Google Accuses Microsoft Of Extortion Over Android Patent Deals

Yesterday we heard that Microsoft had signed a patent licensing deal with Samsung, and that Samsung would pay Microsoft a fee for every Android device it sells, Samsung has joined other companies like HTC and Acer to pay Microsoft for patents related to Google’s Android OS.

Google has now spoken out about what it thinks about the latest deal between Samsung and Microsoft, and Google is basically accusing Microsoft of Extortion, you can see the statement below.

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Skype 2.5 Update For Android Introduces Adverts

Skype has announced today the rolled out of a new update for Android devices adding support for Skype to an additional 14 Android devices. Now bringing the total of Android devices supported by Skype to 41. Skype also announced that it will also be available by default on several Motorola Devices including the Atrix 2.5 or Xoom 2.5.

Other new features within the update include the ability to switch between portrait and landscape modes during video calls, and zoom in with a simple double tap on the screen. Together with additional support for Bluetooth headsets.

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Akitio Super S3 eSata USB 3.0, FireWire 800 Hard Drive Enclosure

Akitio have announced the addition of a new hard drive enclosure to its range in the form of the new Akitio Super S3 which will be arriving soon in stores an online direct from their website for around $150.

The Akitio Super S3 is equipped with and array of connection ports including eSata USB 3.0, 2 x FireWire 800, but unfortunately it doesn’t include a Thunderbolt port.

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Toy Story Film Being Recreated Using Real Toys (video)

A team of Toy Story fans join forces and started the Live Action Toy Story project which has been created to bring the animated Toy Story adventure to life using real toys of the characters in the film.

The team hope to recreate the Live-Action Pixar Toy Story movie, shot-for-shot, with real people and real toys from beginning to end. The project has already been going for a year but the team has now released a preview clip of the work they have been creating.

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Curved Wood iPhone Docking Stand (video)

Jerry Jaksha has created a very natural wooden iPhone stand using a bent wood laminating technique he mastered nearly 15 years ago to bend strips of wood to create a unique iPhone docking station.

In his wood bending technique Jaksha uses wet wood and a couple of clamps together with Gorilla Glue to create the curved wood pieces which make up the basis for his iPhone stand design. Watch the video after the jump to see him take you through the creation process.

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Samsung’s New Dual Core 1.5GHz Exynos 4212 Processor Unveiled

Earlier today we heard that Samsung and Google are holding a mobile event on the 11th of October, where we are expecting to get our first look at the new Samsung Google Nexus Prime which will come with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and now we may have a clue as to what processor the Nexus Prime will come with.

We had heard previously that the Nexus Prime may come with a dual core TI OMAP 4460 processor, but now it would appear it may come with Samsung’s latest Exynos processor which has just been announced.

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Sony Releases PlayStation Home 1.55 Update

Today Sony has rolled out a new PlayStation Home 1.55 update which brings with it a new start-up experience, updates to the Wardrobe and Furniture browser. Together with a few tweaks to improve stability and provide a smoother operation.

Unfortunately its not the PlayStation Home relaunch we are highly anticipating but Sony says that the PlayStation Home relaunch is still on track and will be arriving this fall. When the new version of PlayStation Home arrives it has been designed to provide a more engaging social gaming platform for PS3 owners.

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LaCie La Plug Transforms USB Drives Into Cloud Storage (video)

If you are looking for a way to share files, photographs and media with friends and family directly from your home network. LaCie has unveiled a new network bridge device called The LaCie LaPlug enables you to setup access to your files and media for users you permit giving them access from  their own browsers. Simply attach USB drives to the LaPlug device to convert them into cloud storage and then setup access rights for each user.

The LaCie LaPlug is also compatible with UPnP and DLNA compatible equipment, like game consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 and even allows you to stream media and music to iTunes equipped systems. Watch a promotional video after the jump to see it in action.

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Facebook Project Spartan Screenshots Leaked?

Many of us were expecting to see Facebook’s Project Spartan at their recent F8 event, and now some more screenshots of Facebook’s Project Spartan have appeared online, they turned up on the Facebook Mobile Developers page, and have now been taken down.

From what we have heard previous, Project Spartan is a HTML5 based mobile platform that will let you run mobile web apps on your smartphone, have a look at the photos below.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich In Action (Video)

We were expecting to get a closer look at the latest version of Google’s Mobile OS, Android Ice Cream Sandwich when it is officially announced by Google some time this month or next month, but it looks like we wont have to wait.

According to Engadget, one lucky eBay shopper bought them self a Google Nexus S, and what did it come loaded with? Android Ice Cream Sandwich, have a look at the video of it in action below.

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Google Nexus Prime Coming 11th Of October?

We have been hearing quite a bit about the Google Nexus Prime, which is expected to be the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone to be released, and it is being made for Google by Samsung.

It looks like we may get our first look at the Google Nexus Prime on the 11th of October, as Samsung has sent out press invites to a new mobile event on the 11th of October which is described as the ‘Google Episode’.

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