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Apple loses patent case related to FaceTime, asked to pay $368 million

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Apple has lost a patent related case to VirnetX, a patent holding firm in the US, for infringing on four of the latter’s patents related to FaceTime. The four patents in the case deal with establishing VPSs and domain names.

Apple argued that it did not infringe upon any patents, that FaceTime was a free service with no revenue and that VirnetX does not have any products that use those patents but apparently it was not enough to please the judge and now Apple has been ordered to pay $368 million. Read more »

Apple Store app update brings Passbook support for gift cards, Siri integration for checking prices

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Apple has updated their Apple Store app for the iOS devices that let you check out prices, buy products and track your purchases on the go. The update brings support for Apple Store gift cards with Passbook support and Siri integration.

Now you can purchase Apple Store gift cards for your friends and family through the Apple Store app. When you send a gift card, it arrives as a mail to your recipient. They can then choose to send it to their iPhone and it appears in Passbook through iCloud integration. They can then just walk into an Apple Store and purchase items by showing the pass in the Passbook app. Read more »

Microsoft Office for iOS and Android arriving early next year

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Back in May we reported the sighting of what looked like Microsoft Office running on an iPad. Back then Microsoft denied working on such an application but turns out that wasn’t true at all.

According to The Verge, Microsoft has been working on a version of Office for iOS as well as Android and plans to release early next year. The iOS version will be released around late February or early March and the Android version will arrive in May. Read more »

Browsing with Chrome now gets you longer battery life

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The latest stable release of the popular Chrome for Windows browser from Google now has full GPU acceleration enabled for video decoding.

Dedicated graphics chips draw considerably less power than CPUs when watching videos, which means that your laptop will last that much longer. Read more »

Karateka resurrects, now available for the Xbox 360, soon for iOS, PC and PlayStation 3

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Remember Karateka? The great 8-bit classic game is returning this year. A remake of the popular title for iOS, PC and PlayStation 3 is coming to bring a warm nostalgic feeling in the hearts of its fans.

Karateka creator Jordan Mechner, who is also known for the Prince of Persia titles, has uploaded an extended director’s cut trailer of the upcoming game. Read more »

At $229 the 32GB Nexus 7 from RadioShack is a steal

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The Nexus 7 deals keep getting better and better since Google announced the pricedrop of the 16GB model and introduced the 32GB version. Now, for a limited time, RadioShack is offering the 32GB Nexus 7 for the incredibly sounding $229.

To take advantage of the deal, use the coupon code “RMN20″. It’ll grant you a $20 discount for products costing $125 and up. And to make the deal even better, there’s free ground shipping (for US only). Read more »

Valve releases Steam for Linux beta

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We have reported in the past on Valve’s plans for releasing the Steam client for the Linux platform. Keeping true to that promise, the company has released the first beta that can be installed on systems running Ubuntu 12.04 and above.

To start off, you will be able to play Valve’s highly popular, online multiplayer, free-to-play game Team Fortress 2. If that’s not enough, there are a whole bunch of other games as well, including Amnesia: The Dark Descent, World of Goo, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Serious Sam 3: BFE and many more. Read more »

Google updates search engine results page

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Google has done some minor modifications to their SERP (search engine results page). The new design mostly involves rearranging the navigation controls around.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the navigation controls, which previously could be found on the side, have now been moved up top. This works fine for usual web search but poses new problems for image search. Read more »

iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD go head to head, inside a blender

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Continuing their tradition of blending newly released gadgets inside one of their absurdly strong and powerful blender by none other than the CEO Tom Dickson himself, Blendtec has released a new video where they blend the iPad mini.

But it’s not just the iPad mini that will be facing the blades of chaos inside the blender. Giving it company are the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. It really doesn’t matter how many contestants there are, though. In the end, the only winner is the Blendtec blender. Read more »

Microsoft said to be working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet

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After announcing the 10-inch Surface tablets based on Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft is now reportedly working on a 7-inch model. Except, this one is more purpose-built, with the purpose being gaming.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is said to be working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet designed for gaming. The device is said to include an ARM processor with high-bandwidth RAM but the specifications could be altered for an unannounced Intel SoC. This device will neither be running on Windows 8 nor Windows RT, but rather a custom Windows kernel, similar to the current Xbox console. Read more »

Apple iPad mini stops by our office, poses for a hands-on video

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With the announcement of the iPad mini, Apple will give the already handsomely growing 7-inch tablet market an extra boost. Now that the 7.85-inch slate in our hands, it’s time to take it for a quick spin and see what its deal is.

Some might say out that due to the price there isn’t any deal to be had here. Yet the really beautiful aluminum body of the iPad mini quickly makes you forget about that. Read more »

Samsung announces new lineup of green 20nm SSD and DDR3 RAM memory

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The Memory Solution CIO Forum 2012 in South Korea is in full swing today and Samsung has announced its new line-up of DDR3 RAM and SSD built using the 20nm manufacturing process.

The SSD comes with support for SATA 6.0Gb/s and will be exclusively used for server units and SAS interfaces for enterprise storage. Read more »

Facebook app for iOS gets photo filters

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Just when you couldn’t get enough of Instagram, Facebook updates its main iOS app to use one of 13 filters when uploading a photo.

You can also rotate and crop your pictures before uploading them to your timeline. Read more »

iOS apps still make more money, but Android apps are closing in

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Android’s app store has a reputation of having more free apps and games than the iOS store, which is good for consumers, but the iOS store is better known for bringing in more revenue, which is good for developers. According to App Annie that is still true, but the gap is closing.

The analysts at App Annie have taken the two types of paid apps into account – premium apps (you pay for the app) and freemium apps (the app is free, but you can pay for in-game purchases). Freemium apps are the primary revenue generators on both platforms, showing incredible growth. Read more »

Rovio releases extended gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars

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We have already talked about Angry Birds Star Wars before. The game is based on the same gameplay mechanics as previous Angry Birds game but the birds have been replaced by Star Wars characters with some new abilities.

The game will be releasing this Thursday on November 8 and you can be sure we will have a review of the game for you to read. Until then, check out this new gameplay video, along with some of the other videos of the game released in the past. Read more »