James NiccolaiIDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service.

Expert: Quick verdict in Apple trial doesn't mean jury shirked its duty

It may have been surprising that the jury in the Samsung-Apple trial returned a verdict after just three days of deliberations, but Roy Futterman, director at DOAR Litigation Consulting and a clinical psychologist who works on trial strategies and the mindset of jurors, says it appeared that the nine-person panel did its job.

Apple scores big win in Samsung patent case

A nine-person jury found that Samsung did indeed violate Apple patents and ordered the smartphone maker to pay Apple a little more than $1 billion in damages.

Apple hardware engineering chief Mansfield retires

The Apple executive in charge of hardware engineering for the iPhone, iPad and other Apple products is retiring from the company, Apple said Thursday.

Google says new 'Jelly Bean' version of Android coming in July

Google has taken the wraps off the next version of its Android operating system, known as Jelly Bean, which adds improvements to search, voice typing, and notifications.

Judge clears Google of Java copyright infringement

A U.S. judge has ruled that the Java application programming interfaces used in Android are not protected by copyright, marking a defeat for Oracle in its lawsuit against Google.

Google's Android did not infringe Oracle patents, jury finds

Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle's Java patents, a jury in San Francisco found Wednesday in a setback for Oracle.

Judge deems Kodak digital camera patent invalid

A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that a Kodak patent asserted in a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion is invalid.

Google liable for copyright infringement, jury finds

A jury has found Google liable for copyright infringement in its use of Java in Android, but has not managed to decide whether that infringement was protected...

Jury begins deliberations after Oracle, Google attorneys debate fair use

The jury began its deliberations Monday in the copyright phase of Oracle's lawsuit against Google over Android.

With printer sales slowing, HP favors PCs

The writing may finally be on the wall for Hewlett-Packard's storied print division, as reports are circulating that the company is going to merge its Imaging and Printing Group into its PC-making Personal Systems Group as a way to reduce costs and simplify its business.

HP pays $425,000 to settle claims over hazardous laptop batteries

Hewlett-Packard will pay $425,000 to settle a claim that it knowingly sold laptops with hazardous batteries that could overheat or catch fire, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

WowWee puts real toys in digital games, creates 'appcessories'

WowWee showed an upcoming game platform at the Consumer Electronics Show called AppGear, which combines real toys with on-screen animation to create a new product category it calls "appcessories."

For Microsoft's last CES keynote, Ballmer hawks Windows 8, Kinect

There was no surprise Bill Gates appearance nor much big news. But Microsoft delivered its last-ever Consumer Electronics Show keynote by touting its motion-sensing Kinect technology and upcoming Windows 8 OS.

Google offers Currents, a Flipboard-like app

Google has released a free mobile app that pulls content from different websites into one place and lets people build what looks a bit like their own personalized online magazine -- much like a number of other iOS apps led by Flipboard.

'Important' Oracle patent rejected in Google Android case

Oracle has suffered a setback in its lawsuit accusing Google of patent infringement and copyright violation in its Android operating system after the U.S. Patent and Trademark office rejected one of its Java-related patents.