And so it continues! Samsung have upped the ante on their legal dispute versus Apple over smartphone patents, filing a trade complaint that seeks to block US imports of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Samsung claim that Apple are infringing on not just one, but five patents, according to a filing with the US International Trade Commission in Washington yesterday. The ITC has the power to halt the imports of products that are in violation of US patents.
This new case adds to the on-going four cases that Samsung have in four countries, as both Samsung and Apple are fighting for the same mobile market, with both companies using the courts to try and get a sneak peek at the competing companies product. Samsung currently have lawsuits against Apple in Seoul, Tokyo, San Francisco and Mannheim, Germany.
The patents in question are related to ways to transmit multiple services over a wireless network; the format of data packets used for high-speed data transmission; integrating Web browsing into a phone; a way to store and play digital audio; and viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display, according to the complaint.
If the ITC does indeed take the case, a judge would hear arguments within a year and the case would look at being completed within the next 15 - 18 months.
Our Download of the Day today is GPU-Z 0.5.4.
TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, their popular graphics hardware information and monitoring utility. Version 0.5.4 packs a large number of changes, beginning with faster start-up, support for the entire line of NVIDIA GeForce 500M series GPUs, new models of Intel Sandy Bridge processor graphics, a number of AMD Radeon HD 6000M series GPUs, improved support for AMD APUs, and a number of bug fixes.
GPU-Z has overcome the slow start-up issue on AMD Radeon GPUs, it loads slightly faster on NVIDIA GPUs, too. ROP count reading on AMD Radeon HD 6790, Turks & Whistler was fixed; along with sensor count on Caicos, Whistler, Turks. OpenCL detection on some NVIDIA drivers was fixed. The ability to read UMA-shared memory on AMD APU systems was added. GPU-Z has better ability to detect and warn of spurious graphics cards with faked IDs. GPU-Z 0.5.4 is available in both its standard form and the ASUS Republic of Gamers themed variant.
Sony is currently hyping the return of virtual reality devices for gaming during an interview the upcoming b.tween 3D event, claiming that virtual reality could be the future of 3D content. Sony's Mike Hocking says "Another thing that's coming back which I'm very excited is the notion of virtual reality. You can see that we can now get back to where we really wanted to get with virtual reality in the 80's."
We've now got the power to do it, we've got the screen resolution to do it, we've got the processing power to update fast enough so we can have very immersive experiences on head-mounted displays in gaming in the not too distant future. Being in a virtual world where I can see my virtual hands or a virtual gun with all the things we can do in the gaming world is going to be absolutely amazing.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this pans out!
Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 is now available for download, includes site ready HTML5, improved performance and increased security. One of the biggest changes in PP2 are some new technologies like Web Workers with Channel Messaging and Async script support which makes IE much more efficient when it comes to battery life - notebook users will love this!
HTML5 is a key thing for Microsoft now, with it's support for hardware acceleration for all the graphics, audio and text which is bringing developers together and creating some truly stunning websites. A third of developers plan to begin using HTML5 within the next six months and an additional third plan to do so within the next two years.
Download IE10 PP2 here and start using some of it's new features!
The name "Jay Chou" might not ring a bell to most of you, at least perhaps not until he starred as Kato in the recent blockbuster movie "The Green Hornet", but with ASUS' approval of having him come aboard as Chief Designer, his name's about to become more widely known than before.
So far as Chief Designer he has already influenced ASUS' popular N Series notebooks with the "Incredible J" line-up which while based heavily on the existing N series models, are quickly distinguished apart by the Jay Chou inspired cover you can see in the below shot :-
Outer aesthetics isn't the only area being looked at either, with the sound output side of things being improved upon as well thanks to a collaborated effort with Bang & Olufsen to create the ASUS SonicMaster sound certification.
LTE (or Long Term Evolution) wireless mobile speeds have been pushed faster than ever by Ericsson during a demonstration yesterday which tipped speeds of almost 1Gbps; around 10 times faster than today's current standard.
The demonstration was performed in the company's headquarters in Sweden in front of the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). These super impressive speeds were accomplished using existing commercial hardware along with a test frequency provided by the PTS to allow certain features of LTE Advanced to be witnessed for the first time; one of which is carrier aggregation, which combines signals from multiple carriers to give higher overall bandwidth.
While no more than a taunt for most of us given the associating price tags, OCZ has just let loose another super mean PCI Express based SSD under their RevoDrive family in the RevoDrive 3 X2.
All RevoDrives are drool worthy no matter which one you focus your attention on, but this new monster is SERIOUSLY, INSANELY awesome with its whopping 1.5GBps read and 1.2GBps write speeds.
To get the full gist of just what this beast of beasts is capable of delivering in a multitude of situations, there's now a bunch of coverage floating around the web with the below sites having reviewed it in detail :-
As well as having just rolled out their Cloud based Office 365 service, Microsoft has just kicked out Service Pack 1 for Office 2010. This pack includes all public updates right up until now along with a handful of unreleased fixes which help improve stability, performance and security.
Here are some of the highlights :-
- Word 2010 SP1 includes a dialog box that warns users that the custom XML will be lost when files that use custom XML markups are saved in XML-based file formats.
- Outlook 2010 SP1 includes Office 365 support.
- Excel 2010 SP1 - Function names now maintain backward compatibility with earlier versions of Excel for the Czech, Dutch, Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish languages.
The latest happenings from around the web - June 29th, 2011
- Gigabyte X58A-OC - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
- Asrock Z68 Pro3-M Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ASRock H61M/U3S3 mATX Motherboard @ BCCHardware
- Gigabyte A75M-UD2H Motherboard First Look Preview @ eTeknix
- Asus' P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX motherboard @ Tech Report
- Sapphire Office Visit - X79 Revealed @ Ninjalane
- Radeon Driver Power Management Has Room For Improvement @ Phoronix
We really loved what the first iteration of Sapphire's EDGE-HD mini PC had to offer when checking it out around the time of launch. It was small, light, offered great performance with effortless HD playback and came in at a great price.
Fast forward near on five months later and Sapphire has introduced a revised, updated iteration of the unit, now dubbed the EDGE-HD2. While the unit itself looks much the same, running the same slim dimensions as the first and weighing in at a mere 530 grams, it packs a faster Atom 1.8GHz D525 processor for a start.
Further to the faster CPU, it sports a larger 320GB HDD (vs the 250GB on the original), 2GB of RAM, NVIDIA ION 2 GPU with 512MB VRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a couple USB 2.0 ports, card reader, D-Sub and HDMI outputs.