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More iPhone legal woes are popping up. This time it is the browser that is being subjected to litigation.
EMG Technologies is seeking damages as well as future royalties from the fruity company. All this over the way Safari Browses around the internet.
As the title of the EMG Technologies' patent suggests "Apparatus and Method of Manipulating a Region on a Wireless Device Screen for Viewing, Zooming and Scrolling Internet Content" it seems they have a lot of ground covered.
Read more over at TG Daily here.
Since Apple uses technology outlined in EMG's patent and since Apple does not have a license to the technology, EMG claims that it has "has suffered damage in an amount to be proved at trial." EMG also said that "Apple threatens to continue to engage in the acts complained of herein and, unless restrained and enjoined, will continue to do so, all to Plaintiff's irreparable injury."
In the suit, EMG asks the court to confirm that its patent is valid and enforceable and that Apple has infringed on the patent; to prevent Apple from infringing on its patent; to order Apple to report how it will comply with the injunction within 30 days and to award damage, "including a reasonable
royalty and/or lost profits" as well as "pre-judgment and post-judgment interest."
Straight off of the rumor mill comes the rumblings of mergers out of Old Taipei.
According to Digitimes, due to the economic troubles of the past few months many manufactures are having overstock problems. This has caused many to restructure and introduce inventory control measures at the Tier One level. In some Tier Two cases the thoughts of mergers have arisen as a method for survival
The gloomy news can be found here
First-tier makers Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) have already cut capacity and started inventory control measures.
Some second-tier makers are reportedly considering merging with other makers if performance in the next 3-6 months does not pick up. Some have also stopped production and are currently selling off inventory from the second and third quarters with no concrete schedule for restocking.
It's become apparent that Western Digital are looking to broaden their wings further and are currently in discussion with Fujitsu over the possible acquisition of their hard drive business, which would in turn give them a substantial boost in the mobile HDD market.
According to Japanese news-paper Nikkei, which is quoted by IDG News Service, Western Digital plans to acquire Fujitsu's HDD business unit along with plants in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand for ¥70 billion to ¥100 billion (US$661 million to US$944 million). At present the companies are still in talks, but if everything goes well, the agreement is expected to be reached by the end of 2008.
Western Digital commanded 22.5% of the HDD market in 2007, according to IDC, whereas market share of Fujitsu was 7.1%. Even though the combined company (with 29.6% of the market) would not be able to beat Seagate Technologies, which supplied about 35% last year, but Fujitsu has a lot of experience in making hard drives for mobile computers, which would automatically make WD much stronger overall.
You can read the full story at XBit Labs. Of course, both Western Digital and Fujitsu are yet to confirm its authenticity or likeliness of a deal being made.
Hot off the press, Digitimes is reporting that ABIT may begin phasing out its motherboard business after evaluating the success of its forthcoming Intel 4 series lineup of motherboard products. ABIT shipped three million motherboards in 2007 and while that may sound like a large number, it's a mere fraction of what the likes of ASUS and GIGABYTE ship. It had a goal of shipping six million motherboards this year but has since reduced its forecast.
While the report does mention that ABIT is maintaining it does not know anything about the speculation and will continue to develop motherboard products, it wouldn't be a surprise. ABIT's current batch of new motherboards haven't been that exciting and we even saw a motherboard released recently which didn't even include solid capacitors. ABIT used to be the one setting the trends in motherboard technology but now it is clear they are falling behind the eight ball.
We can partly confirm these claims as we have heard first hand that ABIT is already laying off staff and one long time and loyal staff member was not even phoned but sent a letter with the bad news.
Is this the beginning of the end for ABIT? We'll dig for more news during Computex next week.
Ryan Shrout over at PC Perspective is reporting live from an Nvidia press event in its San Jose HQ that Nvidia has acquired RayScale Software, a startup based out of the University of Utah that has built a hybrid renderer.
Ryan says that "... We are obviously very early into the news cycle and will be trying to get more information on what NVIDIA plans to do with this new acquisition. I can tell you that you won't see these techniques in games for some time - both the software and hardware need time to mature and be optimized; but it is coming.
The RayScale group purchase is brand new, and in fact the press release for this announcement won't hit until later today or tomorrow at the best."
This is a rather interesting turn of events especially with Nvidia and Intel currently at war over current and future CPU and GPU technologies.
