11/08/2011, It looks like Microsoft has plans to add yet another Android manufacturer to their list of licensees, and this time round they have Huawei in their sights. Huawei has confirmed this and it seems that negotiations over the licensing of certain patents are already underway. If the negotiations are successful, Microsoft will be adding Huawei to their list, which already includes Android handset manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and ViewSonic, […]
09/13/2011, A few months ago we reported about Research In Motion (RIM) receiving a lawsuit from the folks over at Dolby Laboratories due to unlicensed used of its technology in the PlayBook. Well, it’s been reported that the lawsuit has been dismissed today. Fortunately there’s no banning of PlayBook sales in the US and Germany, as the two companies have come to an agreement that benefits both parties. RIM has agreed […]
06/29/2011, HP, the largest manufacturer of personal computers in the world is currently talking to different parties about licensing their webOS mobile software, according to Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker. He mentioned that “we are talking to a number of companies. I can share with you that a number of companies have expressed interest. We are continuing our conversations.” This is an interesting development, as it would provide hardware manufacturers with […]
06/17/2011, It looks like things aren’t going too well for RIM. The company’s latest product, the BlackBerry PlayBook hasn’t exactly been flying off the shelves, and now the company has just come under fire with a lawsuit from Dolby. Dolby Laboratories has filed a lawsuit against RIM for using Dolby’s audio compression technologies in its BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook without acquiring any proper licenses from the company.
06/15/2011, AppleInsider has just reported that Imagination Technologies – the company behind the PowerVR mobile graphics processors that are used in Apple’s A5 processor (found in the iPad 2), has started licensing the next generation of its PowerVR graphics processors to its partners. The next generation graphics processor, named PowerVR Series6 has been revealed to be licensed to six key partners of Imagination Technologies.
04/26/2011, In an official press release today, ARM announced that it has a new licensing agreement with LG Electronics to provide them access to high performance, low-power ARM Cortex processors and ARM Mali GPU families. This could mean that LG Electronics is looking into developing its own SoCs like what its greatest rival, Samsung, has been doing for their own phones tablets (i.e. Hummingbird and Exonys). This could also mean that […]
03/31/2011, After launching without the consent of record labels, Amazon has decided to get its legal issues in order and has been reported to taking steps to obtain the needed licenses for Cloud Player. Due to their gung-ho actions, they’ve managed to become the first big name player in the cloud music industry, stepping ahead of Apple and Google. While they might be facing lawsuits or heavy fines if things don’t […]
03/29/2011, It looks like Amazon is already facing the ramifications of their barely one-day-old Cloud Player service. It has been reported that Amazon launched their cloud-based music service without obtaining the required licenses to run such a service. Obtaining these licenses have been the main hindrance to Amazon’s competitors’ cloud music services and Amazon choosing to ignore them allowed the company to beat them to the punch. While it was a […]
01/21/2011, The legal battle between Oracle’s Java and Google’s Android has been going on for a while and now it seems that it might actually have a case. It has been discovered that at least 43 Android source files appear to have been directly copied from Java. Some other files in Android Froyo and Gingerbread also appear to have been decompiled from the Java 2 Standard Edition and redistributed under the […]
11/01/2010, VLC has many loyal fans out there, so it’s not surprising that the app was well received when released for the iPad and iPhone. The joy might be short lived though, as there might be a licensing issue with the whole deal. The port in the App Store was done by a company called Applidium, not the VLC developer VideoLAN which holds the copyright and licenses the code under the […]