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Jury finds Google did not infringe on Oracle patents with Android

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2012 6:27 pm

It what can only be considered a win for programmers around the country, Google has been found not guilty of infringing on Oracle's patents. It took the jury an entire week of deliberations to come to this conclusion. Of the eight claims across two patents, RE38,104 and 6,061,520, Google was acquitted of every single one.




Now that we have this decision, there is no need for the trial to move onto the damages phase as there are no damages to be awarded. The jury is no longer needed in the trial as the final decision as to Fair Use has been left to Judge Alsup to decide. The judge thanked the jurors and dismissed them adding that "this is the longest trial, civil trial, I've ever been in."


Google had been found to be infringing on Oracle's copyrights on a couple of counts, but it is unclear whether or not this was fair use. The jury was unable to decide unanimously if it was. The jury found Google guilty of just one count of infringement, but Judge Alsup later ruled they infringed on 8 other minor counts.


Judge Alsup still has to render a ruling on whether or not the SSO of the Java APIs can be copyrighted or not. Judge Alsup is set to receive briefs from both legal teams within the next hour, though its not apparent when the actual verdict will be rendered. He is also taking the next two days off for personal reasons. We will continue to keep you posted on the latest happenings in this trial.

RunCore launches Xapear SSD with Remote Data Deletion and RFID Protection

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:32 pm

Apparently a self-destructing SSD wasn't enough protection for RunCore as they have just announced the global availability of their new Xapear solid state drive. The new Xapear features some even more innovative features to protect a user's data than just self-destructing. It provides both remote data deletion and RFID protection.




The SSD uses a USB 2.0 interface for data transfer. The drive features two partitions: one freely accessible and one that is only accessible after applying a special RFID key. Xapear comes with two RFID keys that are initialized by the user. After initialization, users have two partitions which can be resized to user preference. One swipe of the RFID key and the hidden partition becomes visible and usable. Another swipe and it is gone.


The drive also features a GSM connection:


GSM communication is provided for by an integrated SIM card. User then can link this SIM card one specified and self-defined mobile phone. Only this pre-defined mobile phone will be able to detect drive access. Furthermore, the mobile phone can remotely send a data deletion command to the drive, telling it to overwrite all data, rendering it impossible to recover previous data.


These new data protection features come at a time when more and more sensitive data is being carried with a user. The number one cause of data compromise is physical loss of a device through theft or carelessness.

Continue reading 'RunCore launches Xapear SSD with Remote Data Deletion and RFID Protection' (full post)

Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012 winner announcement!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:19 pm

Firstly of all I would like to thank all of you for entering our Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012 contest on behalf of the whole TweakTown team. Again we need to thank Corsair, LSI and Sapphire for helping to make this possible!




We had a rather good response and will consider running the contest again next year. However, enough of the dribble... you are here to see if you are the winner of our contest.


Drum roll please! The lucky winner of our Computex trip is Roshan from India. We have already been planning the trip with Roshan and things are proceeding well. He is very excited about the opportunity we have given him to come to Computex and Taiwan for his first time. You can look forward to some guest blogger coverage from Roshan during Computex.


Sadly not everyone can win - if we had it our way, we would bring each and every one of you over who entered, but of course it's just not possible. Better luck next time if we decide to run it again and thanks again for participating!

Dear Facebook, you're a public company now - fix your site already!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:58 pm

Dear Facebook and Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, you're a publicly listed company now. Don't you think it's high time you fixed these things? I'm pretty positive your near enough to 1,000,000,000 users are sick and tired of the issues.


Invest your cash injection in more staff, perhaps? Your users aren't going to stick around with poor quality aspects to some areas of your site and apps.




  • Video Uploading: It seems when you upload a video of anything over roughly 50MB, the video uploader page just errors out and doesn't give any error at all. It just diverts the URL to a prefix containing "uhoh". Really, Facebook? Make it clear if there is a file size limit and don't accept the file for uploading to begin with.

  • Give Users Choice: For people with an addictive personality (me), it drives me up the wall not being able to remove the suggestion boxes on the right side of your site. I don't think I'm ever going to get through all of your subscriber suggestions and it drives me mad that I don't have the choice to disable this box and others.

  • Events: At this the last time I checked, there is no option to cancel an event. Sure, you can delete an event, but then it just disappears and users are left wondering what happened. Instead create a new status update of cancelled or postponed.

  • Pokes: Isn't it about time this annoying feature was removed? Enough said.

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Overclocker HiCookie manages DDR3-3100 on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:42 pm

Gigabyte makes some quality overclocking gear. I have managed to take a dual-core i5 up to 5.5GHz using a mini-ITX Gigabyte board, so it comes as no surprise to me that HiCookie, Gigabyte's staff overclocker, managed to take some G-SKILL 2800MHz RAM up to 3100MHz using one of their Z77X-UD5H motherboards.



Sure, it took some extreme cooling, but by using what appears to be liquid nitrogen, he managed some impressive clocks, even with all four memory slots populated. The system used included the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H with BIOS F8c and 4 x 4GB G-SKILL 2800MHz RAM. Often when overclocking, it is easier to use the minimum channels of memory to lessen the load on the memory controller, so having all four slots populated is even cooler!


