Företaget Virnetx är ökänt i teknikbranschen som patenttroll, och har nu vunnit ännu en strid mot Apple.Nu tvingas Iphone-tillverkaren betala licenskostnader för ett patent som används i videotjänsten Facetime.Tvisten mellan de två parterna har pågått i flera år och Virnetx har krävt licensavgift för varje IOS-enhet som nyttjat Facetime.Summan har varierat under åren, främst till följd av olika domstolsutslag, och den senaste landar på hisnande 439,7 miljoner dollar.Trots detta har Apple dock möjlighet att överklaga igen, trots att de redan överklagat en gång och förlorat.Med andra ord kan de i slutändan ändå slippa betala boten.
Massive robots built by US company MegaBots and Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industry fought face to mechanical face in an exciting duel on Tuesday night via Amazon's online steaming site, Twitch TV, with MegaBots emerging victorious.The fight was originally recorded in a Japan-based abandoned steel mill in September.(Yeah, the drama might have been staged, but it was still exciting.)MegaBots co-founders Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein operated their intimidating robot from the inside, working together as pilot and gunner.Iron Glory measures 15 feet (about 4.5 meters) tall and weighed 6 tons, while Eagle Prime measures 16 feet (about 4.9 meters) tall and weighed 12 tons."You can actually feel the robot just kind of shaking and quaking around you as you get punched, as you lean into a turn, as you fire the weapons or throw a punch."
Movie studios, Netflix, and Amazon have banded together to file a first-of-its-kind copyright lawsuit against a streaming media player called TickBox TV.The complaint (PDF), filed Friday, says the TickBox devices are nothing more than "tool[s] for mass infringement," which operate by grabbing pirated video streams from the Internet.The lawsuit was filed by Amazon and Netflix Studios, along with six big movie studios that make up the Motion Picture Association of America: Universal, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros."What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs' copyrighted content," write the plaintiffs' lawyers.The device's marketing materials let users know the box is meant to replace paid-for content, with "a wink and a nod," by predicting that prospective customers who currently pay for Amazon Video, Netflix, or Hulu will find that "you no longer need those subscriptions."The lawsuit shows that Amazon and Netflix, two Internet companies that are relatively new to the entertainment business, are more than willing to join together with movie studios to go after businesses that grab their content.
The 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards rapped their way to the top of the Nielsen Social Content Ratings for the week of Oct. 9.The event tallied 5.802 million interactions across Facebook and Twitter, more than 10 times the total accumulated by the second-place finisher on the chart for TV series and specials, Riverdale on The CW, at 515,000.USA Network’s WWE Monday Night Raw pinned the third spot, with 509,000 interactions across the two social networks.On the sports side, the National Football League’s dominance was put on hold by the Major League Baseball playoffs.Postseason baseball accounted for six of the top 10 televised sports events in terms of interactions on Facebook and Twitter, led by TBS’ airing of the Chicago Cubs elimination of the Washington Nationals in the fifth and final game of their National League Division Series, at 4.362 million.The New York Yankees’ elimination of the Cleveland Indians in the fifth and final game of their American League Division Series, on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes, finished second with 4.01 million total interactions, followed by the Minnesota Vikings‘ victory over the visiting Green Bay Packers on Fox (3.048 million).
Obsessed with "The Walking Dead's" Norman Reedus?To kick off the highly anticipated eighth season of "The Walking Dead", CNET Magazine has partnered with TV Guide to bring you signed swag and exclusive prizes from AMC's "The Walking Dead!"Norman Reedus himself signed CNET Magazines and posters to give away to only the most dedicated fans.Honestly, what could be better?These prizes could be yours:One grand prize winner will take home a CNET Magazine Cover Poster signed by Norman Reedus, a Walking Dead Clock, a Norman Reedus Chopper Funko Toy, a set of "Walking Dead" exclusive Comic-Con collector's cards, a "Walking Dead" T-shirt (Men's large), and a copy of the Fall 2017 CNET Magazine issue, featuring Norman Reedus.
the Future is here: the police in Dubai should start patrolling on the svävarcyklar.the Craft – which looks like a cross of drones and the motorcycle is developed by the Russian company Hoversurf.Svävarcykeln should be able to carry a load of 300 kilos.the Battery enough for a flight time of around half an hour and the top speed is 70 kilometers an hour.– It can carry a police officer at the emergency situations and heavy traffic, says Dubaipolisens Ali Ahmad Mohammad to Gulf News.Police officials in Dubai are not late to use the kind of technology that a long time was the preserve of science fiction movies.
