Ah, Snap Chat. Just look how far you have come from your humble beginning of being a simple photo sharing app. But now people are scared to death by your new map feature and the risk that it may bring. We go over some of the facts and ways to stay safe using this new update.
Change, this year has seen a lot of it. Technology has changed, the focus is continuing to push towards the wearable market, the next-gen consoles don’t seem too next-gen now and lets not forget extreme market turbulence (looking at you Apple and Samsung). Gadget Nibble hasn’t been immune from such transitions either – with the last of our beloved mascots, Boog, departing us. As we go into 2015, things are going to keep changing.
The Nokia branding looked to face extinction when Microsoft bought the company earlier in the year. Much to the disappointment of many fans of their Lumia range of smartphones. Now Microsoft is launching Lumia phones without the iconic ‘Nokia’ name badge on the back, instead replacing it with Microsoft.
We were right. The rumours did come true, but it’s not as cheap as you thought.
It’s Gadget Nibble’s 1st Anniversary… Congratulations (pat on the back). But how did it start?
Join Tom and James for a live N.O.W. Christmas is nearly here, so this week’s episode has a slight festive theme.
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Same old story, get ready for more ping pong – Apple has won another patent case over Samsung as the firms battle it out to the near death over their claims to fame, dating back several years.
The US International Trades Commission upheld a 2011 decision that Samsung infringed an Apple patent in the production of iPods, iPhones and iPads. All devices that cross these boundaries are to be banned in the US.
The ban is currently on hold while Barrack Obama reviews the case, he is unlikely to overturn the decision – although he did revoke a ban on older models of Apple’s iPhone, earlier in the week.
Samsung commented saying:
“We are disappointed that the ITC has issued an exclusion order based on two of Apple’s patents, The proper focus for the smartphone industry is not a global war in the courts, but fair competition in the marketplace.”
Apple has always said that its concern doesn’t lie with competition or market dominance but innovation, copying and cheating. Apple replied to their judgement following the ruling:
“With today’s decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s products,”
The first of the patents that have been upheld runs at the base level of most Apple products today. The “Steve Jobs” patent, named after the co-founder, relates to the use of touch screen technology in mobile devices and has been a fundamental development for Apple. The other involved the audio jack that is also used in devices market wide.
The ruling means that the Transform SPH-M920 and the Continuum SCH-1400 devices look to be on the ban list for the US very soon.
Apple has now been fighting patents with Samsung for over two years in over 10 countries. The results has been like watching a game of tennis or ping pong, the amount of neck ache you’d have after watching the amount of times patents had been served back and forth is tiring.
Analysts believe, that although not in the marketplace, Apple is now legally “tightening its grip” on Samsung. With more and more victories over Samsung, Apple will begin to have leverage over the Korean company – who has distanced itself from claims of ‘copying’.
As we now see the market shift, Apple taking a less obvious and dominant role, are they merely trying to litigate their competition out of business? Of are they defending what is rightfully theirs? Whatever side of the fence you sit on, it isn’t good for consumers and competition. The outcome means that products are banned and that there is less choice and freedoms for consumers. So for goodness sake Apple, Samsung, sort it out…
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