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Judge Lucy Koh rules that Samsung didn't willfully infringe on Apple patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:38 am

The Apple versus Samsung lawsuit just got more interesting, with Judge Lucy Koh handing down some of the first rulings in the case's post-trial proceedings. Koh granted an Apple motion to invalidate some claims of a Samsung patent, but denied five others.

 

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Koh found th at Samsung did not act willfully in infringing on Apple's patents, which means Apple's chance of getting triple damages associated with the suit are now gone. Koh rejected Samsung's request for a new trial, too. What happens from here is anyone's guess, but we could see a reduction in the $1.049 billion infringement verdict, but she hasn't offered any rulings on that just yet.

 

You can read much, much more on it here.

Amazon's e-book business is doing very well, still won't talk Kindle sales, though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:37 am

When you've got nothing nice to say, the rule is to say nothing nice at all, so it looks like Amazon are playing this game with Kindle sales, as their lips are still sealed shut. On the flip side, their e-book business is churning through money like it's nothing.

 

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Amazon's e-book business is now a very tidy "multi-billion dollar category" for the US-based retail giant. Amazon had sold out of their e-reader last year, with Amazon's CFO, Tom Szkutak, saying during their earnings call yesterday that if they didn't sell out of their Kindle's, they would've had much higher sales numbers - all without unveiling just how many they sold.

 

Szkutak was pushed by an analyst who wondered why the company's revenue was lower than expected for Q4, where the CFO cited a number of reasons - sales of consumer electronics fell short of expectations, as well as the shortages of the Kindle Paperwhite. He said:

 

We are thrilled to have Paperwhite in our lineup - it's the best e-reader out there, but we couldn't keep up with demand. We would have had more sales in Q4 if we could keep up with demand. The team is working hard to have good stock going forward on that product.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 spotted online, includes cellular capabilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 6:36 am

Something that hasn't really been kept too much of a secret is Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. MobileGeeks are reporting they've spotted the 8-inch slate on a bunch of Austrian stores that are all "supplied by the same distributor".

 

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We should expect two versions of the Galaxy Note 8.0, with 16GB and 32GB being the differences between them. The 16GB model should be around 450-480 euros, which is around $600-$650 USD. The 32GB version bumps this price up to the 490-550 euros mark, which converts to roughly $660-$740. Definitely getting into the upper end of expensive here.

 

Specifications-wise, we should expect the 8-inch slate to have a WXGA resolution of 1280x800, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 1.3-megapixel front-facer, an S-Pen stylus, Blueooth 4.0 and GPS. We can definitely expect Android to be floating around inside the Galaxy Note 8.0, but which exact iteration is unknown right now. We should also expect cellular capabilities, but only 3G unfortunately. Availability in Austrian stores is said to be the 19th of February, which is only three weeks away.

Updated Intel 4K Collage graphics driver now available for Gigabyte's Thunderbolt-capable motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:38 am

If you're running one of Gigabyte's Thunderbolt-capable motherboards, including the Z77X-UP5 TH, Z77X-UP4 TH and the Z77MX-D3H TH then this news is for you. There's an upgrade available to the new Intel 4K Collage graphics driver.

 

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Can't find 4K content? Well, the people over at Gigabyte have worked with Aduzai to provide a 4K video that can be used to test out, or even promote their 4K products. Gigabyte only restrict you from being able to sell it or charge for it's use in anyway. Other than that, it's free. You can check out the video on YouTube below, or download it here.

 

Apple trademarks their retail store design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:42 am

Apple had an interesting 2012 in terms of patents and trademarks, but one of the first (and I'm guessing, of many) trademarks for 2013 is something a little different - the design and layout of their retail stores.

 

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Apple have tried for a couple of years now to trademark their iconic store designs, with the US Patent and Trademark Office rejecting their trademark twice. The USPTO said that Apple's design weren't "inherently distinctive", forcing the Cupertino-based giant to file a 122-page document arguing their case - this document included consumer surveys and photos of their storefronts.

 

On their third try, Apple were approved for their trademark which covers the use of a "paneled facade" of glass, recessed lighting units, and line rectangular tables. Apple have also got protection on their glass staircases, in case you were wondering.

Philips drops out of the consumer electronics business, surprises no one

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:38 am

Philips have just bowed out of the consumer electronics market, and are now focusing all of their energies into the medical equipment and lightning businesses. Philips have sold their consumer electronics business to Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric Co. for $201 million.

 

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Philips' CEO, Frans van Houten talked to The Wall Street Journal, saying "Since we have online entertainment, people do not buy Blu-ray and DVD players anymore."

 

This is true though - as most consumer electronics are pretty much identical these days as the content displayed on them is completely online. Myself, I use a Samsung Smart TV and don't use any of the 'smart' features apart from two times in eight months I've used Skype. Everything comes from a networked media player, streaming from my QNAP NAS. There should be many changes in the consumer market with more players shifting and changing in the coming years.

Google donating 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers to UK students

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:28 am

Google, as part of its Google Giving program, is providing 15,000 UK students with Raspberry Pi computers. The Raspberry Pi is a cheap $35 computer that uses an ARM processor on a tiny integrated circuit board. Google is looking to inspire more students to learn coding, which is why they have donated the funds to purchase 15,000 units.

 

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Some quick math and we find out that Google has donated just over $500k for these boards. The announcement was made at Chersterton Community College in Cambridge by Google Chariman Eric Schmidt and Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Google has partnered with six educational organizations in the UK to identify which students to give the units to.

CBS forced to respond to injunction that prevents CNET from talking torrents

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 2:04 am

CBS Interactive has filed a response to an injunction that is keeping CNET's journalists from talking about bit torrent technology. The injunction alleges that by CNET talking about, and linking to, P2P software that can be used for illegal purposes, they are encouraging users and causing it to become more pervasive.

 

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CBSI has responded to the injunction claiming just the opposite. They say that because they provide warnings about not using the technology to infringe on copyrights, they are actually doing more good. They warn that the software is still publicly available and wouldn't come with these warnings if found by a Google search.

 

If CBSI were enjoined from linking to sites that offer downloads of BitTorrent clients, those sites would still remain available to the public and would still be easily found by a simple search on Google - albeit without the warning against infringement that CBSI provides. Moreover, the public interest would be damaged by denying legitimate and truthful information about a pervasive technology, as well as by impending non-infriging uses.

 

The bit torrent technology has many benefits and uses besides illegal downloading. Bit torrent swarms can provide theoretically unlimited bandwidth and download speed because they can provide an unlimited number of peers. It also works great for redundancy as one server can go down and the file is still available from many other sources, albeit at a reduced speed.

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Music Unlimited upgraded to 320Kbps streaming for Android, PS3, web

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:30 am

While most people can't distinguish the difference in bit-rate between 128Kbps and 320Kbps, the latter has become a selling for most online streaming services. Sony has updated their Music Unlimited service to keep up with the times and that means they will now be streaming 320Kbps audio.

 

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The updated streaming quality will first be coming to Android, web, and the PlayStation 3 players, but desktops, iOS, and the Vita won't be left out. Upgrades for the latter devices and home theater devices will be coming later this year. Sony has staggered the update to make sure it goes without a hitch.

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ZTE preparing new V81 tablet, features 8-inch display and Jelly Bean

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:08 am

ZTE are preparing a new slate dubbed V81, which they should unveil at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, where we should expect it to arrive as an 8-inch (1024x768) display sporting a dual-core processor running at 1.4GHz.

 

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1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage which is expandable through microSD. A full-sized USB port and HDMI port are featured, with a 3,700 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean coming along for the party.

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