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Judge rebuffs Samsung attempt to invalidate Apple patents

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones, Apple

US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied Samsung's post-trial request to invalidate two Apple patents, both of which were used successfully to convict Samsung of copying the iPhone maker's technology yet again in the second federal Apple-Samsung trial, held earlier this year. Samsung had filed the motion in early July, based on a recent Supreme Court decision, Alice vs. CLS Banks, which stated that software ideas that were just abstract representations of real-world concepts (such as turning a doorknob) were not patentable.

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BlackBerry Passport specs leak: CPU Snapdragon 800, 19-hour battery

1 hour ago | Posted in: mobile phones

A design document detailing specifications of BlackBerry's new Passport phone has been leaked, confirming some previous rumors. The new BB10 phone from the Canadian manufacturer features a QUalcomm Snapdragon 800 with a 2.2Ghz quad-core CPU, paired with an Adreno 330 GPU running at 450Mhz -- a significant upgrade over the company's flagship phone, the Z10.

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FCC requests merger details from Time Warner Cable, Comcast

2 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

A request for information from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been submitted to Comcast and Time Warner Cable, demanding the pair detail its Internet and programming agreements before the merger is approved. Information sought are broadcast deals with sports leagues, Internet network management such as that with Netflix traffic, consumer data caps, and other information deemed vital which may impact relations with customers should the deal be approved.

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Google snaps up Gecko Design, adds firm to Google(x) projects

3 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Graphics/Web Design

Google has acquired design firm Gecko, in an effort to bolster its Google(x) product manufacture efforts. The firm has previously done industrial design work for OLPC, Logitech, Sling Media, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard, and contributed to the Fitbit design, pre-launch.

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Judge: BlackBerry-esque Typo case will face contempt of court charge

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo, manufacturer of physical keyboard cases for the iPhone has run into more legal trouble. BlackBerry has been allowed to proceed with contempt of court charges, alleging that Typo has been selling its keyboards which have been ruled to violate BlackBerry intellectual property, contravening a court order to stop doing so.

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BlackBerry claims no spam, attacks Apple's iMessage service

5 hours ago | Posted in: software

BlackBerry has attacked iMessage in a blog post, as it attempts to try and convert more users to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The post, written by head of product and brand marketing for BBM Jeff Gadway, latches on to recent reports about spam messages on iMessage, and lists off ways the service allegedly beats Apple's messaging platform.

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Digital credit card replacement Coin calls for 10,000 more testers

6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Payment startup Coin is expanding its base of testers for its digital credit card replacement from 1,000 to 11,000 people. The crowd-funded project, which consists of a plastic card with a screen capable of storing various payment card details and can be swiped at ATMs and payment terminals, is attempting to fix as many issues as possible before it makes the card publicly available.

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Friday Deals: 3TB hard drive, BoinxTV, HDTVs with gift card, more!

6 hours ago | Posted in: computers, software, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Once again, its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!

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Huawei, NTT Docomo research proposes LTE supported by Wi-Fi bands

8 hours ago | Posted in: networking

Carriers could use Wi-Fi spectrum to extend capacity for its LTE service in the future, if new research is adopted. Researchers from Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and Huawei have managed to use the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum, typically used for Wi-Fi, to operate an LTE network, with the extra bandwidth having the potential to enhance existing LTE cellular networks.

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Amazon wins Department of Defense cloud services contract

9 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, security

Amazon Web Services has received the first ever U.S. Department of Defense level three through five provisional authorization for the AWS GovCloud (US) region under the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) codified Cloud Security Model (CSM). This new authorization allows Department of Defense users to conduct development and integration activities for everything but classified workflows with Amazon's service.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 revealed as perfume bottle-shaped camera

9 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Sony has extended its Cyber-shot compact camera range with a snapper designed for self portraits. The Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 is unusually designed to look like a perfume bottle, with the main camera sensor housed in a transparent top section able to rotate 180 degrees, allowing it to be used for normal photographs as well as selfies.

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Briefly: ESPN Scores Pebble app released, Chromecast price cut in UK

11 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

ESPN has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, providing results for various sporting events. The Scores app includes results from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, and college basketball, and will vibrate to notify the wearer about game updates. The app is now available to download from the Pebble App Store for iOS and Android.

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Moto X+1 allegedly resurfaces in leaked images, Verizon branding

12 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Motorola's upcoming successor to the Moto X has apparently leaked again in new images. The media photographs of what is believed to be the Moto X+1 show both sides of the smartphone's black and white models, and while one has a generic black back cover, the other is shown using a wood-effect version, complete with a prominent Motorola logo.

