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Google promises to unveil "next dimension of Google Maps" next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 5:33 pm

Not only are the browser wars heating up again, but apparently a new mapping war is heating up. The mapping world used to be just a few key players: Microsoft, Google, and a few other smaller ones. But with Apple now rumored to release its own solution at WWDC, the market is about to become a lot more complex.

 

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It would appear that Google would like to steal some of Apple's thunder before its rumored release of a new mapping service. Google is hosting an invite-only press event in San Francisco to unveil "the next dimension of Google Maps." Considering Apple's new mapping service is expected to be 3D, does the mention of "dimension" in the invitation indicate Google is going to be adding more 3D features?

 

Google will also offer attendees "a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We'll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go - both physically and virtually." Of course, Google already has the 3D Earth, but it requires a plug-in. Could this event be releasing one that runs without a plug-in?

 

We're not sure, and we haven't received an invitation yet, but we will be sure to find out everything that we can to report to you, our reader.

ECS shows production socket FM2 motherboard

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 4:29 pm

AMD still has yet to release the desktop version of Trinity, but that hasn't stopped ECS from showing off its latest creation. ECS has released pictures and a bit of information about its upcoming motherboard designed for the AMD desktop Trinity APUs. The full-size ATX board is called the A85F2-A Deluxe and looks pretty good.

 

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About all we know about the chipset is that it is an A85X chipset, which is one that AMD has yet to announce. We have a few more details available about the board such as it features six USB 3.0 ports, four of them near the I/O section. The board sports 7 SATA III 6Gbps ports just in case you have that many SSDs. That number also includes an external eSATA port.

 

The board also features two PCIe-x16 sots for graphics cards. ECS has also said that there are four more FM2 sockets in the works: the A75F2-A2, A75F2-M2, A55F2-A2, and A55F2-M3. Furthermore, the announcement says nothing about backwards compatibility, so for now, I would assume that it is not. And of course, a release date is missing as AMD has yet to release the Trinity APUs.

Judge Alsup rules Oracle Java API elements not copyrightable, claims against Google dismissed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 3:29 pm

In a move that should help to keep innovation from being stifled, Judge Alsup, the judge presiding over the Oracle v Google trial, has ruled that sequence, structure, and organization (SSO) is not covered by today's copyright law. This, in turn, allowed him to dismiss the claims by Oracle of Google infringing on their copyright.

 

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Instead of creating a massive precedent by making a wide ruling, Judge Alsup focused very narrowly on specific factors in the case which lead to the decision. This way he didn't create a massive precedent. He has also been very careful throughout the trial. So even though appeals are possible, it is likely his decision will be upheld.

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Activision settles lawsuit with Call of Duty creators out of court

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 1:50 pm

It has been confirmed that Activision and Jason West and Vincent Zampella have settled their lawsuit out of court after a brief meeting on Thursday. This settlement brings to an end the two year lawsuit stemming from the termination of their employment. There was a lot of he said she said, but in the end, it seems to boil down to the fact Activision didn't want to pay them royalties.

 

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The settlement terms, as par for the course, were not discussed and are highly secretive. This settlement also settles another lawsuit Activision was involved with. This other lawsuit was over royalties as well. When West and Zampella left, 40 or more developers left shortly after. They too filed a lawsuit saying they didn't get their royalty checks.

 

"All parties have reached a settlement in the dispute, the terms of which are strictly confidential," said Robert Schwartz, an attorney representing West and Zampella. West was in the courtroom, but only grinned widely as he left. Others in the game industry watched closely as it could produce some new case law that would affect somehow.

 

"This legal battle between the old employees of Infinity Ward and Activision is the most significant in video game history," said Evan Wilson, an analyst with Pacific Crest Securities. "It's been a major distraction for senior management at Activision at a time when the industry is going through one of its most difficult periods. It will be good for Activision to be able to move past this."

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Deal of the Day: 9.7" HP TouchPad 32GB Refurb Tablet for $194.99 plus Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Our Deal of the Day is 9.7" HP TouchPad 32GB Refurb Tablet for $194.99 plus Shipping!

