US judge throws out iPad overheating lawsuit A federal judge has tossed a class-action lawsuit that claimed Apple’s iPad overheats when used outdoors in warm weather or in direct sunlight, according to court documents. In an order dated last Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel dismissed a lawsuit submitted in July 2010 that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. The three plaintiffs — Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning — said last year that they were duped into buying a...Read More
Month: April 2012
Broadcom launches 802.11ac WiFi chips for PCs and tablets Semiconductor firm Broadcom has launched three new 802.11ac WiFi chips at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, designed to meet growing consumer demand for speed, reliability and power efficiency. The new chips – BCM4350, BCM43556 and BCM43558 – aim to deliver the speed, range and power necessary for connected home devices, including PCs, tablets, set-top boxes, TVs, and retail routers. All of the chips have 2X2 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas that enable them to hit 866Mbps speeds and optimise traffic through beamforming. They also feature Broadcom’s proprietary TurboQAM technology for...Read More
After 14 years Asheron’s Call goes F2P | Asheron’s Call Asheron’s Call is going F2P along with helping enthusiasts run their own server. So after 14 amazing and successful years Turbine announced that it will stop continuing to create new content for the game. They will continue to fix critical bugs and continue to support the game. Severlin the producer said in a forum post on Feb 25: “Let me reiterate that we have no plans to close Asheron’s Call. We plan to keep the game open and the servers running.” They also explained that all active accounts...Read More
Half a billion iTunes tracks sold Apple has sold half a billion tracks through the iTunes Music Store. The purchaser of Apple’s 500,000,000th song will receive a prize of ten iPods, an iTunes gift card for 10,000 songs, and an all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay on their world tour. Apple announced the global iTunes giveaway on July 5. During the run up to the 500 millionth song, Apple gave away an iPod mini and an iTunes gift card for 50 songs to each customer who purchased a song at each 100,000...Read More
Cisco aims for the living room Cisco is buying cable TV set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta in the second-largest purchase in Cisco’s history. This move is likely to give Cisco more reach in the home entertainment market. The deal, which still needs shareholder and government approval, is worth $5.3 billion, and may spark problems for Microsoft, which partners with Cisco rival Alcatel in the television-over-IP business. Cisco senior vice president of routing and service provider technology Mike Volpi will overseee the acquisition, and sees it as a way to disrupt Microsoft’s space: “Now we offer a better end-to-end platform for...Read More
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