Apple has just suffered a setback in China as the Intermediate People’s Court in Shenzhen rejected its lawsuit regarding the iPad naming rights. Apple was suing the local Proview Technology for infringing its iPad trademark, but the outcome wasn’t in its favor.
According to the court order, Apple cannot use the iPad name in China, which might turn out to be quite a big deal as the company is aiming for a rapid expansion in the Chinese market. To make matters worse, Proview Technology, which registered the iPad trademark in 2000, is now suing the Cupertino-based electronics giant, seeking 10 billion Chinese yuan ($1.5 billion) in compensation. Read more »
Rejoice, mobile gamers! Rockstar announced that Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition will be hitting Android and iOS smartphones and tablets next week. We got actual screenshots from the game, a list of compatible devices and even an exact pricing.
The title many of you have been looking forward to is going to cost $4.99 on both platforms and judging by those screenshots it will probably be worth it. Read more »
Sony recently released firmware 4.00 for its PlayStation 3 console, but some users have been hesitant to apply it as it was still uncertain if it patches the exploit used for the jailbreak. Well, now we know that’s not the case, thanks to a tweet by one of the popular hackers that work on the platform.
“FYI, tested yesterday and the jailbreak still works on 4.0 :) so it’s safe to upgrade (for those on 3.73)” tweeted KaKaRoTo yesterday. Read more »
Wondering where names like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro or the all-time favorite, Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch come from? Well, here’s your answer.
Presenting the Android Phone Name Generator. It presents you with fantastically outlandish names for your Android device all at the touch of button, so you don’t have to come up with one yourself. Whether it is the Motorola Mesmerize Vibrant G2 Plus, Samsung Rezound Vivid One Prime 3D or the LG Fascinate Black Pro Prime 3D, you are sure to find one that suits your needs. Read more »
Microsoft has divulged some juicy details regarding the upcoming Windows Store for Windows 8. Like any application store, this will be a unified location to download apps on your Windows 8 device and will be your only source for downloading Metro-style apps.
First of all, the Store will open its doors to developers starting February, 2012. Developers can create an account by paying $49 and after that proceed to develop apps for the platform. Read more »
A group of Chinese hackers who go by the name ‘CD-Team’ have created a working iteration of the iPhone 4S‘s well known voice assistant, Siri. Since the inclusion of Siri on the iPhone 4S, hackers have been trying to modify, hack or in some way manipulate the underlying coding so that the unique service can run on other iOS-endowed devices, but as of yet, we haven’t seen a successful release.
This latest solution only currently works on the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G with a jailbroken version of either iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1, so if you were hoping for some Siri action from your iPhone 3GS or your iPad 2, you’re going to find yourself waiting a very long time. Read more »
Ever since we first laid our eyes on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, we’ve been mesmerized by its gorgeous SuperAMOLED Plus screen and have since been holding our breath to find out how much it’ll cost.
Well, now that several online stores have started taking pre-orders for it we know the answer to that question. A 3G-packing Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 with 16GB of storage will set you back about $670. Ouch! Read more »
Facebook is getting ready to refresh its arsenal on Android. The software engineers of the behemoth social network are putting the finishing touches on version 1.8 of the Facebook app for Android and there will be a whole new app coming to the Google platform in the near future.
The new version of the app brings slightly cleaner UI and should supposedly improve navigation, menu and search functionality. We should be hearing more about it in the near future, when it is expected to hit the Android Market. Read more »
Although there’s still about an year left before we see the Wii U in action, rumors about its hardware specifications have already broken loose.
According to a Nintendo developer with access to the Wii U, the new console has some serious muscle under the hood. Read more »
If your fingers have been itching ever since you read that story about the PlayBook jailbreak, you’d be glad to know that the tool is now publicly available. It’s still in beta and it keeps the unfortunate naming, but if you dare DingleBerry is fully capable of giving you root access on your PlayBook.
Right now, DingleBerry only supports Windows, but the Mac version is in the works and it should be coming out soon. Read more »
Asus Taiwan just unveiled a pretty cool accessory for its yet-to-be-released Eee Pad Transformer Prime quad-core Android tablet. Quite strangely called “sleeve” the accessory is actually a cover for the Transformer Prime screen that easily transforms into a stand that can be used for watching video on the slate.
Yeap, it’s much the same deal as with the Apple iPad 2′s Smart covers, save for the slightly different folding pattern. And before you start pointing any fingers, don’t forget that the Smart covers aren’t exactly a new idea either. Read more »
Today, Opera software released the latest version of its desktop browser. Opera 11.60 brings a few new features to the table, including new HTML5 parsing algorithm, which should help unify code discrepancies among browsers, new email client and improved speeds for SSL sites.
The new Opera browser also comes with a new star button, which lets you quickly add sites you like to your Speed Dial. The address field has been revamped with new search suggestions and you should now be able to find your favorite websites faster. The browser engine saw some updates as well so Opera 11.60 should be the most stable version of the browser so far. Read more »
LG just introduced a new member to its lineup of portable computers. The LG X-Note Z330 is a 1.21kg ultrabook with a 13.3″ screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Just 14.7mm thick and with an extremely cool design, the Z330 is certainly among the hottest looking laptops to date.
The LG X-Note Z330 comes with either Core i7 2637M or Core i5 2467M CPU, 4GB or RAM and 120GB or 300GB SSD, which allow it to make a cold boot in the amazing 9.9 seconds. As per the ultrabook tradition, there’s no discrete GPU here, so the Intel HD 3000, built into the CPU, will have to do. Read more »
Google added another feature to their constantly growing bag of tricks – the simple calculator feature of Google Search has grown a graphing calculator. You just type in a function (e.g. sin(x) * x) and you’ll get an interactive plot of the function as the top search result.
You can pan around and zoom in and out, check the value of the function at any point you like and even plot multiple functions (separate them with a comma). All this is done with HTML5 plus SVG, there’s no Flash used (so it should run problem-free on devices without Flash support). Read more »
Every time an Android device skipped a frame someone somewhere blamed it on the lack of hardware acceleration. Ice Cream Sandwich was hailed as the first iteration of Android to bring hardware acceleration, even though Honeycomb has been doing it all along so did the older versions of Android, to some extent.
As you can see, there is a lot of misinformation regarding this particular topic and so to address this, Google’s Dianne Hackborn decided to write a lengthy post on Google+ and put the issue to rest once and for all. She touched upon multiple points and I’ll attempt to summarize the important ones below. Read more »