Samsung is not giving up fighting Apple

Earlier this week, HTC signalled an end to their legal fight with Apple by settling with them. The settlement lasts for 10 years and includes present, past and future patents. HTC also paid Apple $276 million. Furthermore, Apple is believed to be making about $6 per HTC smartphone sold. This will bring even more profit into the Apple money machine!

Whilst HTC have given in, Samsung have reiterated their desire to keep fighting Apple no matter what. In an interview with Yonhap News, Shin Jong-kyun, head of Samsung’s mobile and IT division, has said that Samsung will not follow HTC’s Legal strategy.

“It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to (negotiate) at all,” he said.

Globally, Samsung hasn’t had that much success in terms of the patent wars.
However, after Samsung’s stance being reiterated we will see how it pans out in the future.

What do you guys think?

-Luca @Reviewzed

HTC release new DROID DNA Smartphone

Today, HTC and Verizon unveiled their new flagship phone in a New York City press conference.  I have got to tell you now that the specs do look very good, and so does the device.

The specs:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • A 2020 mAh battery
  • Beats Audio technology
  • Wireless charging,
  • LTE
  • The phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • A 2.1-megapixel front facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

And there’s more…

The standout feature of the phone is its quite frankly brilliant display that blows Apple’s “Retina Display” out of the water.

The DNA has a 5-inch Super LCD 3, full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display, that packs a mind blowing 440 pixels-per-inch (PPI).  Making Apple’s 326 ppi look quite measly in comparison.  Hopefully this will be an end to those annoying “Retina Display” nonsense commercials!

The price will start at $199 on a two year contract.

Finally, I think that the device does look very nice with that large screen, black back panel and a lovely red rimming along the side.  Makes a change to the iPhone’s design.

On what we have seen so far,  HTC deserves to be able to say that it is the

“ultimate smartphone”

The question is, when are they releasing it in the UK?

What do you guys think?

-Luca @Reviewzed

Apple to begin trial production of iPhone 5S in December?

Digitimes has relayed a report from Chinese Source “Commercial Times.”  They claim that Apple will begin trial production of an iPhone 5model as early as December, two months after the iPhone 5 was released.

“Facing low yield rates in the production of iPhone 5, Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components for the iPhone 5S, the paper revealed.”

The report also claims that Apple could enter volume production as early as the first quarter 2013.  That’s nearly a full year earlier than expected.

Lets not forget that Apple have just released an update to the iPad 3, 6 months after it was released.  Leaving many customers unhappy.

Apple has previously kept a fixed schedule on its product releases.

I’m certain that this would be a PR disaster, they are seen as being “cool” and having actual care about the product.  However, it seems like it is turning into a money machine under Tim Cook’s leadership.

If this report turns out to be true (which I highly doubt) Apple will have some questions to answer!

What do you guys think?

-Luca @Reviewzed

Apple ordered to pay all of Samsung’s UK legal costs

It appears that Samsung has got a foothold into their increasingly costly battle with Apple over a number of patent designs.

Apple have been ordered to pay all of Samsung’s UK Legal costs over the iPad design dispute. This will be good news for Samsung who have recently been hit by the US court ordering that Samsung pay $1 Billion in damages to Apple.

On the subject of the Samsung-Apple dispute “Mac Rumors” reports that Samsung is charging 20% more on the IOS device chips. That includes the iPhone, iPad’s and iPod Touches.

What do you guys think?
-Luca @Reviewzed

Poll – What do you think of 4G

Apple and HTC finally reach a settlement.

Image source: Techcrunch

Jesus Christ and it ends just like that…

After years of battling in court it seems that HTC and Apple have put their squabbling days behind them.  Both companies are renowned for their court battles with each other over their respective smartphones which have cost each party millions of dollars in legal fees.

Apple first sued HTC way back in 2010 over multiple patents relating to the iPhone, these included design and operating system features.  HTC then decided it would counter sue Apple a year later with claims about the iPad and the Mac.

