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The US Supreme Court is wading into the battle over software patents by agreeing to hear a case between two financial firms you've likely never heard of. This comes just as the legislative arm of the government is getting ready to address the problem of patent trolls. (There's not much Republicans and Democrats can agree on, but a hatred of trolls is apparently one of them.)
For the first time in decades, the Supreme Court will take up the dispute over the patentability of software, agreeing on Friday to hear CLS Bank International's challenge to a financial software patent held by Alice Corporation Pty Ltd. While the court could end up issuing a narrow decision that only applies to this one case, it opens up the possibility of a broad new precedent on a long-controversial issue. The Supreme Court has previously determined, for instance, that mathematical algorithms are not patentable under law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents.
You know the big, bright, beautiful displays in Samsung smartphones that people just can’t get enough of? At least two new Samsung tablets set to launch in 2014 will feature similar screens. Korean-language technology news site Naver on Friday reported that Samsung is developing two new tablets with displays that use AMOLED technology just like the screens on popular smartphones such as the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. The report claims Samsung will release both an 8-inch tablet and a 10-inch tablet with AMOLED displays, and one of them might launch alongside the highly anticipated Galaxy S5 early next year. The new AMOLED screens will reportedly be available only in high-end Samsung tablets and the company will continue
It might be a bit early to get a 4K TV, but gamers who want to immerse their eyes in pixels can dive in with what computer manufacturer MSI calls the first "3K" resolution gaming laptop, GT60 20D-261US, which went on this week, starting at $2,200. The pixel behemoth features a 15.6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2880 x 1620 pixels. (Following the logic that 4K or UHD TVs have a resolution of 3840 x 2160 — almost 4,000 pixels across -- MSI is claiming 3K, as its screen is almost 3,000 pixels across.) If that isn't enough, you can add three more monitors. This is the first laptop to support NVidia's Surround technology, allowing the laptop to work with three external monitors, through the laptop's single HDMI port and two mini-Display ports. The GT60 sports other enhancements the company says are useful for a gaming machine. The keyboard has programmable keys and backlighting, as well as an adjusted layout that enlarges certain keys and moves others that might get in the way while gaming. It has three solid-state hard drives working as a Super Raid 2 array for quicker data reading and writing, MSI says. It also has MSI's "Cooler Boost 2" technology, which the company states will provide 15 percent better cooling than the company's previous gaming laptop, along with a 25 percent reduction in the laptop's noise level. MORE: 10 Best Online Game Sites and Apps Other notable features MSI extols include the "Killer DoubleShot" Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters to reduce latency for online gaming (so you can keep up with other players in fast-paced games). There is also MSI's NOS system, which will draw power from both the laptop's battery and wall current at once when plugged in, improving performance by 10 percent, according to MSI. It also features an i7-4700MQ Haswell processor from Intel and the NVidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics card with 4GB of RAM. MSI calls the GTG0 the first "3K" gaming laptop. However, the MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch has an even higher resolution, at 2880 x 1800 (versus MSI's 2880 x 1620). Since Apple does not label the MBP as a "gaming laptop," MSI's claim is technically correct — perhaps first PC 3K gaming laptop would be more accurate, though. MSI also makes a mobile workstation with the 3K screen, the GT60 20KWS-278US, which sells for $2,800. You can find details at MSI's website. Follow Kevin Ohannessian at @khohannessian and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide , on Facebook and on Google+ . The Tech Challenges to Photorealistic Games What Is 4K TV? Top Holiday Gift Ideas 2013 Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sony excited a number of gamers when it announced that its PS4 controller would be compatible with PCs by default. Although Sony's novel touchpad would not work with computer games at the outset, there was no reason, the company explained, why gamers couldn't simply plug in the controller and play. The sentiment was not wrong, exactly, but it may have been overly optimistic. The PS4 controller works with the PC in much the same way that a fungus is technically a living thing: It superficially satisfies the requirements while laying bare a number of baffling, underlying inconsistencies. MORE: PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Wins? Still, if you want to try it for yourself (and there's no reason why you shouldn't, if you own a PS4 controller and a gaming PC), the process is both quick and easy. 1. Connect the controller. First, grab your PS4 controller and your micro-USB cable (you may need a slightly longer one than the model that comes with the PS4). Plug the controller into your PC with the cable, and wait until Windows installs the requisite drivers. 