Weekend tech reading: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US

By on July 1, 2012, 2:53 PM

Judge bans Samsung from U.S. 'Nexus' sales Samsung Electronics Co. suffered a second legal setback at the hands of a California judge, who issued a preliminary injunction Friday against one of its flagship smartphones at the request of Apple Inc. The order, which bans Samsung from selling or importing the Galaxy Nexus smartphone into the U.S., marks another win for Apple in its legal battles with the South Korean handset giant. The WSJ

Modders toolkit: everything you need to make kick-ass custom case mods If you're in the habit of giving credence to tired clichés, you're probably aware that a good chef never blames a mistake on his tools. That's not quite true when it comes to case modding. Anybody who's ever tried molding metal (or anything else) into newfound shapes knows that skill is definitely a factor, but even Modderati masters can't turn ducks into swans if their tools aren't up to snuff. Maximum PC

How Anonymous picks targets, launches attacks, and takes powerful organizations down No one but Hector Xavier Monsegur can know why or when he became Sabu, joining the strange and chaotic Internet collective known as Anonymous. But we know the moment he gave Sabu up. On June 7, 2011, federal agents came to his apartment on New York’s Lower East Side and threatened the 28-year-old with an array of charges that could add up to 124 years in prison. Wired

How a lone grad student scooped the government and what it means for your online privacy A gifted computer scientist, Mayer suspected that online advertisers might be getting around browser settings that are designed to block tracking devices known as cookies. If his instinct was right, advertisers were following people as they moved from one website to another even though their browsers were configured to prevent this sort of digital shadowing. Pro Publica

Winamp's woes: how the greatest MP3 player undid itself MP3s are so natural to the Internet now that it’s almost hard to imagine a time before high-quality compressed music. But there was such a time—and even after "MP3" entered the mainstream, organizing, ripping, and playing back one's music collection remained a clunky and frustrating experience. Enter Winamp, the skin-able, customizable MP3 player that "really whips the llama's ass." Ars Technica

Gamer loses $200 due to Diablo 3's RMAH region restrictions It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Real-Money Auction house scandal and yet additional reports are already piling in for more people losing money in Diablo III's Real-Money Auction House. The latest victim is more-so the result of a grey area in the terms of service for the RMAH, which caused him to lose $200.00. Gaming Blend (also, Diablo 3: The Blizzard sweatshop via ExtremeTech)

Where do dwarf-eating carp come from? Tarn Adams was in the carpeted spare bedroom that serves as his work space, trying to avert an apocalyptic outbreak of vampire dwarves. “If they just run wild biting people, half the dwarves in the colony will be infected in no time,” he said, shaking his head. "That would be no fun.” He was silent for a moment. “Maybe they have to bite you three times before you’re infected?" The NY Times

iOS: A visual history In what is widely regarded as his greatest presentation ever, Apple's Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world on January 10th, 2007. In the five-plus years since then, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have literally redefined the entire world of mobile computing. That world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today. The Verge

Minneapolis street test: Google gets a B+, Apple's Siri gets a D Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster is nothing if not methodical. When customers queue up for a new Apple (AAPL) product, he's the analyst who goes to the line and counts heads. When programmers gather at an Apple developers conference, he'll stop three or four dozen to ask if they are writing apps for Mac, iPhone or Android devices. CNN




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Guest said:

US judges seem to be getting easier to bribe these days. Every time I turn around there's one banning the sale of something that competes with Apple........shameful.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Was riding in my friend's car last night...used Siri for directions first time...oh good God.

We got sent the wrong way so many times, including a "shortcut" that necessitated making a left turn off a stop sign across Alvarado at 6 pm (I.e. essentially impossible), when we could have gone "the long way" and made a left turn off a signal light two blocks later.

Then Siri started taking us down Crenshaw at which point we just shut it off and drove back the way we came. Things are not good if you're recognizing street names from NWA songs.

PC nerd PC nerd said:

Oh for God's sake. Go to hell Apple.

Abusing the patent system to remove the competition. This is disgusting. How is it allowed?!

Guest said:

a California judge...enough said.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh for God's sake. Go to hell Apple.

Abusing the patent system to remove the competition. This is disgusting. How is it allowed?!

a California judge...enough said.

QFT Guest.

treetops treetops said:

Wanna hear something sad about d3? Warden was not on for the first 3 weeks, no anti hack. Even when it was turned on people were duping items by turning back their computer clocks through a ah bug. I was not on the ground floor didnt hear about it until it was over but been reading about it on blizzhackers.

Guest said:

is there no way we the public can get all the Patent Cases from apple reviewed by a different judge, hopefully someone that wont be bought over. and will just throw Garbage patents out.

MilwaukeeMike said:

a California judge...enough said.

Yeah, but does he know Apple setup an office in Nevada to avoid California's high taxes?

MilwaukeeMike said:

Oh for God's sake. Go to hell Apple.

Abusing the patent system to remove the competition. This is disgusting. How is it allowed?!

Abuse describes it pretty well. Here's a story I saw on google news from someone who's read the actual patents. It's really surprising what Apple is doing.

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Butch said:

Let me start by saying I am not an Apple fanboy. But for everyone trashing Apple for this just keep in mind that ANY company that holds a valid patent and has the resources (legal fees) to take this stuff to court would do so INCLUDING Samsung, Google and M$. The main problem, as I see it, is that in the tech world these things are getting harder and harder to differentiate. Then throw in a judge that is likely old and out of touch with technology and there are issues. It would be nice to have an unbiased (if that's possible) technically savvy committee to rule on these subjective tech patents.

MilwaukeeMike said:

You're right Butch, but the problem really isn't that Apple is trying to enforce their patents, because you're right... everyone has the right to do that. The problem is that Apple has managed to patent very generic common things that every computer system uses. One of their patents is for auto word selection when you type something into a text box. You know how Google.com autofills your search text as you type it? it's that. Does anyone really think that having that function on another phone makes people not buy an iPhone? They can basically try to ban any device they want to target. this is costly, so they pick the flagship phones of their biggest competitor (like the Samsun Galaxay phones), and occasionally hot phones from small players like the HTC One X.

Tygerstrike said:

Youre correct Mike. Apple uses patent infringment like its their personal sniper. They only seem to target those competitors that will actually cause Apple to lose Iphone sales.

PC nerd PC nerd said:

Apple are worse than the nazis.

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