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Apple sues Samsung: here’s the deal

21 Apr

So we all know that Apple’s suing Samsung alleging myriad IP infringements, but you may not know what all the fuss is about. On one hand, the lawsuit is surprising because Apple gets much of the goodies it needs to build its iconic iPhones, iPads, and Macs from Sammy, and common sense dictates that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. On the other hand, however, folks in Cupertino don’t take too kindly to copycats, and while it’s hard to put a dollar value on the brand equity Apple currently enjoys, this lawsuit shows it’s valuable enough for Apple to risk upsetting its relationship with Samsung and jeopardizing its supply chain. Having given the court docs a good read, here’s our rundown of what’s going on.

According to Apple’s complaint, phones from Samsung (particularly the Galaxy S variety) and its Galaxy Tab are eroding the efficacy of Apple’s carefully crafted brand. That brand is built, in no small part, upon the trade dress (aka the appearance and packaging) of its iDevices and its trademarked iOS icons, and Apple has spent over two billion dollars on advertising from 2007-2010 to stake out a little space in everyone’s brain that associates the iPhone’s looks and its progeny’s derivative forms with Apple. It’s worked quite well too, as Apple revealed (for the first time) in its complaint that it has sold over 60 million iPod touches electronic gadgets, 108 million iPhones, and 19 million iPads total. Problem is, Apple views the Galaxy devices, their TouchWiz UI, and packaging — with their Apple-esque appearance — as illegal infringers on its hard-earned mental real estate, and it’s suing Sammy to stop the squatting and pay for its IP trespassing ways.

Of course, Apple isn’t just dragging Samsung to court for cashing in on the iPhone image in our hearts and minds — Jobs and company have accused Sammy of infringing several of their patents, too. Apple asserts that TouchWiz and the Galaxy S infringe upon its iOS home screen and iPhone 3G design patents. Additionally, the complaint says Samsung has run afoul of several Apple utility patents for: the iOS instant messaging interface, the “bounce back” effect you get upon scrolling too far in a list or window, control and status widgets, UI status windows that disappear a set time after being opened, and scrolling and ellipse multi-touch gesture recognition. In light of these alleged mass IP infringements, Apple’s asking the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions to take Samsung’s Galaxy electronic gadgets off the market, in addition to the usual request for punitives, triple damages and lost profits. We’ve already heard that Samsung will “respond strongly” to Apple’s show of legal force, but time will tell if Sammy’s strong response comes in, or out of court. Those looking for a full breakdown of Apple’s legal claims can hit the more coverage link below.

How to Keep Your iPhone and iPad Location Data Private

21 Apr

We heard earlier that iPhones and iPads electronic gadgets are silently and consistently tracking our locations, and logging the info when we perform syncs or backups. While this fact may be kind of scary on its own, the worst part is that the data is totally unencrypted and available to anyone who gets their hands on your devices or backup folders on your laptop. As of now, there’s no way to stop your iOS 4-running electronic gadgets from logging this data, but you can keep it on lockdown with a simple click.

Want to know how to keep this data private? Just keep reading.

By encrypting your backups, your location data will be accessible only by password. In order to add this layer of security to your iDevice, first, you must plug it into your computer and connect to iTunes. Select your device from the iTunes menu, and then scroll down to the bottom of the device’s main screen. Click the button that says “Encrypt iPhone (or iPad electronic gadgets) Backup” and then enter a hacker-proof password. It’s that simple.

Source from geeksugar

Oscium’s iMSO-104 turns iPad, iPhone into mixed signal oscilloscopes

8 Apr

We’ve seen oscilloscopes repurposed as clocks and MAME machines, but we hardly ever see the pendulum swing in the opposite direction. The iMSO-104, however, actually turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into an oscilloscope display. Using a Cypress Semiconductor system on a chip, the iMSO-104 electronic gadgets tout a 5MHz bandwidth and as much as 12 megasamples per second, and connects to your device by way of the dock connector — according to its maker, it’s also the world’s smallest and most portable oscilloscope. That’s all well and good, but what we really want to know is, does it support Tennis for Two? The iMSO-104 is now available for pre-order for $300, but if you’re itching to see the thing in action, you can download the corresponding app today and give it a test drive. Full PR after the break.

