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+ - Samsung Retaliates Against Ericsson With Patent Complaint-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The wireless patent wars don't pause at Christmas time, keeping numerous IP lawyers (and a certain litigation watcher) busy even at this time of year. No one seriously expected Samsung to turn the other cheek when Ericsson sued it and requested a U.S. import ban against a host of Galaxy devices. The Korean electronics giant, which is increasingly competing with Ericsson in the telecoms infrastructure market, just filed an ITC complaint of its own. The title of the complaint is Certain Wireless Communication Equipment and Articles Therein. That description would apply to dozens, no: hundreds, of patent lawsuits in the world. The complaint has not been published yet, but it would be out of character for Samsung not to assert some of its patents on wireless industry standards (and maybe some others, too)."
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Intel

+ - Intel has an x86 tablet that's more efficient than ARM (EMBARGO UNTIL 2PM PST)->

Submitted by
GhostX9
GhostX9 writes "MODS, THIS IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 2PM PST SO THE LINK WON'T BE ACTIVE UNTIL THEN. THE LINK WILL BE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF TOMSHARDWARE.COM

Last week, EE Times wrote: "Intel’s Clover Trail, a dual-core Atom SoC for tablets, consumes as much as a half a watt less that Tegra 3 on some tasks, Intel told a group of analysts recently."

What they didn't report was that the Tom's Hardware Team was giving the presentation to those financial analysts along with Intel engineers. We have our detailed report, including photos of the specialized test equipment, comparing the power consumption of the flagship Windows 8 RT tablet, the Microsoft Surface powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3, against a currently shipping tablet powered by the Intel Atom Z2760."

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Windows

+ - Windows 8 sales match it's reviews->

Submitted by
Mattygfunk1
Mattygfunk1 writes "CNBC reports PC sales are down after the release of Windows 8. Emmanuel Fromont, president of the Americas division of Acer, the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said sales of the company’s Windows 8 PCs had been lower than expected. He said one factor was the system’s unfamiliar design, which appeared to be making consumers cautious.

“There was not a huge spark in the market,” Mr. Fromont said. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.”"

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Science

+ - Can Science Work on TV?

Submitted by newslash.formatblows
newslash.formatblows (2011678) writes "The Discovery Channel took a break from following gold miners around last night and featured a show called "Zombie Apocalypse", supposedly detailing how it could really happen (!). TLC (formerly The Learning Channel) now seems to specialize in personal makeovers, cake decorating, and shows like "Honey Boo Boo" and "Long Island Medium". The Science Channel is having a day-long series of a science fiction show (we already have a Sci-Fi channel). The History Channel seems obsessed with pawn shops and UFO stories. PBS is out there, but it's not science-focused. Is there any hope that the pendulum will swing the other way and the cable stations will stop dumbing down science or trying to sell total nonsense?"
Biotech

+ - New mouth wash effectively combats tooth decay->

Submitted by
thinkingintermsof
thinkingintermsof writes "For nearly a decade Wenyuan Shi, a researcher at UCLA School of Dentistry, has been developing a revolutionary new mouthwash aimed at effectively eliminating tooth decay. The technology is a partnership with Colgate-Palmolive and from C3-Jian Inc.

"The best analogy I've been using is a 'weeds vs. grass' with this technology that we call STAMPS (specifically targeted anti-microbial peptides). What it does is it acts like a smart bomb, it only kills the weeds not the grass." — Wenyuan Shi"

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Chrome

+ - IE And Firefox Gain, While Chrome Loses Users For Third Month In A Row 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "November 2012 wasn’t too crazy a month for browsers, but there were some notable milestones. It was the first full month of IE10 availability. Mozilla launched Firefox 17 and Google released Chrome 23. Between October and November, Internet Explorer gained an impressive 0.63 percentage points. Firefox meanwhile regained its recent losses, grabbing 0.45 percentage points, while Chrome fell a whopping 1.31 percentage points (more than in September and October combined). Safari gained 0.04 percentage points and even Opera managed to pick up 0.07 percentage points."
Microsoft

+ - Windows 8 adoption as slow as Vista->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Computerworld recently published an article after Microsoft claimed $40 million copies were sold making it the most popular version of Windows ever made! Many of us had our doubts with stories of Microsoft and retailers blaming OEMs for low projections. Netmarketshare says otherwise as actual usage shows it only slighter higher than Vista with Windows 7 HUGELY more popular. Is Microsoft counting every new PC sale a Windows 8 one including corps who are imaging each device with Windows 7?"
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+ - Jolla unveils Sailfish OS->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "The date we were promised an introduction to Sailfish is here, and it turns out Jolla's not just targeting smartphones with its MeeGo-based OS, but tablets, smart TVs and other devices, too. Jolla has kept its OS under wraps until now, but it wants Sailfish to be an open-source affair which "will be built through community involvement and participation." The SDK is being released today, and we should get a look at the UI during a presentation occurring shortly. We're assured superb multitasking capabilities, as well as deep personalization and "fast and effortless interaction." Jolla has said Sailfish will be available for use with "multiple chipset technologies," and is already supported on ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platforms. It's also reported that it's partnering with Finnish carrier DNA to promote and sell Sailfish smartphones on home turf.

