As mobile technology continues its rapid advancement according to Moore’s law, the possibilities of moving towards the sci-fi novels and films of yesteryear are becoming less and less fiction, and more reality. Augmented reality.
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A computer interface that can supply answers to users without requiring them to dig their phones out of their pockets or tap away at a keyboard is being developed by Google.Amit Singhal, Google vice-president and senior search engineer, said that the company has been inspired by sci-fi series Star Trek to develop the “ubiquitous computing” concept, where gadgets woven into users daily lives seamlessly respond to questions.”Why should someone stop their conversation because theyre missing a tiny piece of information that you need to take that conversation further?” said Mr Singhal. “You have to pull out your phone. You have to unlock the phone. You have to type. Already you have lost valuable seconds and the conversation has become unnatural and awkward.”I would make a bold prediction that in the next three to five years you will have a Star Trek assistant, with a lot more capability than your phone has now. We have built baby steps of this already.”In future, answers to questions could be delivered to users through devices for the living room and kitchen appliances that respond to spoken commands.
Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights.
A judge at the High Court in London had originally ruled in July that the look of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computers was not too similar to designs registered in connection with the iPad.
He said at the time that Samsung’s devices were not as “cool” because they lacked Apple’s “extreme simplicity”.
Apple still needs to run ads saying Samsung had not infringed its rights.
The US firm had previously been ordered to place a notice to that effect – with a link to the original judgement – on its website and place other adverts in the Daily Mail, Financial Times, T3 Magazine and other publications to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung was a copycat.
The appeal judges decided not to overturn the decision on the basis that a related Apple design-rights battle in the German courts risked causing confusion in consumers’ minds.
“The acknowledgment must come from the horse’s mouth,” they said. “Nothing short of that will be sure to do the job completely.”
However, they added that the move need not “clutter” Apple’s homepage as it would only have to add a link entitled “Samsung/Apple judgement” for a one-month period.
A spokeswoman for Samsung said it welcomed the latest ruling.
“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art.
“Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”
Apple declined to comment. It can still appeal to the UK Supreme Court, otherwise the ruling applies across the European Union.
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Rice University researchers led by chemist James Tour have just written a paper in the journal Nature Communications that describes transparent, non-volatile, heat- and radiation-resistant memory chips created in Tour’s lab from silicon oxide sandwiched between electrodes of graphene, the single-atom-thick form of carbon.
More than four years ago, they discovered it was possible to make bits of computer memory from silicon and carbon, but make them much smaller and perhaps better than anything on the market today.
They have now been able to put those test chips onto flexible pieces of plastic, leading to paper-thin, see-through memories they hope can be manufactured with extraordinarily large capacities at a reasonable price.
Imagine heads-up windshields or displays with embedded electronics, or even flexible, transparent cellphones.
“The interest is starting to climb,” said Tour, Rice’s Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science. “We’re working with several companies that are interested either in getting their chips to do this kind of switching or in the possibility of making radiation-hard devices out of this.”
In fact, samples of the chips have been sent to the International Space Station (ISS), where memories created and programmed at Rice are being evaluated for their ability to withstand radiation in a harsh environment.
“Now, we’ve seen a couple of DARPA announcements asking for proposals for devices based on silicon oxide, the very thing we’ve shown. So there are other people seeing the feasibility of this approach,” Tour said.
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Samsung is suing Apple over claims that the iPhone 5 infringed on its patents.
The Korean electronics giant filed the lawsuit in a U.S. court Tuesday, Reuters reported.
“We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights,” Samsung said in a statement.
Last month, court documents filed by Samsung revealed plans to add the latest iPhone to its existing patent lawsuits against Apple.
“Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product,” the company said at the time. “Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models.”
The company previously warned in late August that it would sue Apple if the iPhone 5 was LTE-capable.
Samsung’s recent claims come after a U.S. court removed a temporary sales ban against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Monday, according to Reuters. Apple won the injunction in June after claiming the tablet infringes on an iPad-related patent.
“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung said in a statement.
Apple filed a motion last month that sought additional damages of $535 million, plus $172 million in supplemental damages, on top of its previous award — a total of $707 million. It also requested a court order for a permanent U.S. sales ban on Samsung products that allegedly violate its patents.
In August, Apple won more than $1 billion in damages after a highly-publicized court battle that found Samsung guilty of patent infringement.