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Apple vs. Samsung judge asks if lawyers are "smoking crack"?

Ok, I was trying not to post any more Samsung vs. Apple court stories, but the one that hit the news today was just too good to pass up. The judge yesterday finally had enough of the two sides and asked the lawyers is they are "smoking crack"? Obviously your case isn't going to well when the judge asks you that. Arstechnica has all the details.

 Testimony in the giant Apple v. Samsung patent trial is entering its final hours, and nerves are fraying on all sides. US District Judge Lucy Koh laid into lawyers this morning, demanding to know how she could be expected to go through 75 pages of objections to witnesses that she doesn't believe will have time to testify in any case.

"You want me to do an order on 75 pages tonight? When, unless you're smoking crack, you know that these witnesses are not going to be called?" Koh shouted at Apple lawyers. "Who is going to call all these witnesses when you have less than four hours left?"


Electronic Arts for sale?

EA (Electronic Arts) is one of the best known video game makers and has produced some of the biggest titles of all time. The past couple years however haven't been so kind to them and they've seen their stock value plunge (36% this year alone). MarketWatch is reporting that they are looking at possibly selling the company to a private equity firm. 

Videogame maker Electronic Arts Inc. is exploring a sale as the company struggles to grow its business amid competition from free online gaming sites, the New York Post reported, citing sources.

The paper reported EA has been approached by private-equity giants KKR and Providence Equity Partners about a potential deal.

Representatives for EA weren't immediately available for comment.

EA is the maker of such popular video games as "SimCity" and "Madden NFL" and had a market value of $4.17 billion as of Wednesday's close.


 

Command and Conquer will be "free to play online"

Last December EA and BioWare announced Command and Conquer: Generals 2 as the next came in the Command and Conquer RTS strategy series. This week EA has announced that they've retooled the next game and will be releasing it as a "Free to play online" game and say that they will be keeping the quality yet still be able to release it online for free. I guess time will tell if they can pull this off. Kotaku has the full story.

With a familiar blend of cerebral, strategic gameplay and fun, fast-paced action, Command & Conquer will deliver an authentic and modern RTS experience that will instantly exhilarate longtime fans and captivate new players. Gamers can sign up for a chance to be among the first to try the closed beta of Command & Conquer at www.CommandandConquer.com/free.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity to transform Command & Conquer into a premier online experience,” said Jon Van Caneghem, VP/GM at EA. “For nearly two decades, this franchise has existed as something you buy; now we are creating a destination where our fans will be able to access the entire Command & Conquer universe, starting with Generals and continuing with Red Alert, Tiberium and beyond. With Frostbite 2, we are able to keep an emphasis on the AAA quality our consumers expect while staying true to the RTS gameplay they know and love — all available online for free.


 

Samsung claims Apple stole their technology

Ok, so if you haven't been following the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit that has been going on for the past few weeks here is where we stand. 

 - Apple sued Samsung saying they ripped off the iPhone

 - Samsung said they didn't rip them off, we were doing our own thing

 - Apple said they are lying and have the proof

 - Samsung said even if they did rip them off it doesn't matter because Apple stole Samsung's technology to start with.

So basically its a "he said, she said" battle but it has made for some interesting court drama. BGR has the latest on this trial which is almost over.

As the end of the epic soap opera that is the Apple (AAPL) v. Samsung (005930) trial draws near, Samsung’s turn at the plate kicked off on Monday evening with some interesting events. Apple had gone straight for the jugular with its arguments, stating that Samsung knowingly stole its technology and designs by meticulously examining each key element of the iPhone’s UI and ripping it off in its own products. Rather than get right to denying any wrongdoing, Samsung on Monday decided to take a different approach — prove Apple’s technology patents are not valid because they’re stolen to begin with.


No More Flash for Android

Steve Jobs would like this next story, Beatweek is covering the story that Adobe has pulled support for Flash on Android this week, officially ending flash support on all mobile platforms. Apple famously denied including Flash on their OS saying it was slow and buggy and it turns out they were right.

Adobe, the maker of Flash, has yanked its availability for Android today, officially marking the end of mobile Flash for all devices. This gives a victory to the late Steve Jobs, who decided in 2007 that Flash was a bloated, insecure, battery and processor killing piece of outdated technology which didn’t belong on mobile devices like the iPhone. He took things a step further a few years later, publishing an open letter called “Thoughts on Flash” which detailed why believed the aging technology should be put to bed in favor of newer formats like HTML 5.


"Send to Kindle" option hits Chrome

The Google Chrome web browser has added a new feature that will allow you to send content directly to your Kindle device, without the annoying distractions (ads). This is a pretty cool feature that will allow you to send pages to your Kindle for future reading very easily. Information Week has more information.

 Amazon on Tuesday waded further into the ad-blocking business with a Chrome extension that sends Web content to Kindle devices.

"Send to Kindle for Google Chrome" adds a Send to Kindle button to users' Google Chrome browsers, explains Amazon community manager Kevin Goddard in a Kindle forum post. The button sends text published on the Web to the user's Kindle device and any Kindle reading apps.


Sony wasn't hacked again

There were reports coming out that the hacker group Anonymous had hacked the PlayStation network again and that 10 Million accounts were compromised. Luckily this turned out to be fake according to Sony and everything is fine. This is good news if you are a PSN user, but still a good reminder to have a good password just in case. Kotaku has the full story.

Anonymous claims it broke into the PlayStation Network and has a 50 gigabyte database of email accounts and their passwords. Ten million accounts "are at risk," says the hacker involved. The passwords appear to be encrypted, and many of the accounts published in this document appear to be from northern Europe. This still would be a great time to double-check your password security.


RAM Roundup

As we kick off the news for today, we've got a few RAM kits in the news bucket that may be worth checking out.  HiTechLegion has a look at the Patriot Viper 3 8GB 2133MHz kit in a review as well as the Patriot Intel Extreme Masters LE 16GB DDR3-1866 kits today.  Both of these kits are worth checking out - depending on how much RAM you need.

On the laptop side of things, NikKTech puts three different DDR3 SODIMM kits to the test and they compare a couple of Kingston kits with a kit from Nanya.  In the end, the results are pretty interesting.  Keep in mind that there are always a lot of variables when putting this memory in your own PC, but this is a great guideline.


Android App Pick - Spin(Wheel) To Riches

We have just posted up our 45th App Pick of the Week and this week we have a little fun with a Wheel of Fortune knock-off that actually scores and plays way better than the genuine App.  Take a look at see how much time you will spend playing Spin to Riches.

Spin to Riches

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!


Facebook Looks to Ramp Up Annoyance

Facebook is losing market value, losing cool and losing investors.  Let's face it, their ads suck.  Companies are pulling away as their are a lot of fake user accounts and it seems that it is bots that are clicking ads.  In order for Facebook to saturate their users with more ads, it will now start pushing non-targeted ads into your news stream making them appear to look like posts from people.  If you wanted another reason to leave Facebook and move to Google+, here it is.

Facebook seems determined to impress investors, as today it begins testing an aggressive web and mobile news feed ad unit that lets Pages pay to show their posts to people who didn’t subscribe to them. Previously, Pages could only reach those people who weren’t fans through ads in the web sidebar or Sponsored Stories noting their friends had interacted with the Page.


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