That Samsung would introduce a fingerprint security feature in the new Galaxy 5S smartphone was a foregone conclusion. Why? Because Apple introduced a fingerprint security feature in the iPhone 5S. Follow the leader is how the technology world works, folks.
Over the weekend I was treated to the major irony of U.S. government officials complaining about Russia taking over parts of Ukraine on trumped up reasons, all the while forgetting about the U.S. taking over Iraq on trumped up reasons barely a decade ago.
Russia must have its own military-industrial complex to feed.
Here’s another one for the funny pages. Google and Samsung have teamed up with Chinese smartphone makers Huawi and ZTE to complain to Chinese government officials that Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia will result in higher patent licensing fees.
Samsung, of course, has tried every which way but Thursday to charge higher licensing fees to Apple on FRAND patents (the kind that are setup as fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory to help grow a standard). Google, of course, appears to avoid patent licensing wherever possible, because, well, you know ‘software should be free.’
The real fear among Copycatland’s major shareholders, Samsung and Google, is that Microsoft might actually gain some traction in the smartphone and tablet arena, and then jack up the price of patent licensing that they probably wouldn’t pay anyway.
It’s only fair. Everyone knows how much Samsung and Google respect patents and intellectual property created and developed by others.