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25Aug/11Off

Samsung Galaxy tablet ban remains in Germany until at least September 9

Samsung and Apple are still fighting it out in Europe over the Galaxy Tablet and other Samsung smartphones. Apple claims Samsung is copying its gear and Samsung denies the fact. Samsung had asked German courts of a ruling on the Galaxy tablet ban ahead of IFA kicking off next week. That ruling will not come.

The German court has left the ban in place until at least September 9. At that point, Samsung may get the ruling on whether or not it can sell the Galaxy tablet line inside the country, a loss will prove very costly for Samsung since it would mean damages and licensing fees paid to Apple. Samsung can’t be happy about the ban keeping it out of IFA, which is one of the largest tech shows in Europe.

The judge on the case has stated that there are overarching similarities between the two tablets. Apple has long maintaining that Samsung “slavishly” copies its products. Samsung still denies that. Samsung recently saw its Galaxy smartphones banned in Europe as well.

[via Android Community]


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Samsung Galaxy tablet ban remains in Germany until at least September 9 is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Aug/11Off

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3 revealed by Unpacked app

Samsung may have inadvertently revealed three of its upcoming products when they released their Samsung Mobile Unpacked teaser app on Android Market. The app is meant to reveal Samsung news and events as they develop at next week’s IFA 2011, which is the largest consumer electronics show in Europe and takes place in Berlin, Germany from September 2 to 7.

The app delivers exclusive early access news on Samsung’s events and locations for IFA, including official press releases and even the ability to stream live video of the major Samsung press events. A tipster of Thisismynext, dug around the app’s APK and discovered three logo images for a Galaxy Tab 7.7, a Galaxy Note, and a Wave 3.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet isn’t a surprise since it makes sense that Samsung would follow up its Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets and it will most certainly run a version of Android Honeycomb. The Wave 3 is expected to be a smartphone running Samsung’s latest Bada OS, and we’ve seen teaser video for it in recent weeks. However, the Galaxy Note doesn’t lend any clues as to what device it could be. Perhaps, another tablet of some sort? Let us know if you have any guesses.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note, and Wave 3 revealed by Unpacked app is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Aug/11Off

Tim Cook’s email to Apple employees

Following Steve Jobs’ resignation yesterday, new CEO Tim Cook has sent out a company-wide email this morning to reassure Apple employees that nothing will change. Cook expresses his optimism for Apple’s bright future and his confidence that the “best years lie ahead.”

Cook also wrote that the opportunity to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years has been the “privilege of a lifetime.” He reminds everyone that Jobs will remain with Apple as Chairman and will continue to give guidance and inspiration. The full text from the email is below:

Team:

I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.

Tim

Serving as Apple’s COO since 2005, Cook has contributed a lot to the success of the company and has even served as interim CEO for Apple on several occasions in the past when Jobs took leaves due to health. Read more on why we think Apple is safe with Tim Cook.

[via Ars Technica]


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25Aug/11Off

LG LSM-100 mouse is also a scanner

LG has shown off a new mouse prototype that will come to market eventually called the LSM-100. The cool part about this mouse is that it can do more than one thing. The little mouse can also be used as a scanner and a pointing device. The laser sensor inside the mouse used to move the cursor around is also able to be used as a scanner sensor to scan pages up to A3 size.

Generally, a scanner has a sensor as wide as a page, how exactly you would use the mouse in this system is unknown. It appears that the user would have to swipe the mouse around the page on their own manually. The mouse has been tweaked to allow for faster pass rates too. The scanner can grab color images and saves the scans as photos.

It can also save the scans as PDF and other text document files. The mouse has optical character recognition tech inside. The prototype of this mouse was shown off at CES this year. The mouse will launch in Europe at the end of August for about $150. A global launch is expected as well.

[via Gizmag]


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LG LSM-100 mouse is also a scanner is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Aug/11Off

RIM officially launches BBM Music service

RIM’s rumored BlackBerry music streaming service has officially launched. The details are much like we suspected last week, when insiders revealed that RIM was near signing all four major record label companies. The service offers an odd twist on music sharing and discovery that could either help spread usage or make it a huge flop.

The music service utilizes RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger to help spread the word and to create shared music networks. You can build a personal music profile with 50 of your favorite songs and then invite your BBM friends to join your music network. Each additional user can contribute up to 50 of their favorite songs to the shared pool of music and thereby increase the amount of music accessible to everyone on the network.

In this way, the music experiencing becomes truly social, as the more friends you have the more songs you have access to. You can comment on your friends’ songs and playlists and you can create multiple playlists from music in your own profile as well as from those on your friends’ profiles. You can also see who contributed a song while it plays. Another social element is a visual timeline showing recent updates of all your BBM music network friends such as who added new friends, which songs were added or removed, which playlists were created, and recent comments.

