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Apple granted injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia

Apple's prolonged legal tussle with Samsung continues Down Under, but Apple's just landed a dead-on uppercut in the fight. Samsung has been legally barred from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the injunction against sales of Samsung's tablet will be enforced until results of a full hearing in 2012.

Samsung has said it will scrap plans for a Galaxy Tab launch in Australia altogether if it faces injunction, because the loss of holiday sales will kill any potential market for the device. However, the judge in the case agreed with Apple's claims that Samsung had violated several of Apple's patents in the Galaxy Tab's design.

Samsung had previously offered to settle with Apple, but Apple rejected that offer and has aggressively pursued global legal action against Samsung for its "slavish" copying of iOS devices. Although it looks like the Australian launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is never going to take place now, Aussie Samsung fans can take heart in the fact that Sydney-area sellers are pushing the Galaxy S2 smartphone for just two bucks right outside local Apple Stores.

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Dell tablet focus is Windows 8 not Android

Dell is betting on Windows 8 as the company’s best chance of tablet success against the iPad, with CEO Michael Dell arguing that the Android slate market “has not developed” as predicted. Speaking at Dell World 2011 this week, V3 reports, Dell described the PC manufacturer as “very aligned with Microsoft around Windows 8″ and teased that “you’ll hear more about Windows 8 from us and see a wide range of products released.”

As for Google’s tablet strategy, Dell held off from dismissing Android as a failure in slates but did voice some concerns about growth. “Android is certainly another opportunity as well,” he conceded, “but that market has not developed to the expectations they would have had.”

Part of Windows 8′s charm for Dell is the potential ecosystem it allows. “Within the $3 trillion industry that we’re in, the consumer business is worth $250bn” the CEO pointed out, going on to suggest that the company’s attention is “on providing a complete set of solutions to customers, including the device, but we’re not really focused on the device.”

That seemingly means giving enterprise users what they want, namely products that fit in with existing server infrastructure and software investments, which Windows 8 will do better at than Android. As for mobile devices, like the Dell Streak tablet line-up, “we launched a series of products and they’ve sold, but we launched them all in small volumes to see customer reaction and behavior” Dell consumer, small and medium business chief Steve Felice clarified.

Nonetheless, caution around Android doesn’t necessarily mean success for Windows Phone. Earlier this month word leaked that Dell had cancelled plans for a WP7 Mango handset and had no plans for new devices running Microsoft’s smartphone OS, at least at the present time.


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Dell tablet focus is Windows 8 not Android is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Apple Aussie win could mean death to all Android slates warns expert

Apple’s sales injunction success over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia earlier today could have wide-reaching impact on other Android tablets in the country, it’s been suggested, with one of Steve Jobs’ own patents helping strike the killing blow. The IP in question is particularly broad, FOSS Patents points out, and potentially “broad enough in scope that Google and its OEM partners can’t work around them without rendering their products less appealing, or even entirely unappealing, to consumers.”

The two patents Samsung fell foul of are No. 2005246219, “Multipoint Touchscreen”, and No. 2009233675, “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.” The latter is the Australian version of US patent No. 7479949, of which Steve Jobs is one of the listed inventors. The US equivalent of each are being used in Apple’s ongoing cases in American courts, with the former targeting Samsung alone while the other is being held against Samsung, HTC and Motorola Mobility.

Despite their relative broadness, the two patents were apparently enough to convince the Australian courts that a full trial was necessary and – in the meantime – a preliminary injunction against Samsung should be imposed. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean Apple will win in the full trial, as Samsung has argued previously, by missing the holiday shopping season the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is effectively “dead” on arrival.

It’s worth considering that the scope of the danger to Android OEMs is the opinion of just one patent observer, and until the legal beagles have had the opportunity to dig through the full rulings of the preliminary sales injunction, we won’t know for sure the scope of Apple’s new-found powers. Indeed, the final result will be a further test of them: if Apple can block sales of another Android tablet, or if the courts aren’t as accommodating the second time around.


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Apple Aussie win could mean death to all Android slates warns expert is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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iPhone 4S suffers teardown treatment

Having your circuits exposed, RAM revealed and baseband boggled at is a rite of passage for any smartphone worth its salt, and so it was clear the iPhone 4S would have to suffer the teardown treatment. Apple’s new dualcore smartphone has been vigorously hazed by the screwdriver-toting engineers at iFixit, revealing a larger battery among other things.

Well, we say larger: this isn’t some masterpiece of TARDIS-style magical battery accommodation, with the iPhone 4S bigger on the inside. Actually you get a whole extra 0.05 WHrs over the iPhone 4 battery – and no backward compatibility – so there’s obviously some impressive power management going on for the 4S to meet its improved runtime estimates.

Unfortunately, Apple has also used its frustrating pentalobe screws, minimizing the likelihood of you having a screwdriver that will actually fit the iPhone 4S casing. Most people won’t be interested in opening their handset up, but we’d at least like the option. Of course, if you’d rather see how the iPhone 4S shapes up in fully assembled form, make sure to check out the full SlashGear review.


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iPhone 4S suffers teardown treatment is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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3G Sony Tablet S and Tablet P tipped for October 28 in Japan

If you liked the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P but thought you would just hold off until the 3G version hit they are coming, at least in Japan. NTT DoCoMo has announced that on October 28 3G versions of both tablets will hit Japan. The tablets hit the Japanese market on September 17 in WiFi only versions. Other than the addition of 3G, the machines will be the same it seems.

The 3G packing Tablet S will have model number SGPT113JP / S and the 3G version of the Tablet P will have part number SGPT211JP / S. The S will run Android 3.2 and have an IPS screen and use the Tegra 2 chipset at 1GHz. The screen is 9.4-inches and it has a resolution of 1280 x 800. It also comes with an IR remote for controlling media.

