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Apple being sued for violating 13 of SanDisk's patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 27, 2014 6:16 am

Apple is being sued by two parties, Ireland's Longitude Licensing Ltd and Luxembourg's Longitude Flash Memory Systems S.a.r.l., with their joint patent infringement lawsuit against Apple alleging the company is in violation of 13 counts of patent infringement that cover virtually all of Apple's iDevices.

 

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The plaintiffs are using former SanDisk patents that they now hold, partnering up with Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc., to help them increase the value of their IP. The following Apple devices are included in the lawsuit: Apple iPad, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad (3rd Generation), Apple iPad (4th Generation), Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad mini, Apple iPad mini with Retina display, Apple iPhone, Apple iPhone 3G, Apple iPhone 3GS, Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5C, Apple iPhone 5S, iPod Touch 2G, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 4G, and iPod Touch 5G".

 

The lawsuit itself involves the flash technology and memory on the massive list of iDevices, which could land Apple in some hot water. For the full legal mumbo-jumbo, Patently Apple has you covered.

Valve releases Steam Music Player, original soundtracks also available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 27, 2014 5:02 am

Valve is moving more and more outside of your sole gaming PC, with the announcement of Steam Music Player for all Steam users. The company has also launched a new sale with six of its games in the Half-Life universe, and their original soundtracks.

 

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Steam Music Player was announced earlier this year, which allows gamers to use Steam to player music from their computer, playing their own tunes while gaming away. When it comes to the soundtracks for some of your Steam games, these albums will show up in the Steam Music library. Part of the Steam Music launch has Valve dropping 75% off of most of the titles in its Half-Life universe.

 

You can get 75% off the following Valve titles: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Portal 2. Better yet, the soundtracks for all of those titles, and the one for Free to Play, which is the Valve-created DoTA 2 documentary, are all available for free. This offer expires on October 1 at 10AM PT.

Ryse: Son of Rome hits PC next month, loses its microtransactions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2014 3:47 am

Ryse: Son of Rome was an Xbox One exclusive title from Crytek, the developer who made Crysis, are releasing the game on PC on October 10. Crytek have announced today that the PC version will ditch the microtransaction structure that it featured in the Xbox One version, which should please PC gamers.

 

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When Ryse launched on Xbox One, in-game microtransactions allowed gamers to boost their characters with in-game currency, something that could be achieved with playing the game more, or real-world money. Crytek has also said that the PC version of Ryse will feature all four DLC packs that were released as add-on content for the Xbox One version, which includes Survival mode, new multiplayer maps, and other bonuses.

 

Crytek are providing increased graphical options for Ryse on PC, as well as support for 4K. Ryse launches with Steamworks support on October 10, so we don't have long to wait, but are you interested in this gory hack-and-slash game from Crytek?

European airlines allow passengers to make in-flight phone calls

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Passengers flying the European skies could very soon be able to use smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices anytime while onboard a flight, according to new research guidelines. Individual airlines will be able to choose what type of devices can be used - based on aircraft type and other factors.

 

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"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight... like you would on a train," said Ilias Maragakis, European Aviation Safety Agency spokeswoman.

 

There has been concern that using certain electronics would interfere with transmission signals, but airlines must certify that wouldn't be a problem. The EASA allowed devices to be on as long as they were switched to "airplane mode," but additional research indicated the rules could be altered even more.

Apple releases iOS 8.0.2, but some Australian users complain of issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 5:48 pm

After apologizing to customers for releasing - and quickly pulling - the Apple iOS 8.0.1 update, the popular company has released iOS 8.0.2. The second firmware update for iOS 8 fixes problems users reported having when they upgraded their devices to 8.0.1, which was pulled very shortly after release earlier in the week.

 

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Despite the fix, some users in Australia are complaining of mobile connectivity and Touch ID problems - which are two problems the 8.0.2 update was supposed to fix for all users. Only time will tell if these issues are isolated to Australia, or if Apple has released another dud.

 

The iOS 8.0.2 update is available for iPhones dating back to iPhone 4s, along with tablets back to the iPad 2.

PSA: Only nine people have bent iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, says Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 8:05 am

We've been all over the #BendGate issue with the bending, or warping iPhone 6 Plus smartphone from Apple, which is bending from sitting in consumers' pockets. But don't worry, Apple has now finally replied, saying that only nine people have contacted them with problematic iPhone 6 Plus'.

 

 

The Cupertino-based iGiant has said that their iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful, and sturdy. Both of the next-gen iPhones feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure that is constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength.

 

Apple continues its PR campaign against #BendGate, adding that its phones feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations, as well as using the strongest glass in the smartphone industry - yet, it's not enough to stop bending iPhones. Apple adds that it chooses these high quality materials and construction methods very carefully for both their strengh, and durability. Apple also performs rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle, which includes 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion and user studies.

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Shamu poses for the camera, next-gen Nexus is a bigger Moto X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 6:27 am

We're getting closer and closer to the reveal of the Android L-powered Nexus X, or Nexus 6, from Google, with the latest tease of the smartphone below.

 

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As it stands, it's known as Shamu, the codename for Google's new Nexus. It looks like a bigger Moto X smartphone, and even bigger than LG's 5.5-inch G3 smartphone. We have an LED flash ring on the rear, surrounding the sure-to-be-powerful rear-facing camera. We should expect it to be unveiled as the Nexus 6, featuring a 5.92-inch 2560x1440, or QHD display.

QuakeCon 2015 dated, will take place between July 23-26, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 5:35 am

Can you believe that next year marks the 20th anniversary of QuakeCon? QuakeCon 2015 has been officially announced, and will take place between July 23-26, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas, Texas.

 

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QuakeCon tickets are free once again, and will be made available at a later date. Bethesda bills the show as "North America's largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party" but there will also be other games previewed by the company, other activities, panels, tournaments, and more. At QuakeCon earlier this year, Bethesda showed off an exclusive look at the new Doom.

Samsung Gear VR's content will be controlled by Oculus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 4:24 am

Samsung is soon to launch its Gear VR device, alongside the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, but what about the software and games that will float onto Samsung's first VR device? That will be controlled by Oculus.

 

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First, you'll need the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, followed by (of course) the Gear VR headset itself, and finally, in order to get it all working, the software will be coming from Oculus. Oculus' vice president for Mobile told Polygon: "On Gear VR, there will be an Oculus store and that's how you'll get Gear VR applications". This means that there is no way for developers to release games through the Google Play, or other Android stores for Gear VR. Cohen added: "No. You'll need to go through Oculus storefront for mobile VR".

 

While this might sound strange, it gives Oculus the control to keep the quality of the content at a much higher grade. Second, it provides Oculus, and Facebook, with profits from the sales, in the same way Valve takes a cut of profits from each game sold on Steam. Cohen added: "We'll have a lot more details about this later, but it's going to be something that's very developer friendly. Our goal is to be the platform, to provide the tools that developers need, and to bring the users in," he stated. "And that it will be as painless as we can make it".

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Xbox One is bombing in Japan, sales are worse than Xbox 360 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 3:18 am

Well, it looks like Microsoft isn't having the success it wanted to in Japan with the recent launch of its Xbox One console. In its first four days on sale, there were 25,674 consoles sold.

 

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Comparing this to the number of Xbox 360 consoles sold when it launched in 2005, which sold over 60,000 consoles in just two days. On its second week on sale, there were just 3,015 Xbox One consoles sold in Japan. Comparing this to the homegrown Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, the PS3 sold twice as many, while eight times as many PS4s were sold.

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