09 October 2012

Apple Phone Patent War

Apple Phone Patent War Like Sewing Machine Minus Violence
Businessweek
In other respects, Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s patent war inspired by its late co-founder against iPhone competitors using Google's Android system evokes an 1850s free-for-all among sewing machine makers, when Isaac Singer threatened violence after Elias Howe ...

The Patent, Used as a Sword
New York Times
For three decades, Mr. Phillips had focused on writing software to allow computers to understand human speech. In 2006, he had co-founded a voice recognition company, and eventually executives at Apple, Google and elsewhere proposed partnerships.

The day Apple's Steve Jobs got serious about patents - Fortune Tech
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Just months earlier, Apple reluctantly agreed to pay $100 million to Creative Technology... Privately, Mr. Jobs gathered his senior managers. While Apple had long been adept at filing patents, when it came to the new iPhone, "we're going to ...
Fortune Tech: Technology blogs,...

US panel: China tech giants pose security threat
USA TODAY
2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) — American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be issued ...

Mitt Romney gains late traction among tech-industry donors
Deseret News
President Barack Obama may be the one campaigning Monday in Silicon Valley, California — the unofficial capital of America's technology industry — but Mitt Romney is the presidential candidate with surging popularity among tech-sector donors ...

Deseret News

Imtech chosen as strategic technology partner by Severn Trent Water until 2020
Reuters
Capula specializes in delivering advanced control systems as well as real time business intelligence, IT performance systems and high-tech telemetry solutions. These competences make it possible for customers like Severn Trent Water to implement ...

Michigan Tech drops NMU
Escanaba Daily Press
MARQUETTE - The Michigan Tech University football team found itself in an inescapable hole last week at home against Grand Valley State in part due to a lackluster first half. That was not the case Saturday against rival Northern Michigan University.

Star Wars invades Angry Birds
USA TODAY
Mike Snider. Technology writer Mike Snider, who joined USA TODAY in 1990, covers the ongoing digital revolution in home entertainment. His favorite devices? His HDTV and high-def DVRs.    . Send Mike Snider a Message ...

So What If Tech Start-Ups Are Small? Their Job-Creation Impact Is Big
The Atlantic
Last week's jobs report seems to throw cold water on the contention that techentrepreneurs can solve America's employment woes. The Atlantic Wire used the report's data, which showed the most significant growth being in healthcare and education ...

The Atlantic

Mobile Technology Helping Small Businesses Boost Efficiency
eWeek
The report, conducted by Harris Interactive and Bank of the West, found nine out of 10 (88 percent) of small business owners surveyed use mobile technology, including the applications and programs that run on mobile phones, smartphones and tablets.

eWeek

LOGIC Technology Introduces Power Series Line
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
LIVINGSTON, N.J., Oct. 8, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- LOGIC Technology today announced the introduction of its collection of rechargeable electronic cigarettes, the LOGIC Power Series. Offering the superior product quality LOGIC users have come to expect ...

Tech Test Drive: Best alternatives to the iPhone 5
San Jose Mercury News
Tech Test Drive: Best alternatives to the iPhone 5. By CNet.com. mercurynews.com. Posted: 10/08/2012 12:00:00 AM PDT. Click photo to enlarge. Samsung Galaxy S3. « 1; 2; 3; ». Samsung Galaxy S III (multiple carriers). CNET rating: 4.0 out of 5; Price: ...

House Intelligence Committee Says China Tech Giants Pose ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
WASHINGTON — American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leadingtechnology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be ...
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Tech Companies Try, And Fail, To Inspire With Recent Commercials ...
By Alexia Tsotsis
These days you can't fully understand consumer Internet technology unless you watch TV. Between entreaties to Like brands on Facebook or use hashtags interspersed ... Tech Companies Try, And Fail, To Inspire With Recent Commercials ...
TechCrunch

Is The World Ready For Consumer Mobile Technology In Emergency
By Christina Ortiz
If you spot your local boys in blue chatting on a smart phone don't worry - they're probably not just chatting with their spouses. It turns out that giving emergency services access to consumer-style mobile devices like tablets and smart phones is ...
ReadWriteWeb

Tech Execs Spend Their World-Changing Billions in the Land of ...
By Jessica Roy
As residents of Silicon Alley (a clever knockoff of California's original Silicon Valley), we don't have much room to mock other cities around the country for attempting to claim a piece of the tech pie all for themselves. But we couldn't help but ...
Betabeat

China Tech Giant Under Fire - Yahoo! Finance
13, 2012, file photo, executives of two major Chinese technology companies, Charles Ding, Huawei.... US panel: China tech giants pose security thr … Chinese ...
finance.yahoo.com/.../china-tech-giant-under-fire-030500986....

