By court order this week, Apple will have to fork over a little more than $200 million to Mirror Worlds, LLC after losing a case involving patent infringement. Apple was ruled to be in violation of "document streaming" patents that belonged to Mirror Worlds, which happen to be a little too similar to the design and implementation of Apple's Cover Flow and Time Machine.
This lawsuit came about in 2008 when Mirror Worlds accused Apple of infringing on four patents, one involving information management systems and the other three based on a "document stream operating system".
For more on the ruling, follow the break.
If you needed yet another reason to switch from Firefox, I have one. A recent Trojan virus on Mozilla's browser forces Firefox to save user passwords and then use them to open a new user account on the computer that is infected.
As you should already know, most security advisors and people with common sense tell you to never have Firefox store your passwords since their security to protect them can easily be broken by simple malware.
For more on the recent Trojan, hit the break.
Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos recently sat down with Edge Online for an interview about where they are and where they want to go (TO SPACE). With the changes they have made in
Rock Band 3, it is clear they are ready to revisit their titles with new eyes. He said,
There's a lot of creative terrain to explore with Rock Band... new forms of interaction between the player and the music. We still have some very exciting things planned.
Hit the break for more of what Harmonix has in store for us.
Andy Rubin, the Vice President of Engineering at Google was very open and direct in a recent interview with PC Mag. This is the man responsible for the creation of Android before Google got their hands on it.
He attacked pretty much any and everybody, basically calling out OEMs who haven't kept up with the Android releases. He even says that "there's no advantage to the OEM of using an older version, and I'd say there's a consumer disadvantage." Well, at least he's not alright with the 23 different flavor combinations - I mean, versions of Android out there.
For a quote from Rubin that will make your jaw drop, hit the break.
We know, we know. Three years of waiting and you AT&T U-verse customers have given up on the thought of your wonderful Xbox 360 being able to be used as a set-top box. We don't blame you. Well, for those who haven't lost the light at the end of the tunnel, call your friends who've hung their heads in shame and let them know that on November 7th these dreams finally come true.
Three years of waiting should be worth it with this news, you U-versers. Everybody else doesn't get cool stuff like being able to use AT&T U-verse on Windows 7 with four HD streams. Damn you, Brighthouse!
There's more things to be jealous on after the break, like pictures of some interesting slides. So hit it.
HTC has become very good at making friends with just about everybody. So good, in fact, that they are reaping the rewards from it financially. The world's 4th largest smartphone manufacturer almost doubles their third quarter profits this week, largely due to Google's Android line of smartphones.
For more on their success, hit the break.