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5Apr/120

Viacom revives landmark lawsuit against YouTube

Viacom has won an appeal to revive the landmark $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed against Google over copyrighted videos being uploaded to YouTube without permission. The case was ruled in Google’s favor back in June 2010, setting a guideline governing user uploaded content. But now the tides may be about to change.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit released the decision today that would resurrect the lawsuits filed against Google by Viacom as well as by the English Premier and other film studios and TV networks. The plaintiffs believe that Google is knowingly turning a blind eye to the copyright infringement on YouTube.

The original decision in favor of Google interpreted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor rules to protect website owners unless they have knowledge of copyrighted material being infringed on their sites.

YouTube has responded to the reversal, saying “all that is left of the Viacom lawsuit that began as a wholesale attack on YouTube is a dispute over a tiny percentage of videos long ago removed from YouTube. Nothing in this decision impacts the way YouTube is operating.”

[via Reuters]

Viacom revives landmark lawsuit against YouTube is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Apr/120

Project Glass parody video calls Google’s bluff

Less than 24 hours after Google’s reveal this week of the heads-up VR Project Glass, comedian Tom Scott has created a viral send-up of the glasses complete with concern for their real-life applicability. What we’ve got here from Scott is a video that’s extremely similar to what we saw yesterday from Google, only here it’s showing the pitfalls of such a system as its imagined today. Scott’s version of Project Glass doesn’t exactly have the same shiny ring to it that Google’s does.

These glasses have the same alerts, requests, and abilities that the real Project Glass concept does, but here there’s not so much finesse. Is this what will really happen when we rely almost solely on voice commands – a computer that listens constantly and does not exactly always do what we wish it to? Truly this wouldn’t be the product we were hoping for, would it?

Walking along the street with notifications popping up in front of you in the middle of the day might not be what you were looking for, Google fans. We’re expecting that not just due to this video Google will be addressing concerns as the project develops. There’s always room for humor in the conceptual design world – Tom Scott’s here is perfectly on point.

Project Glass parody video calls Google’s bluff is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Apr/120

Novatel patent infringement lawsuit against ZTE and FWC still stands [UPDATED]

This week the folks at Novatel Wireless have been allowed to continue a lawsuit against competitors ZTE Corp, ZTE USA, and Franklin Wireless Corp for patent infringement on key architecture and functionality of mobile hotspots. This case has been going on for several months and started more than a year ago, and today’s ruling has both of the defendants’ requests to dismiss the case shot down by the Judge presiding over the case. This ends up being a sort of preliminary plus for Novatel who could very well have lost quite a bit of money in legal fees if the case had been found void at this point.

As Peter Leparulo, Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wiress has said about this case, it’s not about cashing in on the situation – it’s about innovation. This is basically what all groups say when suing for infringements of their patents, but let’s indulge for a moment anyway. Novatel’s CEO noted the following at the start of this case, all the way back on December 10th, 2010:

“Novatel Wireless invented the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and with that created a whole new product category in the wireless ecosystem. We’re confident that we will continue to lead the market, but competitors need to rely on their own inventions rather than infringe on ours.” – Leparulo

You can gain access to the entire set of legal sheets in PDF form by heading to this Legal Metric site: /complaints/ and note that the patents they’ve been accused of infringing upon include the image you see above included in these sets of tags:

U.S. Patent No. 5,129,098
U.S. Patent No. 7,318,225
U.S. Patent No. 7,574,737
U.S. Patent No. 7,319,715
U.S. Patent No. 6,785,556

We’ll continue following this story as more details arrive – will ZTE and FWC be devastated by this Novatel case if found guilty? Maybe not. But being found guilty of infringing on the competition’s wares is never a positive situation.

NOTE: This post originally reported that the case had ended and that both parties had been found guilty. This was a miscommunication and the post has been changed accordingly!

