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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:38:13 +0000
Qualcomm confirms it will pay $975 million to settle antitrust dispute with China http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/qualcomm-confirms-it-will-pay-975-million-to-settle-antitrust-dispute-with-china.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/qualcomm-confirms-it-will-pay-975-million-to-settle-antitrust-dispute-with-china.html


Qualcomm has now confirmed a previous report from this morning that it has entered into a settlement with the government of China's National Development and Reform Commission to settle an antitrust dispute. The amount of the settlement will be 6.088 billion Chinese Yuan Renminbi, or about $975 million.

  • Qualcomm will offer licenses to its current 3G and 4G essential Chinese patents separately from licenses to its other patents and it will provide patent lists during the negotiation process. If Qualcomm seeks a cross license from a Chinese licensee as part of such offer, it will negotiate with the licensee in good faith and provide fair consideration for such rights.
  • For licenses of Qualcomm's 3G and 4G essential Chinese patents for branded devices sold for use in China, Qualcomm will charge royalties of 5% for 3G devices (including multimode 3G/4G devices) and 3.5% for 4G devices (including 3-mode LTE-TDD devices) that do not implement CDMA or WCDMA, in each case using a royalty base of 65% of the net selling price of the device.
  • Qualcomm will give its existing licensees an opportunity to elect to take the new terms for sales of branded devices for use in China as of January 1, 2015.
  • Qualcomm will not condition the sale of baseband chips on the chip customer signing a license agreement with terms that the NDRC found to be unreasonable or on the chip customer not challenging unreasonable terms in its license agreement. However, this does not require Qualcomm to sell chips to any entity that is not a Qualcomm licensee, and does not apply to a chip customer that refuses to report its sales of licensed devices as required by its patent license agreement.

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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:41:00 +0000
Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling out to the AT T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/android-4-4-4-kitkat-update-rolling-out-to-the-at-t-samsung-galaxy-s5-active.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/android-4-4-4-kitkat-update-rolling-out-to-the-at-t-samsung-galaxy-s5-active.html


AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active should be able to see an over-the-air firmware update that will take the smartphone up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The update is apparently a mandatory one for owners of the smartphone and should be available for every owner of the device to download in the next few days. Aside from KitKat, the change log only says this download contains "miscellaneous improvements, bug fixes, and security updates."


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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:03:00 +0000
Sony Xperia Z4 front panel leaks from Chinese sources http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/sony-xperia-z4-front-panel-leaks-from-chinese-sources.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/sony-xperia-z4-front-panel-leaks-from-chinese-sources.html


Most Sony Xperia fans are still hoping for a flagship unveiling at the Mobile World Congress 2015 from Sony, although spirits have been dampened somewhat by rumors that the Sony Xperia Z4 won’t be launched at the Barcelona trade show but will be pushed back to a mid-year launch date. Of course, nothing is sure, and this leak of possible Xperia Z4 front panels might just give people some hope.

This is reportedly the first leak of the Sony Xperia Z4 front panels – although leakers usually would like to claim they were first. From these pictures, if legit, we can see that Sony is really standing by their design language and has not made any radical changes to the look of the device – at least the front panel. It looks like the same dual front speakers will still be present.

It also looks like Sony will be staying with the 5.2-inch screen, if this Xperia Z4 leak be true. Other rumors have speculated on the specs – either a Snapdragon 805 or a Snapdragon 810 processor, but we will seriously question the choice of a lower processor if the 810 is ready for primetime. There’s also the 3GB RAM and a spanking new camera sensor.

Would you still buy this baby if it looks quite the same as a Sony Xperia Z3? That can be a deal-breaker for some. Tell us your thoughts on the comments section below.

VIA: Weibo


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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:20:00 +0000
NVIDIA coming up with a Tegra X1-powered SHIELD Tablet http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/nvidia-coming-up-with-a-tegra-x1-powered-shield-tablet.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/nvidia-coming-up-with-a-tegra-x1-powered-shield-tablet.html


The news that NVIDIA will be coming up with an upgraded version of its highly successful and acclaimed SHIELD Tablet comes as no surprise, especially as we were treated last week to an unveiling of the octa-core monster that is the Tegra X1 at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The new SHIELD Tablet in the works is likely to feature the Tegra X1 as its processor.

