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Google versus Oracle jury starts patent deliberation

05/15, 11:10pm

Phase two of trial complete, damages could start Wednesday

The same California jury that couldn't decide on the "fair use" aspects of the Google versus Oracle is now debating Oracle's patent claims. Oracle began this suit in 2010, claiming that Android infringes on its Java patents. Google says that it has not infringed and furthermore, Oracle can't copyright certain parts of Java, an open source language. Closing arguments were made today in phase two of the three-phase, multi-year trial.

Apple files to dismiss Siri lawsuits

05/15, 10:36pm

Apple claims Siri works fine, user error and opportunism

Apple has filed to dismiss a range of lawsuits filed against it over the performance of Siri, the digital assistant featured on the iPhone 4S. Apple contends in its motion that the plaintiffs in the case lack standing to pursue their case, have improperly interpreted Apple's advertising of Siri, and have failed to pursue other means of redress beyond litigation.

Google Docs gets new research tool

05/15, 9:53pm

New tool integrates search without leaving doc

Google slipped a new feature into its Google Docs online productivity suite today, adding the ability to conduct Google searches within the document. In addition to making it easier to search for additional information, the new tool incorporates a number of other features, streamlining the construction of a research document. This marks the second major feature addition to Google Docs in as many weeks.

Baidu wants platform on Android, iOS, Windows

05/15, 8:29pm

Baidu Cloud to sit atop all mobile platforms

Fresh off the announcement of its new mobile phone, Chinese search company Baidu has told TechCrunch that it has big plans the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal system that runs its new phone. Baidu wants to see Baidu Cloud make an appearance on all major mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone and iOS.

Apple iOS6 traces appear in developer's usage logs

05/15, 7:40pm

Traces of new versions appear just before releases

An unnamed app developer informed 9to5Mac earlier today that users accessing its software had been identified as running iOS 6 by analytics. Other unidentified developers polled have also been seeing the hallmarks of the new iOS version since late April. Versions of iOS 5 appeared prior to the 2011 Apple World Wide Developer's Conference in the same manner.

Disney Corp may add ESPN to Apple TV

05/15, 6:45pm

Cable subscriber authentication required, no deal in place

The Walt Disney Company's network executive Sean Bratches said in an interview today that Disney would consider allowing the WatchESPN service application on the Apple TV set top device. Prior authentication of cable access would be required to view. No deal is imminent.

Google expands partnerships for 'portfolio' of Nexus devices

05/15, 6:31pm

Search giant attempts to downplay Motorola buyout

Google is reportedly preparing to shift its Android strategy away from exclusive partnerships that have resulted in the existing Nexus-branded devices. The search giant is said to be embracing multiple hardware makers that will simultaneously develop different devices powered by the next major Android release, referred to as Jelly Bean, unnamed sources have told The Wall Street Journal (sub. required).

Baidu releases low-cost smartphone

05/15, 5:42pm

China's search giant rolls out first smartphone

Chinese search giant Baidu has released its first smartphone, as it was rumored to be preparing to do last week. The Changhong H5018 is built by Foxconn and is powered by Baidu's own mobile platform, Baidu Cloud.

Netgear ships first 802.11ac router, intros USB adapter

05/15, 5:40pm

Netgear announces new router and Wi-Fi adatpter using new standards

Netgear has released its first 802.11ac router using the new Wi-Fi specification. The R6300 router, which is said to be capable of combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1750Mbps, ships at the same time as announcements for a more budget-conscious R6200 router and the A6200 Wi-Fi dongle, aiming to be the first 802.11ac dual-band USB adapter to market.

T-Mobile exec warns of additional layoffs

05/15, 4:20pm

Extent of staff cuts remains unclear

T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm has reportedly distributed a memo to employees warning of "difficult decisions" as the company prepares to announce further restructuring plans. The note does not detail the extent of such cuts, though the executive suggests it is forced to find a new strategy that "aligns our costs with our revenue realities" to help the company "return to growth."

