In case you missed it, Apple recently honed in on competitor HTC and sued them for infringing on 20 iPhone patents. You can view all the filings over here.
Needless to say, Apple are getting too big for their own boots and clearly there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Apple's motivation for its attack.
With the initial shock of Apple's actions subsided, HTC have now officially responded in a press release and fully defend themselves from the stunt Apple is trying to pull off here.
Benjamin Rubenstein from Neowin was able to get some time with Senior Game Platform Strategist for the Xbox team, Andre Vrignaud and speak about Windows Phone 7.
More interesting is that the folks from Neowin down in Las Vegas for the Microsoft MIX10 conference were able to go hands-on with one Windows Phone 7 device. Well, actually, Neowin didn't go hands-on, but the friendly chap from Microsoft gave them a nice look at the phone and what it can do in its present state.
If you want to view the video with the interview, you can view that over here.
Hmmm, not sure where Microsoft gets off thinking this is a good move, or for what reason, but the company is responding to anyone making the question clear that there will in fact be no form of copy and paste functionality within its new Windows Phone 7 Series operating system for smartphones.
Microsoft made a strange statement that they believe most users, including those heavily relying on Office applications on the go, don't really need copy/paste abilities to effectively use the software.
Err, this might be true to an extent, but it sure as hell makes things a lot easier in many instances that I can think of. So once again Microsoft, why cut out something that's been so widely adopted for so long, even in your own preceding Windows Mobile revisions?
It seems like Apple hit its target with its iPad shipping date, but not all is rosy for the company.
A quick visit to the Apple visit shows that some accessories, namely the iPad Keyboard Dock and the spare iPad power adapter, will not ship until sometime in May, about one month after the actual iPad device starts shipping.
According to Everything iPad who is running the story, the official Apple iPad Case has also slipped its estimate, from "by April 3rd" to mid-April. Both the iPad Dock and iPad to VGA convertor are still on track - at least for the moment - for an April 3rd launch.
Samsung has its fingers into just about every category of the consumer electronics world. The firm has PMPs, HDDs, TVs, computers, and lots more gear. Samsung has unveiled a couple new mobile phones today called the Sunburst and the Strive.
The Sunburst is a touchscreen device with an onscreen keyboard. The screen is 3-inches and the device measures 2.08" x 4.33" x 0.51" and weighs 3.08 ounces. The handset also has a full web browser and a 2MP camera/camcorder.
The Strive has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2MP camera/camcorder, and Bluetooth. Both devices support AT&T premium services like Mobile music and Address Book. Both handsets will land at AT&T March 21 for under $40 after rebates.
I am totally not a design person or an artist so the ability to draw on my PC screen has no allure for me. There are many out there who love their Wacom tablets and more than a few of them probably wish their tablet was a Cintiq display.
If you are one of these Cintiq liking geeks that can't drop the $1200 to get one, you can turn your Wacom tablet into one with a new kit and a few other parts. The kit includes some foam to cut spacers from and the enclosure.
The user has to provide the effort to build the display and the notebook LCD screen to use as the actual display. The enclosure kit along starts at over $221 with other parts still needed.
There were lots of people out there waiting for March 12 to get here so they could pre-order the iPad. With the day come and gone the only thing left for iPad hopefuls to do is count the days until April 3 and wonder how many iPads Apple sold.
According to initial estimates there were as many as 120,000 iPads sold Friday alone according to Investor Village. Other estimates claim as many as 50,000 sold in the first two hours of pre-order.
The sources claim that 69% of the pre-ordered devices were the WiFi only version with an even split between the different storage capacities. One big question remains, will Apple have enough units to ship them all by April 3.
With opening pre-orders for Apple's iPad commencing late last week, initial estimates indicate it's quite the attractive little piece of kit with over 120,000 iPads having been pre-ordered on the Friday of last week, roughly 50,000 of which were snapped up in the first two hours alone.
The stats also go into a bit more interesting detail in terms of what iPad configurations were being ordered. Not surprisingly, the majority were going for the WiFi version at 69%, with the remainder going for the 3G model, whilst an almost even number of purchases were made between the 16, 32 and 64GB models.
Let's hope Apple had this much faith in its success and there won't be folks out there being told to wait longer than April due to lack of initial supply.
