Apple and Google Place Rival Bids for Kodak Patents
The initial bids placed for some 1,100 patents being auctioned off by Eastman Kodak came from Apple and a consortium led by Google. The groups bid between $150 and $250 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited sources familiar with the proceedings. Kodak is auctioning off digital imaging patents in two lots as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. The first lot includes patents pertaining to capturing and processing images on smartphones, tablets, and cameras; and the second relates to storing and analyzing images. These opening bids are much lower than the final amount Kodak is seeking. Earlier this year, Kodak's patents were valued at more than $2 billion. The proceeds of the patent auction will go to repay Kodak's creditors and to help Kodak rebuild its business if there are any proceeds left over. Some of the companies that belong to the Google-led consortium include Samsung, LG, and HTC, all of which use Google's Android platform in their smartphones. The auction officially begins August 8 and a winner will be picked August 13.
Hands On with the Kodak Ektra
Bullitt Group is back with another Kodak-branded smartphone and believes it has a better combination of form, features, and functionality in the Ektra. The Ektra clearly taps into the nostalgia factor thanks to its resemblance to older cameras.
AT&T-Run FirstNet More Generally Available to First Responders
AT&T today said fire, medical, police, and other first responders now have more access to its FirstNet network. FirstNet has been available for purchase by agencies, but hasn't been directly sold in stores.
Apple, Samsung Support Digital Key for Unlocking Cars with Phones
The Car Connectivity Consortium this week announced release 1.0 of its Digital Key specification, which will let people use their phone to unlock their car. The spec supports the ability to lock, unlock, start, and share access to cars from smartphones and other devices.
Kodak Ektra Improves Camera and Lowers Price As It Makes US Debut
Eastman Kodak and Bullitt Group this week launched the Ektra smartphone in the U.S. The handset was first announced in October 2016.