HTC and Apple have just confirmed that they’ve settled all of their ongoing patent disputes, ending all of their lawsuits and opting into a 10-year licensing agreement. To refresh your memory, this particular saga begin back on March 2nd, 2010, when Apple filed lawsuits with the International Trade Commission and US District Court. That initial filing covered 20 patents related to iOS, which it accused HTC of infringing upon, and since then it has only been an ever-expanding battle. Essentially all the juicy details of the settlement between the companies are completely under wraps, but both HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou and Apple’s man-in-charge, Tim Cook have issued brief words for the official joint statement (the whole of which can be seen after the break):
“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,“ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.
“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,“ said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.
Notably, this settlement applies to all past and future patents for the companies, meaning we shouldn’t be witnessing the two fight it out in court for years to come — at least on the patent front. Hopefully we’ll soon begin to see more of the same with other ongoing patent wars — Apple vs. Samsung, anyone?
Editor’s note: This weekend we’re running a new column called Backed or Whacked by Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, focusing on consumer technologies, and writer for Engadget. Every week he’ll address two crowdsourced projects from the view of an investor, analyst, and gadget fiend. He’ll look at what made one a success and the other, well, a whack.
Cloud-connected smartphones and tablets have become vast repositories of our information. Still, there’s more to be done to facilitate getting data into and out of them, at least according to a couple of Kickstarter projects having different degrees of success.
Backed: Jorno keyboard
Foldable keyboards saw a modicum of popularity during the heyday of the Palm V and the clever Stowaway keyboard, but, curiously, they haven’t made much of a comeback, even as smartphones have become ridiculously popular though frustrating to use for entering large quantities of text. Forces seemed to be conspiring to keep it off the market. After a warm reception of CES 2011, repeated delays led to am apparent cancellation earlier this year before it popped up on Kickstarter.
The Jorno keyboard is a bit thick at an inch of girth but folds into a pocketable square. That includes a detachable stand that can accommodate a 7″, or perhaps larger, tablet — including the rumored miniature iPad, particularly since rumors don’t take up any room. With its ability to accommodate smartphones and tablets of nearly every stripe, the Jorno is well on its way to meeting its funding goal, which should allow it to finally enter mass production.
If the lack of a keyboard is one of the main input hindrances of a smartphone, the size of the display is one of the main output limitations, especially for content designed for group viewing such as movies or presentations. Many phones can wirelessly connect with a DLNA-enabled TV or AV component. For iPhones, however, the Apple-supplied solution is AirPlay to an Apple TV.
AirBridge has a few advantages over Apple TV. In addition to being battery-powered, its Pro version can create a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows someone to send a presentation to the screens of other iOS devices running AirBridge’s app and even send files to them, kind of like a conference room version of WebEx or GoToMyPC. These advantages may have marginal relevance to a lot of folks versus the stock Apple TV, particularly since the AirBridge relies on its own radio technology for screen broadcasting that requires the addition of an adapter into the iPhone’s dock (or potentially Lightning) connector.
But ambition will be the main reason AirBridge will miss its funding goal; the team is asking for half a million dollars. Such a sum, while not unjustifiable, is simply atypical for product design products. For example, the CruxCase add-on keyboard for iPad has met 250 percent of its goal, but has collected less than $ 250,000, whereas the Touch Time, an e-paper watch created by Donald Brewer, former CTO of Fossil Watches, raked in over $ 314,000. And so the team behind AirBridge will need to float another campaign or find alternative funding. At least it can use the prototypes in investor pitch meetings.Related Posts:
Question by JustP: Which college in California is best for someboby who wants to enter the field of robotics? I’m currently in my first year at Santa Monica College, I’m on track to transferring with an engineering major (either electrical or mechanical, preferably both) in the next two years. So i want to know which school in California would be best. BTW I’m at SMC for financial reasons. i got an 1850 and a 25 on the SAT and ACT respectively. Would UCLA be good?
Answer by Joe RYou should look into the -University of California, Berkeley (UCB), School of Engineering, -California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena, or -California Polytechnical State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo.
P.S. UCLA most definitely.
