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Samsung sues Apple in Korea, goes after the iOS Notification Center

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 24, 2012 4:34 am

Lawyers are making some serious bank these days with the countless lawsuits between tech giants Samsung and Apple, but it looks like the former is suing Apple for their Notification Center.

 

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In their home country of South Korea, the electronics giant are suiting Samsung for the feature that debuted with iOS 5. There is some risk, though, as the Notification Center isn't a standards-essential patent, so if Samsung loses, they'll be coughing up some money to Apple.

 

At the moment it's not known if Samsung are defending a patent they have in possession or whether they have enhanced an existing patent that some other company had received before Apple launched the Notification Center. Keep in mind that Samsung can't sue for something that Google patented, and considering Samsung run Android and not their own custom OS, this could get interesting.

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Hoyts to launch their own movie streaming service in early 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 24, 2012 3:37 am

In Australia, we don't have many options when it comes to movie streaming services, but it looks like that set of options will expand by at least one large company next year with Hoyts set to launch their own movie streaming service early next year.

 

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Hoyts' movie streaming service will begin "from 2013" and will have new releases arrive on a pay-per-view basis, but there are also rumbles of an all-you-can-eat (or watch) subscription model that would be coming in "later 2013". Hoyts will also rebrand their own Oovie DVD Kiosk business as Hoyts Kiosk.

 

Now the question is how will it arrive - on devices, or through a site or app, and in what quality? Are we talking DVD quality, or are they going to finally step up and offer 1080p in some form. Hopefully they work with local ISPs and get some servers into their datacenters so we can have quota-free movie-streaming goodness.

Microsoft produces first iPhone game that features Xbox Live Achievements

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 23, 2012 9:33 am

Wordament is the first game produced by Microsoft for the iPhone that features Xbox Live Achievements. The game started out as a side-project for two Windows Live employees, which was then acquired by Microsoft Game Studios. It's a popular game on the Windows Phone platform, garnering 4 and a half stars, with 18732 reviews.

 

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When you sign in with your free Microsoft account, you can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from our 10 achievements and you'll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. If you've played on Windows Phone or Window 8 and jump to the iOS version, all of your player stats and friends will follow your account automatically.

 

You can get the new game for iOS on the App Store.

Top 5 tech items to buy for your loved ones this Christmas!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:27 am

Christmas is here, and there are some people out there that leave gift purchases until the last minute. If you're one of those people, we're here to help you!

 

Let's talk about the top five tech-related gifts you could buy a loved one this Christmas. We'll handle a variety of gear, from smartphones to tablets, storage to GPUs. Let's hit the list, shall we?

 

1.) Smart devices

 

  • Apple - iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad

 

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I'm sure that any Apple gift is a great gift to most techies, but the iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad are the ultimate in gifts. If they don't already have one, you can pick them up outright and slide it under the Christmas tree for them. Add in an iTunes gift card for that nice touch. If you wanted something a bit smaller, the iPad mini is another great option, too.

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Steam Holiday Sales continue, today's offer has DOTA 2 for 50% off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2012 7:26 am

The Steam Holiday Sale is still on and there are some great deals today with DOTA 2 being 50% off, from $29.99 to $14.99, Dead Island is enjoying a sweet 66% off dropping its original $19.99 price to just $6.79.

 

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If you were after Dishonored, and didn't want to pay the huge $79.99 for it, you can now get it for $39.99 - a great 50% off. The F.E.A.R. franchise is enjoying 75% off, dropping the entire F.E.A.R. Collection to just $13.71 from $54.96 - a huge 75% off.

 

There are tonnes of other deals and these deals change everyday so keep checking back for more savings!

YouTube Player API for Android is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 23, 2012 4:34 am

If you're an Android app builder and were wanting to sprinkle a little YouTube into your app, today is your day! Google have released the Android YouTube Player API.

 

 

You'll now be able to bake YouTube into any app you want, and will sport high-quality playback for Android devices featuring Android 2.2 and above. Since there's simple integration, there are a bunch of goodies that will keep you happy.

