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Samsung plays hard ball in court, says it doesn't matter if we ripped off Apple's tech, Apple stole it in the first place

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 5:31 am

The Apple vs. Samsung trial is coming to an end, but before we get there, Samsung started their day in court on Monday with some very interesting things to say. Apple have been playing dirty in court from day one, stating that Samsung knowingly stole its technology and designs by very meticulously examining each key element of the iPhone's UI and mimicking it on their own products.



Samsung, rather than deny doing anything wrong, decided to play hard ball - prove that Apple's technology patents aren't valid because they stole them to begin with. Samsung started off by talking about Apple's pinch-to-zoom patent, which Apple claim Samsung infringes upon by using the feature in most of Samsung's smartphones and tablets.


BGR goes into a technology called "Diamond Touch" which was shown to the court by Samsung's legal team on a massive touchscreen table built by Mitsubishi, where they showed the jury that Apple's patent on pinch-to-zoom technology shouldn't be valid because the technology had existed for years before the first iPhone hit the market. Samsung took a stab after, suggesting Apple knowingly stole the technology when its witness, Mitsubishi engineer Adam Bogue, testified that he showed the Cupertino-based company's engineers the Diamond Touch tech back in 2003.

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Amazon's upcoming next-gen Kindle Fire clears the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 4:41 am

We know that Amazon aren't just sitting on their hands over at Amazon HQ, and we've been teased that they were working on a larger Kindle Fire, but it looks like it cleared the FCC yesterday. The Digital Reader has a scoop from a friend of his, who tipped him to a bunch of FCC documents that were posted yesterday.




It doesn't show much, but the site reports "Like Amazon's past FCC submissions, this paperwork belongs to a new front company. This time around the company is Harpers LLC." Every time Amazon has thrown a new device through the FCC, they've used a new front company and then used a magic wand to make the paperwork disappear. Amazon have done this for every e-reader and tablet since the second iteration of the Kindle.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note passes 10 million units sold worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 4:34 am

Samsung used their press event for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in NYC to announce that their 'phablet' 5.3-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note, has sold more than 10 million units worldwide. This is a pretty big deal for Samsung.




The company had a goal of wanting to sell more than 10 million units across the world by the end of 2012, so they've reached this goal just over half way through the year. It was only in June that the South Korean company announced that sales had passed the 7 million mark.


Samsung's Galaxy Note sports a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and large 5.3-inch screen. We've just received a Galaxy Note two days ago for review, and I slapped my SIM card in it last night and I'm going to lug it around for a couple of weeks before pumping out my review. I'm loving it so far though, the screen is just so amazing, it's definitely not too big.

Penny Arcade's Kickstarter reaches their $525,000 goal with just six minutes to spare

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 2:31 am

This time last month, gaming webcomic Penny Arcade launched an interesting experiment on Kickstarter. The experiment involves raising funds to replace the sites advertising income with funding from you, and I, the fans.




Well, they succeeded. Kickstarter's crowdfunding campaign ended today and Penny Arcade didn't just manage to meet their initial goal of $250,000, they surpassed it and met their bigger goal of $525,000. This means that Penny Arcade will not be featuring ads on their homepage for twelve months. This goal was achieved with just six minutes left on the clock, so it was touch and go there for a while!


The campaign did have some cool donations and gifts, with one high-end donation of $9,999 which granted the donor the chance to have lunch with creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Another two donors spent $7,500 so that they could become Penny Arcade interns for one day. I think we're going to see much more of this type of crowdfunding for sites in the future. Awesome work, Penny Arcade!

Windows 8 is now available for MSDN & TechNet subscribers, also as a 90-day trial for everyone else

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 1:23 am

Microsoft's RTM build of their forthcoming OS, Windows 8, is now officially available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This is the same version that will reach the general public on October 26. Microsoft Software Assurance customers will get their hands on the RTM tomorrow, and Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase the OS through Microsoft Volume License Resellers on September 1.




Microsoft have also offered some good faith here to the general public, offering up a 90-day trial version of Windows 8 Enterprise. This is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions and are available to anyone as a free ISO image in many languages. This version, however, cannot be upgraded to a full retail version once the 90-day period expires.


The Enterprise version of Windows 8 includes all of the features found in the Pro edition, plus some business-based options like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, and RemoteFX virtualization. What are your thoughts on the OS so far? Are you going to hit up that 90-day trial?

Possible shot of the iPad mini dock connector lands online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 12:29 am

A photo has floated onto the Internet that seems to parading around as a flex cable component for the upcoming, smaller 'iPad mini', housing Apple's smaller dock connector, the headphone jack, and home button connector, reports, from MacRumors.