There was a fear that NIVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet would be a one-off, because it was just that good. The updates for Android came promptly, and it offered close to stock Android experience – no bloatware. The hardware was built around the Tegra K1 chip, still one of the fastest and most efficient processors out there even today. So what’s not to like? Well, maybe before this piece of news, there was a fear that NVIDIA would not come up with an upgraded version.

Well, the news is that NVIDIA is supposedly working on a successor to the powerful gaming tablet, and it would be out in a few months – so there’s some good news for us. No specs available yet, but from what we know of the Tegra X1, it should be yummy enough for us. The Tegra X1 is built on a 20nm chip that has a 256-core Maxwell GPU. The processor side boasts of an octa-core setup with big.LITTLE architecture – four ARM Cortex-A57 cores paired with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores. So robust, eh?

We will have to wait patiently, but we assure you that news of the specs of this new tablet should start trickling in soon. What features would you like to see in this new tablet? Sound off in our comments section.

VIA: Fudzilla

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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:40:00 +0000
Amazon Fire Phone: All you need to know http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/amazon-fire-phone-all-you-need-to-know.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/amazon-fire-phone-all-you-need-to-know.html

Now that the Fire Phone event is all wrapped up, what have we learned? We're getting a phone with a different look, but not a true 3D effect. Prime is involved, even moreso than the Kindle Fire tablets. If you’re looking for a one-stop destination for all your Fire Phone info, we’ve got you covered.


To start, the screen isn’t really a “3D” display. The orientation of the device gives you different looks at what’s on the screen, which is why Amazon is tracking your face with four cameras ont he front of the device. You get the opportunity to “peek” around corners and such in games, so it’s a cool addition — but likely not reason to snatch one up.

Firefly, though — that might be a reason people will want this one. The service lets you snap pics of objects you may want to buy, and links you to the Amazon listing for the item. Even better, you can save items for later, letting you just walk around snapping photos of stuff you want to buy.

Firefly also lets you snap pics of things that you want to save for info, like a flyer on a light post. You snap a pic, and it scrapes the image for details, then offers to save it in a readable way.


The camera seems important to Amazon, and it’s a decent one. A 13MP shooter has a f/2.0 aperture, which Amazon feels is the right hardware. They also give you unlimited photo storage, which is maybe the biggest deal about this phone if you’re serious about mobile photography. It also has a dedicated shutter button, so you can always get a quick pic snapped in a pinch. Three capture modes and "smart HDR" will also come in handy.


X-Ray is another neat feature, and it allows you to send a movie you find on your Fire Phone to a Fire TV. It also acts as a second screen to the Fire TV, giving you info about a show you’re watching.


The Fire Phone is a decent offering, and we like that it provides Prime features. Android 4.2.2 and Fire OS 3.5 will drive this one, too. The price tag is typical of a smartphone, but we expected Amazon to come in under the average. What do you say — interested in the Amazon phone? Let us know in the comment below!


Read more http://androidcommunity.com/amazon-fire-phone-all-you-need-to-know-20140618/

webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:51:00 +0000
KitKat starts rolling out to AT T Galaxy S III owners http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/kitkat-starts-rolling-out-to-at-t-galaxy-s-iii-owners.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/kitkat-starts-rolling-out-to-at-t-galaxy-s-iii-owners.html


Samsung is now starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software update to Galaxy S3 owners on AT&T's network. The update will be pushed out via an over the air (OTA) software update and users are advised that WiFi is required to download. Hit the break to see the full change log.


  • Android OS Version upgraded to 4.4.2
  • New Lock Screen Access
  • Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
  • Camera Shortcut - access the Camera application right from the lock screen
  • SMS App Chooser - select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
  • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
  • AT&T Drive Mode is changed to DriveMode
  • "Beat Music" Pre-loaded
  • Video player closed captioning Settings > My device > Accessibility > Google subtitles (CC) and Samsung subtitles (CC)
  • Unified Location Menu: Settings > More > Location Location Settings is same as Location service in JBP. User can set the Locating method and check the recent location requests
  • Expanded Emoji Icons
  • Wireless Printing is added. You can add printing support to your apps or develop print services to support specific types of printers. Apps > - Settings > Connections > More networks > Printing
  • Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed.
  • Copy & paste improvements
  • Email allows inline editing
  • Phone/Dialer user interface enhancements
  • Settings changes
  • Bluetooth enhancements
  • Immersive mode addition
  • Keyboard enhancements
  • HCE (Host card emulation) Enabled
  • UICC (Universal Integrated Circuit Card ) is set as default
  • GMS apps update (GMS 4.4.2_r2).
Source: Samsung

