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To: JeffreyHF who wrote (107844)12/14/2011 11:22:42 AM
From: waitwatchwander
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---> ITC Delays

There must be "talk" going on for the ITC not to act.

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From: Bill Wolf12/14/2011 11:51:23 AM
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Foss Patents

ITC delays ruling on Apple v. HTC again -- new date: Monday, December 19

Last week the ITC postponed its final decision on Apple's first complaint against HTC to today (from December 6 to December 14). Now Reuters and the Wall Street Journal report that HTC told reporters the ITC has delayed its decision once again, this time postponing it to Monday, December 19, 2011. I trust HTC on this but, unlike last week's delay, this one is not yet announced on the ITC website or in the publicly accessible part of the U.S. government agency's Electronic Document Information System.

With no reason known, I recommend not to read anything into this. It doesn't bode well or ill for any party. The ITC has a huge workload these days, and this is a case involving four distinct patents. In July, an Administrative Law Judge found HTC to infringe two Apple patents while holding at the same time that two others were not infringed. HTC requested a review of the decision with respect to those two patents, and Apple had asked for a contingent review, asking the ITC to take a look at the other two patents as well if it grants (as it quite expectedly did) HTC's request for a review.

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From: Bill Wolf12/14/2011 11:54:36 AM
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Apple made Galaxy Tab a 'household name': Samsung
Asher Moses
December 14, 2011 - 2:15PM

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From: Bill Wolf12/14/2011 12:15:10 PM
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Microsoft And Nokia Team Up To Take Back The Low End

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To: brian h who wrote (107855)12/14/2011 12:47:56 PM
From: waitwatchwander
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It would also have been nice to see some video other than the Qualcomm commercials, some EBS video for instance. I get the feeling video playback is one of the matters than still needs work. Available video formats are likely few and may even be the less popular ones. 'llI have to have my friend check this out before purchasing. Obviously youtube (ie Flash) is not yet working. It is also most peculiar that web surfing capabilities aren't a demo feature.

These recent demos generate more questions than answers. The product does look good though and as Cheryl says, it just needs tweaking, likely a lot of tweaking.

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From: Bill Wolf12/14/2011 12:49:42 PM
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Nokia Reentering U.S. Smartphone Market With a $50 Windows Phone for T-Mobile
Published on December 14, 2011
by Ina Fried

After essentially dropping off the radar screen, Nokia is looking to get back into the U.S. smartphone business, starting with an entry-level Windows Phone model for T-Mobile.

The Lumia 710, one of two models that Nokia has launched in Europe, is slated to go on sale Jan. 11 for $50 after rebate and with a new contract.

Choosing to launch with that phone, rather than the high-end Lumia 800 means that Nokia could appeal to more cost-conscious shoppers. However, it also means that consumers’ first look at the new Nokia won’t be of the company’s flagship product.

“it’s the right space to launch our first Windows Phone in the US,” Nokia U.S. president Chris Weber said in an interview. “It is the greenfield for us.”

Weber also put a good spin on the fact that Nokia didn’t launch any Windows Phones in the U.S. in time for the holidays.

“I think we can take advantage of the fact we are not launching in this noisy period,” Weber said, noting that Nokia will launch the product with a significant amount of advertising–including TV spots–as well as efforts to fully train T-Mobile’s sales force on the benefits of the product and Windows Phone.

As for the Lumia 710, it comes in white and black and features, a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 3.7-inch screen.

In addition to the standard fare that comes with the Mango version of Windows Phone, Nokia’s phones also come with turn-by-turn navigation built-in as well as an ESPN app that is unique to Nokia’s Windows Phones.

That T-Mobile was planning to start selling the phone was not a shocker after Nokia showed a T-Mobile-branded Lumia 710 in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission.

T-Mobile was been less agressive than AT&T when it came to the first crop of Windows Phones. Though that could be changing as the Lumia 710 will mark the second Mango phone, joining the $99 HTC Radar, which is already on sale.

“We think Windows is a great addition to the lineup,” said T-Mobile Senior Vice President Andrew Sherrard. “It’s a strategic bet for us.”

Sherrard and Weber noted that Nokia and T-Mobile have a long history together, with T-Mobile USA predecessor VoiceStream having launched service with a Nokia phone as its first device. While true, the recent past has been less rosy for Nokia.

Its most recent U.S. smartphone effort, also with T-Mobile, was the March launch of the Astound, a rebranded Symbian phone that had an awkward debut at the CTIA trade show in Orlando and met with disappointing sales.

In an August interview with AllThingsD, Weber said that Nokia wouldno longer sell Symbian phones in the U.S., focusing entirely on its Windows Phone efforts.

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (107841)12/14/2011 12:53:07 PM
From: Art Bechhoefer
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An ereader is more than a tablet with a stream of paid content. It is a convenient format for running applications with data input by the user. A good example is an application on the iPad that allows musicians to display music or to translate notes and/or sounds on a keyboard to a display that can be saved. This is not cloud computing; it's simply a more convenient way to run and use an application.

I've also seen applications that allow a tablet to be used for inventory, aviation charts, etc. All of these applications have one thing in common: You don't really need an ordinary keyboard but can manage effectively with whatever is made available on the touch screen. These specialized applications have created a market niche that is filled better by tablets than more expensive, higher power consuming laptops.

When the iPad was first sold, I thought it was either a bulky iPod or an imperfect laptop, with a keyboard that I found unacceptable (having been accustomed to a real keyboard for the last 65 years). But the varied applications available now have created a market that really didn't exist before.

So I maintain that a tablet has many other uses than mere access to data or other paid content through the Internet.


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To: Art Bechhoefer who wrote (107863)12/14/2011 1:17:07 PM
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You've hit upon the early arrival of the "smarts" part of my post. Maybe I should have said, an eReader based on Android with touch is not much different than a tablet.

An eReader does have some features which make for easier page flipping but most of those capabilities are software and button dependent. Buttons (physical or virtual) are just another form of a specialized sensor. Sensor diversity, software capability and available cloud data/smarts are the key differentiators. Beyond that, it's only the display type, form factor and available content that makes the Kyobo an eReader and the Flyer a tablet.

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (107861)12/14/2011 1:19:15 PM
From: Jim Mullens
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Trevor, re: Video issues........................................................................

"I get the feeling video playback is one of the matters than still needs work. Available video formats are likely few and may even be the less popular ones"


As a technology wonk , have you checked out Q's Raptor Technology....( way over my noggin)??.


Raptor Technology Overview

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To: Jim Mullens who wrote (107865)12/14/2011 1:30:53 PM
From: waitwatchwander
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Raptor Q is a server infrastructure technology. It would be most applicable to someone like Netflix with installation within something like Akamai's or Cisco's severs. It made a lot of sense for Qualcomm to incorporate it within FLO. In order for it to take hold, Qualcomm needs to control both the back-end and the video client. They may well have been successful in having some of that IP incorporated within the LTE Advanced standards upon which AT&T's new LTE/3G capabilities are being developed. I'm sure Raptor Q is not dead but, like always, the issue will be getting the technology incorporated within a mass consumable industry standard. That part of the RaptorQ story has yet to be written.

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