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Leica M-P 24MP rangefinder camera doubles memory buffer of Leica M

13 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Premium camera producer Leica has revealed an upgraded version of its Leica M rangefinder. The Leica M-P houses a full-frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, accompanied by a 2-gigabyte memory buffer double the size of the Leica M version, allowing it to be not only twice as fast, but also capable of up to 24 images in a burst mode at a speed of 3 fps.

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Briefly: Otterbox's Alpha Glass protectors, Booq's Cobra Brief

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, accessories

Rugged accessories producer Otterbox has announced its introduction of a new screen protection product for iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Alpha Glass consists of fortified glass that features reactive touch and anti-shatter properties. Suitable for standalone use as a screen protector, Alpha Glass is installed by lightly coating the protector with its accompanied alcohol wipe, clean with the microfiber cloth and align it against the screen. Gentle pressure secures the protector, pushing out air that can create bubbles. Alpha Glass is removable with no leftover residue. Priced at $30, the new screen protectors can be purchased online through Otterbox.

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Sprint takes a jab at carriers with $60 single-line unlimited plan

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry, mobile phones

With the exit of Dan Hesse and the appointment of CEO Marcelo Claure earlier in the month, Sprint is kicking into a new gear with a bunch of new offerings. Following on a new family plan structure, including a $100 plan with up to 10 lines and 40 GB of date, Sprint announced a new single line plan that offers unlimited text, talk and data for only $60 per month. The new plan follows on previous reports that a similar plan was in the works for $50 a month.

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Aereo can't operate as cable company, appeals court denies request

19 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Aereo, the broadcasting startup that allowed users to rebroadcast and time shift programming, appears to be running out of ways to stay alive. According to documents acquired by the Washington Post, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied the company's recent request to reconsider the case.

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Blizzard Entertainment no longer expecting World of Warcraft growth

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

It appears that Blizzard Entertainment realizes what the numbers have been saying for years. A designer for World of Warcraft recently admitted that the company is no longer expecting growth in its player base. Player subscriptions have been in decline for the game since it peaked at 12 million in 2010, with only a small rise in 2012 with the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

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Twitter details how it fights off spam with BotMaker anti-spam tool

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: software, developer

Twitter offered details on how it battles with spam on the service, showing off a specialized tool that the company made in the process. BotMaker was built by the team, which has so far been responsible for a reduction of 40-percent "in key spam metrics" since its launch. The company went into spill some of the specifics of its creation, something it needed to make since it offers real-time interactions and an exposed developer API.

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Amazon pushes the first major update over-the-air for Fire Phone

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

Amazon announced that it is pushing out the first major update for the company's new device, the Fire Phone. The update will be delivered over-the-air for early adopters on AT&T, bringing with it a number of improvements and changes that are said to give the phone better battery life, video sharing and make navigation easier. The update pushes FireOS to version 3.5.1.

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Apple in talks with insurance companies about HealthKit

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple is talking with at least two insurance companies about its HealthKit platform in iOS 8, according to Bloomberg. These include Humana, and UnitedHealth, the US' biggest such firm. It's not clear, though, what the parties might have in mind.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare skips Wii U according to developer

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: gaming

Call of Duty fans hoping to play the newest title in the series on the Wii U this year appear to be out of luck. Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, stated that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wouldn't be coming to the Nintendo console. Stating that it "was an Activision decision" the studio was focusing on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Numerous Apple online services hit with outages

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: troubleshooting, networking, Apple

Many Apple online services were caught in a severe outage on Thursday, according to the company's official system status page. This included every iCloud service, such as Photos, device backups, Keychain, Mail, Documents in the Cloud, and web apps. Also impacted were Back to My Mac, Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, and iMovie Theater.

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UPS Stores hit by 'malware intrusion,' customer data possibly exposed

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: security

The UPS Store, Inc. reported that a number of its stores have been the target of a "broad-based malware intrusion," adding that customer data could have been accessed. The United Parcel Service (UPS) subsidiary became aware of the breach on July 31, the same day that the Department of Homeland Security sent out notices regarding a malware called "Backoff" according to the New York Times.

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Briefly: Sky adds recommendations to set-top boxes, Chrome in Cuba

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: software

British satellite television provider Sky has started to roll out software updates to its Sky+ HD set-top boxes, updating the electronic program guide. A new "recommendation engine" will make suggestions of TV shows to watch based on previously downloaded or recorded content, reports The Next Web, with other changes including a "Smart Series Link" automatically recording new seasons of TV shows, DVD cover art, and the combination of HD and SD viewing options in On Demand.

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Windows 9 debut date, developer preview rumored to be September 30

Thu August 21, 2014 | Posted in: computers

Microsoft has reportedly scheduled a September 30 debut date for the latest incarnation of its Windows operating system -- Windows 9. Rumored to be unveiled at the event is an early version of the system for developers, but it is not known if CEO Satya Nadella's espoused vision of "one OS" will come to fruition so early in his tenure.

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