Additionally, you can keep track of how many friends are listening to the songs that you’ve shared, to perhaps gauge your taste and influence. And if you expect to be without wireless coverage, you can save songs to your smartphone ahead of time to listen while offline.

However, after a free trial period, the service costs $4.99 a month and you can only swap out about 25 songs each month. This is an interesting model, but it has plenty of competition from other services that offer unlimited selection such as Spotify, Rhapsody, and MOG. What do you guys think?


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RIM officially launches BBM Music service is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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25Aug/11Off

Verizon Reportedly Won’t Sell the Samsung Galaxy S II; Are You Disappointed?

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If you were waiting on a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S II with 4G LTE – hell, if you were waiting on a Verizon Galaxy S II at all – we’ve got some  not-so-great news for you. According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon will not be carrying the dual-core phone by Samsung. When Verizon spokeswoman was asked to comment, she didn’t decline to comment and instead stated that they “have an extensive portfolio that offers customers a great variety of devices, including the Samsung DROID Charge

Wall Street Journal claims that Verizon confirmed this news to them, and have confirmed from a source familiar with the matter that Verizon will be not be on hand at the August 29th event in New York. Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T are said to be the only carriers present.

It would be a huge 180 from what we’d originally thought that saw the nation’s number four carrier – T-Mobile  – not carrying the device as they would be getting the powerful Samsung Hercules If the verbiage in WSJ’s report is correct, it appears T-Mobile will indeed be getting their own Galaxy S II-branded device.

With that, it makes us wonder if Verizon has something else under their sleeves from Samsung (if this rumor is indeed true). We’d hate to think that one of the best phones of 2011 (even if it has been out for a while now) won’t be picked up by the nation’s largest carrier. According to recent rumors, that next big phone from Samsung might be the so-called Nexus Prime

So were you looking to pick the Galaxy S II up on Verizon or does this news not affect you? Let us know below!

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25Aug/11Off

Droid 2 Gingerbread Changelog Published to Verizon’s Support Site, Update Imminent?

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Verizon has outed the changelog to the long awaited Gingerbread update for the Motorola Droid 2 A soak test was supposed to begin this week, and very well may be under way, but it appears Verizon is inching closer to unleashing the new software version on the masses. The update will leave MotoBlur at build number 4.5.601 and add a whole slew of enhancements (too many to list here). Highlights include a newly blue Blur interface, customizable app drawer, and battery enhancements.

The update tops the scales at 106MB and should be on track to hit a handset near you soon, pending any major bugs. Head over to Verizon’s support site for the complete list of what’s new.

[Verizon via DroidLife]


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25Aug/11Off

Motorola Droid 3 Is Rooted

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XDA Forums member djrbliss, otherwise known as Dan Rosenberg, has reportedly found a simple exploit to open root access on the Motorola DROID 3 Using ADB shell, a few files are easily manipulated granting super user permissions. While the exploit remains unconfirmed, instructions can be found at Rosenberg’s site (source link below).

The process could have implications for the unreleased Motorola DROID BIONIC a phone running on the same Android 2.3.4 build as the Droid 3. Root access could realistically be attainable out of the box for the highly anticipated superphone.

[via Dan Rosenberg, XDA | Thanks to all who sent this in!]


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25Aug/11Off

Qik Premium Goes Live in the Android Market

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As of today, Qik’s premium video streaming service is now available to all Android users. Qik Premium picks up on the free versions live video chat services and adds in features including the ability to download and save video, desktop sync via Qik Desktop, HD and 3D video, the ability to send and receive video mail, and a priority customer support channel.

But all of these great features will cost you. After an initial 30 day free period Qik Premium’s services will cost you $4.99 per month. You can find the updated app in the Android Market now.

Android Market Link: Qik


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25Aug/11Off

Samsung Unpacked App Reveals Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7

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After Samsung released an Official Unpacked application for their upcoming IFA announcements, one nosy Android fan decided to go poking around in the APK. What was uncovered is an image revealing three devices we can expect to get our first look at once the Berlin trade show kicks off. Two are expected to run Android, the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, while the third will be a Bada smartphone, the Samsung Wave 3.

While we can assume the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be a tablet with a screen in the range of 7.7-inches (rumors have pointed towards it being of the Super AMOLED variety), most likely tabbed (pun intended) as a successor to the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy Note remains a bit more mysterious. Could it be a smartphone? A smaller tablet-like device? We’ll know the answer come September 1st, the date Samsung has set aside to unveil its new lineup.

[via ThisIsMyNext]


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