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Judge Alsup rules Oracle Java API elements not copyrightable, claims against Google dismissed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 3:29 pm

In a move that should help to keep innovation from being stifled, Judge Alsup, the judge presiding over the Oracle v Google trial, has ruled that sequence, structure, and organization (SSO) is not covered by today's copyright law. This, in turn, allowed him to dismiss the claims by Oracle of Google infringing on their copyright.

 

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Instead of creating a massive precedent by making a wide ruling, Judge Alsup focused very narrowly on specific factors in the case which lead to the decision. This way he didn't create a massive precedent. He has also been very careful throughout the trial. So even though appeals are possible, it is likely his decision will be upheld.

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Activision settles lawsuit with Call of Duty creators out of court

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 1:50 pm

It has been confirmed that Activision and Jason West and Vincent Zampella have settled their lawsuit out of court after a brief meeting on Thursday. This settlement brings to an end the two year lawsuit stemming from the termination of their employment. There was a lot of he said she said, but in the end, it seems to boil down to the fact Activision didn't want to pay them royalties.

 

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The settlement terms, as par for the course, were not discussed and are highly secretive. This settlement also settles another lawsuit Activision was involved with. This other lawsuit was over royalties as well. When West and Zampella left, 40 or more developers left shortly after. They too filed a lawsuit saying they didn't get their royalty checks.

 

"All parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential," said Robert Schwartz, an attorney representing West and Zampella. West was in the courtroom, but only grinned widely as he left. Others in the game industry watched closely as it could produce some new case law that would affect somehow.

 

"This legal battle between the old employees of Infinity Ward and Activision is the most significant in video game history," said Evan Wilson, an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities. "It's been a major distraction for senior management at Activision at a time when the industry is going through one of its most difficult periods. It will be good for Activision to be able to move past this."

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Deal of the Day: 9.7" HP TouchPad 32GB Refurb Tablet for $194.99 plus Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Our Deal of the Day is 9.7" HP TouchPad 32GB Refurb Tablet for $194.99 plus Shipping!

 

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Woot has refurbished HP TouchPad tablets in stock at $194.99 plus $5 shipping. This tablet features a 9.7" XGA (1024 x 768) IPS LED multitouch TFT, dual-core 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 CPU, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, Adreno 220 GPU, 32GB storage, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support, 1.3MP front camera, stereo speakers with Beats Audio, and 6300mAh lithium polymer battery. We've had ours on CM9 nightlies (Android 4.0.4) for awhile, and they're a great value. Good until 6/5/12 or after they run out.

 

32GB HP FB359UAR#ABA TOUCHPAD REFURB TABLET DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: FinalWire's AIDA64 v2.50

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Our Download of the Day is FinalWire's AIDA64 v2.50.

 

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FinalWire have released the latest version of AIDA64, version 2.50. The latest version brings some new features and improvements, such as:

 

  • Speech API information
  • SensorPanel graphs and gauges
  • Intel 330 and OCZ Vertex 4 SSD support
  • GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce 600 Series

 

You can download FinalWire AIDA64 v2.50 here.

Apple's third-gen iPad is close to being released in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Apple's third-generation iPad is getting closer to arriving in China, with the country's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center providing a mandatory license for an unnamed 3G-compatible Apple-made device, which is most likely the new iPad.

 

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But, there are still some hurdles. Apple need to reach an agreement with Proview over the ownership of the iPad trademark in China, with negotiations starting up again recently. Apple have reportedly tabled a settlement of $16 million, but is much, much less than the $400 million that Proview is holding out for.

 

The new iPad is destined to be a China Unicom-exclusive, who is Apple's original operator partner, and LTE will not be featured in China as no network is operational in the country.

Intel releases info on 14 new dual-core Ivy Bridge-based CPUs ahead of Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Ahead of Computex next week, Intel have released details on 14 new dual-core Ivy Bridge-based processors. Core i5 and i7 processors will be among the first to drop, with Core i3 variants arriving later this year.

