Tech News Today 313
Recorded: August 24, 2011
Published: August 24, 2011
Tech News Today 313: One More Thing
Apple wins in court, but Samsung didn't lose, Time Warner thumbs nose at Viacom, Steve Jobs resignation announcement, and more.
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- HP TouchPad finally popular enough to be blocked by Hulu
- Dutch court grants Apple preliminary injunction against sales of Samsung Galaxy smartphones
- Dutch court orders formally Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy smartphones
- Mixed decision for Apple: Dutch judge bans Samsung smartphones, not tablets
- A Dutch court has ruled that the company’s Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, and Galaxy S II smartphones infringe one of Apple’s patents, and should be removed from importation or sale by October 13th.
- Dutch ruling is critical for two reasons: one, it’s being reported that Samsung’s European supply channels all go through the Netherlands, so the ruling could effectively halt sales across the EU, and second, the Dutch court actually granted a ruling on the merits and found just a single infringed patent in Android 2.3, which covers the behavior of Apple’s iOS photos app.
- Android 3.0 devices like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are unaffected.
- Samsung’s Dutch lawyer tells Tweakers.net that Samsung plans to patch the gallery app and continue selling the Galaxy line of phones.
- Samsung's statement: "Today’s ruling is an affirmation that the GALAXY range of products is innovative and distinctive. With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our GALAXY smartphones to Dutch consumers."
- Google pays $500 million to settle probe into drug ads
- Google will forfeit $500 million generated from Canadian pharmacies targeting US customers through its AdWords program
- it is illegal for pharmacies "to ship controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs into the United States from Canada,"
- The problem is compounded by the fact that Canadian pharmacies shipping drugs to the US aren't even subject to Canadian regulations, so the pharmacies can sell drugs from countries other than Canada that meet neither Canada's regulations, nor the FDA's.
- Google even provided customer support to the Canadian pharmacies, advising them on how to effectively place their AdWords ads.
- GameStop opening Deus Ex boxes, removing free game code
- Pulling OnLive Coupons From Deus Ex Could Spell Legal Trouble for GameStop
- When you buy Deus Ex: Human revolution, you get a code to play it for free on OnLive
- GameStop employees are allegedly being asked to open every game and remove the coupon.
- GameStop spokesperson Beth Sharum confirmed the practice, telling Ars that "Square Enix packed the competitor’s coupon with our DXHR product without our prior knowledge and we did pull these coupons."
- Tortious interference litigation results when one party accuses another of intentionally damaging their business contracts or relationships. By removing OnLive’s coupon from copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, GameStop might have violated United States economic tort law.
- GameStop has had controversy over opening new games before
- Twitter founders reveal incubator's first project
- Human Potential Movement
- Stone on Tuesday revealed the first, albeit vague, details of Obvious Corp.’s first project, an app called Lift.
- Stone described Lift as an app “for unlocking human potential through positive reinforcement.”
- Lift is the brainchild of Tony Stubblebine, of CrowdVine and Odeo, and Jon Crosby, who worked on startups Songbird and Path in the past.
- Is this part of the human potential movement?
- Nokia 701, 700 and 600: release dates, prices, and specs for new Symbian Belle smartphones
- Nokia unveils Symbian Belle with shades of Android
- 701 €290 3.5-inch ClearBlack display "world's brightest" IPS display 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and HD video mode, 8GB of built-in storage plus MicroSD expandability, and a 1GHz processor under the hood. A pentaband radio and NFC functionality
- 700 €270 9.7mm-thick “the most compact touch monoblock smartphone in the market right now,” 3.2-inch AMOLED screen A pentaband radio and NFC functionality, 9.7mm-thick, 5 mpxl image sensor
- 600 €180 3.2-inch TFT display, also at nHD resolution, and a loudspeaker that can reach 106 phon when pushed to its maximum
- All three come with Belle, the newest version of Symbian
- Belle update still has no date (coming months) six newest Nokia's running Ana will be eligible for update
- Nokia shows off the use of NFC, or near-field communication, for simple device pairing with a wireless headset.