 

This includes full screen and orientation mode support, closed captions display, support for YouTube ads and the ability to program most elements of the playback experience natively within your app. There are developers who have already dabbled in it, such as Flipboard. Full details can be found here.

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Rheinmetall use 50kW laser weapon, pew pew to the max

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 23, 2012 3:10 am

Defense contractor Rheinmetall have just tested their 50kW high-energy laser weapon, which was a complete success. The 50kW laser works by looking for a target using something they call the 'Skyguard radar system', locks the target in with an optical scanner before it goes to work.

 

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After it has looked for its target, locked it in, it will fire multiple, superimposed beams for extra energy. The German-made HEL cannon was capable of cutting through a 15mm-thick steel girder, but that's not all - it managed to do so from over 3,200 feet away. If you thought that was impressive, the laser was able to taking down a UAV, where after reaching the programmed fire sector, the laser weapon engaged the UAV's immediately, destroying them in seconds - keep in mind that these UAVs were flying at high speeds. Pew, pew indeed.

 

Lastly, the laser system was used in detection, pursuit and successful engagement of "an extremely small ballistic target". The team used a steel ball measuring in at 82 mm, travelling at 50 meters per second. This was used to replicate a mortar round, which the Skyguard fire control unit detected immediately, tracked the target, engaged it and destroyed it mid-air.

 

Impressive.

Cooler Master Case Mod Competition 2012 Results

By: John Williamson | More News: Modding | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:24 am

For the past two years Cooler Master has run an annual Case modding competition which has produced some of the most stunning examples of both professional and amateur PC builds from around the globe.

 

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This year's Modding competition was no different with the usual mixture of drama, trolling and some friendly rivalries setting the stage for some mind blowing creations. The Competition itself is divided into three categories: Scratch Mod, Tower Mod and Cooler Mod, each with a plethora of modders fighting for a place as the best of the best in their individual classes.

 

Well after Months of hard work from all the hopeful participants the dust has settled in the workshops, votes have been tallied and winners announced. Cooler Master must have experienced a larger than expected turn out for this years event as we can see multiple second and third places have been added to the tower and scratch mod sections of the competition. Results are as follows.

 

Tower Mod

 

1st place

  • Titanium PC by Paul Tan

 

2nd place

  • ATCS 840 PoLoMoD by PoLoMoD
  • Coolermaster Cosmos II MbK by kier

 

3rd place

  • CM Test Bench V2 by Ace_finland
  • Starscr3am by tantric
  • Ducati Trooper by Raiden73

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Corsair celebrate the world not ending by giving away a kick ass PC!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 8:32 am

Well, the world didn't end yesterday but that is a good thing for millions of reasons. One of these is that Corsair are giving away a custom PC built with some pretty awesome hardware. The Surviving the End of the World Sweepstakes includes:

 

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  • Corsair 300R Windowed Case
  • AX Series 1200i PSU
  • Individually Wrapped PSU Cables
  • Air Series Fans
  • H80i CPU Cooler
  • Dominator Platinum DDR3 Memory
  • 180GB Force GT SSD
  • 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II GPUs
  • ASUS Maximus Formula V MB
  • Intel 3770K CPU

 

To enter the competition to win the awesome system from Corsair, visit their Facebook page.

EU says Samsung abused standard-essential telecom patents

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 5:28 am

The European Commission has sent a "statement of objections" to Samsung saying that they don't believe the company is acting fairly. "Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike," Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in statement.

 

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Samsung can now respond to the statement with objections or with a request for a hearing. Samsung faces a fine up to 10 percent of its annual turnover if the commission rules that they have violated the rules. The issue at hand is standard-essential patents for the EU's 3G UMTS standard.

 

Samsung agreed to fairly license the needed patents to competitors when the EU adopted the standard. Samsung denies the claims: "Samsung is confident that, in due course, the Commission will conclude that we have acted in compliance with European Union competition laws."

 

The commission opened the investigation after Samsung attempted to gain sales bans in 2011 across member EU states against its fierce competitor, Apple.

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