Dual LG Patents May Hinder Future iPhone Designs

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Date: Friday, April 27th, 2007, 08:16
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Despite the fervor and enthusiasm over Apple’s upcoming iPhone, some additional roadblocks may remain. LG Electronics has recently published a pair of patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that may impair Apple’s ability to create future iPhone designs.
The first, entitled “Mobile Communication Terminal Having Multiple Displays” would apply the touchscreen-driven interface of the iPhone and the handset LG has created for Prada and convert this to a clamshell-shaped form according to MacNN. A second touchscreen would be installed to replace a conventional a keyboard, the device allowing data elements to be shared between the two screens.
The second patent, entitled“Mobile Terminal Providing Graphic User Interface”, would apply to how a system’s icons move and react to user input. Here, menu options would shift positions based on the current context and could react to data input beyond direct selections and interpret missing input on the user’s behalf.
Although both devices are still theoretical and have yet to be applied to LG’s Prada phone, this could alter the development path for the iPhone and future handsets.

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Other World Computing Releases USB2+eSATA External Drive Carrier

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 11:42
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On Thursday, Other World Computing announced the release of its OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA Portable Drive Solution. The device, which acts as an external drive carrier, sports USB, USB 2.0 and eSATA connections.
The drive, which weighs less than 11 ounces, is encased in a shock-resistant acrylic enclosure and can be powered by either the USB port or via its included A/C adapter when connected to the eSATA port.
Other World Computing is selling the Mercury On-The-Go USB2+eSATA in the following configurations, each bundled with Prosoft‘s DataBackup III and Novastor‘s NovaBackup for Windows.
Full configuration information, which adjusts between ports offered, different configurations (from 8 MB to 16 MB of cache) and different speeds (from 4,200 rpm to 7,200 rpm) can be seen at the product page.
The drive requires Mac OS 8.5 or later to run via Classic and Mac OS X 10.0.3 or later to run on Mac OS X.

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Klipsch Introduces iGroove SXT

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 11:15
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On Thursday, Klipsch introduced the iGroove SXT an iPod-specific speaker system that will ship in early May.
The iGroove SXT, which will retail for US$169.99 before shipping and handling, features 2.5″ woofers as well and 3/4″ tweeters situated between both a 30-pin connector and universal iPod dock that can accommodate a variety of iPod models. According to Macworld News, the system also features an S-Video output which can connect the iGroove SXT to a television or home entertainment systems to play photos and videos back on.
The four pound unit ships with a remote control and arrives in black.

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Proposed Apple/Gracenote Deal Could Bring Song Lyrics to iTunes Store

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Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 09:47
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Apple and digital media company Gracenote (providers of the database that allows iTunes to locate CD track names when a CD is inserted into a computer) have proposed a deal that would allow Apple to provide song lyrics through the iTunes Store.
According to AppleInsider, the move would help a music industry-backed effort to help stem illegal file trading by offering a better product, most notably accurate lyrics to legally purchased songs.
Earlier, this week, Yahoo! and Gracenote announced they had signed a lyric licensing deal in which hundreds of thousands of songs’ lyrics would be made available to customers of the Yahoo! Music service. Featured artists in this collection include U2, Elvis and the Beatles.
Last summer, Gracenote signed a deal with nearly 100 music industry publishers to distribute song lyrics, which have been among the most searched-for items on major search engines, according to Gracenote president and chief executive officer, Craig Palmer. The deal, according to Palmer, allows users to locate accurate song lyrics without annoying pop-up ads and other irritations.
The deal could also pave the way for lyric downloads to the iPod, a definite boost for Apple. This could also make karaoke products and options viable to the device in the future.

