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Ruling: no Samsung embargoes, no juror misconduct

12/17, 11:03pm

Judge: no proof of lost sales; jury presumably followed the law

Both Apple and Samsung have won minor victories in the first group of post-trial hearing rulings from Judge Lucy Koh. Late Monday afternoon, Koh issued her initial rulings following the December 6 post-trial hearing between Apple and Samsung regarding matters raised by the verdict of the first smartphone patent trial. The judge has refused product sales embargoes desired by Apple on the infringing Samsung devices, saying that when only a small amount of the product is found to be infringing, it fails to merit a ban on the whole product. Additionally, the judge rejected Samsung's motion for a mistrial based on juror misconduct, saying that inadmissible statements after the trial didn't count as "evidence properly before the Court" to consider a hearing to examine the jury.

Adobe holds holiday sale, cuts prices on Elements line

12/17, 10:44pm

Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements slashed for sale

Over the weekend, Adobe revealed its second sale this holiday season for image editing software Photoshop Elements 11, movie creator Premiere Elements 11, and photo archival tool Lightroom 4. The sale runs through January 6. Lightroom 4 has been reduced to $130, from the original retail of $149. Both Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 have been cut to $80, from $99. A bundle consisting of both Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 is $99.

Briefly: iWalk batteries, NeoGeo Gold X, Graffletopia

12/17, 9:52pm

iWalk batteries provide up to 15,000 mAh to portable devices

Smartphone accessory manufacturer iWalk has debuted the Extreme Series, backup batteries capable of charging all electronic devices, including smartphones, navigation units, cameras, Bluetooth headsets, and laptop computers. The Extreme 15000, the flagship model with 15,000mAh, comes with a micro USB and Apple cable. It also features eight different connectors for true universal compatibility and a variety of built-in safety components, including overcharge and short circuit protection. Eight other models are available to support a wide range of devices, with some color-customizable options. All Extreme Series batteries come with a one-year warranty and can be found at the iWalk website, and select retailers for between $40 and $145.

Nielsen, Twitter to partner on new TV rating metric

12/17, 6:27pm

TV rating metric to be based entirely on Twitter data

Noted television ratings and market research group Nielsen announced today a multi-year partnership to create the "Nielsen Twitter TV Rating" for the US market. The partnership with Twitter will result in a new syndicated-standard metric that measures Twitter conversations about TV, and it will be available at the start of the fall 2013 television season.

Report: Cisco hiring Barclays to assist in Linksys offload

12/17, 5:50pm

Cisco expected to fetch far less than $500 million on the sale

According to industry sources, Cisco Systems has hired Barclays to find a buyer for its home networking division Linksys. Reportedly, Cisco is planning on divesting itself of the home router manufacturer as part of its strategy to exit consumer-level businesses while expanding in technology services, and other corporate solutions.

Google Maps for iOS cracks 10M downloads in 48 hours

12/17, 4:50pm

Statistic could prove embarrassing for Apple

Google Maps for iOS -- released last week -- managed to exceed over 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours, says Google Jeff Huber. The app is known to have become popular extremely quickly, reaching the top free spot on the App Store in just seven hours. Until now, though, Google had not provided any detailed data.

Google posts YouTube Capture; Rhapsody comes to iPad

12/17, 4:21pm

Capture adds options to editing, upload process

Google has launched YouTube Capture, a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The title lets people shoot video specifically for uploading to YouTube. Unlike Apple's native Camera app, though, Capture includes a variety of editing functions, including not just trimming but color correction, stabilization, and the option of adding backing music. Once a video is ready, it can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+ simultaneously. The app is a free download and requires iOS 5.

Facebook iOS, Android apps update for Nearby content

12/17, 2:57pm

Tab now shows friends' interests

Facebook is updating its iOS and Android apps later today to upgrade the Nearby tab, according to company's official blog. The new tab is gaining ability to show local places that friends have liked, recommended, or checked into. In tandem, people will also be able rate or recommend places via mobile.

Rumor: Foxconn to begin producing Amazon smartphone

12/17, 2:57pm

Initial order said to be 5M units

Amazon has reportedly chosen Foxconn to produce the online retailer's rumored self-branded smartphone. Unnamed sources have told Taiwan Economic News the contract manufacturer "actively scrambled" to establish the exclusive supply deal, as some of its other clients--Nokia in particular--struggle to gain traction in the smartphone market.

