Thurrott Daily: December 6

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Groove Music, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos, Windows 10 with 21 Comments

Thurrott Daily: December 6

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Tech tidbits from around the web.

12/6/2016 4:34:22 PM

Support for music video comes to Groove in the Windows 10 Insider Preview

First they added this support to Groove on Xbox One, and now it is coming to Windows 10 for PCs and phone. Neowin reports:

[The ability to play music videos] was never available on Windows 10 PCs or phones – until today, as the app was updated for Fast ring Insiders.

You’ll need to be on the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Preview to get version 10.16112.1015, or you can just wait for it to arrive in the Production ring (non-Insiders), which will likely only be a couple of weeks.

I could have sworn this was previously available on PCs too. Maybe it was Xbox only.

Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

Yikes, I didn’t see this one coming. Reuters reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The 8-0 ruling, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.

The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to determine how much Samsung must pay. But they did not provide a road map to juries and lower courts on how to navigate similar disputes in the future.

At this rate, Apple will end up paying damages to Samsung. But I kid.

Sonos 7 comes out of beta

And if you don’t remember what that means, it means the start of not having to use the pretty terrible Sonos app to control the pretty wonderful Sonos speakers. Starting with Spotify, as Sonos explains:

Play music from Spotify straight to Sonos.

You can now use the Spotify app to:

-Send whatever you’re playing on Spotify to any Sonos speaker.
-Group all your rooms together, house party style.
-Crank up the volume in every room at once.
-Transfer a song from your headphones to a Sonos speaker.
-Share your Sonos system with friends who have the Spotify app and are on your WiFi network.

Apple Watch sales: It depends on whom you ask

IDC reported this week that Apple Watch sales are in a nosedive.

Apple’s decision to launch its second-generation watches in mid-September, towards the end of the quarter, did contribute to its year-over-year decline in 3Q16. However, the primary reasons for the downturn were an aging lineup and an unintuitive user interface. Though both issues have been addressed with the latest generation watches, Apple’s success will likely be muted as the smartwatch category continues to be challenged.

But Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s seeing its best Apple Watch sales ever.

“Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year,” Cook wrote [via email].

“Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch,” he said.

So who’s right? Frankly, both sources have had trouble with reality. But I think this line says it all:

Cook did not respond to a request for specific sales figures for the gadget.

Bingo.

Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7, explained?

This report may finally explain what happened to Samsung’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

The Note 7’s lithium-polymer battery is a flattened “jelly-roll” consisting of a positive layer made of lithium cobalt oxide, a negative layer made of graphite, and two electrolyte-soaked separator layers made of polymer. The separator layers allow ions (and energy) to flow between the positive and negative layers, without allowing those layers to touch. If the positive and negative layers ever do touch, the energy flowing goes directly into the electrolyte, heating it, which causes more energy to flow and more heat — it typically results in an explosion.

Samsung stated that these separator layers may have been thin to start with due to aggressive manufacturing parameters. Add some pressure due to normal mechanical swell from the battery or accumulated stress through the back cover (e.g. from being sat on in a back pocket), and that pressure could be enough to squeeze the thin polymer separator to a point where the positive and negative layers can touch, causing the battery to explode.

Looking at the design, Samsung engineers were clearly trying to balance the risk of a super-aggressive manufacturing process to maximize capacity, while attempting to protect it internally.

Yep. They failed.

 

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21 responses to “Thurrott Daily: December 6”

  1. 5553

    Apple watch sales doubled...from 50 to 100.???

  2. 5553

    I'd take a little thicker phone to get better battery life. This race to be the thinnest is out of control. Same goes for laptops , etc.

  3. 6563

    "The Note 7’s lithium-polymer battery is a flattened “jelly-roll” consisting of a positive layer made of lithium cobalt oxide, a negative layer made of graphite, and two electrolyte-soaked separator layers made of polymer. The separator layers allow ions (and energy) to flow between the positive and negative layers, without allowing those layers to touch. If the positive and negative layers ever do touch, the energy flowing goes directly into the electrolyte, heating it, which causes more energy to flow and more heat — it typically results in an explosion."