Retina update also coming to MacBook Air, sources say

05/15, 4:00pm

Feature may be near-exclusive focus of Air refresh

Apple will also announce Retina display-equipped MacBook Airs at this year's WWDC, supply chain sources for 9to5Mac say. The company is already believed to be preparing news of Retina MacBook Pros and iMacs, and an Air would complete the lineup of Macs with built-in displays. 9to5 claims that unlike the Pro, though, the Air's update will be almost entirely about the display, rather than incorporating any major design changes.

Chrome 19 stable release brings cross-platform tab sync

05/15, 3:25pm

Desktop browser connects with Android Chrome beta

Google has announced that Chrome 19 is now available as a stable build, enabling users to try out the new features that were announced early last month. The latest overhaul to the company's browser broadens sync capabilities between devices and platforms. Users can open multiple tabs on the desktop browser, then pick up their Android 4.0 phone and access the same content from the mobile Chrome beta.

Open Mobile brings Android apps to Tizen

05/15, 3:21pm

Fledgling Samsung OS could debut with full app lineup

A company called Open Mobile has been demoing a method that allows devices running Tizen, Samsung and Intel's in-house mobile OS, to run apps intended for use on Android devices. As a video from The Handheld Blog shows, the technology could allow for future Tizen devices to circumvent the dearth of apps that typically plagues devices based on alternate operating systems.

BBC to stream 24 HD Olympic Games channels online

05/15, 3:05pm

UK national broadcaster adds online simulcast to Olympic coverage

The BBC has explained how it will cover the London 2012 Olympic Games. The home-nation broadcaster will stream 24 live feeds in HD to cover every event, matching the increase in video feeds for digital broadcasts in the UK during the event.

HP loses battle over $190m IRS bill for shady tax dealings

05/15, 2:02pm

Company fails to convince court of innocence

A US Tax Court judge has ruled against HP in a lengthy legal case that centers around $190 million in tax payouts to the Internal Revenue Service. The agency years ago disputed the company's tax returns, accusing the company of exaggerating deductions through a complex series of international investments, known as foreign tax credit generation, to slash tax payouts in the US.

AT&T withdraws U-verse Xbox 360 bundle for improvements

05/15, 1:40pm

U-verse for Xbox 360 removed from sale temporarily

AT&T has stopped sales of the U-verse bundle for Xbox 360, citing work to "improve and enhance" the functionality, according to a message on its website. The bundle will not be up for sale again until the new functionality is added, a representative has told Multichannel.

Greenpeace stages iCloud protest at Apple's Cupertino HQ

05/15, 1:37pm

Campaign over 'cloud' pollution escalates

Environmental activist group Greenpeace has staged a protest at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, notes AppleInsider. Images were projected onto the main building overnight, including supportive messages from users on Twitter and Facebook. Activists also secured themselves inside a so-called "survival device," measuring 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Four activists dressed themselves as iPhones, complete with screens again displaying messages from Twitter and Facebook.

Sony, Panasonic in talks to team up on OLED production?

05/15, 12:59pm

New rumors have Sony, Panasonic discussing OLED panel tie-up

Sony and Panasonic are rumored to be in talks on teaming up to produce OLED panels for HDTVs, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Tuesday. This will help the two companies share the hefty production costs related to the manufacturing of the advanced panels. The negotiations are still in the early stage, the unnamed sources said, and may end up falling apart altogether or see other potential partners jump onboard the partnership.

Samsung details Android 4.0 updates for T-Mobile devices

05/15, 12:39pm

Android 4 reaching Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tabs

Samsung has expanded its Android 4.0 update list to include several devices sold through T-Mobile. The carrier appears to have committed to Ice Cream Sandwich for several Galaxy handsets and two Galaxy Tabs.

Further reports suggest MacBook Pros going back to NVIDIA

05/15, 12:27pm

Apple again switches sides on Mac graphics

Two new reports may reinforce claims that Apple is switching back to NVIDIA GPUs for the new MacBook Pro. The Verge cites a "trusted source" as saying Apple is migrating away from AMD video. ABC News is echoing the same view from its own sources, but further suggesting that Apple will use the GeForce GT 650M.

