Saturday, 30 June 2012

Apple Gets Judge to Block Sale of Nexus, Android’s Only Jelly Bean Phone


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It’s not how Google would have wanted to end one of its best weeks ever.
On the last day of a stellar Google I/O conference, where the search and software giant unveiled a slew of new products including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, rival Apple successfully blocked the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
That’s the Jelly Bean-capable phone — currently, the onlyJelly Bean-capable phone — which Google had been handing out all week to developers.
U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, based in San Jose, just down the road from Apple’s Cupertino campus, granted Apple the preliminary injunction Friday afternoon in an ongoing patent dispute. It won’t go into effect until Apple posts a $96 million bond, meant to cover damages Samsung would have incurred from lost sales if Koh ultimately rules in favor of the Nexus.

But given how swiftly Apple moved to post the bond that blocked sales of another Samsung product, the Galaxy Tab, earlier this week — indeed, given how much of its considerable war chest Apple has been sinking into this Samsung patent battle — we don’t expect that $96 million hurdle to hold Apple up for long.
So if you were thinking about buying a Galaxy Nexus, currently available in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) flavor, now would be the time.
The significance of the Galaxy Nexus cannot be overstated. It is the only Android phone on the market that runs pure Android; the phone carriers haven’t put any of their own layers of software (known as “skins”) over it. It was the first phone to launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, and the only one (alongside the Nexus S) that has announced a date for its official Jelly Bean update (mid-July.)
Not if Apple has its way, however. “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” the Cupertino company said in a statement.
“As we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”
Koh’s injunction means she thinks there’s a strong chance Apple will be able to prove its patent-infringing case; it focuses on one patent in particular, covering voice search. That Siri vs. Google Voice Search battleseems about to become even more of a smackdown.
Were you thinking of getting a Nexus? What do you make of the injunction and the ongoing Apple-Android patent war? Let us know in the comments.
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Friday, 29 June 2012

LOLitics: 9 Hilarious Memes Inspired By the Healthcare Ruling



Some Internet users celebrated the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — by doing what they do best: making memes.
From “Brace Yourselves” to the “Deal With It” sunglasses meme, some of our favorite viral Internet jokes have received the Obamacare treatment.

We’ve also included some original pieces of Photoshop work — riffing on the famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” newspaper cover in response to conflicting reports from the media.
Have you seen any other Obamacare memes? Share your favorite from around the web in the comments below.
Image courtesy of Jerry D. Elmore
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The Dark Knight Rises … Above Serious Budget Cuts [VIDEO]



If you can’t wait any longer for The Dark Knight Rises to hit theaters, perhaps you’ll take comfort in watching “Batman” roam the streets in real life.
A YouTube video of Batman in a cardboard batcycle might not be a real replacement for the actual film, but it will at least make you laugh.
SEE ALSO: Twitter Logo Looks Like Batman
The parody, created by TheRobsonExperience features Robson Thomas dressed as Batman. Thomas has also brought Back to the Future and Forrest Gump to life.
We’ve seen some pretty strange shenanigans from YouTube users, but this one wins “Most Creative Use of Duct Tape.
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HootSuite Adds Instagram to its App Directory


Social media management dashboard HootSuite added popular photo-sharing app Instagram and three more social apps to its App Directory on Thursday.
The Instagram app on HootSuite allows people to view photos, comments, likes and searches, as well as add comments, like photos and share photos to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and more.
Instagram doesn’t have a browser service so this gives users a way to play with the app on desktops.
HootSuite also now supports presentation-sharing platform SlideShare, document-sharing app edocr and engagement app Zuum. To begin using the apps, people must install them via the 7-month-old App Directory.
Before the directory’s debut in November, users already had the ability to distribute content on Facebook (and FB Pages), Foursquare, LinkedIn, Mixi, MySpace, Ping.fm, Twitter, and WordPress.
HootSuite has since added YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr, Trendspottr, Digg, MailChimp, Chime.in, Identi.ca, RSS Reader, Vision Critical, Get Satisfaction, Constant Contact, InboxQ, Orkut, HubSpot and SocialFlow, some of which are only available for users with Pro and Enterprise accounts.

HootSuite, which launched in 2008 and unleashed Social Analytics in March, estimates it will grow to 6 million users by the end of 2012.

BONUS: 25 Most-Followed Users on Instagram

These are the most-followed Instagram users as of April 29.
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