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In the past, there were reports of Apple’s new patent, which plans to block the image capturing and video recording capabilities of iPhones. If ever Apple plans to put this patent to use on smartphones like the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3G S, event organizers, other organizations, as well as the government will be able to take control of your iPhone.
Why was the patent thought of in the first place? Its goal is to stop piracy, paparazzi tendencies, or filming while on live events. Talk about paranoid celebrities.
Although celebrities and public figures may be thrilled with Apple’s patent, the Free Press, an organization in the US geared towards media reforms, isn’t. They said, “We must stop Apple… This new camera-blocking technology is a pre-emptive strike against free speech. If activated, it would be immensely harmful to our rights to connect and communicate. … Please take action now to urge Steve Jobs to pull the plug on this censorship technology.”
Free Press makes a strong argument. Just look at the role smartphones played in the delivery of breaking news on the war in Iraq. Without them, we wouldn’t be getting the most up to date news all over the world.
The Huffington Post reports, “In its patent application, Apple describes the technology as making it impossible to capture video or pictures at events where cameras and video recorders are prohibited…Your phone determines whether an image includes an infrared beam with encoded data. This data is sent from an emitter that directs the cellphone or a similar device to shut down image capture. Disabling emitters could be mounted on stages, throughout public squares or, conceivably, on police helmets.”
We may have joked about this in the past. However, this new patent raises a number of questions. If it does violate our freedom of speech, Steve Jobs should have thought about this patent before allowing it to be filed. There are a number of people who regard him as the next Hitler. Now, people might regard him as the next Karl Marx (the father of communism).
Samsung’s request to access Apple’s future devices such as the ipad 3 and iPhone 5 has been denied by US Federal Judge Lucy Koh. The Judge said that the Korean manufacturer had no legal right to access the said products.
This came after Apple’s request to see Samsung’s future devices were granted. Samsung wanted to see if Apple’s future devices infringed on any of its patents. However, the Judge did say that Samsung will have the opportunity to dispute the said devices, once they have been released.
The Judge said, “Samsung is free to argue, for instance, that there is little likelihood of confusion because consumers will not encounter its products side-by-side with the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, but rather with Apple’s next generation iPhone and iPad.”
Judge Koh added, “Similarly, as to proximity, Samsung is free to argue that because the iPhone 4 and iPhone 2 will soon be outmoded and reduced in price, they are not being sold (or very soon will not be sold) to the same class of purchasers who are likely to buy new Samsung products.”
“By choosing to allege infringement only of its current products, Apple opens itself up to these arguments.”
It has been rumored that both parties will opt for an out of court settlement. However, the details are still sketchy. Furthermore, we still do not know who will pay who.
Sony Ericsson is known for creating cutting edge compact Android smartphones. It has done this with the XPERIA X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro. In the near future, it will be releasing successors to these legacy handsets. It has also announced a new handset that continues the compact smartphone design with the XPERIA Ray.
The new smartphone sports a 3.3 inch LED-backlit touch screen on a 111 mm high, 53 mm wide, and 9.4 mm thick frame. Available colors are pink, gold, white, and black. This display is also powered by the Bravia Mobile engine. This is the same technology on Sony’s Bravia HDTVs.
Like all modern handsets, the Ray is powered by the Android OS Gingerbread. This will allow users to get the most up to date apps from the Android Market. Although the phone’s smaller display will make it a bit harder tom play games, the 480 x 854 pixels of resolution will ensure you enjoy everything in rich and vivid colors. Aside from the latest OS from Android, the smartphone packs a 1 GHz Scorpion processor Snapdragon chipset with an Adreno 205 GPU. This will provide the extra punch we all crave for.
The Ray also comes with a superior camera on Sony has to offer. It sports an 8.1 MP camera, which is the same camera on the XPERIA Arc. It also features Exmor R, which will allow you to enjoy high-quality captured images in the dark.
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray is yet another example of the company’s focus on compact handheld mobile devices. It makes users enjoy all the advantages of Android software and SE ingenuity without the bulk. Although there was no release date specified, the smartphone is scheduled to hit stores sometime in the 4th quarter of this year.