Apple has been found to be in violation of a Samsung patent, which has resulted in a limited import ban on certain products, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, original iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G, all only for AT&T-specific models. More details are emerging about the ruling, but it’s likely this affects only older devices on AT&T because it relates to a specific component used before wider release of the iPhone with multi-band support.
The import ban could theoretically result in Apple being unable to sell the devices in question in the U.S., should all appeals fail and the decision be upheld, since Apple wouldn’t be able to bring the devices into the country from its overseas suppliers and manufacturing facilities. As this is an ITC ruling, it would have to be appealed to the White House or Federal Circuit to be overturned, notes Nilay Patel of The Verge on Twitter.
Even if it does result in an effective ban, these devices are likely nearing the end of their sales cycle, with updates looming in the fall or perhaps as soon as next week at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Still, it would be a considerable blow given that there are still a number of months between now and then, depending on when it takes effect. In the interim, small carriers and education still rely heavily on older models.
Apple announced today that it was, of course, disappointed with the outcome and will appeal today’s ruling telling AllThingsD, “Today’s decision has no impact on the availability of Apple products in the United States. Samsung is using a strategy which has been rejected by courts and regulators around the world. They’ve admitted that it’s against the interests of consumers in Europe and elsewhere, yet here in the United States Samsung continues to try to block the sale of Apple products by using patents they agreed to license to anyone for a reasonable fee.”
The full decision is embedded below, and the patent at issue in this particular decision is described in detail here. It’s related to cellular transmission of signals, to dramatically simplify things.View this document on Scribd
Apple broke records again opening weekend, with the iPhone 5 selling more than 5M in its first three days, compared to 4M for the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone-maker also announced that demand for the iPhone 5 far exceeded the initial supply, which is likely the only reason why opening weekend sales didn’t cross into the 6- to 10 million range some were predicting. Still the number is impressive, and reflects strong pre-order performance, which Apple said topped 2 million in the first 24 hours.
Apple also announced that 100 million iOS devices have been updated to iOS 6, an amazing rate of adoption, considering that the company has sold just north of 400 million, according to its own numbers released earlier this month. We saw a lot of evidence that adoption was very high, very early on after the release of iOS 6, but Apple’s official totals really drive home just how many eagerly pushed that update button in the first week.Related Posts:
If you can’t get enough of the adventures of the Joestars and their various progeny, then you’re in luck. NTT DoCoMo knows how to keep hardcore fans happy, releasing a limited run of 15,000 LG Optimus Vu with the phablet carrying custom wallpaper and illustrations from the creators of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Beneath the surface, it’s the same phone we’ve seen before — albeit with support for mobile TV standard Nottv. If you’re now throwing your yen at the screen, we’d suggest going to your nearest store on August 30th, because online sales are limited to 750 on that day and a further 750 on September 1st.
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These are limited edition $ 325 Batman and Bane wristwatches from Diesel. I’m gonna be honest, for that price I kinda expected the Batman one to come with a mini-grappling hook and the Bane one to come with…I dunno, an explosives detonator or something. God, could you imagine how embarrassed Lucius Fox would be if Batman were caught running around wearing a wristwatch? You’re entire superhero-ness depends on gadgets and gizmos, Bruce! You need a laser that shoots the time directly into your eyeball or something. Now if you’ll excuse me… Psst, Lucius — did you finish designing that thing you and I talked about? “The sonic buttplug?” HAHA, WHAT?! Noooooooooo. Jesus bro, not so loud.
For all the talk about people who only watch downloaded television shows and movies on their computers and iPads, sometimes there’s nothing like live TV.
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This week I tested a new product called Aereo, which may be an ideal fit for people who want on-the-go entertainment and don’t want to give up watching live TV shows or the ability to record and time-shift while watching.
Aereo has been available by invitation only in New York City since March. Last week, Aereo Inc. beat back a court challenge brought by TV broadcast companies, and the company expects to expand to other major cities over the next year. People based in New York City can get an invitation to Aereo within 24 hours by going to Aereo.com and clicking Request Invite.
The technology platform currently is only usable on Apple’s iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It also doesn’t carry all channels, only those broadcast over the air.
