Motorola wins injunction against Microsoft in Germany

Xbox360Motorola have been granted an injunction to stop Microsoft not only as some headlines in the tech press state, banning the selling of the XBox360 in Germany but also Windows 7 and supplying Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player as they all have the disputed H.264 media video codec files.

“Motorola Mobility has scored another patent victory over Microsoft in Germany.

Judge Holger Kircher of the Mannheim Regional Court today awarded Motorola an injunction againstWindows 7, theXbox 360, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player after finding them in violation of patents related to “adaptive motion compensation” and “adaptive compression of digital video data.”

According to FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller, who was first to report on the story, the injunction would allow Motorola to ban the distribution of Microsoft’s products, as well as recall and destroy Windows 7 and Xbox 360 units that are currently on German store shelves. However, Mueller says that Motorola is facing some hurdles if it wants to enforce the bans.”

This and similar other patient disputes will rage on and on as there is the FRAND (Reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) accord between many tech companies and the patients they hold as its in the interest of the end user. If the likes of Motorola, who are being taken over by Google at present, decide to be anal about patients that are in the public interest, companies like Microsoft do hold many many patients that could cripple their companies.

I’m all for protecting patients but you can at times go too far with law suits, so how far do you go before you think, this tech should be for the benefit of all, I would like to here your thoughts on this.

 

Read the full article at CNet HERE

BBC iPlayer comes to Xbox360

Xbox360imgThe XBox360 only just gets better and better in my opinion, with now having the fantastic catch-up service from the BBC in iPlayer it now adds a large and superb range of TV programming to this platform.

“The BBC and Microsoft today announced the launch of the BBC’s popular video-on-demand service, BBC iPlayer, on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE free platform. BBC iPlayer is now available on every major gaming platform in the UK.

The launch means the BBC is the only UK content provider to make its programmes available for free to all Xbox 360 users in the UK. Users will be able to catch up on all the BBC programmes they know and love in a familiar, easy to use BBC iPlayer experience.

Xbox 360 users with Kinect will benefit from enhanced functionality. For the first time it is possible for BBC iPlayer users to discover and play programmes using hand gestures and voice recognition”.

Read more and view a video from BBC Media Centre HERE

Microsoft Xbox360 Kinect outsells rival Sony PlayStation Move.

The Xbox360 Kinect system with its controller free controls has captured the gaming console gamers in their millions as it looks as if from the figures below that gamers are not taking to still using some sort of controller.

“PlayStation has shipped more than eight million units of its new Move controller since last September, figures show.

That’s at least two million fewer than rival Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, despite the fact that it’s been on sale two months longer.”

Read full Article HERE at BBC Newsbeat

Microsoft to release SDK for Xbox360 Kinect

 

kinectI think this is one of the best things Microsoft could have done in releasing the Software Developers Kit (SDK) for 3rd party developers to create new applications around the Kinect device.

“Every year about this time, Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, holds an intimate gathering to discuss the company’s vision for the future: just Craig, a handful of Microsoft thinkers and select media convening for a lively show-and-tell discussion called TechForum.

The Kinect for Windows SDK is being developed and released by Microsoft Research (MSR) in collaboration with IEB. It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system—such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”

This will open up 3rd party applications for use on Windows PCs.

Read more HERE at the Technet blog.