Apple sued by Cisco over iPhone
Cisco filed a lawsuit in the federal court on Wednesday, claiming that Apple’s iphone breaches their trademark on the iphone name which they have held since 2000.
Apple and Cisco were in negotiations for several years relating to licensing the name, but Cisco has not yet received the signed final contract from Apple. This means that Apple is currently breaching trademark law by using the term, and Cisco are seeking an injunction to prevent Apple from using the name.
“Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco’s iPhone name,” said Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice president and general counsel, in a statement issued today. “There is no doubt that Apple’s new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission.”
One day on, how the iPhone shapes up
It has been a day since Apple unveiled the iPhone to the world, and now that the hype and initial excitement around it has died down it’s time to take a look at what it is the device offers.
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Warner announces hi-def hybrid disc
Warner Home Video today announced their “Total Hi Def” disc which is able to combine both Blu-ray and HD DVD into one disc. The discs which Warner say will be shipping in the second half of the year will contain dual layers of both formats.
The cost of each disc was said to not be materially more than a regular disc, but the cost of pressing the dual format discs is bound to be higher.
Warner have also stated that there will be no licensing fees for any studios that wish to use the format.
Alienware announce “most powerful” laptop
Alienware today announced the launch of what they declare the “most powerful 17-inch system”, and the specs definitely seem to back up that claim.
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Dell E228WFP 22-inch widescreen LCD launched
If you were looking for a new affordable monitor to give you extra desktop space for Vista then you may have to look no further.
Dell’s E228WFP has just launched in the states for a bargain $329. While it isn’t the most feature heavy monitor around you can’t argue too much with the specs. Featuring a native resolution of 1680×1050 and DVI-HDCP input you’re sure to have the desktop space and video quality that you require.
Dell 2707WFP 27-inch LCD made official
Dell have finally announced what everyone was expecting, the 2707WFP.
Featuring a 27inch panel which offers 1920×1200 native resolution, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and an amazingly low 6ms response time. Also featured on this unit are four USB 2.0 ports, a 9 in 2 card reader, and a height adjustable stand with tilt and swivel.
It is available to buy now, but will set you back a hefty $1,399.
Apple announces iPhone
The product we all knew was coming has finally been announced by Apple. Today at CES Steve Jobs finally unveiled the iPhone. After years of speculation we finally have confirmation of the features and looks of one of the most hotly anticipated gadgets of all time.
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Chip and Pin terminal plays Tetris
A team of UK researchers based at Cambridge University have managed to hack a “tamper-proof” chip and pin terminal to play tetris
The hack, which is being reported as a proof-of-concept, was only possible after most of the internal components were removed but is still being used to demonstrate that terminals may be physically modified for fraudulent practices. However the chip and pin system is inherently secure against any form of terminal attack so don’t cut up your cards just yet.
Seagate follows suit
As expected Seagate followed up Hitachi’s 1TB hard drive announcement with one of their own, and they weren’t going to take being beaten lying down.
In a statement Seagate said:
“Seagate’s 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power consumption, noise, and weight.”
Seagate clearly feel that their product is the superior offering, and with a proven track record in desktop perpendicular storage solutions it wouldn’t be a smart move to bet against them.
Hitachi steals Seagate’s lead
Hitachi today announced that they had developed the world’s first 1TB desktop hard drive, with it being ready to ship before the end of this quarter.
The 3.5inch Deskstar 7K1000 will retail at $399. The specs show the drive as having a spin speed of 7,200rpm with an average seek time of 8.7ms, an average latency of 4.17ms and 32mb of cache.
As with Seagate’s 750GB drive the high capacity is due to the use of perpendicular recording, which stores each bit vertically through the drive platter rather than horizontally, giving for far greater data density.
Seagate is expected to announce their 1TB drive at CES next week.