HTC Already Has Software Fix for Infringing Smartphones
HTC CEO Peter Chou said on Wednesday that the company has already developed a software workaround so that its Android smartphones will no longer violate Apple's patents. The company also indicated it is testing new models that won't violate the patents. HTC didn't say if or when the software update would be installed on existing or new phones, however. Speaking to media alongside Android chief Andy Rubin, Chou called Apple's legal tactics "unfair" and said that Google and HTC would work together to make sure their Android phones don't violate patents in the future. "This industry should not allow one company use its powerful weapon to stop other innovation and take it all...this is not fair," said Chou. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Monday that HTC violated one of Apple's patents and set a ban blocking HTC imports for April 19, 2012.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
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.
HTC Appoints Cher Wang as CEO
HTC today promoted Cher Wang, co-founder and chairman of HTC, to the CEO position. Wang is replacing long-time CEO Peter Chou, who is transitioning to a product development role.
"this is not fair"
weren't they violating Apple's patents in which they were not attempting to innovate at all and were just backpacking ...
But accurate. The patent system in this country is a joke.