 

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The Core i3 processors will also be joined with new Pentiums and Celerons, too. Out of the 14 new dual-core processors, six of them are desktop-grade, which means the remaining 8 of them are destined to mobile and ultra-low voltage. Ultra-low voltage chips sport a "U" in their name, which gives their identity away.

 

With Computex happening next week, we should expect to see a slew of Ultrabooks sporting the new ultra-low voltage Core processors. We should have a bunch of hands-on talk with various models, chips, Ultrabooks and so forth, so check back each and everyday next week for our coverage of Computex!

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Apple's upcoming iOS 6 Maps sports 3D, is coming this summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 6, is expected sometime in the coming months, but BGR is reporting about their Maps app which will support 3D mapping. Apple aren't using Google's mapping data this time around.

 

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BGR has sourced some exclusive information, and photos, of Apple's new Mapps app, with the app featuring an updated user interface as well as a brand new navigation bar. This bar is said to be silver instead of blue. The current Maps app follows the normal blue iOS color scheme, but it looks like Apple could move toward a silver theme for iOS 6, like the iPad.

 

The iPhone Maps app has a floating 'locate me' button in the bottom left corner. In order to access 3D mode, you'll have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps. Once 3D has been enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left hand corner. Apple's acquisition of C3 Technologies has helped them back 3D mapping into their Maps app, which should be a great feature in the new iPhone and iOS.

 

Apple are currently testing, and putting the final touches on its 3D mapping functionality, with it being tested in build 10A3XX of iOS6. BGR does state that the above image is a mock up based on what Maps should look like, as their source has told them.

HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE get unbanned by customs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

The previous US Customs and Border Protection ban over the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE has been lifted, after the customs review went into effect on April 19 preventing the sale of the two smartphones. AT&T did receive some units, and last week, Customs released a handful of the units to carriers for sale in anticipation of the release.

 

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HTC e-mailed Wired saying:

 

HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC's ruling. Future shipments should continue to enter the U.S. and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.

 

HTC stated that before the phones arrived that they had already fixed the link patent issue to sidestep their ban, with Customs officials inspecting the modified phones to make sure they complied with the ITC's ruling. No ETA has been given on when we should expect full retail availability.

ASUS intro new ET2411 all-in-one multi-touch PC, sports Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU and lots, lots more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 31, 2012 7:19 am

ASUS have introduced a new all-in-one PC featuring Intel's third-generation Core processors. The new ASUS ET2411 is a 23.6-inch Full HD multi-touch LED-backlit beast, sporting Windows 7, HDMI, and much more.

 

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The touch-screen alone is something that makes the ET2411 standout. The ET2411 also comes with ASUS' SonicMaster Technology which boasts louder volumes, and improved clarity. The all-in-one PC can also be used as a secondary display on another PC by connecting other PCs, laptops or tablets through its HDMI input.

 

ASUS' ET2411 is also wall-mountable for those with a smaller apartment or house, or those wanting to have it look stylish. It can be specced with a Core i5 or i7, comes with 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, DVD/Blu-ray drive, two USB 3.0 ports on the side, 3 USB 3.0 ports on the rear, HDMI-in and out, VGA, card reader, GbE connectivity, and a Kensington lock.

 

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The ET2411 weighs in at a total of 10.8kg. and comes in just one color, black.

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Dual-dock iPad prototype sells for $10,200 on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 31, 2012 7:18 am

Got a spare $10,000? Too late. The rare prototype iPad that featured two 30-pin dock connectors has sold for an astonishing $10,200, $200 above the original asking price.

 

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The unit sported dock connects on the bottom and left side of the iPad, and was a fully functional unit except for a faulty digitizer, which renders the touchscreen inoperative. The prototype did still include Apple's "Switchboard" testing software included.

 

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Seven bidders were at the hammer for the device, with 23 bids issued for the device. The unidentified buyer placed the winning bit with just two minutes to spare. What makes the device so rare is that it's just so scarce, as well as no one outside of Apple owns a dual dock-capable iPad.

 

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The $10,200 prototype iPad lacks any trademark and regulatory markings that are found on a retail iPad, but it does sport a prototype ID number as well as part numbers and copyrights from prior to the official iPad launch. Both dock ports are reportedly fully functional.

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