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Prototype iPhone 4 Cardboard Keyboard

Posted: November 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Apple, iPhone 4, REBLOG, Smartphone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Prototype iPhone 4 Cardboard Keyboard

Technoid - iPhone Keyboard via SMH Digital LifeAs the song says – well kind ofSome guys have all the fun! Ben Grubb is such a man, the Digital Life wunderkind gets bundles of superneat new gadgets thrown at him, from the big guys and the not-so-big guys.

This week he’s been tossed a neat little gadget for that device we refuse to cover – the iPhone – from one of the littler guys. A prototype app made for the iPhone 4 allows users to type on a keyboard made of paper using vibrations.

Created by Florian Kräutli, a university student in London, the “Vibrative” app makes use of the iPhone’s inbuilt accelerometer, reading vibrations as a finger taps a surface to work out which key is being pressed.

According to the Daily Mail, the software works out the approximate location of a strike on a paper keyboard by analysing the strength and frequency of tremors through the surface the iPhone is resting on :: Read Ben Grubb’s full article at Digital Life »»»»


Samsung Slips Passed Apple on 4G

Posted: September 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Android, Apple vs Samsung, Cult of Apple, iPad, iPhone, Samsung, Smartphone, Standout, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Samsung Slips Passed Apple on 4G

Samsung Slips Passed Apple on 4G - Samsung's 4G PhabletThe war between Apple and Samsung over design and technology patents has cast Samsung as the underling, while Apple is painted as pushing at the edges of innovation. Ahh what a short sighted world we live in, I’d argue with such commentary, going so far as to say that most commentators have things wrong, very wrong.

While Samsung may have a little eggroll on it’s face over claims of plagiarism, the Korean consumer electronics behemoth is definitely no slouch on the technology front, winning the much more important war on patent innovations, particularly when it comes to 4G and it’s application in the mobile device wars.

4G isn’t so much a new technology but  a better use of existing technologies, Samsung has been working on 4G since 2005 and has pretty much perfected it’s use in mobile devices. The higher and more responsive – up to 10 x 3G – bandwidth of 4G is well suited to tablets and smartphones.

In Australia, Telstra has the largest geographic coverage in 4G and has been upgrading mobile cell towers to 4G since 2010, with a consumer roll-out from late in 2011. The benefits of running mobile devices on 4G are real, the simultaneous speed is pretty outstanding :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Apple vs Samsung vs Apple vs Samsung

Posted: August 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Apple vs Samsung, Cult of Apple, Samsung, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Apple vs Samsung vs Apple vs Samsung

Apple vs Samsung vs Apple vs Samsung

UPDATED! August 28, 2012: Apple is seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones, moving swiftly to capitalise on its resounding court victory over its arch-foe. The world’s most valuable company wasted no time in identifying its targets: eight older-model smartphones, including the Galaxy S II and Droid Charge.

Original Post! Just hours apart, in two separate courts – one in the USA and another in South Korea – two absolutely opposing views on the war that is Apple vs Samsung, – or should that be Samsung vs Apple? – have been handed down.

A South Korean court has handed down a split ruling over Samsungs claim that Apple infringed it’s intellectual property, ruling that some element of the iPhone do indeed use patented Samsung telecommunication technology. The court also ruled however that Samsung had – as Apple has been ranting – copy Apples interface for it’s early Galaxy phones and tabs.

The South Korean court found that both companies shared blame, ordering Samsung to stop selling 10 products including its Galaxy S II phone and banning Apple from selling four different products, including its iPhone 4.

Meanwhile across the pacific in San Jose, California, a US jury has found in favour of Apple in a case that was expected to take years to settle, Apples copycat rant has just landed it a $US1 billion dollar win! However, the US ruling runs much deeper than just a huge compensation payout, BILLIONS of dollars in future sales hang in the balance for both tech-behemoths :: Read the full article »»»»


China Sues Apple Over Siri Patent Infringements

Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, CHINA!, Cult of Apple | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Sues Apple Over Siri Patent Infringements

Apple WarsJust when you though Apple and China might be heading down the buddy path – Apple Settles iPad Trademark Dispute For $US60 Million – and just moments after the pair reached settlement over iPad’s trademark dispute, another Chinese tech developer has lodged suite against Apple.

