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WiLAN brings lawsuit for Bluetooth patent infringement

Canada’s WiLAN has filed a lawsuit against 31 major companies, accusing them of infringing on its patented Bluetooth technology.

The patent, US Patent No 5,515,369, is a system which prevents Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals interfering with each another on mobile phones and laptops.

The companies accused by WiLAN of patent infringement include major names such as Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Acer, Belkin, Broadcom and Toshiba.

Wi-Lan is seeking unspecified compensatory damages, as well triple damages for “willful” infringement.

The company already has a number of lawsuits ongoing regarding Wi-Fi and WiMAX.

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7P partners with Yahoo! for TV apps

Seven Principles AG (7P) is developing TV apps in partnership with Yahoo! Connected TV.

The company is adapting its web technology for desktop and mobile communications to work with TV powered by the Yahoo!® Widget Engine.

Ulrich Trinkaus, 7P’s Chief Operating Officer, said “TV Widgets are easily accessed by a remote control using a numerical keypad with multiple assignments for text input and a directional pad for navigation.

“We can incorporate virtually 100% of our experience from the mobile communications area and use it in the development of the TV apps.”

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Adobe Creative Suite 5 unveiled

Adobe has announced the launch of Creative Suite 5 (CS5), the latest version of its graphics, video and web development package.

CS5 brings with it a number of upgrades to Adobe’s flagship creativity products, and features integration with online content and digital marketing tools.

The package comes with access to Omniture technologies, which are designed to capture and analyse website data.

Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO at Adobe, commented: “By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we’re ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimize beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices.”

The Master Collection version of CS5 will contain Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, Flash Catalyst CS5, Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5.

There will be five Creative Suite editions in total, offering assorted combinations of products.

Apparently over 250 new features are present in the Master Collection. For example, Photoshop CS5 benefits from new “content aware” fill technology, which uses clever blending techniques to keep the background looking realistic.

So if there’s a leaf you want to remove from the grass in a photo, it’s just a matter of dabbing over it, and the program will produce an intelligent fill to blend in with the existing grass.

It looks like it works astoundingly well from demo footage, and will likely be a massive time-saver in itself.

New stroke options in Illustrator CS5 mean that users can create strokes of variable widths, with the exact width adjustable at any point along the stroke. InDesign CS5 boasts new interactive documents and enhanced e-reader device support.

All these goodies won’t come cheap, however, as you may have guessed. The Master Collection will tip the scales at approximately £2,300. Wallet curling, indeed.

The cheapest option will be Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, which will be around the £1,000 mark.

The various Creative Suite 5 packages should be out around the middle of May. Amazon currently has the release date marked as May 7th.

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Google buys UK company Plink

Google has bought up the UK firm Plink, the makers of the Plink Art Android application.

The Plink Art app is the painting world’s answer to Shazam, or to put it the posh way, it’s a visual search engine.

Take a snap of any painting, and the service will identify it for your edification, whether it’s Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Frans Hals’ Laughing Cavalier, or a vandalised paint splattered wall which it will probably tag as a Jackson Pollock.

Plink has only been going four short months, and apparently hit 50,000 users in just four weeks.

The Plink team will be scaling their algorithms up and working with Google Goggles.

A statement from the company said: “The visual search engines of today can do some pretty cool things, but they still have a long long way to go.”

“We’re looking forward to helping the Goggles team build a visual search engine that works not just for paintings or book covers, but for everything you see around you.”

Google will doubtless be celebrating the acquisition of Plink with lots of plonk, and hoping the purchase works out, so they don’t look like planks.

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PEMRA targets illegal satellite channels in Pakistan

Pakistan’s media regulator (PEMRA) is taking action against more than 100 “illegal and unregistered” satellite TV channels.

A report carried by BBC Monitoring says that PEMRA has started pursuing channel operators.

“These illegal and unregistered channels were not only violating PEMRA laws but also incurring huge financial loss to the government exchequer,” said a press release.

“These channels have blocked the space, which according to law, is a legal right of local satellite TV channels registered by PEMRA since 2002,” says the report.

This action, says the report, was taken in a bid to create space for legitimate satellite TV channels, which had obtained licences and paid their respective dues to the Authority.

PEMRA being a regulator is steadfast to promote its licensees and this initiative has been taken to support the local broadcast industry.

Cable TV networks in Pakistan are operating on analogue technology, restricting their channel capacity to 90.

PEMRA has granted 82 licences for satellite TV channels and 28 permissions for Landing Rights.

“These licensed channels are facing exploitation from cable distribution networks either by not carrying them on their respective networks or by tuning them at the last numbers having poor signal quality.

In order to increase their subscription, cable TV operators, generally, prefer foreign satellite TV channels, which on the contrary are illegal for distribution purposes.”

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