News Scan: Can't we all just get along; Samsung mulls iris scanner; more
>> Apple vs. Samsung: Can't we all just get along
The CEOs of Apple and Samsung have agreed to participate in a mediation session prior to the start of another round of patent litigation in March, Reuters reports. Tim Cook and Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session on or before Feb. 19, with only in-house lawyers in attendance. The two firms have battled for years over smartphone patents, with some research suggesting they spend more on legal bills than innovation. Read more on the mediation session.
[More on the patent wars: BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest over iPhone keyboard case | Judge throws out Apple motion against iOS app patent troll Lodsys]
>> Samsung mulls iris scanner for Galaxy S5
In response to Apple's decision to provide a fingerprint scanner on its iPhone 5S, Samsung is considering an iris scanner for its Galaxy S5 smartphone due out in April, Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, tells Bloomberg. "Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can't really say whether we will have it or not on the S5," he says. In addition, the Galaxy S5 will be accompanied by a new, sleeker Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Read more about the Galaxy S5 plans.
>> Three tablets for mobile workers
CIO Magazine has identified three tablets that are well suited for mobile workers. The Apple iPad Air is light, powerful and comes with an extensive app selection. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has long battery life, strong customer support and a powerful Silk browser. The Nokia Lumia 2025 runs on the Windows operating system and comes with Microsoft Office, a familiar tool set for most professionals. Read more on the tablets.
>> Azzurri sets up mobile enterprise unit
Azzurri Communications, a provider of managed communications services, launched a mobile enterprise unit, reports Channel Pro. Richard White, former Telefonica and BT exec, will head the new division. "Most businesses understand that there are opportunities to enhance their customer interactions and workforce productivity through tablets and mobile applications, but they need help to adapt to this opportunity," says White. Read more on the Azzurri unit.
[More on Azzurri: UK firms choose 'CYOD' over 'BYOD']
>> Vendors demo iPhone wireless chargers at CES
Even though Apple has yet to offer a native wireless charger for its mobile devices, a number of vendors are filling the void by offering wireless chargers for the iPhone 5, 4 and 4S, reports Computerworld. WiTricity and ConvenientPower unveiled at International CES sleeves for the iPhone that enable the phones to be charged wireless on a charging pad. Read more on the iPhone wireless chargers.
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