Archive for Jul 31, 2012

Apple vs Samsung jury could bury Samsung’s Android momentum

Apple vs Samsung jury could bury Samsung’s Android momentum

The Apple vs Samsung trial in San Jose has only started this week, but the implications for the Korean company could be huge if its Cupertino foes convince the jury to impose all of the sanctions demanded. Apple has already petitioned to have the case deemed "exceptional" and the $2.5bn potential damages tripled, but the iPad maker is also hoping to not only sweep existing Samsung hardware from the shelves, but wipe out any financial advantage it may have built up from sales so far.

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iPad mini cases appear with tiny tablet details

iPad mini cases appear with tiny tablet details

There's been an abnormal amount of clues this season leading up to the idea that several new devices are coming from Apple, the iPad mini being one of the most-denied yet most-seen. What you're about to witness here is a set of iPad mini cases, each of them appearing to come from Devicewear, a company that we're pretty sure won't be invited back to the Apple party any time soon should these renders be proven real. What they show is the iPad mini - or whatever it'll end up being called in the end - complete with volume buttons, a back-facing camera and microphone, and the lovely new miniature dock connector for all to see.

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Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new cloud-based email service to take on Gmail with integrated Skype video calling and social networking integration. Considerably more attractive - not to mention comprehensive - than Hotmail, which it replaces, Outlook.com supports easy access to attachment photo slideshows, integration with Office and SkyDrive, and support for Facebook Chat.

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Samsung Music Hub pricing takes stab at iTunes and Google

Samsung Music Hub pricing takes stab at iTunes and Google

It's time for the real life launch of Samsung's own Music Hub, a streaming music application and service the software and hardware manufacturers hope will give them an edge against Apple's iTunes in the cloud and Google Music. It's not going to be easy contending with what Google has: a completely free service with connection to the Google Play store that users already use, and it's certainly going to be a challenge taking on the iPhone solution since the apps are both OS-exclusive. But what we've got here is a tried and true service that already exists in Europe - so why not make it a reality in the USA as well?

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Twitter faces fury after squealing to NBC on anti-Olympics tweets

Twitter faces fury after squealing to NBC on anti-Olympics tweets

Twitter is under fire for apparently warning NBC Sports of critical tweets by Independent reporter Guy Adams, which led to the journalist's account on the microblogging service being suspended. Adams had used his high-profile account to blast NBC for failing to air live coverage of the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, at one point mentioning the email address of NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel to encourage complaints, in a move that triggered a complaint from NBC's social media team.

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Clarion Next GATE in-car iPhone dashboard controller now available

Clarion Next GATE in-car iPhone dashboard controller now available

Clarion has announced pricing and availability of the Next GATE, a touchscreen navigation and multimedia interface that puts iPhone apps at easy reach on your car's dashboard. Launched back at CTIA, when we snatched a quick fondle, the Clarion Next GATE hooks up to the iPhone via a wired connection and spreads its display across a 7-inch LCD touchscreen, with support for Pandora and TuneIn streaming media, Vlingo voice recognitoin and more.

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Sony: Don’t rule out Jelly Bean updates just yet

Sony: Don’t rule out Jelly Bean updates just yet

Sony has been working to brings an Ice Cream Sandwich update to the vast majority of its 2011 smartphone lineup, but news emerged yesterday that the company wouldn’t be extending support for those same devices to Jelly Bean. A product manager in the UK posted up the information on Facebook, saying that the Arc S and Mini Pro would not be receiving updates to Jelly Bean. Now Sony has taken to the official Xperia blog, saying that the information is incorrect.

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Apple TV Hulu Plus is here, but what caused the hold-up?

Apple TV Hulu Plus is here, but what caused the hold-up?

Hulu Plus may have arrived on the Apple TV today, popping up unexpectedly on the company's set-top box, but there's no word on what held up the release of an app that was supposedly functionally ready eight months ago. According to rumors back in November 2011, Hulu had already finalized its Hulu Plus software for the Apple TV and was merely waiting for the Cupertino company's own approval for release, something which Apple was oddly reticent to grant.

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Apple forces Google employee off jury in Samsung case

Apple forces Google employee off jury in Samsung case

After some arguments and the forced removal of a Google employee, the jury for the Apple vs. Samsung trial has been selected, with the ten people now facing opening statements when court reconvenes today. Of the 74 individuals pared down, the final list includes a mechanical engineer, an AT&T supervisor, and an unemployed would-be video came designer, Fortune reports. However, Apple had to use one of the four preemptory challenges it can make to have a Google employee removed from contention.

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FreedomPop gives iPod touch 4G with free data sleeve

FreedomPop gives iPod touch 4G with free data sleeve

4G iPhone sleeve company FreedomPop has returned with a new model, this time turning the iPod touch into a pseudo-iPhone complete with free mobile broadband access every month. The new Freedom Sleeve for iPod touch, up for pre-order now, clips onto the back of the media player like a speedy data barnacle and gives it a WiFi connection to play with, allowing for streaming music services like Spotify, FaceTime video calls on the move, and voice calls over VoIP services like Skype.

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