Acer announced that it will acquire E-TEN Information Systems, a well known and respected manufacturer of smartphone mobile and handheld devices.
The acquisition has been accepted by all parties involved, and the undisputed takeover (to date) will go on, subject to the usual takeover procedures such as approval from shareholders and of course if the government regulators approve.
Acer over the last year has had a strong showing, with its acquisition of Gateway, and Packard Bell strengthening capabilities across their entire range of products, but in particular the mobile technologies. The acquisition of E-TEN will be another feather in the cap for the synergies of the hotly contested mobile devices arena.
Look for great things from the Acer group. The acquisition is expected to close during Q3 2008.
Read more here.
Palit's continuing trend to flourish the graphics card market with quality products at lower prices has allowed them to grow rapidly over the past few years in particular; as such they have swallowed up a multitude of smaller companies along the way, including none other than Gainward.
Now it looks like they're shifting their attention toward Galaxy which was established in Hong Kong in 1994, then went on to become add-in board partner for NVIDIA in 1999.
The first steps of an acquisition have apparently been made by Palit, this to help offload excess stock to the new subsidiary due to an over-ordering issue under the Palit branding.
Digitimes have the scoop.
Not long after the acquisition of PC power supply manufacturer "PC Power & Cooling", OCZ have now swallowed up another company to further extend their portfolio and make their presence felt in another area of the industry.
In the form of an official announcement they have just acquired a high-performance computer system builder "Hypersonic-PC"; this means it shouldn't be too long before we start seeing whole desktop systems and notebooks exclusively using OCZ components such as their RAM and power supplies.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-October 25, 2007-OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ their rich expertise in high-end system building and take the organization and mobile gaming to the next level. Hypersonic has been paving the way in maximum performance computing since 1996 and established themselves as a leader attributable to their diligent focus on technology, quality, craftsmanship, and world-class support. Under the OCZ Technology Group, the Hypersonic vision can be taken to new heights and grow in key areas of innovation, product development, and market reach.
Dell has launched a new range of PCs and notebooks for the Small Business market and the Vostro range looks to be quite a decent option for those looking for simple, but serious business machines. The desktop systems starts at US$319 for the mini tower version and the slim tower starts at $349.
Both of the desktop systems are based on the Intel G33 chipset. The basic model comes with a Celeron 420 and 512MB of RAM for either model, as well as an 80GB hard drive and a 16x DVD-ROM. You can of course as always configure your own system and Dell offers a wide range of options up to an E6700 processor and various graphics options.
The Vostro notebook range is available in four different models, the 1000, the 1400, the 1500 and the 1700. The 1000 is as the name suggests the most basic model and it comes with an AMD Sempron processor and the ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 chipset as well as 512MB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive. Options with AMD Turion 64 X2 processors are also available. The 15.4-inch screen has a native resolution of 1,280x800 and this model starts at $449.
The remaining three models features an Intel processor and the 1400 and 1500 comes with a Celeron 540M as standard, while the 1700 comes with a Core 2 Duo T5470 (yeah, we don't know exactly what one of those are either, but it's clocked at 1.6GHz, has 2MB of cache and an 800MHz FSB). The 1400 and 1500 starts with 512MB of memory and an 80GB drive, while the 1700 comes with 1GB and 120GB.
The 1400 and 1500 starts at 1,280x800 resolution, but higher resolution options are available. The 1700 starts at 1,440x900, but again, higher resolution options are available. The 1400 starts at $549, the 1500 also starts at $549and the 1700 at $799. All three models are available with optional discrete graphics as well.
You can find out more here
An announcement from Foxconn today talks about all of their goodies currently being showcased at CeBIT. With the main focus on their now well established presence in the graphics card market, found at their booth are a range of overclocked VGA cards, new motherboards, PC cases, coolers and more.
Grab the press release here for more details folks.
Hannover, Germany, March 15th 2007 - Foxconn today announced more details about the new products appearing on its booth at CeBIT, which include overclocked VGA cards, and a number of new motherboards, chassis and coolers.
Through a theme of "creating", Foxconn will celebrate the role of end users and customers in both the component and PC development process. With a display area for customer solutions, visitors will be able to explore Foxconn's relationship with real clients, and on-booth programs will allow end users to participate in PC related activities.