Aereo couldn’t be simpler: It runs in the browser of your smartphone or tablet and shows you a TV program guide like you were sitting at home in front of the big screen. It requires no additional hardware at your house or on your devices. Instead of the stuttering, choppy footage we’ve come to expect from Web videos, Aereo uses a technology in the background that streams content to your device in HD quality with only an occasional blip as you first start watching a show. You can watch live TV or recorded shows, and it works like you’re sitting home with your DVR, letting you pause a show, rewind or skip ahead through commercials.
A group of Aereo antennae are located remotely and send local TV broadcast signals over the Web to subscribers. The technology streams content in HD quality to your device.
You don’t need a cable-TV subscription to use Aereo. One account currently costs $ 12 monthly, and this enables up to five devices; Apple TV (via AirPlay) or Roku can be used to beam this content onto your home TV. Aereo compatibility with PC Web browsers and additional mobile devices is expected later this year. Each account can record two shows simultaneously, storing up to 40 hours of programming.
Aereo will soon be releasing a new, flexible pricing structure that would give consumers access to the technology at a variety of prices, the company says.
I got a special Aereo account that allowed me to test it as if I lived in New York City, even though I live in Washington, D.C. On the iPad, I tested it in Apple’s Safari browser as well as Google’s Chrome browser. And I tried it on the iPhone in Safari.
Two big factors stood out as I used Aereo. It has a thoughtful, clean user interface that works well on the iPad, where I tested it most. And its video quality is startlingly good. On more than one occasion, I completely forgot I was streaming video rather than watching a file stored on my iPad.
Chaitanya Kanojia, Aereo’s chief executive, said Aereo’s smooth play is due in part to the company building its own transcoding system, and there’s no buffering or caching of content.
Aereo has a few intuitive features. For example, shows can be watched in one of four video-quality levels (low, medium, high or auto), but people might not know what their network is capable of playing. By tapping the words “check speed,” a built-in speed test gets results for your network and tells you what speed would work best. In my house’s Wi-Fi network, the results said, “Your current network speed is about 2.44Mbs. That’s fast enough for high-quality video.”
While I was watching live or recorded shows on the iPad, I could tap anywhere else on the screen and the show that was playing automatically shrank and dropped down into the bottom right corner of the screen. This meant I never had to cover up the window where video was playing or pause a show to navigate around the app.
Fans of regular TV will find comfort in Aereo’s Guide, which includes all the trappings of a TV program guide with channels listed on the left and days and times running across the top of the screen.
On a touch screen, I found this guide much easier to navigate than with a traditional TV remote. I slid my finger along the top of the guide, instantly skipping ahead from Monday to Sunday, tapping on individual programs to see more details about them. Within each show description, a large, red Record dot appeared, and I could tap on this to record a show. If a show was live, I tapped a Watch button to immediately start watching it.
Once I selected the button to record a show, a small pop-up window appeared from the bottom of the screen asking, “How often would you like to record ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon?’ ” Options included Just this Once, Every New Episode or All Episodes.
You can connect your Aereo account with Facebook or Twitter to share your recording options with friends.
There are currently 28 channels available over-the-air in New York City, including major networks, subchannels and specialty channels like NYCTV and iON.
I found CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, CW, PBS, PBS Kids and HSN, but not Bravo, HGTV, Food Network, TNT or VH1, as these are cable channels, not over-the-air.
If you’re a fan of TV and want a better way to watch it on the go, Aereo is a pleasure.
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A limited-edition Halo 4-branded Xbox 360 console will be available alongside Halo 4′s November 6th launch, Microsoft and developer 343 Industries announced today at San Diego Comic-Con.
The official announcement, which came during this afternoon’s Halo 4 panel, confirms a previous leak.
The $ 399.99 bundle includes a Halo 4-themed 320 GB Xbox 360 with custom sound effects; two Halo 4-skinned controllers; a wired Xbox 360 headset; and a copy of the standard edition of Halo 4. The console’s ring of light and the Xbox Guide button on each controller will glow blue instead of green. The bodies of both the console and the controller are translucent. In addition, the bundle comes with tokens for exclusive Xbox Live avatar content and in-game…
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