Category: Mobile

Samsung counter-sues Huawei

fef78e0cc21705723179c3a85d917f2bSamsung has sued Huawei for patent infringements across China as the handbags at dawn row escalates between the pair.

Samsung sued Huawei in a Beijing court about two weeks ago for allegedly infringing six of its patents, a spokeswoman said. She did not elaborate on the types of patents or the other Chinese courts involved.

“Despite our best efforts to resolve this matter amicably, it has regrettably become necessary to take legal action in order to defend our intellectual property,” Samsung sang

Huawei  said in a statement it had not received a “formal complaint” but would defend itself as necessary.

“In the absence of a negotiated settlement, litigation is often an efficient way to resolve” intellectual property rights disputes, it said.

Huawei sued Samsung in the United States and China in May, accusing its rival of infringement on patents for fourth-generation (4G) cellular communications technology, operating systems and user interface software.

Analysts say that neither side will end up winning on the basis of money. Huawei could be angling to boost its reputation by taking on the top smartphone player, he said, while Samsung’s suit might be a maneuver to force Huawei to settle its claims as soon as possible.

Some have suggested that Huawei might also be trying to create some noise marketing for itself and the two firms will eventually reach a deal such as a cross-licensing agreement.

 

Millions of Xiaomi phones have bugs

bugMillions of Xiaomi phones are vulnerable to a “flaw’ that could allow an attacker to remotely install malware.

Although the flaw in the analytics package in Xiaomi’s custom-built Android-based operating system has been fixed, it could be a while before users install the patch.

Security researchers at IBM, who found the flaw, discovered a number of apps in the package that were vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw through a so-called “man-in-the-muddle” attack and allow an attacker to run arbitrary code at the system-level.

Xiaomi is advising users should update their devices as soon as possible. The flaws rely on a lack of encryption and code-checking and verification. The risk is that if the phone is already hacked the update could be theoretically modified in transit although the hackers would have to be rather quick.

Companies are getting more into trouble for software that they supply with their hardware.  Lenovo faced a scandle when some some its bloatware arrived with a particularly nasty security flaw. It did fix it and bundled off a patch, but the case highlighted the risks for suppliers in providing such software to users.

Apple fanboy takes gun shaped case to airport

CmrCpkJWEAAlL3m.jpg largeProof that, as a basic life-form Apple fanboys are not meant to be in the gene-pool, has been found at an Essex airport.

A bright spark thought it would be a  nifty idea to make an iPhone case which made the phone look like a hand-gun.  After all Apple fanboys have a problem getting themselves taken seriously and what better way to make them look tough than by making their favourite toy look like a lethal weapon?

Needless to say some complete iDiot in the UK  bought the case and then thought it was perfectly reasonable to take it to the Stansted Airport.  Essex Police stopped a man at Stansted Airport who had what seemed to be a gun sticking out of his back pocket.

They said that it was a “split second” scenario – and likely a terrifying one at that, before revealing it was only a phone case.

Fortunately for the Apple fanboy he was not dealing with the  “shoot first ask questions later” US authorities who would have filled him so full of lead that when he sat down he would have made pencil marks.  Unfortunately for humanity this iDiot might go on to contribute to the gene pool and further lower the standards of humanity.

Essex police say the Apple fanboy may yet be charged with a public order offence or for carrying an imitation firearm in a public space. We would also go for a charge of being a total tosser in a built up area, if such a charge existed.

Blackberry Classic goes the way of the Dodo

dodoTroubled phonemaker BlackBerry has said it will stop making its Classic smartphone and consigning the technology to the dustbin of history.

The Classic was launched early last year, with a physical keyboard in the vein of its Bold predecessor and powered by the company own overhauled BlackBerry 10 operating system.

However, while a small number of users still like having a physical keyboard on their phone, they are too few to keep the company going. BlackBerry has since launched a phone powered by Android software and plans several more.

Even so BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen is pushing his outfit away from making phones and into becoming a software company. He has warned that if the Android phones don’t make cash he is happy to bump them off too.

The company will no longer manufacture the Classic as it updates its device lineup “to keep innovating and advancing our portfolio,” Ralph Pin wrote in his bog on Tuesday.

 

 

ABC suspends hack over “wi-fi cooked my brain” story

img_3797The Aussie ABC science program Catalyst is under review after the second major breach of editorial standards in several years after the programme churned out another Facebook-style conspiracy story.

The Corporation’s independent Audience and Consumer Affairs unit has found a story on the safety of Wi-Fi was in breach of editorial policies on accuracy and impartiality.

The problem centres on a story Catalyst aired Wi-Fried about the safety of wireless devices such as mobile phones. Basically the item churned out the sort of conspiracy nonsense about wi-fi’s cooking your brain which you expect to see on Facebook, along with fantasies about Chem trails.

This is the second time Catalyst’s programming has dumbed itself down by ignoring science to push Facebook style conspiracy theories. The Audience and Consumer Affairs Unit found a story aired in October 2013 on statins and heart disease was not up to standards of impartiality.

The person responsible for both programmes was Dr Maryanne Demasi. She has been apparently suspended from on-air reporting until the review of Catalyst is completed in September.

Dr Demasi is making no comment but she did defend the broadcast in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/maryanne-demasi/sometimes-asking-questions-provides-you-with-answers-that-may-be-uncomfortable_b_9267642.html claiming that sometimes you have to ask questions.

