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According to Reuters, Apple's $1.05 billion victory against Samsun in a patent infringement case was cut almost in half by a judge who ordered a new trial for some Samsung products.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, today reduced the jury's damages award by $450.5 million and said Samsung deserves a new trial on infringement claims over its Galaxy Prevail and other smartphones. Koh rejected Apple's request to enhance the jury's award, saying the amount Samsung owed was heavily disputed and the jury wasn't bound to accept either side's damages estimate.

The iPhone maker convinced the jury that the Korean company, which in 2012 knocked Apple off its perch atop the global smartphone market, had infringed on its iPhone and iPad patents.

On Friday Koh, rejecting Apple's motion for an increase in the jury's damages award, ordered a new trial on damages for the 14 devices, which include the Samsung Galaxy S II. The jury's award to Apple for 14 other separate products, totaling almost $599 million, was maintained.

Their legal tussle has been viewed as a proxy war between Apple and Google Inc as Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones and tablets run on Google's Android operating system.

Shares in Apple closed down 2.5% today.

 

Source: POSS Patents

 




Apple posted net income of $9.5B for second quarter this year, and has reportedly earned a total of over $43B in revenue for the said quarter. This report comes possibly to prevent the AAPL stock from falling way below the $400-level. According to the report, some 19.5M iPads, 37.4M iPhones have been sold and we're not even half-way through the year yet.


Net income has dropped roughly $2.1B from the same quarter last year but the Company claims that they have actually sold more devices as compared to the same quarter last year. This report contradicts reports that the Company is already in trouble after Google, Samsung and even Microsoft have made strides in developing devices to compete with the iPhone and iPad.


Moreover, a big chunk of Apple revenue comes from the sale of applications, posting continuous growth at notable rate. Also, the Company reportedly is quite liquid as it has around $145B in cash, up from $121B same quarter last year. Clearly, the company is still on the roll.


Apple Press Release

 


 



Today is Samsung Galaxy S 4's big day and the rumors just keep getting more creative. Photos of another AnTuTu benchmark result for the Galaxy S 4 has surfaced a few hours before the smartphone' launch. If anything, it only made things a lot more confusing, adding ambiguity with regards to the processor/s used on the S 4. Earlier Antutu benchmark photos showed that the S 4 will run purely on Exynos. This new benchmark shows that there are actually two chips on the S 4. Talk about creating a stir.


Also, from previous reports that it will have eight cores, the new AnTuTu benchmark shows that the S 4 will only have a quad-core ARMv7. Even the GPU for this one is different from what was previously reported. Thankfully, it'll just be a few hours left before all these surmising and assuming get confirmed or scrapped. Also, believe the benchmark at your own risk.


source:  omio


 

Great news for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners, there's another software coming out just for your.


The update gets the build number XXUBMJ3, which is presently moving over a couple of European nations (Uk, A vacation in a holiday in greece, Romania, etc.) both over-the-air and through Samsung Kies.


You can wait for update's notification to demonstrate in your device, pressure an inspection using the Designs » About phone » Software update menu, or simply go to the firmware section and download the whole firmware for that country and manually update.


Unfortunately, like the first one, the update is pretty minor at around 29MB, and doesn't have much in the way of a changelog, only mentioning "stability improvements" once again.



 



Having launched the Nexus 7 last summer, Google and Nexus seem to be preparing the second generation Nexus 7.


With Google's I/O conference being held between the 15th and 17th of May, the upcoming Asus-manufactured tablet may be unveiled there, according to DigiTimes.


The new Nexus 7 features a thinner bezel and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display running on the Android Jellybean platform. Pricing should be similar to that of the Nexus 7: $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB one, and $299 for the 32GB one. Its retailing date is yet to be announced.


Sales are expected to surpass 6 million units this month. Similarly, Google is preparing to launch a Nexus 10 tablet featuring a quad-core CPU and an eight-core Mali T678 GPU to be manufactured by Samsung.



Celebrate Google Play's second birthday with this goodie bag of great deals! Be their guest and join the storewide party by picking up these limited-time gifts, from movies and music to exclusive offers on apps, games and e-books. Enjoy!


You'll find an assortment of apps, music, books, and movies, but don't expect amazing deals.  Most of the apps are offering discounts on in-app purchases. Although, you can play as a bugdroid in Badlands now, which it worthy of celebration all by itself. Google is also knocking a few bucks off some movies, albums, and books.


Check out the link below for more information


https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_2014_play_birthday


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