Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bamboom Finds Way to Stream Free Broadcast TV Via the Cloud?

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Bamboom is an upcoming service that thinks its found a way to stream free broadcast TV to all your devices without being shutdown by the networks.

Rather then sending out a stream that is accessible by numerous customers, Bamboom plans to assign each customer its own tiny antenna. The signal from this antenna will then be sent to the cloud where it can be accessed by any of the customer's devices. One customer, one stream.

That seems laborious and expensive, but it's the same legal construction that Cablevision has used to provide a remote DVR service for its customers, and the Supreme Court has signed off on that idea. (Not coincidentally, that one customer/one use idea is the same one Amazon and Google are using to provide cloud-based music lockers without sign-off from the big labels.)

While pricing hasn't been announced its thought that Bamboom might offer the service free but charge for added capabilities such as DVR.

*thanks iclarified*

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MacBook Airs drop to $829 at the Apple Store (refurbs), updates on the way?

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Apple dropped prices on current MacBook Air refurbs last night so that the base model now starts at just $829. That’s $30 lower than yesterday and could mean Apple’s clearing some inventory out for a refresh, perhaps as soon as WWDC. Or, perhaps not.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

I can't wait for a backlit keyboard, thunderbolt, 4gb ram minimum(upgradable to 8gb), & if possible similar to Sonys new laptop a 24hr battery life(even a 14hr battery would do)...


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Samsung demands to see the iPhone 4S/5 and the iPad 3

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ThisIsMyNext posts some interesting news out of the Samsung camp. After Apple requested to see some of Samsung’s unreleased products (most of which were publicly released before the judge granted the motion), now Samsung is requesting to see some of Apple’s unreleased products. Namely the iPad 3 and the next iPhone whether it be the 4S or the iPhone 5. Obviously, very few people have seen these unannounced products.

Samsung claims that it needs to see Apple’s future products because devices like the Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 will presumably be in the market at the same time as the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, and Samsung’s lawyers want to evaluate any possible similarities so they can prepare for further potential legal action from Apple. It’s ballsy, but it’s not totally out of the blue..
In the unlikely event that Samsung gets access to Apple’s products, it will only be Samsung’s legal team that gets to see the devices. Samsung’s manufacturing team probably already has some pretty good knowledge of the new products since they are bidding on/building some of the most important parts.

Nilay Patel, a former copyright attorney himself, thinks that this is a move to reignite negotiations between the companies. If that is true, Apple seems content to let the disagreements go to court and let a judge/jury decide.

Cross posted from 9to5Google.com

I think it’s a calculated gamble for additional leverage. Apple and Samsung held negotiations for a year before giving up and heading to the courts, and I’m reliably informed that there haven’t been any substantive settlement discussions since Apple first filed its complaint. That means talks have been at a standstill for a long time now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung was trying to put some additional heat on Apple to try and kick negotiations back into gear. It’s an interesting and aggressive move in its own right, but it also highlights the fact that neither Apple nor Samsung have addressed the actual merits of their complaints in formal replies — this is a minor skirmish before the real battle begins. We’ll see if this sideshow accomplishes anything beyond clever lawyerly maneuvering, but for right now it’s clear that Apple and Samsung aren’t planning to back down anytime soon.
Still, it’s fun to watch the fireworks!

*thanks 9to5Mac*

In my opinion it isn't likely that the court will grant samsung anything since it granted Apple the right to see all of Samsungs newest devices. If Apple sees any similarities they will be mentions in the trial and Samsungs devices will be stopped dead in it's tracks unless Apple agrees to a licensing of their patents to Samsung(which we this is extremely unlikely to happen).


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