Wednesday, 23 of July of 2014

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Amazon sued over Kindle and Fire TV’s Freetime trademark abuse

Freesat, a Satellite TV platform is suing the Amazon for using their trademarked brand ‘Freetime’ on a video streaming service with the Kindle Fire tablet.

The British TV, Freesat will face the giant online retailer at the High court in London to settle the issue who owns the trademark which was given to both of them.

Freesat has launched its next generation satellite and catch-up TV product in the year 2012, while Amazon started its Freetime stream kid’s TV show and hit the UK in late 2013.

Freesat claims that it has spent more than £ 5.6 million for the promotion of Freetime since 2011, and wants the compensation for ‘loss and damage’.

Trademark of Freesat covers both ‘FREETIME’ and ‘FREE TIME’, although it was launched as <free time> and was rebranded ‘freetime’ in 2013 September.

The brand covers satellite receivers of Freesat and TVs, as well as the features such as catch-up TV and Streaming video, Remote control app for smartphones and tablets.



Google faces German Motorola Phone patent ban

Motorola is forced to remove its handset sale and to recall the phones already bought by business customers in Germany.

A local court has ruled that google-owed business has used antennas whose patent is owned by a German laser specialist.

Now the German firm, LPKF, as now all the rights to block the sale of Google product unless Google comes in to some other agreement. The company is not yet decided how to proceed further.

A Patent consultant of Germany said, it was not at all a simple decision to make.

An ex-advisor to Microsoft and Oracle Florian Mueller says” If LPKF want to enforce the action, then it faces economic risk”.

Google is all set to sell its Motorola business to the Chinese tech firm Lenovo, and the deal is yet to be completed.

A spokesman of the Google says “we are disappointed in the decision but Motorola has taken steps to avoid any interruption in supply”.


Amazon’s new phone is playing with fire, at a price tag of $649

Amazon captured a big chunk of the smartphone market with its small tablet at $200 when the companies like Samsung were selling the 7-inch tablet for the cost of $600.  The Kindle Fire was sold for a lesser price and made profit from the promotion of services of Amazon.

Kindle Fire tablets weren’t perfect.  They ran on the Android operating system but didn’t have access to Google Play, and other best Android products were off limits to the Kindle Fire.  Even third party apps were a problem.  Outdated versions of Android were ran on the Fire devices and they didn’t have access to Google APIs, the Google Maps API, Location API and in-app purchasing.  Many of the third party apps didn’t work on Amazon’s platform.  Finding the required app became an oft-cited problem for the owners of the Fire.

Amazon discovered a winning formula of simpler and well-made devices aimed at a super low price point.  The disruptively cheap company that offered free mobile services to Kindle owners, now employing the same strategy as its competitors, except that its hardware is in a tough position, with an unproven aspects of 3D, old software, fewer apps and a much higher price tag.




Amazon sued over in-app purchases of Kindle

 What’s wrong with in-app purchases?

Well, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Amazon, over the charges that the company has not taken enough precaution to prevent the children from making the unauthorised purchases.

The retailing giant said it wouldn’t settle with the FTC over the charges and it has said in a letter to FTC that it had already refunded the parents who complained and was ready to go to court.

The dispute is over the in-app charges in Kindle device’s children games, where it is difficult to differentiate whether the users are spending real currency or virtual currency to acquire the virtual items.  When the app was introduced in 2011, a password was not required to make the purchase, from 99 cents to $99.  Amazon changed the policy in 2012 with a password for charges over $20.   The company updated the password protection again in 2013, but allowed windows of time in which it was possible for the children to make purchases.

Google Smartwatch review

All the technology companies like LG, Samsung, Apple as well as a host of smaller names like pebble, are mainly focusing on the watch as their next frontier.  All the companies except Apple to launch the iWatch in October and they are targeting the market capture before the world’s biggest technology company can get there.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, the first of the latest generation of Smartwatches, was criticised by many for not consistently showing the time.  The latest Android Wear models fix this criticism by using an always-on dimmed display that show both time and basic notifications.  It’s a big improvement that puts the device back on the level of the classic Casio calculator.

The watches are basic without a connection to a smartphone and offer only stopwatch, time or timer functions.  Galaxy Gear, or presumably Apple’s iWatch, can connect to any modern Android phone.  For instance, you can use a Samsung phone with an LG watch.  This kind of openness has driven the Android phones to the mainstream of success as a whole.



