Apps are at the front and center of any smartphone experience, and with over a million apps on the Google Play Store and new apps being submitted to our forums every day, staying up to date on the latest apps and games can be a hassle. At XDA, we don’t discriminate apps - if it’s interesting, innovative, original or useful, we mention them. The XDA Portal Team loves apps too, and we usually share and discuss the latest app releases...
Attorney Daniel Nazer to Talk Patent Trolls at XDA:DevCon 2013
Daniel Nazer is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Daniel has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, an M.A. in philosophy from Rutgers, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He also practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented technology clients in patent and antitrust litigation.
You may be saying to yourself, “That’s great for Daniel! But, why should I care?” Well you should care for two reasons. First, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a wonderful non-profit organization that supports your digital freedom. From protecting people from the Righthaven patent trolls to supporting privacy technology and helping us stand up against SOPA and other government threats to our digital lifestyle. We here at XDA support the EFF so much that we donated all profits from the sale of our book on Amazon to them.
Second, Daniel Nazer will be speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013! The last decade has seen an explosion of litigation from patent trolls, entities that produce nothing but buy patents to launch lawsuits. Recently, trolls have been targeting small companies and startups, including application developers. A flood of low quality software patents is behind this outbreak. As an independent that is developing an application this should cause you some alarm.
Even the copyleft principles of free and open source software licenses, like the much touted GNU General Public License, are difficult to apply to patents, leaving the entire FOSS community vulnerable to attacks by these idiots. With the troll problem growing, there are a number of proposed reforms being considered by Congress. However, the cogs of government move slowly. In the meantime, developers must take steps to minimize the risk of becoming the latest patent troll road kill. Nazer will be showing what steps you can take to fight back in this situation.
[Image from PatentTrolls.org]
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Lollipop brought a revamp to the lockscreen, taking away custom widgets but showing your notifications instead. If you're a fan of that, you might want an easier way to check your notifications as they come in, without losing your current lockscreen. Glimpse Notifications by XDA Senior Member xrad offers just that. You'd normally have to turn your screen on manually to see your notifications. Instead, Glimpse Notifications will do it for you when a notification comes in. That doesn't mean...
As more developers are updating their apps with Material Design elements, we're starting to see a plethora of beautiful new apps on the Play Store. But which ones are the best? Let us know what you think the best looking apps on Android are and why.