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Reuters is reporting that Samsung has offered Blackberry a takeover offer for as much as $7.5 billion, which would be about 38 percent more than the stock market says the Canadian hardware company is even worth. Supposedly, the meeting happened last week but no party on either side has confirmed any details. So who knows if this stretches much further than a casual business meeting, but it does look like the world's collective dream of owning a Tizen-based smartphone with a hardware keyboard may actually happen! [Reuters]
Robert Frank forever changed the course of photography when his book The Americans was published in 1958, chronicling the broad landscape of life in the USA. To say that Frank has reached legend status is an understatement. Now, with a new online collection put together by the National Gallery of Art, hundreds of Frank's photos, workprints, and contact sheets are available for anyone to view for some serious photo education.
Even though Google is a long ways off from selling Project Ara phones directly to consumers, the company took a bit of time to detail its go-to-market strategy, which contained some details on the Puerto Rico pilot program. Perhaps most interesting was the look we got at how users might manage the many potential phone configurations that Project Ara makes possible.
The Ara Configurator, shown off running on a standard Android phone, is the way that users can build out and order phones, and it looked like a pretty nice bit of software at first glance. It's not entirely dissimilar to the concept of Moto Maker — it walks you through designing each aspect of the phone, from the stylized exterior "shells" to the all-important modules and...
Ubisoft's mea culpa free DLC for the rocky launch of Assassin's Creed Unity leads off a week that is otherwise light on releases as the industry recovers from the holiday rush.
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Jeep's CEO likes the idea of a Wrangler pickup truck, but there are a lot of business obstacles it would need to overcome before joining the next-generation Wrangler lineup, which is due in a couple of years.
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Panasonic showed off its concept kitchen at CES 2015. Though we might never see all the features in home one day, there are some things we definitely think could become a reality.
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Just as promised, Microsoft delivered fixes for the two Windows security vulnerabilities discovered by Google, as well as six additional glitches.
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In an homage to tangible music formats, Trevor Jackson has released his latest album, Format, across 12 different mediums, including vinyl, CD, Reel-to-Reel, and VHS.
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Apple has gotten involved in yet another lawsuit. This time, its with Ericsson, which the company claims is demanding "excessive royalties" for the patents it holds for LTE wireless technology.
According to Reuters, Apple says that Ericsson is trying to gain royalties based on the price of an entire smartphone or tablet, but Apple thinks it should only pay based on the price of the processor inside. It quotes a company spokesperson as saying:
We've always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights to standards essential patents covering technology in our products. Unfortunately, we have not been able to agree with Ericsson on a fair rate for their patents so, as a last resort, we are asking the courts for help.
Today, Ericsson filed its own lawsuit against Apple, claiming it has tried and failed to work out a new license agreement with Apple for two years. Reuters quotes an Ericsson spokesperson as saying:
We have been trying to negotiate a new agreement. We came to the conclusion we needed the help of a third party.
If a court does make a decision in this case in favor of Ericsson, Apple could be forced to pay as much as $750 million a year to continue to use its wireless patents.