Nokia reloads, files new suit against Apple with ITC

By on March 29, 2011 at 7:26 AM.

Nokia reloads, files new suit against Apple with ITC

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the adage we remember from our youth, and that’s the attitude Nokia is taking when it comes to Apple, its patents, and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Just last Friday, an ITC judge ruled that Apple, Inc. did not infringe upon five patents held by Finnish mobile giant Nokia. Unsatisfied with and undeterred by the outcome, Nokia has regrouped and refiled suit against the Cupertino company, claiming infringement on seven patents related to “multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories.”

“Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone,” said Paul Melin, Nokia’s vice president of intellectual property.

Now that’s something to be proud of… right? Nokia and Apple also have court cases pending in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. More →

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Firefox 4 leaked a day early, download it now

By on March 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM.

Firefox 4 leaked a day early, download it now

Firefox 4 has been leaked for Mac and PC a day before the company said it would be officially available. Mozilla promises the user interface in Firefox 4 is sleeker and easier to use, and it enables users to keep open tabs, bookmarks, history, and passwords in sync with other devices running a Firefox browser. Firefox 4 also has a new feature that allow you to drag and drop open tabs into groups that can be arranged and named. The leaked downloads aren’t available direct from Mozilla, so we suppose there’s still a chance the team could pull the launch date tomorrow and issue an RC2 release, but we doubt it. We won’t keep you waiting, though, so hit the jump for a link to download Firefox 4 for PC or Mac. More →

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager 2.0 for Mac now available

By on December 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager 2.0 for Mac now available

Although it has been available in a beta version for the past several weeks, BlackBerry Desktop Manager 2.0 for Mac had yet to be given an official release date by maker Research In Motion… that is, until today. RIM has made version 2.0 of its desktop suite for Mac official. The update brings with it Wi-Fi music syncing, a new device switch wizard, and the ability to import and sync both photos and videos with iPhoto and iTunes. Desktop Manager 2.0 clocks in at just north of 40MB and is available as we type. Hit the read link to download the new goodies. More →

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Winamp 5.6 gets official, improves Android support and adds wireless music synchronization

By on November 30, 2010 at 10:57 PM.

Winamp 5.6 gets official, improves Android support and adds wireless music synchronization

Today, Winamp announced a new, desktop version of its popular music management software, Winamp 5.6. When paired with Winamp for Android, the company boasts that its software is a “complete end-to-end music management solution for your desktop and Android device.” As the press release explains:

Winamp 5.6 features a new device management interface that supports wireless syncing of media, simple management of multiple connected devices and faster encoding and transferring of media to your devices over USB or WiFi. Stream media from a connected device without the need of transferring media to the local library. Wireless device syncing and streaming only available with Winamp for Android installed.

If you have an Android device, a Windows-based PC, and no particular allegiance to a media player, give the Winamp system a shot. After all, it really whips the llamas ass. More →

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Nokia opens Ovi Suite 3.0 beta to the public

By on November 26, 2010 at 7:38 AM.

Nokia opens Ovi Suite 3.0 beta to the public

Late yesterday, Nokia announced the availability of a public beta for its new software synchronization suite, Ovi 3.0. The new Ovi has been in private testing for the past several months and Nokia is promising improved “stability, syncing and the experience with downloading maps.”

“We have been working hard to improve the quality of Nokia Ovi Suite,” reads the press release. “We have also introduced a new Home view, and integrated our music experience with the millions of tracks available on Ovi Music even more closely to Nokia Ovi Suite.”

The company is looking for users to download the new bits onto their computers and provide feedback. If you’re a Symbian user, why don’t you just go right ahead and oblige them. The full list of improvements and a short video detailing some of the new goodies is waiting for you after the break. More →

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Winamp beta comes to Android Market

By on October 21, 2010 at 8:47 PM.