You can watch the livestream here: http://new.livestream.com/slushlive/mainstage"

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Space

+ - Super-Earth Discovered in Stars' Habitable Zone->

Submitted by
astroengine
astroengine writes "The family of planets circling a relatively close dwarf star has grown to six, including a potential rocky world at least seven times more massive than Earth that is properly located for liquid water to exist on its surface, a condition believed to be necessary for life. Scientists added three new planets to three discovered in 2008 orbiting an orange star called HD 40307, which is roughly three-quarters as massive as the sun and located about 42 light-years away in the constellation Pictor. Of particular interest is the outermost planet, which is believed to fly around its parent star over 320 days, a distance that places it within HD 40307's so-called "habitable zone.""
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The Internet

+ - Welsh Scientists Develop 2,000 Times Faster Fibre Optic Broadband->

Submitted by
Mark.JUK
Mark.JUK writes "Scientists working under an EU funded (3 Million Euros) project out of Bangor University in Wales (United Kingdom) have developed a commercially-exploitable way of boosting broadband speeds over end-user fibre optic lines by using Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OOFDM) technology, which splits a laser down to multiple different optical frequencies (each of which can be used to carry data), and low-cost off-the-shelf components.

The scientists claim that their solution has the ability to "increase broadband transmission by up to two thousand times the current speed and capacity" (most UK Fibre-to-the-Home or similar services currently offer less than 100 Megabits per second) and it can do this alongside a “significant reduction in electrical power consumption“."

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Software

+ - Real users have no clue how to use Windows 8->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Lockergnome founder Chris Pirillo did an eye opening experiment back in March by sitting his Dad down in front of a machine running Windows 8 and asking him to use it. The end result was a very confused man.

Seven months on and Pirillo has decided to do a follow-up experiment, only this time he took Windows 8 on the streets and asked a random selection of people to try and use it. Again, the end result was one of confusion, questions as to why it was so complex, and of course, everyone was looking for the Start Menu and Taskbar."

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EU

+ - Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?->

Submitted by arun84h
arun84h (1454607) writes "A new energy law, which will apply in the European Union, has the power to limit sale of discrete components deemed "energy inefficient". GPU maker AMD is worried this will affect future technology as it becomes available, as well as some current offerings. From TFA:

"According to data NordicHardware has seen from a high level employee at AMD, current graphics cards are unable to meet with these requirements. This includes "GPUs like Cape Verde and Tahiti", that is used in the HD 7700 and HD 7900 series, and can't meet with the new guidelines, the same goes for the older "Caicos" that is used in the HD 6500/6600 and HD 7500/7600 series. Also "Oland" is mentioned, which is a future performance circuit from AMD, that according to rumors will be used in the future HD 8800 series. What worries AMD the most is how this will affect future graphics cards since the changes in Lot 3 will go into effect soon. The changes will of course affect Nvidia as much as it will AMD."

Is this the beginning of the end for high-end GPU sales in the EU?"

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Iphone

+ - Steve Wozniak calls Apple arrogant over iPhone 5 design->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of the things you gotta love about Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, aside from his boyish goofiness and adoration for a good prank, is that he has no qualms about telling it like it is and trashing Apple when he thinks they’ve gone askew.

In a recent interview, Woz went so far as to call Apple arrogant with respect to its iPhone 5 design — not because of its Maps snafu, but because he's peeved that Apple chose to make the iPhone 5 screen longer and not wider."

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IOS

+ - iOS 6: iPhone 4 & 4S Users Report Excessive Battery Drain->

Submitted by
SternisheFan
SternisheFan writes "Many iPhone 4 and 4S users are reporting huge amounts of battery drainage that never was the case before the system upgrade.
    An Apple Discussion board thread has more than 200 entries discussing this problem and some solutions that may provide a fix in rare cases, but it is no panacea for the great majority of users. Here are a few comments from the Apple Support Boards: Only1jb: "Used my 4S the same as every other work day. Usually come home with about 60 percent. Came home today with 17 percent." John Smith 1882: "100 percent at 8am this morning when I took it off the charger. 0 percent within four hours. No calls. No GPS, no Internet use, but battery was dropping one percent every few minutes. I turned off location services, no change."
    LocalBus: "Thinking of switching back to 5.1.1 now!! 9am to 10:30am the battery drain is 100 percent to 52 percent!!!!! Something is very wrong." There are scores of other complaints. Suggestions have been offered, such as turning off location services, Maps, Passbook etc. Nothing seems to work for more than one person. The problem is not limited to those on the Support Discussion. This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused."
    The problem is not limited to those on the Support Discussion. This problem is not just being reported on the Support Site. On MacRumors forums, a user with the handle of DArsenault reported that "Battery life on the 4 is terrible. Since I've upgraded my phone drains rapidly when it's not even in use. My phone dropped from 63 percent to 30 percent in about an hour of just sitting on my desk unused." Others have reported no excessive battery drain, but enough have to make this a salient issue that needs to be addressed and quickly. I've gotten used to carrying my two battery back-up cases to just get through the day.""

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