Judge Bans Older Samsung Smartphones
Samsung has been commanded to stop selling several older smartphones after a new court ruling in California. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple's petition to block the sale of certain handsets that were found to violate some of Apple's patents. The court initially determined that a fine of $120 million was sufficient, but Apple appealed and an appeals court agreed that the fine wasn't enough. "The court finds that Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues to use the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for this resulting irreparable harm, and that the balance of equities and public interest favor entry of a permanent injunction," said Koh in her new ruling. Samsung is no longer allowed to sell the Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S3, and Stratosphere. Few of these phones remain available for retail purchase. For example, some prepaid carriers offer the S3 as a free or entry-level handset, and the S3 is still being sold by Amazon.com. It's not clear how quickly retailers will have to pull their stock of these phones. Neither Apple nor Samsung commented on the latest decision.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
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New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
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Amazon today made the Motorola Moto Z3 Play and Moto G6 Play, both with Alexa on board, available through its Prime Exclusives program. Phones sold through the Prime Exclusive program have a single sign-in for all Amazon services, such as Amazon Video and Amazon Music.