Designing Tech To Stay Ahead Of Cultural Shifts [PSFK ...
Designing Tech To Stay Ahead Of Cultural Shifts [PSFK CONFERENCE SF] ... All of that, including a lot of technology arrangements or figuring out a lot of pieces ...
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The four home varsity football games for Tech High School will be moved to St. Cloud ... Techcurrently uses Husky Stadium and other St. Cloud State University ...
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BBC News - World of Warcraft hobby sparks US political row
24 SEPTEMBER 2012, TECHNOLOGY. Viewpoint: ... cut off in Iran. 28 AUGUST 2012,TECHNOLOGY ... This week's best science and tech reads Read more.
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Apple expecting 'iPad mini' to sell big, report says
Washington Post
The competition could get rougher headed into the holiday season, with Microsoft and its manufacturers releasing their lineup of new tablets running Windows 8 and Windows RT. Amazon, of course, has also refreshed its tablet line with a full-sized ...

Microsoft cites BBC, Wikipedia in error-filled DMCA takedown
CNET
In addition to seemingly legitimate links featuring Windows 8 downloads, Microsoft lists a BBC URL linking to the 45th day of the Olympic torch relay. The company also asked Google to remove a Wikipedia entry on the 45th Fighter Squadron and a Real ...

Google Privacy Audit Leaves Lingering Questions
InformationWeek
Has the Federal Trade Commission been sufficiently forthcoming about how Google has changed its privacy program following a 2010 settlement with the agency? Privacy rights group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently released the ...
Apple's fix for iPhone 5 camera's purple flare? Tweak the angle
Los Angeles Times
Apple has addressed the purple flares and streaks that show up on some iPhone 5 pictures, but its solution for the problem is quite disappointing. On a support page on the Apple website, the Cupertino tech company said this is an issue that affects ...


Seven Google Nexus 7 tips
CNET
One of the major differences between Apple's iOS and Android used to be the latter's support for Flash. Unfortunately, it's no longer the case--Adobe is stopping development of Flash on Android mobile browsers and there's no official Flash support on ...

CNET

Has Apple's iOS 'Jumped the Shark' with the Map Flap?
ZDNet (blog)
The Google Maps software that provided integrated geolocation services and has so prominently been featured in Apple commercials since 2007 for showing "There's an App for that" in multitudes of 3rd-party apps that make extensive use of the ...

ZDNet (blog)

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows software development kit adds Windows 8 ...
ZDNet
Microsoft's Kinect for Windows software development kit adds Windows 8 Desktop app support · Hands-on with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (review) · Has Apple's iOS 'Jumped the Shark' with the Map Flap? Around ZDNet. Topics · Broadband Speed Test ...

HTC Posts Record Profit Drop as Samsung, Apple Grab Sales
Businessweek
(2498), Asia's second-largest smartphone maker, posted a record 79 percent drop in quarterly profit as competition from Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. (AAPL) drove down sales of the Taiwanese company's devices. Third-quarter net income ...

Google launches major YouTube expansion in Europe
The Detroit News
The Google Inc.-owned video site said Monday the new channels, with content from Britain, Germany, France and the United States, will be in addition to the 100 channels launched in the U.S. last year. Like the pre-existing American offerings, the ...

iPad Mini: Apple Orders More Than 10 Million Units For Q4, Says ...
By Natasha Lomas
If Apple is planning to launch a smaller iPad, it will be a direct competitor to Amazon's small form-factor Kindle tablets and also Google's Nexus 7. Apple hasn't confirmed any of the myriad reports, rumours and speculation it's planning to make ...
TechCrunch

