I was reading The Register's coverage of a talk given by Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo who claims that implementations of side-scrolling hierarchical menus such as those found on Apple's iPods are infringing on his company's recently awarded patent (US patent 6,928,433). Apparently, the first appearance of such a user interface showed up on one of Creative's early generation MP3 players in 2000.
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I'm in the process of writing up my review of an interview with Research in Motion (RIM) president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. It appears as though RIM, maker of the infamous BlackBerry wireless mobile messaging devices, is near the end of its legal rope in a patent infringement case that was filed against it by NTP.
Note: We had a problem with the audio bit rate that has been corrected. In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we check out Sun's UltraSparc T1, the processor that the company claims blows away the competition on several fronts.
For the record J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) is no longer the acronym that Sun and Java licensees are using to describe the server-side implementation of Java -- otherwise known as a Java-based application server (Java isn't your only choice for an app server; there's .NET too).
At the When 2.0 conference I had a video chat with Brian Dear, CEO of EVDB Inc.
As I've mentioned before, Baseline Magazine is one of my favorites. I love their detailed case studies because they are long enough to provide real meat.
I blogged at When 2.0 on Chandler, calendaring interoperability and sharing and Google's calendar.
From ZDNet Australia: Analyst firm Gartner has advised its clients to halt deployments of Research In Motion's BlackBerry e-mail devices because of a legal battle that could see a judge effectively shut down the company's U.S.
Three weeks ago, Sun took the wraps off its three year project code-named Niagara and gave the newest member of the company's UltraSparc family of processors an official name: the T1. Although the T1 is rated at 1.
Worth reading: Stephen Shankland examines the first decade and a half in the life of Intel's Itanium processor (the project started in 1988) and chronicles what he calls a series of missteps that undermined the processor's ascent to the top of the heap. For context, Shankland details the current numbers:Despite years of marketing and product partnerships, Itanium remains a relative rarity among servers.