Huawei-Samsung Patent Case Shows Chinese Courts’ Rising Clout

A smartphone patent fight between Huawei Technologies Co and Samsung Electronics Co could reach a global resolution through a ruling by a Chinese court, a development that reflects the growing attractiveness of China as a quick and effective forum for intellectual property disputes. The size of the US market and the strength of the country’s independent judiciary have historically given its courts the final say in most big cross-border patent disputes. Legal experts say US courts’ pre-eminence in intellectual property matters has helped foster a culture of innovation that China wants to emulate. The case is…

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Run, Don’t Walk to Replace Your iPhone Battery

HIGHLIGHTS Apple last month acknowledged it slows down iPhones with older batteries Apple apologised for not communicating this to users, and dropped prices Users can get their battery replaced for significantly less money now Rarely is tech advice this cut-and-dry: If you bought an iPhone in 2016 or earlier, make an appointment at a Genius Bar (or Apple support centre) as soon as possible. Apple just started a program that can make old iPhones feel new again – for just $29 (Rs. 2,000 plus taxes in India). An Apple store or repair shop will…

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Redmi 5 vs Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5A: Price in India, Specifications, Features Compared

Redmi 5 also competes against its sibling Redmi Y1 in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment HIGHLIGHTS Redmi 5 is available in India at starting price of Rs. 7,999 Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a dual rear camera setup Redmi 5A is the cheapest among the other Redmi models Xiaomi on Wednesday launched the Redmi 5 in India to once again disrupt the budget segment. The new Redmi phone has compelling features, including a thin-bezel display and selfie light. Also, there is a metal build that comes in multiple colour options to persuade customers looking for an…

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Redmi 5 vs Redmi Y1 vs Moto G5S vs Nokia 5: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Like Redmi 5, Redmi Y1 also has a selfie flash HIGHLIGHTS Only the Redmi 5 sports an 18:9 display among the lot Nokia 5 is the only one running Android 8.0 Oreo Moto G5S has a front-facing fingerprint sensor The Redmi 5 launch event saw Xiaomi launch its last major affordable smartphone in the Indian market. Like its siblings, the Redmi 5 is among the few budget smartphones that offer the new 18:9 all-screen display, and comes with three storage/ RAM variants in the country. For selfie fans, the smartphone has a selfie flash,…

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Cat S61 With Upgraded FLIR Thermal Camera, Air Quality Sensor Launched Ahead of MWC 2018: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS Cat S61 has been launched as the successor to the S60 The new smartphone comes with an upgraded FLIR thermal camera It will go on sale at $999 Cat, the US-based construction machinery manufacturing company, has lent its name to yet another smartphone from Bullitt Mobile – the Cat S61 rugged smartphone, successor to the S60. The new smartphone sports an upgraded thermal camera that is touted to read temperatures up to 400-degree Celsius and includes a laser-assisted distance measurement solution as well as an indoor air quality sensor. It will go…

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Moto E4 Plus, Moto X4, Moto Z2 Play Available With Discounts in Moto Days Sale on Flipkart

HIGHLIGHTS The Moto E4 Plus can be bought with a Rs. 500 instant discount The Moto X4 starts at Rs. 18,999 during the Moto Days sale Validity of the offer is from February 22-24 Flipkart has partnered with Motorola to offer discounted offers on three smartphones from Motorola’s lineup in India under the Moto Days sale. These include the Moto E4 Plus (3GB RAM), both variants of the Moto X4, and the Moto Z2 Play. A maximum discount of Rs. 5,000 is applicable and the duration of the sale is from Thursday, February 22 to Saturday, February…

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Sony Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ Premium 3D Creator App Updated With Direct to Facebook Feature

HIGHLIGHTS The 3D creator app can upload 3D images to your Facebook timeline Only these two flagship phones have received the update till now Viewers can rotate, pinch, spin the uploaded image Sony Mobiles on Thursday announced the rollout of an update for its 3D Creator app on its smartphones including the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ Premium. In accordance with the update, users of these two phones will be able to upload their 3D scans on to their Facebook accounts using the 3D creator app. The update comes in the wake of Facebook introducing 3D posts and industry-standard “gITF 2.0″ file…

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My RSS feeds from a decade ago, a snapshot of gadget blogging when that was a thing

I chanced upon an ancient backup of my RSS feed subscriptions, a cold hard stone of data from my time at Wired in the mid-2000s. The last-modified date on the file is December 2007. I wiped my feeds upon coming to Boing Boing thenabouts: a fresh start and a new perspective. What I found, over 212 mostly-defunct sites, is a time capsule of web culture from a bygone age—albeit one tailored to the professional purpose of cranking out blog posts about consumer electronics a decade ago. It’s not a picture…

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Huawei 2018 Roadmap Leaks, Will Launch 3 Variants of the P20 Series: Report

HIGHLIGHTS An Israeli distributor revealed the information at an event The P20 series to have three variants – P20, P20 Plus, P20 Lite Two other phones, with code names Maya and Salina, also to be launched Huawei is reportedly planning to launch three new smartphones as part of its 2018 roadmap. The Shenzen-based manufacturer will announce smartphones in its new flagship series, Huawei P20, in early 2018. At a press conference in Israel, held by Electra Consumer Products (an importer of Huawei phones), plans for the Huawei P20 series are claimed…

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HTC to Launch Limited Number of Smartphones in 2018: Report

HIGHLIGHTS HTC has struggled to make a comeback in the smartphone market The HTC U12 might also be launched sometime in 2018 HTC has posted a loss for all three quarters of 2017 HTC has been going through a rough patch for the past few years, thanks to slumping smartphone sales. According to a report, HTC is now expected to limit its frequency of smartphone releases for 2018. Additionally, the Taiwanese manufacturer is reportedly also planning to release a cheaper, mid-range version of the HTC U11+ in January 2018. A report by Digitimes claims that…

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