Microsoft claims ownership of the number 45, asks Google to censor ...
By Cory Doctorow
Supergod: Warren Ellis's horrific arms-race endtimes. Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny's Supergod is a magnificently grim and horrifying superhero comic, in which a British government scientist narrates the sequence of events that killed the ...
Boing Boing

Apple Orders 10 Million iPad Minis [REPORT]
By Todd Wasserman
... Wasserman 1. Like Tweet +1 Share Pin It Share. Apple has ordered more than 10 million units of a smaller version of the iPad for the fourth quarter — about double the amount Amazon has ordered for the Kindle Fire — according to a report.
Mashable » Mobile

Saroo's Google-Earth Quest: How an Orphaned Boy Found His Way ...
Saroo Brierley, raised in Australia but adopted from India at age five, used Google Earth to track down his family—25 years after he went missing.
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Apple Reportedly Ordered 10 Million 'iPad Minis' from Suppliers
By Josh Ong
Google itself released the Nexus 7 earlier this year and has seen “incredible” demand for the device, and Amazon has announced its own fall lineup of tablets, including an updated 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet and a larger 8.9-inch version. Image credit: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images. Join TNW Apple on: Follow @TNWapple ... Microsoft Accidentally Asks Google to Censor News Sites, US Government · A screen displays the logo of the open-s · Mozilla Adds Chrome-Like Downloader ...
The Next Web

Volcano spews ash, lava in northeast Indonesia
CNN
Read a version of this story in Arabic (CNN) -- Fresh lava and ash spewed Sunday from a volcano in northeast Indonesia, casting haze over the crater and prompting authorities to warn nearby residents, state news reported. Loud, thumping noises were ...

50-Foot Finback Whale Found Dead in Boston Harbor
ABC News
(ABCNEWS.com) Coast Guard officials say a 50-foot finback whale has been found dead, floating in Boston Harbor. Authorities don't know the cause of death. Petty Officer Robert Simpson says the whale was spotted early Sunday.

ABC News

Huawei and ZTE pose security threat, warns US panel
BBC News
Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE pose a security threat to the US, a congressional panel has warned after an investigation into the two companies. The panel says the firms failed to allay fears about their association with China's government and ...

BBC News

Polycom tools up for 'mass adoption' of video collaboration
ZDNet
Summary: Video collaboration specialist Polycom has announced a portfolio of new software, platform enhancements and hardware aimed at broadening the uptake of video communication in businesses. By Charles McLellan for Product Central | October 8, ...

ZDNet

SpaceX Dragon capsule launched to space station on supply run
Washington Post
A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday en route to the international space station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attached to the cargo-only capsule called Dragon sits on the ...

Apple addresses purple camera flare
Washington Post
Apple addressed a common complaint about the iPhone 5's camera with a message on its support pages over the weekend. The problem: “a purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot” when shooting into a light source just off-frame.

BBC and others targeted by Microsoft copyright takedown request
BBC News
Microsoft wrongly made automated requests for pages on the BBC website to be removed from Google due to "copyright infringements". The system also mistakenly requested the removal of content created by CNN, Wikipedia and the US government.

BBC News

Foxconn Denies Strike; Apple Addresses Purple Flare; Facebook Like-a-Hug Vest
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Didn't have time to check out the tech headlines over the weekend? Here's what you missed. Foxconn denied that workers at its Zhengzhou factory went on strike last week. The report emerged after a labor rights group said workers ...

iPad Mini screen protector already being sold by Zagg
CNET
Apple has yet to confirm plans for a small tablet, yet Zagg is offering to protect its screen for $24.99. by Lance Whitney The much-rumored iPad Mini may not be here yet, but screen accessories are already popping up. Known for its mobile device cases ...

HTC misses targets yet again
CNET
by Zack Whittaker HTC's third-quarter earnings paints a dire picture for the phone maker's ongoing profits, as the Taiwanese giant once again performs below analyst expectations and company forecasts. The world's fifth largest smartphone maker said ...

Why like someone on Facebook when you can hug them
Telegraph.co.uk
Designers have come up with a jacket that actively gives you a cuddle when someone says they like you on the social network site. The "Like-A-Hug" jacket inflates when someone clicks on the "Like" button putting a little more reality into virtual ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Unpredictable Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
Space.com
by Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor A meteor shower spawned by the remains of a comet will be at its best tonight, but whether the "shooting star" display will peak as amazing celestial fireworks or a cosmic fizzle remains to be seen.

