Wednesday, September 7, 2011

HTC sues Apple with Google’s patents

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In a report from Bloomberg, HTC has apparently filed claims of patent infringement against Apple after acquiring patents from Google last week.

The patents were apparently snatched up by Google sometime over the last year from the original owners including Motorola Inc., Palm Inc., and Openwave Systems Inc. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, they were then transferred by Google to HTC on September 1st.

Six days after acquiring the nine patents, HTC today filed a suit in Delaware against Apple claiming patent infringement on four of the patents (originally issued to Motorola) that they acquired from Google. However, they aren’t letting the remaining patents go to waste either, they also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission for five of the others (two originally owned by Palm and three by Openwave).



While there aren’t many more details regarding Google’s specific motivation, Apple’s ongoing infringement claims against Android vendors (notably HTC and Samsung) certainly doesn’t help. Perhaps Google is really serious about protecting Android and its partners. This isn’t HTC’s first time entering litigation with Apple. As of July, HTC’s general counsel made the company’s stance on Apple’s “constant attempts at litigations” clear after Apple attempted to block imports of HTC devices with the International Trade Commission:

HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market. HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights.

*thanks 9to5mac*

This is a fine line google is drawing. Apple has stayed away from google for now and gone after the handset manufacturers, I guess Apple will have to go directly after android!

Cross posted on 24/7Droid.com

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Shazam Encore Starbucks Pick of The Week Codes

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Description on iTunes page:



Shazam Encore now has LyricPlay, where you can see synced lyrics as the music plays for over 25,000 of the most popular Shazam’d tracks. Sing-along or just find out the words you’re curious about!
With Encore you can enjoy exclusive features including unlimited tagging, Play in Spotify and Recommendations; as well as all Shazam’s features: identify a track, buy it, check out the videos, get the lyrics, share with friends – and more.
It’s the slicker, faster way to discover more about music!

Upgrade your music journey with Encore:

• Unlimited tagging, so don't miss a music moment - tag as often as you like
• Identify what song is playing and preview and buy** the track direct on iTunes
• With LyricPlay you can watch and sing-along to the lyrics as they scroll, jump or slide in real-time with the song
• Plus licensed lyrics for over 500,000 tracks
• Check out your friends tagged music and add tracks straight to your own Tag List
• Get Music Recommendations to discover similar music, and add tracks you like to your Tag List
• If you have last.fm or Pandora Apps create a Station using your tagged music
• Play in Spotify to listen to full tracks you tagged or discovered from Recommendations and the Shazam Charts



*Previewing and buying music requires iTunes music store in your country. Previews courtesy of iTunes.
Lyrics available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
LyricPlay available in the US, UK and Canada.
last.fm available in US, UK and Germany only. Pandora is available in US only.
Shazam supports iPod touch. External microphone required for older models (without a camera).
None of the competitions featured in Shazam are conducted by, or sponsored by Apple Inc. Please refer to competition pages for applicable terms and conditions before entering.

Here are the codes and please leave a comment with the code that you used for other readers.

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FLY6JFYJPY64

6ERHMYT4A9FK9

KR6WNEN76WHF

JY674PN6E4JT


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Spy Mouse Starbucks Pick of The Week

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Review by Cnet.com

One of the earliest game publishers to enjoy huge success on iOS devices was Firemint, maker of Real Racing 2and Flight Control. Though it is not a company that puts out several games a year, you know that when Firemint does release something, it's probably going to be good. Last week, Firemint released its latest game, Spy Mouse, and with a mix of line-drawing fun and excellent production values, it has already reached No. 1 in the iTunes App Store.



There are six Spy Mouse worlds to play through, each with unique challenges and items to find.
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Spy Mouse (99 cents - see note at bottom) is a line-drawing stealth game that challenges you to draw a path for your mouse through dangerous environments in order to steal cheese. You play as Agent Squeak, a crafty little mouse who uses holes in walls and strategically placed furniture to keep himself hidden from patrolling cats. In each level, you try to draw a path with your finger to direct Agent Squeak to blocks of cheese without alerting the cats. Bonuses are given for getting the cheese in the least amount of time, using the least number of drawn paths, and never alerting the cats to your presence. You'll need to succeed at all three to complete a perfect level.



Draw the path you want Agent Squeak to run, but make sure the cats don't see you!
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Spy Mouse is a challenging and addictive game that has that "one more level" quality to keep you coming back for more, but the overall atmosphere is what makes this game a must-have. What with the '60s-style camera transitions and jazzy spy-TV-show music, we couldn't help but smile as we tried to avoid cats and solve the game's many cheese-stealing puzzles. The game comes with six unique worlds with several levels to complete and a boss fight at the end of each world that will challenge your Spy Mouse technique. There are also items to pick up that will increase your speed and other bonuses along with hidden levels to grab extra cheese that add to the fun. When a level is particularly difficult, you have the option to pay 99 cents from within the game and get Kiska, a cat that takes care of the other cats in your way, but we never saw the need.



Look for cracks in the walls to find bonus areas where you can get extra cheese.
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Spy Mouse is an excellent and unique pick-up-and-play game with polished visuals and an immediately recognizable espionage-genre ambiance. With its challenging gameplay, beautiful cartoon graphics, and exciting music, it's easy to recommend this game to everyone.
As the third game in Firemint's megapopular catalog, Spy Mouse has already taken the No. 1 spot in the iTunes App Store. Even after playing for only a few minutes, we think it will be easy to see why Firemint's games keep being hits.

Here are the codes and please leave a comment with the code that you used for other readers.


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479M647NWFPN

KN3YAWPLN6W6

HPTXALNY3J4K

EJLTXTLKPWT6

T6WM4KXA9A36

If you need information on how to redeem a promo code follow our tutorial here.

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How to Redeem Promo Codes and Free Apps on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

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Step1:Tap on the AppStore icon on your homescreen:



Step2: Navigate to the Featured Page(first tab on bottom panel:



Step3: Scroll down to the bottom and press Redeem:



Step4: Type in the App promo code and press Redeem button on top right corner:



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