The patent-holding consortium Rockstar — which includes Apple among its members, alongside Microsoft, BlackBerry and others — has reached a settlement with Google.
In a lawsuit filed last October, Rockstar alleged that Google was infringing on 7 different search-related patents, which had been acquired by Rockstar in 2011 following the bankruptcy of networking products supplier Nortel.
Rockstar outbid Google to acquire the patents, for which it paid $4.5 billion. Some reports put Apple’s contribution as high as $2.6 billion.
This drone will decompose in T-minus 10, 9, 8 … Photo: NASA Ames Research Center
While we wait for Amazon to figure out how to drone-deliver our next order of energy drinks or iPhone cases, NASA has been busy coming up with a way to make sure when a quadcopter crash-lands somewhere there will no need to panic about the environmental impact.
That’s because they have made a drone from fungus.
AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff is ready for the spotlight. Photo: AMC
AMC’s highly anticipated prequel spinoff to ‘Breaking Bad’ is starting to come into focus this week, with news that the two-night premiere of ‘Better Call Saul’ is set for February 8th and 9th. AMC will broadcast back-to-back episodes starting at 10PM, and then settle into the Monday’s at 10PM slot for the rest of the series.
The show stars Robert Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the crooked lawyer that helped Heisenberg build his Southwest meth empire, and is set six years before Saul met Walter White. To go with the premiere date announcement, AMC released a new 30-second trailer that’s hints of dark things to come.
Dan Lyons, formerly known as ‘Fake Steve Jobs’. Photo: Dan Lyons
Dan Lyons, the tech blogger who skewered Apple for years on the popular blog ‘Fake Steve Jobs‘, is making a return to tech blogging as editor-in-chief of Gawker’s anti-Silicon Valley site, Valleywag.
Current Valleywag EIC Nitasha Tiku is leaving the site next month, but after years in self-imposed exile, Lyons will take over the reigns to smatter the pending tech bubble implosion his sardonic wit. Lyons, who currently works as a ‘marketing fellow’ for Hubspot, also just helped write season 2 of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” He’ll make his return as Silicon Valley’s #1 critic in January.
Chevrolet has “built” a laser-powered race car for Gran Turismo 6 fans to rip around the PlayStation track.
And they didn’t go the expected route by souping up a Corvette, Camaro or even a Chevette. Instead they partnered with their friends from yesteryear, Chaparral, and came up with the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT) concept car.
The Xiaomi M4 wants to take the #1 spot from iPhone. Photo: Xiaomi
Apple and Xiaomi executives got into a little trash talk fight at the World Internet Conference this week in China. Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun described his company as a “small miracle” that’s ready to dominate the smartphone world. But Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, who was also at the conference, wasn’t impressed with all of Xiaomi’s boasting.
Xiaomi’s sudden rise to being the world’s third largest smartphone maker has been nothing short of miraculous. Executives at the Apple copy-cat are bullish on the company’s future and hope to become the top smartphone maker in 5 to 10 years, but Sewell thinks that’s much easier said than done.
Tim Cook has a go at assembling an iPhone. Photo: Apple
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Foxconn is set to spend $2.6 billion building a new factory in Taiwan exclusively to create displays for Apple.
Equipment installation for the factory is likely to begin next month, with the aim of starting mass production of panels by the end of 2015. The factory will require hiring an addition workforce of 2,300 people, and is going to be built at Innolux’s Kaohsiung Science Park campus in Southern Taiwan.
Foxconn currently has factories in China dedicated to assembling iPhones and iPads, but this will be the company’s first designed entirely with the goal of producing Apple components to go inside the devices.
Everyone’s rightfully celebrating the tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft at the moment, but WoW isn’t the only game blowing out the candles for a significant birthday this year. Turning back the hands of time (or, well, reverse-circling the D-pads of our mind), Cult of Mac pays homage to some of the other classic video games that changed everything.
What made the cut? Scroll through our gallery to find out.
The most recent game on our list, Batman Arkham Asylum seemed to come out of nowhere to become not only the best Batman game ever created (which, let’s be honest, wasn’t all that difficult) but also a veritable titan of the DC publishing empire.
Telling the Grant Morrison-inspired story of everyone’s favorite Dark Knight Detective being locked in Arkham by arch nemesis The Joker, the game not only gave us a stunningly beautiful open world environment for Batfans to explore, but also nailed the fight dynamics, detective work and stealth that makes Batman so compelling. Given everything it’s influenced in the years since, if anything it’s tough to accept this game is only five years old.
10 Years Ago: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)
I shared my thoughts on GTA: San Andreas when it was miraculously ported over to iOS late last year. The pinnacle of PS2-era Grand Theft Auto games, San Andreas took everything that made Vice City such a joy to play, and ramped it up a notch. Giant map, four times the size of its predecessor? Check. 240 vehicles instead of Vice City’s 60? Check. Immersive storytelling? Check. Pitch-perfect satire? Check. Blistering soundtrack? Mic check one.
In short, the game is perfect -- although how old does it make you feel to consider that it’s now as old as the mid-90s culture it was lampooning at the time?
15 Years Ago: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (1999)
I don’t know if this makes me a traitor to everything Apple stands for, but for me Age of Empires II pretty much nullifies every dull, uninspired, monopolistic move Microsoft has ever made. Set in the Middle Ages and putting you in charge of your choice of 13 different civilizations, Age of Empires II is the strategy game that made me fall in love with strategy games.
Despite not being the first such title (hell, it wasn’t even the first in its series), this game influenced many, many other games in the same genre. Is there a more rewarding video game experience than demolishing a castle with a fireball-hurling trebuchet? I don’t know if my heart could take it if there is.
Arriving on games consoles in November 1994, Donkey Kong Country took the villain from an old Mario and turned him and his pint-sized nephew Diddy him into the stars of a whole new franchise. Donkey Kong Country was a relative latecomer to the platformer era of games, but it helped convince many people at the time of its release that there was still juice left in the SNES’s tank, after the arrival of the first generation PlayStation. Mission accomplished! Its stunningly modelled characters still stand up today, too. Which brings us to…
Coming out of an era of clunky 8-bit sprites, Prince of Persia practically looked like a classic Hollywood Errol Flynn movie unfolding in front of you. Using rotoscoped graphics (i.e. digitized scans of real life movement), the game has a realism to it that still stands up today. Boasting enhanced sound effects, the Macintosh version was the best incarnation available. Oh, and that sword fighting fight dynamics? Perfect.
If you were interested in high tech, 1984 was a helluva year to live through. Not only did you have the very first Macintosh in computer stores, The Terminator bursting into movie theaters, and William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer in book stores, there was also Elite.
Redefining the way that video games looked and played, Elite was an open world 3-D title that all but created the space trading game. It seemed an impossible achievement in its day, and its infinite universe spawning gameworld still impresses today, even in an age of Grand Theft Auto V.
Released 35 years ago this month, Asteroids is one classic game that everyone reading this has surely played at some time in their lives. Interestingly, while Asteroids’ simplistic graphics may appear today to be a triumph of substance over style, at the time the game’s high resolution vector graphics were considered an amazing achievement. Its superb gameplay and iconic sound effects remain legendary today.
Before he co-founded a little company by the name of Apple, Steve Wozniak worked at Atari, where he played one innovative single-player racing game for hours to get the inspiration for his own arcade title, Breakout. That game? Gran Trak 10.
Although it doesn’t look like much in a circa-2014 world populated by Need for Speed and Gran Turismo, Gran Tran 10 was a game changer at the time of its release. It also happened to be the first game to feature a steering wheel, four-position gear shifter, and accelerator and brake foot pedals in its coin-op iteration. A classic!