5 Reasons to Scrap Our Patent System: #1. Apple's Siri
Forbes
The Apple (AAPL) iPhone features a flawed voice recognition service, Siri. And the patent battle that wiped out its inventor and his three decades of work is a great example of why America's current patent system needs a revamp.

Your next diet, fitness, & sleep coach will probably be a wearable gadget like ...
VentureBeat
Lark, the startup that makes those nifty sleep-tracking, insomnia-curing wristbands, has just taken its product a step farther. Today, the company launched a new wristband that brings diet and exercise into the biometic fold. Called larklife, the new ...

VentureBeat

Why the iPod (yes, the iPod) still matters
Fortune
Yes, the iPod plays a pivotal role in Apple's turnaround story. But there is another reason it still matters to the juggernaut's fortunes. By Don Reisinger, contributor Early iPhone prototypes show the influence of the iPod mini.

Coyotes may soon be hanging out in your backyard
CNN (blog)
Those creatures had Dorothy worried on the yellow brick road in "The Wizard of Oz" – and now you may need to worry about seeing them and other large carnivores in your backyard, an Ohio State University researcher says. OK, there shouldn't be any ...

World of Warcraft cities hacked
BBC News
Hackers have massacred all the virtual characters in some of online adventure game World of Warcraft's major cities. They appear to have created a character able to destroy those of other players and those controlled by the game.

BBC News

Will climate change lead to more flooding?
The Guardian
Because warmer air can hold more water, climate change will give the potential for stronger rainfall events. What this means for the risk of flooding, however, will vary widely from location to location depending on local climatic changes that at ...

Lock pick disguised as dry erase marker leaves at least 4 million hotel rooms ...
New York Daily News
This is no ordinary dry erase marker. Three hackers have created a stealthy lock pick in the form of a pocket-sized marker which can spring open locks used in at least four million hotel rooms worldwide, Forbes Magazine reported.

New York Daily News

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil
Space Daily
by Staff Writers Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 08, 2012 NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis. Curiosity is the centerpiece of the two-year Mars ...

Mobile Sports Report TechWatch: New Tablets from Google, Acer
Mobile Sports Report
The latest rumor, about Google anyway, is that it is preparing to release another member of its Nexus 7 tablet family. The latest is expected to have 32GB of storage, a big leap up from the 16GB that is the current maximum storage available for users.

New Chevrolet Volt App Tracks Charging Costs
Inside Line
A new Chevrolet Volt app tells owners how much it costs to charge the vehicle's battery. | October 05, 2012 | General Motors Corporation By Anita Lienert, Correspondent | Published Oct 8, 2012 OnStar is testing an app for the Chevrolet Volt that tells ...

Bidding on Einstein's 'God letter' set to start at $3 million
The Bell Jar
By Staff | October 08, 2012 Bidding on Albert Einstein's “God letter” will begin on Columbus Day and end next Wednesday. According to an information sheet on the letter, bidding will start at $3 million dollars. Four years earlier, Fox News reports, ...

The Bell Jar

Motorola kills Android Webtop
SlashGear
Motorola has axed development of its Webtop system, claiming underwhelming sales means further investment in the idea of using a smartphone as the core of a desktop-replacement hub was unfeasible. Webtop, a custom feature of several recent Motorola ...

Video offers first look at Wii U menu system
Computerandvideogames.com
By Tom Ivan for CVG UK The first footage of the Wii U menu system has emerged via console demo stations in New York's Nintendo World Store. The menu system on display - which may or may not be the finished article - enables users to scroll through game ...

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes "Lean In"
Pursuitist
On Thursday, AllThingsD announced that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's first book, titled 'Lean In' will be released by Knopf for publish in 2013. The title, described by Kara Swisher as a full of research and data and anecdotes of the experience of ...

Microsoft may surprise music fans with October launch
TechHive
Microsoft took a lot of the sizzle out of its scheduled product launches in October by announcing the products months before consumers could get their hands on primetime versions of them. However, Redmond may be playing a surprise card when it rolls ...