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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:28:00 +0000
Improved fitness and better sleep arrive on Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/improved-fitness-and-better-sleep-arrive-on-gear-2-gear-2-neo-gear-fit.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/improved-fitness-and-better-sleep-arrive-on-gear-2-gear-2-neo-gear-fit.html



Samsung has issued a software update for the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo wearables. The update includes some pedometer fixes, and enhancements to user experience.

Samsung says that this update makes the pedometer of their devices more accurate, and it now starts counting steps automatically. Higher pedometer step goals are now supported, and data is now transferred more easily. The accuracy of the heart rate monitor has also been improved. Sleep mode now disables the screen wake-up feature. Finally, you will now have more options for messages to send when you reject a call, and you can even create custom messages.


The update is rolling out today, and your paired Galaxy device will be alerted when the update is available for you.

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webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:39:00 +0000
Our First Look At Adobe’s Ink And Slide Tools For The iPad http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/our-first-look-at-adobe-s-ink-and-slide-tools-for-the-ipad.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/our-first-look-at-adobe-s-ink-and-slide-tools-for-the-ipad.html {youtube}EzX486tP4xs{/youtube}
Today Adobe unveiled the Ink and Slide, its first foray into the realm of hardware gadgets. The company describes the pair of gadgets as a “Creative Cloud Pen and Digital Ruler.” Basically, it’s a smart stylus that syncs with your iPad over Bluetooth and offers some nifty features when used together with Adobe Line, a new app available today for the iPad.
In the video above, Adobe Director of Innovation Strategy David Macy explains what sets the company’s tools apart from what’s already out there on the market.

From its curved, anodized aluminum body that fits well in your hand no matter the position to the digital ruler that doesn’t require a battery thanks to a smart use of magnets to simulate multi-touch points on your screen, the Ink and Slide seems to be a quality piece of hardware.

Designers interested in adding Ink and Slide to their workflows can buy it directly from Adobe for $199. As suggested by Adobe’s description, it’s best for those who already pay up for a subscription to the company’s Creative Cloud service, as that gives access to unlimited backup of your work in Adobe Line as well as the ability to send the work you started on your iPad over to the  full versions of Photoshop and Illustrator on the desktop with the tap of a button.

Read more http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/18/first-look-at-adobes-ink-and-slide-tools-for-the-ipad/?ncid=rss

webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:48:00 +0000
Adobe Photoshop Mix Review: Touch-Based Selective Photo Editing Done Right http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/adobe-photoshop-mix-review-touch-based-selective-photo-editing-done-right.html http://www.66mobile.com/feeds/adobe-photoshop-mix-review-touch-based-selective-photo-editing-done-right.html {youtube}a1bfmtt6txM{/youtube}
Adobe has a new Photoshop app for mobile out today. But it’s entirely new, as in not an update to either Photoshop Touch or Photoshop Express. The app, called Photoshop Mix, is an iPad exclusive at launch, and it aims to fill a gap between the company’s existing products by providing users with some unique editing functions aimed at making sharing-friendly remixed images quickly and easily.
So what exactly does that mean? Basically, Mix is based entirely around the concept of creating simple two-layer compositions that use stacked images to produce interesting results you won’t normally get from one picture with filters applied. The key to all the magic is Adobe’s new intelligent selection tool, which makes it easy to highlight just parts of the image, which you can then either cut out from the background (or foreground), or apply filters and edits to separate selections from the rest of the pic.
Based on my usage, the method Adobe has created for selecting areas of an image to separate is unmatched on touch-based devices in terms of ease of use and accuracy. It’s not perfect, but it’s as close as you can possibly get when you’re not using fine detailed instruments like a Wacom tablet or a high-DPI mouse. And you can feel okay about picking up a little more than you intended to on your first pass – switching to “Remove” from “Add” lets you easily edit out parts you didn’t mean to pick up after the fact.

Read more http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/18/adobe-photoshop-mix-review-touch-based-selective-photo-editing-done-right/?ncid=rss

webmaster@66mobile.com (John) frontpage Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:30:00 +0000