Samsung Agrees to Pay $548 million to Apple Over Patent Infringement

Samsung Agrees to Pay $548 million to Apple Over Patent Infringement

It’s been 5 years since Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung over patent infringements. As in typical corporation lawsuit fashion it was dragged out over the years.

Samsung has recently agreed to pay the $548 million damage claim fee. While it’s a big amount by any means it’s a significant cut from the previous $2+ billion dollar request. However here comes the catch, Samsung reserves the right to be reimbursed in full if the court appeals the decision. Though Apple disputes their dispute, which surely will drag this out longer.

The lawsuit began over Apple’s claim that Samsung had infringed on multiple patents from tap-to-zoom & other gestures that the iPhone/Apple held. Samsung has come out saying that they’ll pay in full if Apple invoices them before December 14th, 2015. Side note but I’d like to be the one to either prepare & or see an invoice of that amount.

As with most of these cases we’ll see appeals from both sides & a back & forth battle. Samsung already has requested for a Supreme Court review in the upcoming summer. However until then Apple has a pretty big check heading their way.

 

Apple restricts App Store reviews in prerelease iOS versions

Apple restricts App Store reviews in prerelease iOS versions

Not to long ago Frederico Viticci of Macstories wrote this post. In it highlighting why these prerelease app reviews were harmful to developers. Seeing as betas like iOS 9 are still not out for the public its understandable that there’ll be bugs with certain 3rd party apps. As developers work to update for the upcoming version.

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As Frederico states

Betas are, by definition, unfinished software, and unfinished software has bugs and works inconsistently. As Apple writes on their Beta Software Program website, “you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think”.

Developers here are crippled in that they literally can’t post updates for iOS 9 & OS X El Capitan as the App-Store won’t allow it. So users on these betas have who’ve been experiencing bugs have been taken to the review section.

However as of today that changes as Apple now restricts anyone from writing reviews on prerelease versions of iOS, as it should be. While most apps work fine on iOS 9 there are still some bugs & crashes you’ll experience that aren’t on the fault of developers who are well aware of the issue. As of right now this is limited to iOS but we’ll surely see this adapted to OS X betas as well. For now however it’s a good start.

 

How To: Paint on iOS w/Pixelmator

How To: Paint on iOS w/Pixelmator

Pixelmator has made the series of content we’ve been producing this week possible. A huge thanks to their team for the support & for making the amazing image editor that is Pixelmator. Download it for iOS & OS X today!

I’m no artist but I’ve always loved painting & creating art on digital based devices. I think the ability to create whenever inspiration strikes on our phones & tablets is revolutionary. Pixelmator is an app that facilities just that with their amazing painting tools. Painting on Pixelmator is easy whether your a novice or veteran designer/artist. The vast array of brushes, options, and technology built into the app makes it all seamless & allows you to focus on your art.

 

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Pixelmator offers a wide variety of brush types to get that right touch for your image.

  • Pencil
  • Crayon
  • Marker
  • Ink
  • Paint
  • Spray
  • Watercolor
  • Smudge

Each with a collection of styles within each category. The design & technology that goes into their brushes are unparalleled. My favorite for example the water color brushes allow for great blending of colors & make edges that are defined & detailed.

Here’s an example of an image thrown together using the watercolor brushes. Notice how the colors overlap & blend into each other rather than featuring harsh edges. That level of detail is what makes pixelmators brushes so great.

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Tools have never been easier to use & the interface no matter mobile or desktop is simple to use. The best part of Pixelmator & its toolset such as paintbrushes is that your limited by what you want to create.

Overview: Hearthstone for iPhone

Overview: Hearthstone for iPhone

Blizzard’s popular digital collectible card game Hearthstone has made its way to mobile phones. You can now play Hearthstone on both Android & iOS phones. Previously it was available for tablet devices with a bigger screen size.

Nowadays with smartphones growing in screen size this makes playing the card game much more convenient on the go.

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You can download the smartphone versions here

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The mobile hearthstone game works ideally on bigger devices however still is very intuitive on the touch screen devices. Players can log in with their standard battle.net address or create an all new login for new players. Your cards, decks, and ranks will all be available in the mobile app. You have the ability to play all game modes be it standard, arena, or deck customizations.  Overall the game runs fluidly & feels all to familiar for traditional players. Surely updates will improve the performance & bugs as time goes on.

Grab Hearthstone today & enjoy it on the go and on your smartphone!

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

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Periscope was purchased by Twitter several months ago for $100 mllion & was going to be their entry into the livestreaming space. The company officially released the mobile app yesterday to the public for iOS users. This comes at a time where live streaming & social network integration has become a big thing with competing services like Meerkat.

The idea behind Periscope is to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The application is a mixture of livestreaming & the social network Twitter integration. Combining socializing & sharing to the world whatever it is your seeing.

Periscope’s app has a very polished & clean look to it. Compared to its counterpart Meerkat the app features a much more complete & native experience. From streaming to viewing other streams Periscope offers a great UI.

The app features the ability to:

  • Live Stream to your followers (private stream) or public stream w/external or front facing camera
  • Chat with your stream viewers/streamer (Built into the app) Unlike Meerkat which carries the conversation through Twitter
  • Tap to “Heart” the stream
  • Save your stream as a “Replay” feature for others to watch later

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Your account is based off your Twitter account so you automatically have the option to follow your exisitng followers who have Periscope acconts. Live streaming has been around for quite a few years now & is nothing new. However the integration on the mobile end allows users to share their moments live with their own social following. Creating an interactive experience thats easy to turn on/off. Apps like Periscope or Meerkat are paving the way to make live streaming a social norm.

That said we’ll have to wait to see how Twitter continues to integrate Periscope within their already popular social network & how it’ll stack up to Meerkat overtime.

 

Download Persicope for iOS (Coming for Android soon)