Why did Amazon stock fall? I thought everyone really excited to pay $20 more for Amazon Prime and pay their state taxes with their orders and buy book and stream movies? Is the grass not green on Amazon side?
Bose has filed a legal complaint against Beats Electronics over the use of noise-cancelling technology used in their headphones, according to CNBC. Apple, of course, announced earlier this year plans to acquire the headphones maker in a $3 billion deal, which it expects to gain regulatory approval for by the end of September.
Bose has filed a request with the International Trade Commission to ban the sale and import of certain Beats products. The following patents owned by Bose appear to be relevant in the complaint:
- 8,073,151: “Dynamically configurable ANR filter block topology” by Joho et. al.. Includes 30 claims (2 indep.). Was application 12/430,994. Granted 12/6/2011.
- 8,073,150: “Dynamically configurable ANR signal processing topology” by Joho et. al.. Includes 24 claims (2 indep.). Was application 12/430,990. Granted 12/6/2011.
- 6,717,537: “Method and apparatus for minimizing latency in digital signal processing systems” by Fang et. al. Prosecuted by Thelen Reid & Priest LLP Robbins; Steven J.. Includes 19 claims (3 indep.). Was application 10/179,930. Granted 4/6/2004.
- 8,345,888: “Digital high frequency phase compensation” by Carreras et. al.. Includes 16 claims (3 indep.). Was application 12/750,309. Granted 1/1/2013.
- 8,054,992: “High frequency compensating” by Sapiejewski.. Includes 23 claims (6 indep.). Was application 11/409,894. Granted 11/8/2011.
Bose offered the following statement regarding the law suit:
“The filing is comprehensive and explains our position, and as a matter of practice, we don’t comment on on-going litigation. We can share that for over 30 years, Bose has made significant investments in the research, development, engineering and design of the proprietary technologies found in our headphones. Bose’s patented technologies enable the exclusive performance found in our QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. We are committed to protecting our investment, protecting our customers, and defending the patents we own.”
X-Money: Curious why they waited till Apple make the deal then announced this lawsuit? Bose may have a point they do sit on a lot of patents on noise cancellation. Ironically Beats Studio Wireless had won me over and I quoted “The New Beats Studio Wireless headphones sound better than Bose Quiet Comfort 3.” Wow never realized someone was saying the same thing at Bose and started investigating.
About to see Transformers Age of Extinction at Galaxy Theatres for my BDay present.
6 countries that U.S. airlines are prohibited from flying over
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine on Thursday left many travelers wondering about other unsafe conflict zones. U.S. carriers last week said they would no longer fly over eastern Ukraine after Flight 17 was shot down reportedly by pro-Russian separatists.
The FAA has since widened its guidance on where U.S. commercial aircraft may fly and has outlined other potentially dangerous regions. U.S. flight operations are currently prohibited over the following countries:
Ethiopia: U.S. commercial flights aren’t allowed to fly north of 12 degrees latitude in Ethiopia’s airspace. The U.S. also warns against using the Mandera Airstrip in Kenya, which is adjacent to Ethiopia and Somalia and may be fired upon by Ethiopian forces.
Iraq: All U.S. air carriers and commercial aircraft flying at or below 20,000 feet over Iraq are prohibited. On the ground, insurgent groups, such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, remain active, as violence and instability reach levels not seen since 2007, according to the State Department.
Libya: U.S. flights are prohibited from entering Libyan airspace. The State Department warns security in Libya is unpredictable with many military weapons, including antiaircraft, in the hands of everyday people. There are limited services available for U.S. citizens in the country.
North Korea: FAA prohibits U.S. flights from entering airspace over Pyongyang west of 132 degrees east longitude. An advisory warns that North Korea is known for testing ballistic missiles without any warning. As recently as March, North Korea test-fired two missiles into the Sea of Japan. The country has launched a total of 90 rockets or missiles so far this year, according to the New York Times.
Somalia: All U.S. commercial aircraft flying at or below 20,000 feet over Somalia is prohibited. The State Department says war-torn Somalia remains unstable and dangerous. It also warns against sailing too close to the country with pirate attacks reported as far as 1,000 nautical miles off the coast. There is no U.S. Embassy in Somalia.
Ukraine: Airlines haven’t been allowed to fly over Crimea since April. After the crash of Flight 17, the FAA expanded the advisory, prohibiting any flight operations over eastern Ukraine where a separatist group is believed to have shot down the plane.
FAA has advisories out on other hostile regions’ airspace including Afghanistan, vulnerable to small-arms fire and rocket fire, and Congo, which in 1998 saw rebels shoot down a Boeing airliner carrying 40 people.
Other regions the FAA warns U.S. airlines on include Egypt and Sinai Peninsula, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Syria and Yemen.
Not to sound insensitive to those lost in and recent downed but I am NEVER flying ANY Malaysian airlines!
In Fact I am going to avoid Malaysia altogether.
Flight 370 disappeared.
Flight MH17 flies into a war zone in Ukraine? WTF?!!
It’s like Burger King selling the Big Mac — sort of.
Get ready for iPhones and iPads preloaded with specialized business IBM software.
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) on Tuesday announced a partnership to leverage each company’s strengths. Starting this fall, Apple is delivering devices exclusively to IBM, which “Big Blue” will then prep with industry-specific apps for business customers.
The idea is to provide specialized Apple devices to companies in banking, health care, insurance, retail, travel and transportation.
IBM said it will listen to the distinct needs of business clients, then craft software that addresses those issues.
"For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement, calling the partnership "a radical step."
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty promised a “transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”
Starting this fall, the devices will only be available through IBM representatives to their business clients. They will include a private app catalog, data security services and more.
An IBM spokeswoman said it was too early to give examples of what kinds of apps would be available. The companies also said Apple devices would use IBM’s vast and powerful cloud services — which offer data storage and work-sharing capabilities.
Gee I wonder what Steve Jobs would say?