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HTC beats Apple in swipe-to-unlock patent dispute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 9:26 am

Last year, HTC launched a London-based lawsuit as part of an effort to invalidate European patents that Apple had referred to in a German court case. Apple countersued, and here we are today. A judge has ruled that HTC has not infringed on four technologies that Apple claim as their own.




The judge has said that Apple's slide-to-unlock feature was an "obvious" development in the light of a similar function on an earlier Swedish handset. Apple has used this patent in disputes against other companies using Google's mobile operating system, Android. The four patents discussed were:


  • Unlocking a device by performing a gesture on an image.
  • The use of a multilingual keyboard offering different alphabets on portable devices, including mobile phones.
  • A system to determine which elements of a screen were activated by single-finger touches; which were activated multi-finger touches and which ignored touches altogether.
  • Letting a user drag an image beyond its limits and then showing it bounce back into place to illustrate that they had reached its furthest edge.

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Point Grey have a 4K-capable USB 3.0 webcam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 8:26 am

If you've ever wanted to get into 4K video, which comes in resolutions of 3840x2160 or 4096x2160, up until now it has been an expensive adventure. Usually you'd grab one of the RED One, Scarlet or Epic cameras, but they're many thousands of dollars, and not really consumer-based hardware.




But, a Canadian company, Point Grey Research Inc. is designing, researching and manufacturing the 4K-capable Flea3 webcam all in Canada. The camera is poised to become the next-generation of technology in surveillance, while providing some insane levels of details for those who need it in a security setting.


Flea3 is one of the world's first USB 3.0-based webcam, capable of delivering 1920x1080 at up to 150 frames per second, or 4096x2160 at up to 21 frames per second. Flea3 sports Sony's Emor R (IMX121) 8.8 million CMOS sensor, and captures 4K video, and not just a megapixel-riden gimmick of a number. For a sub-$1000 4K camera, this definitely looks like the goods. You'd want to have a 4K-capable screen to go with it, though.

Motorola Atrix HD sports 4.5" Colorboost HD display and ICS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 7:40 am

Motorola have just outed their next Atrix phone, known as the Atrix HD. The listed specs show the Atrix HD will sport a 4.5-inch HD Colorboost display with a resolution of 1,280x720, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the swish look of the Droid RAZR.




Filling out the sepc we find a 1,780 mAh battery, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and measures in at just 8.4mm thick. Motorola make it "business ready" as the Atrix HD features Gorilla Glass and Kevlar fused together, so it should be tough as nails.


There's no news on when the Atrix HD will hit stores, but if you want to find out more about it and sign up for updates, check out this link.

Anonymous announce #OpBlackout Phase 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 7:11 am

While most American's are sleeping off yesterday's July 4 festivities, Anonymous have just announced a new operation. Anonymous' goals aren't really known, but we're getting closer to their end game it seems with the newly-announced #OpBlackout Phase 3. I've just sat here and watched the 18-minute video, and it should really hit home for not just Americans, but for any human on this planet.



Anonymous use the video to reiterate that they do not want chaos, they do not want anarchy, they just want to restore power to the people. The power that has been taken out the American citizens' hands, and into the corporately-owned governments. Anonymous say that over the coming months, they'll be releasing videos detailing their reformation plans.


The video goes over various topics, with footage from various events, showcasing the power the police, military and government use to surpress the people. It covers the bankers, and Wall Street who have all but fleeced the United States, and even features celebrities chiming in with their words toward the end. Check it out and let us know what you think. #OpBlackout Phase 3 is a go.

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The ratio of PCs to Macs has fallen, back to levels not seen since the 90s

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 7:01 am

According to analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco, who has used a chart to show the ratio of PCs to Macs sold each year since the early 1980s. The chart shows Apple's temporary victory, as well as teh meteoric rise Microsoft took in the mid-2000s. But, we're seeing Apple's resurgence over the last 8 years or so.




This chart shows that the ratio has fallen back to level not seen since the mid-90s. A very important note, is that this chart only shows PCs vs. Macs, actual full-fledged computers that Apple doesn't really sell that much of. Another fact is that if the chart included iPhones and iPads, which given the constantly blurred lines of "what is a PC", the chart would be much more interesting.