2. Access the controller's properties. Navigate to the Devices and Printers menu in the Control Panel (not the Device Manager). On the top Devices menu, the PS4 controller will appear as "Wireless Controller."Right-click on the Wireless Controller and select Controller Settings, then click on Properties. 3. Test the sett ings. You'll now be able to test the PS4 controller. Every button should work — though the touchpad works only as a button, not with touch functionality. 4. Attempt to play games. Now load up your game of choice, and watch the ensuing hilarity. PC games aren't made for the PS4 controller Here's the problem: Although PCs recognize the PS4 controller, this device does not use the standard application-programming interface (API) that other PC controllers employ. This means that no game is designed with a PS4 controller in mind. Playing a game with a PS4 controller will be a bizarre experience — if it works at all. Although the PS4 controller connected to a PC worked flawlessly in Tom's Guide's controller settings tests, the games we attempted were just about unplayable. In Valve's "Portal 2," we could move around and shoot the portal gun without incident, but the camera spun in a circle nonstop, making for a dizzying experience that was not conducive to "Portal 2's" demanding, precise puzzles. Still, our experience with "Portal 2" was better than our time with "Outlast" from Red Barrels. Although this game has explicit and seamless controller support, it did not recognize the PS4 peripheral at all, leaving us standing stock-still as monsters devoured us. On gaming forums, some users have reported success using third-party utilities such as the Cronusmax (which lets you plug console controllers into a USB dongle that routes them through a PC controller interface), or software that fooled computers into thinking that a PS4 controller was actually an Xbox 360 controller. (Xbox 360 controllers are compatible with PCs; strangely, Xbox One controllers will not be compatible until 2014.) If you want to invest in some third-party peripherals or drivers, a PS4 controller could make a good PC accessory. If not, it's better to just invest in another device and save yourself some headaches. If you're looking for the simplest way to use a controller with your PC, consider an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows. Because Microsoft produces the controller itself, most PC games that have controller support will function well with this controller as a matter of course. If you're married to the PlayStation controller design, there are also plenty of options from Logitech, Razer and a few smaller companies that more closely mirror Sony's sensibilities. These high-end PC controllers will generally run you between $30 and $60, and getting them to work is usually as simple as plugging them in. Alternatively, see how far you and your friends can get in a version of "Portal 2" that never stops spinning. Follow Marshall Honorof @marshallhonorof and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+. 13 Scariest Video Games of All Time 20 Stunning Video Game Wallpapers 2014 Best Gamepad Comparisons and Reviews Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
As much as the consoles change, the controllers really stay pretty much the same. These hypnotizing GIFs from the folks over at Gadget Love prove it. Many gamers will remember the monolithic controller of the original Xbox that shipped with the system in 2001. Microsoft slimmed it down for Xbox 360 and the current Xbox One version features only incremental changes. These include a more responsive D-Pad, better textures and grip on the analog sticks, and impulse triggers that feature unique vibrations. ...
The damages retrial for last year's Apple vs. Samsung legal battle recently wrapped, and new court documents reveal how much Cupertino paid its legal team to get its wins: over $60 million. The revelations come as Apple requests that Samsung reimburse a portion of those legal costs. According to recent court filings, Apple wants its rival to pay a third of that, coming out to more than $15.7 million in attorney's fees — and that's on top of the over $6.2 million in trial-related costs Samsung is already on the hook for. Reimbursing attorney's fees isn't a given Apple primarily employed two law firms for its case: Morrison & Foerster, LLP handled the offensive side of the battle, while Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP covered the company's defense against Samsung's own claims of patent infringement.
Since the exposure of the NSA's data collection tactics, telephonic metadata has become an unlikely star in the popular press. The Verizon order leaked by Edward Snowden has prompted a critical public education about how much can be learned from the information routinely recorded by our phone companies.
