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Samsung sets up a dedicated patent company in the US under the ownership of its Display division

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Samsung has decided to invest further in defending itself against patent infringement cases as well as protecting its already existing patents by establishing a dedicated patent firm in the US.

More specifically, Samsung Display has created a company called Intellectual Keystone Technology (IKT), which specializes in intellectual property and is based in Washington D.C., USA. Read more »

WPP: Apple the most valuable global brand in 2013, Google follows closely

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WPP, the popular marketing communication services company, has announced its BrandZ list of top 100 most valuable global brands for the year 2013. The company has adjudged Apple as the world’s most popular brand while Google took the second spot.

The list consists of the best brands in the world and the top 10 positions include IBM and Microsoft as well as AT&T and China Mobile. Read more »

Sharp to work closely with Samsung in a bid to survive after $5.4 billion yearly loss

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Sharp, one of the major component suppliers for Apple will be entering a three-year rehabilitation program in a bid to survive after losing $5.4 billion in the last fiscal year, according to a report from Reuters.

Sharp as a part of its rehabilitation will work closely with Samsung and will the company is expected to involve with the technologies used in the displays for mobile phones. Read more »

Ouya torn apart, console found to be quick and easy to repair

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The Ouya team has been posting shipping updates as promised (you need to be a backer to read those) and while there are still units waiting to head out to their owners, iFixit received one and – you guessed it – took it apart.

So, what exactly do you get for your $99? Well, two things – the console itself and a Bluetooth controller. Read more »

24K gold BlackBerry Q10 is what oil barons use to send email

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Sad that it’s been a while since Vertu put out a phone? Well, you can try a 24K gold BlackBerry Q10 instead. It comes from Goldgenie, which has a history of turning BlackBerrys into gold (Apple products too).

Anyway, the BlackBerry Q10 has a 24K gold-plated bezel and a 24K gold panel below the QWERTY keyboard. All other specs of the phone remain the same, except that the packaging has been upgraded to a snazzy wooden box. And it’s heavier, but Goldgenie gives no concrete numbers about that. Read more »

Asus posts Q1 financial report, profits boosted by 3 million tablet sales

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Asus has posted its quarterly financial report, covering the three months ending in March. The manufacturer has made $3.5 billion in revenue and $202 million net profit. The numbers compare favorably to both the previous quarter and the same period of last year.

The detailed breakdown reveals that the PC sales of the company have been affected by the overall market slowdown, but the strong performance of the Asus tablets has done well to compensate for it. Asus managed to ship 3 million tablets over the past three months, securing a sizeable chunk of the growing market. Read more »

Updated Google+ API allows you to embed Photo Sphere images on the web

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Undoubtedly, one of the coolest camera features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean brought was the Photo Sphere. Shooting a full 360-degree panorama both horizontally and vertically allows you to capture everything surrounding you, Street View style.

Sadly, so far you could only view the Photo Sphere images on either Google+ or on another droid running Android 4.2. Not anymore though, as the Google+ Platform API has been updated to allow web developers include Photo Spheres they’ve taken or from around the web on their own website. Read more »

Microsoft takes a dig at Samsung and Apple users in latest WP ad, lightly promotes the Lumia 920

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Nokia and Microsoft have been targeting Android and iOS in their ads and campaigns, urging users to switch to Lumia while Microsoft is planning on releasing an Android app demonstrating the variety of WP’s apps.

Well the latest ad coming from Redmond is dubbed Don’t fight and sarcastically portrays Samsung and Apple’s fans as bickering fanboys, who just love to promote their favorite brands and bash their opponents. Read more »

Google celebrates Earth Day 2013 with a cool animated doodle

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Google has always celebrated important dates in its own cool way – with an animated doodle related to the event. This year, Google has a brilliant environment-themed doodle for Earth Day.

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States in the year 1970 and a whopping 20 million Americans took part and demonstrated in a movement for a healthy, sustainable environment for all the people across their country. Read more »

Iron Man iPhone 5 case is sure to make every comic book fan drool

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We’ve seen both expensive and flashy iPhone cases in our time, but few as cool as this Iron Man themed one. Modeled after Tony Stark’s suit, the iPhone 5 exclusive case is certainly going to make your geeky friends lose their mind.

Yes, it’s bulky and goes against the precise engineering policy that went into designing the aluminum-clad phone, but it definitely tops our coolness chart. Read more »

Google gets €145,000 fine for collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars in Germany

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Google got into some hot water when it was discovered its Street View cars are collecting Wi-Fi data (including things like email, passwords and more) and while there was no criminal prosecution, there’s a fine.

Almost the maximum too, for what Johannes Caspar, Hamburg data regulator, calls “one of the biggest data protection rules violations known”. Read more »

Funny or Die’s iSteve movie debuts online, Justin Long plays Steve Jobs

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The first ever Steve Jobs movie has debuted online and its called simply “iSteve”. Its produced by humor website Funny or Die and starrs Justin Long playing Steve Jobs and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak.

Running 80 minutes long, the movie takes us on a journey of Steve Jobs’ life, the ups, downs and how he envisioned Apple’s products. Read more »

Google sets up Inactive Account Manager to help you manage your digital footprint after you die

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Google has set up an Inactive Account Manager giving you the option to choose what happens with your digital footprint after you’ve passed away or have been inactive for a specific amount of time.

After you set your timeout period (ranging from 3 months to 1 year) you’ll then be prompted to point up to 10 trusted friends or family members to be notified of your inactivity. Read more »

Samsung Experience Shops will be installed in more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across US

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Samsung has officially announced its partnership with Best Buy, which is one of the most popular retail stores across US. The South Korean giant is all set to install more than 1,400 Experience shops in the Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the US, starting from this month.

Samsung Experience shops will allow the consumers to experience a range of smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras and accessories before purchasing them. The shops will also let you know all about the devices from dedicated Samsung experts. Read more »

Mozilla Foundation turns 15, shares 15 interesting facts about itself

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One of the most influential companies when it comes to web browsers – the Mozilla Foundation – is celebrating its 15th birthday. The foundation is best known for its Firefox browser (which is going to turn 9 this November and just hit version 20), but has branched out into other areas.

It all started before Firefox was born – back then the Mozilla Project launched Netscape on March 31 1998. It was an open source version of the older Netscape browser and it served as basis for Firefox. Read more »