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Judge: no proof of lost sales; jury presumably followed the law
Both Apple and Samsung have won minor victories in the first group of post-trial hearing rulings from Judge Lucy Koh. Late Monday afternoon, Koh issued her initial rulings following the December 6 post-trial hearing between Apple and Samsung regarding matters raised by the verdict of the first smartphone patent trial. The judge has refused product sales embargoes desired by Apple on the infringing Samsung devices, saying that when only a small amount of the product is found to be infringing, it fails to merit a ban on the whole product. Additionally, the judge rejected Samsung's motion for a mistrial based on juror misconduct, saying that inadmissible statements after the trial didn't count as "evidence properly before the Court" to consider a hearing to examine the jury.
Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements slashed for sale
Over the weekend, Adobe revealed its second sale this holiday season for image editing software Photoshop Elements 11, movie creator Premiere Elements 11, and photo archival tool Lightroom 4. The sale runs through January 6. Lightroom 4 has been reduced to $130, from the original retail of $149. Both Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 have been cut to $80, from $99. A bundle consisting of both Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 is $99.
Though problem was modest, may have affected wide range of users
Though Apple's new System Status page for iCloud provides users with at-a-glance notification of problems (and offers a timeline showing exactly how long any service interruption occurred), a brief outage on Monday -- that affected all of the iCloud services apart from iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match -- shows that the revamped page does not always specify what percentage of users are affected in a given incident. Apple's report on todays incident, which lasted just over an hour, simply says that "some" users were affected.
iWalk batteries provide up to 15,000 mAh to portable devices
Smartphone accessory manufacturer iWalk has debuted the Extreme Series, backup batteries capable of charging all electronic devices, including smartphones, navigation units, cameras, Bluetooth headsets, and laptop computers. The Extreme 15000, the flagship model with 15,000mAh, comes with a micro USB and Apple cable. It also features eight different connectors for true universal compatibility and a variety of built-in safety components, including overcharge and short circuit protection. Eight other models are available to support a wide range of devices, with some color-customizable options. All Extreme Series batteries come with a one-year warranty and can be found at the iWalk website, and select retailers for between $40 and $145.
Accompanies general Mac Wi-Fi Update issued earlier today
Alongside the Mac Wi-Fi Update that Apple brought out earlier on Monday, the company has now included EFI updates for the most recent iMac and 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina models. Both EFI updates offer other fixes and improvements, but are clearly designed to complement the Wi-Fi update in these models. The iMac update covers both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch "late 2012" (thin at the edges) models, while the MacBook Pro update is aimed solely at the 13-inch "late 2012" MacBook Pro with Retina display, rather than any other variation.
TV rating metric to be based entirely on Twitter data
Noted television ratings and market research group Nielsen announced today a multi-year partnership to create the "Nielsen Twitter TV Rating" for the US market. The partnership with Twitter will result in a new syndicated-standard metric that measures Twitter conversations about TV, and it will be available at the start of the fall 2013 television season.
Cisco expected to fetch far less than $500 million on the sale
According to industry sources, Cisco Systems has hired Barclays to find a buyer for its home networking division Linksys. Reportedly, Cisco is planning on divesting itself of the home router manufacturer as part of its strategy to exit consumer-level businesses while expanding in technology services, and other corporate solutions.
Statistic could prove embarrassing for Apple
Google Maps for iOS -- released last week -- managed to exceed over 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours, says Google Jeff Huber. The app is known to have become popular extremely quickly, reaching the top free spot on the App Store in just seven hours. Until now, though, Google had not provided any detailed data.
Capture adds options to editing, upload process
Google has launched YouTube Capture, a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The title lets people shoot video specifically for uploading to YouTube. Unlike Apple's native Camera app, though, Capture includes a variety of editing functions, including not just trimming but color correction, stabilization, and the option of adding backing music. Once a video is ready, it can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+ simultaneously. The app is a free download and requires iOS 5.
Patch affects recent Mac updates
Apple has posted Mac Wi-Fi Update 1.0, a patch for late 2012 Macs. The code fixes compatibility problems when operating on the 5GHz Wi-Fi band, 802.11n. The download is 1.49MB, and requires OS X 10.8.2 or later -- specifically, Apple notes, at least build 12C2034 of the OS.
Halfbrick Studio game giveaway
Halfbrick Studios has announced that it will be offering all of its iPhone and iPad games for free for a limited time. The company's catalogue of games includes 9 titles, such as Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash, and Age of Zombies, all which will be discounted until 1AM EST tomorrow morning. Both standard and HD versions of each game are being offered in the promotion that is currently live around the world in the App Store.
Tab now shows friends' interests
Facebook is updating its iOS and Android apps later today to upgrade the Nearby tab, according to company's official blog. The new tab is gaining ability to show local places that friends have liked, recommended, or checked into. In tandem, people will also be able rate or recommend places via mobile.
