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Google smacked with patent infringement suit over Google Earth

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 1:46 pm

A company called ART+COM Innovationpool GmbH (ACI) has announced this week that it has filed a patent infringement suit against Google. The suit has to do with Google allegedly infringing on a patent that ACI holds. The patent in question is # RE44,550. The title of that patent is "Method and Device for Pictorial Representation of Space-related Data."

 

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ACI takes issue with how much Google Earth looks like its Terravision service. Terravision is the commercial implementation of the patent at the heart of the case. ACI says that Terravision was developed a decade before Google Earth.

 

Looking at the image here, it is clear that the Terravision service and Google Earth are very similar in how they look. ACI also says that it has issue with some of the executives at Google, particularly Michael Jones, CTO of Google Earth, and Brian McClendon, VP of engineering for Google Maps.

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Samsung teases its Galaxy S5 will be wet, fit and alive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:36 pm

We're counting down the hours for Mobile World Congress 2014 here at TweakTown, but so is Samsung, which just teased something quite strange about its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5.

 

 

In a new video, the South Korean giant teases some strange words, such as "fit," "wet," "outdoor," and "alive". We know that the new flagship smartphone from Samsung will be more fitness-centric, just like the Galaxy S4 was, but it looks like we should expect it to be waterproof, too. Samsung also flashes the words "focus" and "selfie", which could see some nifty camera features on the Galaxy S5 when it arrives.

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Catch fire when The Hunger Games sequel comes to Blu-ray next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 10:32 am

Roadshow Home Entertainment in Australia has set a March 19th release for the second film in the Jennifer Lawrence lead book adaptation of the The Hunger Games franchise; Catching Fire which will hit retail stores in three different versions.

 

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Standard retailers will carry a one disc Blu-ray edition which features a Director's audio commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes, and a DVD version with an audio commentary and deleted scenes only. Both versions will also come equipped with an UltraViolet digital copy code.

 

However, die-hard fans will likely be keener for the two disc Blu-ray edition being released exclusively to JB Hi-Fi which which will feature an additional disc of bonus features, including a full length, in-depth behind the scenes documentary over two hours in length, in addition to the extra features found on the standard release.

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Netflix streaming quality suffers, damn you, House of Cards!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 10:17 am

Netflix streaming quality has gone downhill with multiple huge ISPs over the recent months, but why is this happening? It's because behind closed doors, there is a fight over who will pick up the bill for the traffic Netflix customers are causing ISPs.

 

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting from sources that "within the past four to six months, Netflix traffic through Cogent's connections to one major broadband provider has at least quadrupled" thanks to Netflix rolling out its new Super HD streaming service. This new high-def service has seen ISPs demand more money from the streaming outfit, money that will be used to help ISPs speed up their networks to meet the increased demand.

 

Netflix on the other hand, "wants broadband companies to hook up to its new video-distribution network without paying them fees for carrying its traffic". The situation will only get worse if things aren't fixed up, with House of Cards' second season launching last week, and Orange is the New Black's second season to reach us in just a few months time.

China Mobile adds 14 million subscribers in January, thanks to iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 9:26 am

China Mobile added a huge number of new high-speed data subscribers in January, with over 14 million new customers joining the world's largest wireless carrier. This is mostly thanks to the iPhone, which China Mobile started selling on January 17.

 

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The 14 million new high-speed data subscribers represents a 7.4% growth for the first month of 2014, with the competition - China Unicorn, seeing an additional 3.2% customers for the month. China Mobile was unable to offer the iPhone until late-2013, but it was locked to 3G on the network's TD-SCDMA technology. Now that it has unleashed its TD-LTE 4G network, things are looking up for the world's largest wireless carrier.

Google working on an app that would make using public Wi-Fi a breeze

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 8:23 am

Don't you just hate it when you are out somewhere and you want to connect to a public Wi-Fi network, but you need the login details and all that? It can get annoying when you need your e-mail or Facebook fix.

 

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Well, it looks like the folks over at Google might have a fix for that, in the form of a new app that would "automatically authenticate and connect to its free hotspots inside Starbucks stores or wherever they are available". Google has started this already, moving itself into Starbucks franchises across the United States, replacing AT&T as the official Wi-Fi partner.

 

Still, logging into a Google hotspot still requires authentication. This new app that Google is working on, would retain your Google account information, logging you in automatically as soon as your phone is near the hotspot. We might not see the app released, ever, but it would be nice of Google to maybe bake this into the next release of Android.

Might be time for Microsoft to offer official Xbox One price cuts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 7:36 am

The Microsoft Xbox One next-generation game console is getting hammered by the Sony PlayStation 4, and it's possible an official price cut could be coming soon. Both e-tailers and brick and mortar stores already are offering discounted prices or strong incentives to try and woo consumers to purchase the struggling Microsoft console.

 

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If customers purchase the Xbox One from WalMart, the large box retailer will throw in one free game with the transaction. Meanwhile, Target is now offering up a gift card worth the same amount as one free game title for customers looking to make other purchases.

 

It's a shame to see the Xbox One struggle so early, and it's going to take games such as Titanfall and other high-profile titles to help boost sales. Microsoft officials recently said it doesn't plan to launch cheaper models, or officially cut prices at the moment, though that obviously could change quickly.

HTC's new flagship smartphone approved by the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 7:25 am

It looks like we should expect HTC to announce its new flagship smartphone quite soon, codenamed M8, as it has passed through, and been approved by the FCC.

 

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We can see soft, curved corners on the unannounced HTC flagship device, which are welcomed of course. This particular handset looks to feature AT&T-capable LTE, as well as bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17, but we should expect regional variants to make sure many markets and consumers are covered. We have the usual Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, too.

Where can you find the world's fastest 4G? Down Under, mate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 6:30 am

According to OpenSignal's State of LTE report for Q1 2014, Australia leads the pack in terms of the fastest LTE/4G speeds in the world. Australia's leading ISP, Telstra, is helping to drive that back home for the country.

 

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The OpenSignal report looks at countries all across the globe, analyzing their 4G networks to see who has the best coverage, speeds and carriers. 17 countries in total were compared, with Italy coming in second place, and in second-to-last, the United States. The average download speed experienced in Australia was 24.5Mbps, while the US trailed behind with just 6.5Mbps.

 

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If we compare the speeds with the last report taken, the US was sitting at 9.6Mbps, and is now reaching an average download speed of 6.5Mbps. Australia on the other hand, has increased from 17.3Mbps to 24.5Mbps.

New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 5:11 am

Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.

 

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The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of material).

 

"We know that the need for 3D prints has increased enormously in the creative industries among architects, artists and inventors, among others," said Lukas Oehmigen, BigRep founder, in a press statement. "We have developed printing technology that lowers costs by about 90%, opening the door to a new dimension. Clients may now affordably produce life-size, three dimensional objects."

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