US court roughs up copyright troll

Wikia_HP_-_Mountain_TrollCopyright troll Prenda had a rough day in an appeals hearing.

Copyright troll Prenda asked the 9th circuit Appeals court for a  hearing about sanctions, and it probably wished it hadn’t.

Daniel Voelker, representing Prenda, got a good kicking from three judges on the panel, while Morgan Pietz representing the so called copyright pirates, had a friendlier reception.… Read the rest

Sky’s the limit as Murdoch duffs up Microsoft

murdochSoftware giant Microsoft and its Skype phone service lost an epic EU court battle with Rupert Murdoch’s television business Sky.

Judges at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg upheld a complaint that the British broadcaster lodged a decade ago with the EU trademark authority in which it said the Skype name and logo risked being confused by consumers because they sounded and looked too similar to “Sky”.… Read the rest

Smart payment shipments soar

ContactlessThe trade body for the smart payments industry said today that over 2050 million chip payment cards shipped in 2014.

The Smart Payment Association (SPA) also said there is a growing demand for contactless payment worldwide.

According to the SPA contactless technology amounted to over 42 percent of total smart payment cards shipped in 2014, up from 37 percent the year before.… Read the rest

IBM and SAP work together again

IBM logoBig Blue said it is working with German software firm SAP intended to let customers handle vast volumes of data.

The Power Systems will be provided by IBM and are intended for SAP’s HANA family of products.

IBM believes that “commodity servers” – that’s X86 servers to you and me – are stretched to the limit by workloads both in the cloud and sited in the enterprise itself.… Read the rest

Winsome Carly aims for president

0227-carly-fiorina-630x420The former maker of expensive printer ink, Carly Fiorina, has announced she is running for president.

Fiorina, as the CEO of HP, was once one of the most powerful women in American business. Her presidential run suggests that she is an underdog and the bottom of polls of the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public office.… Read the rest

Apple, Samsung drive embedded touch displays

Apple's CEO, Tim CookA report from market research company IHS said that Samsung and Apple between them accounted for over 40 percent of the global smartphone market and they’re both driving the market in embedded touch displays.

IHSsaid Apple uses in cell touch technology and Samsung on cell AMOLED and both approaches are challening the rest of the smartphone market, with these types of displays growing 47 percent year on year.… Read the rest