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Sony and Apple Face Patent Lawsuits Over PSN & iTunes Systems

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120w ago - This weekend a patent infringement claim lawsuit was filed against Sony and Apple over the technology used in their data vending systems for PlayStation Network (PSN) and the iTunes system.

To quote from the official Press Release: PALO ALTO, Calif. - The inventor of technology used in data vending systems such as the iTunes and Playstation Network systems has sued Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. (NYSE: APPL) and Foster City, Calif.-based Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (NYSE: SNE) for patent infringement.

Inventor Benjamin Grobler is represented by intellectual property attorneys Christopher Banys and Richard C. Lin from the Palo Alto, Calif., office of The Lanier Law Firm. The lawsuits filed March on 27, 2012, allege that Apple and Sony are infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,799,084.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the ‘084 patent to Mr. Grobler in 2004. The patent covers data vending systems that allow users to store and manage digital music, video, software and other items on a variety of electronic devices.

According to the lawsuit, Apple and Sony have infringed the patent by making and offering infringing data vending systems such as iTunes and the Playstation Network, and that the companies are inducing their customers’ infringement by...
 

Apple Releases New iOS for iPad to Patch JailbreakMe PDF Exploit

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206w ago - Apple has released a new iOS 4.0.2 for iPhone and 3.2.2 for iPad to patch the JailbreakMe PDF exploit, so end-users may wish to hold off upgrading!

To quote: "iOS 4.0.2 firmware [Build 8A400] for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3G and iPod Touch 2G and iPod Touch 3G has been released and is available for download.

This update contains patch for the JailbreakMe.com exploit along with some bugs fixes and improvements. iOS 4.0.2 update fixes security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF Files.

iOS 4.0.2 can be downloaded for free via iTunes by simply connecting your iPhone to your computer or simply click the Refresh button located in the Summary section of your iPhone in iTunes.

This update contains bugs fixes and improvements. iOS 4.0.2 is compatible with all iPhones with the exception of the first model EDGE (2007)."
 

iPhone 4 is Officially Unveiled at Apple's WWDC 2010

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215w ago - Today the iPhone 4 has officially been unveiled by Steve Jobs at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California.

Details are still coming in, but below are some highlights for the 4th generation iPhone thus far, to quote:

• It's real: the iPhone 4 (the official name) is as expected, with a new case design.

• The new phone has the thinner, squared-off design we've seen in the leaked photos of the device, redesigned buttons, a front-facing camera, a flash on the rear camera, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, and improved antennas integrated right into the design. 26% thinner than the iPhone 3GS: The thinnest smartphone ever, according to Jobs.

• As rumored, 960 x 640 pixels of resolution on the 3.5-inch display. That's unheard of on a cell phone and actually approaches what most smaller laptops have. 78% of the pixels that the iPad has.

• iPhone is now powered by Apple's A4 chip. Battery is bigger, and Jobs promises 40% more talk time than before (great news). 32GB of storage standard (no upgrade vs. the 3GS). And support for 7.2Mbps networks... once AT&T supports it.

• Internal accelerometer features are also upgraded to add a gyroscope to the mix. It's a little wonky, but now the phone will...
 

Video: Android Mobile Operating System Running on iPhone 2G!

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222w ago - Planetbeing is back on the iPhone scene and brought us Android fully working on the iPhone 2G.

I don't know about you guys, but for me these are some nice news.

Here is his blog post, to quote: "I've been working on this quietly in the background. Sorry about the initial video quality, but YouTube promises that the quality will get better as the video gets processed more. The back part of the version I uploaded to Vimeo was cut off.

I think that says it all, really. Donations via paypal to planetbeing at gmail.com. If you'd like to help, come join #iphonelinux on irc.osx86.hu.

Thanks to CPICH for reversing support, harmn1, posixninja, jean, marcan and saurik for patches, and last but not least, TheSeven for his work on the FTL.

Pre-built images and sources at http://www.mediafire.com/?xqjzn12igfn. Read the README. For generic openiboot instructions, there's plenty now that you can search for.

It should be pretty simple to port forward to the iPhone 3G. The 3GS will take more work. Hopefully with all this groundwork laid out, we can make Android a real alternative or supplement for iPhone users. Maybe we can finally get Flash. "




 

Video: Apple iPad Disassembly - Teardown in Action!

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222w ago - Just over a week ago we reported on an SNES Emulator running Mario Kart on non-jailbroken iPad, and today TechRestore has shared a video of the Apple iPad disassembly done in under three minutes via YouTube.

To quote: "Look inside Apple's big-selling contraption - and think about what that extra space inside could be filled with in that there future Mac OS X-powered iPad model some once predicted the company would release later this year, or was that a lot of air?

See inside the Apple iPad, from box to compete take-apart and back, in under 3 minutes - all done in our famous stop-motion style!"

Those interested can check out the video below!




 
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