     

    Are you telling me they used the red light / green light gum from the first Mission Impossible film?

  4. 227

    Tim Cook and IDC can both be right, as both are reporting on different timeframes. IDC is talking about Q3, Cook about Q4, the quarter after which Apple introduced new models. And it's not strange that Q3/16 sales are smaller than Q3/15 sales, as last year was the introduction of the Apple Watch and most early adopters had to wait until July to get theirs. So personally, not surprised by both comments.

  5. 6525

    Although the Supreme Court's judgement that only parts, not the whole, were copied is ok, I find it unacceptable that one can patent a rectangular device having round corners. Firstly, this creativity was first shown in science fiction movies many decades ago so getting a patent on an already existing idea is simply ruthless and failing to show any new creativity at all (yes, Apple, you priceless copycat!). Secondly, there are only two possible designs for any rectangular device: sharp corners or round corners. Permitting a patent on either choice is basically saying that only two companies (or one company with two patents) may control an entire device category. I suggest the ruthless to still get their patent on a smartphone (or whatever other technical device) being rectangular with sharp edges. Surely millions of free money are available!

  6. 5714

    IDC?  Isn't that the company that said Windows Phone would overtake the iPhone and Android by 2015?  'Nuf Said.

  7. 5530

    so does Tim Cook actually mean "Customer Interest" when he says "Market Demand"?

  8. 1704

    Music Videos in Groove was previously only available through Xbox, though that feature was removed in the update that enabled background music.

    I'm glad to see it make its way to the PC, but it would be quite nice to have it back on the Xbox. It would be nice if Microsoft could get its head on straight when it comes to Groove - I want to use and like it, but there's just too many little hurdles.

  9. 5641

    Looks like it's finally happened (after a big push). The Microsoft Store in UK is showing out of stock for Lumia 950, 950XL, Black Lumia 650, Lumia 550 and Lumia 640XL. There is still some white Lumia 650's left. I'm not expecting any new stock.

    So only new options are Acer Jade Primo and HP Elite X3. I suspect you'll find some Lumia's on Amazon and other vendors as their stock drains too, then it's on to eBay. Sad day indeed.

    On the bright side - now a massive gap in the market for Windows 10 phones in general.

  10. 4892

    This boggles my mind as Samsung engineers knew that two electrodes must be separated with thick enough layer, and they risked safety in batteries in such basic thing which even a student knows not to mess. This is biggest carelessness of them all. I miss Nokia as all their designs were extremely reliable.

  11. 2292

    I think Apple just what they wanted from the Samsung lawsuit. They proved that they were the most creative and Samsung was just a copycat. That had 2 effects 1) I think it did change public opinion of Samsung as less cool 2) Samsung pushed really hard to make crazy cool things in their phones to prove they weren't like Apple which other than the edge hasn't been so popular. A billion dollars to Apple doesn't matter. What matters to Apple is being seen, or even better being proven, to be creative, desirable, copied. That is priceless.

    • 8578

      In reply to Angusmatheson: No, Apple wanted to create a chilling effect for competitors and they failed. I doubt that many people's opinion on the "coolness" of Apple vs Samsung products was changed by the lawsuit. Personally, I find coolness to be entertaining for the first hour or two of using a device; after that, I'm more interested in what it can do.

       

  12. 5767

    Nothing about the Surface Phone patent?

  13. 5510

    A few of things:

    1.The Samsung ruling seems fair. 

    2. LOL...Tim Cook  pulled a partial "Microsoft." He probably should've gone all the way and just gave them "ship" numbers instead.

    3. In regards to the Note 7 problem,...if that's the case, then I assume it's easy to fix.  To put it simply, just make more room.

  14. 5553

    My Note5 has been flawless ?

  15. 5553

    Wow shouldn't have sold my Sprint stock...Owner of Sprint and ARM investing at least 50B in USA to create at least 50K jobs.

    CNBC is saying as high as 95B in combined investment 

    Thank you DJT !!!

  16. 1377

    Re Apple-Samsung (and Oracle-Google): only the lawyers win.

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