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Apple Posts Q2 Earnings, Posts US$770 Million Profit

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 16:18
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On Wednesday, Apple Inc. released its second quarter figures.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of Apple board members issued a statement defending Mr. Jobs from accusations tied to the company’s stock-options backdating. The directors said they have “complete confidence” in Mr. Jobs’s “integrity and his ability to lead Apple.” The company stated that it is satisfied with the results of both its own internal investigation as well as the Security and Exchange Commission’s investigation and the board expressed confidence in Jobs’ leadership.
Significant points of the conference call were as follows:
-Apple saw US$5.26 billion in quarterly revenue, up 21.62% over the second quarter of 2006. The company posted a profit of US$770 million, up 88% from the second quarter of 2006.
-The company posted 1,517,000 million Macs and 10,549,000 iPods sold.
-MacBooks accounted for 59% of Macs sold while music products and services accounted for 44% of revenue with the iPod Shuffle proving extremely popular.
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Former Apple CFO Puts Backdating Blame on Jobs

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 10:13
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On Tuesday, Former Apple Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson’s attorney released a statement that CEO Steve Jobs had told Anderson to backdate various stock options.
The statement followed the Security and Exchange Commission‘s announcement yesterday that it had reached a settlement with Anderson in the stock options backdating case. According to Macworld News, the SEC has also charged former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen with fraudulently backdating stock options.
An internal audit within Apple discovered that while Jobs was aware of the backdating, he did not financially gain from the proceedings and was legally in the clear.
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MacBook Hack Affects Windows Users Too

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 09:23
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With the recent hubbub about Dino Dai Zovi’s and Shane Macaulay’s hijacking of a MacBook Pro laptop at the recent CanSecWest security conference, one thing has been overlooked; the hack can affect Windows users as well.
For additional details on the issue, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
If you have any thoughts on this, let us know.

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zCover Introduces TypeOn PrePrinted Language Keyboard Skin for MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 08:08
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zCover, maker of accessories such as iPod covers, has introduced its TypeOn Preprinted Language Keyboard Skin for the MacBook laptop. Like other skins, this covers the keys to protect them.
What makes the design unique is that the cover features printed lettters which match the letters underneath, providing an additional visual reminder at a glance. The skin is made of washable, durable silicone and is available in a slew of translucent “ice” colors such as clear, blue, green, pink, purple, yellow and opaque white according to Macworld News.
The TypeOn cover retails for US$24.95 before shipping and delivery while the original cover without the printed letters retails for US$19.95.
Where a keyboard cover once seemed about as hip as a pocket protector, as time goes on it’s looking like a better and better idea for my MacBook…

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Samsung Releases 1.8″, 120 GB Hard Drive

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Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2007, 08:34
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Samsung has announced that the company has released its 1.8″ SpinPoint N2, a 120 gigabyte drive that could find its way in handheld portable devices as well as future iPods.
According to Engadget, the SpinPoint N2 spins at either 3,600 rpm or 4,200 rpm, sports an average 15-ms seek time and uses sub-1W power consumption. Production begins in July and samples are being handed out to OEMs. Whether this drive finds is way into the iPod via a contract with Apple or someone finds a way to replace the standard 80 gigabyte drive in their new iPod and replace it with this.
If you have any ideas or comments about this, let us know.

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Mac OS X 10.4 Interface Under Legal Scrutiny

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Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, 09:08
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Ensuring that Apple‘s legal department doesn’t get bored, Illinois-based intellectual property agency IP Innovation LLC and its parent firm, Nevada-based Technology Licensing Corporation, have filed suit against Apple according to AppleInsider.
The suit, filed on April 18th in a U.S. district court in Marshall, Texas, is fueled by a four page formal complaint purporting that Apple has infringed on a computer control patent via its sales of the Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” operating system. The plaintiff is requesting a jury trial and seeking reparations for perceived damages that “exceed US$20 million”. The suit also seeks an injunction that would prevent Apple from continuing to sell its current edition of the Mac OS X operating system until a future edition without the supposed patent violation is made available.
The patent in question refers to patent 5072412, which has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and details the technique of creating a window on a computer’s screen with controls that switch between views of multiple associated display objects within that window. Here, one view is erased while the user selects another while still providing a spatial frame of reference as well as the same general interface during this switch.
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