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It’s been pretty easy to look at recent Apple design patents and see that they haven’t carried with them the broad patent coverage many might think, but that isn’t the case with Apple’s new US patent — D661,296 — that issued on Tuesday. While a recent patent rumored to be on the Macbook Air design turned out to be a dud, covering only the bottom feet of the device, the ‘D296 patent is much different. This patent is clearly intended to broadly cover the distinctive wedge or teardrop profile of the notebook.
Follow the solid lines, not the dashed
With design patents it’s all about the drawings. There isn’t much in terms of a written description to go by, so the nuances of the drawings define the enforceable protection of the patent….
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Just when you thought you could go on rooting and switching ROMs with impunity, it turns out you can’t — at least, not if you want to continue enjoying your Google Music account. Watchful eyes at XDA Developers have discovered a snag in Google’s authorization system, which means that not only is there an upper limit of ten devices that can be authorized simultaneously, but there’s also a limit of four de-authorizations per year. Since every time you flash your phone or tablet counts as a new authorization, and since your other devices probably hog a few tickets already, rooters will quickly hit the ten-device limit, at which point they’re going to have to think long and hard about their de-auth strategy. Is that a ration of one flash per quarter? But then what happens if you buy a new device in a few months’ time? Oh, this is too much.
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Today I learned a gas stove branded as an iPhone cannot take Instagram pics, make phone calls and probably isn’t a real iPhone. But some consumers might not be as educated. Good thing the Chinese state police is always ready to enforce trademark infringement and recently seized 681 so-called iPhone gas stoves.
These stoves, produced by “Apple China Limited”, would likely be a hot seller in the official Apple merchandise store, giving Apple engineers and fanboys a humorous party conversation piece. Or, for Foxconn workers, it could be a great space heater.
M.I.C.gadget notes that each of the gas stoves are adorned with green Apple logo and even have a compliance certification label. But don’t be fooled, these are not real Apple products. But they’re still better than those fake Android stoves. Right, fanboys?
Considering that Hugo was a flick capable of earning 4 out of 4 stars from noted 3D hater Roger Ebert, it will be interesting to see how it’s received upon its home release February 28th. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and currently rocking a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the fantasy tale of a boy who crosses paths with legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès in 1930s Paris may be the best example yet of how an artist can make use of the effect. The two hour six minute flick will be available in Blu-ray 3D combo pack, and 2D Blu-ray editions, with a 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack and special featurettes on the making of the film and the real magician/director who inspired the story.
The release date is two days after the Academy Awards, and if this flick can snag Best Picture or Best Director it could become a turning point for 3D. New 3D movies are already on deck from other high-profile directors like Ridley Scott (Alien prequel Prometheus) and Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby), while big budget conversions like Star Wars — coming to theaters next week — and already-sold-out-for-Valentines Day Titanic test the waters for older movies. Add in sports broadcasts planned including UFC 143 tonight and the London Olympics in the summer, and 2012 is shaping up to be an especially rough year for 3D haters — you have our deepest sympathies. Those on the other side of the fence can check after the break for a press release with more details and (2D) theatrical trailer.
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We’re well versed in the art of the gadget KIRF ’round these parts, but counterfeiting’s a problem faced by the fashion world, too. Chanel filed suit in federal court to stop hundreds of websites from selling KIRFs of its gear, and the judge recently ordered the seizure and transfer of those domain names to GoDaddy to hold in trust until the case is resolved. It was also decreed that they be stricken from the indices of search engines and social media — including, but not limited to Bing, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. So it seems the federal courts have obtained the ability to order that legal remedy (the de-indexing) be given by companies not party to a lawsuit (Google, et al), though we know of no law granting it such powers. Of course, we can’t know for sure until one of the accused copycat sites decides to lawyer up and fight back. Until then, fashion KIRFs beware: the feds can apparently wipe every trace of you from the internet.
Netflix was down for several hours yesterday. This, on the day that its stock price was never higher. And not to pat myself on the back too much, but this is pretty much exactly what I had predicted two days when I warned y’all about some of the dangers of the cloud: these services can go down without a moment’s notice, and you’re left staring at the TV saying â€œwhat gives?â€
To Netflix’s credit, the streaming service was only down for a few hours, maybe three hours in total. There may have been hiccups after that, but service was largely restored.
And Netflix, for all its goodness—no one’s saying it’s â€œbad,â€ mind you—but isn’t exactly a vital service. Not being able to see, I don’t know, Fred The Movie, isn’t really a matter of national security.
But as more and more things move to The Cloud—how many of your important documents are spread across various Google accounts?—it’s just something to keep in mind.
There’s something to be said about keeping a local copy of all your stuff, is all.