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Microsoft being sued by patent troll alleging technologies used in Skype infringe on patents held by the company

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2013 11:28 am

Microsoft is the latest to fall victim to a patent troll. Microsoft is being sued by CopyTele, a company that prides itself in being "specialists in patent monetization and patent assertion." They allege that some of Skype's technology relies on patents held by its subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corp.

 

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The specific patents alleged in the complaint are: "Method and apparatus for securing e-mail attachments" and "Portable telecommunication security device." Both were granted to the company in 2005 and both relate to security for Web-based peer-to-peer communications.

 

The second patent listed above specifically covers a security device and CopyTele is alleging that a PC or smartphone falls within that definition.

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Nintendo pushes out message to Internet-connected Wii consoles explaining Wii U is an 'entirely new system'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2013 10:31 am

We've reported on the rather slow sales of the Nintendo Wii U, but the cause of these slow sales has been a bit more elusive. Nintendo apparently thinks they know why sales are slow and are attempting to fix the problem...by sending out a message to all Internet-connected Wii consoles.

 

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Did you know that you can play nearly all your existing Wii games on Wii U? Your Wii controllers and many Wii accessories can also be used with a new Wii U console -- along with any downloaded games, save data, and other info stored in your existing Wii console.

 

It's time to discover Wii U

 

Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo. It's not just an upgrade -- it's an entirely new system that will change the way you and your family experience games and entertainment.

 

The second screen on the included Wii U GamePad controller enables never-before-seen ways to play games and enjoy TV. And for the first time ever, you can see Mario and your favorite Nintendo franchises in glorious HD.

 

Learn more about Wii U at Nintendo.com/WiiU

 

Apparently Nintendo believes that Wii owners think the Wii U is just a Wii with a GamePad. We obviously know the difference, but for the less technically inclined, I can see where the problem may be. For instance, they have extremely similar names. However, whether or not this message will help clear up confusion and drive Wii U sales remains to be seen.

Google has selected top 50 'Doodle 4 Google' winners, asks for you to vote for your favorite

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 2, 2013 9:28 am

Google's "Doodle 4 Google" contest is coming to a close. The search giant has selected the top 50 winners, one per US state, and now needs you to vote for your favorite. Once voting ends on May 10 at 11:59pm ET, the top five will be selected and a national champion will be selected.

 

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The final winner will be announced at an event in New York City on May 22. The theme for this year's contest was "Best Day Ever." Many of the kids interpreted this to mean different things, as you'll see when you look through the entries to cast your vote.

ReportTT: Google likely to debut Android 4.3, not Android 5.0, at I/O

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 2, 2013 8:33 am

It looks as though people might have jumped the gun a bit in regards to whether or not Google will debut Android 5.0 at Google I/O. According to some leg work done by AndroidPolice, it's much more likely that Google will debut an updated Android Jelly Bean version at I/O going by the version number 4.3.

 

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A build going by Android 4.3 JWR23B has been showing up in their server logs. They then traced down the IPs that they were coming from to Google. More specifically, AndroidPolice claim that the IPs are associated with two employees that are heavily involved with Android.

 

The build has been showing up on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices. Typically, Nexus devices are the first to get a new version of Android. Finally, AndroidPolice cites several bugs that have cropped up in the Chromium bug tracker that list JWR23B as the build.

 

We'll know for sure as soon as Google I/O happens in about three weeks.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four Blu-ray beams down in July

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 2, 2013 7:29 am

Although Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Three has just this week been released for the first time in high definition (full review incoming), that hasn't stopped Paramount from announcing the first details for the next season release.

 

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The six disc Blu-ray set to be released on July 23rd, will feature every episode remastered in 1080p, including the conclusion to the season three cliffhanger The Best of Both Worlds 2 part episode which introduced the villainous Borg.

 

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Of course, fans have been spoiled by the great new extra features produced by Directors Robert Meyer Burnett and Roger Lay and they've again assembled some cool features including the three part documentary Relativity: The Family Saga of The Next Generation, and In Conversation: The Art Department feature, along with multiple audio commentaries, Gag reel and vintage DVD features.

 

Paramount have also released a trailer to whet the appetite of fans. Make it so.

 

Tablet market share has Android on top, Apple playing second fiddle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2013 6:35 am

Last year was a totally different game, with iOS completely dominating the tablet market share game, this year, not so much. IDC's market share estimates point for the first quarter of 2013 are out, and they paint a very interesting picture.

