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Apple not only patent troll, Samsung and RIM sued by Varia Holdings Inc.

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 4:15 pm

This is just getting ridiculous. First, Apple sues for its "Slide-to-unlock" patent, and now Varia Holdings Inc. sues for a patent regarding using a menu to select an emoticon instead of typing it character-by-character. I mean, really? How did this even get a patent in the first place? Take a look at the picture below. "It is known that for many users, their email and instant messaging communications... often involve the use of emoticons, such as the 'smiling face' or the 'sad face,'" the patent says. "However, few email or instant messaging applications offer any assistance to a user to enter and use emoticons in their communications."

 

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If this patent is true, they need to be suing more than just Samsung and RIM. Microsoft Live Messenger, AIM, and Skype all have menus for emoticon selection. So why just these two companies? It appears they have the most infringing devices. The lawsuit claims a long list of Samsung phones infringe along with Blackberry's Bold, Curve, Pearl, and Storm. If you would like to read the patent for yourself, you can view it here.

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More than 80,000 of Einstein's documents going online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 3:11 pm

Einstein, one of the foremost thinkers of his time, is having his birthday celebrated in a unique, and almost ironic way. Similar to how most people these days have a FaceBook, Einstein is having in excess of 80,000 of his documents posted online. These documents range from his public life, to his personal life, to his school life, and detail a very curious man who was concerned with the human condition.

 

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The newly updated and expanded site contains more than 80,000 documents. This includes more than 40,000 documents contained in Albert Einstein's personal papers and over 30,000 additional Einstein and Einstein-related documents discovered since the 1980s. As a person who idolizes the late, great physicist, I know for a fact that I will be perusing the online collection. The collection now includes manuscripts with the one of the most famous and iconic equations ever written: e=mc^2

 

If you would like to take a look at the documents, you can find them online here. Images of documents in the archive and related notes can be obtained by contacting the Hebrew University's Media Relations Department at pressoffice@savion.huji.ac.il. Photos must be credited to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mobile phones are more important to women than boyfriends

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 2:05 pm

Sorry men, but someone had to break it to you. I'm just happy it was me. We knew it was coming, we knew someone would eventually have a study which confirmed what many of us already were thinking. No? Not sure what I'm talking about? Let's put it in simple terms: A new study shows that four out of ten women would be devastated if they lost their phone. A third of women admitted they could live happily without a man.

 

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As you can see in the above list, a woman's most treasured possession is her mother, followed by photographs, and then her mobile phone. Even her best friend comes in above a boyfriend. Men, we are 5th on her list, and in my opinion, I can't believe we're not farther down. I can think of several things that women seem to like more then men. Cars and shoes come to mind and they only placed 12th and 14th respectively.

 

This comes from a new study ran by online pawnbroker Borro.com. Mothers are understandable to come before a boyfriend, as blood is thicker than water as they say. The thing I find curious is that there is not a mention of a husband on the list. So either husbands aren't treasured at all, or they got grouped into the 'boyfriend' category. Either way, I'm amazed that we got outclassed by mobile phones and photos. Especially if the photos are of the girl with her boyfriend. Ironic, don't you think?

Tuesday Morning Roundup for March 20, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1:31 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 20th, 2012.

 

Peripherals:

 

Genius DeathTaker USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Benchmark Reviews

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master X6 Elite CPU Cooler - Hi Tech Legion

Cooler Master Silencio 450 - Vortez

Antec KÜHLER H₂O 620 - Techreaction.net

 

GPUs:

 

HIS 7870 IceQ X Turbo - PureOverclock

AMD Radeon 7870 2GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

SAPPHIRE HD 7750 ULTIMATE - Overclockers Club

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Download of the Day: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.6.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 11:26 am

Our Download of the Day is TechPowerUp's GPU-Z v0.6.0.