Shanghai based Shanghai Zhizhen Network Science & Technology Co Ltd, developed personal assistant, voice communication/recognition software called Xiao i Robot in 2004, it applied for and recieved a patent for the software in 2006.

The software is similar to Apples Siri, it holds basic conversation and answers questions. Zhi Zhen says it has in excess of 100 million users in China – how did we miss that one – The software is available for Googles Android OS, and …. iOS!

In May this year, Zhi Zhen apparently contacted Apple informing them of the alleged patent breach. In June the company filed suit against Apple. According to the company the only demand is that “Apple stop infringing it’s patent”.

Watch this space…

 @mcsixtyfive


ACCC Orders Name Change iPad Wifi + 4G

Posted: April 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Apple | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on ACCC Orders Name Change iPad Wifi + 4G

AUSTRALIA - ACCC + APPLE - ROUND TWOBack in March of this year – technoid.com.au/australia-apple-offers-ipad-refunds/ – we posted on Apple’s pickle with the Australian competition watchdog the ACCC.

In the latest round it seems a mediation session between the two has failed to resolve a legal dispute over the naming of the iPad.

The  ACCC wants Apple to change the name of its latest tablet – currently sold as iPad Wifi + 4G – as it does not work on Australia’s 4G mobile data network.

Last month, the ACCC accused Apple of falsely claiming the tablet could connect to the 4G network, which is offered by Telstra.

At the time, Apple agreed in the Federal Court to withdraw the offending advertising and tell consumers that the product supported ultra-fast mobile networks but was incompatible with Telstra’s network.

Apple also agreed to contact people who had already bought the new iPad and offer them a refund :: Read the full article »»»»


CHINA: Teen Sells Kidney For iPhone

Posted: April 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Cult of Apple, iPad, iPhone, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA: Teen Sells Kidney For iPhone

CHINA - Teen Sells Kidney For iPhoneFive people in the southern China province of Hunan have been arrested and charged with intentional injury in the case of a teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad.

The five included a surgeon, who removed a kidney from the 17-year-old boy in April last year.

The boy, identified only by his surname Wang, now suffers from renal deficiency, the government-run Xinhua News Agency quoted prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province as saying.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan, $US35,00 to arrange the transplant.

He paid Wang 22,000 yuan and split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff.

The report did not say who received and paid for the kidney :: Read the full article »»»»


APPLE FAILS CHINESE LABOR AUDIT

Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on APPLE FAILS CHINESE LABOR AUDIT

APPLE FAILS CHINESE LABOR AUDITAn audit of three Foxconn factories by FLAFair Labor Associationpumping out coveted Apple gadgets – has found abuses of Chinese labour law, including employees working more than 76 hours a week and more than seven days straight without a required 24-hour break. Along with excessive overtime and not always compensating workers properly for extra hours that were put in, the nearly month-long investigation uncovered health and safety risks and “crucial communication gaps.”

“The Fair Labor Association gave Apple’s largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers,” said the watchdog’s president Auret van Heerden. “Apple and its supplier Foxconn have agreed to our prescriptions, and we will verify progress and report publicly.”

With 1.2 million workers, Foxconn, an affiliate of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, is by far Apple’s largest and most influential partner. While the audit found multiple violations of labour law at the Foxconn factories, it also found many of the workers would like to work more hours and make more money. Mr van Heerden says this sentiment is typical of migrant workers in China.

“Migrant workers go to find work with a view to make as much money as they can in the shortest time as possible,” Mr van Heerden said. “So they do push for extra hours, especially overtime hours that are paid at a premium.” Read the full article »»»»