Nuance sale talks put valuable speech-recognition patent portfolio up for grabs

Nuance Communications, a company with deep expertise in speech-recognition industry, may be up for sale. The Burlington, Mass.-based company has been in talks with various suitors, including private equity firms and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal, which quoted people familiar with the deal. This is not the first time that the company has been a target, and… Read More

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Interview: Barnes & Noble CEO ‘not worried about Amazon’ as Nook ties fortunes to Samsung

Barnes & Noble laid out a new plan for its Nook e-reader business this morning, announcing plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. So what does this mean for the bookseller’s partnership with Microsoft, and its competition with Amazon? GeekWire spoke with Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby via phone this morning, getting… Read More


Android widens lead in U.S. smartphone market as BlackBerry continues to slip

After the buying extravaganza that took place over the holidays, the U.S. smartphone market has largely reached a quiet equilibrium while customers waited for manufacturers to release new phones. According to new results from ComScore, the market share of major players in the smartphone wars has remained largely unchanged from December through March. Android rose to… Read More


Amazon and Samsung partner on special Kindle app, book deals

A specialized app called “Kindle for Samsung” will debut this month, starting on the Samsung Galaxy S5, under an agreement announced this morning between Amazon and Samsung. Under the partnership, Samsung tablet and smartphone users will also get one free Kindle book a month. The deal is notable in part because Amazon is separately poised to become… Read More

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Researcher’s 1991 video could torpedo Apple’s key ‘slide to unlock’ patent

A video from a researcher could spell curtains for one of the key patents in Apple’s ongoing litigation against Samsung. The 1991 video, entitled “Touchscreen Toggle Design,” features University of Maryland researcher Catherine Plaisant showing off a number of ways to model a touchscreen toggle that users can control. One of the toggles (shown at… Read More


Apple wins $930M in patent dispute with Samsung, but judge won’t block sales

Federal Judge Lucy Koh has awarded almost $930 million in damages to Apple, after deciding that a number of Samsung’s devices infringed on Apple’s patents. However, Koh denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction blocking the sales of those devices in America. Apple did not show that the patented features, including the iconic pinch-to-zoom gesture,… Read More


Glympse adds Foursquare-like location sharing to Samsung messaging app

Seattle-based Glympse has partnered with ChatON to enable its users to share their location with a friend through the Samsung-owned messaging platform. The announcement is being made today — or technically tonight in Barcelona — ahead of Mobile World Congress, the massive wireless show, that begins Monday. While Glympse has announced a new partnership almost… Read More


Samsung pulls further ahead of Apple as smartphone shipments top 1 billion worldwide

Smartphone makers sold 1 billion handsets worldwide last year, according to a report by IDC this morning. And nobody has more reason to be happy than Samsung. The South Korean electronics company sold 313.9 million smartphones last year, up 42.9 percent over 2012. Last quarter, the company sold 82 million smartphones, continuing to widen its overall… Read More


Study shows Microsoft outpacing Apple in battle for tech consumer mindshare

A new study from Forrester may surprise you: Microsoft — not Apple — is doing a better job of building its consumer brand. The study was based on brand resonance (preference over other brands, referral, willingness to pay a premium price), in addition to Forrester’s “TRUE brand compass research,” which analyzes how trusted, remarkable, unmistakeable… Read More


Amazon unveils partners for 4K streaming video

CES is always home to a slew of new television-related tech buzz, and this year is no different. Amazon announced today that it is partnering with Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Discovery, Samsung and others to bring 4K video to its streaming service. 4K is the nickname given to the next generation of ultra-high-definition video. 4K… Read More