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The landmark jury trial between Apple and Samsung might be over, but patent litigation between the two companies is still going strong. According to filings with the U.S. Federal Court in San Jose, California, Samsung has indicated that it is likely to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 once it has further time to inspect the device.

If the South Korean handset maker feels that the iPhone 5 violates its patents, Samsung will add the latest Apple smartphone to its list of infringing devices in a patent infringement complaint it originally filed in February.

Apple has already submitted a counterclaim in this trial several months ago, accusing Samsung of violating eight patents of its own. Apple too added Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III smartphone to its own list of infringing devices when the handset was released, so this move only seems fair game.

The interesting fact in this case is that a hearing isn’t expected to take place until 2014, when the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 are likely to have long been succeeded by newer, more powerful smartphones. We’ll let you know about any further developments in this case as it progresses.

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Google is working on its own native app with similar functionality to Game Center for iOS, according to a source familiar with the matter for Business Insider. The app will replicate several features of Game Center, including a social achievement system, which awards trophies and points for completing in-game tasks, and a leaderboard for seeing how your high scores stand up against your friends.

Android developers currently resort to a myriad of different third-party social gaming platforms for implementing high scores and achievements into their apps, but the success of mobile gaming on the iPhone has changed Google’s perspective. The search engine giant now understands that it is vital for Android to have a native social gaming app akin to Game Center to stay competitive in the bursting mobile games market.

“They are starting to really understand all of the needs and wants to make a game really successful,” an industry source close to developers told us. “As recently as even a year ago, that really wasn’t part of their institutional DNA, But I think they’re getting there.”

It is likely that this Game Center equivalent for Android would be integrated closely with the Google+ social network, in which users would sign in with their Google-based online identity. Google’s chief executive Larry Page has been pushing employees to strengthen the ties between Google products, and this integration would certainly fulfill that initiative.

Google is also said to be working on an easier payment system for Google Play to become more competitive with the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Android developers currently earn less money than their Apple counterparts, and the ease of purchasing apps — or lack thereof — is a contributing reason to that statistic. It is unknown when Google will launch their social gaming app for Android, and a company spokesperson refused to comment on the matter.

Apple and Samsung continue to battle it out in the smartphone market, and Samsung continues to hold the upper hand. While Apple continues to hold a strong grip on the American smartphone market, the latest numbers for worldwide smartphone market share show that Samsung is beginning to pull away from Apple in its lead over the iPhone maker.

“The race between Apple and Samsung remained tight during the quarter, even as both companies posted growth in key areas,” Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst with IDC, said today in a statement. “Apple launched its popular iPhone 4S in additional key markets, most notably in China, and Samsung experienced continued success from its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet and other Galaxy smartphones.”

During the first quarter, IDC research reveals that Samsung remained the number one smartphone vendor in the world with a market share of 29.1 percent, nearly five percent higher than Apple’s stake of 24.2 percent. Samsung shipped 42.2 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter, while Apple shipped 35.1 million iPhones. Both companies have increased their smartphone shipments dramatically year-over-year, with Apple and Samsung shipping only 18.6 million and 11.5 million smartphones respectively in the year-ago quarter.

At that time, Nokia was the top smartphone vendor with market share of 23.8 percent. A year later, it holds a staggeringly lower 8.2 percent stake in the smartphone market. Apple was also still ahead of Samsung at the time, but the smartphone landscape has changed significantly in the past twelve months.

“While Apple and Samsung have taken it in turns to lead the smartphone market over the last four quarters, it seems as if Samsung may now have established a firm lead in this space, shipping 11.8 million more units than the Cupertino, California company in Q1,” Juniper said in a statement today.

Apple has yet to launch the iPhone on the world’s largest carrier, China Mobile, so that could help the Cupertino-based company make up some significant ground in international market share. For now, however, Samsung is winning. Apple might dominate the United States smartphone market, but Samsung is dominating the rest of the world.

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With iCloud’s Photo Stream feature, photos taken on a iOS device and photos imported to your computer are automatically sent to all your devices including Mac, iOS devices, Apple TV, and PC. On iOS, the photos are stored in the Photos.app and on Mac through iPhoto or Aperture. Understandably, launching iPhoto or Aperture just to pull a screenshot off an iOS device can be cumbersome. Most users would typically opt for Dropbox or email, which also requires several steps.

 

One way to avoid these steps is to create an auto-updating folder on your dock that allows access to Photo Stream images stored in the cloud. In this scenario, you will be able to instantly access photos on your Mac without having to use Dropbox or a similar solution. The Iconmaster (via LifeHackerpointed us to an easy trick that allows you to save a search for PNG screenshots and filter them based on resolution and the type of image. The trick could also be used to access Photo Stream files depending on your search criteria.

 

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AIVC – SIRI 4 Android !?!

Posted: April 1, 2012 in Technology
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Alice is your personal assistant. Alice can help you do things quickly and easily.  With Alice, Android users get a helpful assistant at hand, which understands more than just commands. You can have a conversation with Alice, give her instructions or ask for general terms of information.

 

Currently Alice can assist you with following functions: 

 

Call, SMS, Email, Translation, Navigation, Alarm, Timer, App Launcher, Calculator, Facebook, Websearch, Weather, Search images.. and many many more.

 

Additional to the lite version: Calendar, Play Music / Videos and Receiver Control for Enigma2.