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Microsoft

Microsoft Sues TiVo 112

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i've-got-patent-pending dept.
doperative notes that "TiVo [is accused] of infringing four patents. Microsoft is asking that TiVo be barred from importing the digital-video recorders, which are primarily made in Mexico and sold in the U.S... The four patents in the ITC case relate to program schedules and selection, controlling the interface, and a way to restrict use of the DVR based on the program’s rating."
Biotech

Nobel Prize Winner Says DNA Performs Quantum Teleportation 347

Posted by samzenpus
from the giant-book-that's-hidden-inside-you dept.
HJED writes "TechWorld is reporting that the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008, Luc Montagnier, is claiming that DNA can send 'electromagnetic imprints' of itself into distant cells and fluids which can then be used by enzymes to create copies of the original DNA. This would be equivalent to quantum teleportation. You can read the original paper here [PDF]."
Input Devices

ErgoSlider Offers a New Mouse Alternative 118

Posted by timothy
from the would-hate-to-draw-with-it dept.
Zothecula writes "First achieving widespread use with the release of the Apple Macintosh in 1984, the humble computer mouse has reigned supreme as the digital pointing device of choice for more than 20 years. During this time it has seen off countless pretenders to the throne, as well as undergoing some useful (and otherwise) redesigns such as Apple's Magic Mouse, Microsoft's Arc, the 3D-Spheric-Mouse, the AirMouse and the Orbita. The latest product to take a shot at the title is the Ergo-Slider Plus+, a device that looks like a padded wrist rest, but with a cylinder at the front that rolls and slides in a special groove to move the onscreen cursor." It reminds me of the Isopoint pointing device in the long-passed Apple-compatible Outbound Laptop.

Comment: Re:iPad vs. everyone else (Score 1) 174

by Mbraz (#34696860) Attached to: Dell Reveals Specs For the Looking Glass Tablet
Yes, the tablet concept have been around for ages, but all of them (I'm supposing you're talking about the early Microsoft concepts and other mid-90's ones) was created BEFORE THE ADVENT OF WI-FI networks and mobile internet (3G and so on). So of course such a kind of device was pointless and there were no market place for them. The iPad changed everything. And yes, I followed /. discussions at the time of iPad release and the consensus was that the tablet device was still pointless as the other attempts before, so the iPad would fail miserably. Of course, ignoring the new form-factor, the touch-screen technology, the app ecosystem, and the mobile internet availability. In few weeks, 10 million people bought a pointless device to discover a way to use it in a near future. I thing that /.ers have a kind of child-trauma to admit the succeed Apple market strategy, and the boldness they have to break established paradigms (this no-USB cries == no-floppy in the 97' iMac, no-optical devices on MacBook Air, and so on). The iPad was never, in any moment the *first* tablet, but was the first with huge success and Apple was the first company to bring it to the masses. Of course being first in an entire new market gives Apple the advantage to be always ahead of competitors: when all these Android tablets come out, the iPad2 is just around the corner. The problem of being an Apple hater is that the competition doesn't help very much. Yes, The iPod predictions here is the Slashdot's 9/11.
Books

iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the paying-for-the-top-shelf dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Apple has introduced some new features to its iBooks store in order to make illustrations and fixed layouts possible — something particularly important for children's books. But at the moment, it seems these features are only available for big publishers, not indies. This is not dissimilar from the controversy that brewed over indie labels' access to iTunes LP."
The Internet

Vint Cerf, US Congresswoman Oppose Net Regulation 156

Posted by timothy
from the what-does-that-guy-know? dept.
schliz writes "Vint Cerf, Google, ICANN and California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack have opposed a recently revealed UN initiative to regulate the internet. Congresswoman Mack put forward a US resolution that the United Nations and other international governmental organisations maintain a 'hands-off approach' to the internet, arguing that 'the internet has progressed and thrived precisely because it has not been subjected to the suffocating effect of a governmental organization's heavy hand.' Meanwhile, the so-called 'father of the internet,' Vint Cerf, called on stakeholders to sign a petition to mobilize opposition of the UN's plan. 'Today, I have signed that petition on Google's behalf because we don't believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance,' said Cerf, who is also Google's chief internet lobbyist."

Comment: The tablets killed the netbooks (Score 2) 349

by Mbraz (#34572558) Attached to: Gmail Creator Says Chrome OS Is As Good As Dead

He's right. But Google haven't spent 2 years and millions of dollars in a dead project just for fun.

Chrome was announced 2 years ago, when the tablet market was just a speculation, even the iPad was just a rumor at that time. But now, after millions iPads sold and the rise of competitor's tablets struggling for this new market, the netbooks -- the real Chrome OS target -- became irrelevant, or predicted to be dead in a 2-3 years from now.

The advent of the tablets killed the netbooks. So there will be no place for Chrome OS in a near future.

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