Remember that $1 billion decision that Samsung violated Apple’s patents? One of the patents in question, the famous “rubber banding” or “physical inertia” patent, has been completely nullified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Samsung informed Judge Koh earlier this week. The patent describes how when scrolling on a touch screen, and you reach the end of a passage, how the screen bounces back up. The request to reexamine the patent was filed during the spring, but the non-final office action nullifying its claims wasn’t filed until earlier this week. The process isn’t final, though: the new declaration is a “first-glance” verdict that could be overturned in the future.
The patent in question, “List scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display,” is a key patent that Apple has used to defend what it claims is its intellectual property. It’s a core Apple patent, so expect a lengthy period of reexaminations and appeals. If Apple still isn’t happy after the USPTO makes its final decision, they could appeal the decision conceivably all the way to the Supreme Court.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Jury foreman in $1.05 billion Samsung v. Apple case has a serious conflict of interest, HTC 4G patents brought up against Apple are probably valid, says US Judge,
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB, is the institution behind the “E” or “M” ratings you see on games. It’s kind of like the video games version of the MPAA ratings. However, the ratings system–intended to let parents know a little more about the content of games they’re giving their kids–has been getting a little long in the tooth lately. For years, an increasing number of game ratings came with a lame caveat: “online interaction not rated by the ESRB.” As more games came online, parents needed information beyond just knowing that the game has an online component. Today, the ESRB announced three new badges describing online play, added ratings to Windows 8 games, and also threw in a nifty crowdsourcing element for games that they can’t get around to rating. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Windows 8 Gets a Hulu Plus App, Bill Gates: Surface is "unbelievably great",
If you’ve ever been burned by a ticket from an automated camera, you know how helpless it makes you feel. You can’t argue, because it’s a robot, and according to Johnny Law, it’s always right. Jonathan Dandrow, a citizen concerned about the constitutionality of automated law enforcement, is giving you a chance to fight back. He’s invented the noPhoto, a license plate holder that (hopefully) will nullify the ability of automated cameras from identifying your car. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Mobile phones disguised as wrist watches used for cheating in exams, Nikon 1 V2 announced,
Organizers have just announced that Rich Miner, General Partner, Google Ventures will be Keynoting. It?s a great catch – Rich Miner co-founded Android with Andy Rubin, and is now heading up Google?s VC arm.
Rich joins a star-studded cast of mobile industry influencers, media and Internet giants, retailers, brands and app publishers ? not to mention device manufacturers and silicon including:Ubergizmo. Related articles: eBay CEO to keynote Open Mobile Summit next week, Mobile world-leaders meet in San Francisco at The Open Mobile Summit,
We’ve been tracking third-party Lightning cables pretty closely, because millions of people are receiving new iDevices and want a second charger. We’ve seen the “authentication” chip cracked, and we saw a third-party cable that lights up, but none of them have beaten’s Apple’s $20 asking price for a Lightning cable. Until now. iPhone5Mod, the same people behind that light-up dock we covered earlier, have released more boring, straightforward Lightning cables–plus they’re significantly less expensive than Apple’s version. The bad news? They’re still $10.
Many cables using the cracked Chinese chips are not officially licensed Apple cables, and therefore they’re in a legal grey area. If you only want officially licensed-Apple goods plugging into your phone, iLuv has produced an entire line of Lightning-compatible accessories and cables. The bad news there is that they won’t be available until 2013, meaning they miss the all-important Christmas shopping season. Sometimes being bad does pay off.
Photo courtesy of iPhone5Mod.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Don't buy an iPad 3 today unless you like the old 30-pin connector, Cheap third-party Lighting cables are coming soon,
Anodizing’s in the tech news world today because Apple (and other gadget makers) are realizing it’s a great way to make portable devices more durable and more attractive. However, the anodizing process involves coating metal with a thin layer of colored aluminum oxide: basically, it’s not changing the actual color of the metal. Researchers from the university of Southhampton in the UK announced today that they actually changed the color of gold by scuffing up its surface. It’s much more precise than that, but it does use a pattern of tiny indentations or embossments alters the way the metal absorbs and reflects light, which makes it look like different colors. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Gold-producing bacteria used by researchers, Minecraft goes gold at last,
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