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Qualcomm has demonstrated a new prototype Mirasol display for use in smartphones, marking a return to the reflective technology designed to allow for comfortable outdoor reading on color e-readers and other devices. The new prototype is 5.1 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440; at 576 pixels per inch, the display is sharper than the 443 ppi 5-inch 1080p panels that have found their way into multiple smartphones over the past six months. Engadget saw the prototype at SID Display Week in Vancouver, Canada, and reported that while the colors are somewhat less vibrant than those exhibited on other screen technologies, Qualcomm claims the display is six times more power efficient than LCD and OLED screens. The new… Continue reading…
Microsoft previously promised Surface Pro availability in the UK this month, but it’s revealing an exact date and pricing today. Brits will be able to purchase Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet on May 23rd, priced at £719 for the 64GB model and £799 for the 128GB version. The usual Surface accessories will also be available, including the Touch and Type Covers. Expansion to other European markets will take place on May 30th, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
Mr Unpronounceable Adventures, spectacularly weird graphic novel in a Lovecraftian/Burroughsian vein
Mr Unpronounceable Adventures is a book of comics by Australian surrealist artist Tim Molloy in a Lovecraftian vein. But that only scratches the surface here. Molloy is incredibly fucking weird, and not always in a funny-ha-ha way (though there’s plenty of that).
Google has been putting some weight behind its Chromebook line lately , and now it’s making them available to a lot more potential customers. The company is announcing that Chromebooks from Acer, HP, and Samsung will now be available in a number of new countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, France, and the Netherlands. Those in the United States will also find it a little easier to pick up a Chrome OS machine, as Best Buy will begin carrying Chromebooks in every location that sells computers. According to Google, that will double the number of US stores that carry the Chromebook line in the US
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Google announces international Chromebook rollout to Australia, Germany, and more
Samsung had hoped allegations of juror misconduct would win it a do-over in the Apple v. Samsung case, but tonight Judge Lucy Koh put those aspirations to rest by denying its request. Samsung had accused jury foreman Velvin Hogan of intentionally hiding information about a lawsuit he was involved in with Seagate. Samsung recently became a primary shareholder of the company, providing Hogan a reason to be biased. As such, the company had asked for an evidentiary hearing — in which all of the jury members would be brought back to the courtroom to be questioned about what impact Hogan had on deliberations — as well as a new trial
Local police in the city of Mildura, Australia, have been forced to warn motorists of the inaccuracies contained within Apple’s Maps app for iOS 6 . Maps lists Mildura in the middle of Murray-Sunset National Park, about 70km away from where it should be, and the police have had to rescue motorists that ended up in the wrong place — some stranded without food or water for 24 hours. Others were forced to walk “long distances through dangerous terrain” in order to get phone reception; since temperatures can reach up to 46° Celsius (115° Fahrenheit), the police have called it a “potentially life-threatening issue.” The shortcomings of Apple Maps are well-documented, and it’s certainly not the first time mapping solutions have caused… Continue reading…
Apple and Samsung took their intellectual property spat all the way to the Court of Appeal in the UK , where recently it was affirmed that the latter company’s range of Galaxy tablets did not infringe on the former’s design rights with respect to the iPad. As part of the original High Court ruling, Apple was required to post an acknowledgement to its website, in a font no smaller than Arial 11, stating that Samsung’s hardware does not in fact copy Apple’s tablet design. The Court of Appeal softened that requirement a little, stating that just a link to the acknowledgement on Apple’s homepage would be sufficient, which the American company has now dutifully produced on its UK landing page. The more amusing aspect of the ruling should… Continue reading…
While Google’s street view is an exceptionally useful tool, it also captures citizens throughout their day-to-day life and puts them up on the internet (sometimes engaged in behavior they don’t want shared with the world). Street artist Paolo Cirio took inspiration from the ghostly, sometimes blurred images of ordinary people captured by the Google Street View cars and has started printing posters of those people to plaster them up in the exact spot they were originally captured. He calls this project ” Street Ghosts ” and has put up images in New York City, Berlin, and London thus far, with more cities planned for the future. If you have a particular street ghost you’ve seen that you’d like to see printed in real life, Cirio’s site even…
Samsung may have lost its war with Apple in California, but it’s winning small battles elsewhere. Following the company’s recent victory in its home nation of South Korea, a Tokyo court has ruled in its favor in Japan. The Nikkei reports that Apple’s case dealt with a patent covering the syncing of media files between devices, and eight Galaxy-series devices sold by NTT Docomo and KDDI were alleged to have infringed. Apple was seeking ¥100 million (about $1.275 million) in damages and an injunction against sales, but the judge ultimately found in Samsung’s favor after the company argued it was using different technology. It’s a minor step in the two companies’ global dispute, but it underlines the fact that neither side is likely to lay..
