05 July 2012

Apple Sued Over Siri Infringement (video)

“China’s Siri” Sues Apple’s Siri Over Infringement! (video) » M.I.C. Gadget: "What a busy moment for the Apple’s legal team in China! Apple now has two infringement lawsuits to deal with, the Mac OS X “Snow Leopard” trademark that we reported just days ago and now comes to Apple’s voice assistant application Siri."

Apple Responds To App Crashing Issues, Has A Dedicated Team Working On A Fix
. . .  Apple has now informed developers that it’s aware of the problem and is working on a resolution. For background, a serious problem has been discovered in the iOS and Mac App Stores which has been causing apps to immediately crash after users update to the most recent version. This is now day three of the problem, and Apple had yet to respond to the situation until this afternoon....


Google Plans End Of iGoogle
By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek Google on Tuesday continued amputating products and services as part of its "spring cleaning" campaign, a move that has prompted a deluge of complaints in the iGoogle support forum. Having already shut down more than ...

DARPA Wants More Power-Efficient Robots
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius Defense Department officials are looking to develop a more energy-efficient robot, but they need your help. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) this week put out a call for proposals that would improve the power ...

Particle discovery is game changer for understanding the universe
By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld - Physicists trying to understand dark matter, anti-matter and the origin of the universe say the key to these great mysteries may lie with the discovery of a sub-atomic particle, whether it's the elusive Higgs boson or ...

PREVIEW-Microsoft stumbles into crucial financial year
* Next 12 months pivotal to software company's success * July 19 quarterly earnings will offer glimpses of attack plan * Windows 8, Surface tablets, new Office, phones in store * Investors divided on prospects * Stock struggling to stay over $30 By ...

With DNSChanger Shutdown on July 9, Concerns Remain
Security firms are preparing for the shutdown of a server that has provided DNS connectivity to PCs infected with the DNSChanger malware, including computers in about 12 percent of the Fortune 500. In March, a judge agreed to extend the US Department ...

A stunning close-up of Mars taken by visiting NASA rover
A long-lived NASA rover on Mars has beamed home a stunning panoramic view of the Red Planet, a spectacular picture that a space agency description billed as the "next best thing to being there." The new Martian panorama was snapped by NASA's Mars rover ...


Motorola Outs Atrix HD, Its First Phone Under Google
By Jared Newman, PCWorld Jul 5, 2012 1:33 PM Motorola has just leaked the Atrix HD, the company's first new Android phone as a Google subsidiary, seemingly by accident. A page on Motorola's website showed an image of the Atrix HD, along with specs.

Samsung announces Galaxy Chat for international markets
by Scott Webster Samsung Electronics today announced the Galaxy Chat, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone designed with socialites in mind. Initially available in Spain later this month, the handset will expand to Europe, Latin America, ...

Boffins pull off room-temp quantum computing with home-grown gems
By Brid-Aine Parnell •  One of the very many reasons there won't be quantum computing any time soon is that the quantum bits (qubits) need to be at absolute zero - not very practical for the average server room, much less the ...

Android Malware Creates Smartphone Botnet, Researchers Say
The malware, which usually downloaded via apps taken from third-party sites, sends out spam from users' Yahoo email accounts, according to security experts. Spammers have developed malware that is creating a botnet from Android mobile devices, ...

Samsung Galaxy Nexus pulled from Google Play over patent litigation
Ars Technica
by Andrew Cunningham - Jul 5, 2012 8:55 pm UTC The unlocked Galaxy Nexus has been listed as "coming soon" in the Google Play store since Tuesday. Customers hoping to buy an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from the Google Play store have ...

This just in: Mermaids are NOT real, US agency says
By Deborah Zabarenko | WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters) - This may not be much of a surprise, but mermaids aren't real. No less an authority than the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has debunked the existence of the legendary half-woman, ...

29-button Starcraft II arcade stick is the ultimate RTS controller
Are you a huge Starcraft II fan? Do you spend way too many hours playing real-time strategy games with your fingers curled over the keyboard? Then, this custom Starcraft II arcade stick with its 29 buttons and giant mouse ball is the RTS controller you ...

