News Scan: Seacrest-backed Typo fights back; Olympian spike in mobile traffic; more


>> Seacrest-backed Typo takes patent fight to BlackBerry

Typo, the startup backed by Ryan Seacrest and being sued by BlackBerry for patent infringement, is fighting back, IDG News Service reports. Typo filed documents this week in a California court challenging Blackberry efforts to get an injunction against the sale of its iPhone keyboard case. Last month, BlackBerry sued Typo, alleging that Typo copied BlackBerry's technologies and design for its iPhone keyboard case. Typo argues that BlackBerry's patent claims are invalid, the sale of its iPhone keyboard won't hurt BlackBerry's sales, and Typo is targeting consumers while BlackBerry focuses on the enterprise. Read more on the Typo-BlackBerry patent war

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>> Olympics traffic spike could overwhelm mobile sites

Spikes in mobile traffic generated by the Olympics could overwhelm mobile sites that are not prepared, cautions Mobile Marketer. Users plan to spend a lot of time on mobile devices following the Olympics, according to a survey of 2,035 U.S. adults by Harris Interactive polls on behalf of Soasta. "The speed and information delivered to users of mobile and Web applications is critical to marketing success during the Olympics, the Super Bowl and any major sporting or public event…That's why it's important for companies to have these [mobile] apps tested frequently and end-to-end to ensure maximum user satisfaction," Peter Galvin, senior vice president of marketing at Soasta, tells Mobile Marketer. Read more on the Olympics and mobile sites

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>> Samsung to launch 3 new Galaxy tablets next week

Samsung is planning to launch three new Galaxy tablets running Android 4.4, or KitKat, in the U.S. market next week, Computerworld reports. The three tablets, along with a fourth Galaxy tablet being launched in March, employ Samsung's Magazine UX interface that loads tiles displaying data from different apps. The three Galaxy tablets to go on sale next week will be Wi-Fi only. Samsung expects to offer a 4G LTE version of the Note Pro 12.2 through Verizon Wireless later this quarter. Read more on Samsung's tablet plans

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>> Tablets to make up three-quarters of mobile computing market by 2017

Tablets are forecast by NPD DisplaySearch to make up 75 percent of the mobile computer market by 2017, according to a report by AppleInsider. Businesses and consumers will be buying more than 450 million tablets annually by 2017. Fueling this demand will be a drop in the average price for tablets to $296 in 2017 from $311 in 2014. "Momentum for the tablet PC market is in full swing as they have become the dominant mobile PC form factor. Competition is expected to increase as traditional notebook PC brands, including Lenovo, HP, and Dell update their product portfolios to emphasize tablet PCs," says Richard Shim, senior analyst at NPD. Read more on NPD's tablet predictions

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>> Doctors prefer desktops to mobile devices, survey finds

Doctors prefer to use desktops to mobile devices to carry out most of their professional activities, according to a survey of doctors by Kantar Health. The most common digital activity for respondents was accessing the Internet, reports eMarketer. More than 90 percent of doctors say they access the Internet on a desktop, compared with 67 percent and 48 percent of respondents who access the Internet on a smartphone or tablet, respectively. Read more on the Kantar survey

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