January 27, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Commercial You Didn’t See [Humor]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Commercial You Didn’t See [Humor]
We all love our tech, and manufacturers spend millions of dollars making sure we get excited about it through commercial spots. Unfortunately, they don’t always hire the best voice-overs to dub these commercials, and we’re about to see what happens when Samsung goes out on a limb to hire a sailor for their latest Samsung’s “It’s Time To Tab” commerical. Be warned, this is not safe for work, or anywhere else that crude sailor mouthed language is prohibited.

Are you thinking they should have stuck with this original concept? Fuck yeah!

(Via Cult of Android.)

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Apple overtakes Samsung as largest iPhone maker

Apple floored the tech community when it announced on Tuesday that it sold 37 million iPhones in the last three months of 2011. This staggering figure was well over the 17 million it sold in Q3 2011 and may be high enough to make Apple the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world.

Apple climbed over its rival Samsung, which is expected to announce later this week that it sold 35 million handsets worldwide. Apple beat out Samsung because it had fantastic momentum going into the holiday quarter. There was pent up demand for the iPhone 4S which launched at the beginning of the quarter. Customers lined up for the phone and Tim Cook confirmed in the earnings call yesterday that demand exceeded inventory.

Samsung, however, had several models on the market, but none of its phones were on fire like the 4S. The Galaxy SII was older and on the down side of its sales. The flagship Galaxy Nexus also debuted overseas in the quarter, but it didn’t garner the attention of the international crowd like the iPhone 4S. The Nexus also arrived in the US with Verizon, but it launched late in the quarter and its sales won’t contribute heavily to Samsung’s Q4 numbers.



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Dutch court rules Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t infringe on Apple’s designs

By Sam Oliver

Published: 09:20 AM EST (06:20 AM PST)
An appeals court in The Netherlands has sided with Samsung and ruled that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet does not infringe on patented designs owned by Apple.

The Dutch court determined that the valid scope of Apple’s asserted design-related right was narrow, which means it was not infringed upon by Samsung, according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. The court said it took into account prior art in order to narrow the scope of Apple’s patented design right.

The prior art considered in the case was six different designs, including the HP Compaq TC 1000 and a Knight-Ridder tablet concept first detailed in 1994.

“The two companies need the courts in various jurisdictions to clarify where Apple’s exclusive scope of protection ends and Samsung’s freedom to compete begins,” Mueller explained. “There’s no mathematical formula based on which they could simply agree that Samsung’s products are allowed to have a degree of similarity up to (for example) 70%. Instead, they need guidance from judges.”

The latest ruling is yet another setback for Apple in its attempts to bar sales of the Galaxy Tab family of products. Apple found some initial success and even prompted Samsung to redesign its tablet and create the Galaxy Tab 10.1N to avoid infringement, but many earlier injunctions that had temporarily barred the sales of Galaxy Tab products have since been overturned, allowing Samsung to release its products.

The Dutch court’s ruling comes a week before the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court in Germany is set to hear an appeal related to a preliminary injunction granted to Apple. In addition, Germany’s Dusseldorf Regional Court is scheduled to decide in early February whether the Galaxy Tab 10.1N infringes on Apple’s design patents.

Last week, a German court tossed a lawsuit in which Samsung accused Apple of violated a patent related to 3G/UMTS wireless communications. And earlier in the week, Apple filed a new lawsuit in Germany accusing Samsung’s Galaxy S II and nine other smartphones, along with five tablet models, of patent infringement.

The ongoing legal battle between Samsung and Apple got underway last April, when Apple filed the first lawsuit, accusing Samsung of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Both companies are now engaged in a worldwide legal battle that has sparked lawsuits in 10 countries across four continents.

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Apple cleared on one of seven Samsung patents in Germany

A German judge presiding over one of Samsung’s seven patent infringement cases against Apple ruled in favor of the Cupertino company. The patent infringement case involves one of several 3G/UMTS patents held by the Korean manufacturer.

The ruling did not give the reason why the judge rejected Samsung’s argument. According to FOSS Patents, the judge either believes Apple did not infringe on the patent or that Samsung exhausted its patent right and Apple, by default, has a license.

The reason behind this decision could affect the outcome of Samsung’s remaining claims. If Samsung has exhausted its rights to this patent, it could also see its other 3G/UMTS-based claims thrown out of court, too. If this ruling involves direct infringement, then the remaining 3G/UMTS claims could succeed.

