HTC One Mini UK Ban Relaxed Despite Nokia’s Win

HTC One Mini UK Ban Relaxed Despite Nokias Win

Earlier this month Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court ordered an injunction against HTC, found to have violated Nokia’s “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station” patent. This resulted in a ban for the HTC One Mini which went in effect on December 6th. When the order was announced, HTC said that it would file an urgent application for appeal. The appeal has turned out in its favor, the ban on HTC One Mini in the UK has been relaxed, meaning that the company can continue to import the device in the UK despite Nokia’s win.

It was already feared that the HTC One Mini ban might lead to other members of the One family being banned, something which the company would not want to happen. HTC says that it has full intention of “aggressively” appealing the patent validity decision, but right now it is “delighted” that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay, thus relaxing the ban. It also says that it will continue working with chip suppliers on alternative solutions so as to ensure that there are minimal disruptions to its business in the future. Nokia has not commented on the Court of Appeals’ decision as yet.

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    Gmail To Display Email Images By Default

    Gmail To Display Email Images By Default

    Those of us who use Gmail are familiar with the “display images below” link that pops up whenever we open an emails from unknown senders that has images inside. Gmail did this to protect users from unknown senders who might have tried to use images to compromise the security of a user’s computer. If that has ever irked you, fret not, Google has made some changes to how Gmail handles images in such situations which means that you will never have to click on the link again.

    Soon users will see all email images being displayed automatically across iOS, Android and the desktop. Outside risk has been mitigated as Google will now serve all images through its secure proxy servers. Previously, when it required users to click a link to display images, the images were served directly from their original external servers. This change results in much for safe and secure emails, images will be checked for known viruses or malware and users won’t have to click on the link. Those users who want to retain the old way of authorizing image display can go to Settings and choose the “Ask before displaying external images” option under the General tab. The change is rolling out today on desktop, whereas Gmail mobile apps will be updated in early 2014.

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    Kik Reaches 100 Million Users, Adds 200,000 Each Day

    Kik Reaches 100 Million Users, Adds 200,000 Each Day

    There is no shortage of cross-platform instant messaging applications. There’s market leader WhatsApp with over 350 million users and then there are other strong players such as Viber, Line, Kik etc all of which have seen substantial growth in recent years. Even BlackBerry Messenger saw a surge in its user base once it was finally opened up to iOS and Android. Kik has achieved a major milestone, CEO Ted Livingston announced today that the service has crossed 100 million users and it is substantially growing as over 200,000 new users are added every single day.

    Kik sees greater penetration in the U.S. because according to the CEO, over fifty percent of its entire user base lives in the U.S. Referencing recent numbers released by app analytics firm Distimo, Livingston also said that Kik now gets more downloads in the U.S. than WhatsApp. He believes one of the reason why Kik is becoming so popular is because users don’t have to sign up with their phone numbers. So if they want to add someone on Kik they don’t have to reveal their number. It is the exact same premise that BlackBerry promoted when it made BBM cross-platform, funny thing is, Livingston pitched the idea of taking BBM cross-platform to company executives when he worked at BlackBerry but he was shot down. He launched Kik instead, and the rest as they say is history.

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    Yahoo Mail Was Down Due To A Hardware Problem

    Yahoo Mail Was Down Due To A Hardware Problem

    Over the past few days a number of Yahoo Mail users have complained about not being able to access the email service. The company didn’t say anything, so it wasn’t known for sure exactly what was causing the problem. Yahoo has finally acknowledged that something is indeed wrong, and it apologizes for recent difficulties that users have been facing with Yahoo Mail. The company revealed that the downtime was caused by a hardware problem in one of its mail data centers, and that the problem turned out to be harder to fix than Yahoo originally expected.

    Yahoo says that it has “dozens of people” working around the clock to get the service fully up and running again. It is keeping customers up to date through the Yahoo Mail Twitter account. So far, POP mail access has been restored, it is still working on restoring IMAP. Best way to access Yahoo Mail on a mobile device right now is through a Yahoo Mail app, available only for iOS and Android. The company says that affected servers have been able to deliver over 30 percent of the emails that were sent during the outage. It also says that some people might still be facing issues, and reassures that it won’t rest until the problem is fixed once and for all.

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    FCC And U.S. Carriers Nearing New Cellphone Unlocking Policy

    FCC And U.S. Carriers Nearing New Cellphone Unlocking Policy

    The Federal Communications Commission and U.S. wireless carriers are said to be working on the final details of a new cellphone unlocking policy. The new policy will make it easier for subscribers who want to switch from one carrier to another. According to industry sources cited by Reuters, the policy would require that carriers notify subscribers about the eligibility of their phones for unlocking through mediums such as text messages, it is expected that some prepaid phones might be covered as well.

    Carriers would be required to process or deny unlocking requests within two business days, the policy will finally implement this FCC guidance that the commission had previously issued. The points that are still being debated upon by FCC and wireless carriers are said to be the timeline for the roll out of the new policy, handling of prepaid phones and methods for keeping unlocked phones off of the black markets. The policy aims to simplify the various procedures that carriers have in place to unlock subscribers’ devices after their conventional two-year service contracts end. Despite deliberations between the FCC and U.S. wireless carriers being in the final stages, it is still not known for sure right now when the new policy will go in effect.

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    Microsoft Reportedly Offers Samsung $1 Billion If It Continues To Make Windows Phone Devices

    Microsoft Reportedly Offers Samsung $1 Billion If It Continues To Make Windows Phone Devices

    Samsung makes a plethora of Android devices each year, devices that cater to high-end, mid-range and low-end markets. However, it doesn’t make as many Windows Phone devices. Microsoft certainly wants its mobile platform to flourish, and for that it needs to get major OEMs on board. It recently acquired the devices and services division of its biggest OEM, Nokia. While Samsung won’t be selling its hardware division any time soon, rumor has it that Microsoft is offering $1 billion in support to the company if it continues to make Windows Phone devices.

    A deal of this nature isn’t unusual. Prior to its acquisition of Nokia’s division, Microsoft was paying the Finnish manufacturer $250 million per quarter in “platform support payments,” but it got money back as well since Nokia was paying it to license Windows Phone. However the deal might sound feasible to Samsung given the fact that it is being rumored that Microsoft is considering waiving Windows Phone licensing fees for OEMs altogether. There’s no official confirmation from either company that $1 billion is going to change hands, the rumor has spread through well known mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin, who is known to have connections. Though since nothing is official yet, its best to take this rumor with a grain of salt.

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