NEWS

August 7th, 2012, 5:58 PM

Acer to Microsoft: Reconsider the Surface Tablet

Microsoft’s move into tablets with the upcoming Surface slate is emblematic of the ruinous alliance between OEMs and Microsoft, according to Acer’s chairman and chief executive. “We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” Mr. Wang told the Financial Times. “Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands [...]

August 6th, 2012, 7:17 PM

Apple v. Samsung Day 4: A Humble Company; A Hired Witness

While Samsung may have slipped up during the first week of Apple v. Samsung with its contumacious attorney, the company jumped into the second week of the trial recharged and on the attack. The day began with Justin Denison, Samsung’s strategy head, taking the stand to testify on a library of email exchanges that Apple [...]

August 6th, 2012, 11:50 AM

With the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung Brings a Stylus to the Tablet World

Samsung announced the launch today of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a tablet-sized edition of its popular Galaxy Note “phablet” launched earlier this year. While this new device bears the Galaxy Note name, it is anything but a phone-tablet hybrid: At 10.1 inches (slightly larger than an iPad’s 9.6 inch screen) the device is a [...]

August 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM

Qualcomm Nabs Intel Executive to be Marketing Chief

Qualcomm announced Monday that it had named former Intel executive Anand Chandrasekher to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. “I am pleased to welcome Anand Chandrasekher as chief marketing officer,” Qualcomm President Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement. “His extensive experience in marketing and management makes Anand well-suited to help grow Qualcomm’s communications and marketing [...]

August 3rd, 2012, 3:19 PM

Valve’s Mandatory Binding Arbitration Clause Not Valid in Canada

The mandatory binding arbitration clause found in Valve’s updated software service agreement (SSA) for Steam is not valid in Canada, according to a specialist lawyer who has spoken with Hardware Canucks. Mandatory binding arbitration clauses are put in place to prevent a class-action lawsuit from being leveled against a company. Electronic Arts has a mandatory [...]

August 3rd, 2012, 2:26 PM

Apple v. Samsung Day 3: Apple’s Request for Samsung Sanction Rejected

The judge presiding over the multi-billion dollar Apple v. Samsung trial rejected Apple’s request that one of Samsung’s lawyers be sanctioned over sending banned evidence to the press, calling the request ‘theatrics’. “I will not let any theatrics or any sideshows distract us from what we are here to do,” Judge Lucy Koh said. As [...]

August 3rd, 2012, 1:41 PM

Seagate Completes Acquisition of a Controlling Interest in LaCie

Following their press releases issued on May 23, 2012 and June 14, 2012, Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX) and LaCie S.A. (Euronext:LAC) announced today the completion of the purchase by Seagate of all of the shares of Philippe Spruch and his affiliate, representing 64.5% of the outstanding shares of LaCie for a provisional price of €4.05 [...]

August 2nd, 2012, 3:38 PM

Apple v. Samsung: New Filing Reveals Apple’s Request to Sanction Samsung

A new court filing made public on Thursday has revealed Apple’s formal request of the court to have Samsung sanctioned for distributing banned trial evidence to the press. In legalese, a court sanction is a punishment imposed by a judge — usually a fine — for being in contempt of court or filing a frivolous [...]

August 2nd, 2012, 2:06 PM

Microsoft Turfs Metro Name

Microsoft has emerged from a trademark dispute red-faced, with an order for developers writing programs for Windows 8 to no longer refer to Microsoft’s unified user interface design as “Metro” but rather simply “New User Interface”. Hardware Canucks first learned of this change from sources early Thursday afternoon, and this order has been since confirmed [...]

August 2nd, 2012, 1:36 PM

Thorsten Heins: RIM’s Future is in BB10

For RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins, the key to RIM’s next decade is BB10. In an interview with the UK’s Telegraph Mr. Heins remained bullish about the company’s prospects, despite the fact the firm is hemorrhaging cash and is about to engage in another round of layoffs. “We know that BlackBerry OS7 was a great platform [...]