Samsung has the right to appeal the Mannheim Regional Court’s ruling to a higher, regional court and, eventually, the Federal Court of Justice. As of right now, it’s unclear what Samsung will do.



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German Court Rejects Samsung 3G Claims Against Apple’s iPhone

German Court Rejects Samsung 3G Claims Against Apple’s iPhone

A German court Friday threw out Samsung’s patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple. The South Korean smartphone maker had claimed the iPhone maker violated a patent related to 3G wireless communications. Samsung had filed seven patent violation claims against Apple in Germany.

The intriguing aspect of the court’s ruling was its lack of explanation, prompting some experts to question whether today’s rejection indicates Samsung faces more legal rebuffs. According to patent expert Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, if the German court had rejected Samsung’s argument on Apple’s use of 3G, the judge would have issued a stay.

“There are two reasonably likely possibilities: either Apple’s products weren’t deemed to infringe on the patent in a technical sense or the court believes Samsung’s rights are exhausted and Apple has, by extension, a technical license,” writes Mueller.

If the rejection was based on a technicality, Samsung could still proceed with its other four remaining lawsuits against Apple. But if the company has exhausted its legal claims, “all but one of the four remaining Samsung lawsuits in Germany… would likely be thrown out as well,” Mueller adds.

Ironically, the decision by Judge Andreas Voss comes just days after Apple filed a new claim against Samsung, requesting the German court ban sale of Samsung’s Galaxy II smartphone, nine other handsets and five tablets.

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Apple targets Galaxy S II, other Samsung phones in new German suit

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple filed a new lawsuit in Germany that targets ten of Samsung’s Android handsets. This new suit gives Apple a fresh start to argue for its EU design rights, which were recently called into question by Germany’s Dusseldorf Court. It also gives the company an opportunity to win an injunction halting the sales of popular handsets like the Galaxy SII and the Galaxy S Plus.

Apple also filed another German lawsuit that cites five Samsung tablet models. This suit supposedly relates to a German lawsuit Apple filed earlier this year against Samsung and its Galaxy Tab 10.1. This older suit led to the ban of Galaxy 10.1 tablet sales in the European country and the subsequent development of the Galaxy 10.1N tablet. This redesigned tablet meets the court’s criteria and will not be banned from retail shelves.

A Samsung spokesperson confirmed the company received the new phone and tablet lawsuits, but did not comment on them.

[Via AppleInsider]



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RIM Looking To Stay Afloat By Selling To Samsung? [Update: No]

RIM Looking To Stay Afloat By Selling To Samsung? [Update: No]

An interesting report from Boy Genius Report claims that Research In Motion is eyeing Samsung as its new daddy. The defunct BlackBerry-maker is apparently considering a last resort to stay afloat amid depressing sales and investor qualms.

According to BGR, Research In Motion wants to sell itself for up to $ 15 billion to Samsung. Considering the patent war that companies like Apple are fighting at present, Samsung could buy RIM to reinforce its patent portfolio. (Although RIM’s own portfolio may not be that valuable after all.)

As our own Vincent Messina at Cult of Android argues, buying RIM right now would be like trying to save rotten cargo from a sinking ship. Unless there’s something really incredible hidden deep within the labs at RIM, acquiring a company that has fallen short of Wall Street’s expectations quarter after quarter isn’t such a hot idea. Not to mention that the PlayBook doesn’t even have an email app yet. What does that say about a company’s relevance?

BGR suggests that Samsung could be considering RIM for BlackBerry Messenger. Such a technology would be able to help Samsung “differentiate itself inside the Android ecosystem” and possibly ride the coattails of Apple’s iMessage. The problem with such a scenario is that Samsung has already invested heavily in its own ChatON app as a cross-platform messaging solution.

Samsung is the largest smartphone maker in the U.S. It doesn’t need to take on RIM’s problems.

Buying RIM outright wouldn’t help Samsung hold off Apple and Google’s market share growth at all. As AllThingsD argues, it would make much more sense for RIM to license its BlackBerry 10 OS to Samsung for future smartphones and tablets. And even then, I have a feeling that RIM will need to bend over backwards for anyone to consider getting in bed with a company that’s had to slash the price of its tablet twice.

