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Judge Says Galaxy Tab does not Infringe on Apple’s patents

Judge Says Galaxy Tab does not Infringe on Apple’s patents

Seems Apple is getting hit left and right now adays. First it gets some bad PR for not being so Green anymore. After that it gets fined for up selling its AppleCare instead of offering the standard two year warranty. Now Samsung has won its fight with Apple in the UK by not being so cool.

A UK judge in the High Court of Justice’s Chancery Division has ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy tab did not infringe on Apple’s iPad. The reason for this win for Samsung sounds more like a lost. The judge said that the Galaxy Tab was just not as well designed as Apple’s iPad.

Judge Colin Biriss said that Galaxy Tabs “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design and that they are not as cool.”

However he did also say that The court did find that there were similarities in the design. The judge said that “the view from the front is really very striking. The Galaxy tablets are not identical to the Apple design but they are very, very similar in this respect.”… Read the rest

Jeans + iPhone = a genius idea or foolery

Jeans + iPhone = a genius idea or foolery

 

Jeans with a pocket for your iPhone may seem a bit much but then again why not. I’m thinking that it is the most nerdy thing I have seen since the BookBook by TwelveSouth for the iPad and iPhone.  Although I can see the appeal because you don’t have room in your pockets. The convenient thing about the pocket is that you can use the phone while it is in the pocket.  The DELTA415 Wearcom jeans from Alphyn Industries let you hold your phone and look stylish.  The transparent iPhone pouch has a protective denim cover flap that can be zipped shut. The iPhone pocket also has button hole for your earphones. The jeans the same price as a pair of nice diesel jeans at $160. You can get a pair here and while you’re there pick up the sweatshirt below.

 

 

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Apple ebook trial against the DOJ is set to start 2013

Apple ebook trial against the DOJ is set to start 2013

The U.S. government said that Apple was being anti-competitive with it’s Book Store. They also said that Apple had a collision with book publishers jack up prices. The DOJ will take their case to court but not for a long time. This means Apple has almost a year to beef up their case.  The case will go to court on June 3, 2013. In an ironic twist Apple says  they’re trying to keep the eBook market free from Amazon dominance. Funny, last I looked Apple had a monopoly on digital music.  They don’t seem to have a problem with that dominance.

Amazon  was selling book at $9.99 which very cheap for books and led to Amazon having a big market share. Just like Apple charged 99 cents for songs and go a big market share. Only difference is that Apple did not have the market and went after it hard and illegally. Steve Jobs was stated as wanting to offer publishers a means to boost prices, and “create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” Apple says it has not conspired to fix prices for e-books.  Apple must have a lot of Lawyers on retainer. It seems there are cases against them or by them weekly.… Read the rest

Facebook just changed your contact email to @Facebook.com; Here’s How to change it back.

Facebook just changed your contact email to @Facebook.com; Here’s How to change it back.

Facebook just loves to do what it wants when it wants. They just removed and replaced everyone’s email address with a brand new @facebook.com email address. This is not the email Facebook uses for notifications and password resets. It is just the one everyone sees when they click your info. If you don’t feel like advertising extra for Facebook there is a fix. Here’s how to change your email back.

  1. Click “About” on your profile and scroll down to your email address. Click “Edit” to change them.
  2. Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change its setting to “Hidden From Timeline”.
  3. Click on the circle next to your other email addresses and change their settings to “Shown On Timeline”.
  4. Click the Save button at the bottom of the Edit popup (Don’t forget this step).
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Have you played around with the new Game Collections?

Have you played around with the new Game Collections?

Apple did a refresh of their AppStore last week. The focus was on the Games.  They have combined all the previous game bundles collections which will be called..wait for it, wait for it..Game Collections.  Game Collections is something that should have been there from the start and that AppAdvice does very well already on their site.  The organization was much needed. Looking for games was like looking in a mosh pit for an iPhone. These pages are a quick helpful guide of types of games are available. Apple also says the collections will be updated on a regular basis.

Game Collections includes:

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Facebook Hires Apple UI Design Manager. Next step The FacePhone

Facebook Hires Apple UI Design Manager. Next step The FacePhone

We all know Facebook didn’t have the great IPO that it and I hoped for. That however has not stopped them from moving forward on the FacePhone. Alright I maybe exaggerating just a little. There are no plans for a phone from Facebook. They just happen to keep adding fire to the rumor mill. 1st was the  redesigned Facebook app itself followed by the App Center. Now they have taken one more very important step.  They have hired Apple UI Design Manager Chris Weeldreyer as the Product Design Manager at the company. Chris Weeldreyer  was with Apple for over 8 years.

This is not Facebook’s first Apple hire. In face according to TechCrunch, Facebook has over 90 former Apple employees. Only time will tell if this all pans out for America’s favorite family reunion site. It should be interesting to see will Facebook take the Amazon route and custom modify Android or will it make its own OS. It is one of the few companies big enough to get away with doing that.… Read the rest

Facebook adds feature called Find Friends Nearby. Here are the steps to test it out.

Facebook adds feature called Find Friends Nearby. Here are the steps to test it out.

Facebook has just added a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends that are close to them. You can go to http://fb.com/ffn or use the app to test the new feature out.  The way it works is you log into Facebook and http://fb.com/ffn or just the Find Friends Nearby section. You can see both your own friends, as well as those you may not know if they are in that that section too at the same time. I think letting users meet new people rather than just the friends you already have makes Facebook more accessible adds favor to a seemingly stale product. It also feels like OK Cupid’s meet now feature. Find Friends Nearby option is available on Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. It’s here: menu > apps > find friends > other tools > Find Friends Nearby, which takes you to a page that looks exactly like the mobile web page. I think Facebook did this to reach as much people as possible. Note however you have to have Location service turned on for your browser for it to work.

The service comes on the heels of  Facebook buying a mobile app that helps users discover people near them with similar interests called Glancee.  We are not sure if the app is the reason why Facebook has this new feature but so far it works pretty well.  Friendshake was to be the name of the new feature but it was changed to Find Friends Nearby. … Read the rest