The storied McDonnell Douglas DC-10 airplane will be used only for carrying packages instead of people after today, as the 42-year-old planes are retired to serve as cargo jets. The last flight happens today on Bangladesh Biman Airlines, says CNN, and will be replaced by Boeing's markedly newer B777-300ER, which went into service in mid-1995. McDonnell Douglas made 446 DC-10s during the plane's manufacturing run, which included six different variations. The last jet in the DC-10 family was sold to Nigeria Airways in 1989.
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Sorry, Samsung: It looks like that additional $290 million still isn’t enough for Apple. FOSS Patents notes that Apple filed a motion this week asking Samsung to pay an additional $15.7 million to help cover Apple’s legal expenses, which the company says totaled more than $60 million over the duration of the patent trial. Samsung is already on the hook for more than $929 million in its patent dispute with Apple so from that perspective another $15 million doesn’t seem like all that much. Having losing parties pay for their opponents’ legal expenses in patent cases isn’t the norm in the United States right now, although that could change if the Innovation Act that passed in the House of Representatives
On Tuesday, SpaceX successfully launched a commercial communications satellite into orbit after two abortive attempts, a major milestone in entrepreneur Elon Musk’s lofty mission to build a private space program. In 2012, an ISS supply mission made SpaceX’s Dragon capsule the first privately owned spacecraft to dock with the station; And SpaceX’s success comes after years of worry about whether NASA is still capable of the grand feats it achieved in the mid-20th century — and speculation that SpaceX and its many competitors, not an old guard of aerospace companies and government agencies, will be the future of extraterrestrial exploration. Aerospace journalist Michael Belfiore says SpaceX is miles ahead of similar startups, calling it "the lynchpin of America’s manned space program." Competitor Orbital Sciences has an established cargo program — this fall, it became the second private company to have a ship dock with the ISS — but it’s not planning manned trips, and Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser is too dependent on federal funding, Belfiore tells The Verge.
By Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - At Pinterest, the four-year-old online bulletin board service that is valued near $3.8 billion, some 70 percent of the users are female. Male-heavy boards dominate in the start-up mecca of Silicon Valley, which prides itself on progressive thinking and putting talent first. A Reuters survey of the 10 top venture-backed start-ups, as measured by venture funds raised, shows that six do not have any women on the board, including Pinterest. Reuters' research relied on publicly available data and discussions with start-up executives and board members.
A new project is raising money on Kickstarter to build an anamorphic adapter lens that would be compatible with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, letting users record video reminiscent of a J.J. Abrams movie. With 16 days to go, the project has already surpassed its $30,000 goal, which means that backers will likely receive the new iPhone accessory at some point in March 2014, when it’s expected to begin shipping. Shooting in anamorphic format is a cinematography technique that allows directors to squeeze widescreen video on 35mm film or other media that doesn’t have a widescreen aspect ratio and then restore the video to its actual size when projecting it. Famous director J.J. Abrams is using such shooting techniques
It’s a fraction of its former size, but the digital drug bazaar Silk Road has risen again. The first Silk Road was suddenly shut down in October when the FBI arrested Ross Ulbricht, the man they claim ran the site under the handle Dread Pirate Roberts. It’s also being run by a person or persons calling themselves Dread Pirate Roberts. Silk Road 2.0 launched on November 6th, making it one month old today.
National Geographic has long contributed photos and article links to Google Maps, but it's now deepening that commitment by introducing its own cartography. The magazine is using Google Maps Engine to share over 500 of its historical and reference maps with the public, including interactive overlays. You can see what Medieval England looked like, for example, or find tourist hotspots in South America.
The next major stealth plane to fuel future decades of US secret reconnaissance has been revealed — and it won't carry any humans on board. The RQ-180 will be a joint tool for both the US Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency, and promises to capture sensitive intelligence and imagery in highly dangerous airspace, reports Aviation Week. The drone's been designed as a spiritual successor of sorts to the SR-71 Blackbird, which was retired in 1998 and will reportedly have its own unmanned successor by 2018. The RQ-180 should arrive sooner than that, Aviation Week says, with use in missions by 2015. Aviation Week also suggests the design could make use of in-flight refueling, pushing flight times into the 100 hour range.
Yesterday I was proud to support H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, which will help to rein in patent trolls, which have seriously damaged American businesses and consumers.