TechHive

Laser Attacks on Pilots Prompt FBI to Create Nationwide Crackdown
ticklethewire.com
To crackdown on the increasing number of people pointing at pilots, the FBI has created a national Anti-Laser Attack Task Force, Gizmodo.com reports. Since 2005, so-called laser attacks, which can temporarily blind a pilot, are up 10 fold, ...

ticklethewire.com

Stars spotted dancing superfast tango around black hole handbag
Register
By Brid-Aine Parnell • Get more from this author Astroboffins have found a star whipping around our galaxy's central supermassive black hole so fast that it completes a circuit in just 11.5 years, which could help test Albert Einstein's theory of ...

Nokia Transport 2.3 beta released, adds prioritized transit and glanceable icons
The Verge
By Ben Kersey on October 8, 2012 08:14 am @ben_kersey 8Comments Nokia has introduced a new beta version of its Transport app for Windows Phone. Version 2.3 of the app includes prioritized transport, with public transit pushed to the top of destination ...

Ford C-Max Tries To Prey On Weaker Member of Prius Family
Forbes
Ford has launched a daring first TV-advertising campaign for its 2013 C-Max hybrid, aimed right at the Toyota Prius franchise. But it might be even more clever than it is daring. C-Max is Ford's all-new (to the US) electrification nameplate.

Forbes

T-Mobile Selling iPhone 5 Friendly Nano-Sims As Company Continues to Target ...
Dslreports
While T-Mobile didn't get the iPhone 5, they're pulling out all the stops to ensure that the damage caused by that fact will be minimal. The carrier has stated they're pushing out HSPA+ in the 1900 MHz band so unlocked iPhones can use their faster ...

PhoneFactor Acquisition Enhances Security of Microsoft Applications with Multi ...
InfoQ.com
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired PhoneFactor, which is a suite of phone-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) methods to secure account logins and financial transactions. Moreover, it also protects data in SharePoint and file servers ...

Comet flyby to dazzle sky watchers
Stuff.co.nz
A newly discovered comet has set the astronomy world abuzz, as star gazers anticipate a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime display when it passes Earth next year. The C/2012 S1 (ISON) comet is heading in our direction, and scientists are expecting it will ...

The next big Facebook
Gadget
Facebook has hit the billion mark, but it's not game over, as MySpace makes a comeback, Pinterest grabs a niche and, in Africa, Mxit makes a new play, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK. Facebook reached the milestone of one billion users last week, ...

Gadget

Deep-sea worm recalls Star Wars favourite
Register
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author A deep-ocean research mission along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge has yielded up an oddity: an invertebrate that called to mind the venerable Jedi, Yoda. Yoda purpurata – that is, purple Yoda – is one of three ...

3M launches Streaming Projector with Roku integration
Expert Reviews
3M has announced the launch of its Streaming Projector, a compact device with access to streaming video through a partnership with specialist Roku. Designed to fit in a pocket, the 3M Streaming Projector includes an integrated battery capable of ...

Expert Reviews

Austrian to attempt skydive from space
The Guardian
If the wind blowing across the New Mexican desert drops, a 43-year-old Austrian man will step out of a small silver capsule on Tuesday and attempt to make history. If all goes to plan, Felix Baumgartner will jump from the largest helium-filled balloon ...

The Guardian

3 quick tips for Pokémon Dream Radar
VentureBeat
If you're a fan of the Pokémon franchise, chances are you're far more excited to dig into the new Pokémon Black and White 2 for the DS than Pokémon Dream Radar, a downloadable game for 3DS. But if you're serious about getting the most out of your ...

VentureBeat

Facebook, It's Like A Chair [Video]
Social News Daily
By Dan Evon How would you describe Facebook? The social network recently compared itself to chairs, doorbells, planes, and bridges in its first ad to celebrate its one billionth user. The ad, which was created by American agency Wieden + Kennedy, ...

Engadget UK Giveaway: win a Samsung Galaxy Note II courtesy of MobiCity
Engadget
By James Trew posted Oct 8th 2012 6:00AM Samsung's Galaxy Note II is one of the biggest phones this year, both figuratively, and literally. The OG Note stretched palms when it arrived last 12 months ago, with its 5.3-inch display, and it proved so ...


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