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Apple Sues Amazon for Using Their Stuff

posted Saturday Mar 26, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Apple Sues Amazon for Using Their Stuff

It didn't take long for the Amazon Appstore to come under fire from Apple for the name of their new service. Back in 2008, Apple filed for a trademark on the name "App Store" and somehow were granted the trademark. Since then, whenever someone comes close or wants to come close, a lawsuit ensues. Microsoft has filed a complain with the patent office and is awaiting a hearing as we speak.

Apple, on the other hand, took action against their newest rival, Amazon, for the use of the name. Their claim, as it always is with trademark infringement, was,

Consumers of mobile software downloads are likely to be confused as to whether Amazon's mobile software download service is sponsored or approved by Apple.

Wait, how could someone get confused about whether or not Apple endorses an Android marketplace? Hit the break to find out.

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$2 Digital Streaming of New Films

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

$2 Digital Streaming of New Films

We've talked a lot about the deals services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus have to go through to get their content. What if there was a way that a content provider could stream digital content right to your computer, TV or mobile device without having to go through all of these hoops? What if it was perfectly legal, too?

The answer, my friends, is Zediva. This company has developed a very interesting business model that allows them to stream brand new movies straight to you without the need to sign any deals with the movie studios. How are they accomplishing this? They are actually streaming DVDs, not files, from their servers. When you rent a movie, for $2, the DVD is taken out of inventory. Because it is not an unending supply, there seems to be nothing the studios can do about it.

To find out more about the process, hit the break.

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Barnes & Noble Sued by Microsoft for Android

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Barnes & Noble Sued by Microsoft for Android

While Amazon continues to see great successes and launches new ideas, Barnes & Noble seem to be having some problems. Their Nook device, similar to Amazon's Kindle, minus the sales numbers and easy-to-read screen, has gotten them into trouble with Microsoft. The tech giant has filed suit against the bookstore for patent infringement in the Android-based Nook eReader.

The patents range from the way the apps show download progress to the way webpages are loaded. This isn't the first time Microsoft has sued an Android backer for features of the Google-developed operating system. In October, they took on Motorola for equally generic reasons. Neither time has Google been named directly, but this time the brand (Barnes & Noble) and the manufacturers (Inventec and Foxconn) are all named as defendants.

Hit the break to find out how the companies arrived at a lawsuit solution.

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Netflix, Hulu and More Plan for Original Online Content

posted Friday Mar 25, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Netflix, Hulu and More Plan for Original Online Content

As the lines between Internet television and cable or satellite continue to blur, companies like Netflix, Hulu, AOL and Yahoo have begun to position themselves to replace traditional television. Similar to the early days of cable networks, these content providers have filled their "air time" with a back catalog of existing content while gaining momentum to allow them to produce original content themselves. Some of the big players have now gotten to that point.

Last Friday, Netflix announced the beginning of production on a new drama based on the book House of Cards. The series will star Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, with Fight Club director David Fincher as Executive Producer. Clearly Netflix is not holding back here and is really going for this.

Netflix isn't the only company starting high-profile custom content, however. To find out who else is joining the boat, hit the break.

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Thanks to Wysips LCDs Are Not Completely Useless Outside

posted Wednesday Mar 23, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Thanks to Wysips LCDs Are Not Completely Useless Outside

The awesome guys at Laptop Magazine proved once again that they are the pulse of mobile tech by breaking the news that LCDs have a new, totally amazing capability at CTA Wireless this year. I know what you're thinking and no, you still won't be able to see what's happening on the screen in direct sunlight but you will know that your phone is powered on thanks to Wysips. The French company has challenged traditional AC/USB charging methods with their new film that captures solar energy from any light source.

For some technical information and an awesome first hand look at the future, courtesy of Mark Spoonauer, hit the break.

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Amazon Android App Store Is Not on Google's Wishlist

posted Monday Mar 21, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Amazon Android App Store Is Not on Google's Wishlist

It was only about 1.5 months ago that Google finally rolled out their web-based Android Marketplace and Amazon has been quick on the draw as they are scheduled to open up their Android App Store on March 22nd. This isn't exactly a surprise as we first found out Amazon had this in the works last september but a nosy Android enthusiast did get a peek at the new app store and what he saw was interesting.

Take a look at the premature Amazon Android app store webpage and find out why this could be bad news for Google by hitting the break.

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