HiCookie has managed some other impressive feats in the past, and I'm sure he will manage more impressive feats in the future. Keep an eye on Gigabyte as they are doing some cool stuff. Something about creating the lightest notebook or something like that. They should also have some boards with Thunderbolt in the pipeline as everyone else is releasing them.

Continue reading 'Overclocker HiCookie manages DDR3-3100 on Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H' (full post)

ITC judge recommends banning Xbox 360 imports due to patent infringement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:17 pm

If you want a new Xbox, you better get one now. The judge in the Motorola versus Microsoft patent infringement case has recommended to the six-person review commission that they ban imports of the Xbox 360 due to it infringing upon 4 of Motorola's patents. I can see where this could put a massive kink in Microsoft's current "buy a computer, get an Xbox" promotion.




In court documents that were released Monday, Judge Shaw recommended that the Xbox 360 4GB and 250GB be blocked and that Microsoft should have to post a bond worth 7% of the wholesale value of unsold Xbox's currently in the country. This ruling follows Shaw's previous ruling last month that Microsoft was in fact infringing on some of Motorola's patents.


"It is recommended that the Commission enter a limited exclusion order against infringing Microsoft products," Shaw wrote in his finding. "It is further recommended that the Commission issue a cease and desist order. Additionally, it is recommended that Microsoft be required to post a bond for importation of accused products during the Presidential review period."


The six-member commission is expected to review this decision and issue their final statement sometime in August. They have the ability to block imports of devices found to be infringing on US patents. It is also my understanding that the President would then review the finding and could overturn the ban if he wanted.

Continue reading 'ITC judge recommends banning Xbox 360 imports due to patent infringement' (full post)

GIGABYTE claims to be launching lightest notebook on earth on May 31

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 23, 2012 3:45 pm

We were just invited to a pre-Computex press conference in Taipei by GIGABYTE Notebook whom on May 31st are launching a new laptop called the X11 Notebook.


As you can see from the slightly censored invite above, GIGABYTE is claiming that it is the lightest notebook on earth.




"In the universe, there are no everlasting stars.

In life, there are no eternal truths.

In GIGABYTE, innovation never stops.

Thus, we have discovered the 6th element.

Now we'd like to proudly present to you the lightest Notebook on earth!"


So, this might tend to suggest that GIGABYTE has discovered some form of new super lightweight material from another planet (okay sorry, I saw The Avengers for the first time today) and designed their upcoming X11 laptop with it. In any case, we'll find out for sure on May 31st, as TweakTown will be in attendance at the launch event in Taipei.

Google to warn the 500,000+ users infected with DNS Changer malware

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 23, 2012 2:02 pm

A while back we brought you the story about users being infected with the DNS Changer malware and how, come July, they were going to lose their ability to connect to the internet. We also told you about how a collection of websites were running a piece of code to alert users to the fact their computers may be compromised.




Now Google has joined the group of websites offering up the warning to users. They are expecting to alert around half a million users in the first week alone. Without Google, it was going to take the other sites quite a bit of time to reach everyone. Who doesn't use Google? It's important that these messages reach users as the system will be shutdown July 9, 2012.


"In general we want to notify users [of malware infections] anytime we are capable of doing so, but the fact that we don't do this more often is really just because it's hard to come across cases where we can do it this accurately," Google security engineer Damian Menscher said. "In many cases we only have maybe a 90 percent confidence that someone is infected, and the false positive rate of 10 percent is simply too high to be feasible. But in this case we can be essentially certain that someone is infected."

Continue reading 'Google to warn the 500,000+ users infected with DNS Changer malware' (full post)

Deal of the Day: 10.1" Toshiba Thrive tablet, 8GB, dual-core Tegra 2, Refurb for $209.99 w/FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 23, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Deal of the Day: 10.1" Toshiba Thrive tablet, 8GB, dual-core Tegra 2, Refurb for $209.99 w/FREE Shipping!




Ben's Outlet has the Toshiba Thrive tablet in black or silver, refurb, for $209.99 with FREE shipping. It features a 10.1" LED-backlit 1280 x 800 capacitive multi-touch screen, 1Ghz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 8GB internal memory, full-sized SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, 5MP 720p HD rear camera, 2MP front camera, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, full-sized HDMI port, full-sized USB 2.0 port, 23Wh prismatic lithium ion rechargeable removable battery, Android 3.2, and 90-day warranty.




Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 21.0.1145.0 Dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 23, 2012 11:24 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 21.0.1145.0 Dev.




The latest version of Google Chrome has hit, reaching version 21.0.1145.0 Dev. The change log is as follows:


  • Updated V8 -
  • Allow certain unused renderer processes to exit before the tab is closed.
  • Fix password autofill to work again for Incognito windows
  • Prevent an infinite loop inside SSLClientSocketNSS::OnSendComplete. This has been observed in Chrome OS, but could also happen on other platforms.


You can download Google Chrome 21.0.1145.0 Dev here.

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