Archive for Jul 30, 2012

Apple vs Samsung begins: Billions at stake in federal court

Apple vs Samsung begins: Billions at stake in federal court

Apple and Samsung are set to square off in the first day of the San Jose federal jury trial today, as the next phase of the heated design and patent row kicks off with huge stakes in the smartphone and tablet worlds. Having failed to reach an amicable settlement in the preceding weeks, both companies have some impressive claims and demands: Apple wants $2.5bn in damages and a block on US sales of phones and tablets, while Samsung has accused its foe (and, ironically, customer) of hypocrisy and trying to stretch its patents to cover a ridiculous range of possibilities.

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Microsoft Surface to land October 26 alongside Windows 8

Microsoft Surface to land October 26 alongside Windows 8

One of the most anticipated products to come from Microsoft in many years is the Surface tablets the software giant has been talking up. Microsoft has caught more than a little heat over the Surface tablets from its partners because they will be directly competing in the hardware market against Microsoft. The indication has been that Surface tablets will launch alongside Windows 8 in October.

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Mysterious HP tablet spied in new commercial

Mysterious HP tablet spied in new commercial

Several companies are working on Windows 8 tablets behind the scenes, with HP among them. Did the company just leak its Windows 8 tablet via a YouTube commercial? Its new “Make It Matter” commercial shows one individual using an HP branded tablet at the 56 second mark, showcasing a basic design with what looks to be a metallic back along with a black antenna strip running across the top of the device.

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China Consumer Association places Apple on “company integrity” blacklist

China Consumer Association places Apple on “company integrity” blacklist

There are a number of consumer watchdog organizations all around the world. Often these organizations are places where consumers can go to complain about a product if they aren't getting the help wanted from the company who produced the product. China has a consumer watchdog organization called China Consumer Association (CCA), and the organization has recently placed Apple on its blacklist.

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Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

A Microsoft Durango developer kit reportedly emerged on a developper forum over the weekend, commanding a sale price of $10,000. The kit, which is said to feature an Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU, and “more than 8GB of memory”, is used for Xbox 720 development. The fact that the kit looked like a plain black PC tower running a regular debug launcher led many to believe it was nothing more than a hoax, but Digital Foundry decided to reach out to several sources and developers, discovering that the kit was in fact the real deal.

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Guild Wars 2 hits pre-order

Guild Wars 2 hits pre-order

Fans of online role-playing games will be glad to hear that Guild Wars 2 is now up for pre-order. The game is set to launch on August 28 for the PC and is a fantasy MMORPG. The game focuses on player versus player combat just as the original Guild Wars did. One interesting thing about the new game is that the storyline is responsive to the player's actions.

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Charge Card for iPhone fits in your wallet

Charge Card for iPhone fits in your wallet

It never seems to fail that your iPhone goes dead at the worst possible time. Most of us don't have a charge cable on us at all times so if your phone goes dead you're out of luck until you get back to the home or office. A new project is on Kickstarter called the Charge Card that lets you have a charger for your iPhone on you at all times.

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iPad mini and next iPhone tipped for September 12th reveal

iPad mini and next iPhone tipped for September 12th reveal

Specs and case parts for the next iPhone continue to leak out, and now iMore has it on good authority that the next iteration of Apple’s smartphone will be announced on September 12th. As is often the case with Apple’s announcements, the product will follow soon after, hitting retail shelves on September 21st. iMore’s sources also indicate that the iPad mini will be shown off at the same event, although no launch date was provided for the tablet.

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iPhone 5 Frankencasing gets video fondle

iPhone 5 Frankencasing gets video fondle

What's tipped to be the iPhone 5 casing has cropped up on video after a photoshoot this weekend, further showing the elongated form-factor that's believed to accommodate a new, 4-inch screen. Pieced together from constituent parts by Japanese repair site iLab, the device in the video shared by Macotakara - and which you can see after the cut - is of course hollow and doesn't include the display itself, but it does give us a better impression of what the new iPhone might look like.

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