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Google Asks US Supreme Court to End Oracle Copyright Case

Alphabet’s Google on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that resurrected a billion-dollar copyright case brought by Oracle Corp that dates to 2010. Google urged the high court to rule its copying of Oracle’s Java programming language to create the Android operating system was permissible under US copyright law. A jury cleared Google…

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Google Asks US Supreme Court to End Oracle Copyright Case

Alphabet’s Google on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that resurrected a billion-dollar copyright case brought by Oracle Corp that dates to 2010.

Google urged the high court to rule its copying of Oracle’s Java programming language to create the Android operating system was permissible under US copyright law.

A jury cleared Google in 2016, but the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that verdict in March 2018 and set the stage for a jury trial to determine monetary damages.

Google said the Federal Circuit’s ruling in favour of Oracle was a “devastating one-two punch at the software industry” that would chill innovation.

Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement that Google is rehashing arguments that have already been discredited.

“The fabricated concern about innovation hides Google’s true concern: that it be allowed the unfettered ability to copy the original and valuable work of others for substantial financial gain,” Daley said.

The litigation involves how much copyright protection should extend to Oracle’s Java programming language, which Google used to design the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones.

Oracle is seeking royalties for Google’s unauthorised use of portions of the Java language known as application programming interfaces (APIs), which are tools that allow different computer programs to talk to each other.

Google has said copyright protection should not extend to APIs because they are essential tools for creating software.

Google has also argued that its copying of them is permissible under the fair-use defence, which allows unlicensed use of copyrighted works for purposes such as research.

The litigation has already produced several reversals of fortune.

Following a deadlocked jury verdict in 2012, a federal judge in San Francisco sided with Google and said the APIs were not copyrightable.

The Federal Circuit disagreed in 2014, leading to a second jury trial in 2016 on whether Google was shielded by the fair use defence.

Oracle argued during the 2016 trial that Google copied Java because it was desperate to enter the smartphone market and that internal emails showed company representatives believed they needed to pay for a license.

Google countered that the APIs were written for personal computers and it transformed them for use in smartphones in a manner that caused no economic harm to Oracle.

The jury sided with Google, denying Oracle’s bid for about $9 billion in damages.

The Federal Circuit said in its 2018 decision that Google could not invoke the fair use defence because it copied the Java APIs verbatim and “for an identical function and purpose.”

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Arm-Nvidia Deal: Britain Assessing Impact of Sale, Minister Says

Britain is assessing the impact of the sale of chip designer Arm to US company Nvidia, including commitments to keep its head office and staff in Cambridge, Eastern England, digital minister Caroline Dinenage said.”We are currently working very hard to understand the full impact of this move and what potential impact it may have on…

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Arm-Nvidia Deal: Britain Assessing Impact of Sale, Minister Says

Britain is assessing the impact of the sale of chip designer Arm to US company Nvidia, including commitments to keep its head office and staff in Cambridge, Eastern England, digital minister Caroline Dinenage said.”We are currently working very hard to understand the full impact of this move and what potential impact it may have on the future, and from there we are able to consider what steps we may wish to take,” she told lawmakers early on Tuesday.Nvidia, the biggest US chip company by market capitalisation, has agreed to buy Arm from Japan’s SoftBank for $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,93,572 crores).Dinenage said ministers would consider commitments made by SoftBank and Nvidia to maintain Arm as a successful British business “incredibly carefully”, and the government had already had discussions with the parties involved.The decision whether to intervene in the deal would be taken by the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport after considering the relevant information, she said.Arm, the leading tech company in Britain, lost its independence in 2016 when it was sold to SoftBank after the Japanese conglomerate pledged to retain the company’s headquarters in Cambridge, England, and increase jobs.Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang has made similar commitments.Arm’s energy-efficient architecture underpins processors made by Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm and others, making the technology ubiquitous in smartphones as well as present in a host of other devices.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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iOS 14 Release Set for September 17, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 to Debut As Well

iOS 14 release date is out and is set for September 17. CEO Tim Cook revealed the release date of iOS 14 at Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, where it brought the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and the iPad Air 4 as its new hardware offerings. Apple unveiled iOS 14…