Initial order said to be 5M units
Amazon has reportedly chosen Foxconn to produce the online retailer's rumored self-branded smartphone. Unnamed sources have told Taiwan Economic News the contract manufacturer "actively scrambled" to establish the exclusive supply deal, as some of its other clients--Nokia in particular--struggle to gain traction in the smartphone market.
Residents have new deadlines to choose Fiber plans
Google has announced the next areas to get gigabit Internet access in Kansas City. Five more "fiberhoods" will see the high-speed connection rolled out in early 2013, with the search giant setting deadlines for residents requesting installation in those areas to choose their package before construction work begins.
Apple seeds iOS 6.1 beta 4, new Xcode, Apple TV betas
Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 6.1 to developers. Any major changes are so far unknown, beyond a standard Apple claim of "bug fixes and improvements." Typically, Apple introduces minor features or redesigns with each beta of an iOS upgrade. The download beta is available over-the-air through earlier betas of iOS 6.1, or via Apple's iOS developer portal.
Lack of support for high-resolution screens cited as cause
HTC is reportedly scrapping its plans to build a five-inch Windows Phone 8 handset, with software restrictions said to be to blame. It is said that a Microsoft-enforced limitation on screen resolutions, was the primary cause for the change of plans, along with a limitation for what processors could be used on WP8 devices.
Executive turmoil may be weakening confidence
Apple stock has being floating around the $500 mark in Monday trading, tracking shows. Prior to the opening of the NYSE, the stock in fact slipped to $497, but it has since gone up a few dollars to about $502. Overall, though, Apple stock has slipped about $200 since hitting an all-time peak in September.
Final release gets interface tweaks
Autodesk is now shipping Smoke 2013, the latest version of its editing and effects suite for the Mac. Aside from basic editing, the software can handle tasks like motion graphics, color correction, and 3D compositing. The 2013 edition brings in a new user interface, including the ConnectFX compositing system, which uses a node-based scheme designed to keep work within the main editing environment.
Meanwhile, Rogers opens reservations for BB10 phone
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has begun sending out invitations to media outlets for the unveiling of its latest handset running the newest version of its mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10. The all-touchscreen phone will be revealed at a media event in New York City and other cities around the world on January 30. Meanwhile, Canadian wireless carrier Rogers has announced that it will be carrying the new BlackBerry on its LTE network next year, and Rogers has begun accepting reservations for future BlackBerry customers even though the device has yet to be revealed.
Pi Store aims to make microcomputer easier to use
The Raspberry Pi micro computer now has its own app store. Called the Pi Store, the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the service today, with the intention of making it "easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials," and as a one-stop shop for those new to the Raspberry Pi to get going quickly.
Sprint now will leverage Clearwire's 2.5GHz spectrum assets
Confirming earlier reports of an acquisition in the offing, Sprint today announced that it would be taking full ownership of wireless broadband wholesaler Clearwire. The final price for the deal came in at $2.2 billion, just above earlier estimates that had Sprint paying $2.1 billion. That price represents a 128 percent premium to Clearwire's closing share price from October 10, the day before Sprint and Softbank's discussions were confirmed in the marketplace.
Windows seen as too important not to use in RT name
A Dell executive urged Microsoft to not use Windows branding for its ARM-based operating system, according to reports. Jeffrey Clarke of Dell apparently told Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that it should have been called something else other than Windows RT, but Ballmer deemed the Windows brand to be too important to not be used in the new devices.
Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station shipping to US, globally Jan.
The Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station is now shipping. The docking station is compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro and the Apple MacBook Air, giving users the ability to connect multiple peripherals and additional display options. The device connects to a MacBook over one Thunderbolt cable allowing users to connect the additional peripherals to the dock itself taking full advantage of the 10Gbps bandwidth of the new I/O standard.
Lumia 510 released in India, Lumia 505 in Mexico
Nokia has reportedly started to roll out Windows Phone 7.8 to some of its handsets. At the same time as the mobile operating system upgrade to some of the company's handsets, Nokia has also launched the Lumia 505 in Mexico, and the Lumia 510 in India, both of which will launch with Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box.
Samsung Exynos 4-based processors vulnerable to serious
Devices running Samsung's Exynos 4-based processors (4210 and 4412) including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II have been shown to be vulnerable to a hack with potentially serious ramifications. A developer on the XDA Developers forum @alephzain uncovered the vulnerability, which could give a malicious app the ability to wipe data, brick a device or access a user's data without their knowledge.
Apple sets new iPhone 5 sales record in China
Apple has announced that it sold over 2 million iPhone 5s in its first weekend of sales in China. It was able to clock up the figure in the first three days after its December 14 launch. Apple managed to achieve the new Chinese iPhone first weekend thanks to a new reservation system that helped to take the chaos out of previous launches.
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