Ericsson and Samsung agree patents deal
Samsung and Ericsson have settled their patent dispute and struck a new licencing deal for wireless technology in smartphones, televisions, tablets and Blu-Ray disk players, reports Bloomberg. The multi-year, cross-licensing agreement relates to GSM, UMTS and LTE standards for networks and handsets. The pact will increase Ericsson’s fourth-quarter sales by 4.2 billion kronor ($652 million) and boost net income by 3.3 billion kronor initially. The deal includes continuing royalty payments to Ericsson.
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Brazil added 10 million mobile connections in 2013
Vivo ends 2013 as market leader with 28.49 per cent share; landscape could look very different this time next year. There were 271.1 million mobile connections in Brazil at the end of last year, taking the country’s mobile penetration to 136.45 per cent, according to new statistics published by Anatel on Monday. The regulator noted that Brazil added more than 580,000 connections in December alone and 9.92 million during the course of the year, an increase of 3.55 per cent.
Huawei and Imperial College London collaborate
Huawei and Imperial College London have announced they are to collaborate and jointly-invest on a data science lab. The Imperial College – Huawei Data Science Innovation Laboratory will bring together experts from across Imperial’s faculties and Huawei researchers to harness data science research and develop new applications in fields such as smart cities, energy and healthcare.
Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive as OneDrive by UK court
Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service will soon be known as OneDrive after Redmond lost a trademark case against the UK’s British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). “We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future,” Ryan Gavin, general manager of consumer apps and services, said in a blog post.
Apple shares drop despite reporting record iPhone and iPad sales
Apple has revealed that it sold a record number of iPhones and iPads in the last three months of 2013. Despite shifting 51 million iPhone handsets and 26 million tablets, the Cupertino firm’s earnings remained flat, causing a 5 per cent fall in shares in after-hours trading. Apple’s revenue increased to $57.59bn in its Q1 2014 earnings report, up 5.7 per cent from $54.51bn during the same period last year. However, profit at the company fell slightly, from $13.08bn last year, to $13.07bn at the end of 2013.
Smart clothing and cancer research tools: eight UK academics get £85k to launch startups
The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded eight UK researchers up to £85,000 of funding to help launch startups that promise, among other things, to help slash the cost of cancer research and protect the elderly with smart clothing. The Academy is offering the grant, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and designed to promote the economic benefits of entrepreneurial engineering in the UK, for the third time this year through its Enterprise Hub.
Lovefilm adds more children’s TV shows to collection
Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends from other children’s TV shows are huffing and puffing their way onto Lovefilm. Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Chuggington are arriving on the platform. The firm is also retaining rights to other classic characters such as He-Man and Postman Pat. Lovefilm stuck a deal with HIT Entertainment, Ludorum and DreamWorks Classics for various kids shows. Favourites such as Where’s Wally, Bob the Builder and Kipper and over 50 episodes of Thomas & Friends will be available to stream.
Google patents Robo-Taxis to ferry punters into advertiser’s shops, restaurants, etc for free
What’s holding you back from online shopping? Not being to touch or test drive the thing you desire before splashing the cash? What if someone were to drive you to the store, dealership or wherever, to seal the deal for free? Great idea, huh? Well, Google just patented it. The web ad kingpin, which designs self-driving cars and acquires military-grade robots, has come up with a system to ferry punters to advertisers, door to door, and work out who picks up the fare.
Twitter mobile update bubbles trending events to the top of the timeline and adds photo editing
Twitter has just released an update to its Android client (coming soon to iOS) that brings new photo editing tools to the service, which are likely meant to make it easier to share photos direct and keep people out of competitive apps like Instagram. The second change adds a significant element of event discovery and real-time trend monitoring to user timelines. The event surfacing is the more interesting element, since it marks a considerable attempt by Twitter to meddle with the straightforward chronological nature of that part of its service (besides promoted content).