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Apple and Samsung will head back to court next month, the patent war continues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 11:30 am

On my Mum's birthday, August 9, Apple and Samsung will head into court to continue their patent battle. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC said on Monday that it will hear oral arguments from both companies on the day.

 

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Apple are appealing Judge Lucy Koh's decision to not slap Samsung with a sales ban on a bunch of their Galaxy-branded devices that were found to infringe on Apple's patents. Apple were originally ordered over $1 billion from Samsung, but Koh cut the damages to around $450 million in December - less than half the original amount.

 

Koh determined that the jury's calculations were flawed, and the damages were then softened. Koh also ordered a partial retrial that will happen in November, where Samsung will find out just how much they'll have to sign over to Apple.

RumorTT: Google ready to reintroduce Google TV to the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 10:30 am

Google showed Google TV off before it was fully baked, so all of the goodies inside were oozing out instead of being fully-functional features that blew people away and had consumers throwing money at their product.

 

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But, it looks like they're at it again, and according to The Wall Street Journal's inside sources, Google are pitching the idea of an online TV service to media providers and distributors. The difference between it not working before, and it working now, is that content providers are looking for nationwide distribution - something Google can provide, very easily.

 

The WSJ are reporting that Google has the system developed and is shopping it around to various partners. The world of TV has changed since Google first introduced Google TV, with the likes of Netflix and their smash hits like the fourth season of Arrested Development and House of Cards doing very, very good business online.

Oculus Rift could one day be free, but for now we should expect a $300 price point

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 9:23 am

I'll be attending PAX AU on Friday, where I'll finally get some hands-on (or is that heads- and soul-on) with Oculus' Rift VR headset. I'll be using the Full HD version, which I'm quite excited about.

 

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But, for now, the company have said that they're going to be releasing Rift to consumers at $300. Most people will look at that and think it's expensive, but consider the price of a Full HD 27-inch monitor, which is around the same price, and it doesn't seem so bad. Moving onto multi-monitor setups, which are even more expensive, it makes Oculus' Rift look like a much better alternative.

 

During an interview with Edge Online, Oculus' CEO, Brandon Iribe noted how he hopes it would influence how we play games in a better way than next-gen consoles. He talked about the way that Rift will reach the market, acknowledging that "the lower the price point, the wider the audience." It's true, but getting it cheaper than $300 will be hard.

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Crytek are moving to Linux, the Crysis developer is looking for a programmer to port CryEngine 3 to Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 8:25 am

Valve have been talking about, and slowly making the jump to Linux for a while now, but it looks like Crytek are looking to make a similar move to the open source operating system.

 

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A job listing at Crytek has been noticed, with the future employee of the studio to be responsible for maintaining Linux support for CryEngine 3, provide training to internal and external developers and help out with prototypes of games, too.

Diablo III for the PlayStation 3 will be playable at Comic-Con

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 7:24 am

We've been hearing about the console version of Diablo III for quite some time now, but a playable version will be available at Comic-Con, which starts in San Diego on July 17.

 

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Multiplayer sessions will be available between 9:30am and 7pm PT on July 18, and will close on July 21 at 5:30pm. Diablo III will be launching on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3. It'll arrive on the PlayStation 4, but that won't be happening until 2014 unfortunately.

Path are raising $50 million over a $500 million valuation, still walking down the path to find a lead investor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 6:20 am

Path may have just updated their apps for both Android and iOS, but their heart is with their finances right now as they're raising a $50 million Series C round at a $500 million post-money valuation.

 

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It was only back in April of 2012 that the social network raised $30 million at a valuation of $250 million, so they've grown considerably in the last fifteen months. Google offered Path $100 million to acquire them back in 2011, with rumors arriving again that the search giant would acquire them. We'll see in the coming months, I guess.

Apple TV dominates the streaming media device market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 5:31 am

Apple TV launched as just a 'hobby' for the Cupertino-based giant, but it has grown out of control, but in a good way. Apple have now become the force to be reckoned with in the "streaming IP device" market according to a new report.

 

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Apple scoop up 56% of the market, representing more than 13 million units sold in Q1 2013 alone. This number is more than all of the competitors' devices combined. Competing brands include Roku, WD TV, Boxee and Google TV, but Apple leads the market by a large margin. Roku takes second position with 21.5% of the market, which represents an estimated 5 million units.

 

I think this will change in the coming years, as Google push forward with media devices and companies like Netflix continue to dominate the new Internet market with original TV shows.

Leaked specs on Sony's Xperia i1 'Honami' appear online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 4:28 am

It looks like the smartphone camera megapixel wars could be heating up with a Japanese contender, Sony. New leaked images have arrived online from the upcoming Xperia i1 smartphone.

 

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The smartphone is currently known under its development name of 'Honami' and features a huge 20.7-megapixel ExmorRS camera sensor that is powered by Sony's Bionz image processing technology. The Xperia i1 will reportedly feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC - a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and a 5-inch 1080p display.

 

So it looks like we could have a contender to Samsung's Galaxy Note III, the Nokia Lumia 1020 and ZTE's Geek.

Jellygrade, a new indie gaming studio made up of now former EA Maxis employees

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 3:35 am

EA Maxis have enjoyed their fair share of troubles lately, mostly thanks to the poorly launched SimCity, and it looks like some of EA Maxis' talent have jumped ship and formed a new indie gaming studio.

 

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The new studio is called Jellygrade, and is made up of former EA Maxis Creative Director, Ocean Quigly, former Engineering Lead, Andrew Willmott and former Lead Gameplay Engineer, Dan Moskowitz. Quigley announced through a tweet that their first mystery project is about the dawn of life, where he says: "We're making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures."

Toshiba's new SD cards are the world's fastest, have read/write speeds that could compete with SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 17, 2013 2:59 am

SD cards have been fast up until now, but Toshiba are really pushing the boundaries of most users expectations with their new Exceria Pro line of SD cards. Toshiba's Exceria Pro SD cards are capable of pushing out write speeds of up to 240MB/sec.

 

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The Exceria Pro has a maximum read speed of 260MB/sec and 240MB/sec writes, with the SD cards arriving in both 16GB and 32GB capacities. The original Exceria series of SD cards from Toshiba contain the same read speeds of 260MB/sec but have a slower write speed of 'just' 120MB/sec. The Exceria series of cards are available in 32GB and 64GB, though.

 

Toshiba's new SD cards are built for professional photographers, who are in need of some serious read/write speeds for those megapixel hungry cameras.

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