T-Mobile update for Sensation 4G to necessitate hotspot fee

05/15, 12:12pm

Sensation 4G Android 4.0 update will bring with it a $15 hotspot fee

When T-Mobile releases the Android 4.0 update for the HTC Sensation 4G tomorrow, it will bring with it a mandatory $15 per month charge for the wireless hotspot feature. According to PCMag, some users have thus far got the feature for free. Some other handsets due to get the latest OS soon at the carrier do not carry such a provision, however, including the Amaze 4G.

Analysts: iOS Chrome to spark browser wars

05/15, 12:07pm

Macquarie sees new browser wars imminent

Google is likely to launch a version of its Chrome browser for Apple's iOS line of devices in the coming months, according to analysts at Macquarie Capital. Macquarie sees the iOS Chrome launch as the opening salvo in a new round of Browser Wars, the likes of which the Internet hasn't seen since the late 1990s.

DealNN roundup: SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard, only $34

05/15, 11:20am

Deals on gaming keyboards, headphones, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include discounted keyboards, headphones, and more. Newegg.com has recently lowered the cost of the SteelSeries Shift Gaming Keyboard with eight programmable hotkeys, two USB 2.0 ports, multiple media controls, and on-the-fly macro recording. Currently featured at DealNN, the gaming keyboard is now available for the discounted price of $34.99 and offers savings of up to $55.

Voyager Mobile delays launch due to network attack

05/15, 11:19am

New prepaid provider's site hacked, $19 plans delayed

Voyager Mobile, the new prepaid carrier that was due to launch on Tuesday, has announced it needs to delay the debut due to a malicious network attack on its website. Instead, the service and site will launch in the "very near future," though exactly when this will be remains to be seen. The carrier promises to bring contract-free, all-in plans that start at just $19 per month when users bring their own hardware.

Rumor has 7.85-inch iPad using thin-film touch technology

05/15, 10:54am

Tech could cut down cost of lower-end iPad

Apple's often-reported 7/7.85-inch iPad will use "G/F2" thin-film touch technology, a rumor from DigiTimes claims. The site says that Nitto will supply thin-film materials, while Nissha Printing and TPK will produce touchscreens. For Apple the advantage should not only be a thinner display, but also reduced costs, which may be essential if the tablet has a $200-250 pricetag rumored elsewhere.

KDDI to begin tests of Android-powered Smart TV Box

05/15, 10:51am

KDDI Smart TV Box will run on Android 4.0, connect to cloud service

Japanese hardware maker KDDI announced this week it will begin consumer testing of a new Smart TV Box this summer. The device will run on Android 4.0 and connect to HDTVs and enable sharing of content between Android smartphones and tablets. Other details are scarce, though some form of web access is more than likely.

Lenovo brings Ivy Bridge chips to ThinkPad lineup

05/15, 10:50am

New CPUs added to L, T, W and X series

Lenovo has introduced a range of revised ThinkPad notebooks, each equipped with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors. Aside from the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon--dubbed the "lightest 14-inch ultrabook in the industry"--the company also added new models to its L, T, W, and X series.

Samsung Galaxy S III reaches FCC without LTE support

05/15, 10:33am

FTC posting shows global release version of Galaxy S III

The FCC has posted a filing for the Samsung Galaxy S III without LTE onboard. The tested handset seems to be the global release version, which is limited to HSPA+ and EDGE, with the filing more a formality for handset imports to the US before the LTE variant is released.