 

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As you can see, the top tablet OS market share for Q1 2013 has changed from the same quarter of last year. Android now have the top position with 56.5%, pushing iOS into second place with 39.6%. Apple lost quite a lot of ground in the past twelve months, as this time last year they had 58.1% of the tablet OS market share, leaving Android with 39.4%.

 

All of Apple's lost ground is sucked into the vacuum that is Android. Microsoft saw Windows' market share increased from 1% last year, to 3.3% this year. In terms of shipments for the quarter, IDC's estimates peg iOS-based tablets (iPad, iPad mini) at 19.5 million units, and Android-based slates (countless companies and models) at 27.8 million. Windows-based tablets saw 1.6 million units shipped and Windows RT-based tablets shipped just 200,000 units.

Department of Defense employees to soon be granted the use of Apple and Samsung smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2013 5:37 am

The Wall Street Journal is reporting from sources familiar with the plans, that Department of Defense employees will soon be able to use Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy-branded smartphones on the job.

 

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Apple and Samsung have been trying for a while now to get their products approved for DoD use by the Pentagon, a market that is still to this day dominated by BlackBerry devices. The DoD has over three million employees, so it is a small market - but the turnover on devices would be high.

 

Both companies will reportedly have to go through a bunch of security tests before approval is granted, with one of Samsung's roadblocks being their OS of choice: Android. Android is an open-source OS, and is looked at as being more vulnerable to attack, while Apple's proprietary OS is deemed more secure. BlackBerry are having to go through another security process, as their latest Z10 and Q10 smartphones run the company's new BB10 OS.

'The Matrix Retold by Mom' is a hilarious look at the classic sci-fi movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 2, 2013 4:26 am

I stumbled across this gem on Reddit earlier today, where 'pixelspersecond' introduced his mom to The Matrix, you know, that little sci-fi movie from the 90s that we all know and love? Check it out below.

 

 

It's quite funny to hear someone who has never watched it, explain the movie, because if you had to explain it to someone, it does sound pretty far-fetched. It makes me want to watch the movie again, or introduce it to my sister-in-law who has never watched it. I almost banned her from my life when I found that out.

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Facebook has over 1.1 billion monthly users, 751 million mobile users and over 665 million daily users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 2, 2013 3:32 am

Trace covered Facebook's Q1 earnings earlier tonight, and touched on the social network's insane numbers - but they really do need their own story they're so gigantic. Facebook now have over 1.11 billion monthly active users, and a chunk of those are on mobile.

 

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During March 2013, daily active users passed 665 million on average, and there was a huge 751 million monthly active users, too. The 665 million daily active users (DAUs) is an increase of 26% year-over-year, with the 1.11 billion monthly active users (MAUs) being an increase of 23% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs sitting at 751 million is an increase of a mammoth 54% year-over-year.

 

As you can see, the center of all of this is mobile. Facebook know this, and are pushing out better mobile apps, such as Home. Sure, I use Facebook on my desktop, but I live on it on my mobile - if I'm away from my desktop or notebook, I'm on my Facebook app constantly.

Intel lifts their game with their integrated graphics on Haswell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 2, 2013 3:15 am

Intel have just taken the wraps off of the new naming on their integrated graphics found in the fourth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as "Haswell". Welcome to the Intel Iris and Iris Pro Graphics. Iris Pro will be available on select CPUs denoted by an R at the end, such as the i7-4770R.

 

Iris is a huge leap over the previous third-generation Core processors, with nearly twice the graphics performance and over three times the graphics performance of the second-generation Core processors.

 

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When Intel compare their fourth-generation Ultrabook part, the Core i7-4558U (a 28W part) gets pitted against the Core i7-4650U (a 15W part) and the third-generation Core i7-3687U (a 17W part) it is a decent distance from them in terms of performance. Compared to the previous-generation part, the new i7-4558U is over twice as fast in 3DMark 11, and around 1.5x the performance in both 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage.

 

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Moving into higher-end of things, we have the fourth-generation Core i7 4900MQ (47W), Core i7-4950HQ (also a 47W part) and the Core i7-4950HQ (a 55W part) compared against the third-generation Core i7-3840QM (a 45M part). As you can see, the new processors' integrated graphics have some great performance gains.

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