Motorola asks ITC to ban every Mac, iPad, and most iPhones

The International Trade Commission voted yesterday to investigate Apple for patent infringement allegations launched by the Google-owned Motorola Mobility. As expected, Motorola is asking for import bans on just about every iOS device, including iPhones, iPods, and iPads. What might be surprising is that Motorola is also asking for a ban on every type of Mac OS X computer, claiming Apple’s iMessage technology infringes a Motorola patent.

On the whole, Motorola names seven patents, all of which are allegedly infringed upon by some or all of these iOS devices: the iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and all three generations of the iPad. Presumably, the iPhone 5 would have been included had the complaint been filed a bit later.

According to Motorola, one of the seven patents is infringed upon by every Mac computer, specifically the Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. This patent, filed for in 2001 and issued in 2006, covers a “System for providing continuity between messaging clients and method therefor.”

Continue @ Motorola asks ITC to ban every Mac, iPad, and most iPhones | Ars Technica.


Why You Don’t Need the iPhone 5, by an iPhone Owner

Can you feel it yet? The slow, subtle build-up in peer pressure. The smug, self-satisfied looks from that guy in the office who pre-ordered the iPhone 5 at midnight. The questions from friends who assume that, because you like tech, you’re probably getting one. The calculations you catch yourself making, wondering if you could actually afford it, just in theory.

(You’re not alone: the hashtag #ButYouGotThatiPhone5Tho was the top worldwide trend on Twitter Friday).

Well, stay strong, my tempted friend. The iPhone 5 is a great phone, no doubt; another solid design achievement from Apple. It’s thinner, lighter and taller. But it’s not that huge a leap forward in hardware.

If you already have an iPhone, you’re about to get a whole new smartphone experience anyway. If you don’t, consider that you can get pretty much the same device for a lot cheaper — and that there are now one or two Android phones (and even a Windows phone) actually worth investigating.

Here are a whole bunch of reasons to print out, tape to your desk, and keep yourself iPhone 5-less…

Continue @ Why You Don’t Need the iPhone 5, by an iPhone Owner.

How will Google Maps change our reality?

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Much of the controversy surrounding Google Maps has centered on relatively concrete concerns like privacy and data gathering. But in a piece for The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman argues that digital mapping’s long-term impacts may fundamentally change the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. Aimless wandering, for instance, could easily become an antiquated practice, rendering Baudelaire’s flâneur as extinct as the dodo bird. And wouldn’t an ever-aggressive data onslaught further disconnect us from our environment?

Not every cartographer agrees with Burkeman’s hypothetical, arguing that Google Maps actually makes it easier for us to wander and “get lost,” since reorienting ourselves has become that much easier. But Burkeman’s core concern is more seismic in nature — namely, the fact that companies like Google (and, soon, Apple) have essentially assumed control over how we “see” the world, whether through digital maps or augmented reality. “What happens when we come to see the world, to a significant extent, through the eyes of a handful of big companies based in California?” Burkeman writes. “You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist, or an anti-corporate crusader, to wonder about the subtle ways in which their values and interests might come to shape our lives.”

via How will Google Maps change our reality? | The Verge.


The myth of pinch-to-zoom: how a confused media gave Apple something it doesn’t own

In 2007, Steve Jobs stood on stage, listing the benefits of Apple’s then-new iPhone touchscreen. “You can do multi-finger gestures on it,” he said, moving his hands back and forth in the now-familiar pinch-to-zoom motion. Then he paused, and his expression changed. “And boy, have we patented it.” The crowd laughed and began applauding as the word “Patented!” appeared on the screen behind him…

via The myth of pinch-to-zoom: how a confused media gave Apple something it doesn’t own | The Verge.


I Just Played With Samsung’s Amazing Galaxy S III And Now I’m Even More Annoyed By My iPhone 5

Despite Apple’s assertion that it is going to crack down on leaks, people seem confident that they know pretty much everything about the iPhone 5. And here are the things they think they know that have jumped out at me (and annoyed me):

The iPhone 5 is not going to have a really big screen, like the gorgeous screen on the Samsung Galaxy S III. I played with an S III the other night, and it confirmed my suspicion that it is just awesome to have such a big screen. Next to the Samsung, my iPhone felt small and old. Given that Apple thinks Samsung has ripped off everything about the Galaxy from the iPhone, I assumed that Apple would want to return the favor and rip off the awesome big Galaxy screen from Samsung. But according to the gadget gods, Apple has decided to just make the iPhone 5 screen slightly taller, not huge and insanely great like the Galaxy S III. And that’s annoying. Who cares about having a “taller” screen? I certainly don’t want to have to turn the phone to “landscape” view every time I want to look at something.

The iPhone 5 will have a new power cord, one that will render the dozen or so Apple power cords I have obsolete. This is also annoying. One of the positive side-effects of becoming an Apple household is that we have one of those power cords lying around pretty much everywhere you look. And now, I gather, Apple is going to make all of those cords worthless. (Unless I buy some special adapter. But having to do that is annoying.)

So all that is annoying.

via I Just Played With Samsung’s Amazing Galaxy S III And Now I’m Even More Annoyed By My iPhone 5 – Business Insider.