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Apple loses Samsung patent case in Japan
A judge’s outburst . One attorney accusing another of listening into private conversations. A disinterested juror, bopping his head to a private groove, a Johnny Rotten snarl on his face Three weeks into Apple v. Samsung, the cracks are starting to show.
We’ve heard from quite a few experts talking about the design of Apple and Samsung products, but today in court an actual Samsung icon designer took the stand — and stated emphatically the company hadn’t copied any Apple designs. Testifying through a translator, Jeeyeun Wang explained that she was a senior designer in Samsung’s wireless design team, and had personally selected the green phone icon that Apple alleges was copied from the iPhone. Wang explained that Samsung designers work just as hard as any Apple designers, explaining that during the three-month period when she was working on the Galaxy S “i slept about two or three hours a night.” She explained that she had just given birth at the time, and that she had to spend so much… Continue reading…
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Samsung designer describes late nights when working on Galaxy S, ‘we did not’ copy iPhone
Apple finished up its case against Samsung today after calling a financial expert to the stand today who estimated that Cupertino may have lost 2 million iPhone and iPad sales due to the alleged infringement. CPA Terry Musika began by walking the jury through a breakdown showing how many accused devices Samsung sold in the US — and how much revenue they brought in (we first saw the report last week ). The report is the starting point for determining the damages Apple is requesting if it wins out in the jury’s eyes. $488.8 million in lost sales In putting together the total, Musika looked at three different buckets: the profits Samsung made with the accused products, reasonable royalty fees for the allegedly-infringed patents, and the…
As Apple v. Samsung progresses, it’s been known for some time that it didn’t have to come to this: Apple had made overtures in the past toward the electronics giant in the past in an effort to secure a licensing deal that would cover patents it believed were being infringed, noting that Samsung is a “strategic supplier.” In court documents released today, we now learn that Apple had a dollar figure in mind in an October 2010 meeting — it was proposing that Samsung pay a base rate of $30 per touchscreen phone (Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, and Bada alike) and $40 per tablet, decreasing to $30 over the course of two years. “Samsung should respond favorably,” Apple’s slide deck notes.
We first heard about a presentation Apple made to Samsung about copying its devices in today’s testimony , and now the entire document has been filed — and it levies some serious accusations not just at Samsung, but at Google and Android as well. First shown to Samsung executives in August of 2010, the 67-page document lists numerous patents that Apple claims are being infringed by Samsung smartphones, and they all share one common denominator: Google’s mobile operating system. “Apple has identified dozens of examples where Android is using or encouraging others to use Apple patented technology,” the document reads, with a following bullet point noting that “Apple has not authorized the use of any of these patents.” While no specific… Continue reading…
New Super Mario Bros. 2 players collected more than 10 billion coins within its first 10 days of Japanese release, according to Nintendo. Gathering coins is one of the main objectives in New Super Mario Bros. 2
If you’ve been waiting for something new from the compact camera market, Nikon might have a doozy coming soon — if the latest rumors are to be believed. Nikon Rumors is reporting that the company is planning to launch the Coolpix S800 on August 22nd. The most noteworthy feature of this point-and-shoot is that it’ll reportedly be based on Android (2.3, unfortunately), and have full access to the Google Play store thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection. It’ll also include GPS for location tagging, a 3.5-inch screen of an unknown resolution, and a 25-250mm zoom lens. There’s no word on what sort of image sensor will be on board, but Nikon’s point-and-shoot cameras currently top out at 16-megapixels, so we’d expect something in that range.
