Next Issue Media has taken the next major step in its hopes of providing a publisher-neutral outlet by previewing its first native app. The Android title will provide a true native approach to reading magazines from Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, and Time. As with its existing strategy, the service is unique in having an optional, universal subscription: rather than paying by title, readers can pay $10 per month to get access to monthly magazines, or $15 for these plus weekly magazines like The New Yorker….
Federal Judge Richard A. Posner, in rejecting an motion to reconsider parts of his favorable Claim Construction Order of March 29th that adopted Apple’s broad interpretation of its scrolling patent against Motorola, ripped into the unnamed Apple attorneys that filed the brief [PDF link], calling it “troubling” and accusing Apple of wasting the court’s time. The lawyers had apparently misinterpreted a section of the judge’s original order and made arguments that parts of the order were in error….
“Weird Al” Yankovic accelerated a trend that may see musicians get better pay for their Internet content after suing Sony Music Entertainment for at least $5 million. The suit, filed in New York City on Friday, followed a similar pattern to the Eminem dispute, where the Straight Outta Lynwood producer and his company Ear Booker alleged that Sony had deprived him of sales revenue at iTunes and elsewhere by counting them as sales rather than licenses, which would give him a 50 percent cut of what the publisher receives. He also argued that fiscal stake in YouTube Sony h…
Drive maker LaCie has added a “diskless” model to its five-drive RAID server, the Neil Poulton-designed 5big Network 2 enclosure. Now starting at $350, users can scale or configure their storage as desired, using RAID 0, 1, 5, 5+spare and 6 (hot-swappable). With burst speeds up to 70MB per second thanks to dual LAN ports, the unit is aimed at creative shops and small businesses for storage, serving and both Apple and Windows backup system compatibility….
Neil Young’s plans to work on an improved digital audio format may not be waiting for Apple cooperation. Six USPTO trademarks were made public in the past few days for names implying a new audio format or a matching service, such as 21st Century Record Player, Earth Storage, Storage Shed, Studio Quality Sound (SQS), and Storage Shed. The timeframe for the full comment and approval system would clear the trademarks no earlier than the end of this year despite the trademarks having first been submitted last June….
Apple has released an updated Java version for 10.6.x Snow Leopard and made available an updated optional Java distribution for Lion, both coming just one day after warnings of a new version of the Flashback malware that can exploit a Java vulnerability. Although not confirmed in the public release notes, the update patches the vulnerability, bringing it up-to-date with Oracle’s own patched version, 1.6.0_31….
Samsung decided to take its own leap into mobile advertising on Tuesday with plans for its own mobile ad exchange. The AdHub Market outlined to MarketWatch would let advertisers buy space either from app developers or Samsung itself to put them on apps across the Korean company’s platform. The OpenX-powered service would be active in the second half of the year….
The Financial Times has run a new profile of Apple’s senior VP of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive. Ive is often credited with the look and feel of Apple products; the Times comments, though, that Ive is “emerging from [Steve] Jobs’ shadow,” referring to the former Apple CEO’s tendency to micromanage the details of products. An anonymous ex-Apple worker in fact tells the Times that Ive’s “main talent was his ability to manage his relationship with Jobs.”…
MacNN has had an opportunity to test a Griffin IntelliCase ($60) with the third-generation iPad; while a case would normally warrant a full review, the current IntelliCase appears to be unchanged from its version for the iPad 2, so it was decided to do a capsule review combined with a simple test of how well the case fits with the new tablet. As before, the case consists of a polycarbonate back with a Smart Cover-style front flap that uses magnets to turn an iPad on and off….
Shazam in a large 5.0 update for its iOS title (App Store) revamped the engine for its audio detection. It now claims that the app can recognize a song or audio-cued TV shows in “as little as” one second. It can start listening as soon as it’s open, making sure that the sampling gets in before the opportunity passes….