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U.K. court rules that Samsung's Galaxy Tab doesn't copy Apple's designs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:36 am

After some intense legal battles, Samsung has gotten a court to side with them for once. Samsung have said that the High Court of England and Wales ruled that its Galaxy Tab didn't infringe on Apple's tablet designs, and found 50 different recognizable traits.

 

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Considering Samsung have just gone through their Galaxy Nexus being banned in the U.S. temporarily, this is a great day for Samsung. Both of the companies are fighting each other in different courts across the world, for different things, and it seems that they're both waiting for a judge to rule so harshly, that the other is forced to sit down and work out an agreement.

 

The ruling today was in regards to three Samsung Galaxy tablets, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. The court cited the differences they found were in the thickness of the devices, front and rear surface designs, and the lack of physical buttons.

OUYA, the $99 Android-based console gets $1.7 million (and counting) worth of Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:23 am

[UPDATE: They've just hit $2 million!] If there's anything we know about the world, and technology, and everything around it, is that its in a constant state of change. Kickstarter is here to help that, and so are the guys and girls behind Ouya. What is Ouya?

 

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Ouya is a kickstarter project, and a "new kind of video game console". Ouya love gaming on a bigger TV screen, they know that smart devices like smart phones and tablets are the current in-thing, but they also know that some of the best are abandoning the traditional platforms and moving toward where "it" is, and "it" is in smart devices. Ouya want to change this.

 

Ouya have raised (at the time of writing) $1,772,876 of their $950,000 goal. They have 14,144 backers, and 29 days of Kickstarting to go. Kickstarter has confirmed that Ouya has achieved the biggest first day ever for one of their hosted projects, and it's the eighth project ever to crack the $1 million mark.

 

The best quote they use, in my opinion, is "it's time to upend console gaming", and I'm totally with them there. Ouya say "it's time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let's make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy. With all our technological advancements, shouldn't costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!" Hooray! Someone gets it! Finally!

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Windows 8 will hit RTM in August, arrives in retail in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 1:09 am

Microsoft have finally coem out and given a delivery schedule for their upcoming Windows 8 OS. Right now, Microsoft have said they are on track to getting Windows 8 to the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) point in the first week of August.

 

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From there, retail will arrive in late-October, which will give Microsoft the time they need to certify additional language packs and to give OEMs time to prepare Windows 8-based systems. Unfortunately, Microsoft haven't released plans for MSDN and TechNet.

 

Enterprise Software Assurance customers are being told they'll have access as early as August. Who is excited about Windows 8? I don't think we're going to see the surge of users that Vista to 7 saw, not in the short term, anyway. Smart devices running Windows 8 will have my money all over it.

SquareTrade conducts drop tests of Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4s

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 5:23 pm

As if users of mobile phones didn't have enough to be worried about, the constant nagging feeling about dropping your phone is about to get worse. SquareTrade, a company who sells extended warranties for electronics, conducted three drop tests on the new Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple's equivalent, the iPhone 4s. The results are a bit shocking.

 

 

To put it bluntly, neither device likes being dropped. The tests weren't 100% scientific in that they were conducted only once and weren't exactly fairly matched. In the video, it appears that the iPhone gets thrown much higher than the Galaxy S3 does and it also does worse as a result of this discrepancy.

 

Furthermore, in the car test, the Samsung Galaxy S III doesn't fall off the car until it reaches a greater speed which means it hits the ground harder than the iPhone. It also fairs worse in this test. Overall, however, users of mobile phones should buy cases and be extremely careful with their devices. The major problem lies in the glass screens that are used for capacitive touch screens--they tend to be the most delicate part of the phone.

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WD announce new WD Red NAS HDD range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 12:38 pm

Western Digital have just announced a fresh new series of HDDs, this time bound for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. Enter the WD Red NAS HDDs, designed specifically for SOHO NAS systems with one to five bays. WD have had the Red series of HDDs compatibility-tested with top NAS box manufacturers for power and performance, which is something that is perfect for NAS setups.

 

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WD's Red NAS drives come in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, all in the 3.5-inch form factor. WD's Red line sports NASware technology, which is designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process. WD's Red customers also get something special, free premium 24x7 dedicated support, and a three-year warranty.

