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Jury finds Google infringed on Oracle IP in partial verdict, Google moves for mistrial

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2012 8:36 pm

Ah, yes, that legal battle between Oracle and Google is still going on. In fact, it's only in its first stages. The copyright phase of the trial ended Friday with the jury stating they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on one of the four questions it needed to. Judge Alsup told the jurors to think about it over the weekend.

 

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Unfortunately, this did not help as the jury as it told the court that an "impasse has been reached." The jury then turned in its partial verdict on the three questions that they were able to agree upon. The jury has found that Google did in fact infringe on Oracle's copyrights by copying the structure, sequence, and organization of the code.

 

They were unable to decide if this use would be covered by fair use. The jury found that Google had not unfairly taken from the documentation associated with the 37 APIs. The jury found Google guilty of infringing by actually copying some specific code from the Java programming language. They were only found guilty on one of the three they were charged with.

 

Google has moved for a mistrial given the results of this trial. The trial has now shifted to the patent portion of the proceedings, even with the unresolved portions from the copyright phase. Both Oracle and Google are preparing briefs on the matter of whether the SSO was copyrightable. The jury has been instructed to continue as if they were.

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New type of malware, "ransomware," locks up computers unless ransom is paid

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2012 7:33 pm

Once again, I get to be the bearer of bad news in order to keep you, our reader, safe. This time I bring news of a new malware that is going around dubbed "ransomware" due to the fact it locks up your computer until you pay the ransom amount demanded. This isn't a completely new idea, but this is a new strain and variation.

 

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This latest campaign is mainly targeting the UK and a few other European countries and claims that illegally downloaded music has been found on the computer. Due to this illegal material, the malware claims that "to unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences, your are obligated to pay a release fee of 50 pounds."

 

The malware was spotted by security watch blog abuse.ch. According to them, the malware is delivered through an exploit known as "Blackhole." The ransomware also carries a payload of Aldi Bot which steals banking information. The message to take away here is to keep all your browsers and their add-ons up to date, as this is how Blackhole functions. Anti-virus isn't a bad idea either.

Android reclaims 61% of all US smartphone purchases

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2012 6:30 pm

As the war between smartphones and smartphone operating systems wages on, Android marched forward and taken back some ground. Over quarter 4 of last year, Android sales dropped from 61% in Q3 to 49% in Q4 as Apple iPhone sales jumped from 25% to 41% over demand for the 4S. Android has returned to being 61% of all smartphone sales during Q1 2012.

 

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Of course, as one group goes up, others must go down. In this case, Apple has declined from 41% down to only 29%. iOS and Android combined make up 90% of US smartphone sales. Overall, however, smartphones have failed to increase as a portion of overall phone sales. They remain pegged at 66% of all handset sales.

 

Two out of three people aged 25-34 own a smartphone. Distribution between men and women are generally in a dead heat at around 50%. Android is top in the United States with around 49% market share for last quarter. Apple only has 32% during the same quarter, yet it remains the top smartphone maker.

Microsoft sells Xbox 360 bundle for $99 plus $14.99/month contract

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2012 5:31 pm

Sometimes rumors come true, and today, one of the rumors that was floating around last week has joined the ranks of truth. Microsoft has announced today that it is selling a 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle for $99 plus a $14.99/month subscription with a 2 year contract requirement. The contract even features Early Termination Fees, just like its cellphone brethren.

 

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The sticking point to this deal is that you'll have to be located somewhere near a Microsoft Store as an associate has to scan or enter the promotional code. Additionally, the bundle will cost you $458.76 over the life of the 2 year contract whereas purchasing the device would cost only $299 and $120 for 2 years of Xbox Live Gold. And the gold is often discounted.

 

The contract also comes with some fine print, such as a $250 Early Termination Fee (ETF). The fee drops to $240 in month 4 and then drops by $12 every month after. This is a pretty breaking story, so stay tuned for more as it comes.

Ematic announces the release of the eGlide XL Pro 2 Android tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2012 4:28 pm

Android tablets are a dime a dozen nowadays, so something really needs to set new ones off from the competition. Today sees the release of yet another Android tablet, this one made by Ematic. In this case, it would seem that price would be the factor that sets this tablet off from the rest. Retailing for a slim $219.99, you still get loads of features that more expensive tablets offer.

