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BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram for alleged infringement

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BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook Inc (FB.O) and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps, arguing that they copied technology and features from BlackBerry Messenger.

The core of BlackBerry’s complaint, which is a sprawling 117 pages, is that Facebook, along with its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram developed messaging applications that “co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations” by using patented features touching on security, the user interface, and battery life.

“Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features,” Canada-based BlackBerry said in a filing with a Los Angeles federal court.

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Facebook Deputy General Counsel, Paul Grewal said in a statement that the company intended to fight the lawsuit.

“Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business,” Grewal said. “Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others.”

According to Reuters, litigation over patent infringement is part of BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen’s strategy for making money for the company, which has lost market share in the smartphone market it once dominated.

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BlackBerry sued Nokia Corp in February 2017, alleging infringement of patents relating to 3G and 4G wireless communications technology. That case is still pending in federal court in Delaware.

Last year Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) agreed to pay BlackBerry $940 million to resolve arbitration over royalty payments.

In October 2017 BlackBerry announced a confidential settlement with Blu Products Inc, a Florida-based maker of low-cost mobile devices it had also sued for patent infringement.

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BlackBerry was an early leader in the messaging market with the success of its smartphones and BlackBerry Messenger product in the mid-2000s.

The patents cited in their lawsuit against Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram describe foundational elements of today’s messaging services. One patent deals with notifications for the total number of unread messages.

Other patents address photo tagging and messaging time stamps.

BlackBerry is seeking unspecified monetary damages. It also appears to be seeking a partnership.

“As a cybersecurity and embedded software leader, BlackBerry’s view is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future,” the spokesperson said in the statement.

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Oraimo reveals the Christmas gift collection for techies

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Searching for the right Christmas gift isn’t easy. Each person’s interests, needs and hobbies are different, so it can feel like there’s not enough time to get it right as Christmas quickly approaches. Deck the Halls! oraimo, the smart accessories brand from TRANSSION Holdings has come up with a smart line up of gadgets and accessories as the perfect Christmas gifts for techies. Before you panic, here’s a breakdown of the top Christmas gifts this year for every tech enthusiast on your list.

1. The Toast OPB-P103D power bank, this will definitely satisfy the emotions of every techie and party riders as they will stay charged up while sharing moments at every concert and parties this Christmas and new year festive season. Give the gift of 10,000 mAh oraimo Toast power bank.


The gadget is packed with advanced features such as a single DC 5.0V/2A input port and two output with DC 5.0V and 2.1A MAX with fast charging capabilities and gives 200 hours’ standby time and 8 hours’ talk time. Oraimo’s Toast OPB-P103D 10,000mAh power bank can be purchased from various mobile accessories and electronics stores across Nigeria. Not just this, you also get a one-year replacement warranty on oraimo’s power bank.

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2. For every lover of music, check out the Necklace OEB-E54D, a pair of ergonomically designed earphones that gives an HD audio quality delivering high quality, crystal clear sound for bass mid and highs. Give the gift of oraimo Necklace OEB-E54D to music lovers. Oraimo Necklace OEB-E54D comes with 365 days warranty and can be purchased on your favorite online store or from various mobile accessories and electronics stores across Nigeria

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3. Give the gift of oraimo SHARK OEB-E57D earphones to that creative loved one. If you are looking for a stylish and reliable set of earphones with extreme bass, sound quality and comfort, you should check out oraimo Shark OEB-E57D earphones. oraimo Shark allows creating one’s own personalized optimal fit with three sizes of shark fin ear tips and earbuds available with each pack. Buy oraimo shark online or any mobile accessory store.

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Now that you have some interesting options for your Tech savvy loved ones, why wait?

Need more options? Check out Oraimo collections here

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Visit oraimo social media pages for promotions and giveaways; follow @oraimoclub on Instagram, @oraimomate on Twitter, @oraimoNigeria on Facebook.

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How To Make Group Video Calls On WhatsApp

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Social media platform, WhatsApp has updated its messaging service with support for group video calls. This will allow you to chat with up to three people simultaneously on its Android and iOS apps.

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If you are itching to try this feature out, you’ll need to follow a few, easy steps.

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How to make group video call on whatsapp

  • Update the whatsapp app on your phone to the latest version.
  • Start a one-on-one video call with a contact like you normally would.
  • At the top right of your screen, you will see  “add participant” button, tap the button.
  • Add the contacts of the person(s) you want to share the call with.
  • You’re making a video call with more than one person.
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One-on-one video calls were introduced to the application in 2016 and voice-calling in 2014. Its users spend up to 2 billion minutes per day talking on the phone. But WhatsApp took its time adding this feature that allows you to call more people at a time, regardless of where you are.

WhatsApp calls reportedly have end-to-end encryption like standard messages on the platform.

Facebook, the parent company for both WhatsApp and Instagram, announced in May at its F8 developer conference that it was building this feature (group calling with both voice and video support) for both apps. The feature became available on Facebook in June, with the same four-person limit.

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The feature is engineered to work under less-than-stellar network conditions, according to the company, so you can video chat a friend or family member from wherever you are as long as you can connect to the internet.

Although this is good news for many active WhatsApp users, iOS 12’s FaceTime allows for up to 32 people at once.

Either way, this feature is rolling out today to its 1.5 billion monthly active users, so enjoy!

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Paxful To Launch Blockchain incubator in Lagos

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Global peer-to-peer bitcoin technology firm Paxful is to launch a blockchain technology incubation hub in Lagos, Nigeria, later this year, providing a co-working space and services including mentorship, corporate and individual blockchain training, and networking for ICO advisors.

Paxful is a bitcoin marketplace and digital wallet that enables buyers to purchase bitcoin directly from sellers via more than 300 different payment methods, including gift cards, cash deposits, online wallets or debit and credit cards.

The company said the launch of a blockchain incubator in Nigeria was part of its greater plan for investment in Africa. Paxful has also appointed Chuta Chimezie as regional director of Africa. He will be responsible for conducting business operations, facilitating local and international brand awareness, creating educational content on behalf of Paxful, recruiting, and overseeing the incubator’s day-to-day operations.

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“Paxful is committed to fostering economic growth in Africa and helping the unbanked and underbanked gain access to the opportunities they have been denied for so long,” said the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) Ray Youssef. “The incubator is simply a starting point to help driven entrepreneurs in an industry that has shattered boundaries all over the world.”

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Paxful will sponsor several blockchain and crypto-focused events in Nigeria, and plans to sponsor and speak at others in Ghana, Cameroon and Kenya. The company launched its #BuiltwithBitcoin charitable programme last year to encourage the cryptocurrency sector to contribute funds for humanitarian projects.

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