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At Apple v. Samsung damages retrial, accusations of racism fly

The Apple v. Samsung trial is taking place in a courtroom in this neighborhood of downtown San Jose.

Samsung and Apple are nearing the end of the latest chapter in what appears to be a never-ending story. As we reported, a damages retrial began last week in a San Jose federal court solely to look at how much money Apple should receive from Samsung. (A second patent trial, based on newer products like the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy 4, is scheduled for March 2014.) The damages trial affects older Samsung phones like the Fascinate, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S II Showcase, Mesmerize, and Vibrant. Some of the final arguments took place on Tuesday afternoon, and the remarks sparked unexpected accusations.

“When I was young, I used to watch television on televisions that were made in the United States,” said Harold McElhinny, an attorney representing Apple. According to press reports, the lawyer cited several brands, including Magnavox, which formerly manufactured in the United States but do not do so any more. “But they didn’t protect their intellectual property,” he continued. “There are no American TV manufacturers today.”

Once the jury left the court to begin its deliberations, Bill Price, an attorney who represents Samsung, asked the judge to declare a mistrial as a consequence of McElhinny’s remarks. She did not oblige his request.

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Hands-on with Logitech’s PowerShell Controller, an iOS 7 gamepad that charges your phone

Logitech PowerShell Controller charges your iPhone, adds muchneeded buttons handson

Remember that fuzzy-looking iOS 7 gamepad that leaked back in June? Turns out it’s called the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery (a mouthful, right?), and it’s one of the first iOS 7 certified gamepads on the market. Compatible with Lightning-equipped iPhones and iPods, the controller juts off of your device’s top and bottom edges, adding four face buttons, a d-pad, two shoulder buttons and a 1,500 mAh battery that charges your phone while you game. It’s also one of the least obstructive gamepad accessories we’ve ever used.

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Report: Apple buys PrimeSense, co-creators of the original Kinect

Remember that Apple / PrimeSense deal that was rumored to be going down in July? It may have just gone through: according to Israeli news source Calcalist, Cupertino acquired the motion sensing technology firm for $345 million this weekend. If true, it could hint at future Apple products with natural, motion controlled interfaces, integrating the same kind of technology that PrimeSense used to help Microsoft build the first Kinect. In a statement to the TheNextWeb, PrimeSense refers to the report as a “recycled rumor,” saying only that it “does not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing.” According to the report, Apple is hounding after the motion sensing tech to improve Apple TV, noting that the original deal was delayed due to legal issues. Hungry for more? Brush up on your Hebrew and check out the source link below – but keep your salt shaker handy.

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Source: Calcalist, TheNextWeb

Engadget’s laptop buyer’s guide: fall 2013 edition

Engadget's laptop buyer's guide: fall 2013 edition

We’re not sure how many of you will be lucky enough to receive a spanking new notebook for the holidays, but just in case you’ve got one on your list (or are shopping for someone else), we’ve got a newly updated laptop buyer’s guide full of suggestions. Whether it’s a convertible Ultrabook you’re looking for, or a regular Ultrabook, or maybe a gaming machine, we’re here to be of service.

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Google Play Music comes to iOS with a free month of All Access

We knew it was coming, and it might have taken a little longer than expected, but Google Play Music for iOS is finally here. The long-awaited iPhone app hits the App Store exactly six months after it was announced for Android and the desktop, and like its counterparts, offers free access to 20,000 of your uploaded tracks, lets you create playlists and also share songs with friends. However, you might be tempted to grab a free month’s trial for its All Access streaming service (normally $9.99 a month), which gives you access to over 20 million tracks, offers custom radio stations and helps you discover new music with its smart recommendation features. 9to5mac reports that Google is working to deliver an iPad version of the Play Music app and aims to bring its “I’m feeling lucky” feature and improved playback features in the near future.

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iPad mini with Retina display review: as good as the Air, just smaller

iPad mini with Retina display review: as good as the Air, just smaller

Last year Apple introduced the iPad mini, a second size option for its tablet lineup. In addition to being, well, miniature, it featured a beautiful design — so beautiful, in fact, that the iPad Air now mimics it. More importantly, with a starting price of $329, consumers at last got an iPad at a more mid-range price point. As you can imagine, it appealed to folks who couldn’t afford the full-sized model, and it was also intriguing for people who craved something a little more portable. By the same token, it was also panned by power users who thought the mini should have the same high-end specs and Retina display as the 10-inch model. In short, Apple had two iPads that were capable of attracting two different groups of people.

This year Apple stirred the pot. The new iPad mini not only features nicer hardware than its predecessor; it’s also equipped with the same specs as its larger sibling, the iPad Air. For starters, the 2013 mini adds a Retina display, along with Apple’s top-of-the-line A7 processor and a larger battery. But, it also comes at a higher cost. We know, we know: It’s a premium tablet, but is $399 too much to pay for a brand-new 8-inch slate? Is there anything else in the mid-sized tablet market that would work at a lower price? And since the two iPads are no very similar, are there any factors to consider outside of size?%Gallery-slideshow121889%

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Turn Apple’s Reminders Into a Quality GTD App

Turn Apple's Reminders Into a Quality GTD App

Love it or hate it, Apple’s Reminders app is built so deeply into iOS and OS X that it’s impossible to ignore. If you want to stick inside Apple’s ecosystem but use Reminders as an actual GTD-style app, blogger Sven Fechner shows you how.

Reminders seems simple on the surface, but it’s packed with location-based notices, repeating tasks, list sharing, and device syncing. Fechner recommends setting up the six standard GTD lists: inbox, projects/desired outcomes, next action, waiting for, someday/maybe, and tickler. Once those are setup inside Reminders, you can create separate sublists with locations and everything else. We don’t usually think of Reminders as an app that’s made to work with the GTD systems, but Fechner proves that it’s perfectly capable once it’s set up properly.

Simple GTF With Apple’s Reminders App | Simplicitybliss

Apple and Samsung duel again over patents in front of a jury

SAN JOSE, CA—After a long day of questioning by a judge and lawyers from each side, a jury of six women and two men has been selected to hear a damages case about how much Samsung should pay Apple for its patents.

The jury was asked a variety of questions about factors that could be unduly influential. For example, they were asked if they or their relatives or friends worked for Apple, Samsung, Google, Seagate, or Nokia. They were asked if they’ve been involved in lawsuits before, as a plaintiff or defendant; they were asked what kinds of phones and other devices they have.

The jury comes from an array of backgrounds. The group includes a social worker, an Army combat medic turned ER nurse, a retired English teacher who was born in the UK, a pharmacist, and a Stanford medical researcher.

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The iPad Mini with Retina Display is On Sale Now

The iPad Mini with Retina Display is On Sale Now

Apple quietly put the new iPad Mini with Retina display on sale early this morning, with orders set to arrive for US customers from November 20-22. Prices start at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, and scale up from there. If you’re not caught up, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s tiny new tablet.

Rumors of supply constraints were rampant leading up to launch (which may explain the strange, unannounced rollout), so there’s no telling how long inventory will hold out. If you want one, get it now. [Apple]


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The iPad Mini with Retina Display is On Sale Now

The iPad Mini with Retina Display is On Sale Now

Apple quietly put the new iPad Mini with Retina display on sale early this morning, with orders set to arrive for US customers from November 20-22. Prices start at $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, and scale up from there. If you’re not caught up, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s tiny new tablet.

Rumors of supply constraints were rampant leading up to launch (which may explain the strange, unannounced rollout), so there’s no telling how long inventory will hold out. If you want one, get it now. [Apple]


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