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Let the good times roll - judge grants Samsung's request to look at HTC and Apple's settlement agreement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 10:33 am

It looks like the festive spirit is making its way around the world today, with US Judge Paul S. Grewal granting Samsung's request to look at the HTC and Apple settlement agreement. Samsung wants to know if anything weird is going on, and they'll soon find out.




Samsung has claimed that their determination of whether or not the patents were licensed, will help decide if they need to stop production of devices named in prior lawsuits. If Samsung were to find that Apple were happy with another company using the patents they supposedly infringed upon, then the $1 billion judgment to Apple would be enough, and no further proceedings need to happen.


I'm feeling as though Samsung are going to find some dirt in the settlement agreement, and Apple will hopefully, back down. Realizing that it is hurting them in the long run with customers jumping the iShip - as well as investors. Let's just hope so, eh?

Peter Molyneux is back with a new God game, "GODUS", heads to Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 9:32 am

I'm sure that you've heard about Peter Molyneux on your travels through life, and the gaming world, and now he's back. Molyneux's new company, 22sans, has just launched a new Kickstarter project called GODUS. GODUS has been explained as:




It's an innovative reinvention of Populous, the original god game and delivers exciting global co-operation, competition, creation and destruction to a whole new generation.


How can you complain about that! We've seen a resurgence of space games in the form of the record-breaking Star Citizen from another old school, but God of gaming, Chris Roberts and now this. All we need is a few next-gen FPS games to hit Kickstarter and we're looking at a revolution for PC games.


GODUS has a Kickstarter goal of £450,000 goal, which I'm sure it'll reach without a problem, and some. At the time of writing, it had already reached just under 10% of its goal, with £33,470 and 1,320 backers and 29 days to go. The £5,000 pledge isn't too bad, as you'll get to attend E3 in LA in June 2013, as the "guest of honor of Peter Molyneux and the 22cans team". If I only had £5,000 spare...

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Online holiday spending estimated to reach $43.4 billion this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 8:35 am

According to comScore's latest estimates, consumers are to spend $43.4 billion on web-based shopping during November and December. This would mark an increase of 17% year-over-year for the same two-month period of 2011.




2011's online spending was around 15% higher than it was in 2010, showing that it has increased year-on-year for a while now. This year's forecast is actually much higher than the industry's overall retail expectation, which expects a 4.1% rise in consumer spending during the 2012 holiday season.


Considering the US going through a huge recession, natural disasters, and a very uncertain economic future, consumers shopping online has actually increased. ComScore chairman, Gian Fulgoni, has said that if the estimates are true, it would be a great finale to a great year for retail e-commerce. Fulgoni has an optimistic outlook on the season based on the strong lead-up to the 32 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Apple's 'Spaceship' campus won't open until 2016, as the project faces delays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 7:31 am

Apple's new 'Spaceship' campus was meant to open in 2015, but Apple have reportedly filed a new timetable with the City of Cupertino on November 14, adapting its development timetable. Apple have had delays that affect Cupertino's environmental impact report. This report monitors traffic, noise, air quality levels, and allows local residents to comment on its development.




This has caused Apple to push back the completion of the report from the expected late-2012 date, to June 2013. This could mean that Apple won't start work on the new HQ until 2014, pushing back the move-in date into 2016.


The new 'Spaceship' HQ boasts 2.8 million square feet of a research and development building, a 1000-seat corporate auditorium, a fitness center, central plant, parking and another 300,000 square-foot research facility. Apple hopes that the new campus will maximize efficiency and convenience to their employees, where it will provide a co-location of services and a consolidation of employees in a single distinctive office R&D building.

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Apple & HTC's new patent agreement will be voided if either company gets acquired

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 5:33 am

Last week saw ink to paper between Apple and HTC, where the two companies signed a new patent agreement. This new patent agreement included a special clause, that would see the agreement invalidated if either company is acquired by another company.




I don't see Apple being acquired anytime soon, but I do see HTC being acquired in the near future with all of the problems they're experiencing right now. This means that Samsung could come in and scoop HTC up, thinking they'd end their legal battles with Apple, but it would definitely not be the case. The clause reads:


In the event of a Change of Control of a party. This Agreement shall automatically terminate unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties, effective immediately prior to such Change of Control.


