Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has introduced a new home screen experience for Android devices and HTC CEO Peter Chou announced a new HTC First phone. Home is new software available for Android devices and makes everything on your phone friendlier. “From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends’ posts and photos. Upfront notifications and quick access to your essentials mean you’ll never miss a moment. And you can keep chatting with friends, even when you’re using other apps.” The “HTC First” will be the first phone to come with “Home” pre-installed and has a 1280×720 4.3-inch displaym a 5MP rear camera, 1080p video capture, up to16GB internal memory, 1GB of RAM, a 2000mAh battery and LTE support. » New Facebook “Home” and HTC First Announced [video]
Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-founder, speaks at Florida International University’s Hearst Lecture Series in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Check out the video after the break. » Steve Wozniak On The Future Of Apps & Siri [video]
Facebook has invited members of the press to an Android-related event on April 4, and TechCrunch reports that the event will likely see the debut of the long-rumored Facebook phone. Techcrunch also reports that the phone would be an HTC handset running a Facebook-modified version of Android. » Facebook Invited Press To April 4 Event To Announce Rumored Facebook Phone?
Shanghai Daily reports that Apple is facing a lawsuit in China over Siri, with Shanghai Zhi Zhen Internet Technology Co Ltd claiming that Siri infringes upon its patent rights.
The Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court will hold a pre-hearing at 2pm today to let Apple and Shanghai Zhi Zhen Internet Technology Co Ltd exchange evidence. [...]
“Siri is very similar to Xiaoi, a chat robot system we have been developing since 2003,” said Mei Li, a spokeswoman of Shanghai Zhi Zhen which filed the lawsuit.
Mei said her company applied for patent rights for Xiaoi in 2004 in China and the patent right went into effect in 2006.
Xiaoi “which started as a chat bot for MSN” has evolved to look quite similar to Siri, is available on multiple platforms such as Android and iOS [App Store] and has over 100 million users. » Apple Faces Patent Lawsuit In China Over SiriGoogle+
Siri’s “Eyes Free” integrates Apple’s personal assistant with the vehicle’s entertainment system, allowing the driver to access information while keeping his or her eyes on the road. Chevrolet’s 2013 Sonic and Spark had are the first cars to offer support for this “Eyes Free” mode and has begun a national advertising campaign touting the feature on the 2013 Sonic, launching a new television ad called “Buttons”. » Chevrolet Promoting Siri ‘Eyes Free’ Integration for 2013 Sonic In New TV Ad [video]