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Apple the victim of patent troll

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 11:27 pm

The tech industry is filled with patent trolls. The first was Apple and it has finally come full circle. Apple is the defendant in a new lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court over claims that all of its products that use touch infringe on the patent. The patent in question is US Patent #6,920,619 named "User interface for removing an object from a display."




FlatWorld alleges that the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, sixth-gen iPod nano, MacBook Pros with trackpads, and any other Mac using a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad infringe on its patent. Also, because Apple was informed of the patent in 2007, they are claiming that Apple willfully infringed on the patent.


Curiously enough, this seems to be the company's only activity since 2009. Additionally, the patent only covers a very narrow set of gestures, so it's apparent how any of Apple's products infringes on the patent. Even more interesting is the fact that some of Apple's iPhone patents cite the patent that they are being sued over.

17-inch MacBook Pro could be on the chopping block

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 10:32 pm

Apple is all about a sleek product and slim product line-up and as such analysts are predicting that Apple will kill off the 17-inch MacBook Pro when they do their next refresh. The next refresh of MacBooks is predicted to combine the slim and portable profile of the MacBook Air with some additional performance and storage like people expect from the MacBook Pro.




This prediction is just one in a set of general predictions as to Apple's strategy for the upcoming year. While the 17-inch laptop does have a loyal following of users, its sales have slumped as of recent partly due to the push for Intel's Ultrabook form factor. Not a word has been heard from Apple yet, so keep the flowers to yourself for a little bit longer.

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As Google Drive approaches, its competition updates their services

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 9:31 pm

As we all await the Google Drive announcement from Google, its competitors are getting ready to stand their ground and keep their customers. They are planning to do this by adding some new notable features. Dropbox and Microsoft' SkyDrive are the two competitors we are seeing update their services.




Dropbox has been great for storage and syncing, but they haven't been very share-friendly. Dropbox has now introduced link sharing which will allow you to share files via a link and open pictures up in your browser. "This means that people who follow your link can see pictures, look at presentations, and watch home videos without having to download and open them separately," Dropbox explains.


Microsoft's SkyDrive has also received some polishing and updates in anticipation of Google Drive. A whole bunch of new apps will be getting better desktop syncing and improved remote access. Interestingly enough, with these updates, SkyDrive users are getting less free storage: 25GB has been reduced to just 7GB.

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First leaked images of GTX690 surface

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 8:11 pm

There are some rumors floating around that Nvidia could be announcing the newest member of the Kepler architecture at GeForce Lan in Shanghai. With the arrival of crowbars to reviewers and a countdown to an announcement by Nvidia at that same LAN seems to lend credibility to this rumor, however, I wouldn't hold my breathe. We haven't had enough leaks quite yet.




Well, the first of many leaks can be seen above. This is the first picture of the yet unannounced GTX690. The GTX690 should either be a dual GK104 or possibly the GK110 chip that could feature 7 billion transistors. I would prefer it being the single, 7 billion transistor chip as dual chip cards seem to be plagued by more problems.


In the picture, you can see that the card is massive. It features a single PCB so since the fan is situated in the center, it follows that the chips, if a dual GPU card, are situated on either end of the PCB. Due to the angle of the picture, it's hard to say much more about the chip. Obviously it can be expected that it will be one beast of a card after what Kepler was able to do.

RumorTT: Apple working on low cost iPhone, due end of year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 7:02 pm

Oh, Apple, you cause so many rumors because of your secrecy. Now, according to sources in the supply chain, Apple is working on a low-end iPhone to gain some market share in the low-end smartphone market. Previously to do this, they had continued to sell previous generation iPhones, but even the lowest priced 3GS is still $375 unlocked.




The sources place the new, rumored low-end iPhone shipping at or around the same time as a new high-end sixth-generation iPhone would be. There have been rumors regarding a low-end iPhone for years and Apple has consistently done something different. That's why I recommend taking this rumor with a grain of salt.


However, this year may be different for Apple. For one, they no longer have Steve Jobs. Also, they could be feeling more pressure as Android gains market share. On the other hand, they may be hoping Oracle beats Google and destroys Android. Only time will tell if this rumor will come to fruition.

