Archive for June, 2012

By June 30, 2012 Read More →

Apple take down Google and Samsung in the patent war

g-nex-banned-in-usIn a stunning decision late Friday, Android (and especially Samsung) has been dealt a potentially serious blow by the on-going patent wars with Apple. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh rendered a decision in favour of Apple’s injunction to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States. The patent at issue has to deal with database mining capabilities in Apple’s Siri voice assistant. Here is a quote from the Judge’s ruling,

"Apple has shown that the ’604 Patented feature is core to Siri’s functionality. Accordingly, the court finds that Apple has adequately established the requisite causal nexus between Samsung’s alleged infringement of the ’604 Patent and Apple’s risk of suffering irreparable harm. In sum, Apple has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity."

This is the second time this week that Judge Koh rendered a decision in favour of Apple’s injunctions versus Samsung. Earlier in the week, Judge Koh also ruled in favour of Apple’s injunction to stop sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States. In that case, Apple already posted a $2.6 Million Dollar bond to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is done to pay for legal costs and potential damages in case Apple’s injunction loses on appeal.
In this patent infringement case against the Galaxy Nexus, Apple must post a $95.6 Million dollar bond before the phone is blocked for sale in the United States. That will likely happen sometime early next week.
Here is a quote from the Yahoo article detailing responses from both Google and Samsung,

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By June 30, 2012 Read More →

Nexus 10 anyone?

google-nexus-10-tablet-front-content-mockupRumour has it Google may be looking at making new a 10-Inch tablet in the near future. DigiTimes recently reported that Google is already prepping a Nexus 10, a name for namesake, and their partners, Wintek and AU Optronics, will supply the display panels. These panels will supposedly be made of the same OGS (One Glass Solution) material that is in the brand new Nexus 7 tablet. Here’s a quote with some details,

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Google also reportedly plans to launch a 10-inch tablet with touch panels to come from AU Optronics (AUO) and Wintek, making Wintek the largest touch panel supplier for Google, said the sources.
Wintek has been shipping OGS touch panels to a number of clients, and expects OGS to become mainstream in 2013, said company chairman Hyley Huang, estimating that 26.5 million notebooks are expected to adopt touch panels in 2013.

Although, these are the same manufacturers that are making the display for the brand new Nexus 7 tablet, just about anything quoted from DigiTimes should be taken with a pinch of salt. These reports could simply be hopes and dreams on the part of the manufacturers. 
Of course, if the Nexus 7 is a huge hit, as many market analysts are predicting, then Google may shift gears and try to compete more directly against the iPad. If they can get enough brand-trust built up, they may be able to start taking a large slice of Apple’s tablet market.

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By June 29, 2012 Read More →

Samsung announce the WB100 camera

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Today Samsung announced the WB100, the latest addition to the prestigious WB series, known for delivering superior image quality in compact form. The WB100 is perfect for shooting dynamic images and capturing the smallest detail in stunning 16MP clarity.

The WB100 is the perfect travel companion, ideally designed to capture everything from the up-close detail of inspiring architecture, to impressive landscapes and scenery. The 26x Optical High Zoom lens and 22.3mm ultra wide-angle lens ensure flawless detail, while shaky shots are instantly altered with the Dual Image Stabilisation (OIS + DIS) function. With 720/30pHD video recording, users can enjoy high-quality playback on the latest high-definition displays, whilst 3D photo capture and Live Panorama Mode bring 3D images and panoramic views to life.

Not only does the WB100 deliver superior quality images but it is also easy to use. Its easily-navigated menu screen makes it a versatile camera, designed to capture clear and beautiful photos with ease. Available in Black or Red, it is a stylish camera with a range of creative features including Smart Filter and Magic Frame, designed to enhance image quality along with the shooting experience. The soft hand grip combined with the metallic design gives it a sleek and seamless look. 

Combining high image performance, creative functionality and style, the WB100 is the ideal camera for those looking to capture their world in perfect detail.

Full spec below:

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By June 29, 2012 Read More →

Parrot announce the MINIKIT Neo

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Here’s something to look forward to. Parrot have today announced the MINIKIT Neo which will be available in September. The company are renowned for creating superb quality hands-free solutions and it looks like they have stepped things up again with the Neo as it comes with some new fantastic features.

