Technology Sector

Apple, Samsung chiefs busy in court directed talks over patent issues

Apple, Samsung chiefs busy in court directed talks over patent issues

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and his Samsung counterpart Choi Gee-sung on Monday started their two-day court directed talks to try to agree on an out of court settlement on their ongoing patent war.

Mr. Cook and Mr. Gee-sung, accompanied by their legal teams, will use the two-day meeting to find some way to get themselves untangled from the drawn out patent infringement row.

The talks are being conducted under the supervision of magistrate judge Joseph C. Spero.

Apple to use renewable sources to power Maiden data center

Apple to use renewable sources to power Maiden data center

Cupertino, California-based distinguished gadgets maker Apple has announced that it would use renewable sources to power its 500,000sq.-foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina, by the end of current year.

Apple's North Carolina-based data center is currently running on the low-priced but partially coal-powered Duke Energy grid.

The company official website stated, "By the end of 2012, we'll meet the energy needs of our Maiden, North Carolina-based data center using entirely renewable sources."

Ultrabook laptops aren't just clones of MacBook Air

Ultrabook laptops aren't just clones of MacBook Air

Just like Apple's MacBook Air, Windows-based ultrabooks are sleek, ultra-slim and often feature silver, but they are not clones of Apple machines.

Apple rivals such as HP argue that the MacBook Air's silver body, black chic let keyboard, slim design is not exclusive to the Cupertino firm. Ultrabooks offer a unique blend of performance, style and features that is not available on Apple's MacBook Air.

Stacy Wolff, design executive at computer maker HP, recently said silver is now and then the right choice, and Apple does not "own silver."

Porsche 918 Spyder enters next phase

Porsche 918 Spyder enters next phase

Luxury carmaker Porsche has announced that its 918 Spyder plug-in supercar has finished a series of driving trials and entered the next phase.

The company claimed that the918 Spyder entered the next phase after producing up-to-the-expectation results during the driving trials. Porsche also said the 918 Spyder plug-in supercar will go into production at the end of September 2013, and the first batch of the car will be rolled out in the United States late in 2013.

Activision, EA hit out-of-court settlement over execs' leaving

Activision, EA hit out-of-court settlement over execs' leaving

Gaming giants Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts (EA) Inc. agreed to settle a lawsuit over executives' leaving out of court on Wednesday.

Activision had accused EA of inappropriately recruiting two of its executives who had overseen the production of the hit video title "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."

Activision had claimed EA met secretly with its two executives, viz. Vincent Zampella and Jason West, while they were still working on "Modern Warfare" projects at Activision.

E-book publishers lose bid to kill antitrust suit

E-book publishers lose bid to kill antitrust suit

On Tuesday, Apple and five book publishers - HarperCollins, Hachette SA, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, and Macmillan - lost their bid to kill the antitrust lawsuit which accuses them of violation of federal and California state law by conniving to increase the price of e-books.

With the U. S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruling that the e-book publishers broke the law in setting e-book prices, the defendants have lost their bid to throw out the antitrust complaint by plaintiffs who are seeking to represent a class of consumers.

The new Bing, at least two-third of it, now live in US

The new Bing, at least two-third of it, now live in US

The notably revamped version of Bing search engine previewed by Microsoft last week has now been released to the US users, who can now opt in either to the banner which appears on www. Bing. com, or opt in at bing. com/new.

Microsoft supports Pirate Pay torrent 'blocker'

Microsoft supports Pirate Pay torrent 'blocker'

Software giant Microsoft has backed Russian firm Pirate Pay torrent blocking tool that aims to discourage illegal file-sharing.

To support Pirate Pay in its efforts against downloading of pirated material, Microsoft has awarded the Russian firm one million rubles (around $100,000) through one of its investment funds.

The innovative technology that has received high-profile praise from Microsoft, film studios and others, has already worked for Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios to prevent a great number of illegal downloads.

Apple’s iPhone 5 to come with iOS6 and smaller dock connector: reports

Apple’s iPhone 5 to come with iOS6 and smaller dock connector: reports

Rumors pertaining to Apple's next-generation smartphone, expected to be named as iPhone 5, have long been swirling, and the latest rumors claim that the the Cupertino firm's next phone will run iOS6 and will come with a smaller dock connector.

A recent report from iMore says that the iPhone 5 will come with a 16-pin dock connector instead of the existing 30-pin connector as the Cupertino firm is trying to spare more space for new technologies in its potential smartphone.

The iPhone's existing 30-pin dock connector limits the gadget-maker's ability to produce a thinner mobile device.

Microsoft Bing goes social in search war with Google

Microsoft Bing goes social in search war with Google

With Microsoft having recently made a Bing-related announcement, which underscored the company's plans to roll out an updated edition of its three-year-old Bing search engine, analysts are of the opinion that the planned boost to Bing's social networking features will apparently give a more competitive edge to Microsoft's search war with Internet search giant Google.