Microsoft has been cleared of patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission. The case dates back to 2007 when InterDigital Inc claimed Microsoft infringed its patents, and there were calls for a ban on the import of handsets.
InterDigital Inc has been battling in court for eight years, initially trying to claim royalties on phones made by Nokia, now transferred to Microsoft. As well as blocking the call for an import ban, the ITC stated that Microsoft did not infringe patents relating to the way mobiles make calls. In short Microsoft is in the clear and InterDigital's rights have not been violated.
InterDigital CEO William J. Merritt responded to the ruling in with a bittersweet swipe at Microsoft. He said: "[the] decision is disappointing but is expected to have a limited impact on our going-forward business, given the decline of the Nokia mobile device business under Microsoft’s control and its limited market position."...
The only plus-size models shown in any major September fashion mags were in ads.
The Huffington Post recently dug through seven September issues of the biggest fashion publications: (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan) and found zero plus-size models in any of its editorials. It was a clear message: Plus-size still isn't en vogue. Literally.
The September issue of Vogue, the publication's biggest yearly edition, has a whopping 832 pages. The only two pages that included any women who were more than sample size comprised a curious advertisement. “It’s time for change,” the ad pleaded along with its hashtag, #PlusIsEqual.
No, Peter Chou isn't leaving HTC. As the company is gearing up to launch its virtual reality platform (and another flagship phone) later this year, the co-founder has decided to pick up a second role at renowned visual effects company, Digital Domain, to strengthen his company's VR know-how. That's according to a statement from HTC, anyway. For those who don't know, Digital Domain is the digital production house behind movies like Iron Man 3 (seems like HTC just can't get enough of Robert Downey Jr.), Her and Tron: Legacy. It also made animated clips in games including Assassin's Creed Unity, Destiny and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Chou will officially join the Hong Kong-owned company as an executive director on August 31st, but it'll obviously be a while before we see what this will bring to the HTC Vive.
As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other.
Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers, diehard fans and dispassionate bystanders weeks before the events actually begin.
Imagine for a second if these apps (or a new app, for that matter) took the mobile experience a bit further in engaging people on an ongoing basis.
Problem number one with Woods' suit is laid out right at the beginning of the filing, which is that Woods himself has a habit of accusing others of using illegal drugs as well, just as Abe List did:
Oh, and, not surprisingly, White will be filing an anti-SLAPP motion shortly, which may mean that Woods is going to have to pay for this mess that he caused.
The filing also notes that while Woods sent a subpoena to Twitter to try to seek Abe List's identity, the company turned it down as deficient. The full two page letter is in the filing below as Exhibit B, but a quick snippet on the First Amendment concerns:
When I first set out to fly some hobby drones, I had no idea where to go. I had to scour the web to figure out where I could fly without getting into trouble. Even then, I found precious little info. The FAA’s new iPhone app sounds exactly like what I was looking for.
Originally announced in May, the Federal Aviation Administration just released the new app in beta today to approximately 1,000 testers. It’s a pretty simple idea: you tell the app where you’d like to fly, and it’ll show you whether that’s legal. It pulls in the locations of nearby airports and helipads, as well as big no-fly zones like the one over Washington, DC. It’ll give you a thumbs-up if your flight plans are safe, or a stop sign if they’re prohibited.
Google is starting to make it easier to find plumbers, locksmiths, cleaners, and other home service workers. It's rolling out a new type of search ad today that'll place listings for these services at the top of relevant search result pages, although only around the San Francisco Bay Area for now. The listings include a phone number for the business, customer ratings, basic details on their services, and a photo of someone who represents the company. The idea is that you can now just search for "lock repair" and immediately get a locksmith's number, rather than having to look through search results — or, you know, turn to another competitor like Amazon.
But keep in mind that these aren't people working for Google, nor are they necessarily recommended by Google: these are paid ads for local companies. That said, Google does have a slight hand in curation here. Google requires that every company go through background checks, get properly licensed, and obtain insurance, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google will also use mystery shoppers to check in on their performance. The ads are only open to plumbers, locksmiths, cleaners, and handyworkers for now — and again, only in the San Francisco Bay Area — but this is also just the start of what appears to be a much larger effort from Google to compete with the many tech companies already in this space.
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Get out those chunky sweaters and leggings now because Dunkin' Donuts has two new fall flavors.
