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Samsung vs. Apple Verdict: Apple Wins Huge

Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:16 am by PyroPhoenix

We've been watching Apple and Samsung hammer each other for what feels like eons over who ripped off whom. And now the jury is in (shockingly soon): Samsung just lost almost everything.

The case, which has centered over a panoply of patents relating to both hardware and software design, should settle one major argument once and for all: did Samsung rip off Apple's design when it started churning out touch devices of its own? Does Apple own the right to tech features that've become completely ubiquitous, like icon grids and black rectangles? The repercussions here are mammoth—this decision could literally and profoundly change the way our gadgets look for years and years to come.

Apple has contended that the entire mobile industry had nothing but messes of buttons and switches before Steve Jobs descended with the iPhone—after which point a unadorned glass face with rounded, bouncy icons became the de facto standard for pretty much every phone and tablet, for the rest of time. …

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Say hello to the brave new world of console gaming

Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:19 pm by PyroPhoenix

New game console rumors are piling up -- and they're painting a pretty bleak picture. Is the future of console gaming something out of an Orwell novel?

By Jeff Bakalar, CNET

The next evolution of home console gaming is shaping up like a dystopian Philip K. Dick short story. Refueled by the latest PlayStation 4 rumor, signs continue to point to a future in which games are no longer really yours to own, instead just a virtual right to play -- just as long as you're connected to the Internet, have a unique ownership ID, and aren't playing a used copy.

This isn't the first we've heard of this either; a January report says Microsoft's next machine will attempt to thwart used games too.

Of course Sony hasn't confirmed any of these supposedly leaked details, but is it really out of the realm of possibility? The Vita is a prime example of the company's piracy paranoia. It's locked down and vacuum-sealed, made painfully apparent by how tedious it is doing trivial things like transferring …

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Invisible Mercedes brings James Bond technology to life

Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:36 am by PyroPhoenix

In a promotion for its first production fuel-cell vehicle in Germany, Mercedes-Benz turned a B-Class hatchback invisible -- at least, from a distance, using the same idea behind the invisible car in the James Bond film "Die Another Day." See if you can see it before it sees you.

The invisibility cloak had its tryout this week on the streets of Stuttgart, Germany. To make Q's idea of an invisible car real, Mercedes employed dozens of technicians and some $263,000 worth of flexible LED mats covering one side of the car. Using a camera mounted on the opposite side of the vehicle, the LEDs were programmed to reproduce the image from the camera at the right scale, blending the vehicle into the background from a few feet away. Doing so required power sources, computers and other gear totaling 1,100 lbs. of equipment inside the B-Class.

Mercedes' point was to show how the F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell powered car would be invisible to the environment, producing only water vapor …

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:19 pm by PyroPhoenix

Why Sony and Microsoft Teaming Up on Their Next Console Makes a Lot of SenseMicrosoft has trouble making hardware. Sony has trouble running online services. What if the next Xbox and the next PlayStation are one and the same?

A few months ago, while reporting about the then unannounced Wii U console for Nintendo, we stumbled on an interesting ancillary rumor: Microsoft and Sony were in active discussions regarding their next consoles.

For two giants in the home video game console market to be talk from time to time isn't wholly surprising. Sony and Microsoft are clearly competitors in the console market, but they're also unlikely allies in a gaming landscape undergoing upheaval brought on by the likes of Zynga and Apple. Triple-A console games like Halo and Uncharted are still going strong, but the expansive growth in the industry at larger has been in the casual and mobile space—an area in which Microsot and Sony only dabble, especially if you count Sony's PlayStation Vita as …

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Report: Android dominates US smartphone market

Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:09 pm by iRaz

As 2011 ends, Google employees, especially those involved with Android, will probably be popping a few extra corks, given that it emerged victorious in the latest bout in an ongoing war with Apple's iOS for top smartphone platform.

In a recently released report from comScore, Android made up nearly 47 percent of the U.S. smartphone market share by the end of November, followed by iOS at nearly 29 percent. But Android rose more than 3 percent from the previous month, while iOS only climbed 1.4 percent.

Research in Motion, the makers of the beleaguered BlackBerry, hung in for third place at 16.6 percent, after a 3.1 percent fall.

While 234 million Americans age 13 or older use mobile devices, currently just 91.4 million own smartphones, so it's an area with plenty of potential growth.

One of the most prolific Android pushers, Samsung, scored big with consumers as the No. 1 overall handset manufacturer, with 25.6 percent of mobile subscribers choosing one of its smartphones or …

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