Completely overturns 2010 court verdict
Apple has won an appeal in a patent infringement lawsuit over the company's Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine interfaces, Bloomberg reports. The case was first filed in 2008 by company called Mirror Worlds. Although the firm briefly claimed victory in 2010, in 2011, a judge overturned a jury verdict awarding Mirror Worlds $625.5 million in damages. With the latest ruling, a judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington has stated that Apple didn't violate the three Mirror Worlds patents which were the basis for court proceedings.
Safari, Spotlight new areas of focus
Apple is seeding a new pre-release build of OS X 10.7.3 to developers. Listed as 11D24, the build is only the second for v10.7.3, following two weeks after the original. The new code is said to make additional bugfixes, as well as bring Safari and Spotlight into the list of components Apple would like tested. Address Book, iCal, Mail, and iCloud Document Storage also remain areas of interest.
Based on Tiger's style of Spotlight searching
Houdah Software are testing a new Mac file-finding utility called Tembo inspired by the Spotlight interface of OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The public beta, hosted at the "Made at Gloria" software "brewery," is intended to make finding files even easier through the use of re-orderable categories, which can be enabled or disabled at will. The intent is to make zeroing in on a precise "hit" from a long list of results faster.
Google Instant provides live, dynamic search
Google at its special event today rolled out Google Instant, its codename for a live, as-you-type search. The method provides results on the fly and auto-suggests search queries based on the exact characters. It makes predictions based on past searches and automatically pops up specially formatted information for common searches, such as weather, movie info and images.
Version 1.1 adds more filters with tab support
XtraLean Software has updated its file search software, DataLore 1.1. The Spotlight front-end software offers search as you type with filtering, and can search multiple Macs on a local network. It supports Boolean and wildcard queries, date ranges and file-type searching. DataLore runs as an application and a menu-bar item that controls access between Macs on a network.
DataLore adds file searching/sharing capabilites
XtraLean has announced its latest file searching and sharing tool, DataLore, that utilizes both Spotlight and Bonjour technology. The app enables users to access and browse a variety of content both on their own computer and other systems connected to a network. It uses search-as-you-type technology, along with filters that allow users to search by file types. DataLore also comes with customizable search features, enabling specific folders to be selected or deselected when trying to find an item.