America's best-known donut chain is going orange with its new limited edition fall flavors, including pumpkin cheesecake and, in collaboration with The Hershey Company, a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup donut, reports Refinery 29.
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Humans have a weird relationship with bears. We know these giant majestic creatures have quite a bit of strength and can cause some serious damage if they feel threatened, and yet we continually portray them as cuddly and adorable creatures with things like teddy bears and cartoons like "The Care Bears." Make no mistake about it: If Care Bears were real, they'd have huge claws and could probably eat your face.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be struck in the face by an actual grizzly bear, GoPro posted a video on its YouTube page Thursday that you should see. It features footage of a grizzly bear in Alaska walking up to the camera and taking a giant swipe at it with one of its massive paws.
Marc Hemeon, the former Google designer who co-founded the app incubator North, is moving on to a new project. He’s left his partner, Kevin Rose, the founder of the once popular news aggregator Digg, to join Sean Parker’s political causes app Brigade.
“I want to thank Kevin and Ben [Clymer] for an incredible experience and their support through this tough decision,” Hemeon said in a Medium blog post about the news. “I’ll continue as a shareholder, adviser and friend.”
Hemeon will be head of design at Brigade, which people use as a way to connect socially over the policies they care about. They vote which way they swing on different issues, peruse friends’ responses and create their own causes for friends to vote for.
A 17-year-old Virginia resident has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison by a U.S. federal court after he used Twitter to provide financial and recruiting support to the extremist Islamic group known as ISIS.
The sentence handed down Friday shows how wide a net officials have cast in prosecuting online activities related to ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
While this case focused on the defendant's use of Twitter, he also used messaging apps like WhatsApp and Tox for ISIS-related communications, one of his attorneys said in an interview.
You might think it’s better to start your beer quest with hoppy, flavorful beers that have a higher alcohol content, but you’re doing a disservice to your taste buds for the rest of the night.
Beer can have an alcohol by volume (ABV) as low as about 3%, but can skyrocket to nearly 20% depending on the variety. If you plan on having a few cold ones over the course of the night, Will Stephens, the co-founder of BeerMenus.com, suggests you start on the lighter side:
The Ashley Madison hack dominated tech headlines again this week, and we analyzed the leaked data to expose an interesting and sad twist to that story. That and more favorites from this week below.
DARPA wants to transform airplanes into drone carriers. Last year, the agency invited technical ideas and business expertise to help create a reusable airborne system. Today, it announced the launch of the Gremlins program that's designed to make that air-recoverable unmanned system a reality. According to Dan Patt, program manager at DARPA, the "goal is to conduct a compelling proof-of-concept flight demonstration that could employ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other modular, non-kinetic payloads in a robust, responsive and affordable manner."
Bots that could be deployed and recovered mid-air are expected to boost the military's operational flexibility and drive mission costs lower. As per the DARPA statement, the program aspires to launch gremlins or swarm bots from large aircrafts such as bombers or transport aircrafts after some modest modifications. When those planes are out of range, the bots will be launched from smaller, more accessible fixed-wing platforms. After completing their mission, the gremlins will be retrieved by a C-130 transport aircraft and brought home, where they will be prepped for their next mission within the next 24 hours. Overall, Gremlins will have an expected lifetime of 20 flights.
Earlier this week, Boss Key Games debuted the first footage from its new game, LawBreakers. Set in a future where the world is teetering on the brink of anarchy years after the disruption of the Earth’s gravity (someone blew up the moon), it’s an arena-based first-person shooter set to debut next year.
Boss Key Studios founder Cliff Bleszinski hasn’t released a game since he left Epic Games, where he headed up Gears of War, but his interests don’t seem to have changed much. Following Gears, about a group of gun-toting bros as the last defense from a world-ending invasion of monster people, LawBreakers is about a group of gun-toting bros (and ladies!), the last defense from a world-ending invasion of gravity-manipulating criminals.
What has changed is the style of the presentation, which is rendered in a varied, cheerful color palette, a welcome change from the grays and browns of yesteryear. In the gameplay trailer, we see a number of different characters, from a nimble close-quarters stabber to a stereotypically burly gunner with an extra gun attached to his back, bouncing around the gravity-modified terrain of a futuristic Grand Canyon, swinging on laser grappling hooks and having a grand ol’ time.
Uber has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, additions to its staff that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars.
Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, left their jobs on Friday and will join Uber next week.
Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.