Facebook Home Hits The Rocks In Europe, With UK And France Launch Of HTC First Delayed Indefinitely

smudged fb home pageMore signs today the HTC First might also be the last smartphone to ship with Facebook Home pre-installed: UK carrier EE confirmed today that the first Facebook Home phone won’t be launching in the UK soon as planned, as Facebook has decided to concentrate its efforts on making improvements to the Home software before looking to add international markets. EE says it will soon be contacting customers who already used its pre-order system to express interest in the First to let them know about the delay, which is indefinite in length.
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Apple moaning that Google Now on Galaxy S4 copies Siri’s patents

Apple moaning that Google Now on Galaxy S4 copies Siri's patents

Apple has filed a new set of patent infringements in its ongoing legal battle, and this time it has the Samsung Galaxy S4 in its sights.

According to the papers filed by Apple, the Cupertino-based firm isn’t best pleased about the way Samsung has implemented the Google Now feature on its latest flagship smartphone.

It’s claiming the handset infringes on the some of the patents it holds for Siri, which it’s already flagged up on other Samsung devices.

Advantage Samsung

Foss Patents picked up a line in the firm’s legal documentation which reads: “Apple determined that the Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and that the Galaxy S4 practices those claims in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.”

There’s some positive news for Samsung though, as Apple tried to challenge one of the patents in question – referring to Google’s Android Quick Search Box – back in 2012 in relation to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but the judge in charge of the hearing overruled the Cupertino firm.

With a positive history already surrounding this particular area of the dispute Samsung has reason to feel pretty confident going into court, but you can be sure Apple’s army of lawyers won’t give up without a fight.

Two Months After Acquisition, Mailbox Launches Its Email Management App For The iPad

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 11.11.22 PMSometimes, when a truly innovative startup is acquired by a larger company, innovation slows to a crawl. And other times, when an acquisition happens, a company gets the backup and investment it needs to keep on innovating. It seems like that latter case is true for Mailbox, which, two months after being acquired by Dropbox, is now ready to release its iPad app to the world.
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