Another leak coming from China today: the Lenovo Sisley. The photos no doubt seem legit but what makes the phone interesting is that it looks a lot like the new iPhone 6. It looks very similar you’d think it’s an iPhone clone from wherelse—China.
Rackspace has declared that we are all now free to rotate our smartphones. They announced that they have won their Inter Partes Review (IPR) challenge against "patent troll" Rotatable Technologies over the rotating technology that they were trying to have patented with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Rotatable had previously sued Rackspace over the screen rotation technology, which the former claims they own the patent to.
To comply with consumer protection laws, according to this leaked communication, Google will be changing some of its Google Play Store policies and features. While the ability to see a list of price ranges for apps with in-app purchases is definitely a welcome development, displaying a developer's physical address might scare off not just a few from publishing on Google Play Store.
The Federal Trade Commission ordering tech giants to pay up for unlawful charges is nothing new. Earlier this 2014, Apple was slapped and asked to pay $32.5 million to consumers for unauthorized mobile charges. Last July, FTC filed a lawsuit against Amazon for easy in-app purchases. Before that, it accused T-Mobile of billing unwanted charges to customers after receiving numerous complaints about the matter.
We don't expect to hear much about Nexus products this IFA 2014 week, but that won't stop the rumors and leaks from coming in. This round is dedicated to a long-awaited Nexus tablet, believed to be made by HTC this time. As part of its launch, Google is believed to provide a new kind of accessory never before seen in any official Nexus add-on: a keyboard folio case.
We’ve been calling it the Nexus 6 for a while, but apparently, its final name will not be that at all. Although there is still no final name for the upcoming new Nexus device, at least internally, Motorola will be calling it the Nexus X. Sources are also saying that it is set for release by Halloween this year, but don’t expect any big announcement as this is set to be a “secret launch” just like what they did last year with the previous gen, which was, of course the Nexus 5.
On Friday, the Redmond-based global software giant Microsoft announced that it has brought South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung to court over a contract dispute in their patent deal for Android devices. Microsoft, in very basic terms, has a contract with Samsung where it receives royalties for every Android device it sells, and it is suing Samsung because according to them, the latter has not been keeping its part of the contract.
The Federal Trade Commission has filed an official complaint against mobile carrier T-Mobile over the unwanted placing of extra charges on several subscribers’ bills. They are accusing the telco giant of profiting in millions of dollars by not removing these extra charges which the customers were not aware they were subscribed to. T-Mobile denies the charges and have responded strongly against the complaint.
In the UK, Apple is taking their fight with Samsung to print. Various publications have cheeky ads paid for by Apple, in which they encourage Samsung to steal at least one of their concepts. Given their recent success in various lawsuits, and the timing of the ads, it’s an interesting challenge to the South Korean tech giant.