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ITC Says Samsung Infringes on Apple Product Patents ITC Says Samsung Infringes on Apple Product Patents

The ITC Judge found the option for text-selection had infringed on the patent, but the featured that was able to detect if something had been plugged into the microphone jack of the device did not infringe on Apple’s patent.

The decision by the judge must now be reviewed by the entire commission. It the decision is upheld then the ITC could ban the importing of devices that infringe on the patent, into the U.S. The majority of mobile phone manufacturers that at one time faced being banned by the ITC, have altered their existing devices instead of having the products pulled from shelves of stores.

No comment was released by Samsung over the decision by the ITC judge. In October of last year, the same judge found that Samsung was guilty of infringing on four of Apple’s patents along with three of Apple’s utility patents for its translucent images and touch screens on a computer display.

The complete commission then reviewed the judge’s decision but returned it to the judge for another review of two of the patents. On March 26, the judge issued his ruling and that decision was then unsealed on Friday.

In a district court in California, Samsung was battling Apple in two other separate cases. Just recently, a judgment of $1.05 billion was reduced by $450 million by a judge and ordered another trial on 14 products made by Samsung. However, Apple has requested that $85 million of the $450 million that was dropped by reinstated by the judge.

Unlimited In-Car WiFi to be offered by Audi Unlimited In-Car WiFi to be offered by Audi

April 05, 2013 - Audi buyers can receive unlimited 3G WiFi in their new car for just $15 a month. The hotspot service called Connect WiFi is backed through a T-Mobile 3G connection and could be the biggest and boldest leap thus far in technology for an automaker in 2013.

There is a catch however. You have to sign up for a contract of 30 months up front for a cost of $450, which for new car buyers starts after six months as the automaker is offering the first six months free. Users preferring just month to month WiFi service can still use the $30 per month that Audi offers. The WiFi service is through T-Mobile, which is used worldwide by Audi.

Audi promotes the new service as unlimited WiFi, but better said it is virtually unlimited. It is for the most part an all you can plan said Brad Sterling the communication manager at Audi. T-Mobile however, has the right to limit users that are extremely high volume, but the manager said he was not aware of that ever happening.

Audi also said that its WiFi included car access to real-time weather, news, Google Voice Search, Google Earth and connections for up to eight devices inside the car.

Audi became the first carmaker to embed a cellular modem and a hotspot WiFi in 2011. Chrysler Corp did offer it earlier, but Audi’s was factory-installed and Chrysler’s was an add-on.

Other automakers are now jumping onboard. BMW announced a cellular modem including WiFi, as a dealer option but has not yet delivered it. The modem will connect into the dock for a smartphone in the vehicle’s center console in order to use the cellular antenna on the car.

However, BMW is still working on the details as to which carrier it will use and how many different simultaneous connections will be allowed.

Huawei See Little Growth in U.S. but expect more in Asia and Europe Huawei See Little Growth in U.S. but expect more in Asia and Europe

April 04, 2013 - China-based Huawei, the second largest maker of telecom gear in the world behind just Ericsson, announced that its growth in the United States would be hurt in 2013 by security concerns in the U.S. However, wireless network vice president of the company, Bob Cai, said that Huawei is expecting its wireless-network sector to grow in both Asia and Europe.

In the U.S., the company has been hit by two large setbacks over the last six months. Last October, a congressional report was released that said Huawei and ZTE’s equipment critical to infrastructure in the U.S. could undermine the core national security interest of the U.S. Both companies have disputed the claim the report makes. If that was not enough, last week, Softbank and Sprint Nextel pledged to not use gear made by Huawei following their merger.

Because of this, Huawei is now counting more on other markets overseas, as well as China’s domestic market, for its growth this year. In 2011, the wireless network sector for Huawei accounted for $7.4 billion or nearly 23% of the total revenue for the company.

The group generates 70% of its entire revenue overseas and said its biggest current markets are located in Western Europe as well as the emerging markets of Asia such as in Indonesia. Huawei has built trust, said Cai, with its carriers in Europe.

Just as the smaller ZTE has done, Huawei is putting faith in the domestic market in China for growth on the nascent LTE network. The three big wireless carriers in China – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom are all building out their infrastructure for LTE. Combined the three wireless giants of China will spend over $56 billion on expanding the 4G network during 2013.

In 2012, the company had $1 billion in sales from the LTE network and Huawei expects to double that to over $2 billion in 2013.

