updated 11:24 pm EDT, Thu May 31, 2012
Playbook OS Version 2.1.0 downloadable for developers
Research in Motion (RIM) has released a PlayBook beta for developers. Version 2.1.0 is available to download now. While the BB10 operating system is expected for the PlayBook, RIM promises compatibility for applications developed for the new OS beta release will function in BB10. Improvements have been made in the Android runtime, the BlackBerry Payment SDK has been made available, and portrait mode support has been added to the email, contacts, and calendar apps. Full device encryption is now possible, and HTML5 support has been added. A developer account is required to download the beta software.
Technicolor employs tech crew of 220 to find patent violations
Technicolor, the French imaging pioneer, has shifted stance from an innovator to a patent enforcer. The company has enlisted a 220-person strong force to tear down every new device from manufacturers like Apple, Motorola, HTC, and Samsung looking for violations of one of its over 40,000 patents. Beatrix de Russe, executive vice president of intellectual property at Technicolor said, "We usually send manufacturers a big file, with photos of the guts of their products, pointing to where they've been using our technology without paying for it." The patent licensing department accounts for 13 percent of Technicolor's revenue.
inXile releases new The Bard's Tale for Mac
Following the success of the iOS port port of the 2004 game featuring the voice talents of Cary Elwes, the classic game intellectual property of The Bard's Tale is newly available for the Macintosh ($9.99). The Macintosh version features cloud saves, so any progress made in the iOS version is transferrable to the Mac, and vice versa. The iOS version contains the original 8- and 16-bit Bard's Tale trilogy, no word if the Mac App Store version does as well.