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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Outlier ln Apple-Samsung Case

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With all the fallout from the patent case decision last week, Apple and Samsung have an outstanding piece of unfinished business.

Prior to the case Judge Koh applied a sales ban on the Tab 10.1, on the expectation that it would be found to infringe. Turns out it wasn't. Which leaves Samsung in a position to reclaim at least some of the $1billion judgement...

Groklaw Examines Apple - Samsung Verdict, Finds Evidence of Obvious Bias

The result of the Apple - Samsung patent case came pretty quickly. Suspiciously quickly some would say.

Groklaw has analysed the decision of the jury and found all sorts of anomalies. Not to mention plenty to suggest that the jury was far from impartial.

Samsung is likely to file some post-verdict motions to have the verdict set aside. This seems a obvious decision given the evidence uncovered by Groklaw. Given the location of the trial and the outwardly pro Apple bias of both judge and jury it will likely fail and result in an appeal.

The Groklaw article is here and makes for an interesting read:

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2012082510525390

Not Even At That Price!

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The Blackberry Playbook has had something of a troubled life thus far. Missing functionality at launch, flakey tethering with RIM's own smartphones and now a victim of collapsing market share for the Canadian company.

Its no surprise that Comet has decided to clear out its stock of Playbooks. They must be hogging warehouse space at an unprecedented level! Especially with the expected arrival ot the iPad Mini and the expected voracious consumer appetite for a product Apple said it would never build.

That clearout amounts to a price of £129 for the largest 64GB version - an absolute steal.

This doesn't seem to have generated the consumer interest that Comet may have been expecting. Probably because of that incoming iPad Mini.

l suspect that RIM are going to have to take a further hit on the Playbook and reduce prices to somewhere south of £100 to clear inventory.

ln times of trouble having the good sense to focus on your core products is key to survival. History from App…

RIP Neil Armstrong, Man On The Moon

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"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your Eyes Turned Skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." ~ Unknown

"I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer. And I take substantial pride in the accomplishments of my profession" ~ Neil Armstrong, Aug. 5, 1930 - Aug. 25, 2012.

There are many men who will lay claim to being the most famous in all history, only one man truly owns that accolade. The quiet, unassuming man from Western Ohio who was licensed to fly before he was licensed to drive.

Here's hoping those moon dreams finally come in your longest sleep.

RIP.

Apple Awarded $1bn Against Samsung

Mostly bad news for Samsung as the jury in its patent trial finds that it wilfuly infringed on Apple`s bounce back and pinch to zoom. The juryvalidated Apple`s iPad shape patent but found the Samsung`s Tabs had not infringed. The jury awarded $1bn in damages - however Judge Koh could treble these on the basis that the infringement was found to be wilful.

This decision - should it stand on appeal - significantly limits the future of software development. Create a piece of software that achieves a similar thing to a competitor and you will be turned over.

I hope that Google has its notification panel patented, as Apple have ripped that off, as well as Windows Phone`s Toast notification.

I`ve said it before, but this kind of decision hurts consumers, competition and innovation. The patent laws don`t work well in the 21st Century and Apple is exploiting that to its own ends.

Apple`s most rabid fans may well celebrate this decision, but it is they who are most likely to suffer in the futur…

Apple v Samsung Case Goes To Jury

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As an owner of large numbers of Apple and Samsung products and a possibly addicted buyer of new technology (professionally as well as personally) this case promises to change the industry forever.

Apple's claims range from the sublime to the ridiculous - there are certainly areas where Samsung have infringed Apple's patents, but a combination of prior art and common sense should tell us that these items should never have been awarded those patents. Samsung has been guilty of mis-use of its FRAND licensed patents and both have been guilty of deceptions and mis-direction through the trial.

Judge Koh, who has presided over the trial, has demonstrated exasperation with both sides. Even going to the extremes of demanding that the two sides CEOs speak in the last few days of the trial to avoid a decision which would be particularly damaging to the loser, whoever that turned out to be.

Apple's predatory use of dubious patents has been used to attempt to limit consumer choice acr…

Xbox Music Needs To Improve The Social

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I may have mentioned before but I believe that a Zune Music Pass is the best music subscription service if you're that way inclined.

With the launch of Windows 8 in the autumn I believe that the Zune name is going to disappear and a new Xbox Music service will take its place to improve Microsoft's chances of competing against iTunes and Spotify, the current market leaders. Its a good strategy - for most people Zune evokes only memories of the failed music player (if it evokes anything at all) whereas Xbox is one of Microsoft's big successes.

There is one area where the Zune music service fails: social interaction. Microsoft needs to address this as part of the migration, adding the ability to easily share playlists with fellow subscribers, ensure that playcounts are properly maintained both within the service and in the desktop client; and allow users to post information about their music listening to different social estates: Live, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Its a small cha…