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Apple lands key decision in lawsuit against Motorola over touch patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 4:30 am

Apple vs. Motorola, is has been going on in the U.S. for a while now, but Judge Richard Posner has upheld the majority of a patent central to the case this week. Judge Posner mostly agreed with Apple's interpretation of its touchscreen heuristics patent, limiting complaints mostly to the lack of specificity for certain gestures.

 

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Motorola countered with arguments to invalidate the patent, but were unpersuasive, including an odd insistence that a patent construction claim was only valid at a 27-degree angle of touch that had only been used as an example. Judge Posner wrote:

 

I reject Motorola's argument (this is the third time they've made it and the third time I reject it) that the structure must be limited to the 27-degree angle used as an example by the specification.

 

This decision will most likely see Motorola violating the patent. Motorola will most likely be found infringing and face the threats of damages and product bans for some of its Android-based devices. Apple hold the patent until 2028, which could mean more problems down the road for other touchscreen-based smart devices.

Creator of Minecraft, Notch, says "The more we don't do what [EA] would do, the happier I am"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 3:23 am

Gamasutra recently talked with EA's chief creative director Rich Hilleman on the history of the company, and how its approach to the game-making business has affected the industry. The topic of Minecraft popped up, with Hilleman suggesting that the independent developer could be doing better financially with someone like EA on their side.

 

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We have seen indie developers recently see the dollar signs and quickly let themselves get scooped up, or invested in, but Notch is standing by his guns. First up, this is what Hilleman said:

 

As somebody who has had to reinstall Windows on my son's computer after he attempted to install Mod Manager on that machine, there's a lot of value to be provided for the customer in making Minecraft and its mods and installations something that's a more commercial and predictable product.

 

And those are the kinds of things that Notch needs help with, and that without the help of a publisher or other support, he's probably not going to get there completely by himself. Now maybe his community will, and I'd love to see that happen. It's a great experiment; I'm really anxious to see what happens.

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PlayStation Orbis features teased through sketches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 2:30 am

Design firm Coque Design have reportedly worked on illustrations for certain features of the PlayStation 4 (or whatever they call it). The pictures have since been removed, but were labelled 'Illustrations & Sketches for new PlayStation Orbis features".

 

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If you haven't yet read about it, Orbis is the codename for Sony's next-generation PlayStation console. The photos show several people moving around in front of a motion-sensing device, like Sony's EyeToy or Microsoft's Kinect, that rests on a television. It shows a person using what seems to be a smart device to control music that may be linked to the game system also.

 

Not much info apart from the picture itself and an explanation is available, but this news is just adding to the collection pile that is PS4-based news. More as it comes.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 quad-core chip will find a home in Windows 8 Ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 1:27 am

We know that there will be ARM-based Windows 8 products, but what of mobile chip superstar Qualcomm? Well, you can rest easy now knowing that Qualcomm senior VP, Rob Chandhok said on Friday that the quad-core version of the Snapdragon S4 would hit Windows 8 notebooks.

 

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Chandhok went one better, though: he expects the company will show up Intel's Ultrabook concept with thinner designs and longer battery life, and who would complain about that? They would share the 28nm process behind the dual-core versions, but the extra power in the quad-core chips would make them much better solutions for gamers and users of more intense applications.

 

We should expect to not see Snapdragon S4-based Ultrabooks on the Windows 8 launch in October, but we could be surprised. There should be a few NVIDIA- and Texas Instruments-based devices, with Snapdragon-based devices arriving shortly after.

 

Personally, I am glad to see this and I think we're going to see a change in the industry shortly. We don't need 8- or 12- or 16-core processors at 5GHz for e-mail, Facebook and casual gaming. iOS-based devices sell more units than most companies sell processors or GPUs in a quarter, and are more than fast enough to handle most tasks thrown at them. We're going to see the IT industry move toward more of these designs, and I believe Windows 8 is going to really nurture that.

NVIDIA's Tegra 4 to be more than meets the eye, should sport GPGPU support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 12:25 am

Details are leaking for NVIDIA's next-generation Tegra, which for now is called Tegra 4. Tegra 4 is built on a 28nm process, and according to VR-Zone's tipsters, should bring with it GPGPU support to use its graphics core for boosting CUDA, OpenCL and other general-purpose tasks.

 

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The addition would push it a few notches up the road, as it would sport a graphics core that is multiple generations newer than what is in the Tegra 3, which dates back to the 2006-era PlayStation 3. What's being thrown around as a rumor right now is that NVIDIA could opt to use the current-generation Kepler core in Tegra 4.

 

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has already teased that Kepler would arrive in smartphones, but he didn't state whether this would be sooner rather than later. If NVIDIA's trend continued, we won't see Kepler-based cores in Tegra for years, as the current Tegra 3 only sports NV40-class cores. There are more speculative rumors, though.

