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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a ruling that invalidates the third of three patents Rambus used to intimidate Nvidia into settling with it early last year. The decision is a further blow to Rambus' ambitions; the company has sued a wide range of companies, including HP, Broadcom, MediaTek, and STMicroelectronics alleging that they infringed on the three patents.   The 6,591,353 patent, "Protocol for Communication with Dynamic Memory," was overturned on the basis of prior art. It makes numerous references to a 'memory device'; a fact Nvidia was able to exploit. The patent examiner reported that "As NVIDIA persuasively explains, Hayes describes time-multiplexed... Read more...
Ever since the launch of the iPad, companies from all areas  of the market have been scrambling to create something competitive in order to catch the latest wave of ultra-portable computing. Tablet PCs have been around for years, but the newer breed of slim, useful tablets with multimedia capabilities are demanding attention. Up until now, all we have heard from almost all contenders is their intentions; Microsoft has said they are dead-set on bringing Windows 7 to a number of devices, but that's easy for them to say. They don't have to work out the hardware details. The biggest question on the minds of consumers is "when." When will this rush of non-iPad tablets hit the market?  Many... Read more...
When the Blackberry Tour launched last June, it received generally good reviews. Skim them over, and the phone is universally dinged for not including WiFi support, but the trackball was scarcely mentioned. Two months later, the device's trackball is indeed causing issues. According to David Eller, an analyst with TownHall Investment Research, more than 40 percent of the Blackberry Tours Sprint has sold have been returned with users claiming the devices are defective. Most of the complaints focus on the trackball, but some owners are apparently having trouble with the touch screen's sensitivity as well. Since Verizon relies heavily on Blackberry to supply its smartphones, the high rate of return... Read more...