Kindle Fire HDX 7 Price Drops to $149

The Kindle Fire HDX7 16GB model’s price is dropped to $149.

The discount is available only for the 16GB variant with the special offers.  The discount is offered by Newegg through eBay stores.  The tablet will display ads of Amazon on the lock screen.  The model is not refurbished and it’s covered under one-year warrantee.

The latest Kindle Fire Line was released by Amazon at the end of last year, which includes both 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX models.

The 7-inch device comes with a new quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, with a resolution of 1900 x 1200 at 323 ppi.  The device also comes with Dolby Digital Plus audio, a front facing camera of 720p and a new Adreno 330 GPU, with a prolong battery life of 11 hours.  Battery life can be extended to 17 hours if the device is solely used for reading.

The Kindle Fire HDX is the successor of the original Kindle Fire that was launched in 2011.


Amazon’s new trick could be slimmer Kindles

With the anticipation running high on the rumoured unveiling of the Amazon smartphone this week, it makes the perfect time to see what’s coming next from the retailer giant.

Amazon’s top-secret lab, known as “Lab 126”, homes more than 1,600 employees.  Many of these employees have been working since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos set up the division for creating the first Kindle e-book reader in 2004.

The hardware gurus of Amazon will return to Kindle for a “remarkable thin” version of Kindle Paperwhite which is codenamed as “Ice Wine”.

According to the loose-lipped employees, the smartphone is capable of projecting the images onto any surface. The smartphone will reportedly offer a 3D user interface, which makes use of four infrared cameras to track the face and pupils of the user as they’re looking at the display.


Security firms, police abate the threat of Shylock malware

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced on Thursday that it, along with the FBI, Dell SecureWorks, Europol, Kaspersky Lab and other organizations, had addressed jointly the threat of Shylock malware.  The criminals command and control servers were seized and the groups took over the domains used by Shylock perpetrators. 

It is estimated by NCA that Shylock had infected at least 30,000 machines worldwide.

Security firm Trusteer, discovered the Shylock initially in February 2011.  Shylock delivers web injects into the browsers of victims and logs the keystrokes.  The malware rewrites the Windows process and is concealed in endpoint files of the device memory.  This malware is also given the name “Caphaw”, runs solely in memory, deletes its installation files and begins its process once the infected machine reboots.

Shylock primarily targets the UK users.  Banking customers in the U.S were also sought after for their credentials.

NCA has advised the users, who do not receive the Windows update automatically, go to Microsoft’s website for further information on scanning for the malware, and if necessary, removing the malware.


Highlights of Google I/O 2014

Google unveiled everything from wearable news to Android in its Annual developers show.  Here are the developments that matter most.

Android One

Sundar Pichai announced the initiative of Google’s Android One, which is designed to bring “high quality and affordable smartphones” to billions of potential customers in developing nations.  The company is developing the first Android One device with Micromax, a mobile handset manufacturer in India.  The Android One project sounds like good news for consumers in emerging markets.

Android L

Google is offering the next version of Android, currently code-named “L”.  The motivation behind this is to extend the user experience beyond phones and tablets to wearables, TVs, cars and other devices.

Project Volta

Animation and 3D Trickery, Wi-Fi, cellular, GPS and others drain phone’s battery in a hurry.  Google’s latest effort is to boost Android battery life and it is called as Project Volta.


The wearables project, which is unveiled three months prior to I/O 2014, allows the developers to use the same set of tools to build the apps for fitness bands, Smartwatches and other wearables.

Google Glass Gets a RAM Upgrade

Earlier this week, Google has announced that their fancy bit of technical eyewear, Google Glass is now available in the UK with few improvements as well as an upgraded RAM of 2GB from 1GB. 

Google has made this big announcement before the Google I/O.  Google announced the news on their Google+ page saying” In the last year we’ve made over a dozen software and several hardware updates.  For example, we’ve improved the battery life by over 20%, made voice search 10% faster and brought you frames, shades and prescription support”.

Among the other improvements, comes the ability to frame your shots in a better way, by simply saying “ok Glass, show the viewfinder”.  The Glass will show white “L’s” in each corner of the screen.  You can easily take the photo by saying “ok Glass, take a picture,” with a wink, or by just pressing the camera button.  Google has also added some new features like the ability for Glass to tell where you have parked your car as well as letting you know when the package is dispatched.