Being green is all fine and good, but in most of Texas where we have fresh air and little pollution we worry more about battery life for our gadgets than being green. Novothink has unveiled a new case that will satisfy the needs of the green gadget brigade and the user just wanting their iPhone to last longer on each charge.
The case is called the Solar Surge. The back of the case has a solar panel to charge the internal battery inside the case. The iPod touch version has a 1500mAH battery and the iPhone version has a 1320mAh battery.
The battery can be charged via USB if the sun isn't fast enough for you. The iPhone version is $79.95 and the iPod touch version is $69.95.
Typically, our geeky news is in the form of written articles. The folks over at NetBook News have posted up a video walkthrough of some cool gear spotted at GDC this week.
The walkthrough video is of the Foxconn Tegra 2 tablets and NVIDIA's GDC display. The Tegra 2 offerings are a bit meager at the show.
NVIDIA has only recently unveiled the new next-generation ION platform making me wonder if Tegra 2 should be called next-generation Tegra.
Well if you are among the many out there that have been waiting for the iPad to finally land for pre-order, get that credit card out. The Apple Store has been down for a few hours now; meaning new products were being added.
The store is back up right now and pre-orders for the iPad are being taken. If you are planning to buy any version of the iPad, they can all be pre-ordered today.
The WiFi models are listed as shipping on April 3 with all the 3G versions showing a late April ship date. We aren't sure if the iPad will be limited at launch, so if you want to be sure to get one head over to the Apple Store now. You can also pre-order official accessories along with the iPad.
Well the time has come for the masses to hit up the iPad. The messiah Mr Jobs has declared that this new product from Apple is filled with Magic and will cure the ill. Ok so that is a little much but we all know that when Apple drops a new product on the market it will at the very least do well. Well starting today you can begin to pre-order your iPad. This is the non-3G flavor for now though,
These "tablets" are running the same closed OS that comes on the iPhone but sport a little better hardware. It will be interesting to see if the faithful will flock to this one and also to see if the low-end on this scale will hold up. After all, it was Steve Jobs that said he could not built a $500 computer that was not a piece of junk..
Head over and drop your cash today
I think eReaders are cool devices and I particularly like the Kindle and Nook. I also think that many people considering an eReader will buy the iPad with pre-orders for it starting this week.
Samsung has an eReader called the E6 that was shown off at CES and has been in Europe already. The electronics giant has announced that it will be bringing the E6 to the US soon. Samsung is mum on the exact date the E6 will land and doesn't offer pricing for the device either.
The E6 has a 6-inch e-ink display with a 600 x 800 resolution and 8 shades of gray. It also features support for common electronic document formats and text-to-speech technology and has WiFi along with Bluetooth built-in. Internal storage is 2GB and the E6 has a microSD card slot as well.
Quirky makes all sorts of products that it lets the visitors of its site help develop. The company often has some strange products, but at times, they are pretty cool as well. The latest product to come from the Quirky crowd is a new iPad case called the Cloak.
The Cloak is designed to support the iPad no matter what direction you want to watch it in. When in portrait mode you can flip an integrated stand down from the back to prop the iPad up. If you want to watch in landscape mode the flip back lid acts as a prop.
Quirky is taking pre-orders for the Cloak right now at $36 per case. There are 620 of the devices available and 34 of those have already been sold. Pre-orders for the iPad start this week, so it's time to order your case too.
Wacom has a range of products that are mostly centered on getting pen-based input into a computer. Most of the products are aimed at graphics pros that need to be able to draw directly on the screen for digital artwork and other uses.
Wacom has announced a newly updated Cintiq 21UX that is set to ship in April. The display is the most advanced pen technology that Wacom offers. The new pen used on the display supports 2048 different pressure levels. This allows the user control over line style and other features.
The screen is 21.3-inches and has a resolution of 1600 x 1200. The display has a pair of rear mounted Touch Strips along with Touch Strip toggle buttons that let you have instant control with four buttons for each app used. The buttons can be mapped to functions like zoom and brush size. The Cintiq 21UX will sell for $1999.
One of the worst things that can happen to a gadget and computer fan is to hear about a slick new device only to find out that you can't get it in your country. Thankfully importers like Dynamism are around to help us get the devices anyway, assuming you are willing to pay.
