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.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Google's GBoard App for Android Lets You Draw Emoji
Google today updated its GBoard keyboard application for Android handsets and made it possible for people to draw emoji. In the emoji search tool, GBoard can recognize finger-scrawled pictures and then automatically insert the correct emoji into your text.
T-Mobile Rolls Out Buy-One, Get-One Offer for Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6
T-Mobile said shoppers will be able to score a free Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, or LG G6 or V20 (pictured) through a new buy-one, get-one offer that kicks off June 16. Existing T-Mobile customers need to buy both phones on an installment plan and subscribe to an unlimited data service plan in order to qualify.