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Under the current state of affairs, the law allows it.  But it doesn't require it: carriers are free to decide on their own whether or not they're willing to unlock your phone at any point during or after the lifecycle of your service agreement.  That AT&T currently does so can be attributed to the fact that they have chosen to.   I would interpret this initiative as an effort to make it mandatory for carriers to fulfil customers' requests to unlock their phones after...
No; the end-user has never been charged directly.   The MPEG-LA has three points where it charges royalties for the H.264 codec: 1) for making hardware and/or software that can CREATE H.264 video; 2) for making hardware and/or software that can DECODE H.264 video; 3) for DISTRIBUTION or BROADCAST of content containing H.264 video.   Parts (1) and (2) are now, and always have been, in full effect.  The fee is buried further up the supply chain, so the end-user is never...
The original article claims that Google will have to "continue to subsidize" VP8 in order for VP8 to be less expensive than H.264.     [edit: Missing word in this paragraph] That statement is not true:  VP8 will continue to be available to developers and users royalty-free; Google's recent agreement simply clarifies the fact that this continued royalty-free distribution is no longer subject to any uncertainty or doubt with respect to the possibility of claims of...
The full text of the agreement then goes on to state, in effect:  If, after the court or arbitrator has reached its determination of an appropriate final price, the potential licensee still refuses to pay that final price, then injunctions will become an available option (presumably manifested as a form of punishment for the potential licensee's non-compliance with a court order).
For the purpose of invalidating patents, "prior art" in the USA, both now (before the transition to first-to-file), and next year (after the transition) includes more than just other issued patents.   "Prior art" also includes, for example, purely academic white papers, provided they go into enough detail about the construction and outcomes of the prospective technology.   The distinction between "first to invent" and "first to file" in the near future really only comes...
I *think* bigpics is saying that Apple was up-front right from the start about the fact that OS X 10.0 was a stepping stone to greater things, and that there would, indeed, be some initial growing pains in the initial transition from the mature state of classic Mac OS.   The complaint, from this particular user, appears to be the that Apple's representation of this change in iOS 6 wasn't made with similar public caveats.  If Apple has made it explicitly clear up front...
Or, whose hardware was incapable of being upgraded to 10.8 and/or 10.7...     Apple's landing page for the update claims the download for the client version will be only 2.36 MB, however when you actually click the download link you get a 257 MB .dmg file.
Indeed, a $50 safety margin on a $650 product would imply that they are forecasting the possibility of the Canadian dollar falling as low as $0.93 USD or so within the next few months   I've just read some forecasts of the next 5 months which suggest the exchange rate could sink to a low of around $0.98 USD around November, with an 80% confidence interval ranging from 0.95 to 1.01.  That kind of exchange rate forecast, on its own, would justify a defensive price of around...
The exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollars is very volatile.  In the past year, it has flipped back and forth between both sides of parity several times, and it is reasonable to assume that it will continue to do so.   Retailers, on the other hand, strive to have prices that remain stable for the medium-term.  They are (justifiably) not willing to assume too much risk in the event that the exchange rate goes too far south.  So, they (understandably) build in a...
DED: I suggest new wording for the opening paragraphs of the section "Pros and cons of native app development". The way it is currently worded, you're suggesting that people who wanted to deploy "applications" on the iPhone when it first came out were forced to resort to a native API. That is not true at all. The first "applications" on the iPhone were forced to be written in HTML5. The native API option only arrived approximately 3/4 of the way through the original...
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