Now that Apple has proven in court that Samsung slavishly copied the iPhone, and proved it twice, we have approached the part of the event where everyone scrambles to figure out who owes what part of the bill. Like two people on a blind date gone bad, Apple and Samsung both want to go home without paying any more than they have to. Here's hoping they just use one credit card for the bill, because people who give the waiter a handful of plastic to ring up separate amounts are totally annoying. Don't do that. So, what's the damage? Read on.
Apple vs. Samsung
Apple incurred over $60 million in costs and legal fees to prove in court what was fairly obvious at a glance: that Samsung copied the iPhone. Now, according to The San Jose Mercury News, Apple wants a federal judge to order Samsung to pay about a third of the bill.
Apple has determined that $16 million of the legal fees should totally be paid by Samsung, and also added an additional $6.2 million to cover a variety of other expenses. That's over $22 million, before the tip.
In asking the court to "award Apple fees in this exceptional case" Apple made the argument that making Samsung pay some of Cupertino's bills was an obvious course of action, that it "'flows quite naturally' from the jury's willfulness verdict as well as Samsung's extensive record of willful, deliberate and calculated decisions to copy the iPhone, in blatant disregard for Apple's (intellectual property)."
When does this end?
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, the primary judge in most of the Apple v. Samsung cases to date, is scheduled to rule on this request during a hearing in January. Should Judge Koh rule for Apple, it will set a precedent that will make the newest case between Apple and Samsung, scheduled to being in March 2014, even scarier for Samsung.
Also, Apple made it clear that these charges do not include what was billed to them for arguing in the last damages retrial. So, again, Judge Koh's ruling in January could become an ongoing cash drain for Samsung.
Ultimately, the winners in this case are Apple's law firms, Morrison & Foerster and Wilmer Hale (the website for the former is mofo.com — I know, right?), and you can rest assured that they will be getting paid one way or another.
Clearly, Apple will continue to make this as painful as possible for Samsung. Having already forced Samsung to redesign its devices, the ultimate goal for Cupertino would have to be for Samsung to settle out of court and agree to a licensing agreement, effectively putting an end to the Patent Wars. To that end, it appears Apple is taking the strategy of "Every Dollar Counts!" Time will tell if this will work, but it seems advantageous, in any event, to have the MoFo legal team on your side.
Connect with this writer, Adrian Hoppel, through his website: adrianhoppel.com
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You don't need a keyboard for your iPad. But, if you're planning on an iPad being a laptop-replacing device, having one can come in very handy if you're planning on getting writing done. I've played with a lot of keyboard accessories on the iPad, but these are my favorites.
Before the iPad Air, most cases would fit the iPad 2, 3 and 4th-gen models equally. That's no longer the case. So, having used several new solutions and written on each, I've broken my recommendations down into category of iPad: Air, 2/3/4th-gen, and iPad Mini.
You could also, of course, go with a keyboard that's not a case at all. The advantage: it works across models. I have a few older recommendations at the bottom, but I'm sure there are others, too.
Keep in mind that none of these support trackpads, because iOS still doesn't allow for it. Sad, but true.
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Shooting does play a role in the depths that you'll explore across PixelJunk Shooter's 15 campaign missions, but it's hardly a zap-'em-up affair. Instead, each stage tasks you with overcoming and often harnessing the myriad elements at work to save stranded scientists and emerge intact. In one mission, that might mean simply guiding your ship around the sizzling streams of lava that threaten to singe your compatriots, while another stage might have you harden the lava by revealing a water source with your blasters. Elsewhere, you'll even pluck an explosive "lava flower" from a plant and use its liquid surprise to create a path to the next area.
Foes pop up from time to time, but generally aren't alarming threats; your biggest enemy is often your own reckless urge to zip through unfamiliar, danger-laded terrain, or to make quick decisions without scoping out everything that an environment has to offer. Most of the puzzles in PixelJunk Shooter aren't obtuse or confusing, but that only helps to build a sense of confidence that can find you foolishly darting towards an unseen hazard, or otherwise ignoring the smartest combination of actions that'll let you save the most little yellow guys and uncover the many hidden diamonds needed to proceed to each area's boss showdown.
Despite the campaign's compact size and relatively small number of stages, PixelJunk Shooter plays with a good number of concepts and builds satisfying challenges around them, testing you with varying interactions of water, lava, and a black magnetic goo, with some stages even letting you swap ships to command the elements yourself. Though the title may feel off base, the slower pace is appreciated and it affords a better opportunity to soak in the sights and sounds, which are splendid throughout. The minimal and vividly colored design is memorable, as is the highly diverse soundtrack, which blends in funk, synth, and more for a tasty mélange of backdrop beats.
The bottom line. Blasting may come secondary to lightly brainy environmental puzzle solving, but that makes PixelJunk Shooter no less satisfying of an adventure.
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For every snapshot we have of our kids, there are three screenshots cluttering our camera rolls and photo streams. But even if you're not a chronic app reviewer, you likely have more than a few web clips and Pinterest postings messing up your moments and collections — and if you don't want to delete them en masse, there aren't too many options for easy organization. Ember thinks there's a better way. Users of its pricey Mac app already know all about its slick navigation and organizational skills, but even web hoarders who haven't used Realmac's digital scrapbook since it was called LittleSnapper will want to check out the free iOS version.
While Ember for iOS isn't nearly as powerful as its OS X counterpart — though Realmac promises future in-app purchases to rectify its shortcomings — there's a certain elegance to its interface that translates extremely well to touch. A set of built-in filters automatically sorts images by where they were captured — phone, tablet, web, etc. — all of which can easily be accessed in its customizable sidebar. A powerful system of filters lets you organize snaps by tags, colors, and ratings, and iCloud syncing keeps snaps organized across all of your devices (and Macs). Snaps can be further organized into folders and smart collections, which quickly sort screens based on a customizable set of criteria.
While Ember certainly has potential, those who don't own the Mac version might wonder what the fuss is all about. We experienced some slowdown — especially when importing large batches of screenshots — along with occasional lag when scrolling through collections. While the app lets you take photos, it doesn't provide a built-in browser to grab new screenshots, a feature we often use in the Mac version. Ember strangely also doesn't let you import photos directly into a collection, and we would have liked it to alert us to any duplicates in our library. Also, an option to filter screenshots when browsing our camera rolls would be useful in a future update.
The bottom line. Ember is great as a companion to the Mac version, but it doesn't have the same spark as a standalone iOS app.
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Heads up, bookworms: the Google Play Books app for Android has received a noteworthy update.
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An enhanced version of Google's official e-reader app has started rolling out this week, bringing some nifty new features.
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Google Drive for iOS continues to take small steps in becoming more like its Android counterpart.
Yesterday, Google updated the app with two small but welcome additions: file sorting and a find/replace feature for documents.
Now, when viewing your main file list, you'll see a Sort button in the upper-right corner. Tap it to access the following new options:
- Last edited by me
- Last modified
- Last opened by me
- Title (the default)
Google Drive also offers a helpful new tool for anyone who relies on the app for document editing: find-and-replace.
When you have a document open, you can tap the magnifying glass icon, then enter your "find" parameter in the upper field and, if you want, a "replace" string in the lower one:(Credit: Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET)
Also included in Google Drive 2.2.0 for iOS: "a few under-the-hood stability improvements."
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Asus has global ambitions for its PadFone.
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"Once this product is launched [in the US], we will definitely have no problem tackling Europe with the same product, because this US operator is very big." Shen said.
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