The settlement lasts for 10 years and relates to patents surrounding the iPad, iPhone and Mac.  The fee was undisclosed.

Apple and HTC both released a joint press release yesterday

AIPEI, Taiwan and CUPERTINO, California—November 10, 2012—HTC and Apple® have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”

We dont know who instigated the settlement and who got better off, but my assumption is that it is HTC, as they are not exactly swimming money right now.  Whereas to Apple, the legal fees were simply a tiny fee in relation to their cash reserves.

All I can say now is that I doubt Samsung will be willing to take the same course of action.

What do you guys think?

-Luca @Reviewzed

4G…Think Again

While many of you cannot wait to get your hands on 4G when it comes to your area in the UK this year (exempt to the lucky few who have it in their cities already) it is widely believed the it is not all sunny on the other side of the spectrum.

It seems that the 4G frequency, which is basically an allotted band for 4G to work on, clashes with the frequency of millions of digital TV’s.  Over 2.3 million people are estimated be affected with over 400,000 losing Freeview TV altogether.

The government is seemingly rushing ahead without realizing the consequences.  Not exactly a good start for superfast mobile internet.

The good news is that 180 million pounds has been set aside to give those affected filters worth 20 pounds each, to hopefully solve the problem.

What do you guys think?

-Luca @Reviewzed

China Blocks Nearly All Google websites. [Update]

It seems that the China -Google row has escalated with the Chinese government now blocking virtually all of Google’s sites.

According to watchdog site “Greatfirewallofchina” many of Google’s services are down, these include Gmail, maps etc.  What is interesting is the fact that this seems to have affected most of the major cities, not just a small area as what has previously happened.  “Greatfire” servers in Beijing, Shenzen, and Inner Mongolia are not able to reach the Google homepage.

The source of the problem? Maybe retaliation after Google stopped the self censoring feature on its search page.

Does this show that the level of commitment the Chinese Government is willing to go if Google doesn’t abide to its laws?

I honestly don’t know, but in the interest of freedom for the chinese citizens I hope it will get unblocked soon.

 [UPDATE]

It seems that everything is working perfectly fine now according to “Greatfirewallofchina.”

Phew

-Luca

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Hey guys its Luca here, I’m very aware that I haven’t posted for almost a week now, it is because of college and has kept me really busy. Once again I’m sorry!:(
I’m going to try and keep a schedule of around 2 posts every 2 to 3 days. And during the holidays maybe 2 a day.
Thanks for your patience,
Luca @ Reviewzed:)

FUT 13: Victory ladder no.6

 

Next up is one of the most unreliable and unusual coin making methods, but if you get lucky you could be in for a nice profit.

Firstly, YouTube = money.  Take a look at some of the top guys’ teams, KSI, Calfreezy, they all have pretty basic teams with one or two decent players.  In this article we are suggesting to you that you should invest in players who YouTuber’s have made famous.

In this article we will use Emenike, however, there are a few other players you can work with. Before KSI used Emineke he floated for around 1,000 coins, I know this because I made a Nigerian team early on when the game was released. I have noticed that every time KSI releases a new ultimate team video his price instantly increases for a day or so.

To complete this money making video you should take a look at some of the YouTuber’s accounts, in this case we will look at KSI. At this point KSI hasn’t released an Ultimate Team video for around 3 or 4 days making it likely for him to release one soon. Emenike is currently selling for 4k ish. At this point we suggest buying his card. When KSI releases his next Ultimate Team video I would then suggest you re-auction him as he is likely to go for anything above 7k giving you at least a 3k profit.

Although players like this are rare and there are also not too many big Fifa YouTuber’s, this is still a pretty handy tip if you get it right.

Remember to check back at our twitter account- @Reviewzed for regular FUT13 giveaways and tech news.

 

Thanks for reading and check back soon for more FUT 13: Victory ladder articles.

 

-Charlie- @Charlieb_afc49