The definition of a "Change of Control" is where the original company is left with less than 50% of the voting power, or if the original company is merged with a third-party. This licensing agreement could be transferred to the company acquiring HTC (again, I don't see Apple being acquired), only if Apple and HTC grant the company with special permission.

Foursquare has passed 3 billion check-ins, has something to be thankful for

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 4:30 am

I don't use Foursquare personally, but there are plenty of the crew here at TweakTown that do. I know our VGA Editor, Shane Baxtor, is a Foursquare junkie and pretty much the check-in king of virtually every place on Earth.




Well, the Foursquare app has experienced 3,000,000,000 (that's 3 billion!) check-ins since launch, and is in perfect timing for Thanksgiving. So when the team at Foursquare are sitting around their dining room table and they're asked what they're thankful for, those 3 billion check-ins will be blessed upon.


3 billion check-ins, can you believe that? Quite the number, and I wonder how quick we'll see 5 billion, and then 10 billion. By the end of 2013? Earlier? Do you use Foursquare? Do you check-in everywhere?

Mega to launch on 20th of January, 2013 at 6:48am NZ time, dubbed "Operation Mega Debut"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 3:29 am

MegaUpload may be gone, but it is coming back and it'll be coming back better than ever. Call of Duty pro-gamer and all-round cool guy, Kim Dotcom, has stated on his Twitter page that "Operation Mega Debut" is coming.




Operation Mega Debut will happen on the 20th of January, 2013 at 6:48am NZ time - on this precise moment, Mega will launch. A few hours later, the Dotcom Mansion press conference will take place, at noon.


I do enjoy the flavor that Dotcom injects into the world, he has something about him that makes me like him. 6:48am NZ time is a very specific moment, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Mega will do to the world of file sharing and court room battles. Hopefully there's no raid on the mansion this time.

New report puts Google Glass release date as late as 2014, techies breathe a collective sigh of sadness

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 3:05 am

Fans of augmented reality are excited for Google's upcoming Project Glass, which aims to put a computer into a wearable pair of glasses. Those glasses will be capable of overlaying information as wearers walk around cities, take hands-free pictures, and all kinds of other cool stuff that we can't even fathom yet.




Unfortunately, it looks like they still are a few years off. Google originally announced the glasses back in June. They could be preordered for $1,500, for which purchasers got a plaque with their queue number on it. Google isn't saying when the glasses will be completed or when they will be released, though Sergey Brin has worn them out in public.


TIME magazine may have let slip some information that puts a date on the release. According to their "Best Inventions of the Year 2012" column, TIME provides the date that we will have them by as 2014. "Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014." They don't provide a source or explanation for the time frame, but we're sure they have checked up on that date with people in the know.


So there you have it: you'll have to wait until 2014 to get your hands on Google Glass, but it'll be worth the wait.

Apple updates plans for new Spaceship campus, places completion in 2016

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 2:11 am

If you haven't heard, Apple's building this really cool new campus in the shape of a giant circle. It looks sort of like it's from outer-space and it's gained the name Spaceship, among others. It was first introduced to the public in 2011 by the late Steve Jobs and was originally slated to be completed in 2015.




Today, Apple sent over revised plans to the city of Cupertino. Apple is still waiting on Cupertino to complete an environmental review, so work has yet to begin. In the latest plans, Apple plans to have the new campus built by mid-2016, though they note that "this schedule may be modified to meet Apple's business needs."


The awe-inspiring campus is to be built on 176 acres of land. The circular building features a circumference that comes close to a mile. The new campus will feature a 1,000 person auditorium, where at Apple plans to give product presentations. The updated plans for the building are available here.

Google's search dominance continues, approaches 70% market share

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 1:31 am

Google is an unstoppable force. The company's search market share has practically continued to increase month-over-month and it saw its highest ever market share this past October. Coming in at 66.9 percent, it beat out its previous record of 66.8 percent, which it achieved in both June and July of this year.




Looking year-over-year, Google's search dominance has increased 1.5 percent. Bing, too, is increasing in market share, though it has a long road in front of it if they hope to reach anywhere near what Google has. Sitting at a mere 16 percent this October, they have grown only 1.2 percent year-over-year.


Yahoo managed to get 12.2 percent of search traffic, down from 15.2 percent year-over-year. Ask pulled in a mere 3.2 percent and AOL managed to get 1.8 percent, both absolutely tiny in comparison to Google's results. These numbers come from comScore, who measures desktop searches. This means searches executed by mobile devices aren't included.

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