The biggest stories of the morning concern Apple's new court filing countering Samsung's motion for a new trial and that Apple has dropped Java due to a severe security warning. As you could see by our cover graphic, there's more news worth checking out in our report.
1. Apple's Largest Apple Store in Beijing China Opened this Morning
As reported yesterday, Apple's latest and largest to date Apple Store opened in Beijing this morning to cheering fans.
China Daily shows a man taking a photograph using his iPhone of members of the public entering a new Apple store during the official opening in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district October 20, 2012.
2. Apple Files Official Opposition: Samsung's JMOL, New Trial or Remititur Should be Denied
Apple has filed their official opposition to Samsung's motion for a "Judgement as a Matter of Law" or JMOL, new trial and/or remittitur and it appears this will go before Judge Lucy Koh on December sixth.
Apple's official opposition is filled with specific points as follows: That Samsung has failed to meet the high bar to obtain judgment or new trial on any claim. That Samsung also fell far short of showing the "grossly excessive or monstrous" damages "clearly not supported by the evidence, or based only on speculation or guesswork" required to disturb the jury's award. That Samsung's juror misconduct allegations fail. That Samsung cannot meet the test for a new trial. That Samsung cannot meet the "extraordinary" test for "Implied bias". That Samsung has not shown that the jury's verdict was affected by any improper "Extraneous Evidence". That Samsung's attack on the jury does not require and evidentiary hearing. That Samsung is not entitled to Either JMOL or a new trial on Apple's Design Patent infringement claims. That Samsung is not entitled to JMOL or a new trial on Apple's Trade Dress claims.
Apple's filing is lengthily at 31 pages laying out their full opposition to Samsung's allegations. To review the filing in full, see this PDF.
3. Apple Drops Java after Experts Warn Mac users on its Security
Apple is removing old versions of Oracle Corp's Java software from Internet browsers on the computers of its customers when they install the latest update to its Mac operating system, reports Reuters.
Apple, which has previously included Java with installations of Mac OS X, announced the move on its support site. It said that customers need to obtain Java directly from Oracle if they want to access web content written the widely used programming language. (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572)
Apple is implementing this change in the wake of a Java security scare that prompted some security experts to caution computer users to only use Java on an as-needed basis. Security experts in Europe discovered Java bugs in late August that hackers had exploited to launch attacks. It took Oracle several days to release an update to Java to correct those flaws. Adam Gowdiak, a researcher with Polish security firm Security Explorations, said on Friday that he has since found two new security bugs in Java that continue to make computers vulnerable to attack.
Apple has issued an update regarding Java this morning as shown below
4. Metamaterial May Redefine Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing, Recycling
A new technology from Oxford University is causing a lot of buzz in the tech sector. Red Orbit reports that Dr. Mark Gostock, a technology transfer manager at the University of Oxford's ISIS Innovation believes their discovery "is a technology that is going to fundamentally change the way we build computers."
Chris Stevens, engineering lecturer and successful academic-entrepreneur, states that "the PCB [printed circuit board] industry in particular has already made a big investment in manufacturing infrastructure and they are not going to want to change."
The team started with the technology behind the Pentagon's cloaking device and came up with a new technology to replace the solder, pins and wiring from conventional computers with LEGO-like blocks of silicon. The blocks are stuck to a Velcro-like metamaterial board capable of wirelessly transmitting or conducting both data and power. This is science fiction transformed into reality, with wallpaper that can connect the components of your entertainment system and computers designed as wristbands.
"We saw the potential first of this technology because most people have been looking at metamaterials from a physics perspective, in terms of cloaking devices or optics, and other potential applications like this use of radio frequencies were seen to be niche, with little research excitement," says Stevens in a statement.
Stevens tried to convince Microsoft to use the metamaterial for the new Surface tablet, saying that "you could put your mobile on the screen of the tablet and all the apps on the phone would seamlessly appear on the larger screen." Microsoft took a pass because the technology is too unproven.
Yet Stevens admits that although he's done the theoretical work and is satisfied with his progress, it is going to take some hard work to convince people of the potential of his product until he finishes building a carbon demo model, which depends on finding funding.
He went on to state that "If Samsung funded it, they could do all the hard work of silicon integration (which is what they know about) within a year. If I have to fund it out of academic research grants it could take three to four years."
Gostock sees this as a case of Oxford University versus the rest of the world once again. Some of the biggest names in electronics and chemicals from the USA, Korea, and India have been showing interest in the metamaterial technology, so Oxford just might win again.
Is Apple one of the "biggest names in the electronic industry" that's looking at this for future iDevices? Only time will tell. For more on this, check out Red Orbit's full report.
5. Apple's Groove Matching is now a Registered Trademark
Apple filed for the Groove Matching trademark back in April 2011. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office database shows that the trademark was published as a registered Apple Trademark as of October 05, 2012.
The trademark was filed under wares which covers computer software for production, processing, recording, and editing of music and audio; computer software for music authoring.