AppleInsider reports that Apple is battling a complaint based on a touchscreen patent created in 1995 and 1997 by a company called Typhoon Touch Technologies. Filed yesterday in an Eastern District Texas court--a region reputed for ruling in favor of companies filing patent lawsuits--the Seattle-based company claims that the patent refers to any electronic device equipped with touchscreen technology capable of collecting and storing information. The broad language of the patent implicates a wide range of companies. This isn’t the first time Apple has received heat for apparent copyright infringement. Back before the iPhone had made its debut, Cisco Systems fought for its right to the coveted “iPhone” alias. Then, New York-based Klausner Technologies ravaged Apple for $360 Million in damages alleging that the company violated two patents regarding the visual voicemail feature. At least this time, Apple isn’t heading to battle alone. Typhoon plans to involve several other major manufacturers, including Fujistu, LG, Lenovo, Nokia, Panasonic, Palm, Samsung, and Toshiba. The infringement suit had initially involved Dell and its Latitude XT tablet PC.
The Boy Genius Report got a tip that the iPhone 3G will be launched at 8AM instead of the evening launch favored by Apple during the OG iPhone launch. The early morning launch may be because of the in-store activation issue. No one wants to have their employees working until 5AM the next day activating iPhones. Think of the overtime! If your original plan to leave work and get and iPhone is smashed by this leaked information, we have a few tips to help you call out sick on July 11.
The MacBook Air SuperDrive has one giant flaw. It only works with the MacBook Air. tnkgrl Mobile decided to fix the MBA SuperDrive by replacing the custom firmware IDE to USB bridge, with an off-the-shelf $9 IDE to USB bridge. The result, an untethered MBA SuperDrive. While we can't approve of the use of the SuperDrive on a HP Mini-Note, the actual hack and attaching it to a Mac mini gets the *Mac|Life seal of approval. Check out the how-to photos. *Mac|Life seal of approval not vaild in Arizona, Puerto Rico and Vermont.
iLounge got their hands on a picture of the two iPhones lying next to each other, or at least the back shell of an iPhone 3G and OG iPhone. Finally, you can harshly judge each iPhone less on its merits, and more on its sexiness. Which iPhone back do you prefer?
The Times Online warns UK iPhone users of the high price of downloading data outside of the country. Apple’s UK partner, service provider O2, allows unlimited downloads within the country, but once abroad downloading fees are applied. Charges range from £3 (roughly $6) per MB on data downloaded in the EU to £6 in the rest of the world.
AppleInsider is reporting that customers who want their iPhone service pre-paid may be paying more than $600 for the device. A report from Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, estimates that 53 percent of the new iPhone 3G’s market is made up of customers who forgo service agreements and go the pre-paid route. But, if they want the new iPhone 3G they’ll be paying a hefty price. As Apple charges an average of $425 per handset, the estimate assumes that carriers will tack on another $175 or so to make a profit. With a price more than three-times the subsidized price, it is estimated that only 10-15% of iPhone 2.0 users, mostly international customers, will go with a pre-paid plan. AT&T has yet to announce an unsubsidized price for the iPhone 3G in the United States.
SoftBank Mobile Corp. has announced they will be selling the iPhone 3G in Japan for $215 8GB and $320 16GB. iPhone customers will recieve a discounted price on mobile internet, $56 instead of the regular, $91 for unlimited internet access on other smartphones. Customers will have to sign a two-year contract with the carrier in order to qualify for the subsidized prices. The iPhone is expected to face an uphill battle winning over the hearts of Japanese mobile customers. The country is saturated with mobile devices and many of those devices have features beyond that of the iPhone, including the ability to watch live TV. The iPhone will go on sale in Japan on July 11.
Army Retail Strong The U.S. Army recruiting center in New York City looks like a standard office, with desks and PCs. Pictures of the newest recruits line an office wall, and posters of soldiers dominate the other side. At the far end is a doctor’s scale. And except for two friendly recruiters (one of whom is surprisingly tech-savvy), the center is empty. The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue is white and clean, and bustling with activity. Patrons glide from station to station, playing with the iPods, checking their email at the computers. At any given moment, a dozen employees are answering questions or demonstrating their favorite tech toys. Business is brisk.
SecureMac has issued a security advisory that it has discovered multiple variants of a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects OS X 10.4 and 10.5. The Trojan horse is being distributed via a hacker website where there are discussions to distribute the Trojan horse via iChat and LimeWire. The Trojan horse is distributed as a compiled AppleScript, called ASthtv05 (60 KB) or an application, AStht_v06 (3.1 MB). The end user must download and open the Trojan horse in order for it to infect their computer. The Trojan horse allows for remote access of the system and can transmit sensitive information, including keystrokes and passwords. Be careful out there everyone.