Apple didn’t use one of its prominent patents in the suit against Samsung, the iPhone may soon play wireless audio in a whole new way, and James Bond’s going to have a hard time coming up with a pun for “Xperia.” The remainders for Wednesday, August 29, 2012 are shaken, not stirred.
Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn’t Say [Updated] (TechPinions)
Despite suggestions to the contrary, Steve Wildstrom points out that none of the patents involved in the Apple-Samsung trial cover Apple’s “pinch-to-zoom” gesture. Apparently that claim’s largely been pushed by reporters who didn’t read the patent documents. Hold on while I don my shocked face.
The Foreman’s Aha Moment in Apple v. Samsung Was Based on Misunderstanding Prior Art (Groklaw)
While we’re talking Apple-Samsung (as I suspect we will be for many moons to come), Groklaw suggests that perhaps the jury’s foreman misunderstood “prior art.” It’s a tricky concept, to be sure, but one that I think is best exemplified by his standup routines.
Apple ‘AirPlay Direct’ planned for September launch (The Telegraph)
According to a report, Apple may be planning on announcing a new feature called AirPlay Direct, which would let iOS devices send audio to AirPlay speakers without the need for a Wi-Fi network. The technique will supposedly be superior to Bluetooth audio, which isn’t really surprising since the same could be said for these two string-connected tin cans I have.
James Bond chooses Sony Xperia T over iPhone 5 (Network World)
Good, because that just rolls of the tongue.
“Bond, we’ll never stop the missiles in time!”
“Luckily, Q gave me this new Sony Xperia T with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which can be upgrade to Android Version 4.1 (Jelly Bean)—whoops, looks like we ran out of time to defuse those warheads!”
GIMP 2.8.2 – The latest version of the open-source image-editing software now comes as a Mac app as well. Free.
Chronicle 5.0 – LittleFin’s bill management app for OS X has been updated to version 5, bringing support for Notification Center, an integrated browser, a Mac-to-Mac sync option, better performance, Retina display support, and more. $10.