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Samsung sued for stealing wireless-charging Technology

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A new lawsuit alleges that the wireless charging technology used by Samsung’s various smartphones has been stolen from a U.S. company called NuCurrent.

The lawsuit was submitted to the court last month. NuCurrent alleges that in 2015, the company was invited to present its wireless charging technology to Samsung engineers and executives so that Samsung could consider whether it could be adopted in future smartphone models.

During the show, NuCurrent shared a series of solutions and patented designs to improve the wireless charging performance of the Galaxy S6.

The entire show needed to comply with a confidentiality agreement, but NuCurrent alleged that Samsung did not enter into a cooperation agreement with the company but decided to steal NuCurrent’s technology and apply it later.

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The lawsuit wrote: “Samsung did not cooperate with NuCurrent. Instead, it stole NuCurrent’s intellectual property without any notice and permission and then deployed it to Samsung’s new smartphones, including the Galaxy S7 and S8.”

The lawsuit also said that in order to demonstrate the technology, NuCurrent provided Samsung with two wireless charging coils that perform better than Samsung’s own design.

NuCurrent allowed Samsung engineers to inspect its patented design and further provided Samsung engineers and executives with information on coil design, and why “NuCurrent coils outperform Samsung.”

In the months following the show, Samsung and NuCurrent continued to exchange information. The lawsuit stated: “Under the confidentiality agreement, Samsung began to routinely request NuCurrent to provide its wireless charging expertise and provide new samples.”

In early 2016, Samsung’s chief technology officer even personally visited NuCurrent’s office in Chicago to meet with the company’s representatives.

In the end, NuCurrent began to suspect that Samsung was not interested in closing the deal.

“In the spring of 2016, NuCurrent began to doubt whether this relationship would become a commercial application. NuCurrent has contributed a lot of time and resources to these projects under the confidentiality agreement but has made progress in cooperation with Samsung. May 2016 NuCurrent was invited to speak at a conference held by Samsung at Mountain View, California, but NuCurrent was frustrated because of Samsung’s lack of commitment and investment in the project. NuCurrent reminded Samsung that the two companies had not made any commercial progress.”

In short, NuCurrent believes that Samsung is only pretending to be interested in their technology, but it is actually just to steal the company’s intellectual property. NuCurrent requested the court to prohibit the sale of Galaxy S7 and S8, and asked Samsung to make compensation and pay legal fees.

Samsung has been known for stealing technologies and was sued for it as well. It could be that Samsung discovered the new coils by themselves with their R&D. Samsung is yet to comment on this whole fiasco.

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Asus Zenfone 5Z available at 25k + more!

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If you don’t already know it, Now you do! The Asus Zenfone 5Z will be available for just 25k. Have a OnePlus device? Even better! Well read on and we will tell you how.

So every year, Our E-Commerce giants, Flipkart and Amazon do a massive sale with great deals for consumers. This time Flipkart in collaboration with Asus will be providing the Asus Zenfone 5Z for a super price of 25,000INR. Along with that If you will be exchanging your old OnePlus device you will get an additional discount of 3,000 over the value of your device. So if you have a phone like OnePlus 3, you can actually grab the 5Z for mere 15k.

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Even if you don’t want to exchange your phone, The 5Z at 25k is still a great deal. The Zenfone 5Z has a Snapdragon 845 with storage option up to 256GB and 8GB of RAM. The 5Z also gets a microSD card slot as well as dual speakers which OnePlus 6 misses out on.

Asus is also offering an awesome deal on its mid-segment device, The Zenfone Max pro M1. Well now, the M1 will start from just 9,999. A phone with Snapdragon 636 for under 10k, however, I will suggest you go with the one with 6GB RAM and 64Gb storage as it has a much better camera compared to the other ones. The same will be available for 12,999. Compared to phones like Nokia 6.1 pro or the Moto M Power, The M1 makes much more sense.

So overall, This time Asus has killed the Competition. The 5Z for 25k is a really good deal and with all that extra offers, you can grab the phone for as low as 8k.

So what do you think about this deal? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Tez renamed to Google Pay!

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Last year Google had launched Tez, a UPI based platform for money transfer is now being Renamed to Google Pay. While Google Pay is available in countries like USA which carries mobile-based payments via NFC, The Google Pay in India will still work on UPI. Google has also added additional features to the app with this update. Soon Google Pay users will be able to apply for a loon within the app as Google has partnered with a bunch of Private Banks.  “In the coming weeks, these customers will be able to use Google Pay to take out a customised loan amount from their banks, with minimal paperwork, and once they accept the bank’s terms, the money is deposited securely and instantly by their bank, into their bank account,” Google’s general manager (payments) Caesar Sengupta said.

 

“The world has certainly taken notice of India’s digital payments success and our deep investments here with Tez. Many governments are asking us to work with them to bring similar digital payments innovations to their countries,” Google said. According to Google, they have almost 22million active users on its payment platforms in India with over 750 million transactions and average annual transaction of 2 lakh crore.

 

 

Google is also planning to take Google Pay to Online Merchants like RedBus, Mi, BookMyShow etc. Google Pay has always revamped the merchant side of App and the tech Giant will now be focusing on gathering more and more merchants to use their app.

 

From the date of launch, Google has been offering lucrative offers such as cash back to retain their young customers and it definitely worked out for them. Google Pay will continue providing scratch cards and cashback along with the option to invite others as a referral program.

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Get Android 9.0 Pie on OnePlus 3/3T with this ROM!

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As the title says, A port of Pixel Experience ROM is now available for 3 and 3T. You can get Android 9 on OnePlus 3 or 3T by flashing this port of the Pixel Experience ROM. With the help of this ROM, you will be able to experience the Android 9.0 on your device before the official release. Even though at the launch OnePlus promised to give Android 9.0 to 3/3T users but most of the times the Custom ROMs are lighter and can provide better UX. Talking about this ROM, The Android 9 Pie port for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T has just been released thanks to the work of XDA Senior Member JagravNaik. This is another port of the Pixel Experience ROM that updates these two devices. The ROM is considered to be in a beta state due to some known issues with NFC and encryption not being supported yet. However, tests have currently shown us that the following works quite well in this early beta release.

What’s Working:

  • WiFi
  • RIL
  • Mobile Data
  • GPS
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Camcorder
  • Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • HW Buttons
  • Alert Slider and Gestures
  • Sound / Vibration
  • VoLTE

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If you are the Oneplus 3/3T user with TWRP custom recovery then you can easily this Android pie ROM on your phone and enjoy all the new features of the ROM on your phone. Here is a full guide which you can use on your phone and install Android Pie 9.0 on OnePlus 3/3T

Install Pixel Experience on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

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Download the ROM – Pixel Experience for 3T

Note – You don’t require GApps for this ROM as all the apps are already included.

Perquisites

Before you flash the ROM, Please make sure you have an unlocked bootloader, with TWRP recovery. Also Please take a Backup of your present files and ensure you have more than 50% battery before proceeding further.

Steps to Install Android Pie on OnePlus 3T

  1. Download the Android Pie and other files from the Download section and save all the files on your phone’s internal memory.
  2. Open TWRP Recovery by pressing Volume UP + Power button while turning the phone On.
  3. In TWRP Go TO Wipe > Advanced Wipe > select Dalvik Cache, Cache, Data and Swipe to wipe from the below of the screen.
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  4. Now, Go to Home in TWRP and select Install Button. Locate the file you downloaded above and swipe to flash.
  5. Now Reboot the device and you should have successfully installed Android 9 on your OnePlus 3.

The first boot may take longer time than usual.

 

So were you able to install Android 9 on your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T? Let us know in the comment section below!

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