I mars sade profilen Johan Crona upp sig från jobbet som chef för Almi Invests Stockholmsfond.Sedan dess har man sökt efter en ny fondchef.Och nu är det klart.Det blir Marcus Boijemyr som nu ska ansvara för det statliga investmentsbolagets största regionella riskkapitalfond.Senast kommer han från Gelato, en global plattform för tryckeritjänster där han bland annat varit ansvarig för produktutveckling.“Jag brinner för entreprenörskap och för att utveckla framtida tillväxtbolag genom kapital, nätverk och erfarenheter”, säger Marcus Boijemyr.
Mediatek is betting on high specifications and low unit cost for a firm P40 success.Mediatek is already seeing strong support from Chinese phone makers.Those include not only the smaller brands but some of the big names too such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Meizu and others.That support currently gives Mediatek a 15% market share, but analysts believe that this may jump to a solid 25% market share with the release of the Helio P40 chipset.The P40 will mark a big stem for Mediatek and will be the first chip from the Taiwanese company to ditch the classic octacore configuration for an more modern cluster approach.The P40 has already been confirmed to have a first dual core cluster made of A73 cores followed by a secondary quad core cluster on A53 core.
In an effort to reduce the 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide humans produce each year, three companies have been working to build machines that can capture the gas directly from the air.One such machine in Iceland has begun operation.Quartz reports: Climeworks just proved the cynics wrong.On Oct. 11, at a geothermal power plant in Iceland, the startup inaugurated the first system that does direct air capture and verifiably achieves negative carbon emissions.Although it's still at pilot scale -- capturing only 50 metric tons CO2 from the air each year, about the same emitted by a single U.S. household -- it's the first system to take CO2 in the air and convert the emissions into stone, thus ensuring they don't escape back into the atmosphere for the next millions of years.Climeworks and Global Thermostat have piloted systems in which they coat plastics and ceramics, respectively, with an amine, a type of chemical that can absorb CO2.
It seems that algorithms have once again shown they’re still far from perfect.This latest instance comes from China’s WeChat messaging service, whose system translated the neutral Chinese phrase “black foreigner” into the N-word.Ann James, a black American theatre producer and actor who resides in Shanghai, discovered the racial slur was being used when she texted her Chinese colleagues to say she was running late.The translated reply read: “The n***** is late.”WeChat’s in-app translation system had changed the phrase “hei laowai,” which literally means “black foreigner” and isn’t a profanity, into the offensive word.A WeChat spokesperson told Chinese outlet Sixth Tone that this was a result of its neural machine learning engine, which may have picked up the term from the large data sets it is fed and used it in the context of an offensive association.
When is a superhero movie not a superhero movie?When it's a superhero horror movie!The first trailer for forthcoming Marvel comics adaptation "The New Mutants" is here, and it sees Marvel's characters heading in a horrifying new direction.Focusing on a young cast in a scary situation, the trailer rides the current wave of 1980s-esque teen horror seen in "Stranger Things" and "It".In case you were confused by the spooky tone, someone handily tells us, "This isn't a hospital... it's a haunted house!""New Mutants" is led by a cast of hot young stars from your favourite TV shows, including Maisie Williams from "Game Of Thrones" as the werewolf-like mutant Wolfsbane and Charlie Heaton from "Stranger Things" as Southern-fried speedster Cannonball.
Hyatt announced today that its payment systems were breached, exposing credit card data from 41 hotels in 11 countries.The hack was discovered in July and the investigation only just recently concluded.The three U.S. hotels affected were all in Hawaii, with the remaining 38 scattered around the world (China had the most trouble).In a statement, Hyatt said it “has taken steps to strengthen the security of its systems, and customers can feel confident using payment cards at Hyatt hotels worldwide.”That’s from the statement it issued when it was hacked in late 2015.The new statement reads: “we have resolved the issue and implemented additional security measures to strengthen the security of our systems.
(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday its CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun had decided to step down from management, as it forecast record third-quarter profits on the back of soaring memory chip prices.The surprise resignation comes as Kwon was expected to take a bigger role following the arrest of Samsung Group scion and heir apparent Jay Y. Lee in February on bribery charges, and the departures of other key executives.“I believe the time has come for the company to start anew with new sprit and young leadership to better respond to challenges,” Kwon, who is seen as Samsung Group No.2, said in a statement.“We are fortunately making record earnings right now, but this is the fruit of past decisions and investments; we are not able to even get close to finding new growth engines by reading future trends right now.”Chung Sun-sup, chief executive of research firm Chaebul.com, said he was “surprised and curious about why he is quitting despite record profits”.
