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Submission + - FDA approves software for iPhone-based vision test (

anderzole writes: The FDA recently gave clearance to Vital Art and Science Inc. (VAS) to market software which enables people with degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to monitor their vision at home with their iPhone. The software, which is called myVisionTrack, isn't a replacement for regular visits to the doctor, but rather allows patients to keep tabs on their vision in between visits with eye care professionals.

VAS notes that retinal diseases affect approximately 40 million individuals worldwide and 13 million in the United States. While treatments have been developed to deal with degenerative eye conditions, early diagnosis is of paramount importance — which is why the software is so important.

Submission + - German Court finds Apple's 'slide to unlock' patent invalid (

anderzole writes: Germany's Federal Patent Court on Thursday invalidated all of Apple's claims for its slide to unlock patent.

They death blow for Apple's slide to unlock patent was likely a Swedish phone called the Neonode N1m that launched well before the iPhone and featured its own slide to unlock implementation. The N1m was released in 2005 while Apple's own patent for slide to unlock wasn't filed until December of 2005.

Submission + - Hearing aid company sues Apple over EarPods trademark (

anderzole writes: Late last week, Apple was hit with a trademark infringement lawsuit courtesy of Randolph Divisions, a company that manufactures digital hearing aids. The suit, which was filed in Hawaii, alleges that Apple's EarPods headphones infringe upon their own "HearPod" trademark and product.

Apple's EarPods were originally released alongside the iPhone 5 this past September. They were touted as offering better sound quality and more comfort than previous Apple headphones which, while iconic, weren't exactly best in class audio-wise.

It's worth noting that Randolph Divisions has owned the "HearPod" trademark since 2007, though Apple itself does hold U.S. trademarks for both 'EarPods' and 'Apple EarPods'.

So does Randolph Divisions have a case here? It sure doesn't seem like it.

Under trademark law, the standard for infringement is whether or not two products are so similar as to cause a "likelihood of confusion" amongst consumers.

Submission + - Tim Cook's apology letter eases tension with China (

anderzole writes: Tim Cook yesterday, in an effort to assuage criticisms over Apple's warranty policies in China, posted an apology letter on Apple's Chinese website. Therein, Cook stressed that Apple does care about consumer feedback and outlined a number of steps Apple will take to improve its customer service in China.

China is a key country for Apple's continued growth and it's certainly in Apple's best interest to ensure that relations don't become strained.

To that end, the Chinese state-run media seemed to welcome Apple's apology. In a quick instant, Apple went from a targeted company to beloved. Well perhaps 'beloved' is a bit too strong of a word, but Cook's apology really seemed to do the trick. The Global Times, a state-run paper in China, wrote today that Apple's apology was very welcome and will work to ease the tension between the two parties.

"The company's apology letter has eased the situation," the paper explained, "softening the tense relationship between Apple and the Chinese market ... Its reaction is worth respect compared with other American companies,"

Submission + - Why Crazy Still Trumps Facts on the Internet (

Curseyoukhan writes: The internet was going to be great. It was going to be the place where good information drove out bad, where facts would vanquish lies. Instead it seems to have made the situation worse. The Flat Earth Society has come back from the dead. Survivors of Sandy Hook and Aurora are electronically harassed by people who congregate at sites explaining how it was all a government conspiracy. And that's just the tip of the Illuminati pyramid. So what happened?

Submission + - MacBook Pro makes unintended cameo during Game of Thrones premiere (

anderzole writes: As the most pirated show on the planet, it's no surprise that HBO put a lot of advertising dollars behind last night's season 3 premiere. The show's dedicated following continues to grow by leaps and bounds and is just the latest chapter in HBO's illustrious history of top-notch quality and original programming.

During yesterday's exciting premiere, however, keen observers may have noticed an item or two that simply didn't belong in a show set well before the advance of technology. It's well-known that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are huge Mac fans and use an assortment of Apple hardware and software to cut and edit the show. But what really caused me to take a double take yesterday was the slight appearance of a MacBook Pro in a few scenes.


Submission + - Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch headed to Apple (

anderzole writes: Some interesting news this afternoon as CNBC recently put out a tweet claiming that Kevin Lynch is stepping down from his role as CTO at Adobe and will be joining Apple. Lynch's departure has since been corroborated by an Adobe filing with the SEC.

So now the question becomes, is Lynch really heading to Apple? And if so, just what type of work/position awaits someone who was previously CTO of Adobe?

Moseying on over to Lynch's personal website, perhaps we can pick up a few clues.

Lynch writes of himself: "I'm currently CTO at Adobe, where I shape Adobe's long-term technology vision and focus innovation across the company along the lines of multiscreen, cloud, and social computing. The most recent embodiment of this work is Adobe Creative Cloud for creative professionals, and Adobe Marketing Cloud for marketing professionals."

Hmm, cloud computing certainly seems to be jumping off the page.

Submission + - Samsung is also reportedly developing a smartwatch (

anderzole writes: It's been widely reported that Apple is working hard on an upcoming iWatch that may be released as early as this year. But Apple may not be the only company developing a wristwatch these days. It's now being reported that Samsung is also busying itself with developing a smartwatch of sorts.

