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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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OnePlus introduces new Thunder Purple Colour for OnePlus 6T

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The new Thunder Purple edition will go on sale on Amazon.in, oneplus.in, Reliance Digital and Croma stores and all OnePlus exclusive offline channels starting 16 November, 2018

Bangalore, 12 November 2018: Taking design inspiration from ‘lightning strikes at dusk’, the limited edition OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple will be coming to India starting November 16, 2018.

The special edition of the much-lauded OnePlus 6T comes with a gradient back that fades from black to purple under the frosted glass-backed OnePlus 6T, with the evocative ‘S’ curve racing across the back and highlighting the depth of colour. OnePlus has paid meticulous attention to detail to craft the perfect look, with a focus on how light reacts to the glass’ haze, roughness, gloss, transparency and reflective qualities.

“The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple is a stunning combination of power and beauty – the black-to-purple fade is like a thunderstorm on a summer night,”Pete Lau, Founder and CEO, OnePlus, said. “We experimented extensively to test how light interacts with the colours in order to give people what might just be our most beautiful design yet.”

The OnePlus 6T is the company’s most futuristic flagship till date with Screen Unlock on the immersive 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display, class-leading hardware and meticulous industrial design to create the industry’s fastest and smoothest smartphone experience. It features the latest, most powerful platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with up to 8GB of RAM that creates an experience that continues to set the standard for performance.

The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple edition will be available from 16 November on Amazon.in, oneplus.in at 2 pm, and in Croma outlets, Reliance Digital outlets and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores starting 11 am. It comes packed with 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage, with the same price tag as the OnePlus 6T Midnight Black and Mirror Black, at INR 41,999.

For images of the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple, click here.

For the OnePlus 6T Thunder Purples official product video, click here.

On purchase of the OnePlus 6T, users will receive additional benefits starting 16 November including:
  • INR 1500 cashback on all HDFC Bank Credit and Debit Cards

  • Reliance Jio and OnePlus have come together to offer OnePlus 6T Unlock The Speed Offer that gives users an instant cashback of INR 5,400 in vouchers on the first prepaid recharge of Rs 299 on www.jio.com, Reliance Digital stores, MyJio Stores, Jio retailers and the MyJio app. The plan will entitle them to 3GB 4G data per day with unlimited voice calls, SMS and access to Jio’s premium applications. Effectively, the offer will bring a total of 3TB of 4G data to the users over 36 recharges

  • 3 months of no-cost EMI on Amazon.in and OnePlus exclusive offline stores

  • Free damage protection for 12 months from Kotak Servify

  • Discounts up to INR 500 on Amazon Kindle on Amazon.in

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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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