 

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Fixes/support:

 

  • Added optional GPU-Z installer which launches when GPU-Z is started for the first time, or can be started manually via the GPU-Z system menu
  • Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7870, HD 7850, HD 7670M, FireStream 9370, FirePro V3900
  • Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, GT 640M, GTX 560 SE, GT 550M, GeForce 510, NVS 2100M
  • Fixed clocks not showing correctly on some systems with Catalyst 12.2
  • Fixed board id reading on pre-Fermi cards
  • Fixed OpenCL detection for ATI Fusion (Sumo & Ontario)
  • Fixed GPU-Z window getting cut off at certain DPI settings

 

You can grab GPU-Z v0.6.0 here.

RumorTT: Xbox 720 to launch next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 10:29 am

We've reported on this a few times now, but we are edging closer and closer to 2013 with every day passing and the latest information available to us is that Microsoft are preparing to launch the successor to the Xbox 360, next year. The news comes from KitGuru, where they've talked to an 'insider in Taipei' over the weekend.

 

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They spoke to one unnamed source close to Microsoft who felt it would launch in Q3 2013, with the plan to show the console off at next year's E3 in June. We've reported before that it would launch this year, but with the Xbox 360 still selling insane amounts of units, it would be a bit stupid to launch the successor to their still-popular console. Kinect has also helped boost console adoption and extending life to the dragging (hardware-wise) unit.

 

One path Microsoft could take is to release a high-end console, and have games shipped on it, with the current Xbox 360 staying as the mass user option. This could allow Microsoft to release insanely-detailed games, in true full HD 1080p @ 60fps, and then scale said games down to the sub-720p on the current-gen 360. This would give Microsoft two unique markets: one for their new consoles, new games and a new push for higher-fidelity graphics and features, as well as a thriving Xbox 360 market which won't just stop overnight.

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We shouldn't see Ivy Bridge-E processors until mid-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:33 am

Sandy Bridge-E owners can breath a sigh of relief, their LGA2011-based CPUs will still be the king of the hill for a while longer now thanks to an X-bit Labs report. Ivy Bridge-E, the hypothetical successor of Sandy Bridge-E, which is an Ivy Bridge take on the LGA2011-HEDT platform, won't see the light of day until 2H of 2013.

 

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It's being reported that we won't see Ivy Bridge-E for quite some time because of Ivy Bridge's delay, which has caused a massive shift in Intel's roadmaps. This will also delay the Haswell-based chips several months to March-June 2013.

 

This all doesn't really mean much, as Intel aren't really being pushed by their competition, AMD, at all. Could this be a sly way of just delaying their products, and polishing them in case AMD do come out with something unexpected? Or are Intel just widening the gap of CPU releases because, well, they can?

HTC teams up with LogMeIn for remote Android support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 8:09 am

LogMeIn have just announced that they have teamed up with device maker HTC to bring over remote support services to HTC's Android-based devices. New models incoming from HTC should have LogMeIn Rescue preloaded onto the device.

 

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LogMeIn Rescue will allow HTC's support staff to remote to your device to diagnose or troubleshoot technical problems you're experiencing. The system relies on a secure data connection to provide support staff with the required configuration details and remote control capabilities. HTC representatives can then change settings on the phone, or run diagnostic utlities.

 

LogMeIn also offer software that is similar to LogMeIn Remote, for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian as well as the desktop editions available for both the PC and Mac. HTC have not yet announced any launch plans for LogMeIn-sporting Android devices.

Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, 'Cold Stream' is nearly done

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:24 am

Left 4 Dead 2 is a franchise that doesn't really require a defibrillator, with the development of the Cold Stream DLC close to completion. Valve still, in their usual fashion, haven't announced a release date, and according to an update posted on the official Left 4 Dead Blog, work on the DLC pack is now focused on making small tweaks and squashing bugs.

 

The blog states:

 

Now that we have a solid version of the maps (some minor changes still coming), we are focused on the DLC and getting some pesky bugs out of the shipping version. As soon as we have a release date we will let you know.

 

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Cold Stream contains a new community-made campaign in addition to the classic maps Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Crash Course. It also sports a new melee weapon, interesting news for L4D2 fans! Will this be enough to bring some back (myself included), time will tell.

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