The latest offering to hit Dynamism is the viliv S10 Blade tablet PC. The machine has a 10.1-inch resistive touchscreen that can swivel. Processor options include the Atom Z530 and Z550 and the system runs 1GB of RAM.
Storage options include a 60GB HDD, 32GB SSD, or 64GB SSD. The device has WiFi, Bluetooth, and an optional HSPA 3G modem. The battery is a 43Wh unit with up to ten hours of runtime per charge. You can pick your own up starting at $699.
Lenovo has pulled the wraps off several new computers today including a nice new X201 series that has three models. Two of the machines are almost the same with one being a convertible tablet notebook. All share the same 12.1-inch form factor and external DVD drives as options.
The X201 and X201s are virtually the same machine save weight, CPU options, and price. The X201 can be had with a Core i7-620M, i5-540M, or i5-520M. The X201s gets i7-640LM or i7-620 CPUs. Both machines have the same 12.1-inch WXGA LED screens and up to 8GB of RAM. Storage is up to 500GB 7200 rpm HDDs or 128GB SSDs. Graphics are via Intel HD and Bluetooth and WiFi are built-in. The X201 starts at $1,199 and the X201s starts at $1,599.
The X201 Tablet can be had with either the Core i7-640LM or 620LM processors. Three screens are available including the standard WXGA unit, an extra bright outdoor screen, or a multitouch screen. Graphics are via Intel HD and the machine has WiFi and a 2MP webcam. Pricing starts at $1,549.
Amongst the mass of criticism surrounding Apple's new iPad are those that can't wait to get their hands on one. If you'd like to be on the list, word's out that the iPad will be available for pre-order as of this week (February 25) in the U.S. and Apple will commence shipping it towards the end of March, whilst a 3G equipped version will start shipping late April.
The iPad will kick off at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB and $699 for the 64GB one. These will be backed by two mobile internet plans; one costing $14.99 a month with a 250MB cap and the other costing double at $29.99 a month with unlimited data.
Let's face it; there are few things worse for the modern man than losing your remote control. Anyone with kids understands the frantic search that ensues after someone takes the remote off to be used as a cooking utensil in their toy kitchen, right? If you are one of the lucky Verizon FiOS subscribers with the right smartphone, you can have a backup remote right on your device.
Verizon has announced new software that will run on the Motorola DROID and the HTC Imagio offering full remote control functionality. The software gives control of all functions of the DVR right from the mobile phone.
Features include My Remote, My Photos, My Favorites, and Tele-TV Mute. The photos feature lets you upload photos from your phone to the TV. The favorites feature lets you import lists of your favorite channels. The TV Mute feature will mute the TV automatically when a call comes in on your mobile.
I think most of us knew when the iPad finally debuted that there would be a wealth of new tablets coming to market shortly to compete against it. Most manufactures try to come in under the price of the Apple offerings because consumers are often more likely to go with Apple over similarly price competitive products.
A company called iiView has unveiled its tablet offering called the Vpad. The tablet is from a brand that is not well known so you might expect the machine to be undercutting the iPad price significantly. The machine is more like a netbook than the iPad with an Intel Atom processor and VGA out along with USB ports.
The screen of the machine is 10.2-inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution. Model 1 of the machine has a 160GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and WiFi for $499. Model 2 gets a 320GB HDD, 2GB of RAM, and WiFi for $599. Model 3 gets a 160GB HDD, 1GB of RAM, and 3G for $599. Model 4 gets 320GB HDD, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, and 3G for $699. All models run Windows.
PUMA has been around in the athletic shoe and clothing arena for a long time now. Back in the day, those were some of the shoes to have. PUMA has now announced officially its cool PUMA Phone that has debuted at MWC.
The handset is a multimedia smartphone that is built by Sagem Wireless. The device offers access to the web and multimedia content on PUMA's website. One of the coolest features is that het phone has a solar charger built into the back.
Other features include video call capability, a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 3.2MP camera with LED flash, Bluetooth photo sharing, and GPS. The handset operates on HSPA and W-CDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks. Talk time is up to five hours per charge and the device will ship in Europe this April.