KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- On the face of it, the decision by the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf to establish a joint military command indicates that the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are seeking to bolster their collective security against Iran amid signs of a rapprochement between their regional rival and the U.S.-led Western powers.
Earlier this month Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court ordered an injunction against HTC, found to have violated Nokia’s “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station” patent. This resulted in a ban for the HTC One Mini which went in effect on December 6th. When the order was announced, htc said that it would file an urgent application for appeal. The appeal has turned out in its favor, the ban on htc One Mini in the UK has been relaxed, meaning that the company can continue to import the device in the UK despite Nokia’s win.
It was already feared that the htc One Mini ban might lead to other members of the One family being banned, something which the company would not want to happen. htc says that it has full intention of “aggressively” appealing the patent validity decision, but right now it is “delighted” that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay, thus relaxing the ban. It also says that it will continue working with chip suppliers on alternative solutions so as to ensure that there are minimal disruptions to its business in the future. Nokia has not commented on the Court of Appeals’ decision as yet.
Can you believe it? We are about to kiss goodbye to 2013, and 2014 will soon be upon us like a flurry. Well, at the end of each year, most folks are rather reflective in nature, thinking about what has gone past, and there is also a renewed sense of hope for things to change for the better in the year ahead. YouTube has decided to do their bit with their annual list of some of the more memorable videos throughout the year, and considering how 80% of all views on YouTube hail from outside the US, it just goes to show how involved the global community is when it comes to driving pop culture.
The Fox has been watched more than 275 million times, which makes it the highest trending video for the year. Apart from that, record-setting numbers were hit when it came to PSY’s post-”Gangnam Style” performance. 1.7 million plus of DIY “Harlem Shake” videos were uploaded, numbering more than the souls living in Manhattan. As part of the celebration of the aforementioned moments, over 60 top creators on YouTube decided to collaborate on a video for everyone which you can enjoy above. It is stuff like this from YouTube that we love, not violation warnings served to gaming channels. [Press Release]
Jay Machalani has a vision for Windows 8. Frustrated by the inconsistencies of Microsoft’s touch-friendly operating system, Machalani has been putting together a plan over the last three months to fix and unite the disparate desktop and “Metro” interfaces. It turns out that the 20-year-old self-taught user-experience designer might be mocking up concepts that are similar to what Microsoft is preparing for the next major version of Windows. Recent reports suggest Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start menu, along with improvements to its traditional desktop mode to allow new Windows 8-style applications to “float” and run in separate windows. Machalani’s concepts — which were completed long before the recent rumors...
General Motors will sell off their 7 percent stake in PSA, but will continue joint developing select vehicles and technologies. In a statement, GM’s Steve Girsky said
“Our equity stake was planned to support PSA in their efforts to raise capital at the time of the creation of the GM and PSA alliance, and that support is no longer needed,” said GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky. “The alliance remains strong with our focus on joint vehicle programs, cross manufacturing, purchasing, and logistics. We’re making good progress while remaining open to new opportunities.”