Apple patent eyes dual-sided trackpad for MacBook (CNET)
Your MacBook of the future could offer a dual-sided trackpad panel that features a touch screen on both sides. Awarded to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, a patent appropriatedly dubbed “Dual-sided track pad,” describes a transparent and foldable trackpad panel with both a top and bottom display. The panel itself would take up the entire bottom of the notebook. Each side of the panel would recognize touch input and react accordingly based on whether the notebook is open or closed. On an open notebook, one side of the trackpad would be accessible. On a closed notebook, the other side would be accessible. And since the panel itself is transparent, you could see the entire screen.
Viber For Blackberry 10 To Arrive Alongside Blackberry 10.2 Update (Ubergizmo)
Due to the variety and popularity of smartphone platforms available in the market today, it is not surprising that some developers are picky about which platform to develop for, at least initially. Well the good news for Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) 10 users is that if you were looking for a way to keep in touch with friends who are using Viber, it’s only a matter of time before the app will see its release on the platform. According to Viber’s CEO (via TruTower), the release of Viber for Blackberry 10 will come alongside the Blackberry 10.2 update and will be launched “hand-in-hand” with it.
Broadcom 5G WiFi to be Industry Benchmark (Zacks.com)
Leading semiconductor solutions provider Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM)’s 5G WiFi was selected by Wi-Fi Alliance, an association that promotes Wi-Fi technology and certifies Wi-Fi products, for its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac test suite. Based on the wireless computing standard IEEE 802.11ac, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac is the latest certification program from Wi-Fi Alliance. The latest test suite will be using Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM)’s BCM4360 chip for validating interoperability of various products. 5G WiFi technology is being globally adopted across various product segments. IEEE 802.11ac standard for 5G WiFi delivers reliable and faster Internet speeds, faster file transfers and a more effective way of power line communications.
It’s Up to the Judge Now in Apple’s Big Anti-Trust Case (The Atlantic)
The Department of Justice’s anti-trust case alleging collusion among Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and five major publishers to set prices on e-books ended last week. All of the publishers involved, insisting they had done nothing wrong, had already settled with DOJ and a group of state attorneys general rather than confront the very expensive litigation and the prospect of enormous fines should they lose. Only Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) went ahead with the trial, on grounds that it hadn’t colluded but had actually spent weeks in early 2010 haggling with the publishers separately over terms just before the launch of the iPad and the iBookstore.
BlackBerry launches service to manage Android, Apple devices (GMA News)
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) launched a service on Tuesday allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android platform and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS operating system. The long-anticipated offering, which Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) had said would come out around mid-year, could help the company sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, of their workers are using smartphones made by its competitors. The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of this year that allows Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.