Qualcomm Atheros launches Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module and Killer E2200 Ethernet Controller

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Networking | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 6:03 pm

Qualcomm Atheros has released two new networking devices today which promise to provide "unprecedented performance and advanced control for a superior online gaming experience." These two new devices are the Qualcomm Atheros Killer Technology E2200 and Wireless-N 1202. The former is an Ethernet controller and the latter a wireless adapter that has Bluetooth built in.




I am a fan of online gaming, so anything that can give me an edge when playing is definitely appreciated. If these cards can lower my ping, or provide a better, uninterrupted connection, I'll take them. According to the press release, which is in full-text below, the chips "prioritize gaming, video and audio network data." Only reviews and user experience will tell if this makes a difference.

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Intel Ivy Bridge launch review roundup

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 5:24 pm

With the launch of a whole new CPU architecture like Ivy Bridge, there come a lot of reviews. The new Ivy Bridge architecture is the die shrink of Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. The new Ivy Bridge chips are built using Intel's 22nm tri-gate transistor technology and brings with it more efficient computing.




Using the 22nm technology increases power efficiency and reduces die size which makes the chips cheaper and somewhat easier to make since the risk of having a silicon imperfection in one is less. Although the launch wasn't one of Intel's best, it finally occurred and today we have an onslaught of reviews to share with you.


Take a look at our review which is seen here and then you can compare out results to everyone else's.

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Any Futurama fans? High speed tube transport concept similar to the show could go NY to Hollywood in 45 minutes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 4:33 pm

The future has once again been predicted by a TV show. A new concept vehicle that is strikingly similar to that in the TV cartoon Futurama could make trips around the world in only 6 hours. New York to Hollywood could be completed in a mere 45 minutes. All of this is thanks to magnetic levitation.




This new concept is called Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) and works by moving at incredibly high speeds. Each tube vehicle car thing (honestly, I'm not sure what to call them!) seats 6 people and has a baggage compartment. The passenger capsule is then put into a vacuum tube where it is levitated leaving it frictionless and air drag free.


Without friction or drag, the system is efficient and can attain a top speed of approximately 4,000 miles per hour. No typo there, folks. This speed allows it to do the incredible feats described above. Even with that speed, passengers would experience no more G-force than a typical car ride down the freeway.


Better yet, the people behind the technology say that it could be available in the next 10 years. "Just like trains, initial ETT use will be for cargo, and along high use routes of travel," ET3 says in a statement on its official site. "Since the system is efficient in energy and materials used, high-speed travel will be low-cost, and sustainable. Eventually, everyone in the world may use the system."

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Poll Results - What do you want more? (GTX 680 or Radeon HD 7970)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 4:27 pm

Our latest poll had almost 4,500 people who answered, What do you want more? (GTX 680 or Radeon HD 7970)




Let's just say straight out of the gate you people are just a tad bit wacky for wanting a bowl of really good ice cream over an AMD Radeon HD 7970 video card. Take that HD 7970 and exchange it for like a truck load of ice cream, no? Each to their own, hehe.


Anyways, it's certainly clear that the mighty NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 is by far much popular than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 video card taking 51% of the votes.


For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you about... Now that Intel Ivy Bridge processors are officially... Let us know! Go here to vote!

Samsung launches a new trailer for "The Next Galaxy"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2012 3:31 pm

Well, Samsung has just broken Apple's marketing scheme of secrecy. Well, sort of. They have released one, well, one and a half teaser videos today after the countdown finished. In the video, it gives the URL, but it doesn't seem to work for me. Try it out and let me know what's there if you get it to work.



The first video is basically just the first part of the second video, hence the "one and a half" quip earlier. What's more is that Samsung throws a jab in the teaser about "everyone else" as it shows a bunch of sheep. In case you didn't know, iSheep is what some people call iPhone loyalists. Watch the trailer and decide for yourself if Samsung can beat Apple in marketing. I'm starting to lean towards yes.

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