Blackberry Slams Nokia with Lawsuit


Blackberry is slamming Nokia with a lawsuit filed on Valentine’s Day with a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, the Canadian company alleges Nokia of infringing on 11 patents, across a wide range of mobile networking products.

According to the suit,

“Nokia encourages and instructs customers, mobile service providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, to purchase, deploy and use infringing products to develop and operate their LTE networks and UMTS networks.”

The suit doesn’t go so far as seeking to block use of its patents, instead looking to collect on damages related to the royalty fees it charges for licenses on the technologies – some of which were acquired through purchase from Nortel, after that company went bankrupt.

Apple Now Charging Nigerian Users in Naira


Phone and gadget makers, Apple has started charging Nigerian users in naira.

This was revealed in a mail iTunes sent out to its Nigerian subscribers informing them of an currency change in the iTunes Store and Apple Music weeks ago.

“Dear Subscriber, The currency of the App Store, the iTunes Store, and Apple Music in Nigeria will soon be changing from U.S. dollars to Nigerian naira. This change requires no action from you.”

“After the currency change occurs, any pre-orders or subscriptions you have will be billed in Nigerian naira. Learn how to manage your subscriptions or send iTunes Gifts via email. If you have any other questions, visit Apple Support.”

Apple seems to be towing the same line Facebook towed in October last year.

Pros and cons: Our quick Review on Google’s Daydream View

It’s already a great VR headset — it just needs more apps and wider phone compatibility.

If you’re thinking of dipping your toes into virtual reality, your best bet is to start with an inexpensive mobile headset. And of the ones that are available (there are a lot, actually), your best bet might just be Google’s new Daydream View headset. It undercuts the Samsung Gear VR on price, and is also more comfortable to wear, thanks to its cloth-covered housing. Still, you might want to wait if at all possible. Google’s Daydream VR platform doesn’t have many apps at the moment, but that will change. The View headset is also only compatible with Google’s Pixel phones for now, but more Daydream-ready phones are on the way. Once those apps and compatible handsets arrive, though, the View will be the mobile VR headset to beat.

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Key

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable
  • Motion controller makes VR immersive
  • High-quality VR experiences

Cons

  • Not many apps yet
  • More Daydream phones are coming, but aren’t here yet

Summary

The Daydream View is a solid first attempt at a mobile VR headset. It’s comfortable and VR experiences look great. The only problem is there aren’t many apps available for it yet.