Source from Engadget

Electronic Gadgets Gift Ideas For Men

27 Mar

Finding gifts for geeky men can be quite a challenge. Here are a few suggestions for the best electronic gadgets for men in 2011.

Apple iPad – the iPad is an all-in-one device when it comes to multi media experience. You can hear your favorite music, watch videos, read ebooks, and play games. It is possibly the best tablet Personal computer around. You may access the Net and read your mail and share pictures with the gadget.

IPad Bluetooth Keyboard Case – if the individual in mind already has an iPad, the second-best thing is this accessory. With this add on, the iPad can be handily transformed to a keyboard portable. Your iPad can now be placed on a stand which will generally make it look like a netbook. The keyboard is guarded by silicone cover which resists liquid spillage. It features all function keys you may use for an iPad.

Windows Phone 7 – Together with the iPhone and Android phones, this new entry to the Android phone market is definitely a hot item. This device features varied entertaining and helpful applications like social media, games, office, music, and video. It is one of the most long awaited gadgets for men for the year.

Chevrolet Volt
Men deserve luxury, especially if they’ve worked hard. If you’re into saving the environment the new Chevy Volt definitely merits your attention. It is thought of as the best electronic car available in the market right now. General Motors certainly deserve all of the praise they get particularly after going through coarse times. They’re now back with an electronic device of their own in the form of a car. It is one of the must have devices for the year. It has already won many awards and accolades and has been judges as the best electric automobile of 2011 by assorted groups.

Nike Sport+ GPS Watch
If you have got an active way of life, like to travel, and head to unknown locations, this hi tech watch is perfect for you. This GPS device is a worthy buy especially with the added Nike touch. It involves the use of a GPS powered by TomTom. Navigating while running is simple with a straightforward tap of the screen. It takes note of the calories you’ve burned and monitors your pulse.

Amazon Kindle
This device is for the modern bookworm. You can access thousands of ebooks on Amazon thru Wi-fi or 3G. The e-ink allows users to read the device out of doors even on a bright, sunny day. This device can go on for weeks with a single charge. This truly is one of the finest electronic gadgets for men that you can get for 2011.

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Japan disaster could delay iPhone 5, disrupt PC supply chain

22 Mar

Much of the consumer electronics industry could be affected by the catastrophes in Japan within three months, experts say.

The global electronics supply chain could soon be disrupted by the ongoing disasters in Japan caused by recent earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear catastrophes. That includes access to parts that make up PCs, as well as components of Apple electronic gadgets, like the iPad 2 and the upcoming iPhone 5, experts say.

News of such disruptions comes first via Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin, who says that, while the PC industry’s supply chain will remain intact for 2.5 to 3 months, some companies are beginning to stockpile their inventories of DRAM and LCD panels, causing short-term price inflation for those components, Digitimes reports. Lin also says that the availability of silicon wafers and adhesive used in LCD panel assembly, 90 percent of which is produced by Japan-based companies Sony and Hitachi, are already in short supply.

According to Lin, who knows first-hand how natural disaster can affect the electronics industry after experiencing the 1999 Taiwan earthquake, says that the key to resolving the supply problem is to restore Japan’s power system, which is currently in shambles due to multiple nuclear meltdowns.

As iSuppli principal analyst Michael Yang tells Computerworld, a shortage of NAND flash memory chips, which are often used in tablets and smartphones, is already underway due to production disruptions at Toshiba, which produces about 40 percent of the world’s NAND chips.

The short supply of NAND flash memory could potentially cause a delay in the release of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which is expected to debut in June. But because of Apple’s position in the industry, the Cupertino-based company has little reason for concern.

“Apple’s purchasing power and its relationship with the [NAND] suppliers means it will get priority,” Yang tells Computerworld. “There are three other major suppliers of NAND — Samsung, Hynex and Micron — and there’s enough flex there that it shouldn’t be a huge issue for Apple.”

Other companies, including HP, Nokia and Motorola, could also be affected by an NAND shortage.

