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29 Dec 12 Galaxy S3 Mini Dropped From Apple’s Patent Claims Against Samsung

By Dan Levine
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Apple Inc has agreed to withdraw patent claims against a new Samsung phone with a high-end display after Samsung said it was not offering to sell the product in the crucial U.S. market.
Apple disclosed the agreement in a filing on Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California.
Last month Apple asked to add the Galaxy S III Mini and other Samsung products, including several tablet models, to its wide-ranging patent litigation against Samsung.
In response, Samsung said the Galaxy S III Mini was not available for sale in the United States and should not be included in the case.
Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung earlier this year, but has failed to secure a permanent sales ban against several, mostly older Samsung models. The patents Apple is asserting against the Galaxy S III Mini are separate from those that went to trial.
Samsung started selling the Mini in Europe in October, to compete with Apple’s iPhone 5. In its filing on Friday in U.S. District Court, for the Northern District of California, Apple said its lawyers were able to purchase “multiple units” of the Mini from Inc’s U.S. retail site and have them delivered within the country.
But Samsung represented that it is not “making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States.” Based on that, Apple said it agreed to withdraw its patent claims on the Mini, “so long as the current withdrawal will not prejudice Apple’s ability later to accuse the Galaxy S III Mini if the factual circumstances change.”
A Samsung official declined to comment. Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-630. (Reporting By Dan Levine; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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08 Jun 12 Google’s Android Faces Growing Fragmentation, Flurry Says

(Corrects year-earlier figure in final paragraph.)

Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG)’s Android software is
powering an increasingly fragmented array of mobile devices,
making it costlier for developers to craft applications that run
smoothly on every product, a report found.

Just three of the 20 most popular Android devices held a
usage market share greater than 6 percent last month, according
to research published today by Flurry, a provider of app
analytics software that tracks use of more than 100 million
devices globally. Only one phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II,
commands a double-digit market share among Android products, reported on its Tech Blog.

The vast product array may deter some developers, who often
have to customize apps to accommodate each device’s screen size
and features. As the Android marketplace becomes increasingly
fragmented, developers’ costs of building applications for that
platform are mounting, Flurry said.

Developers write 10 apps for Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL)’s iOS operating
system, which powers iPhones, for every seven done for Android
Flurry found. And for each $1 earned on Apple apps, developers
reap about 24 cents on Android.

“Android delivers less gain and more pain than iOS,” said
the report, which comes before Google and Apple hold their
developer conferences this month.

Christopher Katsaros, a Google spokesman, declined to

Flurry measured market share by tracking each time users
launched an app from a unique device. The top 10 Android
products were used for 24 percent of sessions last month, down
from 47 percent a year earlier, Flurry said.

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26 May 12 HTC’s elite Android

HTC One X Android phone by HTC Corp.
$199.99 at

Because Google Inc. gives away its Android software for smartphones, there are a lot of mediocre Android smartphones. It seems like everybody with a soldering iron has slapped something together, often with unimpressive results.

But when a company like Taiwan’s HTC Corp. sets its mind to the task, it can come up with something exceptional, like this gorgeous new One X, available only through ATT Inc. It’s got to be the loveliest Android phone ever built, thinner and lighter than Apple Inc.’s iPhone, and with a bigger screen capable of excellent high-definition video.

The One X is compatible with ATT’s 4G LTE data service, much faster than the iPhone 4S, which lacks LTE. And the HTC phone has an exceptionally good camera, perhaps the best ever built into a phone. It’s especially strong in low-light situations, taking brilliantly sharp pictures even in dimly-lit rooms.

There are plenty of adequate Androids to choose from, but for a little more money, the One X delivers excellence.

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26 May 12 MacScan 2.9.3 with Google Chrome & SeaMonkey Support Released

MacScan 2.9.3 with Google Chrome SeaMonkey Support Released

Las Vegas, NV    May 26, 2012 in Software

[] Las Vegas, Nevada – MacScan 2.9.3 with Google Chrome SeaMonkey Support Released.

SecureMac has announced the release of MacScan 2.9.3, the latest version of its award-winning anti-spyware and security software, which features tracking cookie detection and cleaning for Google’s Chrome browser. The latest version adds additional browser support for the SeaMonkey web browser, scheduler bug fixes, interface changes and the latest definitions to protect against malware affecting Mac OS X.

MacScan 2.9.3 is immediately available for download to try for 30 days or purchase for $29.99, normally $39.99 when using coupon code CHROME until June 5, 2012. Upgrades from previous versions of MacScan 2 are free, and can be obtained by either selecting “Check for Updates” under the “MacScan” menu, or by downloading the demo version Macscan website and entering your serial number.

MacScan Family Pack lets you install the popular MacScan anti-spyware software on up to three computers for only $49.99. Existing single-license owners of MacScan can upgrade to the MacScan Family Pack, allowing installation on up to three computers, for the difference of the original price and the Family Pack price.

About MacScan:
MacScan quickly detects, isolates and removes spyware from Apple Macintosh computers as well as enhances Internet privacy and security by cleaning up Internet clutter. It is designed for Mac OS X version 10.2.4 and higher including Apple’s latest Lion (10.7).

Since 1999, SecureMac has been at the forefront of Macintosh system security. The site not only features complete Macintosh Anti-Spyware and Antivirus solutions, but also operates as a clearinghouse for news, reviews and discussion of Apple computer security issues. Users from novice to the most advanced will find useful information at SecureMac that is designed to make their computer experience trouble free. Copyright (C) 2011 SecureMac. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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10 Apr 12 Android beats Apple in China mobile platform race: report

Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:16am EDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Android mobile operating system (OS) was the top smartphone platform in China last year, growing its market share by about 35 percent in the world’s largest market for mobile phones, a Chinese technology research firm said.

At the end of 2011, Android had 68.4 percent of the smartphone OS market by the number of smartphones sold, up from 33.6 percent at the end of the first quarter of last year, Beijing-based research firm Analysys International said in a report on Tuesday.

The cementing of Android’s dominance in China came at the expense of Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia whose Symbian OS saw its market share more than halve to 18.7 percent last year.

Apple Inc, whose iPhones are seeing strong demand from wealthier Chinese cities, posted a modest growth in 2011, with the market share of its iOs operating system rising from 4.1 percent in the first quarter to 5.7 percent at the end of the fourth quarter.

Apple has said that China, which has 988 million mobile phone subscribers, remains a key growth market for the company.

Android’s rise also comes as smartphones become cheaper in China due to the sales initiatives of local mobile device makers ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies, who sign contracts with Chinese telecoms companies to offer cheap Android handsets.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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01 Dec 11 Google Chrome overtakes Firefox, narrows gap with Explorer

Google Inc.’s Chrome internet browser overtook Firefox for the first time globally in November and it continues to narrow the gap to market leader Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer, web analytics firm StatCounter said on Thursday.

“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally,” Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter chief executive, said in a statement.

In November Chrome saw its market share roughly doubling from a year ago to 25.7 percent, while Internet Explorer’s share dropped to 40.6 percent from 48.2 percent.

The market share of Firefox — which is popular in Europe — slipped globally to 25.2 percent from 31.2 percent.

Apple Inc.’s Safari is a distant No 4 on the market with a 5.9 percent share of all browsing, with No 5 Opera controlling 1.8 percent of the market.

StatCounter statistics are based on aggregate data from more than 3 million websites with a sample of more than 15 billion page views per month.

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