Now It’s Leaked, I Don’t Want The iPhone 5

Now It's Leaked, I Don't Want The iPhone 5 - Business Insider

The iPhone 5 is set to sell like gangbusters. Every analyst on the planet has already voiced his or her opinion on the phone’s expected sales during the first month, heck, even during the life of the product. That’s great; I hope consumers dive all over it and get what they want. But I don’t want the iPhone 5.

Maybe it was the leaks that killed it for me. I feel like I did when I snuck under my parent’s bed when I was five or six and found all of my Christmas presents. I feel like I did when I realized, at that very moment, that Santa wasn’t real and would never exist.

And don’t get me wrong, I think it’s going to be insanely successful. I think Apple will continue to sell millions of iPhone units and will continue to catch up to Android’s market share; though that could change. IDC, for example, suggests Windows Phone will surpass iOS by 2016. When TechnoBuffalo reviews the phone, we’ll review it for what it is: a new smartphone on the market. If it’s great, we’ll give it a great rating. If it’s not, we won’t. This is just my personal opinion here, and I like surprises and advancements more than I do seeing leaks. This is, of course, if we take those leaks as the real thing, but this far in and with so many it’s hard not to.

See, I think the big misconception is that Windows Phone 8 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are playing “catch up” to iOS. That’s really not the case. In fact, both operating systems are doing their own thing, separate from one another and separate from iOS. I think both are pushing the boundaries a little harder than Apple is, too. You can find, for example, 12-megapixel cameras on Sony devices, NFC in tons of Android devices and in future Windows Phone 8 phones. Both offer tight integration with social networks already. Android offers removable batteries and removable storage in many devices, two options I require in a smartphone. Windows Phone 8 will offer removable storage, too. Neither are playing catch up, they are playing their own ballgames…

contine reading why @ Now It’s Leaked, I Don’t Want The iPhone 5 – Business Insider.


‘Electronic nose’ could detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances


Researchers have developed an “electronic nose” prototype that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances.

Based on research by Nosang Myung, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering, the device has potential applications in agriculture (detecting pesticide levels), industrial sites (detecting gas leaks, combustion emissions), homeland security (warning systems for bio-terrorism) and the military (detecting chemical warfare agents).

At present, it’s about four inches by seven inches. The goal is to make it the size of a credit card. At that size, a multi-channel sensor would be able to detect up to eight toxins.

The nanosensor array uses functionalized carbon nanotubes to detect airborne toxins down to the parts per billion level. The prototype also includes a computer chip, USB ports, and temperature and humidity sensors.  Version 2 of the prototype, due out in 30 days, will integrate a GPS device and a Bluetooth unit to sync it with a smart phone. The development team is evaluating if adding Wi-Fi capabilities will add value.

The unit is designed to be incorporated in a handheld device, a wearable device, and in a smart phone, depending on the application.

For example, a handheld unit could be used for environmental monitoring, such as a gas spill. A wearable unit could be used for a children’s asthma study in which the researcher wants to monitor air quality. A smart phone unit could be used by public safety officials to detect a potentially harmful airborne agent.

Nano Engineered Applications, Inc.  plans to make it commercially available next year.

via ‘Electronic nose’ could detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances | KurzweilAI.


3 Tips to Get Your Customers to “Check In”


More than ever, consumers are relying on their smartphones to point them toward the best deals in town on the fly. For small-business owners, that means an opportunity to get them in the door when they’re already nearby.

Nearly half of all U.S. adults now own a smartphone and, among them, one in five “checks in” — or publicly announces his or her current location — with a mobile app such as Foursquare, Yelp, and Facebook, reports the Pew Internet & American Life Project. When people check in, they not only broadcast their whereabouts to their family and friends, but also often share reviews and photos of their experience there.

Because people can browse these apps to find goods, services, and even specials offered in their immediate vicinity, small-business owners can take advantage of the trend — and drive traffic to their storefronts. The first step to “claim” your business using the services offered by these websites. Next, try these three tactics to get your customers to “check in”:

1. Offer a special or two. Your goal is to reward your most loyal customers and to attract new ones. You can do so by offering two different specials: one for customers who check in frequently (or just for the “mayor,” the person who’s logged the most check-ins on Foursquare) at your place, and another for customers checking in for the first time. The latter could be a discount on their first purchase.

2. Encourage groups. Want to draw a bunch of people to your business at a certain time? Create a special offer on Foursquare that gets unlocked when a “swarm” of people check in within a certain amount of time. Don’t need that many people? Make an offer that requires the patron to arrive with a specific number of friends, colleagues, or family members. For instance, offer a free dessert to a party of four or more.

3. Don’t give it all away. You don’t necessarily need to offer freebies or discounts, though those certainly are attractive to customers. Get creative and think about other perks that people may enjoy, such as special treatment or access. For example, reserve parking spots for people who check in, let them skip the line for a special event, or provide a behind-the-scenes exclusive preview of an upcoming product or service.

via 3 Tips to Get Your Customers to “Check In” [INFOGRAPHIC] | Intuit Small Business Blog.


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