Tech News Today 573
Recorded: August 27, 2012
Published: August 27, 2012
Tech News Today 573: What Apple-Samsung Means to You
Patent reverberations, what's coming and NOT coming from Apple, Facebook's fancy new digs, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ
- Friday the jury ruled mostly in Apple's favor against Samsung, and awared $1.049 billion in damages. But it's not over yet. Apple intends to ask the court to ban sales of Samsung's infringing devices. Judge Koh will hear arguments on sales bans and the like September 20. Samsung also will likely appeal the case once all that is finished. Meanwhile Googel responded to the case, saying in an official statement that the claims involved "don't relate to the core Android operating system"
- Samsung wants the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban in the US overturned and is demanding damages for lost sales from Apple, after the tablet was found not to infringe on any patents. In June Apple secured a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Judge Lucy Koh called it “virtually indistinguishable” from the iPads 1 and 2. The latest jury didn't agree, and ruled the Tab 10.1 didn't infringe on Apple's IP, possibly giving Samsung an opportunity to get back some of the $2.6m bond its Apple posted to secure the block.
- TechCruch reports that the rumored deal to sell About.com is true. The New York Times Company will sell About.com and two other properties to IAC for $300 million in cash. The Times paid $410M for the site back in 2005. IAC owns a number of online properties including Ask.com, CitySearch.com, Vimeo and more.
- Dropbox is testing two-step login verification with users who install the experimental build of their software. The functionality will roll out to all users in a few days. Users will need to activate the feature in their account settings. Dropbox will then require unrecognised machines to provide a code from an authenticator app or received by text message. You can also get an emergency code to disable the feature if you lose your phone.
- AllThingsD says sources are confirming the rumors that the iPhone and “iPad mini” will debut at two separate events this fall, rather than a single one as was originally reported.
The iPhone event is still expected on September 12th, though journalists are still waiting for their invites. After the iPhone ships the Apple will announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on, at a second special event, which sources said is slated for October.
- Amazon is touting that its Prime service ships more items than its lower-priced Super-Saver service. The company also says that Prime now applies to 15 million items. Amazon Prime costs about $80 a year and gives its uses free two-day shipping on items. The Super-Saver service is offered on orders over $25. Amazon said that the Kindle and the Kindle Fire are the top two items sold with Prime but didn’t mention how many units were sold of either.
- Apple won another patent victory on Friday, though not as decisively as against Samsung. The US International Trade Commission ruled Apple did not violate three Motorola patents. A fourth patent regarding the sensor that detects your face when it comes close to the phone was sent back to Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender for reconsideration. This is the resolution of complaints filed in October 2010. Motorola filed separate complaints against Apple last week.'
- Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, says it has resumed operating its main internal computer networks after a virus infected about 30,000 of its workstations earlier this month. Immediately after the Aug. 15 attack, the company announced it had cut off its electronic systems from outside access to prevent further attacks. Saudi Aramco said the workstations had been cleansed of the virus and restored to service. Oil exploration and production were not affected because they operate on isolated systems.
- Google has complied with a court order to disclose any financial relationships with anyone who commented on their court case against Oracle. Google named a dozen people, including a staff member who posted on Twitter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, former intern Timothy B. Lee who writes for Ars Technuica now, and TechDirt writer Mike Masnik. Masnik worked for the Computer and Communications Industry Association once, which Google has contributed money to.
- Optiarc Inc is shutting down according to reports. Why should you care? Optiarc is Sony’s subsidiary that makes optical disc drives for PCs. The sub is being closed due to “fierce competition” forcing super-low prices. However, Sony’s DVD player and Blu-ray production will continue in the Device Solutions Division.
- Chinese gamer returns dozens of spacebars stolen from internet cafe
- Personalize Your Jambox Starting Jawbone Insiders and Klout Users To Get One Week Head Start
- Next 'Battlefield 3' download deploys Sept. 4
TNT Crew, I heard you discussing the Amazon press conference set for September and I was wondering if in addition to a new Kindle Fire that Amazon will announce a set-top box, like the Google TV. Since they have been focussed on improving their Amazon Prime offering a set-top box seems to me to be the logical next step.
Paul Franz Reading, PA
Hey TNT crew
Just wanted to point out that Facebook's "old" iOS (and current Android) app was *not* HTML5, so it makes me sad panda when I hear about people suggesting that HTML5 is slower. Here's why:
Secondly, the moniker "HTML5" is probably a close second to "4G" in the misused words category. HTML5 refers to a collection of separate technologies and APIs that are slowly being built into browsers. It is not some sort of magical wand that suddenly turns your website into rainbows and unicorns. The majority of the spec is either not supported by all browsers (especially mobile browsers) or incomplete.
tl;dr version: Tom's right - web apps are difficult right now, but will beat native apps eventually, and HTML5 is a hideously misused term.
Love the show though,
Ali (a.k.a. fortythieves in chat)
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