Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Apple demands $380mn from Samsung for violating patents, Samsung defies their claim saying they owe them only $52mn. A new trial sc.

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung says it owes Apple only $52mn, not $380 mn for patent violations

Samsung and Apple have locked horns again, as Samsung has said that it owes Apple $52 million instead of the $380 million that Apple claims.

As you might be aware, an American judge declared that Samsung electronics had violated certain patent protocols and copied vital features of the iPhone and iPad, such as scrolling and the ‘bounce back’ function at the end of documents.

The companies made their demands on Wednesday during opening statements of a patent trial in San Jose, California. The issue at hand here is a set of 13 older products which a previous jury found infringed upon several Apple patents. The previous jury, awarded Apple $1.05 billion after determining 26 Samsung products had violated six Apple patents.

However, a judge made the startling revelation that the previous jury miscalculated $400 million in damages for 13 products and has ordered a new trial to come to the correct figure.

“Apple lost sales because Samsung was selling infringing products,” Apple attorney Harold McIhenny told the jury. He argued that Apple’s lost profits, Samsung’s profits on the offending devices and royalties owed Apple, add up to $380 million. “In a fair fight, in a fair competition, the money they got would have and should have gone to Apple “,  said McIlhenny.

In response, Samsung’s attorney Bill Price added that consumers prefered Samsung’s devices, which operate with Google’s Android OS, because of the many differences rather than the similarities they have with Apple. Price told jury that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

“Apple is simply asking for much more money than it’s entitled to”, said Price.

Price accepted that Samsung was guilty of copying Apple’s features, but downplayed the aspect of technology in devices. “This is a case not where we’re disputing that the 13 phones contain some elements of Apple’s property,” Price said. “That doesn’t mean Apple gets to come in here and ask for a windfall … for more than it is entitled.”

The current trial is a dispute over older products, which are not even on sale in the U.S. Another trial is scheduled again in March over Samsung’s devices currently in the U.S.

Apple has argued with courts around the world that Samsung’s Android based phones have copied Apple’s technology, while Samsung is fighting back with its own reasons that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has infringed upon Samsung’s technology.

Both have won and lost legal battles over the past couple of years. and analysts predict this feud to carry on for months to come.

The current trial could be a warm-up for bigger things to come in March. Apple is asking Samsung to be boycotted from selling some of its current devices in the U.S.

Source: FirstPost heduled is in March.

 

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

With iOS 7 now available for iPhone users, we have been getting queries asking if there has been any performance impact, negative or positive, after the upgrade to the latest OS. We attempt to answer those questions with the help of benchmarks.

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Apple has made iOS 7 officially available now for the iPhones, the iPad and the latest generation iPod Touch. There are the fans, and there are those criticizing it, but one thing cannot be disputed – this is the biggest iOS upgrade in years. The changes are significant, with the most visible one being the new UI. Hence, the inevitable question – how is the performance of the new OS?

Users have been asking us this query for quite some time now, but we refrained from pronouncing any judgement on iOS 7’s performance while it was in the various pre-launch stages. However, now that the final version is out, we have run a series of benchmark tests on the iPhone 5 running the iOS 6.1.4 version, before upgrading OTA to iOS 7 and running the same benchmarks again, after checking for any updates for them, individually.

To ensure that no benchmark run had any advantage or disadvantage, all the tests across both OSes were run on the same device, with the exact same settings. We even ensured that something like Bluetooth was switched off at all times. The applications installed remained consistent across all benchmark runs, on both iOS versions. We manually closed all apps that were running in the background, so that the app load didn’t have a bearing on the performance and the resources. For the browser benchmark tests, we hooked up the phone to the same Wi-Fi network, with no other device connected to the hotspot at that time.

  

To break it down even further, we have subdivided the tests into categories – system performance, graphics performance and web browser performance.

System Performance: Better memory handling makes the difference
The Passmark Mobile Performance Test registers a lower system score in iOS 7, but critically, better read and write scores for both the internal storage as well as the memory. This is critical, because for most tasks that don’t need raw processor power, the read and write speeds make all the difference between smooth performance and a sluggish setup. The CPU score also goes up with iOS 7, showing that the new OS is ever so slightly better optimized. We mention that the overall system score goes down, but that could be a factor of the graphics tests that the benchmark runs, which we will not pay much attention to since we have dedicated graphics benchmark tests coming up.

Passmark Performance Test Mobile
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
System Score 3932 3603 -8
CPU Score 24922 25418 2
Disk Score 13154 13480 2
Read (in Mbyte/s) 44.9 44 -2
Write (in Mbyte/s) 157 164 4
Memory Score 2998 3295 10
Read (in Mbyte/s) 517 566 9
Write (in Mbyte/s) 509 569 12
2D Score 1641 1250 24
3D Score 1756 1762 -0.34

The second system test, GeekBench, also verifies what PassMark says about the better processor performance, with the multi-core utilization tests showing up a higher score than on iOS 6.

GeekBench
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Single Core Score 722 722 0.00
Multi-Core Score 1298 1302 -0.31

Graphics Performance: Improves slightly 
While not everyone likes to game on their iPhone, there are those who do. And they were served rather well by the very smooth performance and experience that iOS 6 offered with this particular hardware. After the iOS 7 upgrade, the 3D Mark Ice Storm and the 3D Mark Ice Storm Ultimate benchmark tests register slightly better scores, while the Ice Storm Extreme score remains the same. Simply put, the excellent exiting performance via iOS 6 improves even further with the new operating system.

