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  • Editor’s Letter: Homecoming

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    Another week is over, dear readers, and it’s been an eventful one for me. I spent a few days in Detroit, wrapping up some testing for the AOL Autos Technology of the Year award, to be given out at CES in just over a month. This means I got a little seat time in some spectacular autos like the Audi S7 and Chrysler 300C SRT8, sampling some amazing new infotainment and safety technologies – and some terrible ones, too. Which stood out? You’ll have to wait for the CES awards ceremony to find out.

    Otherwise, it was a reasonably quiet week in news, but some of the biggest stories came just as we’re heading to press. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, gave a little clarity to the mystery of the “Assembled in USA” iMacs. He confirmed this isn’t just an anomaly, that Apple is planning on bringing assembly of one of its “existing Mac lines” to the States. Which line, exactly, remains to be seen, but the iMac would be a logical choice, since it’s already being run in limited numbers in the US. The Mac Pro also makes sense, a low-volume machine that features (relatively) simple construction.

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  • Intel Red Ridge lands in the FCC: Medfield tablet dreams are reborn

    Intel Red Ridge lands in the FCC, Medfield tablet dreams are reborn

    Mentions of Intel’s Red Ridge tablet platform began cropping up in earnest well over a year ago, but things have been fairly quiet on the Medfield front — with a few exceptions, of course — ever since. Now, however, Intel’s signaling that it may be ready to pop the cork at CES, as the label you’re peering at above just made it through FCC processing earlier today. While there’s dreadfully little to go on in the filing, we know that Red Ridge is a Medfield-based tablet platform, with the model shown here tested on a device running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and capable of handling Bluetooth, NFC and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi waves. Notably, we’re also told that a “production unit” was used, hinting that we could see the commercial version of this mystery machine make its debut in just under a month. Rest assured, we’ll be checking every nook and crannie allowed by law once we land in Las Vegas.

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    Source: FCC

  • USPTO tentatively invalidates key Apple multitouch patent

    USPTO tentatively invalidates all claims of key Apple multitouch patent

    The US Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple’s so-called rubber-banding patent back in October, and it looks like it’s now done so again with one of the company’s key multitouch-related patents. According to FOSS Patents, the USPTO has issued an Office Action rejecting all 20 claims of patent 7,479,949, which is specifically related to scrolling and is described as “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.” Unlike the rubber-banding patent, though, this one did not figure in Apple’s recent trial with Samsung, although it has been used in cases against Motorola and HTC.

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    Source: FOSS Patents

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