Patent Wars Between Samsung and Apple, More Bloodshed Ahead?

September 5, 2012 — by RG. Chew2


The tech world heard a huge thud (crash?) when a US court awarded Apple $1.05 Billion in their patent infringement case against Samsung.  While the amount only represents 25% of Samsung’s last reported annual profits, the payout amount is unprecedented.

In the wake of all this news, Apple is proceeding to have any infringing phones banned from sales in various countries.  While all this is happening, results of other lawsuits fought in other countries are mixed.

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Windows 8: A Threat to iOS, Android, and Other Touch-Centric Mobile OS?

August 31, 2012 — by Simon Ng0


This is a guest post by Sunny Popali.

On June 20, 2012, Microsoft made an impactful foray into the mobile industry, when everyone thought the computer giant would not retaliate against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS. Tech junkies were thrilled when it presented the “Windows Phone 8”. Also known as Win 8, it’s a revolutionary type of operating system that is set to be released later in the year. It promises to be at par with Android and Apple devices, if not perform better. Even with a delayed release, Microsoft says it’s better late than never.


Did Apple iOS 5 Steal Ideas from Android?

October 22, 2011 — by Farrukh Zafar21


Now that iOS 5 is officially out and features quite a few things which didn’t show up in the beta versions, we finally got the chance to make a head-to-head match out of iOS 5 and Android’s latest version, Gingerbread 2.3.


ChatON: Samsung Jumps on the Messaging Bandwagon

September 12, 2011 — by RG. Chew1


ChatOnSamsung recently announced its entry into the bubbling cauldron of the messaging marketplace with its very own ChatOn Messenger.  While the Messaging App segment has slowly crowding up, Samsung’s entry marks the entry of a major player into this business.

This follows the footsteps of bigwigs like Apple (iMessage) and Blackberry (BB messenger) in offering in built messaging apps that allow users to bypass telco based SMS charges and limitations.  These messaging apps also add a wealth of other features such as sending video, location, photo, and voice.


HP Discontinues Touchpad – Finds taking a bite out of Apple too hard to swallow

August 21, 2011 — by RG. Chew1


HP  logoIn a surprising twist on the tablet war front, HP has announced that they will discontinue production of their touted Touchpad just 2 months after its launch.

HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

HP Press release August 18, 2011


Apple iOS vs Android – One Man’s Opinion

May 29, 2011 — by RG. Chew3


ios vs androidThere has been much debate about how Android will overtake Apple in terms of handsets using these Operating Systems. The outcome of this behemoth battle will inevitably affect Apple and Google as tech companies. As a user of both these phones, here’s why it doesn’t really matter to me.


Apple to Bring Android-like Gesture Lock Screen to iPhone?

March 2, 2011 — by Simon Ng3


As uncovered by 9to5Mac, Apple has been working on a new gesture-based lock screen for iOS devices. Similar to that on Google’s Android phone, the lock screen displays nine dots. You’re allowed to set any screen lock pattern by connecting the dots and that pattern serves as the password. To unlock the screen, you just need to redraw the pattern.

Presently, you can only lock your iPhone with a 4-digit passcode or a password. The gesture-based lock screen, in my point of view, is much cooler.

9to5Mac mentioned the revamped version of lock screen is now only used internally in the employee ‘Apple Connect’ application for iOS devices. There is no words about when this feature will be rolled out to the public.


Next-Gen Google Maps to Come with 3D Rendering and Offline Support

December 8, 2010 — by Gaurav Kheterpal0


Google recently showcased the killer features of the next Maps update for Android at the “D: Dive Into Mobile conference” in San Francisco. The new released labeled “Google Maps 5.0 for Android” provides 3D rendering of buildings, supports vector graphics, loads much faster than its predecessor, works offline and automatically rotates the map according to the phone’s compass. The updated Google Maps functionality is expected to be available on Android in the “coming few days” but iPhone owners will need to wait longer.

First things first, the Maps 5.0 app is a major performance boost over the current version and reduces data downloads by nearly a factor of 100, thereby leading to faster loading and zooming. No more intermittent delays and a truly “real-time” mapping experience.

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