3D Mark
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Ice Storm 5418 6011 11
Ice Storm Extreme 3351 3351 0.00
Ice Storm Ultimate 5516 5711 4

GFX Benchmark did give a slightly different analysis, with one test registering pretty much the same frames and fps scores, while the the second test saw a drop in both frames and fps.

GFX Bench
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Egypt HD (Offscreen) – Frames 3357 3358 0.3
Egypt HD (Offscreen) – fps 30 30 0.00
Egypt HD (Onscreen) – Frames 4572 4185 -8
Egypt HD (Onscreen) – fps 40 37 -8

Browser Test: Safari sees an improvement, mostly visual elements
The SunSpider 1.01 browser benchmark shows slightly better performance, in terms of Java performance. And for a web browser, even negligible differences can sometimes make lot of difference, and in this case, it seems to be working.

Sunspider 1.01 
Safari on iOS 6.1.4 Safari on iOS 7
Score (lower is better) 729.1ms 707.7ms

From the scores, it is clear that the performance difference between iOS 6 and iOS 7, at least on the iPhone 5 hardware, is not much. Critically, it shows a very slight improvement in areas like memory and storage access speeds, which make for an improvement in the overall speed and experience. All in all, you can safely upgrade your iPhone to the latest OS, with no fear of a performance drop, at least on the iPhone 5.

Have you updated you iPhone or iPad or the latest iPod Touch with iOS 7? We would like to hear your experience.

Source: http://www.thinkdigit.com/Mobiles-PDAs/Benchmark-performance-iOS-6-vs-iOS-7_17646.html

 

iOS 7 release date confirmed by company behind Siri

Nuance, the company behind Siri, confirms iOS 7 release date in an email sent out to developers.

iOS 7 release date confirmed by company behind Siri

iOS 7 release date confirmed by company behind Siri

After a couple of months of heated conversations and adrenaline fueled debates on its looks and design, the seventh version of iOS, Apple’s venerable mobile operating system, will, in all probability, be made available for general consumption on September 10. The date was leaked online through an email sent by Nuance, the company responsible for Siri, the voice assistant on iPhones and iPads, to Owen Williams, a developer. In the email, Nuance informs developers, “As you are probably aware, iOS 7 GA (which stands for General Availability) will be released on September 10th.” The email which was live on Nuance’s servers has now been taken down but it’s highly unlikely that it contained incorrect information considering the fact that Nuance works very closely with Apple.

iOS 7 will mark the biggest change for the mobile operating systemin terms of looks and design. Under the direction of Jony Ive, the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, iOS will forsake skeuomorphism (design that emulates real-world objects, for e.g. textures that resemble wood or metal) and go for a flatter, cleaner design. The response from the public and the media since the new design was unveiled at WWDC 2013 has been polarizing, to put it mildly. We’ve seen quite a bit of criticism towards iOS 7 with many calling it too colourful and visually inconsistent while others have praised Apple for taking a risk in changing up the look of an OS that had started to look staid.

When all is said and done, it doesn’t really matter what the media or commenters say until the final product is out there and in the hands of consumers. That’s why, September 10 can’t come soon enough.

Source: Owen Williams’ Blog via The Verge

Flipkart eBook App Now Pushed to iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone 8 Devices

Popular Online retailing site Flipkart has recently made their eBook app available over multiple platform based devices. The app Flyte for Android was however there since November 2012 but unfortunately it went astray along with the Flipkart music store. Now the recent eBook app can be found running oniPhone, iPad and Windows Phone 8 devices eventually.

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It seems Flipkart is getting a sting of insecurity with the growing popularity of Amazon. However, coming back to the eBooks app which provides a similar features that are found in the Android versionof app.

To go in details, there are options to preview books before making a purchase. One can also look up to the offline support and can also be personalized according to ones desired reading experience.

Not only that but Flipkart has also released a web app called Web Reader which enables the deviceusers to read eBooks in their Flipkart library.

Here below are other features that comes along with the app:

The app as said earlier will offer a preview of up to 10% of a book for free before making his purchase. One the book is purchased, users can add the book to the library which allows one to read it offline as well.

Moreover, the users can also sync the reading location, bookmarks and annotations across devices. Users can easily take notes, highlight text, search and add multiple bookmarks as well.

Through the app, the user can also search for keywords and sentences in a book. More like a eBookreader devices, it can allow users to adjust brightness of the display, change fonts and enable night mode too.

Follow the links to download the app for the respective platforms; iPhone and iPadWindows Phone 8,Android.

 

Updated Chrome for iOS brings improved Google Apps integration

Chrome for iOS update brings better voice search, app links and allows users to automatically sign in to other Google services.

Updated Chrome for iOS brings improved Google Apps integration

Updated Chrome for iOS brings improved Google Apps integration

Google has released an updated version of the Chrome app for iOS. The new version allows users to integrate apps with the Chrome browser. The new app allows users to sign in to other Google apps automatically once they log in to Chrome.

You can also set a preference to open Google Maps app while following directions without opening it in the chrome browser. Similar preferences are also available for Google Drive apps, YouTube and Google+. Software engineer Peter Lee stated on the official Chrome blog that similar functions will be added to more apps soon.

Google has also ensured that toolbar controls are always available when using voice search controls for voice search. The new update has added text-to-speech support for all variations of English, Spanish, French, and many more languages.

The update allows users to access their browsing history from the browser menu and will also allow full-screen browsing for iPad users. Google also added that it will be rolling out a new experimental data compression service in the next few days that will load pages faster, Reduce data usage and make browsing more secure. The users will also be able to view data savings in Bandwidth Management settings. Google has also added some security improvements and the usual bug fixes in the chrome update. The new updated can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store.

Source: CNET