Imagine if the windows in your home or automobile weren't just windows, but transparent solar panels collecting light energy and converting it into electricity? Such a concept could have a monumental impact on future hybrid cars, and could potentially shave your monthly electricity bill. If transparent solar cells existed, of course. Well guess what? Not only do they exist, but researchers at UCLA say they've developed a new kind of transparent solar cell that's better than anything out there.
Satellite TV provider DirecTV and Viacom have finally reached a long term agreement to restore 17 channels to DirecTV customers, ending a bitter dispute that neither side could afford to let drag on. Be that as it may, the disagreement over financial terms of a contract renewal went on longer than it should have, resulting in a blackout of popular channels like Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Spike, CMT, and TV Land, along with ten others, while customers were used as pawns in contract negotiations.
One step forward and two steps back. That must be how Samsung feels as it dances with Apple in various courts around the world defending its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and other products the Cupertino outfit claims infringes on the look and feel of iPad and iPhone devices. The latest setback took place in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which denied two of Samsung's motions related to the preliminary injunction levied against the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Nobody likes to eat crow, but what do you do when a judge in a court of law hands you plate full of it and orders you to shove it down your gullet? The answer to that question is forthcoming. Apple, which has been on a crusade to bury Samsung for allegedly copying the look and feel of its iPad and iPhone devices, was ordered by a U.K. judge to flip the script and take out ads stating Samsung is innocent.
Over half (54.9 percent) of U.S. mobile subscribers were wielding a smartphone at the end of June 2012, according to Nielsen. The smartphone segment continues to grow, and if Nielsen's figures are correct, two out of three mobile phone shoppers now opt for a smartphone rather than a feature phone. Google's Android platform is the biggest benefactor of this trend, which claims the lion's share of the smartphone OS market.
There was a lot of discussion about whether or not Amazon was making or losing money on each Kindle Fire it sold when the device first launched, and with Google recently introducing its Nexus 7 tablet, many are wondering if Google is in the same boat. Based on a preliminary teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli, it appears Google and Amazon are employing a similar strategy in the 7-inch tablet space, with only about $20 separating each one's respective slate.
Where there's smoke, you'll often find fire, which turned out to be the case when it was rumored Amazon was working on a low-cost tablet, a device that would turn out be the Kindle Fire. Now we're hearing that Amazon wants to try its hand at the smartphone business. It was being reported less than a week ago that Amazon was in the process of collecting patents as part of its upcoming smartphone strategy, and now there's chatter that Amazon is currently testing what it hopes to be a game changing device.
If you're a Sprint customer using a Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone, there's plenty of blame to go around for why your universal search feature is now broken, provided you installed the latest security update. You can blame Apple, which holds U.S. patent number 8,086,604 related to "using a plurality of heuristic algorithms" to search multiple locations at once. You can blame U.S. patent law and hate the game, not the player. Samsung and its legal team deserve a bit of scorn for not putting together a better legal defense, and Sprint gets some blame for not making it clear that Galaxy SIII owners were about to lose their 'Quick Search' feature by installing the latest update.
It's fair to question Research In Motion's (RIM's) future and wonder if company CEO Thorsten Heins can right the ship. Skepticism comes with the territory when you tell investors your company lost $518 million last quarter, dropped $2.1 billion in sales compared to one year ago, and plan to cut 5,000 employees. Heins understands the grim outlook from those on the outside looking in, but from where he stands, RIM is a "great company" with a "great future" ahead of it.
Samsung hasn't had much to celebrate lately in the legal arena, and the fact that a U.K. judge deemed the company's Galaxy Tab "not as cool" as Apple's iPad seems like it would only rub salt in the wound. However, it's for that very reason that Judge Colin Birss sided with Samsung, ruling that Apple's patent infringement claim, which has been successful in the U.S., is bogus.