 

Western Digital's Red line of HDDs is their fourth color to enter the market from the company, with the other colors being Black, Blue and Green. WD puts this down to the "Power of Choice", with their storage solutions clear and easy to identify. Blue for "solid performance and reliability for everyday computing", Green for "cool, quiet, eco-friendly", and then we have Black which features "maximum performance for power computing", and of course, Red for "home and small office NAS".

 

Pricing on the drives is not too bad, with MSRP for the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB being $109, $139 and $189, respectively.

Apple have a nice $74 billion stashed overseas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:27 am

Just a quick one for Apple, according to an analyst at Moody's Investor Services, Apple are at the very top of the list of technology companies who are hoarding money overseas. It has been reported that the company behind the iPad, iPhone and many other money-makers, has $74 billion overseas.

 

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Twelve months ago, Apple had $64 billion sitting overseas, but in the past year this number has expanded by $10 billion to $74 billion total. Tech companies with $2 billion or more in cash and liquid investments are said to hold around $227.5 billion overseas.

 

The second company to Apple with money overseas? Microsoft with $50 billion. Cisco comes in third with $42.3 billion, and Oracle in fourth place with $25.1 billion.

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Golden Master gets seeded to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:29 am

Good news for Apple is that they have released the Golden Master (GM) version of their upcoming next-gen OS X Mountain Lion to developers. The "GM" version of the OS indicates this is the version of software that is destined for customers.

 

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The build of the GM version if 12A269. Apple previewed Mountain Lion back in February of this year, highlighting a bunch of new features that are found in their mobile OS, iOS. This includes Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Game CEnter, and more.

 

Just recently, at WWDC, the company showed off some new features including Dictation, iCloud Tabs, and 'Power Nap'. Apple's OS X Mountain Lion will be priced at $19.99 and should hit the Mac App Store later this month.

Assassin's Creed movie gets its main role taken by Michael Fassbender

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 9:26 am

We did promise more news on the Assassin's Creed movie when it hits, and today that has happened. The movie has just received a massive injection of awesomeness in the form of Michael Fassbender in the leading role.

 

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Fassbender has signed on not only for the leading role, but as a co-producer. Fassbender will star as Desmond Miles, who explores the lives of his assassin ancestors through the Animus machine, letting him experience the time periods of the Crusades, the Renaissance, and in the upcoming third outing of the game, the American Revolution.

 

Fassbender is known for his roles in X-Men: First Class as Magneto, and recently in Prometheus, and the Quentin Tarantino-directed Inglourious Basterds. There's no details on the rest of the cast, or a release date, but you shouldn't expect the movie for another 2-3 years at least.

Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing gets pushed back to March 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 8:26 am

The U.S. government wants Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom back on U.S. soil pretty bad, but have just experienced a bit of bad luck: a New Zealand court has rescheduled the impending August extradition hearing until March of next year.

 

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Last week we reported that the raid on Dotcom's mansion was ruled illegal by an N.Z. judge, and it looks like this is the main reason the extradition hearing has been postponed, and so it should have. But, that seems to be just one, in a number of issues that the judge has pointed out. The BBC reports that Judge Helen Winkelmann said "the warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related".

 

Judge Winkelmann also ruled that the FBI's process of cloning Dotcom's hard drive in order to get evidence to the U.S. was unlawful. Dotcom has chimed in, where he recently claimed that U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden was the man responsible for closing down of Megaupload, Dotcom told TorrentFreak:

 

I do know from a credible source that it was Joe Biden, the best friend of former Senator and MPAA boss Chris Dodd, who ordered his former lawyer and now state attorney Neil MacBride to take Mega down.

RumorTT: Microsoft having supply problems with Surface tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:43 am

DigiTimes is at it again, this time with a report that Microsoft have thrown away their plans for an aluminum-magnesium design for their upcoming iPad competitor, Surface. Microsoft will reportedly use a chassis made entirely from magnesium.

 

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The move to magnesium is said to be because of supplier constraints. But, even though the Surface tablet may go through this change, it will still sport Microsoft's VaporMG technology. There's not much known about VaporMG, but Microsoft have attributed the incredible thinness of Surface to the tech.

 

If Microsoft have changed to magnesium for Surface, it comes from the inability of suppliers meeting the company's demands for manufacturing the Surface shell. Microsoft wants to push out 5 million Surface tablets before the end of the year, and after discussions with several chassis makers, none of them could meet such a production volume. More problems in the fact that Microsoft seems to be experiencing high-yield challenges for VaporMG, even with the reported change to magnesium, which is more easily designed.

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