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BREAKING: AMD set to start producing Intel CPUs in brand new London 18nm fab

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 1, 2012 5:59 am

UPDATE - Happy April Fools :)

 

This Sunday leaked documents just witnessed by TweakTown staff state that AMD is set to start producing Intel processors and potentially chipsets and other IC in an upcoming London, England based fab which is set to be complete and operational by the end of 2014.

 

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With AMD recently selling its stake in Global Foundries and relatively cashed up, it seems the time is right for AMD to invest in the land of the Commonwealth queen. AMD's brand new 18nm-capable manufacturing facility is set to be built in a reserved part of the Queen's gardens, just a few minutes' walk from Buckingham Palace.

 

Reasoning behind Intel's motives here suggest that it may relax judges around the world considering Intel's issues with anti-competitive behavior in the past and it's only going to be a good thing to stack AMD's pockets with loads of mulah.

 

AMD President and CEO Rory P. Read was quoted as being very excited about what this Intel partnership will offer its investors and he also said that he couldn't wait to travel to England more regularly and enjoy a serve of bangers and mash at every chance he had. Talking about food during such important business? Anyway, we'll let it pass...

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Samsung didn't launch Galaxy S3, launched a retail location instead

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 11:37 pm

Remember the speculation that we posted saying that the Samsung Galaxy SIII would be launching today due to that cryptic message? Turns out, we were wrong. But that's OK because Samsung launched something else that is pretty cool. Samsung has teamed up with the UK's Phone 4U to provide a store-within-a-store dedicated retail location for all things Samsung Mobile.

 

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There are several tables that are dedicated to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II. They are devoid of carrier and pricing information to offer just a pure Samsung experience. The rest of the family is distributed around the perimeter of the room. Samsung claimed that entire top floor for their display and they say that the shop is training dedicated Samsung employees to answer questions.

 

I would have rather seen the Galaxy SIII launch today...I'm in need of a new phone!

WARNING: A factory reset on an Android device could leave behind sensitive or private data

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 10:31 pm

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to do it to keep you, our reader, safe. It has come to our attention, thanks to the research of Robert Siciliano, that Android's Factory Reset could leave behind sensitive or personal data such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or other such information.

 

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Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert for the technology security firm McAfee, purchased 30 devices of varying models and brands off of Craigslist to test how well people wiped their data before selling a used device. The results are shocking. One person even asked Mr. Siciliano to log him off of Gmail if he was still logged in. Astonishing.

 

But not only were people lax about clearing their data, when people actually did it, it could have been futile. His results show that if you are on a Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows 7 PC, then there should be no problem using the manufacturers method to restore it to factory defaults. He was unable to collect any data off of these devices.

 

However, if you use Android's reset, you may not be so lucky. The same goes for wiping Windows XP, but this is to be expected since it is so old. "Put it in the back of a closet, or put it in a vise and drill holes in the hard drive, or if you live in Texas take it out into a field and shoot it," he said. "You don't want to sell your identity for 50 bucks."

SteelSeries announced new product line based on 8-bit theme

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 9:35 pm

UPDATE - Happy April Fools :)

 

Feeling nostalgic? Missing those terrible graphics of yesteryear? Well, SteelSeries has your back with an all new line of products that are based on an 8-bit theme. The products are boxy just like the graphics were not too long ago. I'm not quite sure of how comfortable they are, but they sure do look cool.

 

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The first product I would like to look at is the mouse. A brick isn't my first choice for a mouse. The press release states:

 

Taking out the relevant functionality to dominate your game, the SteelSeries ErgoRetro® Mouse has been ergonomically re-altered for extreme hand-sized users, increasing hand-cramp reaction times, and added weight technology for a block-like, retro feel. Features also include a new TrackBlock sensor, modeled after the track-ballwith an added 8-Bit flair.

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Do-it-yourself sentry gun turret--Who doesn't need one?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 8:33 pm

I think I found a project that's going to consume my spring break. Well, that is if I didn't already have about 50 things to do over it, none of which are particularly fun. But, even though I can't do it, I think I should share it with you guys, just in case you want to make one. And if you do, you better send me a video.

 

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This incredibly awesome turret is the brainchild of Rudolph Labs and requires a sturdy tripod, an airsoft or paintball gun, and a PC. The PC uses a webcam to scan the scene and watch for movement. Once it locates a target, it can stick to it and fire at will! The software includes the ability to anticipate where the target is going to move. The bill of materials (excluding PC) is about $110. The designers of the project warn that it could consume a weekend, or three:

 

It's going to take up all your free time. This will take a lot of effort, probably a few afternoons to build it, then some more work to get it set up with your computer. And, if you are a truly inspired person, you won't want to stop tweaking and personalizing it after it is finished.

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