“Catalyst was accused of scaremongering. It’s an overused term. It’s routinely used in politics to dismiss opposition policies. Reporting on terrorist threats, the Zika virus and crime sprees could also be argued to cause anxiety among the general population. But it’s a price we’re all willing to pay for free and diverse speech,” she said.

 

US Senate staffers can’t use Blackberries

BlackberryAfter ten years ruling the US capital, Blackberry will no longer be the tool of choice for Senate staffers.

The Senate had no choice after BlackBerry decided to discontinue devices running its own BlackBerry 10 software and the Sergeant at Arms says that once he has run out of the current in-house stock, new device procurements will be limited.

The Senate has a little more than 600 BlackBerry phones stockpiled, reads the note, and it will continue to support those phones for the “foreseeable future.”

The news follows this month’s disappointing earnings report from the Canadian phone company, who only sold 500,000 phones in the first fiscal quarter, down from 600,000 in the prior quarter and from 700,000 in the quarter before that. Basically the outfit is going down the loo and is having to find its money from flogging its network services rather than its hardware.  However, losing its traditional customers, such as the US government will not look good for the company in the short and medium term, and will cause many to wonder if it will have a long-term future.

UK has the world’s fastest mobile internet

flash_superhero_running-t2Its government might have collapsed and opposition in disarray following Brexit, but the UK can pat itself on the back for having the world’s fastest mobile broadband.

According to data and graphics from the First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report, which can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site the average mobile connection speed in the UK was 27.9 Mbps making it the world’s best. The world’s worst was the 2.2 Mbps Algerians have to suffer from.

The United States’ average speed was 5.1 Mbps, which was lower than Turkey, Kenya, and Paraguay, and on par with Thailand. Many European countries more than doubled the average U.S. speed, including Slovakia with 13.3 Mbps, France with 11.5 Mbps, and Germany with 15.7 Mbps.

The report said that Global average connection speed increased 12 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 6.3 Mbps, a 23 per cent increase year over year.

Global average peak connection speed increased 6.8 per cent to 34.7 Mbps in the first quarter, rising 14 per cent year over year.

Global 10 Mbps grew by ten percent, 15 Mbps grew by 14 per cent, and 25 Mbps broadband adoption grew by 19 per cent.

This are expected to hot up this quarter as the internet prepare to watch the Olympic games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever.

David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. ‘Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms.’

The number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform declined 0.2 per cent to 808 million.

Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 36 per cent of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6, down 3.1 per cent from the previous quarter.

 

Florida man claims to have invented the iPhone

mobileFlorida resident Thomas Ross claims he invented the “iPhone” and has filed a lawsuit against Apple.

Ross said that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn “Electronic Reading Device” (ERD) and he wants large sums of money to go away. The court filing claims the plaintiff was “first to file a device so designed and aggregated,” nearly 15 years before the first iPhone.

Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that “embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992.”

What Ross contemplated, was a device that could allow one to read stories, novels, news articles, as well as look at pictures, watch video presentations, or even movies, on a flat touch-screen that was back-lit.

The patent also describes the possibility of communication functions, such as a phone and a modem, input/output capability, so as to allow the user to write notes, and be capable of storing reading and writing material utilizing internal and external storage media.

He also imagined that the device would have batteries and even be equipped with solar panels.

He might have a case.  However, he applied for a utility patent to protect his invention in November 1992, but the application was declared abandoned in April 1995 by the US Patent and Trademark Office after he failed to pay the required application fees. He also filed to copyright his technical drawings with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2014. We are not sure how he will argue past that particular  issue.

While the plaintiff claims that he continues to experience “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money,” he has demanded a jury trial and is seeking restitution no less than $10 billion and a royalty of up to 1.5 per cent on Apple’s worldwide sales of infringing devices.

 

Apple not buying a lot of components

poison-appleIt looks like Apple has written off this year as an annus horribilis and is not buying nearly as many smartphone components.

According to Asian suppliers, Apple has cut the number of components down this quarter indicating that Apple things the market is going to be soft as a baby’s bottom.

The Tame Apple Press is having a job giving its favourite smartphone maker free publicity for the coming iPhone 7 because it looks like it is nearly identical to the iPhone 6S. It appears that Apple is not even trying.

Taiwanese chip firm Advanced Semiconductor Engineering warned that Apple was being more conservative in placing orders compared with last year.

Nikkei said that hat component suppliers in Taiwan would receive fewer orders from Apple in the second half of 2016.

Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs lowered its price target on Apple’s stock on worries about slowing growth in the smartphone industry.

At the time, the brokerage also lowered its fiscal 2016 forecast for iPhone shipments to 211 million units from 212 million units.

Apple reported its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales in April and it is expected that the iPhone 7 will be a huge disappointment.  Apple’s shares have fallen 12.6 percent this year which is a little surprising given the amount of bad news the outfit has been doling out.

 

Koreans investigate Apple antitrust antics

apple-dalek-2The fruity cargo cult Apple is seeing its star descend rapidly in the Far East as the South Koreans open an antitrust investigation into its doings.

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has confirmed it is investigating “some matters” relating to tech giant Apple.

The head of the anti-competition body Jeong Jae-chan told during a parliamentary hearing that he was currently investigating Jobs’ Mob without going into any other details.

Jeong declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator’s investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker.

Domestic media reports said earlier this month the FTC was reviewing details of the U.S. firm’s contracts with South Korean mobile telecoms carriers, so it might have something to do with Apple’s deal with one of them.

Apple’s deals with carriers were the mainstay behind its success in the US and worldwide. Lately, telcos have been less keen on subsidised phone packages as a way of helping line sales.