12 May 2016 - A New York federal judge today refused to budge from his March ruling that a British company could not use U.S. courts to sue the Welsh government and several American newspapers over tourism ads featuring photos of famed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken denied a motion to reconsider his decision to toss out the lawsuit on the grounds that the owner of the images failed to follow the requirements of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which sets strict rules for how a company must serve a foreign government if it wants to sue in U.S. court:
“Having reviewed the record and the parties’ memoranda of law, the court concludes that it overlooked neither a controlling issue of law nor a crucial fact in the record”.
The case was filed in... Read more
12 April 2016 - Interesting piece on Digital Trends (best way to keep up on "stuff") this week:
Apple's patent, titled "Configurable Force-Sensitive Input Structure for Electronic Devices," was filed in September 2015 and was recently made available to the public on April 7th. It states that this all-in-one input interface consists of a metal contact layer, and a sense layer combined with a drive layer mounted underneath.
According to the patent, the sense and drive layers detect a force exerted on the metal contact layer. This is accomplished by using an array of pixels on the sense and drive layers that determine an input location when active pixels are aligned on both layers. The user then gets a response to his or her action thanks to a haptic feedback module and a light guide layer that lights up the "keys" through extremely tiny... Read more
By: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq. Founder/CEO
23 February 2016 - It’s easy to dismiss the “Internet of Things” moniker as just a sexy new name for machine-to-machine M2M) applications, which have been a commercial reality for decades. But marketing goals aside, the IoT name reflects the fact that the M2M market[footnote_exclude][/footnote_exclude] has evolved beyond simple point solutions, such as automated meter readings and tracking inventory in vending.
This evolution requires a new and fundamentally different approach for locating IoT devices and then beyond that,... Read more
23 February 2016 - The GSMA’s Mobile Connect mobile-based authentication solution is now available to some 2 billion customers, the industry association said today. Since its introduction at Mobile World Congress in 2014, 34 network operators in 21 countries have launched, “with plans for additional launches and trials to follow in 2016 and beyond”.
In a press release, Mats Granryd, director general of GSMA, said:
“As Mobile Connect is rolled out globally, mobile operators are fulfilling an important role in the digital identity space, giving users control over their own data and enabling consumers, businesses and governments alike to interact and access online services in a convenient, private and trusted environment”.
Mobile Connect enables customers to... Read more
22 February 2016 - Here's our video overview of the coming... Read more