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Having been on board with Wikitude almost since day one, I’ve seen a number of changes within the augmented reality field. With the ever increasing advancements in mobile and web technologies, augmented reality has grown leaps and bounds in just a few short years. And as with any technology that advances at such a rapid rate, without an industry-wide set of standards, things can become, well, let’s just say “complex” at best.
Three years ago, while working on advancements to Wikitude’s core technology, we saw that a data format which is easy to adopt and meets the AR use cases at the time was necessary. Recalling an old expression, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness,” we set out to define a set of XML tags that the entire industry could agree upon and adhere to. This document eventually became what is now known as the Augmented Reality Markup Language, or ARML 1.0.
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Ed Conway (@edconwaysky) is the economics editor for Sky News and the author of The Real Economy. He recently wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook explaining why he was done with the company. Ed gave us permission to reprint his letter via an email from his new Samsung.
There’s no easy way to put this so I’ll just come right out with it. I’m leaving you. It’s been great (mostly) but it’s over.
I figured the least I could do is to explain my decision in full – I like to think it might help protect you from nasty break-ups like this in the future.
I’ve been with you, with Apple I mean, for 13 years now – ever since 1999. Perhaps you’ve forgotten: I was a spotty teenager; I bought one of your cute little translucent iBooks. Slowly but surely I painted most parts of my technological life a bright shade of Apple. Let’s see: I’ve owned two iMacs, a number of iBooks, countless Macbooks (I’ve currently got two on the go, for some unknown reason), an iPhone for almost five years, an iPad since the very beginning; iPods, iPod touches, iPod nanos – I’ve had ‘em all. I even invested in an Apple TV and, wait for it, a G4 Power Mac Cube (yes, that was me!).
I’ll admit I became dependent on you – clingy, even. When I went to the States a couple of years back I shelled out hundreds of dollars to ensure I wouldn’t be without an iPhone – even though I was back at college and wasn’t exactly rolling in it. And like so many of those who fall in love with you, soon enough I found myself working part-time as your best PR spokesman: I spent hours persuading all my friends to buy your stuff. I even wrote a blog about what made Apple such a dynamic, innovative and successful company.
Like millions of others, I really believed the hype.
I never thought I would utter these words, but here goes: I’m leaving you. I have already traded in my iPhone for a Samsung…
Continue reading @ DEAR APPLE: I’m Leaving You – Business Insider.
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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.
The criticism heaped on Apple shows the growing importance of cartography.
… Maps are becoming important strategic terrain. They are more than an aid to getting from A to B. Apps based on location—to summon a taxi, say—need maps inside them. Digital maps can include countless layers of information, plus advertisements from which money can be made. There are thousands of indoor maps, too, of airports, department stores and so forth. Smartphones also act as sensors, reporting their whereabouts, which can be used to improve maps. According to comScore, a data firm, in August 95% of American iPhone owners and 83% of owners of smartphones with Google’s Android operating system used a mobile map…
By Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson
Apple has a maps problem.
The major new feature of the company’s new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself — a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a change borne not of user demand, but of corporate politics: Google’s Android platform is the biggest competitive threat to the iPhone, so Apple is cutting ties with Google. iPhone owners might have loved Google Maps, but Apple has no love for Google.
“It’s going to be messy for them.”
Unfortunately, Apple’s new maps are simply not as good as Google’s. The release of iOS 6 yesterday was immediately followed by users complaining about the…