- Time Warner Cable will pay for your Slingbox, in exchange for love
- Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers’ TV Device
- TWC will offer full rebates to any Wideband internet subscribers who buy the $300 set-top box, as part of a promotion due to launch sometime in September.
- Wideband service costs $99 a month
- In March, the company released an app that allowed its paying subscribers to watch dozens of cable channels on the iPad at home. The app was challenged by some programmers, led by Viacom, calling it unlicensed distribution.
- If the reports are true, the next iPhone will be available on all the major U.S. wireless carriers very soon. According to MacTrast, T-Mobile will get the iPhone 5 citing "a contact within T-Mobile." The carrier will get the phone the same time as everyone else around mid-October and it will run at 3G speeds. You could already put an unlocked iPhone 4 on the T-Mobile network using a SIM card, but it was limited to 2G speeds.
- Anyone remember WinFS, the mythical new file system that was to ship with Longhorn but never did? It might make its debut in Windows 8. Itworld found references to a new file system in Windows 8 called "Protogon" which could replace or emulate NTFS. According to Windows expert Rafael Rivera of "WithinWindows," the database concepts of Protogon appear to be similar to WinFS. Windows 8 is expected next year, but maybe Steven Sinofsky will mention something about this on the Building Windows 8 blog soon.
- Samsung has done something uncharacteristic for a major company - it responded to a rumor. In a very short blog post, Samsung stated that the rumors that Samsung was taking over HP's personal computer business are not true. If Samsung isn't interested, this looks like HP will have a difficult time finding a buyer for its PC biz and might have to spin it off as a separate company or try to sell it in pieces.
- Sony Pictures UK has uploaded the 1972 classic, The Godfather, to YouTube. This is the full movie in one nearly 3-hour streaming video. Even wackier than that? The movie is available to watch for free and around the world. The movie tops out at 480p, but this is a great way to combat piracy. More free movies!
- Sony has decided to reinvent the still camera with its new SLT-A77. This camera is very similar to a DSLR, but it does not technically meet the "reflex" requirement. The A77 actually uses a translucent mirror instead of a silvered glass panel. Normally, the silvered glass panel would have to move, which slows down picture taking. The A77's translucent mirror stays in place which allows it to take 24MP images at 12fps. Sony is selling the camera body for $1400 and it is compatible with DSLR lenses.
- The first Windows Phone handset running Mango is officially available in Japan. Fujitsu and KDDI au have released the IS12T. Mango was a requirement for Windows in the Japanese market as it's the first version of WP7 with support for non-latin character sets. Also fo note, the Mango SDK for app developers was only launched yesterday and here in the US AT&T and Verizon have yet to implement the last Windows Phone update that brought Copy paste.
- The BlackBerry PlayBook runs RIM's QNX OS and also supports Android apps via its Android Player. Today, a Bloomberg report confirmed that BlackBerry phones running QNX will also have Android support. This ought to be a great way to keep RIM's phones relevant since they can use both the BlackBerry App World and Android app stores.
- The HTC Puccini tablet will come to AT&T and be its first LTE tablet. The tablet is currently in testing and according to Engadget's sources, and should release in the not-to-distant future. If you're curious about the specs, it's reported to have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, Honeycomb, 16GB of storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 10.1-inch WXGA touchpanel. Pics on Engadget.com
- The first Android tablet to get Hulu Plus will be the Vizio 8. While Hulu Plus has been available for Android phones, but this is the first Android tablet. The Vizio 8 runs Android 2.3, but at $300 is a pretty inexpensive way to get Hulu Plus on a tablet.
- Samsung plans to show off four new smartphones--the Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y, and the Galaxy Y Pro--at the IFA Conference in Berlin early next month.
- And don't forget, despite the Dutch ruling, Samsung still has a fight against Apple in the rest of Europe. They head back in court in Germany tomorrow August 25 to try to end the ban on selling the Tab in Germany.
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