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Mobile Technology News, January 30, 2013

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Judge Koh Rules That Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe Apple Patents [iOS Blog]
    Judge Lucy Koh ruled in a court filing (via The Verge) tonight that Samsung did not willfully infringe Apple patents. This decision denies any additional damages to the $1.05 billion awarded to Apple last August.

    As this is the sum total of Apple’s arguments and evidence that Samsung’s infringement was willful, the Court cannot conclude that Apple has met its burden to show willfulness by clear and convincing evidence.

    Samsung argued that they had reason to believe that Apple’s patents were invalid and therefore did not willfully infringe Apple patents – Samsung basically didn’t believe they did anything wrong. Judge Koh believed that Samsung’s argument was reasonable enough to rule out willful infringement but not strong enough to overturn the validity of Apple’s patents.


    Judge Koh also denied Samsung’s bid for a new trial, saying that “the trial was fairly conducted, with uniform time limits and rules of evidence applied on both sides.” She went on to write that “a new trial would be contrary to the interests of justice.”

    If Samsung had been found to be willfully infringing Apple patents their penalty might have ballooned well over $1.05 billion that they must pay Apple. In December, Judge Koh had denied another Samsung retrial request based on juror misconduct. The decision is yet another milestone in the long saga that is Samsung v. Apple.

  • Michael Weinberg: 3-D Printing Can Turbocharge Mashup Culture
    When you step away from your computer screen and look around, you realize that the physical world — the real world — is full of real, physical things that are not protected by copyright.
  • Google Maps’ New Target: Secretive North Korea
    The company opened its map program to “citizen cartographers” at a time when the isolated country is locked in a standoff with the United States and its allies.

  • New Apple TV Has A5X Chip and Single WLAN + Bluetooth Antenna
    AnandTech has found that new Apple TV will use the same WLAN+Bluetooth antenna/chip combo that the iPhone 5 uses as well as an A5X processor rather than the A5.

    The unreleased Apple TV revision was first suggested by an iOS 6.1 firmware release for a previously unseen AppleTV3,2 model. Then, a new FCC application revealed that the new Apple TV would have slightly smaller dimensions than the currently shipping model.

    AnandTech writes:

    Instead of the A5R2 SoC (S5L8942) inside the Apple TV 3,1, this new device contains an A5X SoC (S5L8947) as shown in the screenshots I’ve taken of the Restore.plist file, though there are numerous others. It’s entirely possible that Apple is again using different bins of the A5X, it’s not possible to tell whether CPU or GPU cores are fused off at this point from my digging through the IPSW.

    The A5X chip (with Quad-Core graphics) was originally introduced to power the new Retina Display screen of the iPad 3.

    It was in the current Apple TV that Apple first used the 32-nm (die shrunk) A5 chip. It was believed at the time that Apple had used the Apple TV has a test platform to start ramping up that new 32-nm A5 processor before they started using it more broadly to power the still-for-sale iPad 2.

    It seems likely that Apple will follow the same pattern with this new A5X — first ramp up production in the Apple TV, and later extend its use to the new iPad mini. The next iPad mini is believed to include a Retina display. Apple will need to upgrade the iPad mini’s CPU/GPU in order to be able to accommodate the extra pixels of such a display.

  • Website To Remove Annoying Puzzles
    LOS ANGELES — Ticketmaster, often the target of fan anger when tickets to popular concerts get sold out in seconds, is removing an annoyance that…
  • WATCH: Thirty Videographers Capture ‘One Day In Yosemite’
    With the help of 30 videographers, an ambitious filmmaker has created a stunning video that captures the vast magic of Yosemite National Park. Uploaded on…
  • RIM pins revival on Blackberry 10
    Will BB10 smartphones revive RIM’s fortunes?
  • Investors Shrug Off a Weak Earnings Report From Amazon
    Amazon missed expectations on both revenue and profit, but an increase in its operating margin — to 3.2 percent from 2.7 percent — caught investors’ attention.

  • Amazon’s Profits Are Down, But Investors Don’t Seem To Mind
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep pace with increased spending on order fulfillment…
  • PHOTO: Steve Jobs Has An Eerie Twin
    The intense all-fruit diet Ashton Kutcher followed to impersonate Steve Jobs may have landed the actor in the hospital, but it sure seems to be…
  • Turnstyle: Twitter Plants A Tangled Vine
    By Noah Nelson There’s no other app worth talking about this week than Vine, the short form video sharing service that was released on…
  • Best Buy Offering Refurbished Airport Extreme Base Station for $89.99 [Mac Blog]
    AirportextremeBest Buy is offering Apple’s June 2011 Airport Extreme Base Station — the current model that Apple sells new for $179 — for $89.99 as its deal of the day.

    Apple sells the same device refurbished for $139.

    Originally released June 2011

    The sleek, easy-to-use AirPort Extreme Base Station with simultaneous dual-band support is the perfect wireless access point for home, school or small business. It offers fast, 802.11n Wi-Fi access for Mac computers, PCs and Wi-Fi devices such as iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV.

  • Jordan Friedman: In Digital Age, Social Media Impacts College Journalism
    As journalism programs at colleges begin emphasizing the online and broadcast elements of news, they’re also incorporating social media into their curricula and encouraging students to maintain an online presence.
  • FCC Filing Reveals New, Slightly Smaller Apple TV Model
    The FCC has published paperwork, discovered by Engadget, that Apple filed late last week on what appears to be a new model of the Apple TV. This follows on yesterday’s revelation that iOS 6.1 included support for an as yet unrevealed AppleTV3,2 model.

    NewappletvEngadget writes:

    While the diagram pictured above doesn’t suggest any major changes to the device’s appearance, it does list some slightly smaller measurements: 93.78mm square compared to the 98mm of the current model. That’s certainly not the biggest of differences, but the measurements in previous Apple FCC filing have been spot on. The model number, A1469, is also one that we haven’t seen before, but the documents unfortunately don’t offer much else in the way of details (only confirmation of the same WiFi capabilities as the current-gen Apple TV).

    In the middle of this month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who has been accurate in the past — posted his expectations for Apple’s various product launches this year. He expected a new Apple TV model late in the first calendar quarter, which lines up with the filing.

  • WATCH: If ‘Homeland’ Was A ’90s Video Game …
    Showtime hasn’t released a "Homeland" video game … yet … but the good people at CollegeHumor have taken the time to imagine the Emmy-winning series…
  • Obama: Foreign-Born Tech Entrepreneurs Need ‘Startup Visas’
    President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to create a special visa category that allows foreign-born entrepreneurs who launch successful startups to remain in the…
  • Melissa Thompson: Five Digital Health Trends of 2013: Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
    Health care needs fixing. Here are five trends that will dominate the health care front in 2013.
  • So, You Want To Skype With Sarah Silverman?
    We’re not sure she’ll talk dirty to you, but, hey, anything’s possible. Sarah Silverman’s activism looks like it’s not ending with the presidential election. According…
  • Verizon, Sprint and AT&T Confirm They Will Carry 128GB iPad WiFi + Cellular
    ipad.jpgVerizon and AT&T have confirmed to MacRumors that they will both carry the 128GB iPad’s cellular variant when it launches on February 5th. Earlier, Sprint confirmed to iMore that it will also be carrying the new device.

    AT&T is particularly noteworthy because the carrier is offering $100 off tablets purchased with a 2-year data contract through February 14th.

    Apple added support for a number of new LTE carriers in the iOS 6.1 update that was released yesterday, and presumably all those carriers — as well as normal iPad sales channels — will carry the new 128GB iPad on launch day.

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