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Episode 444

Tech News Today 444: Goatees Are Not Metro

Google rumours, how to successfully sue AT&T, Motorola stops email, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Proview Takes a Shot at Apple in California Court
    • According to Reuters Proview filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County against Apple's use of the trademark iPad.
    • The suit was filed on Feb. 17, According to ATD, the very day Li Su, chairman of Hejun Vanguard Group, a consulting company representing Proview’s creditors, said it was “selecting from three American law firms to sue Apple in the United States for $2 billion in compensation.”
    • the suit accuses Apple of fraud for using its IP Application Development subsidiary to purchase the iPad trademark from Proview. Apple acted “with oppression, fraud and/or malice,” Proview alleges.
    • They sold the name for the equivalent of $55,000
  • German iPhone users can no longer use iCloud's push e-mail—for now
    • Motorola is now enforcing an injunction against Apple's iCloud push email notifications in Germany, meaning the service has been shut down for users in the region.
    • "Apple holds the patent to be invalid and [plans] to submit an appeal," Apple said in a translated statement.
    • Consumers have to return to the days of 2009 when they were required to set their email to check for new messages at a pre-defined interval.
    • The patent at issue relates to older pager designs, but Motorola was able to convince a German court that it applied to Apple's implementation of push e-mail that syncs across devices via iCloud. The injunction went into effect on Thursday of this week, requiring Apple to disable push e-mail syncing in Germany.
    • This not considered an essential patent and therefore doesn't involve FRAND
  • Study: We're getting less friendly on Facebook
  • As Privacy Concerns Grow, More Social Media Users Are “Unfriending”
    • Pew Internet & American Life Project phone survey conducted in 2011 of 2277 adults show 44% respondents deleted comments from social profiles in 2011, up from 36% in 2009. Over 60% said they deleted people from their friends lists,
    • 67% of women set their profiles to friends only. Men 48%. 62% teens and 58%of adults restricted access to friends only.
    • 2% of social media users described privacy controls as "very difficult to manage."
    • 56% of users 18-29 said they have deleted unwanted comments, 40% 30-49, and 34% 50-64.
    • 15% of males said they posted something regrettable, 8% female. 15% 18-29 regrettable, 5% over 50 regrettable.
    • Pew doesn't specifically name FB but with 850M users it's the biggest network
    • The data about teens came from a separate phone survey Pew conducted with teenagers and their parents.

Discussion Stories

  • Microsoft Office 15 apps to include 'touch mode' with easy typing and enlarged ribbon
  • A closer look at Microsoft's Office 15 Technical Preview
    • MS already announced that Office will be included with WOA and said they would be desktop apps - not Metro
    • Mary Jo Foley reports that Office 15 will offer a touch mode button
    • This image of the technical preview version of Word 15 — was shared by one of MJ's contacts with access to the Office 15 technical preview — shows off that button
    • Images of Office 15 match ones posted on The Verge.
    • Currently this button doesn’t really function, according to my contact, who requested anonymity.
    • However, Microsoft’s intention is to enable the Office UI to switch to something more touch-friendly when Office 15 apps are used, my contact said.
  • " Google may enter tablet market with 7-inch design
    • The Google Operating System blog reports the upcoming Google Drive release will add support for third party apps and Google will also include a SDK for developers.
    • you'll be able to open the files stored in Google Drive using non-Google apps.
    • BAsed on source code mentioning 'SDK' several times and "Say goodbye [to] email attachments and hello to real time collaboration. Drag anything shared with you to My Drive for easy access."
    • ALSO: Speaking with CNET, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim stoked the fire, noting that the Google slate will enter production in April and the initial run will yield between 1.5 million and 2 million units.
    • 7-inch Nexus-branded device that will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet at $199.
    • Shim also said that the Nexus Tablet will feature a high-resolution 1,280 x 800-pixel 7-inch display, besting Amazon’s 1,024 x 600-pixel panel.

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"Tom and Posse,

Is there any licensing restriction that would stop OnLive from creating a Desktop that goes to Mac OS X instead of Windows? Apple likes to lock down their OS, but if OnLive pays for it, would it be possible? I know you can't virtualize OS X on Windows, but could you have a server running OS X setting this up? Although since you'd have to have all Apple hardware running this might not be financially viable for OnLive, the thought is interesting to consider.

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