After the US tech giant won a $1 billion patent infringement case against Samsung, the latter has cancelled a lucrative contract with Apple to supply the LCD displays used in devices such as the iPhone, Macbooks, and iPad. The development means that by next year Apple devices will be using the Samsung display.
Apple is already in talks with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to replace Samsung, who has also been manufacturing the CPU used for the iPad and iPhone. The California-based consumer electronics giant is already looking for other display manufacturers after the cancelled contract with the South Korean company.
Samsung Display supplied majority of Apple’s LCD displays for the first half of this year, shipping numbers of up to a 15 million. Now, Samsung is looking to compensate for the cancelled contracts by supplying to Amazon, and its sister company, Samsung Mobile.
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In London, Samsung won a ruling against Apple who filed a patent lawsuit on the Galaxy Tab for copy the design and technology of the Ipad. Judge Colin Birss ruled in favor of Samsung, saying the Galaxy Tablet is not as “cool” as the Ipad.
“The (Galaxy Tab) do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” explained Birss.
The ruling marks a victory for the Korean electronics company who has seen its smartphones challenging Apple with its Android-based gadgets. The fierce competition for smartphone supremacy has seen both firms file lawsuits on one another on the basis of “infringement” of design rights.
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Microsoft is previewing several new features of Windows Azure, including the ability to run Linux on Azure virtual machines.
One of the promises of cloud computing is the ability to move workloads between in-house servers and a cloud provider’s infrastructure, whether that’s to cope with spikes in demand, or to take advantage of a cloud provider’s economies of scale. A new feature of Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform allows virtual hard disks (VHDs) to be moved back and forth between on-premises servers and Azure. These VHDs aren’t limited to Windows images, but can also be Linux systems.
You might wonder how data is transmitted from one point to another - case in point, a text message, a call or even an email message. The process is referred to in the industry as mobile backhaul. Also known as wireless backhaul, mobile backhaul is the use of wireless communications to get data to and from an end user to a node. Nodes could either be connection points, end points or redistribution points for data transmission. Mobile backhaul can also refer to the transmission of data over a wireless route, thus “wireless backhaul”.
If you’re looking for an anatomical analogy, think of mobile backhaul as the limbs of the body connecting the backbone, or core network, to a series of smaller sub-networks. Taking a cue from the analogy, the core network would serve as the ‘spine’ while the sub-networks would refer to the fingers and toes.
Basically, information travelling from a wireless tower to a mobile switching center is the portion we consider as the mobile backhaul. Within the context of satellite communication, mobile backhaul refers to getting data to a point where it can be distributed over a wider network. Web browsing, phone calls, SMS and even online games travel the mobile backhaul portion. Examples of mobile backhaul technology include the Ethernet and free space optics.
However, the most popular and common form of mobile backhaul is via microwave systems. This refers to point-to-point microwave radio relay transmission which is a technology used in transmitting digital and analog signals. It is also commonly used by major broadcasting companies to get video, as well as audio materials, for live event coverage or on-site news reporting.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has stunned a business forum in Perth with a personal admission that no one saw coming.
Answering a question on Australia’s $36 billion national broadband network (NBN), the American computer wizard and engineer let it be known he didn’t have broadband internet at his home in Los Gatos, California.
“I don’t have broadband at my home,” Mr Wozniak said, to much surprise in the audience.