Patent infringement suits are common in the tech world and are often used as a means to get other companies to the negotiating table for a license deal. Other times the suits are used to get a product banned from being imported into the US. Motorola and Microsoft are both no strangers to both sides of a patent suit.
Motorola recently filed a complaint with the ITC that the Xbox 360 from Microsoft infringed on some patents it holds relating to video streaming. The suit was a bit of tit for tat with Microsoft having filed its own company against Motorola back in October over Android smartphones. The USITC announced today that it had voted to initiate an investigation into the allegations made by Motorola.
The investigation is set to kick off soon, the first steps will be an evidentiary hearing, and then the ITC will decide if the case should be pursued further. Motorola's complaint alleges that the Xbox 360 violates section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and seeks a cease and desist order ruling. No decision on the merits of the case has been made at this point.
It rarely gets cold enough here in Texas to need gloves. It was 80-degrees out yesterday for instance and only a bit cooler today. I can appreciate cold weather though because we do get it on occasion and I can see where users in really cold locations would have a hard time working their iPhone with gloves on since they would have to take the gloves off each time. A new app called NoseDial has surfaced that lets you dial the iPhone without using your fingers.
The app has a large list of icons for your contacts that are sized for hitting with your nose. The contacts can be navigated by tilting the iPhone. The big question in my mind is how users will unlock their phone, I guess you will have to do that with your noise and then find the page with the app using your nose, and then hit the icon with your nose to launch NoseDial.
If your nose is running, this app will be really gross. The app will sell for 99 cents and is on the app store right now for you to download. You can determine how many contacts are on each page and the size of the icons too.
If you have your smartphone packed with music that you want to listen to while you drive in the car you are not alone. In some cars, getting the music from your phone to your car stereo is a snap thanks to a line in jack. Other cars lack a line in making you need an FM transmitter. Those transmitters are often bulky and have lots of wires that you need to deal with. If you use an Android smartphone, a new FM transmitter that needs no wires is coming next month.
The device is called the TuneLink Auto for Android. It's a small FM transmitter that barely sticks out of the DC outlet in your car. The device uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and allows the streaming of music from your phone to the car stereo. The device also has a USB port on it that you can use for charging your phone while you listen to music. The catch is that you will need to have a charge and sync cable with you to use that feature.
The TuneLink Auto can also be plugged into your cars aux input rather than using FM for sending the music out. The Bluetooth functionality supports more than one Android device at the same time and the FM transmitter is controlled by an app that is on the Android market right now. The kit will ship in mid-January for $99.99.
Our Download of the Day today is Defraggler 2.01.239.
Most defrag tools only allow you to defrag an entire drive. Defraggler lets you specify one or more files, folders, or the whole drive to defragment.
When Defraggler reads or writes a file, it uses the exact same techniques that Windows uses. Using Defraggler is just as safe for your files as using Windows.
At a glance, you can see how fragmented your hard drive is. Defraggler's drive map shows you blocks that are empty, not fragmented, or needing defragmentation.
Give your hard drive a quick touch-up with Quick Defrag
Organizes empty disk space to further prevent fragmentation
Defragment while you sleep - and wake up with a faster PC. Set Defraggler to run daily, weekly or monthly
Full Windows OS and Multi-lingual support
Boot time defrag of system files
Supports 37 major languages
Defraggler is made by Piriform, the company that also brought you CCleaner and Recuva, so is completely free!
Deal of the Day: Konica Minolta magicolor 1600W Konica Minolta Laser Printer for $109.95 with FREE Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the B&H Photo Video - Konica Minolta magicolor 1600W Konica Minolta Laser Printer for $109.95 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This Konica Minolta MagiColor 1600W color laser printer with up to 1200 x 600 resolution, up to 20 ppm black, 5ppm color, USB connectivity, and 1 year warranty is just $109.95 with FREE shipping. Expires 1/2/2011.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 22nd, 2010
- Sony VAIO VPCZ137GX/S Notebook @ TechReviewSource
- Acer Aspire 5551G-4591 15.6-in AMD Turion II Notebook @ PC Perspective
- TR's Christmas 2010 system guide @ Tech Report
- ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
- Biostar TH67XE Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Foxconn P67A-S Sandy Bridge LGA1155 @ Vortez UK
- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Palit GTX 570 Sonic Platinum @ tbreak
- AMD Mecha HK-2207 DirectX 11 Demo Now Available @ NGOHQ
It seems like every day another company is announcing a tablet unveiling at CES. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Viliv, who are going to be unveiling two new Android tablets and a Windows 7 based tablet at CES.
Details are fairly sketchy at this point, but what is known is that the Android based tablets will be called to X7 and X10, with the X10 tabbed as having the longest battery life of any 10 inch tablet. The X70 "slate" will be Windows 7 based and is being hailed as "most slim and light Windows 7 based tablet in the world." More to come at the official unveiling in a couple of weeks.
Yeah yeah, we know; size isn't everything. That being said, it's hard not to snap your neck turning your head when you see packaging like the folks at bit-tech grabbed a picture of while visiting with Gigabyte about their upcoming big-time motherboard.
That's Gigabyte's deputy director of motherboard marketing Tim Handley with the actual retail packaging of their upcoming, as of now unnamed flagship motherboard. Judging by the box, this motherboard's going to be enormous or be VERY safely packaged with a ton of extras. Solid state capacitors, and on-board SSDs were mentioned by bit-tech as "rumblings" but there's nothing official at this time. Regardless, we're very excited to see more.
Find my iPhone is a feature that many iPhone owners find very useful if their precious device falls victim to either thieves or flat out forgetfulness. A columnist for dealnews found a funky problem with the now free feature to track down his iPhone that had been stolen at a coffee shop: it didn't work in Google Chrome.
Apparently the problem isn't with Chrome; Find my iPhone plays nicely with Google's browser under one condition: you're running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you're running an earlier version of OS X, you have to use Safari. Otherwise, you ger a blue screen stating "Find My iPhone is unavailable due to a connection error." This may not be a problem a whole lot of you will face, but panic in the face of a lost iPhone is no laughing matter.
Looking for a multifunctional USB 3.0 device? You may not have to look any farther than the Brando SATA hard drive dock that has been upgraded to include USB 3.0 connectivity.
These docks aren't exactly big news, but this dock boasts a feature that others lack: three fully usable USB 3.0 ports incorporated into the dock itself. No more reaching for your case to use your shiny new USB 3.0 device. Sounds good? You might need to check your bank balance; the price comes in at a hefty $140.