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AppleBot now crawls the web to power Siri and Spotlight searches

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Apple is now running its web crawler dubbed AppleBot to scour the web and aid search services used in Spotlight for Mac and Siri for iOS. All the search queries will now be routed and powered by AppleBot, not by Google or Bing. Support documents don’t mention when the change was initiated.

AppleBot operates similarly as the GoogleBot, and crawls the web to discover new pages as well as ones that have been updated. Read more »

Apple plans to revive Beats Music are stirring up controversy among antitrust officials

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Apple is allegedly getting mixed up in yet another antitrust saga, this time in relation to the Beats Music streaming service and its revival. The Cupertino giant purchased the platform last year, as part of the $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and has since stated its intentions to revive the service.

In doing so, however, Apple might have abused its leading position in the digital music market, as industry sources claim that the company has approached more than a dozen music labels and artists with proposition of limited and exclusive rights and partnerships. Read more »

Motorola ordered to pay $10.2 million to Fujifilm for patent infringement

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A US jury has ruled that Motorola Mobility owes Fujifilm $10.2 million for patent infringement. The suit itself started back in 2012 when Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujifilm Holdings Corp took Motorola to court on claims of infringing three of its patents related to digital photography and another four having to do with wireless data transfer and Bluetooth.

The jury has ruled against all of the claims, but one, related to converting color images to monochrome. The $10.2 million settlement is far less than the $40 million Fujifilm originally sought. Motorola spokesman William Moss, commented that the company is somewhat pleased by the current outcome, but also a little perplexed, considering the Lenovo owned business has, in fact, paid for a Bluetooth license. Read more »

Samples comparison between the Galaxy S6, S6 edge Sony and Samsung camera sensors

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge might be the current “top-dogs” of the mobile world, but that definitely doesn’t mean that they are perfect. Like all sophisticated tech, various problems are expected and the enormous attention towards Samsung’s latest creations has already led to the uncovering of a few hidden problems.

Yesterday, we reported that some S6 and S6 edge units have been spotted with Samsung’s own ISOCELL camera sensor, instead of the Sony IMX240. Read more »

Samsonite joins forces with Samsung to develop smart suitcases

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Samsonite has partnered with South Korean tech giant Samsung to come up with a new technology aimed at bringing an end to all your luggage woes. The companies are currently working on the concept of smart luggage – suitcases fitted with microchips, allowing you to track them using GPS.

“Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location,” said Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala. “We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick.” Read more »

Microsoft acquired the tech behind the Surface Pro 3 digital pen

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Microsoft acquired the technology behind the digital pen that’s available for Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3. The solution was developed by the Israel-based company N-trig Ltd.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the Redmond giant tried to acquire N-trig Ltd. entirely. Read more »

New Samsung Galaxy S6 edge promo focuses on its craftsmanship

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Samsung released another promo video of the brand new Galaxy S6 edge flagship. The Korean giant’s latest marketing stint is focused on the craftsmanship of the smartphone.

The materials used in the making of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge include metal frame made of 6013 aluminum and rear casing with nano-thin multi-coating process that shows off the device’s color. Read more »

Action-packed Samsung promo highlights the Avengers Experience at the Oculus Store

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Samsung released a second installment of its Avenger-themed Galaxy S6 edge promo video. Once again, the new clip features sports stars Lionel Messi, Eddie Lacy, Fabian Cancellara.

The new installment brings the Oculus-powered virtual reality experience that the devices are capable of delivering via an optional headset. Read more »

Samsung and Marvel release Avengers themed Galaxy S6 edge promo

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Samsung has teamed up with Marvel Worldwide to work on a limited edition Avengers superheroes themed Galaxy S6 edge. Both companies have worked together to release the first promo dubbed ‘Assemble’ showing the Galaxy S6 edge Avengers edition smartphone.

The promo comprises of a Marvel’s fictional superhero characters – Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, and Hawkeye. In the promo each character gets a briefcase which packs a special customized edition of the Galaxy S6 edge to match with the persona of the superhero. Read more »

Motorola takes a dig at the G4, says it had leather first

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It’s official, the LG G4 is here! Just minutes ago, the flagship was unveiled and it pretty much delivers on all of its promises. Naturally, the genuine leather stitched back remained the center of attention throughout a large chunk of the presentation and LG really made it clear that the G4 comes with its own unique styling, or does it?

Motorola was quick to take a shot at the new handset and its leather-covered back options, by posting a photo of the Moto X and the Motorola 360, both featuring leather. At any other point in time, such a post would have been glanced over as a simple reminder of all the options the company’s Moto Maker customization service offers, but it the current context, it leaves no mystery as to Motorola’s intentions to mock LG. Read more »

Microsoft makes Skype calls free to and from Nepal as part of relief efforts

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A devastating earthquake shook Nepal and affected thousands over the weekend. Ongoing rescue efforts and relief drives are being multiplied to search for those trapped or stranded, and bring them to a safe place. The earthquake also crippled the communications system for several hours but has been restored to keep the ball rolling.

While many US based mobile operators are waiving off charges and making international calls to Nepal cheaper, the software companies are making VoIP calls free. Google has discounted the rates of the Google Voice calling. In the mean time, Microsoft has announced it will offer free calls to landlines as well as mobile phones made to and from Nepal. No Skype credit is required for these calls. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 spotted running Android Wear

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Even though the smartwatch niche is still pretty much in its infancy, Samsung has managed to already go through quite a few wearable gadgets. Some of you might remember the Gear 2. It came out back when the craze for curved displays was only beginning and is essentially a souped-up version of the original Galaxy gear, complete with camera and more number-crunching power. It was also one of the company’s first ambassadors for the Tizen OS.

One eager developer on XDA, unsatisfied with Samsung’s new OS, has managed to run Android Wear on the device. True fan dedication can go a long way, especially in a community like XDA. According to the creator of the port, it took him four months to get the device to boot into Google’s wearable platform and it is still pretty much a proof of concept. Read more »

Ratan Tata makes an investment in the Chinese startup Xiaomi

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Xiaomi recently announced the new Mi 4i global smartphone in India, kind of assuring its commitment to the vast market. Following that hysteria, a new update arrives in favour of the Chinese startup.

Ratan Tata, the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has made an investment in Xiaomi Inc. Read more »

LG G4′s genuine leather back takes center stage in its latest teaser video

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The LG G4 is coming and in a mere week – on April 28 we should finally see what the Korean giant has prepared to take on the Galaxy S6, S6 edge and the HTC One M9. Although, frankly, LG has left little to the imagination.

Leaks have been so plentiful, that we already know almost everything about the G4, although LG did throw a major “curve ball” with word of a curved screen, and yet, we can’t seem to stop talking about it. This alone should vogue well for the upcoming flagship and its merits. Read more »

New Oppo video brags about speedy VOOC Flash Charge technology

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A dead smartphone battery is one of those odd modern-day things that has steadily been turning into a dreaded reality, especially in recent years. Smartphones are great, but of little use when left with no juice. Manufacturers know this better than anybody and recent strides into various fast charging technologies proves that the issue is already been addressed.

Unlike most major players who have opted for standard Qualcomm Fast Charge, Oppo has gone down a different root with a proprietary technology. The technology is called “VOOC” and it is a major selling point for new Oppo devices. Read more »