A German court has granted a preliminary injunction blocking Samsung from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in almost all EU nations.
Apple didn't provide further details on the ruling, but did say the injunction relates to Samsung's alleged infringement of Apple's iPad-related Community Design 000181607-0001.
It protects the design of the product across the EU. Samsung said the injunction request was filed without its knowledge and the order granted "without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung."
Apple didn't stop there though, it's also attacking the Motorola Xoom. It's unclear though if Apple is seeking an injunction that would immediately prevent Motorola from importing the tablets into Europe. Motorola responded saying "we have reviewed apple's claims and believe they have no merit." Apple didn't reply to a request for comment.
Intel plans to invest $300m over the next few years in companies that develop new technologies for Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are Intel's name for an emerging class of super-thin laptops, meant to compete with Apple's Macbook Air and the Sony Vaio Z.
The Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund will invest in companies working on related technologies, like touch sensors and longer battery life. Intel first announced the Ultrabook concept in June at the Computex trade show, where the Asus UX21 Ultrabook was unveiled. The super-thin machine weighs about two and a half pounds, has an 11.6-inch display and up to a Core i7 processor. The first wave of Ultrabooks is expected to go on sale toward the end of the year.
The hacking group Anonymous is threatening to destroy Facebook on November 5. The video which was posted last month on YouTube has been skyrocketing in views and has been getting more comments by the minute.
"Attention citizens of the world,
"We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows: Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy."
But the threat hasn't been posted on Anonymous' prolific Twitter feed or its blog, leading some experts to wonder if it really originated from the group. A Facebook spokeswoman contacted in London said the company had no comment.
Using Facebook and other social networks can have some significant negative effects on teenagers and young adults, according to a California State University researcher. Using sites like Facebook can be linked to some serious psychological disorders, like narcissism for teenagers, and antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies with young adults, says Dr. Larry Rosen. Rosen said overdoing it on social networking sites can draw out negative emotional behaviors, but isn't trying to imply that Facebook creates psychological disorders.
Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are collaborating on a universal standard for 3D TV glasses. They're working with XPAND 3D to make active shutter glasses that will work on multiple TVs. The glasses will use RF and IR standards used in 3D TVs and will go into production this September. They should be on the market sometime in 2012.
The new standard will use a variant of the Bluetooth communication protocol, allowing users to move away from the line of sight of a 3D television without the 3D glasses losing synchronization. Samsung already uses the Bluetooth protocol in its 2011 range of 3D TVs.
Windows 7 will be on 42% of the world's computers by the end of this year, a Gartner analyst predicted today. But it will probably also be the last of Microsoft's operating system to be deployed to desktops in large volumes. Instead, organizations will opt for rival architectures -- including Mac OS X and tablets -- and roll out future editions of Windows via virtualization backed by in-the-cloud storage.
In an effort to shake Apple’s App store dominance, Amazon has launched a Web app that will escape Apple’s 30 percent sales tax by not appearing in Apple’s app store. The move puts the new apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader on its own away from participation in the App Store revenue-sharing model.
Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader is an HTML5 Web reader accessible to iPad users, as well as from desktop computers. It offers books and other downloadable content through the Web (including offline reading), instead of a native iOS app. The move comes after Amazon in June removed the link to its store from the iOS Kindle app in compliance with Apple’s new guidelines.
A while back we showed you an MIT project called Siftables, little electronic squares you can interact with. Now called Sifteo Cubes they'll be on the market soon. They're one and a half inch blocks with full color screens that will wirelessly connect with a PC that can make for unique interactions. We spoke with Sifteo's now co-founder and President when he was at MIT more than 2 years ago. He said that making the blocks was easy, but programming the software was the challenging part.
"So, what we realized is that when you’re making an application that lives on a distributed physical interface like this, you could make the application in a distributed way, where each individual node is independent, but it turns out, that’s a lot more difficult than writing an application that lives in one place, and controls a set of nodes. It’s just a more well known programming model for the programmer to write an application that exists in one place."
Each Sifteo pack contains 3 cubes and will cost $150, other sifteos are available for $45 each and there will soon be an SDK available.