Novatel patent infringement lawsuit against ZTE and FWC still stands [UPDATED] is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Apr/120

Galileo robotic iPhone stand shipping in June

The makers of the Joby Gorillapod may have another hit on their hands with a robotic iPhone platform called the Galileo. Under a new venture called Motrr, JoeBen Bevirt and Josh Guyot are the brains behind the Galileo, which has already received $400,000 in Kickstarter funding, surpassing its $100,000 goal, and is now getting ready to ship in June.

The Galileo is an iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability. It can hold your iPhone and rotate into any orientation at speeds up to 200 degrees per second. You can control the platform from any iOS device, such as your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch by simply swiping your finger on the screen.

The device has been recommended for video calls, baby monitoring, remote learning, cinematography, real estate photography and time-lapse photography. It comes with a standard tripod screw so that it can be mounted onto any tripod and it can act as a charging station for your iPhone or iPod when its plugged in via a USB cable.

Motrr is also providing an SDK for the Galileo so that developers can integrate its functionality into iOS apps or other hardware. The Galileo work with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4th generation and can be controlled by the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPod touch 4th gen, and any web browser.

Kickstarter backers get the Galileo first in June for $85, after which the device will be retailed for $129.95.

[via TUAW]

Galileo robotic iPhone stand shipping in June is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Apr/120

Mobile Facebook app security threat very real

This week a startling discovery has been made by developer and writer Gareth Wright which has the potential to allow any rogue app to take control of your Facebook app and therefor your Facebook account. The method seems almost too simple – within the package of files you get with either the Android or iOS version of Facebook comes a file called a plist. This plist contains unencrypted information about your Facebook account – including your name and password. Facebook is reportedly searching for a fix now, but they’ve not yet addressed the fact that a similar plist sits in every app you’ve allowed access to your Facebook account.

For those of you not wanting to get too technical about it – there’s really nothing else you need to know. The Facebook app you’ve got on your mobile device, be it a tablet, smartphone, or something in-between, has a piece of it which is relatively unsecured and contains all of the information needed for a 3rd party to gain access to your Facebook account.

When an app requests access to your Facebook account – like when you need to connect with a photo-sharing app, for example – Facebook’s current method for allowing said access is to transfer information to the plist that app then has in its own stack of files. At the moment, this file sits with an app for 60 days after it asks for access, then Facebook trusts the app to access it.

The plist in the Facebook app itself has an expiration date as well: January 1st, 4001. That’s according, again, to Wright.

So what can you do? You can quit using Facebook on your smart device and delete it and every app you’ve allowed access to Facebook until Facebook’s developers find a better method for connecting you. Or you could just relax because the only way a person can get this information from you is if you download an app which can access it (not likely unless you’re downloading rogue apps from who knows where), or someone gains physical access to your smartphone or tablet. So keep it safe!

Mobile Facebook app security threat very real is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Apr/120

Samsung quashes 3D rumors for Galaxy S III

One of the many rumors surrounding the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone is that it will feature a 3D display. Well, that’s not happening, asserted Samsung today via a statement to Engadget. The South Korean company made it clear that it has no immediate plans to include 3D display technology in its upcoming smartphones.

Although Samsung Electronics is constantly exploring new technologies for our mobile devices, we have no immediate plan to include displays featuring 3D technology in our upcoming smartphones.

The revelation isn’t surprising since the 3D trend seems to be trailing off. HTC and LG both rushed to release 3D smartphones last year, including the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, but they have since replaced their flagships with 2D versions. The emphasis has returned to increasing resolution, something that’s still lacking with 3D display technology.

Samsung’s statement doesn’t completely rule out 3D display technology in the long term, but it does confirm that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III will not be sporting one. The handset is expected to feature a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display along with Samsung’s own quad-core Exynos processor. Leaks have suggested a May 22 launch in London.

[via TNW]

Samsung quashes 3D rumors for Galaxy S III is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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5Apr/120

Dear Aunt TUAW: Did my wife just get a free upgrade?

