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Source Engine 2 is being worked on, Valve are just "waiting for a game to roll it out with"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 7:35 am

We kinda knew this was in the works, and I think we're going to see Half-Life 3 rolled out with it. But, during a visit from's /v/ board for his birthday, Valve boss Gabe Newell received some presents from some randoms from the Internet.



He had to pay $2.50 to unlock a real-life Mann Co. crate that included a TF2 Soldier hat inside, and he hung around to talk to fans of his, and his games, that came from all across the United States. The first question asked, and paraphrased from the above video, "Is Valve working on a new Source engine?"


Newell replied with "We've been working on new engine stuff for a while", adding "we've just been waiting for a game to roll it out with". Someone then follows that question up with "is it more than just an extension to Source? Like, is it an entirely new engine?" Newell, the hero that he is, replies with "yeah."

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Viewers hate buffering, will leave a video after two seconds of waiting according to new study

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 6:27 am

Put your hand up if you're one of these people - throws hand in the air - yes, I admit it, I have the least patience when it comes to buffering a video. Well, a professor has now analyzed data from 6.7 million unique visitors, and has bashed his fingers on that calculator.




According to a paper published by professor Ramesh K. Sitarman of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, viewers begin to leave a video after a two second delay, with 6% leaving per second thereafter. The professor took into consideration videos under 30 minutes as "short", where I would consider a short video 1 minute, so your results may vary applies here.


But, his data does add up, with twice as many viewers leaving a "short" video, compared to long ones after a ten second startup delay. The report also finds, most obviously, that users' impatience with Internet speeds looks like an unwinnable battle. Viewers with higher-speed Internet connections had a much weaker tolerance for delays when compared to those with slower, or mobile data connections.

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UK court orders Apple to pay Samsung's legal fees in full - ouch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5:32 am

It looks as though Apple aren't having much luck in court rooms outside the United States, as the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ordered the Cupertino-based company to pay the legal fees of Samsung on an 'indemnity basis' after the company published a "false and misleading" notice in the aftermath of a patent lawsuit over the iPad.




The judgement looks to embarrass Apple, requires the iPad maker to pay for all expenses associated with Samsung's legal defense, with any disputes over the exact amount likely be to resolved in Samsung's favor - ouch.


After losing an appeal in October, Apple were ordered to publish a notice on their front page of their UK website which has been deemed inaccurate. Apple complied with the court's wishes, but were sly and added some statements which according to the court were "calculated to product huge confusion". Included in these statements were a reference to a separate US verdict that saw Apple awarded more than $1 billion in damages.

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SpaceX has "essentially no patents", main competition is China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 4:43 am

On one side of the fence, I like patents - it protects important intellectual property - but on the other hand, it can really hold back essential building blocks for our future.




Well, one would think that the space venture from entrepreneur Elon Musk, SpaceX, would hold tonnes of patents. The answer is a flat 'no'. During an interview with Chris Anderson at Wired, Musk was quoted:


We have essentially no patents in SpaceX. Our primary long-term competition is in China. If we published patents, it would be farcical, because the Chinese would just use them as a recipe book.


We might see SpaceX adopt patents in the future, but for now they're just holding their special eleven herbs and spices as trade secrets.

Apple and HTC settle all patent litigation, includes 10 year license agreement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2012 3:30 am

Well, what's going on here you ask? Apple and HTC have come out over the weekend announcing that there's been a settlement agreed to, that resolves all of their existing patent disputes - yes, Apple have settled a patent agreement nicely for once.




The agreement is a "global settlement", dismissing all currently Apple and HTC complaints under a new ten-year license agreement, covering current and future patents held by each company. Both companies have said through a press release that the terms of the settlement are confidential.


HTC rep Jeff Gordon told The Verge that the company "does not expect this license agreement to have any adverse material impact on the financials of the company", this means that it won't cost HTC an arm and a leg. We're seeing HTC have some wins here, as they can now use some features that Samsung can't, such as slide-to-unlock, universal search and other disputed features.

