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Judge Lucy Koh prompts Apple, Samsung CEOs to meet again

Ina Fried has been covering the Apple-Samsung patent trial for AllThingsD, and this morning she reported that Judge Lucy Koh has asked Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung executives Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyn to meet in an effort to strike a deal before the trial goes to jury. Koh is quoted as saying “I see risk here for both sides if we go to a verdict.” She went on to say that if Samsung and Apple have intellectual property positions in the smartphone and tablet worlds, then “message delivered.” Koh’s message to both parties? “It’s time for peace.” The Apple and Samsung attorneys have agreed to arrange at least a phone meeting between the two parties, although previous meetings of the big wheels has resulted in no resolution . At this point, Samsung is delivering technical testimony about its patents covering core wireless technologies that it is accusing Apple of infringing. To quote Fried, “the jury has heard about such riveting topics as ‘E-DPDCH transmit power gains.” Testimony in the case is expected to finish tomorrow or Monday, with closing arguments scheduled for Tuesday. Judge Lucy Koh prompts Apple, Samsung CEOs to meet again originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Layover for iOS offers sophisticated layering, blending to images

Layover is a neat photo app for iPhone and iPad (US$0.99, universal) that sounds like it might be a travel app. It’s not, yet “Layover” is a pretty good name for what it does. The app lets you blend up to 5 photos. Masks and careful editing help you create a new, compelling image. This is the kind of sophistication you expect from pro apps like Photoshop, and it’s interesting to see these features trickle down to the iPhone and iPad. Gallery: Layover The blending modes are quite sophisticated, with options like a simple layer on top of another image. Layover also offers Addition, Difference layers, Lighten, Hue, Saturation, Luminosity, Soft Light, Hard Light, Color Dodge, and Color Burn. Each effect rather dramatically affects the result. You get some basic control of aspect ratio and you can also crop images. When you are done, share your masterwork via emai, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or Tumblr. You can see examples of the filters on the Layover website , as well as my gallery above. These effects are familiar to Photoshop users, but I doubt they will mean much to regular photo enthusiasts without some explanation, and that’s where Layover is weak. There is some popup help, but not nearly enough to explain the power that the app possesses. Some users could have trouble figuring out how to make the most of Layover. The app would benefit from a library of examples. Still, if you know what you are doing, these advanced features are very welcome on iOS devices. The app developers also offer Diptic , an app for creating multi-panel images, which we were quite enthusiastic about . Layover requires iOS 5 or later. Layover for iOS offers sophisticated layering, blending to images originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily Update for August 15, 2012

It’s the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You’ll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what’s happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today’s Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here . No Flash? Click here to listen . Subscribe via RSS Daily Update for August 15, 2012 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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TUAW TV Live: Dog day demos

It’s still hotter than the blazes here in Colorado, but there are starting to be some signs of cooler days ahead. But while the heat is still set on “high”, I’ll take the opportunity to show you some cool things that have come out of the minds of developers and manufacturers around the world. I’d also like to take a quick poll of our viewers today (see poll below). Many of you are tired of the parade of interruptions from Ustream ads, although those ads are what enable us to broadcast for free. We have used YouTube before; their ads seem to be much less obtrusive and annoying. There’s only one problem — some viewers in European countries, Germany in particular, cannot watch the live stream without coming in through some sort of proxy. So the poll question is this — should TUAW TV Live move to YouTube or stay on Ustream? View Poll And now on with the show! Below, you’ll find a Ustream livestream viewer and a chat tool. The chat tool allows you to participate by asking questions or making comments. You’ll be watching the show in glorious HD! If you’re driving somewhere and would like to watch TUAW TV Live while you’re stuck in traffic, please don’t — keep your eyes on the road! However, if someone else is doing the driving, you can watch the show on your iPhone and join the chat by downloading the free Ustream App . It’s a universal app and is wonderful on an iPad, both for viewing and participating in the chat. We’ll start at about 5 PM ET, so if you’re seeing a prerecorded show, be sure to refresh your browser until you see the live stream. For those of you who are not able to join us for the live edition, you’ll be able to view it later this evening on our TUAW Video YouTube channel and as part of the TUAW TV Live podcast viewable in iTunes or on any of your Apple devices. TUAW TV Live: Dog day demos originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Site tracks growing list of retina Mac apps

Do you have a Retina MacBook Pro, wondering which apps are going to look their best on the massive amount of glossy pixels before you? Well, Microsoft might not be ready , but quite a few developers have updated their apps, and those are showing up on Retina Mac Apps . It’s a simple site with a simple purpose: to show you which apps are ready for the big (resolution) screen. Site tracks growing list of retina Mac apps originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Horn gets a trailer, coming later this month