The second week of Apple v. Samsung has kicked off, and Apple’s first expert witness took the stand today to deliver what appeared to be damning comparisons between several Samsung devices and the design patents Apple is alleging were infringed. Industrial designer Peter Bressler walked the jury through three of Cupertino’s iOS device patents and explained the specific details covered in each. One of the iPhone patents covers the flat, front face of the device while the other protects its rounded corners and the bezel Apple that ditched with the iPhone 4 design. The third design patent protects the iPad’s rounded corners, flat face, and the thin black border beneath the glass on the front of the tablet
While the last few days have been filled with theatrics from the Apple v. Samsung legal teams , today we got back to the two sides explaining their cases before the nine-person jury. Phil Schiller was up first , and walked the courtroom through the impetus for the original iPhone in 2004 — “We realized at the time that some phones weren’t any good as entertainment devices,” he said — as well as the success the smartphone had upon launch. In fact, after a few years the iPhone became so successful that the company had a simple shorthand for estimating sales of the newest version: “Each new generation sold approximately equal to all previous generations combined.” Pivoting to advertising expenditures, Schiller then outlined the company’s… Continue reading…
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Schiller, Forstall, and ‘Fight Club’: day three of Apple v. Samsung
We’ve seen a number of early iPhone prototypes come out as evidence in the Apple / Samsung trial, but today we got our first glimpse at the very beginning of the iPhone process in 2005, when Apple was considering grafting a phone onto the existing iPod line. We now know that’s literally true — early discussions involved putting a ring of number keys around the iPod click wheel. “This may be our answer,” said Steve Jobs in an email to Jony Ive. As it happens, in 2005 Samsung and Bang & Olufsen had just released the SGH-E910 “fashion phone” with a similar arrangement, and iPod head Tony Fadell sent an Engadget blog post about the phone to Jobs and other Apple execs. “Weird way to hold the cellphone,” said Fadell, but using the round…
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Early iPhone design talks sparked by a Samsung ‘fashionphone’
Although Apple has long dismissed the viability of 7-inch tablets, the company has been talking about a smaller iPad internally for some time — and Steve Jobs himself was “very receptive” to the idea even though he had previously called 7-inch tablets “DOA” on an October 2010 earnings call. That’s the word from emails entered into evidence during Scott Forstall’s testimony in the ongoing Apple / Samsung trial; Apple VP Eddy Cue forwarded an article about the Samsung Galaxy Tab to his team in January 2011 with a note saying “I believe there will a 7-inch market and we should do one.” Cue added that he’d “expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time.” That all ties in well with the… Continue reading…
Steve Jobs was ‘very receptive’ to a 7-inch iPad
Apple called designer Christopher Stringer to the stand earlier this week in the company’s trial against Samsung, and today Cupertino’s going to be bringing more witnesses to the stand. We’re also expecting to hear a response to the week’s legal theatrics. We just sat down in the courtroom and will be updating live, so let’s get to it (timestamps in Pacific Time): 8:42AM: Judge Koh has already reprimanded Samsung.
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Phil Schiller takes the stand in the Apple v. Samsung trial
We’re two drama-filled days into the Apple vs. Samsung trial, and now Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Samsung won’t be able to use several fictional examples of tablet computing to argue against Apple’s iPad patents. In an order today, Koh rejected Samsung’s arguments that it should be able to introduce footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey and the UK television show Tomorrow People , both of which feature characters using tablet devices, as “prior art”: pre-existing creations the would call into question the originality and validity of Apple’s design patents. While the footage had been introduced into the case in 2011 as background, Samsung hadn’t disclosed at the time that it ever intended to use it to argue for patent invalidity
Movies have been added to iTunes in the Cloud in 37 new countries today, including the UK, Canada, and Australia. This roll out is the first time movies have been available on iTunes in the Cloud outside of the US. Several other countries in which the feature has been released include Brazil, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Taiwan, and Vietnam. For the complete list, visit Apple’s website . Significant markets like Japan, Germany, France, and Spain were not included in this update, and Apple has not announced if or when it plans to release movies for iTunes in the Cloud in other countries.
Rim’s VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders, has struck back at a Baird survey suggesting that developers are losing interest in BlackBerry 10. “I was pretty shocked by the findings,” Saunders wrote in a blog post . “I was shocked because the numbers in the report do not gel with what we’re seeing in the real world.” Instead, he says, the BlackBerry App World vendor base has grown 157 percent in the past year, and even the PlayBook app catalog has “grown by more than 15,000 apps since January 1st of this year.” Saunders also pointed to high attendance at the BlackBerry 10 Jams being hosted worldwide. We’re glad to hear of any bright spot for RIM, and the company has indeed just passed three billion downloads in its store…. Continue reading…
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RIM: developers still ‘amazed’ by BlackBerry 10, not leaving platform
AT&T has slashed the price of the Nokia Lumia 900 in half. From this weekend onward you’ll be able to pick up the flagship Windows Phone for an upfront price of $49.99 on top of the two year contract. AT&T.com is still displaying the old price of $99.99, but it should be updated any time now. The price will also immediately apply in AT&T stores.
Nokia Lumia 900 drops to $49.99 on AT&T