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This video shows how to enter Liberty City Bank, and yes, this is the PS3 version of GTA IV. Both versions (Xbox 360 and PS3) are coded the same way, so you can use any glitches on the 360 on PS3, or vice versa. Credits: edin20 (who posted the original version of entering the bank), and Seryoga for supplying such awesome music! Thanks to both! This is the EXACT location of the BANK. Thanks to the GTA Brazil Team!!!: 1.bp.blogspot.com Thanks to the YouTube community for 30000+ views (even if it is because of fools rewatching this video and holding their iPhones up to their computer speakers…)! Song: King Ring (by Seryoga). © KingRing Productions. The usage of this song in the video in no way violates Media Usage Rights, in the sense that by supplying an official free track, I own partial rights to this track. I am in no way trying to illegally copy, promote, or distribute this media in any way. Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts:
This is the same European version we’ve already spent so much time with, just stopping by the FCC to get its wireless paperwork in order. There’s no LTE onboard, but the phone would handle HSPA+ on AT&T or just EDGE on T-Mo if it was (now legally) carried into the States. The regulatory label also helpfully alludes to one of the phone’s key selling points: its 2,100mAh battery, which reportedly lasts for a tablet-like ten hours under load. It’ll be globally available from May 29th, if you fancy getting into the import / export business.
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Three months after launching the PS Vita is still a hard sale. There simply isn’t a killer title yet. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is boring, the racing games fall flat, and the best game so far, Ninja Gaiden, is tepid at best. Worst yet, several of the Vita’s relatively strong titles are simply ports of smartphone games. In the age of $ 5 iPad games, spending $ 50 on a port is downright ludicrous.
Sackboy and LittleBigPlanet might be the ace the the PS Vita so desperately need. And it’s about to hit beta.
Sony just posted the details on its Playstation blog. While no exact dates were given, interested players should put their name down on this sign-up list to reserve a spot. As Sony states, the developers are looking for last minute feedback prior to the game’s launch next month.
We played an early version of LittleBigPlanet last June at E3. It was easily the best title at the show and cleverly takes advantage of the Vita’s multiple controls and social connectivity. But still, the game will likely debut with a $ 50 price tag, which as I previously stated, is a lot to swallow when equally immersive games can be had for dramatically less on hardware you already own.
Netflix streaming just got a bit more classy. The Weinstein Company is releasing “a diverse slate” of its titles exclusively to Netflix streaming. These titles will hit the service within a year of their theatrical release and will include foreign language films, documentaries and other hits from TWC. This is the first deal between TWC and Netflix.
Netflix subs should expect several critically acclaimed titles. 2012 Academy Award Nominee The Artist will hit Netflix prior to pay TV on traditional premium cable. Other titles like French-language World War II drama Sarah’s Key and The Intouchables, Bully, and Coriolanus will hit Netflix streaming in the future as well.
“We couldn’t be happier to be working again with Harvey and Bob, who have an unmatched track record of creating critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos stated in today’s announcement.
This was a big win for Netflix. It was the first deal between the media company and Netflix and adds a fair selection of high-profile releases even if there is a long wait until they’re available. But Netflix needs more similar deals. Netflix streaming is facing tough competition from Amazon and others. Content is king.
Terms of the deal wasn’t released.
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With this information, NASA hopes to better understand how gravity works, both above and below the Moon’s surface, by detailing the findings in a high-resolution map. NASA also says that scientists can utilize it to get further insight into how our planets formed. Notably, both spacecraft feature a MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students), that will allow students request pictures of specific areas the lunar surface for later study. Best of all, using NASA’s “Eyes on the Solar System” web app, you’ll be able to follow the paths of both spaceships in detail. You’ll find full details about the GRAIL mission at the source links below.
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The promise of the ultra-cheap ultrabook hasn’t quite been fulfilled yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a few sexy machines before the new ones hit. Acer’s Aspire S3 dropped yesterday, and we’ll have a review up soon, but the new Asus Zenbooks, rumored and pictured earlier but only actually announced today, are the ones I’ve been waiting for.
You’ve got two basic models: the 11.6-inch UX21 and the 13-inch UX31. But there’s more, much more.
Both laptops have 4GB of RAM, a Bang and Olufsun audio system, USB 2 and 3, micro HDMI and mini VGA out. The UX21, at $ 999, comes with a Core i5-2467M mobile processor that can be upgraded to an i7 for $ 200. Its 11.6″ screen is the usual 1366×768. You’re stuck with 128GB of space, alas.
The UX31 looks like the one to get, though: for just one more benjamin (that is to say, for $ 1099 total) you get a a much better 1600×900 13.1″ screen, a superior i5 processor (2557M), an SD card reader, and a more capacious battery. It too can be upgraded: you can snag a 256GB drive for $ 250 extra, and then get an i7 for another $ 100 on top of that.
As we heard, it’s thin and light: it’s 0.11″ at the front and 0.67″ at the rear. The case is aluminum, and there’s a nice brushed design on the lid. The UX21 weighs 2.43lb, and the UX31 is slightly heavier at 2.86lb. How the build quality stacks up against its biggest rivals (the S3 and of course the MacBook Air) will have to be decided after some hands-on time.