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    by Published on 06-14-2011 09:22 AM
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    The back and forth patent dispute that has gone on for a while now between Apple and Nokia has been settled with Apple agreeing to license patents from Nokia. As a result Apple will start with making an initial payment to Nokia and will continue to make royalty payments for the duration of the agreement. It is not clear how much Apple will be paying. It is also worth noting that the issue wasn't about whether or not Apple should be paying Nokia, but how much they should be paying to license Nokia's patents, as Apple believed Nokia wasn't giving them a fair and reasonable price.

    This effectively ends the dispute between the two companies.

    Update: $608 million up front, ~$138 million a quarter (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/14/...kia-estimated/)

    Mac Rumors | Forum discussion here
    by Published on 06-12-2011 09:20 PM
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    A recent update to our forum software brought with it a mobile friendly skin. If you have a supported device, the site will detect it and present you with the new mobile friendly version.

    Below are some screenshots from my iPhone: ...
    by Published on 06-11-2011 03:51 PM
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    Virgin Mobile USA has stated that all Android handsets it offers will only have the stock Android UI and not come with manufacturer UI overlays. However, Virgin Mobile USA will still have icons for their own apps pre-installed.

    "Virgin Mobile USA aims to make available devices that allow the end user to have the freedom to customize the device to their liking. We like to take a consistent approach with our Android portfolio and so we prefer to have the true Android experience loaded on all our Android phones," a Virgin spokesperson said in an email to PCMag.com.
    This could make software updates easier and more timely for Virgin Mobile USA Android handsets.

    Do you like this move? Or do you like Sense UI, MotoBlur, etc.?

    PCMag | Via: Neowin.net
    by Published on 06-09-2011 10:39 AM
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    HP Announces HP TouchPad Availability for United States, Europe and Canada

    Wi-Fi version of first HP webOS tablet also coming to Asia Pacific later this year
    PALO ALTO, Calif., June 9, 2011

    HP today announced that the Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in the United States on July 1.

    HP's first webOS tablet will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.

    HP TouchPad will be available from U.S. retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(1) for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively.(2) Preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19.

    "What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. "The platform's unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP's scale can do with webOS."

    With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology, the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, and HP's exclusive Touch to Share capability for sharing web addresses between HP TouchPad and compatible webOS phones.(3)

    Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case (sold separately).

    HP also announced it will be partnering with AT&T to introduce a connected version of HP TouchPad later this summer. More information will be available closer to availability.
    Full press release here | HP TouchPad
    by Published on 06-07-2011 11:41 PM
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    If you get caught doing it at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, this could be you:



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    by Published on 06-06-2011 02:12 PM
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    Excited about Apple's new iOS 5? You can discuss it to your heart's content in HowardForums' official pre-release thread here!
    by Published on 06-05-2011 11:06 PM
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    For those awaiting the iOS 5 announcement, here's something fun to tide you over:



    Via: TiPb.com
    by Published on 06-03-2011 07:33 PM
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    HTC did not skimp on the materials when developing the Panache. The device features an aluminum back plate, a chrome trim along the front panel, and rubberized edges around the entire phone. Weighing in at 168 grams, the Panache is considerably heavier than the Nexus S for instance, which weighs a reasonable 129 grams. The solid body and metal backing brings a slight heft to the device, but in a positive way. The weight does not create unneeded fatigue but brings a sense of ruggedness and the feeling that it won’t crack on impact. ...
    by Published on 06-03-2011 10:36 AM
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    The Gingerbread update to the HTC EVO 4G's Android operating system is reported to be rolling out now. The update weighs in at about 109 megs and will take you to version 4.22.651.2.

    If you haven't seen it yet, you can get it manually by going to Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update.

    Via: Android Central
    by Published on 06-03-2011 09:21 AM
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    TI's OMAP4470 apps processor: It's all about the user experience

    Latest OMAP™ 4 platform processor sets new standard for mobile computing, bringing up to QXGA display resolution, HD UIs and 2x Web browsing performance

    TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- COMPUTEX -- Building on the OMAP™ 4 platform family's technological achievements , Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced today the power-efficient OMAP4470 applications processor, designed to deliver the perfect balance between processing power, graphics, display subsystem functionality and multilayered user interface (UI) composition. The multicore OMAP4470 processor surpasses current market solutions with clock speeds up to 1.8 GHz, an 80 percent increase in Web browsing performance, increased memory bandwidth, a 2.5x boost in graphics functionality—via the POWERVR™ SGX544 core from Imagination Technologies—and a unique hardware composition engine. Mobile computing and gaming applications running on operating systems such as Android, Linux and the next version of Microsoft Windows will benefit from the OMAP4470 processor's enhanced capabilities. Customers designing ultrathin laptops, tablets or smartphones around previously released OMAP 4 processors gain the added benefit of pin-to-pin hardware and software compatibility for maximum re-use and faster time-to-market.
    Full press release here.
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