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Skype and Fring haven't exactly been best buds of late, and things probably won't get any better after this announcement. Fring has announced its new FringOut service, which not-so-subtly is along the lines of SkypeOut, allowing users to make phone calls to landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world. Formerly, Fring's best asset was Skype access. Since the earlier kerfuffle, however, that access no longer exists. Sadly, FringOut only works on Nokia phones currently. Meanwhile, Android and iOS support will be "soon available," according to Fring’s press release (below). For those who want... Read more...
It's never pretty watching two nerds duke it out, and as is often the case, a would-be battle turns into a lot of awkward posturing. That's currently what's going on between Fring, who last week released an updated iPhone app allowing iPhone 4 owners to make 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G, and Skype, who may rank as Fring's least biggest fan. So what's the big deal? According to Fring, Skype is playing dirty by refusing to allow connections with Fring, thus ending 4 years of Skype interconnectivity. "We are disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness, is now attempting... Read more...
The Mobile World Congress runs from February 15-18 this year, and Intel has announced it plans to display several applications specifically developed for netbooks and mobile devices. Intel first announced its plans to debut an App Store for Atom, aka AppUp at CES in January. The company's plans have drawn inevitable comparisons to Apple's App Store, but the presentations at MWC will be a useful first look at what Intel's application developer partners have in mind in terms of customized netbook software. According to an Intel blog post, the following applications will be on display:Jaycut: Billed... Read more...
While AT&T long ago announced it was removing any restrictions on iPhone VOIP application on their network, Apple didn't follow suit. With the release of the latest, iPhone / iPad / iPod touch SDK, that restriction has been removed, and VOIP companies are jumping into the 3G pool.  iCall was the first VOIP company to announce 3G support with their VOIP app. In fact, iCall announced its 3G capability the same day as the iPad announcement, when it also released the new SDK.  On Thursday, Fring announced the same functionality was now available via its app. In fact, it sounds like... Read more...
One day after a federal jury ruled Vonage had infringed on Sprint Nextel patents, an appeals court reaffirmed the March decision against Vonage with regards to Verizon patents.  It's been a bad two days for them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed an order barring Vonage from using Internet phone call technology related to two of the three patents which Verizon claimed had been infringed. The court reversed a lower court's interpretation on the third patent, however, and ordered more proceedings to recalculate damages and royalties from a previous verdict of $58 million... Read more...
Intel And AmberWave Systems Corporation Announce Settlement of Strained Silicon Patent Infringement Litigation and License Agreement SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Intel has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's ten-year term. The companies also have agreed to continuing discussions... Read more...
The tech world's latest legal case is between two very big companies. IBM, with its enormous cache of patents, has filed suit against Amazan.com over its use of five patents that IBM claims as their own: US 5,796,967 - Presenting Applications in an Interactive Service. US 5,442,771 - Storing Data in an Interactive Network. US 7,072,849 - Presenting Advertising in an Interactive Service. US 5,446,891 - Adjusting Hypertext Links with Weighted User Goals and Activities. US 5,319,542 - Ordering Items Using an Electronic Catalogue. As the article points out though, some of these patents have been... Read more...