The P tablet will have the same 5.5-inch folding display with a resolution of 1024 x 480. A button press will allow the user to watch only one side of the screen. They both have DLNA compatibility. There is no mention of a date these 3G versions will come to the states.

[via AVWatch]


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3G Sony Tablet S and Tablet P tipped for October 28 in Japan is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Oct/11Off

Corsair announces 32GB 1866MHz RAM kit

Corsair has been in the RAM game for computer enthusiast, gamers, and mainstream users looking fro upgrades for a long time. The company also has flash drives, SSDs, and a lot of other hardware that the computer user needs. The company has announced the addition of a large capacity RAM kit for dual and quad channel mainboards.

The RAM kit is the 32GB 1866MHz Dominator. The kit includes four screened 8GB DDR3 modules that have the Corsair DHX+ heatsinks attacked. The RAM operates at 1.5V and is designed to run at 1866MHz. The timings on the RAM are 9-10-9-27.

Corsair has tested the kit with the upcoming quad channel and current dual channel platforms. The 32GB kit will land this month at a price that will curl your toes. This much RAM will set you back $999, but man will your rig be fast.


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Corsair announces 32GB 1866MHz RAM kit is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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PayPal, S1, and NCR team for payments from ATM to individuals

If you pick a random bank in your area and drive up to the ATM there is a very good chance that you will find the machine is made by NCR. The company has a huge amount of ATMs in service around the country and the world. NCR has announced that it is teaming up with PayPal and S1 to offer the ability for users to pay a PayPal account holder directly from the ATM.

The service will give the ATM user the option of sending money directly from their bank account to a PayPal account holder without having a PayPal account themselves. They just choose the amount to transfer and enter the email of the person that is to get the money and the loot is deducted from the sender account and credited to the seller account immediately.

Another benefit for people with PayPal accounts is that NCR says that the ATM payment method “could be” cheaper than other non-PayPal money transfer options. The receiver does have to have a PayPal account to receive funds.


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PayPal, S1, and NCR team for payments from ATM to individuals is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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RIM: BlackBerry “fully restored” but no compensation news

“You expect better of us, I expect better of us.” So RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis opened the company’s apologetic BlackBerry press conference this morning, before swiftly pointing out that services have now been “fully restored”. As for compensation, however, fellow co-CEO Jim Balsillie said RIM has no idea, at present, what or even if that could be “Our focus has been 100-percent on getting services restored,” he told investors and journalists, “that’s something we’re going to focus on now, but it hasn’t been our priority overnight.”

According to Lazaridis, a dual-redundancy high capacity switch failed in Europe; that should have been handled by a backup system, but that system also collapsed. The failure in Europe resulted in overloading elsewhere. When the system was restarted, processing the backlog took longer than RIM had expected. RIM is still unclear on why the initial switch failed, but says it was “most likely caused by hardware [failure].”

In the past 18 months, Lazaridis highlighted, RIM has managed 99.97-percent uptime, something which will come as little comfort to those at the tail-end of a more than three day outage. The company will now undertake “aggressive immediate steps” to reduce the likelihood of it happening again, and is working with vendors to analyse the hardware failure, is performing a root core analysis to figure out why the system took longer than expected to come back online, and – perhaps most critically in the same week the iPhone 4S and iMessage hits shelves – attempt to restore the trust of users.

However, RIM also denied that the recent layoffs had any impact on the outage. ”This was unfortunately the largest [outage] that we’ve experienced” Lazaridis concluded, “it was unfortunate.”


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RIM: BlackBerry “fully restored” but no compensation news is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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UD Replicas to re-release its replica Batman motorcycle suits

I have talked about the uber geeky and cool motorcycle suits that the UD Replicas company makes before. One of my all time favorites was the Tron suit that came out around the time the film was in theaters. One of the most popular suits of all time for the company was the Batman suit that was based on the newer film The Dark Knight. Those suits have so far sold out in two releases.

The company has announced that if you want your own Batman suit, you will have a short time to order one since they are re-releasing the suit right now. The release is set to coincide somewhat with the film due next summer called The Dark Knight Rises. The suit is a real motorcycle suit that will protect the wearer in the event of a spill on their bike.

It has CE-approved body armor inside, Kevlar plates, and glove liners along with other safety features. The line includes full suits with a jacket, pants, and boots. There are also two stand-alone jackets in the line. The price for a full suit is $998 and the company offers a 3-month payment plan on the site. The re-released suit is limited to 450 units, orders will close on December 9, and a second edition of the Batman Begins suit is on order until October 31 with a Q1 delivery.


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UD Replicas to re-release its replica Batman motorcycle suits is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Google Wallet payments accepted at American Eagle, Aerie and 77Kids in five markets

Google Wallet has been around for a while now and we have talked about it and gone hands on with the app in the past. A major nationwide retailers has announced that it will be talking Google Wallet payments in its locations. The retailer is American Eagle Outfitters and some of the other stores under the same corporate umbrella.

The other stores that will be taking Google Wallet payments are Aerie and 77Kids. The new payment program is being rolled out to locations of these stores in five major markets in the US. The markets include LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., and NYC. To introduce the new tech to the users in the areas at the Time Square store in NYC store associates and Google ambassadors will be there to take users on a “tapping spree.”

The event will show the users how to use the service and give them loaner phones to use inside the store. The loaner phones will have a $10 gift card on them and users can find other special deals through the store. Google Wallet is also compatible with the AEO AEREWARDS$ loyalty program.


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Google Wallet payments accepted at American Eagle, Aerie and 77Kids in five markets is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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