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U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple
News ImageThe justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to determine how much Samsung must pay. Following a 2012 jury verdict favoring Apple, Samsung initially was hit with nearly $930 million in penalties, later cut by $382 million, for infringing Apple's iPhone patents and mimicking its distinctive appearance in making the Galaxy and other competing devices.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:33:19 -0500
Not 'As Seen on TV': Snuggie maker sues
News ImageBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Makers of the Snuggie blanket and other products sold mainly on TV have sued Inc, accusing the internet retailer of trademark infringement for letting an "astronomical" number of counterfeit products to be sold through its website. The lawsuit was filed on Monday night by Allstar Marketing Group LLC, Ideavillage Products Corp and Ontel Products Corp, which respectively sell such products as the Snuggie, Copper Fit compression sleeves and Magic Tracks toy racetracks through so-called "As Seen on TV" advertising. It was filed three weeks after Seattle-based Amazon filed two of its own lawsuits in a Washington state court, targeting vendors it said were selling counterfeit goods on its website.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:59:33 -0500
California EPA says settled with Apple on hazardous waste claims
News ImageThe California Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said Apple Inc agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state claims that it had mishandled hazardous electronic waste at facilities in Silicon Valley. Apple also agreed to increase inspections to settle allegations about facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, the Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control said. Apple was not immediately available to comment.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:43:12 -0500
Google meets renewable energy goal for global operations
News ImageAlphabets Google is on track to purchase enough renewable energy to cover all its global electricity consumption next year, the company said on Tuesday. Google expects its purchases of wind and solar energy will be enough to cover its data centers and offices worldwide starting in 2017. Google began with a global target because companies often cannot specify what type of power utilities supply to their facilities, and renewable energy is unavailable in some key markets where it operates, particularly in Asia.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:03:30 -0500
Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook
News ImageBy Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters. Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget's sell-through - a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers' shelves - reached a new high. Cook's comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:30:31 -0500
Norway's Schibsted to hire more staff to stave off Facebook in classified ads
News ImageBy Stine Jacobsen and Mia Shanley OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian media group Schibsted plans to add 200 people to its 1,800-strong technology team in the next year to further develop its online classified ads business and fend off competition from Facebook, its chief executive says. Schibsted holds market-leading positions in local classified advertising websites across Europe including Finn in Norway and Leboncoin in France, and has a big presence in Asia and Latin America. Everything from old ski clothes to cars are bought and sold on Schibsted's sites while the company is recruiting heavily to deepen its offering in categories like real estate and jobs.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:32:44 -0500
Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
News ImageBERLIN (AP) Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:39:33 -0500
Q&A: A look at Trump's call to cancel new Air Force 1
News ImagePresident-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he would cancel Boeing's contract to build a new fleet of presidential aircraft to replace the aging Reagan-era models that currently shuttle the president ...
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:36:35 -0500
Amazon Go stores could watch, listen, and remember your every move
News ImageTheres a lot of excitement about Amazon Go, the companys new kind of grocery store that lets customers take what they need and leave without ever waiting in line, but there werent a whole lot of specifics on how this system works. An Amazon patent filed in 2014 gives us a glimpse of how this could all operate, and it involves you betcha hella cameras. The patent describes a system where cameras could capture you as you walk into the store, then identify who you are based on an ID card thats associated with your Amazon account (in Amazon Gos case, an app that you scan when you enter).
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:34:27 -0500
High-jumping robot could aid in earthquakes, building collapses
News ImageAn agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world's best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, US scientists said Tuesday. Known as Salto, the 10-inch (26 centimeter) tall robot can jump higher than a bullfrog and almost as high as a galago, or bush baby, a small primate found in Africa. "To have a high vertical jumping agility, you have to be able to jump high and do it quickly," explained Duncan Haldane, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and lead author of the study.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:23:42 -0500
What is Trump going to talk about with all these tech execs?