Galaxy to power record $5.9 billion profit, but Samsung sweats over euro
By Miyoung Kim | SEOUL (Reuters) - Soaraway sales of the Galaxy smartphone will drive record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion at Samsung Electronics, though the South Korean tech giant is fretting over how Europe's debt crisis is denting demand in its ...

Droid Incredible 4G LTE review: Great sound, good price
By Matt Hamblen Computerworld - The 4-in. HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, which hit Verizon Wireless shelves today, offers rich multimedia features and a fairly rare chance to grab an Android 4.0 smartphone for just $149.99, after a $50 rebate from ...


PC to Mac sales ratio plummets
This week its been calculated by the analysts at Asymco that in the world of recorded sales for PCs vs Apple's Mac computers, the ratio of the former's sales to the latter is at its lowest since 1997. What we're to understand from this situation is...

'Super-Slim' PlayStation 3 is (reportedly) on the way
If you thought that PlayStation 3 Slim of yours could still stand to lose a little weight, it's looking like Sony may just agree with you. It appears that Sony has filed documents with the US Federal Communications Commission referencing a...

Do You Use Bing? Yeah, Me Neither.
Back in 2007, Microsoft (MSFT) paid $6 billion for a company called aQuantive, which was supposed to make it big in the internet search advertising game alongside Google (GOOG). But now Microsoft is writing off that failed attempt with a $6.2 billion ...

Olympus Yells “Me Too!” With The MEG4.0 Wearable Display Prototype
Watch out, Google. Here comes Olympus with the MEG4.0 and don't dismiss this as a Google Glass knockoff. Olympus has been researching and developing wearable displays for more than 20 years. The MEG4.0 concept, and with that, its eventual production ...


Apple is planning smaller iPad by year's end, sources say
Washington Post
July 4 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end, two people with knowledge of the plans said, to help maintain dominance of the tablet market as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. prepare competing handheld devices.

Ramtron rejects Cypress takeover offer
CBS News
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ramtron International Corp. said Thursday that a bid by rival chip maker Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to buy the company for about $91.4 million is "inadequate" and not in the best interest of Ramtron or its shareholders.

Yelp Rises on Speculation Smaller IPad Can Add Users
Yelp Inc. (YELP) increased the most in almost a month on speculation that a smaller model of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad could help the business-review service add users. Yelp rose 10 percent to $27.30 at 11:08 am in New York, and earlier climbed as high ...


Vanishing space dust baffles astronomers
Astronomers monitoring a cloud of cosmic dust around a star say that the surprising rate at which the haze eventually disappeared suggests that the creation of planets may be a far quicker process than once imagined. The findings are published in ...

Hubble Space Telescope discovers rare dark matter filament
The Bunsen Burner
A team of scientists announced Thursday the discovery dark matter filament, the first such announcement concerning the mysterious form of matter. Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers say the filament forms a bridge between two huge clusters ...

Twitter Releases Transparency Report, Holds Itself And Governments Accountable
The Mary Sue
by Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez | 4:15 pm, July 5th, 2012 Taking a hint from Google's ongoing transparency efforts, Twitter has released it's first full transparency report detailing government requests received for user information, government requests...

Written by John Roberts / Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012 / Special Report
Fox News - Domestic Drone Concerns
This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," July 4, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated... TODD HUMPPHREYS, PROFEESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: The kind of mentality that we got after 9/11 where we reinforced the cockpit ...

Apple Sued for Patent Infringement in China Over Siri
PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius A Chinese company has filed suit against Apple for infringing on one of its patents via Cupertino's voice-based assistant Siri. As reported by Marbridge Daily, Zhizhen Network Technology sued Apple and Shanghai-based subsidiary ...

Windows 8 Upgrade FAQ: How To Go Metro
Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to get PC users onto its new OS; here's what you need to know. By Paul McDougall InformationWeek Microsoft this week released pricing and other details on programs that will allow PC users to upgrade their systems ...

Solar Flare's Red Glare: Sun Unleashes Early Fourth of July Fireworks
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor The sun erupted with a powerful solar flare Monday (July 2) in an early solar fireworks display just in time for the Fourth of July. A wave of plasma from the flare could reach Earth by the US Independence Day ...

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