Firefox receives Patches for Private Browsing Firefox receives Patches for Private Browsing

April 03, 2013- On Tuesday, Firefox 20 was shipped by Mozilla adding more flexibility to private browsing and patching 13 browsers bugs, five of which had been rated critical by the security team at the company.

Along with the changes in privacy, Mozilla also changed the download manager of Firefox and added a tool that warns of a crash when a plug-in has hung for a minimum of 11 seconds. The offending plug-in can then be shut down by users rather than needing to reboot the browser.

However, the Private Browsing option has been the biggest change in Firefox. Previously the browser saved the current tabs and then opened one individual privacy window, then would reload the previous tab when the privacy mode was shut down. However, users can now open a private window and leave the browser with its tabs already open, untouched.

Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 20 on a blog post and billed the change as helpful when shopping online or checking multiple emails simultaneously. However, others regularly call similar browser features “porn mode” with the belief that is what they are used for most of the time.

With the new Private Browsing with per-window, Firefox is nearly on par with Internet Explorer 10 and Chrome, both of which have per-tab private modes.

Privacy mode in some way is offered by every major browser. Safari was the first browser to incorporate one back in 2005, that was followed by Chrome, then Internet Explorer and Firefox all in 2009 and Opera added it in 2010.

All of them work almost the same, lettings their users browse the Internet without leaving any obvious traces as the mode shuts down the recording of sites that are visited and files that have been downloaded. It also prevents both passwords and cookies from being saved. Any type of lingering evidence is purged when the session is ended.

BlackBerry 7 Headed to Emerging Markets BlackBerry 7 Headed to Emerging Markets

April 1, 2013- Even though the new BlackBerry Z10 is in the market and the Canada-based company BlackBerry has bet its entire future on the next generation smartphone, it does not mean its predecessor the BlackBerry 7 will disappear. The company knows there is life left in the operating system and BlackBerry knows what they will do to put it to good use.

The smartphone maker has decided to use the OS to power the lower-end mobile phones that can be sold in the different emerging markets around the globe, where the transition from the BlackBerry 7 to the 10 could take longer than in most other markets.

The BlackBerry Z10 has now been launched in many major markets around the world and soon the Q10 with the QWERTY-keyboard will follow sometime in April. At that time, BlackBerry will have its top two BlackBerry10 smartphones released over a large area of the world. However, what it will not have is a new, slick, entry-level smartphone that is affordably priced and for the emerging markets.

That is where the BlackBerry 7 will reappear. Thorsten Heins, the CEO at Blackberry said the company was planning to release a new phone that will be operated by the BlackBerry 7 and will be targeted to consumers that are price-sensitive in those different markets.

Heins said the company wanted those customers to be able to enjoy the BlackBerry experience. BlackBerry had a number of lower-end loyalists in Indonesia, India, Central America and other emerging markets.

It would be unwise for the company to move ahead with just an expensive new smartphone running on an OS that is unfamiliar. It is more profitable for them to offer the BlackBerry 7 system that can be used as a device to transition to the BlackBerry 10, once it becomes more established in their market.

Rumor: Apple planning to launch Game Hardware Rumor: Apple planning to launch Game Hardware

March 31, 2013- A recently released report says that Apple has shopped around their idea of a game controller to different developers, with a plan to launch the physical controller next month.

Apple, said an insider, has floated the idea to developers in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference, which ends this weekend. The report said Apple would unveil the controller during a special press event in April.

Apple has reserved a space at the conference to meet with developers, but it is reportedly using another name, as they do not want anyone to know their plans. When asked, a spokesperson for Apple declined to make a comment about the report, citing the policy of the company.

Last year a popular site on the Internet for computer hardware noted that the Cupertino, California based Apple had a project for a controller in its plans, but it might not reach the market. In addition, in 2008, Apple applied for a patent depicting a dock, giving owners of iOS the opportunity to add controls and other features to their devices.

This hardware would be Apple’s first since the ill-fated home entertainment system known as Pippin during the late 1990s. On all of its latest portable devices, Apple has bi-passed physical controls for software controls on screen. It has allowed controlling games to be more customizable, but less responsive and ergonomic than a physical controller would be.   Since the iOS device became a reality such as the iPad and iPhone, a few companies have designed physical button as well as controllers for the devices. Many use Bluetooth, but they also need game developers to jump on board to give them support for the hardware. One such product is already sold by Apple in its stores – the iFling joystick.

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