Dear Aunt TUAW,

So my wife's 11-inch MacBook Air went into an Apple Store to get its screen replaced because it cracked. It's got a core i5 1,6ghz processor in it... Or at least it did!

We've just got it back home and I clicked on "About this Mac" out of habit and it's reported that it's got a core i7 1.7ghz! So my question is: Can the "about this Mac" info be wrong?

Your loving nephew,

Matt

Dear Matt,

That's a puzzler indeed. Do you know if the serial number matches up to what it was before the repair?

In Auntie's experience, "About this Mac" is pretty reliable. However, as a nice man at AppleCare pointed out to her today, the store has discretion over how it performs its repairs. If it's too hard to replace a screen on an older unit, they might theoretically pop out the drive and install it into a newer Mac for in-warranty repair.

Given that the screen is physically distant from the processor and not naturally linked, this might be the answer to your mystery. Please write back and let Auntie know if all the other facets of the computer match up to the pre-repair condition, or if the Genius Bar delivered a free upgrade to you!

Hugs,

Auntie T.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogDear Aunt TUAW: Did my wife just get a free upgrade? originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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5Apr/120

Walter Isaacson: "Apple will settle Google Android dispute"

Walter Isaacson, the author of the blockbuster bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, believes that the "less emotional" Apple CEO Tim Cook will settle the company's dispute with Google over the Android operating system for smartphones.

In his book, Isaacson quoted Steve Jobs as telling Google executives, "You can't pay me off. I'm here to destroy you," referring to the way that the widely-licensed Android OS parroted iOS, in much the way that Windows followed the Mac's look and feel. How and when Cook will settle the dispute with Google wasn't part of Isaacson's statement to the Royal Institution in London.

Isaacson also hinted that Apple will revolutionize the digital photography and television markets in the next two years. While the rumors of an Internet-connected Apple HDTV have been flying since Isaacson's book was published last fall, this is the first time that digital photography has been mentioned as another potential big market for Apple. The company's iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch products contain digital cameras, and the company makes the popular iPhoto and Aperture software products as well, but those products are hardly revolutionary.

In his talk, Isaacson also professed his belief that, in a hundred years, Jobs will be seen as one of the great all-time inventors alongside Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Isaacson was quoted as saying that "Steve Jobs is a greater genius than Microsoft's Bill Gates because he has transformed multiple industries."

[via Digital Spy]

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogWalter Isaacson: "Apple will settle Google Android dispute" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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5Apr/120

Motrr Galileo robotic iPhone platform is go for launch

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One of the coolest Apple-related Kickstarter projects in the recent past has been the Motrr Galileo, a robotic iPhone platform. The project has definitely been funded -- it's now at US$400,000 with a $100,000 goal -- and it appears that the first devices will be shipped some time in June. There's still time for you to be a Galileo backer and get one for $85 -- the actual price tag when the product hits the market will be $129.95.

The founders of Motrr are no strangers to the world of successful products. Josh Guyot and JoeBen Bevirt are the designers of the Joby and Gorillapod flexible camera tripods. With Galileo they'll have an awesome iOS-controlled motorized platform with an API for developers who want their apps to be able to control the device.

If you haven't seen the Galileo in action, check out the video below.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogMotrr Galileo robotic iPhone platform is go for launch originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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5Apr/120

Best Buy offering $50 off select Motorola handsets with trade-in

Best Buy is sweetening the pot on their trade-in deal for a selection of Motorola handsets. With the trade in of any mobile phone, the retailer will offer a $50 credit towards the purchase of the Motorola Atrix 2 for AT&T, Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint, and Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon. The offer is good at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile location. For those not interested in picking up one of the previously mentioned devices, Best Buy reminds us that trade-ins can pay out up to $200 in the form of a gift card. Other deals include $50 off any Sprint phone on a two year activation and up to a $50 gift card when trading in the HTC EVO 4G. Check out the source below for a few more details.

[via BestBuy]


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