We already knew that the developers behind the iOS horror game Dark Meadow were working on a new title called Horn , but now here’s a trailer to watch. As you can tell, it looks pretty darn good. It’s not quite as scary as the first game, though there are a few spooky elements, and the graphics look terrific. The game also looks like it will have a few more story and RPG elements to play with, so it should be fun. The trailer also mentions that we won’t have long to wait: Horn is due out this month. That’s good news for fans of the first game who are looking to see what Phosphor has been working on. As soon as we see Horn in the App Store, we’ll let you know. Horn gets a trailer, coming later this month originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Natural Motion on track to make $12 million a month with CSR Racing, acquires dev team Boss Alien

NaturalMotion started off working on a state-of-the-art physics system for consoles, but the since company moved to iOS , it’s found a lot more monetary success, putting out seven top-grossing games. Now the company has reportedly found a bonafide hit. CSR Racing was released on the App Store on June 28, and NaturalMotion says it’s been making $12 million a month since — all from in-app purchases. To celebrate, NaturalMotion has bought the game’s developer, BossAlien and says it’s planning on going even bigger with mobile games like this in the future. Unfortunately, this isn’t all good news for players. I haven’t sat down to play CSR Racing yet, but many of the iTunes reviews say that the game is extremely restrictive with its microtransactions. One look at the offerings on display shows that they’re relatively high priced. That might generate a big revenue stream, but it doesn’t build longevity, and it certainly doesn’t win the company any long-term fans . NaturalMotion might have a hit here, but to keep that growth going, they’ll have to nail down good, solid gameplay and not just depend fleecing as much money out of players as possible. Natural Motion on track to make $12 million a month with CSR Racing, acquires dev team Boss Alien originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily iPad App: Multiflow helps you hone your child’s multiplication skills

Just like addition, multiplication is a subject that requires memorization to learn. There’s no way to avoid the drilling, but apps like Multiflow from Dactyl Applications can make the rote memorization fun. Multiflow takes the basic multiplication tables and adds a series of challenges that will have your children dropping their flashcards and grabbing the iPad to learn. The app has four different modes that will drill your children on multiplication skills in ways that are fun and exciting. One mode is the “Mad Minute”, which challenges your child to answer as many multiplication facts as possible in 60 seconds. “The Flow” drills your child with the basic multiplication facts, but it changes the difficulty of the questions based on your child’s performance. Another mode, “Reversals”, turns things upside down by providing the answer and asking your child to choose the number pair that produces the result. Lastly, there is the “Pick em” mode which lets you pick a range of numbers that you want your child to drill. This last mode is as close as you can get to the traditional flash cards. One thing I enjoyed about Multiflow is that it adds fun to multiplication without straying too far away from the core task of learning the multiplication facts. Your child is learning, but they are having so much fun that they don’t even notice that they are being drilled. Multiflow supports Gamecenter, so parents can throw a little competition into the mix. The app also tracks your child’s progress and lets parents (or kids) share achievements via Facebook or Twitter. Multiflow is available for 99-cents in the iOS App Store. Daily iPad App: Multiflow helps you hone your child’s multiplication skills originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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CUBEDGE EDGE.sound Bluetooth speakers coming September 1

A lot of nice Bluetooth speakers that work with your iPhone, iPad, or Mac have been making their way through the TUAW labs recently, and one of the more intriguing designs I’ve seen so far belongs to the CUBEDGE EDGE.sound . This new US$149.00 speaker is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship by September 1, 2012. The EDGE.sound features 10 hours of battery life, which can be extended via a soon-to-be-available attachable solar panel. With a low environmental impact in mind, the EDGE.sound uses no brominated flame retardants, contains no PVCs, and is made mostly of recyclable aluminum. Many of the speakers we’ve tested have featured a built-in “speakerphone” capability; the EDGE.sound does as well, but after looking at the specs it appears that the company is paying more attention to the quality of the microphone on this device. Of course, testing is the only way to be sure. Still, the EDGE.sound is a nice looking device and I look forward to reviewing it for you in the future. Continue reading CUBEDGE EDGE.sound Bluetooth speakers coming September 1 CUBEDGE EDGE.sound Bluetooth speakers coming September 1 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Apple wins patents for Apple TV nav, DVR features

Apple was recently granted a patent ( no. 8,243,017 ) that describes a video device with an onscreen menu, a recording feature and a channel navigation system. Patently Apple hypothesizes that this patent describes a way the Apple TV could be used to display, record and control the playback of cable TV programming. One figure in the document clearly shows a video device that sits in between your cable set top box and your TV. It includes menu options to display an onscreen guide that lets you choose between television programs like Lost, Nature and Desperate Housewives. Another figure shows a channel navigation menu that’s populated with shows from HBO, CBS and Discovery. There are also references to a DVR-like recording feature. The patent was originally filed in Q4 2006 and published this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Apple wins patents for Apple TV nav, DVR features originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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