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Samsung Takes Another Victory In Apple Patent War

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Hot on the heels of its victory over Apple's 'all your rectangles belong to us' patent in Holland Samsung has scored a potentially bigger win in the US, after the ITC found in its favour with a final judgement today.

The result means that 3G versions of the iPhone prior to the 4S, and 3G versions of the iPad and iPad 2 will be banned from sale in the US. More importantly Apple will be liable to make compensation payments on each device.

Given the somewhere well north of 80 million of these devices have been sold, those compensation payments from Apple won't have to be much on a per device basis to wipe a big hole in the (disputed) billion dollar settlement Apple won over Samsung last year.

HTC Gets Some Positive News

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After what seems like a endless streak of bad results, HTC finally look to have turned things around with the rather tasty One. Last quarter's results are in and the company managed to grab revenue of $970m - back to early 2012 levels and significantly better than last quarter's numbers.

Unfortunately this doesn't seem to have slowed the number of senior staff exiting the company. Whether this is a result of the company losing non-productive or failing staff; or a sign that confidence has hit rock bottom is hard to guess.

Let's hope that a leaner, more focused HTC continues to play a part in the industry it helped create. Currently the company offers the best counterpoint to Apple and Samsung that we have.

This Could be The Worst Article To HIt The Internet... Ever!

I really don't want to publish a link to this article its so bad. Its manages to be ill-informed, poorly researched and out-dated all at the same time. That the author lists US policy advisor, computer scientist and distinguished lecturer in his biography defies belief.

In this article ZDNet blogger David Gerwitz makes such a ridiculous premise and then backs it up with further nonsense as to cause me to wonder about his mental health. His solution to wireless network security? MAC address filtering and disabling SSID broadcasting.

If you want to secure your wireless network, setup WPA or WPA2 and forget about it. This will deter all but the most dedicated of hackers. But Gerwitz apparently thinks that he's found a secret security layer that everyone else missed.

Wrong. Very, very wrong,

A hidden SSID can be read from the packets your clients send out when connecting to your (supposedly) hidden wireless router, as can the MAC address of the connected client.

And far from bein…

Dutch Supreme Court Finally Kills Apple's 'We Own Rectangles' Claim

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Apple has pursued Samsung across most of Europe in an attempt to enforce its patent on a rectangle with rounded corners.

The Dutch Supreme Court has become the latest to dismiss the claim, upholding a lower court's decision that Apple's patent was valid but limited as a number of other companies (including Samsung) could demonstrate prior art. The judges, sensibly, held that consumers were intelligent enough to identify the difference between the two devices sufficiently.

Perhaps the words 'Samsung' and 'Galaxy Tab' written large across the box might have been a giveaway. How stupid does Apple think consumers are?

European law being what it is, this latest judgement will no doubt have to replayed across several more courtrooms across Europe as Apple continues to choose to litigate rather than innovate. (Something that Tim Cook suggested would come to an end under his stewardship).

Proof of the lunacy of such a decision is that the tablet under attack from the …

Latest Numbers Are In, Android Winning, Windows Phone Rising

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Kantar WorldPanel published its reports on smartphone sales for the quarter ending in April this week and the numbers make for very interesting reading.

Google's Android platform is eating up the market, posting further leaps forward in market share in every territory. In a growing marketplace this points to incredible sales numbers. And the figures suggest that both Sony and LG have seen success with low end phones, slightly reducing Samsung's dominance of Android.

Apple's market share figures don't look quite so good - although again in a growing market place that mat not necessarily mean fewer sales, just a contraction when measured against the market growth.

What is proving to be something of a surprise is how quickly Nokia and Microsoft are growing the Windows Phone platform. Despite being the butt of jokes from both sides of the iOS/Android divide Windows Phone has now secured third place in the market in almost every territory that Kantar measure.

What's mo…

Chicago Sun Times Commits Cultural Suicide

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Its easy to spot when a newspaper has used a photo grabbed with a smartphone by a Johnny on-the-spot photographer. Usually relating to high profile incidents where the sheer penetration of phones with cameras guarantees that someone will be filming or snapping away.

The photos are generally grainy, out of focus or otherwise sub-par. But that's okay, its the best photo available of the event and we accept the way that it looks in order to help visualise the events that have occurred.

As a day to day regular occurrence though its not acceptable. Snapshots aren't acceptable to illustrate the total content of a newspaper and snapshots taken with a smartphone even less so.

The problem is that every man and his dog suddenly believes that having a camera available all the time makes their shots the latest word in photographic excellence. They really aren't. If you don't believe me take a quick gander at the links in your twitter feed to see how quickly that illusion gets dis…

Facebook Home - What Facebook Should Have Done Instead

After a high profile launch the Facebook Home replacement launcher and the HTC First phone, which brought it to the world, are rapidly disappearing from view. The former has been on the end of a seriously good kicking in the Play App Store, where it garners very high download numbers and incredibly low ratings. The First, meanwhile, has had its European launch cancelled and is all but dead in the US too.Facebook fundamentally misunderstood how the smartphone market worked and as a result delivered an app that nobody wanted.If Facebook had taken the time to ask its users what they wanted they would have probably found out that a greatly improved Facebook client and a native Tablet application would have gained them much more kudos with the majority of users then the flawed Home application.It doesn't have to end here though. Home adds some useful features that could either become part of the app or part of a widget. Giving Android users what they wanted from Facebook in the first p…