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iOS 14 Release Set for September 17, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 to Debut As Well

iOS 14 release date is out and is set for September 17. CEO Tim Cook revealed the release date of iOS 14 at Apple’s virtual event on Tuesday, where it brought the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and the iPad Air 4 as its new hardware offerings. Apple unveiled iOS 14 as the next iteration in the iOS family at the virtually held WWDC 2020 in June. Alongside the latest iOS version, Apple is releasing iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 on September 17.iOS 14 release date, time in IndiaApple CEO Tim Cook at his virtual keynote on Monday said that iOS 14 release would take place on September 16 in the US. The Apple India website states that iOS 14 will release in India on September 17. iOS 14 compatible iPhone modelsThe iOS 14 update will be available for download on all iPhone models that are in the compatibility list of iOS 13. This means that iOS 14 will be compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone SE (2020). Apart from all these iPhone models, the iOS update will also be compatible with the seventh-generation iPod touch.How to download iOS 14You can download iOS 14 on your eligible iPhone or iPod touch once it has reached your device by going to Settings > General > Software Update. It will also automatically be downloaded if you have already chosen that option on your device. We suggest you to back up your personal data before beginning the download process. Moreover, your device should have an adequate amount of battery charge, or be plugged in and charging, to carry out the update.iOS 14 featuresAs Apple announced at WWDC 2020, iOS 14 will be the “biggest update ever to Home Screen pages” and will bring a new space to organise apps into one view called the App Library. The iOS update will also carry redesigned widgets as well as a new interface for FaceTime, voice calls, and Siri interactions. Apple will also bring Picture-in-Picture support to your iPhone or iPod touch through iOS 14.Further, iOS 14 will come with an upgraded Messages experience where you’ll be able to pin any of your favourite conversations or get alerted on receiving messages in group threads through mentions and inline replies. Apple will also offer updates to preloaded Maps, Siri, and Safari apps.The iOS 14 update was also slated to bring the ability to let you opt out of in-app tracking. However, Apple delayed that particular privacy-focussed feature after facing some backlash from developers including Facebook. The company said in a statement that the requirement to use the tracking permission would go into effect early next year.iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 releaseIn addition to the iOS 14 update, Apple is releasing iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 for all compatible devices later today. The new iPadOS will bring features such as redesigned sidebars, pull-down menus, and an enhanced search experience that works similar to macOS’s Spotlight pop-up search bar.For Apple Watch users, watchOS 7 brings customisable watch faces, activity rings for kids, various new complications, sleep tracking, and the ability to share watch faces. There is also a Family Setup to let you pair watches for your children and parents using your iPhone. Lastly, tvOS 14 brings Picture-in-Picture, multiuser support for gaming, and support for gaming controllers Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers.WWDC 2020 had a lot of exciting announcements from Apple, but which are the best iOS 14 features for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Apple A14 Bionic Chip Makes Its Way to iPad Air (4th Gen) Before iPhone 12

iPad Air (4th Gen) has been announced with the new and improved Apple A14 Bionic processor, even before the SoC could make its debut in the next-generation iPhone lineup. This is a rare occurrence as Apple typically introduces a new chip with a new iPhone generation and then adds it to the iPad lineup. Apple…

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Apple A14 Bionic Chip Makes Its Way to iPad Air (4th Gen) Before iPhone 12

iPad Air (4th Gen) has been announced with the new and improved Apple A14 Bionic processor, even before the SoC could make its debut in the next-generation iPhone lineup. This is a rare occurrence as Apple typically introduces a new chip with a new iPhone generation and then adds it to the iPad lineup. Apple is calling A14 Bionic “the most powerful chip ever made.” The last time Apple introduced a new chip in iPad before iPhone was with the iPad 2 launch in March 2011.Apple A14 Bionic chipThe A14 Bionic processor, as described by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, provides a massive boost in performance that helps in bringing powerful pro features at a more affordable price. This six-core processor is present in the iPad Air (4th Gen) brings a 40 percent boost in CPU performance and 30 precent improvement in graphics, compared to the previous generation.Typically, Apple’s the new processors make their debut with new iPhone models and then make their way to the iPad models. This year, however, the iPad Air (4th Gen) has become the first device to come with the new chip and the upcoming iPhone 12 models, that do not have a release date yet, are expected to follow.As mentioned, this isn’t the first time Apple has done this. 9 years ago, the iPad 2 got the A5 processor months before the iPhone 4S came out. But, traditionally, Apple keeps its new processors for the latest iPhone models first.Talking about the A14 Bionic, Apple says it uses 5nm manufacturing process and has 11.8 billion transistors. It is also capable of performing up to 11 trillion operations per second, thanks to the new 16-core Neural Engine that is twice as fast as the previous generation.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. 

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