During a recent interview in Seoul, Samsung executive VP Lee Youhg Hee explained, "We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long, We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

"The issue here is who will first commercialize it so consumers can use it meaningfully,” Lee added.

Samsung has of course released smartwatches before, but as you can see below, they all leave much to be desired.


Submission + - Andy Rubin to step down as head of Google's Android division (

anderzole writes: Some interesting news out of Google today as CEO Larry Page announced via the company’s official blog that Andy Rubin will be handing over the Android reins to Sundar Pichai. It’s important to note that Rubin will remain at Google working on other, and presumably secretive, projects.

Google acquired Android in 2005, back when the Andy Rubin led company was still a 22-month old startup based out of Palo Alto. The purchase price was $50 million and may very well be the smartest acquisition Google ever made.

Submission + - Porn troll smackdown in federal court (

WhiteSlash writes: On Monday, Prenda, a porn copywrite trolling firm had its house of cards slowly begin to topple.

"Today United States District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II made it explicitly, abundantly, frighteningly clear that he believes the principals of Prenda Law have engaged in misconduct — and that he means to get to the bottom of it."

In a bizarre hearing, where even the lawyers had lawyers, Prenda's lawyers, named by former partner Brett Gibbs, were chastised for their messy (generous in this case) practicies of serving lawsuits to hundreds of Does expected of illegally downloading porn.

FAP carefully.

Submission + - Adobe announces plans to stop boxed sales of its Creative Suite software (

anderzole writes: Adobe today announced that it plans to stop offering boxed versions of its Creative Suite software to consumers. Instead, the company will follow the growing trend – arguably spearheaded by Apple – of only offering its professional software via online download.

“As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products,” an Adobe spokesperson explained.

Retailers have previously indicated that May 1 will be the cut-off date for boxed sales of Adobe’s Creative Suite software.


Submission + - Samsung's advertising game outmuscled Apple in 2012 (

anderzole writes: With Samsung set to release its Samsung Galaxy S IV tomorrow in New York City, the South Korea based company has certainly learned a thing or two about creating a media buzz prior to a product launch. Previously, that was a talent that only Apple seemed to have mastered.

What’s more, Samsung has also proven rather shrewd at another one of Apple’s historic specialties – advertising. Not only are its latest people-centric ads resonating with consumers, they also bash Apple fans and iPhone users in the process. That’s a lot of bang for the buck.

And speaking of bucks, Samsung isn’t shy about spending a lot of its money on advertising efforts either. While Apple outspent Samsung by a factor of 3-1 in mobile advertising in 2011, Samsung stepped up its game in a major way in 2012. Last year, Samsung outspent Apple by $64 million in mobile advertising. Specifically, Apple spent $333 million on its advertising efforts while Samsung spent $401 million.


Submission + - Samsung Galaxy IV unveiling borrows a page from Apple's playbook (

anderzole writes: While iPhone competitors have come and gone, Samsung has actually been able to garner significant marketshare and provide an attractive to the iPhone in the form of its wildly popular series of Galaxy S smartphones.

Tomorrow, Samsung will be taking the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. And for the first time, Samsung will be unveiling its latest and greatest smartphone not in Seoul, South Korea, but smack dab in the middle of New York City at Radio City Music Hall, just blocks from Apple's flagship Apple retail store. What's more, Samsung will be broadcasting the event live in Times Square.

The main takeaway from Samsung's venture into NYC is that the company has learned from the master. The release of the Galaxy S IV is an event, has people buzzing, and is one of the top stories across the tech blogosphere. And all of that attention for a product that likely won't be that different from the Galaxy S III. That's an impressive feat for any company not named Apple to pull off.


Submission + - MIT crypto experts win 2012 Turing Award ("Nobel Prize in Computing") (

alphadogg writes: A pair of MIT professors and security researchers whose work paved the way for modern cryptography have been named winners of the 2012 A.M. Turing Award, also known as the “Nobel Prize in Computing.” Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and Silvio Micali, the MIT Ford Professor of Engineering, are recipients of the award, which will be formerly presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) on June 15 in San Francisco. According to the ACM: “By formalizing the concept that cryptographic security had to be computational rather than absolute, they created mathematical structures that turned cryptography from an art into a science." Goldwasser and Micali will split a $250K prize.

Submission + - When Steve Jobs tried to save Mark Hurd's job as HP CEO (

An anonymous reader writes: HP always held a special place in Steve Jobs' heart. Indeed, it was the company that gave him his first job at the ripe age of 13.

That said, it's recently been revealed that Jobs during the Summer of 2010 tried to do all he could to save former HP CEO Mark Hurd's job following allegations of inappropriate conduct. Jobs even offered to call up each HP board member individually and plead Hurd's case.

Ultimately, Jobs' efforts weren't enough to keep Hurd in the CEO position at HP. Jobs, an Apple board member noted, strongly felt that a healthy HP was crucial for a healthy Silicon Valley.

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