Google's SVP of platforms and ecosystems Hiroshi Lockheimer told Business Insider he has a "morbid" hobby.He avidly reads books and articles on plane crashes."Airplane crashes are an interesting study and exercise in learning how failures happen," he told Business Insider.Perhaps the greatest insight he's gained: "It's usually not one cause."Though there's usually a huge human element to plane crashes, Lockheimer said he's found that many failures — especially catastrophic ones — cannot truly be attributed to a single circumstance, person, or error.Rather, in the case of most plane crashes, he said that disasters tend to happen when a series of different mistakes and circumstances happen to collide.
Amazon is in the process is developing a smart-doorbell that could give its delivery drivers one-time access to your home in order to drop off packages, CNBC has reported.While details remain thin, two inside sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said this week (10 October) that the firm is hoping to solve problems surrounding delivery theft and damages.The retailer is reportedly in "advanced talks" with tech firm Phrame, which produces a smartphone-enabled "safe box" for car keys.Phrame's products are already being marketed as a way to revolutionise the delivery process.It adds: "Through the device, you will be able to give secured one-time and time-limited access for a courier to open your trunk and deliver your package."CNBC said that future home delivery options could be offered free-of-charge to the website's prime members, who are increasingly using the service for food shopping.
Originally filed on September 15, the posting flew under the radar until this week.It depicts what is clearly a Nintendo Game Boy (although the “Game Boy” name isn’t specifically mentioned) and is associated with multiple categories including video games, keychains, clothing and cosmetics.Most headlines you’ll read today will claim this is proof that Nintendo is working on a miniature version of the beloved Game Boy as part of its Classic line.Before punching your ticket on that hype train, however, there are a few things to consider.It was followed up this year by the Super Nintendo and, if the company sticks with chronological order, the next Classic console in the pipeline will be the Nintendo 64.Jumping back in time to make a Classic edition of the Game Boy simply doesn’t fit this logical progression.
prisoninmate shares a report from Softpedia: Believe it or not, Purism's Librem 5 security and privacy-focused smartphone has been successfully crowdfunded a few hours ago when it reached and even passed its goal of $1.5 million, with 13 days left.Librem 5 wants to be an open source and truly free mobile phone designed with security and privacy in mind, powered by a GNU/Linux operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and running only Open Source software apps on top of a popular desktop environment like KDE Plasma Mobile or GNOME Shell.Featuring a 5-inch screen, Librem 5 is compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, UMTS, and LTE mobile networks.Under the hood, it uses an i.MX 6 or i.MX 8 processor with separate baseband modem to offer you the protection you need in today's communication challenges, where you're being monitored by lots of government agencies.
A new gene therapy treatment has proven effective at restoring vision for individuals suffering from a particular type of eye disease, and now the FDA is considering approving it.Should the treatment be approved, it will mark the first time gene therapy has been given the thumbs up to treat an inherited disease in the US…in this case, Leber congenital amaurosis, otherwise known as LCA.LCA is caused by issues with the gene RPE65, which lacks the ability to make a necessary protein used by the retina.Someone with this disease will slowly lose their sight, often first being afflicted with very poor vision limited to just light and vague shapes, eventually leading to full blindness.The gene therapy is called Voretigene neparvovec, and it involves sub-retinal injections for each eye.The patient must have a certain number of ‘viable retinal cells’ to undergo the patient, according to a document posted by the FDA.
Today we’re seeing Snapchat bolster its feature set in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Instagram.Launching today is a new feature called “Context Cards,” which will offer extra information on the Snaps that you look at.Context Cards seem to go hand-in-hand with Snapchat Maps, and indeed, those who use Maps will probably get a lot of use out of Context Cards as well.In a new post to the Snapchat blog, the company outlines just what it is that these Context Cards do.Though they’re somewhat self-explanatory, there are some interesting quirks to them that may not be evident from the name alone.Essentially, when you find yourself intrigued by what you see in a Snap, you simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see its relevant Context Card.
Major Twitter investor and ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said social networks aren't currently able to prevent fake news.But he does think they can help curb it.With companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google facing heavy scrutiny from Congress over Russian operatives potentially meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Ballmer told Bloomberg TV on Monday that he'd like those companies to adopt a system that lets users know whether they're getting news from a trusted source.Last week, Facebook introduced a feature offering context on articles posted on users' newsfeed.This includes a button that launches a pop-up window providing details about the article and its publisher.Ballmer's comments come as Facebook disclosed last week that Russian-linked buyers had placed ads on the social network that were seen by 10 million people.