Meanwhile: Apple And Samsung Will Go At It In Another Patent War, Come March

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Yes, the patent wars: they seem to be never-ending among some of the largest (and then some) tech companies in the world. However, none of them are as entertaining or as unique (or repetitive, I might add) as those between Apple and Samsung.

This time, Samsung is defending patents that pertain to more recent devices, like the GS3, which sold in high quantities than the devices that Apple targeted before. Thus, the risk and the amount in damages that could possibly be paid would be much higher — higher than the amount slightly short of a billion dollars that Samsung paid back in 2011-12.

The new trial will begin at a court in San Jose come March. Needless to say, we’ll talk about it, because it will be interesting.

ViaWall Street Journal

A Designer From Tron & Bugatti Fame Has Birthed The Beautiful Lotus C-01 Motorcycle

lotus-c-01-motorcycleLook at it. It’s beautiful. Called the Lotus C-01, which will be produced by British sports and supercar maker Lotus, this motorcycle borrows traits from its designer, who worked on the cycle designs in Tron: Legacy as well as design elements from Bugatti. Combine all of that creativity, talent, and engineering into a motorcycle (of which only a 100 are being made) and you have a beautiful machine.

Powering the Lotus C-10 is a 1,195cc engine putting out 200 horsepower, and paired with a six-gear transmission. While those are the only stats released at the moment, considering that it weighs under 400 pounds, it’s going to literally fly like crazy.

Via: Lotus

Google Redesigns YouTube (Again), By Bringing A Card UI Reminiscent Of iOS

ytblogimage2Planned in future releases to be rolled out slowly to YouTube users over the next few days, Google will always have a “Playlists” button on the left side of the screen, dedicated not only to a user’s personal playlists, but along with those of channels you’ve liked.

With this change of how playlists work, YouTube will also feature a responsive card design that is meant to look right on any screen size, while also merging the experience of mobile and desktop versions of the world’s most popular video website.

And of course, these changes will occur, whether or not you like minimalist card navigational design, or not.

ViaOfficial YouTube blog

LG G Flex Review: All Those Curves Don’t Make Up For Cutting Corners

LG G Flex ReviewedOne day, somewhere and someone in LG’s creative unit decided that a curved smartphone would be a great idea. Of course, not having any pre-existing smartphones with that sort of a design proved to be a challenge, which is why LG had three separate companies design the G Flex: a smartphone that not only has a curvature in its body shape, but with its screen, as well.

Enter LG Chemistry, where they developed a curved battery, followed by LG Display, who creating the durable-yet-curved 6-inch screen, and finally, LG Mobile, who took all of the time and effort put forth by the prior two companies, then sandwiched that in a variety of sensors, silicon, and software. That’s the G Flex, in a nutshell: it’s a love child who can be deemed significant due to the some of its parts.

Lots of parts, which by the way, come from another LG smartphone: the G2, which I reviewed back in October

But is the G Flex a good phone, period? Let’s find out.

There’s Word That Google Offered $10 Billion To WhatsApp, But Lost

b0pjcuntzee4hgg07zt84ayv5q37uttg-rr1v3xj2luFortune is reporting this morning that Facebook wasn’t the only technology giant of a corporation to have offered WhatsApp an acquisition deal; in fact, Google had offered $10 billion, which is starkly less than what the blue company had to offer.

Also, the deal in its entirety was less attractive besides funds alone; it would come without the promise of a seat on Google’s board, unlike the successful deal that Facebook brokered with WhatsApp, which did allow for it.

Always great to hear about a glimpse of what behind-the-scenes work like this is like, especially at this magnitude.

Via: Fortune, Image Credit: TC

Volvo Introduces A Delivery Service — That Brings Groceries To Your Car

roam1-820x420Dubbed the Volvo Roam Delivery service, this useful alternative to loading in your day’s worth of groceries into the car aims to just completely nullify the workload — by having Volvo take care of everything.

It works by having new Volvo digital keys that allow the owner to select their car as a delivery point, and when ordering items online via smartphone or tablet, to select it. Volvo argues that this is a better alternative then having the goods sent to your home, which is a greater risk and bigger target.

As for how it’s aware: Once the digital key (and the owner) receives the notification that a delivery is on its way, the car will unlock to accept the goods, and lock after the load is complete. The most interesting facet of this new technology implementation is that the owner doesn’t have to be in, near, or with the car at all to receive a delivery.

Of course, Volvo takes into account an owner’s needs beyond just goods, and allows for remote heating or cooling, including a fuel check of the car. Sounds great, in concept.

ViaVolvo

Microsoft Does Some Housework: Office Web Apps Renamed To Office Online

office-onlineIt’s not too big of a deal, honestly. In order to continue down a path that makes sense, Microsoft aptly renamed the Office Web Apps division of products to Office Online, because naturally, it’s Microsoft Office — just online. They’ve also given it full access to the Office.com URL, which will undoubtedly draw in more customers to the new platform of Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. Otherwise, it’s all the same.

That being said, get those agreements typed out; I need them by 3PM, sharp.

ViaMicrosoft (Office Blog)Office.com