For starters it will use voice commands to manage phone calls, e-mails and sms. In addition it comes with its own smartphone application bringing even more features to the table.

You can check out the full press release from parrot below:

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By June 29, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 174: The Google I/O 2012 show Part II

Web bannerGareth and James share what they have learned from Google I/O thus far. New hardware, software and some exciting revelations to behold. Gareth gives his thoughts on the Nexus 7 whilst James just might be persuaded to try Google+ again.

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By June 29, 2012 Read More →

BlackBerry 10 delayed until Q1 2013

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It isn’t a good day today in the RIM camp. As well as holding an earning call to announce its first quarter of 2012 results Research in Motion announced that BlackBerry 10 would not launch in Q4 as stated but instead in Q1 2013.

Many will be disappointed by this news but RIM need to ensure that they get the new operating system 100% right.

With sales down the company are going through some major restructuring, however CEO Thorsten Heins is confident that BlackBerry 10 will be worth waiting for.

You can see the full press release below:

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By June 28, 2012 Read More →

Carphone Warehouse to stock the Nexus 7

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Carphone Warehouse have today confirmed they will indeed be selling the Nexus 7 tablet from Google next month. They have said the Nexus 7 will be priced at £199.99 standalone or for free on a tethered contact. I presume this means they will only sell the 16GB version.

Commenting on the launch, Graham Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at Carphone Warehouse, says, “Consumer demand for tablets has exploded in just over two years since the launch of the first generation iPad. The wide range of devices now available means that consumer choice and buying power is stronger than ever. Google clearly believes that there is further scope to grow the market and the competitively priced Google Nexus will serve to make tablet devices more accessible to customers. 

“The meteoric rise in the popularity of tablets can be attributed to changes in the way we are using the internet, managing relationships and consuming media. Our lives are more connected and ‘always on’ than ever before. It’s all about convenience; people don’t want to have to go to a desk and sit at a computer to surf the internet, do some online shopping, chat with friends or update a Facebook status – tablet devices lend themselves perfectly to all these activities, all from the comfort of the sofa. Whilst laptops have catered to this need in the past they are slightly cumbersome and awkward; tablets offer the ideal solution and represent the direction home computing is likely to take in the future as demand for clunky home desktop PCs decreases.”

Google Nexus features a 7 inch screen, quadcore processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB memory. It will be the first (and only for the next four months) tablet to run the new Jelly Bean operating system.

 

Posted by: James

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By June 28, 2012 Read More →

Win a HTC One V: Competition

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Whoop, it is competition time again and what a beauty we have for you. The nice people at Three have donated a HTC One V to us to give away. As a bonus the device will also come with a PAYG SIM, which will include an all-in-one 15 add-on (a month of AYCE data, 300 minutes and 3,000 txts).

If you missed our unboxing video of the HTC One V you can catch it here and in addition the full specs of the device are below.

To enter, all you have to do is follow tracyandmatt on Twitter and retweet the following tweet: "RT @tracyandmatt: I want to win the HTC One V with #tracyandmatt and #ThreeUK: http://http://bit.ly/htconecomp" You can also click the retweet link below to save you copying and pasting the phrase. Your twitter name will be entered in to the draw. You’ll have to keep following us as we’ll notify winners via DM.

RETWEET ME!

The winner will be picked in seven days from today and entries are restricted to the UK for various reasons.

Good luck!

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By June 27, 2012 Read More →

The Nexus 7 tablet confirmed

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Over Google I/O today the Nexus 7 tablet has been announced and it was pretty much what we expected to see.

Manufactured by ASUS the new 7 inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will go on sale here in the UK for £159 for the 8GB version and £199 for the 16GB.

Under the hood of the Nexus 7 is some sweet stuff. This includes a Quad-processor with a Tegra 3 12-core GPU. Weighing only 300g and combined with a battery that will support up to 9 hours of video playback I think Google’s new creation may be quite popular.

Although we get WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC there is no 3G modem on board which I know will disappoint many. However, for the price, the Nexus 7 is a real bargain.

 

Posted by: James

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By June 27, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 174: The Google I/O 2012 show Part I

Web bannerGareth and James run a little coverage of what to expect from the Google I/O 2012 conference that will probably be happening whilst you listen. They give their predictions and share their excitement of some of the rumoured announcements. Also the HTC Desire C gets a review, the Sony Smart Headset and the Three Value MiFi.

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