 

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Woot has refurbished HP TouchPad tablets in stock at $194.99 plus $5 shipping. This tablet features a 9.7" XGA (1024 x 768) IPS LED multitouch TFT, dual-core 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 CPU, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, Adreno 220 GPU, 32GB storage, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support, 1.3MP front camera, stereo speakers with Beats Audio, and 6300mAh lithium polymer battery. We've had ours on CM9 nightlies (Android 4.0.4) for awhile, and they're a great value. Good until 6/5/12 or after they run out.

 

32GB HP FB359UAR#ABA TOUCHPAD REFURB TABLET DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: FinalWire's AIDA64 v2.50

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Our Download of the Day is FinalWire's AIDA64 v2.50.

 

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FinalWire have released the latest version of AIDA64, version 2.50. The latest version brings some new features and improvements, such as:

 

  • Speech API information
  • SensorPanel graphs and gauges
  • Intel 330 and OCZ Vertex 4 SSD support
  • GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce 600 Series

 

You can download FinalWire AIDA64 v2.50 here.

Apple's third-gen iPad is close to being released in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Apple's third-generation iPad is getting closer to arriving in China, with the country's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center providing a mandatory license for an unnamed 3G-compatible Apple-made device, which is most likely the new iPad.

 

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But, there are still some hurdles. Apple need to reach an agreement with Proview over the ownership of the iPad trademark in China, with negotiations starting up again recently. Apple have reportedly tabled a settlement of $16 million, but is much, much less than the $400 million that Proview is holding out for.

 

The new iPad is destined to be a China Unicom-exclusive, who is Apple's original operator partner, and LTE will not be featured in China as no network is operational in the country.

Intel releases info on 14 new dual-core Ivy Bridge-based CPUs ahead of Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Ahead of Computex next week, Intel have released details on 14 new dual-core Ivy Bridge-based processors. Core i5 and i7 processors will be among the first to drop, with Core i3 variants arriving later this year.

 

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The Core i3 processors will also be joined with new Pentiums and Celerons, too. Out of the 14 new dual-core processors, six of them are desktop-grade, which means the remaining 8 of them are destined to mobile and ultra-low voltage. Ultra-low voltage chips sport a "U" in their name, which gives their identity away.

 

With Computex happening next week, we should expect to see a slew of Ultrabooks sporting the new ultra-low voltage Core processors. We should have a bunch of hands-on talk with various models, chips, Ultrabooks and so forth, so check back each and everyday next week for our coverage of Computex!

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Apple's upcoming iOS 6 Maps sports 3D, is coming this summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 6, is expected sometime in the coming months, but BGR is reporting about their Maps app which will support 3D mapping. Apple aren't using Google's mapping data this time around.

 

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BGR has sourced some exclusive information, and photos, of Apple's new Mapps app, with the app featuring an updated user interface as well as a brand new navigation bar. This bar is said to be silver instead of blue. The current Maps app follows the normal blue iOS color scheme, but it looks like Apple could move toward a silver theme for iOS 6, like the iPad.

 

The iPhone Maps app has a floating 'locate me' button in the bottom left corner. In order to access 3D mode, you'll have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps. Once 3D has been enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left hand corner. Apple's acquisition of C3 Technologies has helped them back 3D mapping into their Maps app, which should be a great feature in the new iPhone and iOS.

 

Apple are currently testing, and putting the final touches on its 3D mapping functionality, with it being tested in build 10A3XX of iOS6. BGR does state that the above image is a mock up based on what Maps should look like, as their source has told them.

HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE get unbanned by customs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:11 am

The previous US Customs and Border Protection ban over the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE has been lifted, after the customs review went into effect on April 19 preventing the sale of the two smartphones. AT&T did receive some units, and last week, Customs released a handful of the units to carriers for sale in anticipation of the release.

 

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HTC e-mailed Wired saying:

 

HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC's ruling. Future shipments should continue to enter the U.S. and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.

 

HTC stated that before the phones arrived that they had already fixed the link patent issue to sidestep their ban, with Customs officials inspecting the modified phones to make sure they complied with the ITC's ruling. No ETA has been given on when we should expect full retail availability.

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