We know PCs thrash Mac sales, but this would be more BYO (build your own) versus off-the-shelf systems from Dell, HP, and co. We know that Apple are definitely on their way back, but I think we have a long time before they'll ever see the numbers that Windows-based systems do.

Toshiba gets hit with an $87 million fine for LCD price fixing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 6:24 am

Californian courts have been busy this week, first we had the Samsung vs. Apple patent infringements, and now we have a Californian jury decreed that Toshiba is guilty of conspiracy involving other Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese LCD manufacturers to keep LCD panel prices artificially high between 1999 and 2006.




The jury found that Toshiba is liable for $87 million in damages, $17 million to businesses, and $70 million to consumers. Under antitrust law, defendants can be assessed damages of three times the jury's ruling, so in this case, $261 million. Toshiba was the only defendant in the suit, and have claimed they've done nothing wrong.


Spokesman Julius Christensen said in an e-mail statement: "Toshiba plans to pursue all available legal avenues to correct that finding." He adds that Toshiba has "consistently maintained that there was no illegal activity on its part in the LCD business in the United States."


But, company lawyers tried to argue that the well-documented hotel meetings of executives from various LCD makers were for 'legitimate reasons'. Toshiba also claimed they never made the specific TFT-LCD that was the subject of the price-fixing meetings at the hotel. Back in December of 2011, Sharp and Samsung Electronics agreed to pay $927 million in settlements, AU Optronics reached a settlement in March said to be worth up to $1 billion, and LG Display followed on May 1 for an undisclosed amount.

DICE artist shows off mockup of the interior of a Halo ship using CryENGINE 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 6:22 am

Ever wondered what the interior of a ship from the super-famous first-person shooter Halo would look like, if rendered using Crytek's CryENGINE 3? Well, a DICE artist currently working on Battlefield 3 has put together a mockup, and what a mockup it is!




See that? That to me, is amazing. That to me, is next-gen gaming. The lighting, the detail, the anti-aliased everything, is just perfect. If this could be done with next-gen physics, particle effects, A.I. and a flat 60fps minimum, I'd be excited for gaming again.


Halo 4 will end up looking good, but it won't look anywhere near this good. 343 Industries should be able to squeeze a few extra goodies out of the now aged Xbox 360, but if it were to look like this, it'd have to debut on the next-gen Xbox.

Foxconn CEO Terry Cheng resigns

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 5:19 am

Terry Cheng, the now ex-CEO of Foxconn has just resigned, and is now awaiting approval of his resignation from the board chairman. Cheng, an engineering specialist, joined Hon Hai in 2007 after he had served ten years as Texas Instruments' president of Asian operation.




Cheng had only taken over for previous CEO Chen Wei-liang on January 1 of this year. Cheng's resignation has seemingly come out of nowhere and his reason for leaving is unclear for now. Terry Gou, current board chairman, is reportedly trying to persuade Cheng to continue on as CEO.


Foxconn took a hit of around $28.1 million of losses in 2010, but were able to scoop up some profits a year later in 2011 with around $9.4 million.

RumorTT: iPad mini rumors just won't go away, more sources, more rumors are here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 5:08 am

The rumor of an iPad mini from Apple have been around for quite a while now, even as far back as October last year. We've reported on them many times, and it is the perfect path for Apple to take to combat the impending Google Nexus 7 tablet, as well as the Amazon Kindle Fire, and upcoming next-gen Fire.




The latest reports are coming in from the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg, both claiming anonymous sources with "knowledge of the plans" confirming a screen between 7- and 8-inch in diameter, and the component suppliers in Asia are preparing for a mass production of this new product in September.

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The fastest GPU supercomputer in the UK was just switched on, good morning, Emerald

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 4:27 am

The flick has been switched for the most powerful GPU supercomputer, Emerald, at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, U.K., the two systems working together "will give businesses and academics unprecedented access to their super-fast processing capability".




The insane amounts of power will allow researchers to run simulations that range from health care to astrophysics. The supercomputer combo will be used to look at the Tamiflu vaccine's effect on swine flu, Square Kilometre Array project data, climate change modelling and 3G/4G communications modelling. The official launch of the e-Infrastructure South Consortium took place at the same time, coinciding with Emerald's unveiling.

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