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Apple slapped with a $23.6 million fine for infringing patents related to pager technology.

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The case stems from a lawsuit brought by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which sued Apple last year claiming that several of the its Wi-Fi-enabled products, including smartphones, tablets, and more, offering services like iMessage, emojis, and calendar invitations, violated a total of six patents issued to the company in mid-to-late 1990’s.

An eight-member jury in District Court for the Eastern District of Texas concluded that Apple did infringe on five of the six patents in question, while agreeing with the Cupertino-based company’s argument that emojis do not infringe on the Texas-based company’s patents. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Galaxy Note 4 crushes the iPhone 6 Plus

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A big fight was taking place in the sidebar of our blog this week – the Apple iPhone 6 Plus faced the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in a clash of two proper heavyweight champions.

After giving you our take on how the two compare, we were interested to find out what’s your take on it. And as it turns out, you guys really the latest Samsung phablet far more than its Apple rival. Read more »

Apple Pay gains traction, accounts for 50% of McDonald’s tap-to-pay transactions

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Apple Pay, the mobile payment system that Tim Cook said will change the way we pay for things forever is starting to gain traction in the US. The service has only been available for a month but already accounts for 50% of the tap-to-pay transactions at McDonalds – the fast food chain supports the service in 14,000 restaurants now.

Grocery chain Whole Foods has also seen plenty of Apple Pay action – more than 150,000 transactions already. Walgreens hasn’t given any specific numbers but has also revealed that mobile payments doubled since Apple Pay came to be. Read more »

HERE Maps for Android gets Lollipop support via an update

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The HERE Maps beta for Android, which launched a couple of weeks ago has just received its first update. The new release brings support for the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, while also coming with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

The update ensures that the downloaded voice files are kept safe and sound. The fix means that you will have to redownload any non-English voices but they won’t accidentally disappear anymore if you’re using a ‘cache cleaner’ app on your smartphone. Read more »

Apple completely loses the plot, revokes Computer Bild magazine accreditation over #bendgate video

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Just when we thought that the whole #bendage thing was behind us, here comes Apple to reignite it all over again. The company has revoked the press accreditation of German magazine Computer Bild after it published a video of its editor-in-chief bending iPhone 6 Plus and then failing to do so with the Galaxy Note 3.

Now whether or not an €800 phone should bend like that or if you should apply such force to it is beyond the point here. What’s important is Apple’s reaction to the case. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Apple iPhone 6 Plus takes a beating

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Last week we asked you to rate the Apple iPhone 6 in comparison with some of its closest rivals on the market. The Apple handset with the largest screen to date had to meet the LG G3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in a fight for your hearts.

As it turns out the first Apple phablet wasn’t quite up to the challenge and was properly beaten by all of its opponents. Read more »

Asus is the latest maker to take a hit at Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus

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Bashing Apple and the new hardware the company unveiled on Tuesday is the name of the game these days. Asus is the latest to join the fun, although it has taken a slightly different approach to its competitors.

The Taiwanese used their Twitter account to post the image you see above, along with the line “The best 6 is the one everyone can have”. Read more »

LG teases a round smartwatch ahead of IFA announcement

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At this point it’s pretty certain that LG will be announcing a new member to its smartwatch family at this year’s IFA. The company has hinted at that a couple of times in the past and we’ve seen several leaks to confirm it.

Now we also get an interesting detail about the second-gen LG smartwatch thanks to an official video teaser released by the company. The 30 second clip clearly confirms that unlike the G Watch, its successor will come with a round screen. Read more »

Asus smartwatch teased ahead of IFA debut

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We’ve been hearing rumors about the fist Asus smartwatch debuting in Berlin at the IFA expo next month but now we have a solid proof. The company took to its Twitter account to tease an image of the upcoming smart wearable.

Naturally, the image doesn’t reveal a whole lot about the device – the full details will be kept in secret until the company’s press conference on September 3. Read more »

HP VoiceTab 6 Plus swings by GFX benchmark with better chipset and Android 4.4.4

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HP’s flirtation with Android devices will continue as a new phablet by the company is apparently in the works. The HP Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus has swung by the GFX benchmark and has confirmed some of its specs in the process.

Much like its predecessor, the Plus version will have a 6″ 720p display, but it will come with a Snapdragon 400 chipset with four Cortex A7 cores instead of the Marvel PXA1088 of the same core count. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy11 star-studded ad series concludes with the second half of the game

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The Samsung Galaxy11 commercial series has been one of the most impressive in the mobile world, or at least as far as number of celebrities involved is concerned. The videos that tell the story of aliens attacking the earth, who agree to spare our planet if we beat them at a game of football.

So Samsung gathered the most attack-minded team that you’ve ever seen (seriously, there are zero defenders in the squad), equipped them with a bunch of Galaxy gear and sent them to fight for us. It was probably Franz Beckenbauer’s job to teach some of the 12 field players selected to tackle. Read more »

Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia C3 Dual promo videos arrive

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The Sony Xperia C3 went live today, promising to reinvent the whole selfie business with its 5MP front-facing camera that comes with an LED flagsh.

As the tradition goes on such occasions, the manufacturer has released a couple of videos dedicated to the new device, highlighting its key selling points. The single-SIM and dual-SIM versions got a video each. Read more »

LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 smartwatches water resistance confirmed, release dates specified

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The Google I/O keynote is going at full swing and we’ve got new announcements coming in every minute. The company confirmed that the first two watches that were announced alongside the Android Wear debut in March, the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch, will be water resistant.

The water resistance is certainly very important for a smartwatch and these are some great news to everyone who wanted to give Android Wear wearables a try. Read more »

Android L’s Material design promo video arrives

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The latest Android version, only known as the L release for now, brings a wealth of cool new features, but Google is particularly proud of the UI enhancements it offers. The company calls the new look Material design and believes it’s cooler and more fluid than anything it has ever produced before.

We even got a short video, highlighting the new design that you can check out here. Read more »

Samsung to announce an Android Wear smartwatch next week

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Google announced the smartwatch-ready Android Wear platform in March with LG And Motorola immediately confirmed as the first two manufacturers to embrace it. Those two are expected to finally completely detail their offerings at the Google I/O developer conference that begins next week. However, a new report now suggests that they will be joined on stage by what is currently the biggest player in the smartwatch game – Samsung.

According to CNET sources familiar with the matter, Samsung is planning to launch its own Android Wear-running smartwatch at the event. Read more »