Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

Can 17,000 Patents Help Android Win a Legal Cold War?

Un análisis muy interesante sobre la “guerra de patentes” (una guerra con muchos frentes) que se ha montado en torno (sobre todo) a  Android. Algunas “perlas” del lúcido análisis que podemos leer en el artículo:

This stark reality requires each company entering the mobile market to prepare for all-out war, and legal experts we’ve interviewed agree that Google failed to adequately protect Android from legal attack.

 the Motorola portfolio will put Google in good stead going forward, even if damage has been done to the Android ecosystem already. As long as Android lacks proper patent protection, Microsoft can demand licensing fees from hardware vendors. With a stronger patent portfolio, Google and partners could negotiate cross-licensing deals that don’t require payments.

Smartphones are relatively new, but will likely follow the path of more mature electronics industries, in which “you typically see large cross-licensing agreements between the big players because they’ve all got lots of patents the others are infringing,” Patras said. “They could all sue one another, they could all get injunctions against one another, and then you end up with products that have technology that’s 20 years old, and that’s not in anyone’s best interest.”

“The point of these lawsuits is to raise the price of Android so that it is no longer able to compete,” he said. If Google and partners have to pay licensing fees, or change functionality due to infringement findings, “then all of a sudden Android is not as strong a competitor.”

“Done Is Better Than Perfect” [Quotables]

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“Done Is Better Than Perfect” [Quotables]

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“Done is better than perfect” is a maxim for all of us prone to endlessly tweaking our projects and never finishing them. Ben Barry, a designer at Facebook, calls it a favorite quote. The key to moving ahead is following through.

En español decimos a veces “lo mejor es enemigo de lo bueno”

Skim Milk: Forest Bath

Skim Milk: Forest Bath

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Forest Bath is a summer home located in Nagano, Japan designed by Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory and Ozeki Architects & Associates. The building is located on a flat site with no opportunity of an extensive view; instead, the architects decided to concentrate the focal point upwards into the sky.Since the geometry of the residence is triangular, the architects were able to remove a portion of the angular roof to receive more natural lighting and view of the surrounding landscape. The dramatic opening also serves as a private outdoor courtyard. The outdoor space defined the interior layout, too, which is separated into two sections — the bedroom and bath.What I love more than the simplicity of this house is how the light and shadows reflect off its stark walls. Since the home has a low profile, the trees extend much higher than the home producing an almost abstract overshadow. It’s amazing how good a simple rooftop looks as an overall structure for a building.

Hospitals Just Got Less Depressing Thanks to Philips’ Mood Lighting [Video]

 

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Positive thinking is an important part of a patient’s recovery, but it’s hard to muster in a place with drab fluorescent lighting. So Philips is hoping to improve the mood of hospital rooms with their color changing HealWell lighting system.

Evernote Clearly: para leer sin distracciones en Firefox (y Chrome)

Evernote Clearly: para leer sin distracciones en Firefox (y Chrome)

http://bitelia.com/2011/12/evernote-clearly-para-leer-sin-distracciones-disponible-para-firefox-y-chrome

Siempre existen buenas excusas para hablar de Evernote Clearly y si además esa excusa se llama “hemos lanzado la versión para Firefox de esta herramienta” pues mucho mejor. Después de que esta utilidad viese la luz en la Chrome Web Store el mes pasado, ahora le ha tocado el turno al navegador de Mozilla, en ambos casos en la forma de extensión o plug-in.¿Pero qué es Evernote Clearly? Se trata de un proceso que al ser invocado a través del icono que se instalará en nuestro navegador elimina la paja de cualquier artículo dejando solamente la información importante. Es idóneo por ejemplo en páginas de noticias que poseen demasiados elementos innecesarios, como excesiva publicidad, o recuadros de datos adicionales que no nos interesan. Visto así es fácil recordar otras propuestas similares como Readability o Instapaper.Entonces cuando lleguemos a un sitio que nos gustaría leer, basta con hacer clic en el icono de la lámpara Clearly en la barra del navegador y la página se transformará, todas las distracciones se eliminarán, dejando sólo el contenido central. Por supuesto siempre podemos volver al estado original de la página haciendo clic de nuevo en el icono. […]

MIMA House by MIMA Architects

MIMA House by MIMA Architects

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MIMA House, created by MIMA Architects, is a response to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces in a quickly produced, flexible, light, and cheap, yet high quality dwelling. It’s inspired by the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort, and pleasing lines. MIMA uses prefabricated construction methods, which enables production to move quickly and the price to remain low. It is a 387.5-square-foot home that costs the same as a mid-range car.MIMA consists of a square post-and-beam structure completely glazed on all sides, subdivided by modular wooden frames. It comes with additional plywood panels that can be placed on the outside of the building, for a replacement of any window by a wall in seconds. Inside, walls can be added, again, in a matter of seconds, so a subdivided space can be replaced by an open space or vice versa. Moreover, each side of internal and external walls has a different color and/or finish, which allows the homeowner to dramatically change the look through a simple wall rotation. Despite its standardized construction methods, MIMA houses can be customized in so many parameters that you’d be hard pressed to find two identical examples.This one is located in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Unfortunately, for the moment, MIMA houses are only available in Europe.Photos by José Campos.Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook. © 2011 Design Milk | Posted by Marni in Architecture | Permalink | No comments

The New Internet Will Make You Sad Forever [Internet]

The New Internet Will Make You Sad Forever [Internet]

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The web used to be about other people. IMing your friend, emailing your wife, a chatroom with other guinea pig enthusiasts. Now it’s turning around. Information is becoming less important than emotion—the web is an empty nostalgia factory. More »