Update: It seems as though I spoke too soon. Reuters has just reported that Samsung has said it isn’t interested in RIM at all. After BGR’s report, RIM’s shares jumped over 10% during trading today. Someone made a nice chunk of change. (Thanks, Jeff!)

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Apple targets Galaxy S II, 9 other Samsung smartphones in new German suit

By Sam Oliver

Published: 09:15 AM EST (06:15 AM PST)
Apple’s latest lawsuits against Samsung have asked a German court to ban the sale of the Galaxy S II and nine other smartphones, along with five tablet models.

The new suit was filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court and cites multiple patented designs owned by Apple in Europe, according to Bloomberg. A separate lawsuit also targets five Samsung tablets, and is related to a September ruling that barred sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Though Apple managed to initially block the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, Samsung redesigned the device and renamed it the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Those changes were apparently enough for the court in Germany, which indicated last month that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not likely to be banned from sale.

As for the smartphone suit, it targets Samsung’s Galaxy S Plus in addition to the Galaxy S II. No other individual smartphone models were identified in the report, but there are said to be 10 in all named.

“The new suits aren’t filed under emergency proceedings and allow Apple a new procedure against both models,” author Karin Matussek wrote. A spokesperson for Samsung confirmed the South Korean electronics maker had received both lawsuits from Apple.

Apple made the first attack in the courtroom against Samsung in April, with a lawsuit accusing the company of copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. That sparked a worldwide legal battle in which both companies have accused the other of patent infringement.

The lawsuits have continued to grow, and now span over 10 countries across four continents. Earlier this month, Samsung unsuccessfully tried to bar sales of the iPhone in Italy.

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Samsung seeks $1B bond to expand Texas processor plant

By Mikey Campbell

Published: 06:37 PM EST (03:37 PM PST)
Samsung is in talks with banks to acquire $ 1 billion to fund an expansion at its facility in Austin, Texas that is said to be the source of A5 processors powering the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, and could possibly be the factory responsible for Apple’s next generation A6 chip bound for the rumored iPad 3.

The South Korean electronics maker revealed on Monday that it will issue its first overseas bond since 1997 to fund an expansion at its Austin plant that produces processors used in mobile devices, including those used in many of Apple’s mobile products, reports Businessweek.

According to spokesman James Chung, Samsung has filed proposals to multiple banks to borrow up to $ 1 billion in five-year maturity bonds issued by the company’s U.S. arm.

The company’s logic-chip business, which currently oversees the production of Apple’s A4 and A5 processors that power the iPhone and iPad lines of mobile devices, may double spending to 8 trillion won (about $ 6.95 billion) in 2012. It is unclear whether the boost in manufacturing capability is for the company’s own mobile devices or to handle demand for an as yet unannounced chip that will power the rumored next generation iPad.

Samsung’s Austin plant reached maximum capacity in October 2011, just as smartphone shipments saw a year-to-year increase of 44 percent according to Strategy Analytics Inc.

The South Korean company’s handsets are seen as direct competition with Apple’s iPhone business and posted record earnings earlier this month, with profits hitting $ 4.5 billion in the December quarter riding on an estimated 32 million smartphone sales.

As of Sept. 30, 2011, Samsung had over $ 19.2 billion in cash and equivalents according to Bloomberg. An estimate from Korea Investment & Securities Co. says the company’s operating profit most likely doubled in 2011 and may grow 82 percent in 2012.

Apple and Samsung have been tangled in a worldwide patent dispute since April 2011 when the Cupertino, Calif., company filed a suit alleging the South Korean company blatantly copied the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad. Most recently the Galaxy phone and tablet maker was denied a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4S in Italy.

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Samsung to release newly-designed Galaxy Tab 7.0N in Germany

Samsung may be bold when it comes to its Apple fanboy commercials, but the handset maker is starting to back down on some of its products. According to BestBoyz.de, the tablet manufacturer is releasing a newly-designed Galaxy Tab 7.0N in Germany that does not infringe on Apple’s patents or trademarks.

The tablet includes a 7-inch Plane Switching LCD panel, 16 GB of internal storage, 3.2-megapixel rear camera with 720P recording, 1.2-megapixel front camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and Android 3.0.2 Honeycomb. This model is slated for a German only release. It’ll be available in white and metallic grey and will retail for €600 (about $ 770).

[Via Engadget]



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