As part of his transition process, President-Elect Trump has been meeting with senior executives from various industries. His meeting with the best of the news media, who he believes worked against his campaign, was described as "a fucking firing squad." So how's the meeting with the best of the tech world, which is being blamed for his victory, going to go? DON'T MISS:The Galaxy S8 will have no headphone jack but plenty of courage According to a report from USA Today , Trump's team has sent out invitations for a December 14th meeting to leaders from the tech industry. They're not specified, but you'd imagine the CEOs of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the like to be on that list. With the notable exception of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley was notably pro-Clinton during the campaign. But that hasn't stopped accusations being thrown at Facebook and Google, which did little to tackle the problem of fake news during the election. In theory, there should be a lot of technology-related topics to talk about. Trump did spend some time on the campaign trail talking about "the cybers," so there might be some discussion of how to tackle the questions of national cybersecurity. With Apple in particular, there's the question of overseas manufacturing and taxes; Apple has reportedly started looking at the feasibility of bringing iPhone manufacturing back to the States, something Trump would be on board with. Then there's darker topics like enlisting the help of technology companies with Trump's immigration policies. Any kind of national register of immigrants would be a massive technological undertaking that would need Silicon Valley support; even if tech companies don't work directly for the federal government, data-sharing and co-operation of the type that Edward Snowden revealed will probably be on the table. Overall, there's a lot for Trump and the technology industry to discuss; let's just hope tha this meeting will be a little more productive than the "firing squad" of the news media. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:23:25 -0500
A chunk of sea ice the size of India has melted
News ImageWhats more, the sea ice near Antarctica has started melting, too, after years of expanding despite global warming. Climate skeptics once loved to argue that the growing Antarctic sea ice proved that climate change was a hoax, even as scientists freaked out over the unexpectedly bleak numbers. By early December, the total area of polar sea ice was 1.48 million square miles below the average for 19812010, according to satellite measurements from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:17:06 -0500
NASA just commissioned a spacecraft that can refuel satellites already in orbit
News ImageNASA has just commissioned a new type of spacecraft that will be able to refuel satellites while theyre still in orbit around Earth. Dubbed the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus, the vehicle will act like a traveling gas station, by meeting up with probes in orbit and filling up the satellites tanks. Such a spacecraft will make it possible for satellites to operate a whole lot longer in space than they were originally supposed to.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:14:25 -0500
If you tweet emoji at Google, it will reply with local search results
News ImageGoogle has a new trick up its sleeve on Twitter it can now understand emoji you tweet at it. Simply tweet an emoji @Google and the company's Twitter account will respond with a fun GIF and a handy link to for local search results.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:10:13 -0500
Pokemon Sun and Moon guide: How to get the first Mythical Pokemon, Magearna
Just over two weeks after launch, Pokemon Sun and Moon are receiving their firstMythical Pokmon: theSteel- and Fairy-type Magearna. As with all Mythical Pokemon, you won't be able to catch Magearnaout in the wild. Instead, you will have to scan a QR code and pick it up from a character in the game. DON'T MISS: New Pokemon Go leak suggests that Generation 2 could launch on December 8th In order to get a Magearna of your own, you first need to beat either Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon and become the Champion of the Alola region. Once you've taken the top spot in the new Pokemon League, head to the QR Scanner in your Pokedex, line up the QR code below with the 3DS camera while holding the R button and wait for confirmation. Once the code has been scanned, you can visit the deliveryman at the Antiquities of the Ages shop in Hau'oli City to get Magearna. Once you've added Magearna to your party or deposited it into a box, be sure to save your game . Otherwise, you might be missing a Mythical Pokemon the next time you load up your copy of Pokemon Sun or Moon . Here's the QR code you need to scan to get Magearna: "Magearnas Ability is the Soul-Heart Ability, a new Ability that no previous Pokmon has had," the Pokemon official site explains . "Soul-Heart has the effect of raising Magearnas Sp. Atk by 1 each time another Pokmon in the area faints. This is a new Abilityone that can be put to good use in battle." So far, only two Mythical Pokemon have been unveiled for Generation VII: Magearna and Marshadow . Expect a Marshadow event in the near future. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:04:22 -0500
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