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Apple now holds the patent for rectangular device with rounded corners

As unbelievable as it may seem, the design for a rectangular device with rounded corners is now officially in Apple’s portfolio of intellectual property. Patent number D670,286, which the company filed back in 2010, has been issued by the USPTO on November 6, and within it is described “the ornamental design for a portable display device”, as pictured below. In other words, the majority of tablet manufacturers could potentially get sued by Apple for selling products that look too much like an iPad. But is that really going to happen?

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Microsoft explains the origins of Windows Phone 8’s home and lock screens

Windows Phone 8 home and lock screens

We’ve delved into just what we think of Windows Phone 8’s interface, but not what led Microsoft to the final layout. The company isn’t content to let us wonder — a pair of new company blog posts explain some (though not all) of what was involved in that birthing process. Ignore the marketing spin and you’ll learn that the wider, more densely packed home screen was chosen as much for balance as to stuff in more home tiles, and that it caused a momentary crisis for the app list as a result. The Redmond team goes on to justify choices behind the lock screen, such as why notifications are as customizable as they are, why the music controls fade and why there’s a failsafe for PIN attempts. Don’t expect to come out of the explanations suddenly craving a Lumia 920; just expect to make more sense of the OS inside.

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Nexus 4 review round-up

 Nexus 4 review round up: Yes, it is the phone you want to buyThe first Nexus 4 reviews are in and they have the expected verdict. If I would have to sum up all the Nexus 4 reviews that I have read in last one hour or so – the phone has a great display, great performance, so-so battery life and a decent design. I am not talking about LTE because it does not really matter much outside US right now, yes Europe is getting 4G, Korea has already it and blah blah, but I think you can manage decent browsing and other data experience on HSPA+, which is supported on LG Nexus 4.


Yes, let’s start with that, as you would have seen in the images, there is nothing extraordinary about design. It is elegant, nice looking and but it is clearly uninspired, personally I have no issues with that. Unless you are looking for a work of art, LG Nexus 4 seems decent enough.

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The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple

It is not unusual for tech companies to shuffle talent amongst each other. Though, this move is plenty visible given that the two companies are at each other’s throats.

The Chief System Architect for Samsung is headed to Apple

Despite the litigation, the need for high-end talent is on-going, and probably why Apple reached out to Jim Mergard, a veteran of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) before he assumed the role of Chief System Architect for Samsung where he has been for little over a year. Samsung has been positioning itself to be more competitive in the system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor segment.

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