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Typo halts sales of iPhone keyboard as injunction takes effect

By Martyn Williams | 16 April, 2014 08:50

Typo halted the sale of its add-on keyboard for the iPhone on Tuesday after an injunction took effect that bans it from being imported to the US.

Cellular industry makes concession on kill switch

By Martyn Williams | 16 April, 2014 08:17

Wireless carriers in the U.S., handset makers and the industry's lobbying group have made a significant concession on technology that could remotely disable stolen smartphones and tablets.

Google details its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone

By Martyn Williams | 16 April, 2014 02:54

For a potentially revolutionary smartphone, it wasn't the best start.

Before Project Ara, others envisaged a modular phone

By Martyn Williams | 15 April, 2014 09:14

The spotlight will fall on Project Ara this week when Google holds a big event for developers, but it's far from the first company to toy with modular smartphones.

First sites admit data loss through Heartbleed attacks

By Martyn Williams | 15 April, 2014 04:44

Canada's tax authority and a popular British parenting website both lost user data after attackers exploited the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability, they said Monday.

BlackBerry presses for immediate halt to Typo keyboards

By Martyn Williams | 15 April, 2014 03:36

BlackBerry has asked a California court to immediately block sales of an add-on iPhone keyboard made by Typo, alleging the startup backed by TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest misled the court.

Samsung's lawyers try to put a human face on Android

By Martyn Williams | 12 April, 2014 10:19

Samsung's lawyers tried to put a human face on Google's Android development efforts as they opened their defense Friday against Apple's patent infringement claims and its demand for US$2.2 billion in damages.

Apple and Samsung spar over huge damages claim

By Martyn Williams | 12 April, 2014 08:03

Apple outlined for the first time on Friday how it came up with the US$2.2 billion in damages that it wants a California jury to award it for Samsung's alleged "massive infringement" of five Apple patents.

Wi-Fi problems dog Apple-Samsung trial

By Martyn Williams | 12 April, 2014 04:35

There's a new sign on the door to Courtroom 5 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the home to the Apple v. Samsung battle that's playing out this month: "Please turn off all cell phones."

After movie studios, record labels sue Kim Dotcom and Megaupload

By Martyn Williams | 11 April, 2014 09:04

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a lawsuit against the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder, Kim Dotcom, alleging "massive copyright infringement" of music.

Apple details $2.2bn damages claim against Samsung

By Martyn Williams | 09 April, 2014 09:20

Apple began to lay out its $US2.2 billion damages claim against Samsung Electronics for the first time on Tuesday, arguing to an eight-person jury in California that Samsung's alleged patent infringement was large and significantly damaged Apple.

Apple-Samsung jury discovers joys of subroutines, class libraries

By Martyn Williams | 08 April, 2014 09:54

The eight-person jury hearing Apple's patent infringement case against Samsung was thrown into the deep end Monday and subjected to some heady talk of subroutines and class libraries.

Last week in Apple v. Samsung: a 'holy war' for $US2 billion

By Martyn Williams | 05 April, 2014 10:41

Apple and Samsung were back in San Jose federal court last week arguing over more patents and another set of devices. Apple is demanding more than $US2 billion in damages, in the second case between the companies in California.

Apple designer's court testimony recalls birth of iPhone

By Martyn Williams | 05 April, 2014 08:09

The roots of the iPhone can probably be traced to many corners of Apple's campus in Cupertino, California, but a Silicon Valley courtroom on Friday heard how some of the most recognizable software design features of the phone were born in a team working in a dark, dirty, windowless room with special security to keep others out.

Nest tells users to disable key feature of Protect smoke alarm

By Martyn Williams | 04 April, 2014 10:01

Nest, the connected-home device maker Google agreed to buy in January, is disabling a feature that allows its Nest Protect smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm to be silenced with a wave of the hand.

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