Google names next areas for Kansas City Fiber in early 2013

12/17, 2:52pm

Residents have new deadlines to choose Fiber plans

Google has announced the next areas to get gigabit Internet access in Kansas City. Five more "fiberhoods" will see the high-speed connection rolled out in early 2013, with the search giant setting deadlines for residents requesting installation in those areas to choose their package before construction work begins.

Report: HTC drops plan for five-inch WP8 phone over displays

12/17, 12:58pm

Lack of support for high-resolution screens cited as cause

HTC is reportedly scrapping its plans to build a five-inch Windows Phone 8 handset, with software restrictions said to be to blame. It is said that a Microsoft-enforced limitation on screen resolutions, was the primary cause for the change of plans, along with a limitation for what processors could be used on WP8 devices.

RIM schedules BlackBerry 10 unveiling for January 30

12/17, 10:38am

Meanwhile, Rogers opens reservations for BB10 phone

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has begun sending out invitations to media outlets for the unveiling of its latest handset running the newest version of its mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10. The all-touchscreen phone will be revealed at a media event in New York City and other cities around the world on January 30. Meanwhile, Canadian wireless carrier Rogers has announced that it will be carrying the new BlackBerry on its LTE network next year, and Rogers has begun accepting reservations for future BlackBerry customers even though the device has yet to be revealed.

Raspberry Pi launches store for free, paid applications

12/17, 10:03am

Pi Store aims to make microcomputer easier to use

The Raspberry Pi micro computer now has its own app store. Called the Pi Store, the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the service today, with the intention of making it "easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials," and as a one-stop shop for those new to the Raspberry Pi to get going quickly.

Sprint makes it official: will buy Clearwire for $2.2B

12/17, 9:48am

Sprint now will leverage Clearwire's 2.5GHz spectrum assets

Confirming earlier reports of an acquisition in the offing, Sprint today announced that it would be taking full ownership of wireless broadband wholesaler Clearwire. The final price for the deal came in at $2.2 billion, just above earlier estimates that had Sprint paying $2.1 billion. That price represents a 128 percent premium to Clearwire's closing share price from October 10, the day before Sprint and Softbank's discussions were confirmed in the marketplace.

Dell executive warned Ballmer to avoid Windows RT branding

12/17, 7:54am

Windows seen as too important not to use in RT name

A Dell executive urged Microsoft to not use Windows branding for its ARM-based operating system, according to reports. Jeffrey Clarke of Dell apparently told Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that it should have been called something else other than Windows RT, but Ballmer deemed the Windows brand to be too important to not be used in the new devices.

Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station now shipping

12/17, 6:29am

Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station shipping to US, globally Jan.

The Matrox DS1 Thunderbolt docking station is now shipping. The docking station is compatible with the Apple MacBook Pro and the Apple MacBook Air, giving users the ability to connect multiple peripherals and additional display options. The device connects to a MacBook over one Thunderbolt cable allowing users to connect the additional peripherals to the dock itself taking full advantage of the 10Gbps bandwidth of the new I/O standard.

Nokia begins rollout of Windows Phone 7.8 to Lumia phones

12/17, 6:22am

Lumia 510 released in India, Lumia 505 in Mexico

Nokia has reportedly started to roll out Windows Phone 7.8 to some of its handsets. At the same time as the mobile operating system upgrade to some of the company's handsets, Nokia has also launched the Lumia 505 in Mexico, and the Lumia 510 in India, both of which will launch with Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box.

Exynos 4-based devices including GS3 vulnerable to hack

12/17, 5:56am

Samsung Exynos 4-based processors vulnerable to serious

Devices running Samsung's Exynos 4-based processors (4210 and 4412) including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II have been shown to be vulnerable to a hack with potentially serious ramifications. A developer on the XDA Developers forum @alephzain uncovered the vulnerability, which could give a malicious app the ability to wipe data, brick a device or access a user's data without their knowledge.

iPhone 5 sales top two million in first weekend China sales

12/17, 5:07am

Apple sets new iPhone 5 sales record in China

Apple has announced that it sold over 2 million iPhone 5s in its first weekend of sales in China. It was able to clock up the figure in the first three days after its December 14 launch. Apple managed to achieve the new Chinese iPhone first weekend thanks to a new reservation system that helped to take the chaos out of previous launches.

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