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Smartphone Wars!

Samsung has been ordered to pay US$120 million in damages for infringing Apple smartphone patents, a jury has decided in San Jose, California.

This is a big deal when it comes to dealing with this amount of money and for Samsung this is a big hit to their pockets even though they are a multi billion dollar company. These two tech giants have been going at it for many years all over the world about copying each others patents. Apple is seeking US$2.2 billion from Samsung for infringing 5 of its patented features such as, slide-to-lock, universal searching, and quick linking.

Samsung on the other hand are only seeking US$6 million from Apple arguing that they have infringed two of its patents relating to camera use and video transmission.

Both companies sell fantastic phones and other technology but personally I don’t find any of the two phones similar at all. The Apple iPhone is simple with its design and software and Samsung S5 is, in my opinion, difficult to use if you haven’t used any of their products before.

One day I might make the switch to Samsung but for now I’m enjoying the iOS7 software and its design.

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Snapchat Real-time

As many of you may have noticed you are receiving Snapchat videos from ‘Team Snapchat’. Well they have put out an update, in my opinion, is a game changer for messaging friends or even strangers. The real-time video chat and messaging is amazing! You can send messages to your friends with just a simple swipe and once you’ve left the message, your messages will “Self-destruct” just like the old Snapchat version. Although you can still save your message just by selecting the ones you want to save. With the real-time chat you can hold the chat screen when your friend is active and talk to them in real-time, you can also switch between front and back camera by just moving your finger to the top of your phone.

Like I said earlier this feature is a game changer for all photo messaging apps. Since this is the case, I wonder what will Facebook and Instagram do?

Snapchat has also hired Jad Boutros from Google as a director of information security to toughen up their walls against hackers after their breach earlier this year which caused millions of users phone numbers to be shared. Boutros had been working for Google since 2004 and previously was a software engineer at Oracle.

In terms of design, I like what Snapchat has done with their interface and I really enjoy their colour scheme. It’s colourful, bright and fun looking, exactly what a photo messaging apps needs to attract its millions of users.

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