Quantum Research Threatens Suit Over Included iPhone Technologies

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 08:35
Category: News

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Apple’s iPhone may have yet another legal impediment to its birth and release to the market as UK-based sensor manufacturer Quantum Research has threatened to sue Apple over a rear-surface touch screen technology included within the iPhone.
“The description of the iPhone suggests it uses a rear-surface touch screen, and has proximity sensing which can tell if it is held to the ear. That’s a Quantum Research capability,” said Duncan Byran, licensing director for the company in a phone interview with Electronics Weekly.
Quantum Research is already involved with another lawsuit against Apple since December of 2005 regarding technologies found within the iPod’s click wheel device – specifically capacitive sensing technology it claims are found within its patents.

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Intel Developing Light Sensors to Integrate Into Notebook Power Systems

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 08:43
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An article over on Engadget (by way of NewScientistTech) examines a patent Intel has submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office describing a new sensor system they’re developing to help keep laptops cool.
In the patent, Intel describes how their system will use “light to sense when a computer casing is getting too hot, and automatically throttles back the power” to help keep the system cooler. Since these hot spots occur in various locations along a laptop’s casing, a light sensor system could detect changes on an internal thermochromatic coating and send a signal back to cool the laptop down appropriately.
The full patent application can be found here and should this work, the days of the leg-toasting PowerBook G4s and other too-warm laptops may be a thing of the past.

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How to Upgrade a Core Duo-based MacBook to 802.11n

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 07:12
Category: How-To
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An article over at Hardmac.com provides a step by step guide as to how to upgrade a MacBook and MacBook Pro Core Duo laptop beyond its built-in 802.11g standard to the current 802.11n standard.
The first obstacle to overcome is how to install an 802.11n card in these laptops. The MacBook Core 2 Duo’s 802.11n-compatible card features three antennas as opposed to the two found in Apple’s previous laptop models. The authors discovered that the MacBook Pro’s 802.11n-compatible AirPort card had only two antennas but also the same PCI Express 1x size and connections.
The article then moves into a full step by step guide as to how to disassemble the MacBook, what tools are needed and how to proceed gently given that you’re working with a plastic casing. Upon completion, the author installed the new AirPort driver from the CD that came with Apple’s 802.11n-compatible AirPort Extreme Base Station and ran speed tests.
Click the jump for the full story…

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The Apple Core: The DVD-R media that destroyed my SuperDrive (photos)

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 03:00
Category: The Apple Core
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Yesterday I inserted a blank DVD-R disc into my MacBook Pro (2.33GHz Core 2 Duo) like I’ve done dozens of times before. But this time was different. This time it destroyed my SuperDrive.
After I inserted the blank DVD-R media I didn’t immediately notice that it didn’t mount in the Finder and promptly forget about it. About 20 minutes later when I noticed that it didn’t mount I pressed the eject key on the keyboard and heard a horrible crumpling sound. I got chills as I watched the disc above slowly come out of my SuperDrive.
When the disc came out of my drive the white thermal printing was mostly de-laminated from the top of the disc surface. About half of the white thermal surface had peeled off inside the SuperDrive mechanism. Note: that is not a label that I installed or some sort of a sticker, it’s the white thermal printable top coat that ships from the manufacturer on the media.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Breaking News: Sirius and XM Satellite Radio Merge

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 00:54
Category: News

I’m a Sirius subscriber and just got this email in my inbox:

February 19, 2007
To: SIRIUS Subscribers
Today is a very exciting day for SIRIUS customers. As you may have heard, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are merging to form the nation’s premier audio entertainment provider.
This combination of our two offerings will benefit you – our loyal listeners. As a single company, we’ll provide superior programming to you every day with the best of both SIRIUS and XM. Currently, XM and SIRIUS broadcast a wide range of commercial-free music channels, exclusive sports coverage, news, talk, and entertainment programming. Howard Stern. Oprah and Friends. The NFL. MLB. NBA. ESPN. CNBC. Fox News. Additionally, the combined company will be able to improve existing services such as real-time traffic information and rear-seat video as well as introduce new ones.
After shareholder and regulatory approvals, we anticipate that the combination will be finalized by the end of 2007. Until then, both companies will continue to operate independently. We will continue to provide you with the uninterrupted service – as well as the outstanding customer support – that you have come to expect and enjoy from SIRIUS. We do not anticipate any changes in your service during the merger process, however, please call our customer care team on 1- 888-539-7474 should you have any questions.
We look forward to the many benefits this combination will offer and continuing to make your listening experience an enjoyable one – offering more of the Very Best Radio on Radio.
Stay tuned,
Mel Karmazin, CEO

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