Western Digital completes asset transfer to Toshiba

05/15, 10:21am

FTC-imposed WD asset transfer complete, Viviti buy approved

The FTC-imposed transfer of assets by hard drive maker Western Digital (WD) to Toshiba is now completed, the company announced on Tuesday. The move was required by regulatory bodies due to monopoly concerns after WD revealed its intention to purchase Hitachi's Viviti hard drive maker. Previously, Viviti was known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Review: Nokia Lumia 900

05/15, 9:57am

Finns take new approach to woo US smartphone buyers

Nokia's Lumia 900 represents the pinnacle of the company's new smartphone strategy, pairing premium components with a unique design and Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. In our full review, we try to determine if the LTE radio, large display and other high-end features will help Nokia and Microsoft fulfill their dream of finally reestablishing themselves in the US smartphone market.

iMac said to be among upcoming Retina Mac systems

05/15, 8:41am

iMac's screen size may demand significant video hardware

Apple is not only working on Retina MacBook Pros, but also Retina-equipped iMacs, says ABC News. The site quotes "its own sources," which also back up the upgraded MacBook Pros, but offer no other details. It's generally believed that Apple will introduce one or more upgraded systems at this year's WWDC, which starts June 11th.

Sony rolls out VAIO S/Z models with Ivy Bridge, Kepler GPU

05/15, 7:56am

Sony revamps VAIO S and Z lines

Sony has rolled out revamped VAIO S and Z models with revised internals and external tweaks. The VAIO S is available in two models, a 13- and 15-inch variants. The 15-inch VAIO S is the powerhouse of the two and incorporates an 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3612QM quad-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz matched with 8GB of RAM. The notebook also includes Nvidia's latest discrete GeForce GT 640M LE GPU that will work in conjunction with the integrated Intel HD 4000 GPU to either boost performance or save power depending on use.

HTC Desire C offers One X looks, Beats, ICS for cheap

05/15, 7:20am

HTC Desire C official, brings Beats and ICS

The HTC Desire C prematurely spoiled by Vodafone Portugal is now official. The entry-level Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) handset offers users similar styling to the HTC One X and Beats Audio processing for between $200 and $250 off-contract. The Wildfire S successor will be powered by a 600MHz processor and will also offer NFC capabilities.

AMD launches Trinity APUs, says it trumps Intel

05/15, 6:28am

AMD launches Trinity APUs, says it trumps Intel

AMD has formally launched its next-generation Trinity Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). The company says that the improvements in architecture and Piledriver core has resulted in a chip that is twice as efficient per watt as its predecessor the Llano, despite sticking with a 32nm fabrication process. AMD says that based on price, its chips offer superior performance for each dollar spent against Intel's latest 22nm Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Core series) processors.

Lenovo X1 Carbon debuts, world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook

05/15, 5:41am

Lenovo reveals slender and light ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo has taken the wraps off what it is calling the 'world's lightest 14-inch ultrabook.' As the name implies, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon utilizes a carbon fiber chassis endowing the ultrabook with exceptional, lightness and torsional rigidity. Powered by the latest 3rd generation Intel Core series processors, the X1 Carbon weighs just 3 pounds and measures just 0.71-inches (18mm) thin at its leading edge.

Psystar finally rebuffed by Supreme Court

05/15, 3:26am

Fought for legal 'hackintosh' license

In a case that many thought long-settled, the US Supreme Court today closed the final chapter in the winding saga of would-be legal "hackintosh" seller Psystar. The court refused a request to review the lower court decision, which granted a permanent injunction preventing the company from selling any previous or future versions of Mac OS X along with its "Rebel EFI" hack to allow installation on non-Apple PCs.

Query website Quora gathers $50 million in funding

05/15, 2:30am

$61 million total gathered in two rounds

Peter Thiel and his Northbridge Venture Partners fund have injected $50 million into Quora, the crowd-sourced question and answer website. During the initial funding the company was valued at $86 million. Now, Quora is valued at $400 million following this round of funding. No financial plan for growth has been publicly announced for the second round of funding.

Appeals court overturns Galaxy Tab 10.1 affirmation

05/15, 1:02am

Opens door for another Apple copyright suit against Samsung

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a previous judge's ruling that there was no merit to Apple's copyright complaint against Samsung. Prior judgements on iPhone versus the Galaxy Nexus phone were left untouched. The original ruling against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was that Apple's patent was "obvious", meaning that the original patent should never have been granted.

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