said to be heading that way for quite a few months.

If both Sony devices landed on Verizon, would you be interested in either one?

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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Roger Federer takes Google Glass for a spin on the tennis court

Posted: 24 May 2014 03:34 PM PDT


Sports has been one of the more interesting ways to see Google Glass utilized. Over at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, tennis player Roger Federer was given a pair of Google's smart glasses. Who was the 17-time Grand Slam champion playing against? Stefan Edberg, another tennis icon. It is quite impressive as you see just how the game looks through the eyes of a professional.

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Source: The Verge

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