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VIA files suit against Asustek over alleged misuse of trade secrets

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:03 pm

Today VIA announced that it has filed suit against a subsidiary of Asustek as well as four of its employees over allegations of misappropriations of trade secrets. The civil lawsuit has been filed in the Taipei District Court with VIA seeking damages equating to $138 million US.

 

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The lawsuit states that misappropriation of VIA intellectual property related to USB technology occurred and names Asmedia Technology, Asustek, Asmedia Chairman Jerry Shen, Asmedia President Lin Chewei, and other Asmedia employees as those responsible for the misappropriation.

 

"As a long-time leader in IC design and technology innovation, VIA strongly believes in the importance of protecting intellectual property rights," commented Wenchi Chen, CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. "In addition to protecting interests of VIA and our shareholders, the aim of this suit is to ensure our industry operates in a healthy market environment that fosters innovation and promotes fair competition."

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Facebook says it's new video ads will incorporate "auto play"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 3:15 pm

This morning Facebook announced that it will be bringing video ads to its social networking service. This is a move that has been rumored for about a year now and was expected to launch earlier this year. Facebook says that the ads will incorporate an "auto play" feature as well, something that is sure to annoy all.

 

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Fortunately, the videos will not feature sound when activated, and users must first click on the video to open it full screen before the audio will play. Facebook did win back points with me here as I simply hate video ads that start with the sound on. As someone who usually has 20-30 tabs open at any given point, it is a major hassle to track down which tab keeps playing the annoying commercial.

NVIDIA begins its G-Sync push, starting with the ASUS VG2480QE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 1:39 pm

We were in Montreal, Canada when NVIDIA announced its glorious, V-Sync killing G-Sync technology, but now you can buy monitors with the game-changing technology built-in.

 

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The first off the production line is the tweaked ASUS VG2480QE, which is a 1920x1080-pixel monitor at 144Hz, which has a G-Sync module installed into it. Digital Storm is offering the panel with the G-Sync module installed for $499, or you can bring in your own VG2480QE, and Digital Storm will install G-Sync goodness into it for $299.

 

If you want some of the most bleeding edge gaming technology available, and think the next-gen consoles are for peasants, well, your meal ticket is right here. We'll have one in the labs ASAP, and I'll be all over that.

Qualcomm: Apple 'hit us in the gut' with its 64-bit A7 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 12:36 pm

aWe've already witnessed what happened to Qualcomm over Apple's 64-bit-capable A7 processor, but it looked like it "hit [Qualcomm] in the gut", according to an unnamed Qualcomm employee.

 

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Dan Lyons, a tech columnist, reported from the unnamed Qualcomm employee: "The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut. Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It's not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won't benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it's like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it."

 

Not that 64-bit processors are changing the way users use their iPhone 5S smartphones, but it's a good step in the right direction. Apple now just needs to use some innovation outside of the iPhone, instead of inside of it.

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Tesla said to be working on a new Model E car, priced at $40,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 11:33 am

If there's one thing that Tesla Motors needs to break out into the mainstream, it's a cheaper electric car. Well, according to the Los Angeles Times, this is what we should be expecting to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015.

 

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The car would be named the Model E, and would be priced at around the $40,000 price range, making it more accessible to more people. We should also expect the dual-motor, all-wheel drive Model X crossover, which should be priced somewhere between $60,000 and $100,000, which should launch sometime in the second half of 2014.

Pebble feels festive, donates 4,000 Pebble smartwatches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 10:32 am

Pebble has just announced its new project, the Pebble Education Project, where it donated some 4,000 Pebble smartwatches to CS and engineering students at CMU, Stanford, MIT, Virginia Tech and other tech schools across the United States.

 

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The estimated cost to Pebble is around $600,000, but giving out its smartwatches to tech-based schools is only going to result in returned business for the smartwatch maker. Thousands of applications for the Pebble have been received, with the new SDK being unleashed, it should be good times ahead for the Pebble smartwatch.

LG G2 to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update early 2014 worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:33 am

It looks like LG G2 smartphone owners will receive a late Christmas present, with Android 4.4 KitKat being rolled out in South Korea later this month, and internationally in early 2014.

 

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It should've come sooner, considering the Nexus 5 - the smartphone that unleashed the deliciously named mobile OS from Google into the world - is built from the G2. American G2 owners might not see the KitKat update until Q2 2014, which is a disappointment. Europe should receive it next month, Canada will receive it in March.

Avatar sequels to be filmed in New Zealand, $500 million+ to be spent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 7:37 am

The New Zealand government has inked a deal with James Cameron and major studios for not one, but three Avatar sequels to be filmed in the country. New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, announced the news, stating that there would be a budget of at least $NZ500 million ($461 million or so) spent locally during its production.

 

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Where Cameron and the movie studios benefit by shooting in NZ, is that if the three Avatar movies meet the requirements of the deal between the NZ government and the studios, they will qualify for a total tax rebate of 25%, which gets pumped into the Avatar movies. The requirements include:

 

  • Spending at least $NZ500 million in New Zealand, including most of the live action shooting and visual effects.
  • New Zealand hosting at least one official red carpet premiere, and a featurette on New Zealand being included in DVDs and Blu Rays.
  • An offer by Cameron to serve as a founding member of a new screen advisory board, which will provide advice and guidance to New Zealand screen and film makers looking to succeed internationally.
  • Marketing and promotion of New Zealand and its film industry.

 

The new movies will reach us on Christmas 2017, 2018, and 2019.

ASUS PadFone X spotted in AnTuTu benchmark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 6:51 am

It looks like ASUS could have a great year in 2014 with its PadFone line of devices, with a new PadFone turning up on AnTuTu's benchmark database, which was pulled down quite quick.

 

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The PadFone X, as it was teased, featured the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, Android 4.4 KitKat, and smashed into some benchmarks, smacking around a few of the established smartphone heavyweights. The screen resolution on the PadFone X should be 1920x1080, but we don't know what size just yet. 2GB of RAM is featured, and 16GB of on-board flash storage should make the cut.

 

We should see a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, backed up by a decent front-facer, but that 5-megapixel camera on the rear is most likely a placeholder for something better in the final consumer version. We should be expecting 8-megapixel cameras by default now. ASUS should unveil the PadFone X sometime in early 2014.

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