Production of the iPad 2 could also experience hang-ups, according to iSuppli analyst Wayne Lam who spoke with All Things Digital. The problem primarily centers on the iPad’s three-cell li-ion battery pack, which Lam believes is manufactured in Japan.

With disaster in Japan still taking its catastrophic toll on countless lives, the last thing on most people’s minds at the moment is how their future electronic gadgets purchases might be affected. But in this age of a global economy, it’s something everyone — from Steve Jobs to your neighborhood Best Buy register jockey — should start to consider.

 

Source from digitaltrends

Match Your iPad to Your Smart Cover With Skinit

18 Mar

Apple’s new iPad 2 Smart Covers are exactly that — smart. Not only do they act as a screen protector, but they automatically put your iPad 2 to sleep when closed. And while you have your choice of colors — black or white — there’s no real way to customize unless you spring for a case, which takes away from the sleek design of the tablet.

Good news — Skinit is offering up a number of skin options that will keep your iPad 2’s slim profile in tact, but gives you a custom feel. One of my faves is the Premium Vinyl Skin ($30), which gives your iPad 2 electronic gadgets full coverage from scratches and scrapes, and comes in colors to match your Smart Cover. It’s definitely a unified look, and one that I wouldn’t mind rocking. Best part is, the vinyl skins peel off without leaving any nasty residue behind, so if your mood changes, your iPad can too, without worry.

 

Source from geeksugar

Wi-Fi iPad 2 CAN Use Pinpoint GPS, If Tethered to iPhone

17 Mar

Side-by-side, the iPad Wi-Fi and iPad 3G don’t look different at all, but under the hood there are a lot of differences. Customers who bought a Wi-Fi model, for example, cannot use the same sophisticated GPS features that the iPad 3G has. For the electronic gadgets of iPad 2, however, there is a workaround to this.

Not advertised by Apple, an iPad 2 early adopter realized that when tethered to an iPhone via the phone’s Personal Hotspot feature, the iPad 2 was also able to leech off the iPhone’s pinpoint GPS accuracy.

“As we got closer, I decided to get some directions to make sure we were on track. I launched the iPads maps app, expecting to navigate the old fashioned way without GPS assistance — knowing full well that GPS only comes in the 3G iPad models. Imagine my surprise when my iPad pinpointed exactly where we were on the road,” wrote the iPad user who noted the feature, Kyle Carmitchel.

 

Via Cult of Mac

Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2

17 Mar

A couple of weeks back we put the original iPad up against the Xoom in a site-loading speed battle. While most of the feedback was positive, a few commenters expressed their disappointment that we used the original iPad instead of the iPad 2. Well, now that the iPad 2 has been released, we can in fact post the story you’ve been waiting for. One that will no doubt completely satisfy everyone.

So, let’s get right to it. Battle of these two high tech gadgets!

Testing
Site-loading speed is one of the simplest things to test, and it’s a test many users can immediately relate to. As I said in the previous post, I’m a greater fan of real-world tests like going to actual, real sites, than of synthetic benchmarks.

We used three different Web sites for the tests: CNET.com, CBSNews.com, and GiantBomb.com. Each tablet was connected to the same closed network with no other devices on it, with the router about 5 feet away. We considered the test to begin the moment we pressed Enter and run to the time the blue progress bar on each tablet disappeared. We used iOS 4.3 for the iPad 2 and iPad,  and the Xoom is using Android OS 3.0.1.

Although in the video you’ll only see one iteration for each test, we actually ran each test several times; over those runs we got results consistent with what you’ll see here. Also, we cleared each tablet’s browser cache before each iteration of the tests was run.

Now, as much as we’d love for these tests to be completely relevant for everyone in every situation, that’s nearly impossible. We tested these electronic gadgets under specific conditions in a “free” environment. The network was closed, but we can’t account for noise from other networks interfering. This is a snapshot of performance in our testing environment, and your results may vary.

Conclusion
The iPad 2 shows a huge improvement over the original iPad and holds its own against the Xoom for the most part. On a really busy site like CBSnews.com, however, the iPad 2 chokes a bit, while the Xoom flies through with relative ease.

 

Source from CNET