The layout also looks similar to what we've seen from the next-gen iPhone that was seen a few months ago now. iFixit's Kyle Wiens has also thrown his thoughts into the ring, where he's stated that it's consistent with being an Apple component but that he's (obviously) unable to confirm its authenticity.


The part does look suspiciously similar to the next-gen iPhone part, and also carries a part number in the style of Apple's previous iOS-based device flex cable components. The biggest news here, is the headphone jack. It looks like it's being moved from its usual spot of up the top near the power button, to the bottom right next to the dock connector itself. But this again, lines up with previous teases of the next-gen iPhone which sported its headphone jack at the bottom of the device, rather than the top.

ScaryTT: Sixth Circuit court rules law enforcement can warrantlessly track suspects via cellphone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:32 pm

In a scary ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that law enforcement can use GPS data from a cell phone without a warrant. The ruling came down in a 2-1 verdict and liked the GPS data of a cellphone to the scent given off, and subsequently caught by a dog. Furthermore, the fact he obtained it voluntarily seemed to be a deciding factor for the court.




"There is no Fourth Amendment violation because Skinner did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data given off by his voluntarily procured pay-as-you-go cell phone," wrote Judge John Rogers. "If a tool used to transport contraband gives off a signal that can be tracked for location, certainly the police can track the signal."


The ruling is contrary to the Jones v. United States case decided by the Supreme Court in January, 2012. In that case, agents put a physical tracking device on the suspect's vehicle. Since no physical intrusion occurred in this case, that ruling had no effect on the court in making their decision for this case.


Judge Rodgers:


"Here, the monitoring of the location of the contraband-carrying vehicle as it crossed the country is no more of a comprehensively invasive search than if instead the car was identified in Arizona and then tracked visually and the search handed off from one local authority to another as the vehicles progressed."

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Blizzard launches a free Starter version of Diablo III

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2012 10:34 pm

Not sure if Diablo III is for you? It looks like Blizzard would like for you to give it a try, at no cost to you. They likely want to get you hooked on the game so that you will spend the $50 on the game. The Starter Edition, announced by Blizzard, allows players to play up until level 13 and battle up to the Skeleton King boss in Act I.




Users can get the new Starter Edition from a variety of sources, including using your friend's disk to install the game. If you don't have a friend who owns Diablo III, existing users can find it in the Your Game Accounts area and new users will automatically receive a license for the game.


Blizzard has instituted some other restrictions for Starter Edition players, and many of them actually make sense. For one, Starter Edition users can not use the auction house, for real money or gold. This is good as it should prevent bots and other abuses. Matchmaking for Starter Edition players is only available for other Starter Edition players.

EA announces free-to-play online Command & Conquer game

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2012 9:29 pm

A lot of cool announcements are coming out of Gamescon and EA has just joined the party with their announcement that Command & Conquer would become an online, free-to-play game. Taking the best of a popular game and putting online for free, with some restrictions, seems to be the way of the future as more and more companies are doing it.



Command & Conquer will receive regular free updates to keep the content fresh and fun to play. It's not clear if everything will be unlockable through gameplay, or if certain troops and maps will have to be purchased separately. The latter is likely the case in order to provide more income for EA.


Command & Conquer Generals 2, a game previously announced, is going to make up a majority of the new game. The new free-to-play game is based upon the Frostbite 2 engine and features detailed units, fully destructible environments, dynamic physics and high-quality visual effects.

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Razer announces DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard, claims to be world's smartest keyboard

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 15, 2012 8:31 pm

As if we didn't have enough choice when it comes to gaming keyboards, Razer has introduced a new model that features it's Switchblade user interface. The Switchblade UI is the same that is currently used the on Razer Blade gaming laptop and has an LCD trackpad and LED keypad combo which can be turned into "a customizable control panel with 10 dynamic, adaptive tactile keys."




The thing looks pretty sweet, but looks don't matter with a gaming keyboard. Instead, it's all about how it works. Without actually using the keyboard, I'm unable to comment on that aspect of the new product. It has some unique aspects which are relayed in a humorous pres release, including this gem: "The Razer DeathStalker Ultimate features an anti-ghosting infrastructure of up to 10 keys in game mode. Users may actuate as many keys as they have fingers, and have them all register accurately and swiftly in-game."


"With the Switchblade UI on the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate, we wanted to offer gamers an enriching and intuitive gaming experience built for total game control," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We continue to work closely with independent software vendors to integrate the API of their games on the Switchblade UI, so that you can see more of the game as you play. I'm excited that we are making such cutting-edge technology available to gamers everywhere, and look forward to bringing more game-specific apps."

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