ITC ruling clears HTC in patent case with former Apple subsidiary

By on November 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM.

ITC ruling clears HTC in patent case with former Apple subsidiary

The International Trade Commission has ruled that camera technology used in HTC devices does not infringe on patents registered to former Apple subsidiary FlashPoint Technology. HTC is currently locked up in a number of patent spats, and the Taiwan-based company most recently was found to be infringing on a patent owned by IPCom. That ruling resulted in an injunction blocking sales of HTC smartphones in Germany, but HTC is fighting the decision, saying it does not believe the ruling will materially impact its business. In need of some good news on the legal front, the ITC on Tuesday upheld a ruling from July that found HTC not guilty of infringing a registered patent FlashPoint Technology said was being used unlawfully in HTC’s Android and Windows Phone devices. Based in New Hampshire, FlashPoint is a patent licensing firm formerly owned by Apple. The company had previously filed similar suits against RIM, Nokia and LG, and each of the companies settled for undisclosed amounts. More →

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Apple’s iPad 2 might be ‘magical’ but it still should’ve been better

By on March 2, 2011 at 4:50 PM.

Apple’s iPad 2 might be ‘magical’ but it still should’ve been better

Apple’s latest media-rattling event has come and gone, and we’re now left to sort through all that magic and focus on the product itself. We also need to process any tidbits we might have missed amid the fracas. The star of the show was Apple’s new iPad 2, of course, and initial reactions are obviously overwhelmingly positive. In the end, we’re looking at a thin, sleek, sexy new tablet that will obviously sell like hotcakes. But is Apple’s new iPad 2 really the iPad it should have been? Hit the break for several key areas where Apple’s new iPad falls short. More →

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Front, rear iPad 2 cameras reaffirmed by new report

By on December 10, 2010 at 8:50 AM.

Front, rear iPad 2 cameras reaffirmed by new report

A new report Friday cites news from component suppliers in claiming Apple’s next-generation iPad tablet will include front and rear-facing cameras. The report reaffirms rumors that have existed since the summer, shortly after Apple introduced FaceTime alongside the iPhone 4. FaceTime, which is now supported by the iPhone 4 and Apple’s most recent iPod touch model, is a video chat service usable only by Apple products. It makes sense, of course, that Apple would want to expand the service to include the iPad, which continues to sell extremely well. Apple reportedly chose a camera supplier for the iPad last month, selecting Largan Precision, which also supplies cameras for the iPhone 4. Apple is expected to begin manufacturing its next iPad, commonly referred to as the “iPad 2,” early next year. A launch is expected in March or April. More →

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BendDesk is a curved multitouch workspace, and we’re in love

By on November 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM.

BendDesk is a curved multitouch workspace, and we’re in love

The BendDesk is a new multitouch workspace created by the talented minds at The Media Computing Group, and it’s absolutely incredible-looking. It’s a fully curved display that looks to form a 90 degree bend and makes use of two projectors, 3 cameras, and loads of IR lights to view and track up to 10 touch points. The software they have come up with is also equally impressive — you can flick photos for instance from the top or bottom part of the display, or hold them in a locker in the middle where the curve is. Unfortunately this isn’t something you’re able to buy anytime due to the fact a ship date nor price were revealed, but we’ll keep waiting. In the meantime, check out their demo video after the break. More →

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