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Apple paid $21 million for the rights to the Swiss railroad clock design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2012 9:40 am

It looks as though Apple have paid $21 million to settle a copyright dispute with SBB over their iconic railway clock, reports Mobile Geeks. At the time of iOS 6's launch, the news started floating out that there was an agreement between SBB and Apple.




This agreement didn't come with a monetary value attached to it, but The Daily News have reported that neither party would disclose whether the payment was above 20 million Swiss francs. Apple would've been stuck between a rock and a hard place with this decision.


On one hand, Apple were very quick to just throw a huge sum at SBB - but there could've been a nasty lawsuit and a ban on any device which sports iOS 6 out of the box - such as the iPhone 5. On the other hand, they could've reworked the design but this would've taken both time and money.

MasterCard set to release a credit card with display, keypad next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 11, 2012 1:34 am

MasterCard have worked with Standard Chartered in a new credit card that sports a built-in display and touch-sensitive keypad. The card itself is being touted as an interactive payment card, or security token card, featuring the credit card company's Display Card technology.




The display and keypad will allow the cardholder to generate a one-time password that can be used as an authentication security measure. MasterCard have said that future revisions will be capable of displaying things like available card balance, loyalty and reward points, recent transactions and other interactive information.


The card will become a standard issue item for all Standard Chartered Online Banking and Breeze Mobile Banking users starting January 2013. The card will become very useful for high-risk transactions such as payments or transfers above a certain amount of when adding third-party payees.

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RIM plan 36-hour event, will give away cash, PlayBooks to game developers interested in BlackBerry 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:44 am

RIM are really far behind the eight ball right now, but it looks like they're going to be rewarding game developers who work on BlackBerry 10, building up their app catalog.




Starting November 16, there'll be a God Game Port-a-Thon where RIM will give producers $100 for every game successfully ported to the upcoming BB10 platform. The more titles ported, the better the gift-giving gets.


Three or more ports gets you a free BlackBerry PlayBook, five ports nets you a Dev Alpha device to test your creations in a proper native environment, and 10 or more ports will see you win yourself a trip to the Game Developers Conference next March. There's only 36 hours to get into this gift-giving goodness, with a bunch of developers needing to get their code ready in advance to be in the running for these prizes.

Microsoft announces they are aware of Surface keyboard splitting problem

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 10, 2012 1:27 am

The new Microsoft Surface tablet has been out long enough that a new round of bugs are popping up in regards to its longevity and durability. Users of the Touch Cover keyboard for the Surface RT tablet have reported that it is splitting at the location that it connects to the tablet.




People have noted this problem on forums as well as Twitter, as seen by the image posted to Twitter above. Some people are saying that the problem is not present in the black Touch Type keyboard, due to a different material being utilized on the bottom of the cover. Microsoft has acknowledged the problem:


Microsoft makes every effort to ensure our customers receive a high quality product. We are in active contact with our Customer Support operations and are aware of a small number of instances of material separation


Users who think they are having a problem with their keyboard cover should contact Microsoft's support.

Lenovo announces plans to share its battery technology with the PC industry

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 10, 2012 12:31 am

Lenovo has announced today that they are planning on sharing their proprietary battery design technology with the PC industry "in the interests of public safety and improving the level of engineering in notebook personal computer designs worldwide." This is more likely a ploy to get good will, but it will surely be appreciated by end-consumers who should receive better products.




"Battery design is an issue of crucial importance to business and computing," said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Lenovo notebook business unit. "As the personal computer business examines standards and design criteria for the best use of lithium ion batteries, Lenovo is contributing its engineering and design leadership. No make of battery is 100 percent immune from failure, but Lenovo strongly believes in safety first. These engineering specifications show our approach to battery management, and we believe they will move the PC industry as a whole toward safer battery standards."


The shared information will include redundant protections, failure detection, thermal conditions and protection, charging methodology, voltage protection, and mechanical design. The information will be shared with industry standards organizations so that other manufacturers may take advantage of advancements that Lenovo has made.

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