 

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The eGlide XL Pro 2 may have a slightly long and unwieldy name, but it is generally fitting for the long and unwieldy list of features. The tablet features a 10-inch touchscreen and comes preloaded with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The processor is a multi-core 1GHz beast and also features a 400MHz graphics processor.

 

"We're thrilled to launch the eGlide XL Pro 2, and add it to our expanding line of tablets which suit various needs and lifestyles," says Roy Rayn, General Manager of Ematic. "This tablet incorporates everything our consumers love about Ematic products: durability, productivity and affordability."

 

This tablet is one that I may finally be interested in purchasing due to its value pricing, yet good spec list.

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Another Mac security issue exposes Lion login passwords in plaintext

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2012 3:29 pm

This year, so far, has not exactly been a stunning display for Macs. Between the Flashback malware and now this, it really shows just how weak the security of Mac OSX is. The latest blunder by Apple and its security team is that they turned on a debug log file which stores the user's password outside of the encrypted area.

 

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If you were using FileVault prior to upgrading to Lion, it may be time to think about changing your passwords as this would affect you. FileValut 2 users (whole drive encryption) are not affected by this accident. Additionally, if you have Time Machine backups, the plaintext log file has stored your password for the long term.

 

Security researcher David Emery explains:

 

This is worse than it seems, since the log in question can also be read by booting the machine into firewire disk mode and reading it by opening the drive as a disk or by booting the new-with-LION recovery partition and using the available superuser shell to mount the main file system partition and read the file. This would allow someone to break into encrypted partitions on machines they did not have any idea of any login passwords for.

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RumorTT: Apple may launch $799 MacBook Air this year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 7, 2012 2:03 pm

Currently, the cheapest MacBook air sells for $999. However, if the folks at DigiTimes are correct, then we could be seeing a $799 MacBook Air as soon as the third quarter. Of course, the report cites the usual "sources from the upstream supply chain" so I would treat this rumor with a dose of skepticism until more is known.

 

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The more aggressively priced MacBook Air could put the squeeze on Ultrabooks. This is especially true if Intel is unable to bring prices down to the $699 average selling price like they would like to. Sources are saying that Ultrabooks may not really take off until Windows 8 launches later this year.

 

Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook sales, however, are painting a slightly better picture for Ultrabooks. Sales on their machine are way past expectations. This could mean that the market is ready to take off, or Dell could have just created a great product. Another rumor is that Apple could introduce a hybrid laptop with the power of the MacBook Pro and portability of the Air. This is according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Deal of the Day: 16GB Kingston DataTraveler Micro USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $12.95 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 7, 2012 12:09 pm

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Download of the Day: Xfire 1.149 Build 45547

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 7, 2012 11:35 am

Our Download of the Day is Xfire 1.149 Build 45547.

 

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Changelog:

 

* Fixed an issue where video uploads would fail with the "413 Request Entity Too Large" error.

* Fixed some, if not all, HTTP request errors.

* Fixed a connection bug with 'Games For Windows Live' games.

* Fixed a bug where Battlefield 3 would crash when Xfire In-Game is enabled on DirectX 10 graphics cards.

* Improved frame rate on broadcasts for viewers.

* Fixed minor bugs with game definition parsing.

* Updated IME system and added IME support for XIG Web Browser.

* Changed spelling of "Minimize to notification bar" to "Minimize to notification area" in Options.

 

You can download Xfire 1.149 Build 45547 here.

Diablo III thrown through dungeons of benchmarks, doesn't really require much grunt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2012 11:00 am

Diablo III is nearly here, and if you were worried about the click-thrashing RPG was not going to run on your rig, then don't be alarmed. Usually, Blizzard-produced games are not hard on hardware, with this trend continuing for Diablo III.

 

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Toms Hardware have taken the RPG through some tests with 12 different GPU configurations with a few CPUs thrown into the mix. They've tested minimum and maximum details, right up to 2560x1600.

 

You might be surprised just how well it runs, on modest hardware. I was surprised, and now I'm quite content that I'll be able to run it at 120fps-plus on my GTX 570 SLI system with three screens. Check out the article here.

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