Winamp beta comes to Android Market

We recently dedicated a Throwback Thursday to Winamp and, as many of you were quick to point out, the product is still alive and quite awesome. Today, via a blog post, Winamp maker Nullsoft reminded us just how awesome their product is with the release of a Winamp beta for Android. The media player, which will work on handsets running Android 2.1 or higher, offers: seamless synchronization with Winamp’s desktop suite, wireless syncing with your desktop, persistent player controls, widgets, and scrobbling with last.fm. Oh, and in case you were curious… the player still lets you know that it “really whips the llamas ass” when you first launch it. What are you waiting for? You know you’re curious. Hit up the Android Market, grab the goods, and let us know what you think.

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Viva la Xmarks!

By on October 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM.

Viva la Xmarks!

Last month, we reported on the demise of cross-browser, bookmark-syncing service Xmarks. This month, we are happy to inform you that is looks like Xmarks will live on. According to a recent blog post by the company, an outpouring of support from users has drastically changed the company’s plans. As Xmarks explains:

The past ten days have been an amazing lesson in the power of community. Not in the “web 2.0 social graph” sense – I’m talking about old school community with users speaking up, speaking out and banding together. Thank you Xmarks users. You told the world it was simply unacceptable for our service to shut down and it worked. Thanks to your passion, Xmarks now has multiple offers from companies ready and willing to take over the service and keep making browser sync better and better!

The company does note that no deal has been finalized, but they are confident with multiple offers on the table Xmarks will be able to stay open for business. At time of publishing, over 35,000 users had pledged to pay between $10 and $20 per year for the service. Hit the read link to read the full post. More →

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Firefox Home now in App Store

By on July 16, 2010 at 7:32 AM.

Firefox Home now in App Store

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It looks like Apple has just green-lighted Mozilla’s latest application submission: Firefox Home. Home is a program designed to provide “access to your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone.” If you’re an iPhone toting Firefox user, who loves to stay in sync, hit up the App Store and let the good times roll. We’ve got the full press release for you after the break. More →

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BlackBerry Internet Service 3.1 gets detailed

By on May 18, 2010 at 7:23 AM.

BlackBerry Internet Service 3.1 gets detailed

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Hot on the heels of the release of BlackBerry Internet Service 3.0, RIM has just posted the details for BIS 3.1 in the BlackBerry Technical Solutions Center. The main enhancement to be brought forth in BIS 3.1 is wireless contact synchronization support — something which Gmail users have been enjoying for a while now — but for Alt-N, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail accounts, things get a little murky (the latter two require OS 6.0). Synchronizations will be scheduled to occur every four hours. Less noteworthy but something that people who constantly swap ‘Berries should take note of, is that you’ll no longer be able to log into your BIS account through a computer, swap your PIN and then use a different device. From BIS 3.1 onwards, you’ll first need to insert the SIM card currently tied to your BIS account into the new phone, log into BIS, swap the PIN and then proceed as normal. CDMA users will have to contact their carrier. Happy? Sad? Wondering when you’ll be able to wirelessly sync your calendars? Let us know your thoughts! More →

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Google enables extension and bookmark syncing for Chrome on Windows

By on January 25, 2010 at 7:19 PM.

Google enables extension and bookmark syncing for Chrome on Windows

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Today, Google released an updated version of its Chrome web browser for the Windows platform, adding a highly requested feature: extension and bookmark syncing. Linux fans, although currently able to install extensions, won’t have access to bookmark and extension syncing just yet. As for Mac users, Google had this to say, “hang tight — we’re working on bringing extensions, bookmark sync and more to the beta soon.” Firefox users who leverage the XMarks (formerly FoxMarks) extension know the value of bookmark syncing, and many FF users — present company included — lust for an easy way to keep extensions synchronized between multiple computers. Perhaps this latest move by the Chrome team will spark the likes of Apple and Mozilla to think about building more synchronization functionality into their respective browsers? Until that does happen, all interested parties can head over to google.com/chrome to check out the latest build.

Also of note: if you want to live on the dangerous side, Chromium developer builds for Mac support extensions and bookmark syncing.
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