Apple seeks U.S. Samsung sales ban, $707 million more in damages

SEOUL (Reuters) – Apple Inc has asked for a court order for a permanent U.S. sales ban on Samsung Electronics products alleged to have violated its patents along with additional damages of $707 million (435 million pounds) on top of the billion-dollar verdict won by the iPhone maker last month.

Samsung has responded by asking for a new trial.

The world’s top two smartphone makers are locked in patent battles in 10 countries as they vie for top spot in the lucrative, fast-growing market.

Apple scored a legal victory over Samsung in late August when a U.S. jury found that the Korean firm had copied critical features of the iPhone and awarded the U.S. firm $1.05 billion in damages.

In a motion filed late Friday U.S. time, Apple sought a further $400 million damage award for design infringement by Samsung; $135 million for willful infringement of its utility patents; $121 million in supplemental damages based on Samsung’s product sales not covered in the jury’s deliberation; and $50 million of prejudgment interest on damages through December 31. The requests together come to $707 million.

Apple wants the injunction to cover “any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colourably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.”

Such a wide-ranging sales ban could result in the extension of the injunction to cover Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S III smartphone.

‘RECTANGLES WITH ROUNDED CORNERS’

Samsung, in a filing to the U.S. court, asked for a new trial to be held.

“The Court’s constraints on trial time, witnesses and exhibits were unprecedented for a patent case of this complexity and magnitude, and prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case in response to Apple’s many claims,” Samsung said.

“Samsung therefore respectfully requests that the Court grant a new trial enabling adequate time and even-handed treatment of the parties.”

In a separate statement, Samsung lamented the fact that patent rulings should cover issues such as the shape of the product in addition to technological points.

“It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies,” it said.

The Korean firm earlier this week said it plans to add Apple’s new iPhone 5 to the existing U.S. patent lawsuits, stepping up its legal challenge as the two companies seek to assert rights to key technologies.

Apple said it wanted the court to award it damages that reflect “a rational and fair effort to address Samsung’s willful misconduct that has and will impose lasting harm on Apple.”

The Korean firm was the world’s top smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year, shipping more than 50 million phones, nearly double Apple’s 26 million iPhone shipments.

Both companies are raising their marketing spending to promote their latest products ahead of the year-end shopping season.

Someones gotta go bankrupt…surely? $707 Million???

Smartphone App Could Be Used To Drive Cars

Smartphone App Could Be Used To Drive Cars

Australian scientists say they are developing technology which will enable your smartphone to drive your car.

Researchers say they will be road testing a vehicle which uses a phone’s satellite navigation technology and camera to drive along the street within a year.

Dr Jun Jo from Griffith University on Australia’s Gold Coast told Sky News: “When I get into the car I simply place my mobile phone in the dashboard, facing the camera out to the front. All the sensors around the car will start communicating with my phone.”

Dr Jo and his team have built a prototype car which they are using to test the software. The vehicle has an onboard computer, radar system and sensors which communicate with the phone.

The researchers believe one day we will not own individual cars but will use communal vehicles just when we need them, slotting our phones in the dashboard with all the information the car needs for the journey.

“We believe cars will become shared properties rather than individual belongings,” said Dr Jo.

“Sharing cars will reduce lots of expenditure and solve a lot of traffic congestion in the middle of cities.

“My smartphone could reserve a car near my house and, then when I leave home, I place my mobile phone in the dashboard and my smartphone actually knows where to go and what is my preferred driving style.

“Then when I get out of the car the phone will fix payment for the time I spent in it and for the fuel consumed.”

The race is on to develop driverless, or autonomous, vehicles with many motor manufacturers investing in research.

In the US, Google has just been issued with the first licence for an autonomous car in Nevada. A Toyota Prius has been fitted with the company’s driverless technology.

Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and General Motors are just some of the companies testing driverless car systems.

Sydney based motoring journalist Toby Hagen says success will depend on safety and reliability: “We have got a lot of autonomy in vehicles at the moment, things like crash avoidance, self-parking, the ability to keep a car in a lane.

“All of them work up to a point but none of them are perfect and that is one of the issues here. If you are going to have a car that wants to take full control of all the driving, it has to work 100% of the time.”

An app that lets you nap behind the wheel is still some way off, however. The Australian researchers believe it could be a decade before completely autonomous cars are commercially available.

This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest!

50 Cent’s new headphones – The SMS Audio SYNC

So your friend does really well by thinking outside the box and endorsing something other than champagne and vodka, so what do you do – launch your own brand!

The success of Dre Beats is something we guess 50 Cent wants to cash in on as he realeases his own headphones: The SMS Audio SYNC

They are wireless, lightweight headphones with Kleer technology, so you can hear good sounding beats from 50feet away and they wont need recharging for 17hours!!! Go 50 Cent – we think you may be taking over this market right hurrrr

The SMS Audio SYNC is £300 from johnlewis.com

Wanna learn to Play any song on a Guitar … we found an app for that!

Choose a song, any song from your iTunes Library…. chosen one? Good.

Now the Guitar Vision app from JamOrigin.com will extract the solo from the song and spotlight each note.

Each colour represents where your finger should be on a Guitar Hero style fretboard.

Now go ahead and become a rockstar!!!!

Price: £1.50  and available from iTunes

Do your iPhone photos/videos need improving?? – we found an app for that

Sometimes you may find your images/videos taken using your iPhone are not really up to scratch.

We found ‘an app for that’ 🙂

its called the Camera Awesome. Yeah I know they could have worked on the name a bit, but lets not worry about that. What you need to know is that the app is

  • FREE!
    • Improves your shots
    • Has time travel video mode, which means it pre-records 5seconds before you press record
    • Sharper, faster shots with better exposure
    • includes option to share on instagram

You can download the free app from awesomize.com via iTunes

Bank Holiday Spring Cleaning made easy – Robot Vacuum Cleaner

If you’ve woken up to left over bits of easter egg wrapping laying around the house, worry not. Get yourself an LG Hom-Bot 2.0 vacuum cleaner and relax with a cuppa as it gets to work.

The LG Hom-Bot has a front facing camera that sends a live feed to your iPad or iPhone so you can see what its up to and also remotely control it!!! I KNOW RIGHT??!

  • Its 90mm so low enough to get under most of your furniture
  • It knows when its running our of battery so self charges!
  • It uses object sensors to clean in the direction you set it to and avoid furniture
  • and it TALKs to you

who needs a wife, I’m playing…who needs a husband?! 😛

price to be confirmed and will be available from lg.com/uk

 

 

FACEBOOK WILL END ON MARCH 15TH 2012! *WHATTTTT?!?!?!?!?!*

PALO ALTO, CA –Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March of 2012. Managing the site has become too stressful.

“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”

Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th of next year, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts.  That gives users (and Facebook addicts) a year to adjust to life without Facebook.

“After March 15th, 2012 the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back after Facebook goes out of business.”

Zuckerberg said the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.

“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”

Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.

“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook at least 10 hours a day. Now what am I going to do with all that free time?”

However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.

“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”

SIGN THE “SAVE FACEBOOK” PETITION HERE

Those in the financial industry are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking away from a multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at around 7.9 billion.

But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He said he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe.

“I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”

The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th, 2012. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased.

WHAT THE WHATTING WHAT?!?!?!?!