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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

As seen in this image, there are a few people trying to make a buck or two off of Sennheiser’s good name. Today, Sennheiser is taking action and filing 12 suits in California’s Federal Court to put an end to the illegal use of Sennheiser’s name and product models. Headphones seems to be the item of choice to rip off and Sennheiser hopes to put an end to the manufacture and sell of these fake cans. More deets below in the Press Release.

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Los Angeles — October 11, 2011: On September 20, 2011, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co.KG and Sennheiser Electronic Corp. filed its first wave of federal lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuits target a number of Internet based pirates and counterfeiters located throughout the United States who are engaged in the sale of counterfeit Sennheiser™ branded merchandise, including the popular models CX200, CX300 II, CX380 II, CX500 and PMX80 lines of headphones.

The lawsuits have been filed against a variety of individuals and business entities that are conducting business throughout the United States in locations including New York, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. The complaints are based upon Federal Trademark Infringement Laws, including but not limited to violations of 15 U.S.C. §1114, 15 U.S.C. §1125, Lanham Act, and the California Business and Professions Code. The filed complaints demand substantial damages in the form of declaratory relief and injunctive relief, along with all attorney’s fees and costs against counterfeiters. Sennheiser has identified more than 100 other domestic pirates — along with numerous domestic websites — which are targeted for further enforcement operations.

Sennheiser is a world leading manufacturer of high performance and best-selling headphones and microphones, considered indispensable among music lovers, audiophiles, recording studios, sound professionals, custom-installers and home theatre enthusiasts. Sennheiser products feature superb sound reproduction quality, making them first choice for many high-profile recording artists.

Sennheiser began this counterfeit enforcement campaign after recognizing an increase of warranty returns and complaints about the quality and workmanship on some Sennheiser branded products. Further investigation determined that the complaints originated from consumers who purchased their Sennheiser™ products online; often from a website based in China, or from a domestic eBay seller who acquired the counterfeit merchandise from a Chinese wholesaler of counterfeit products.

The Sennheiser brand has achieved enormous popularity and with that recognition has fallen victim to the ever-expanding counterfeit industry. The manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit Sennheiser™-branded products abroad has resulted in the widespread domestic sale of pirated merchandise, all of which is composed of inferior materials and substandard workmanship. Counterfeit merchandise is not only prone to malfunction, but can also result in injury to the consumer and damage to the environment due to deficient quality control and attention to detail during the production process.

“Sennheiser will vigorously defend the Sennheiser brand name, representing premium quality and performance, by taking action against counterfeiters and ensuring our customers know how to avoid purchasing counterfeit products,” said John Falcone, President/CEO of Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “Customers are urged to purchase only from authorized Sennheiser dealers.” A complete list of authorized US Sennheiser dealers is available at Consumers who have questions about counterfeit products, or suspect they may have purchased a counterfeit product, should visit

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Photo credit Ryan Katsanes (Original Posting)

“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Steve Jobs Family Statement

Author: Sven Rafferty
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Apple Dock Patent USB 3 and Thunderbolt

AppleInsider has revealed Apple’s latest patent filing which details a new dock connector for the popular iOS devices from the Cupertino manufacturer. Most noticeable about the filing is the verbiage associated with the diagrams which read, in part, “Some embodiments of the present invention can provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards.” These high-speed standards would be, as the filing listed, USB 3.0 and DisplayPort. The later, re-branded Thunderbolt by Apple and Intel recently, is the duos run against USB 3.0 which they have not released any hardware support for in any of its products.

Apple’s inclusion of the USB 3.0 protocol in the dock connector is most likely for support for many PCs that have been shipping with newest USB port for nearly a year while Thunderbolt will be an Apple exclusive of sorts for the rest of this year. Users of older Apple hardware, essentially anyone not owning the newest MacBook Pro, will have to opt for a USB 3.0 card for Mac Pros or upgrade to a newer Mac with the Thunderbolt port when available.

With support of the faster connectors, this could mean sync times will be reduced by half if not more in upcoming iPhones, iPods, and iPads. It is also possible that current iDevices will support the new high-speed traffic with a simple purchase of a new cable.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

T-Mobile Logo

T-Mobile has joined Verizon and AT&T in offering its customers free calls to Japan in the aftermath of the great quake. Calls made from March 11th to the end of March will not be charged to Japan on your account. Read the deets below.

Press Release
T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company is taking steps to provide relief and help customers stay connected to loved ones in the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan.

“During this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Japan,” said Philipp Humm, CEO and president, T-Mobile USA. “Many of T-Mobile’s customers, their friends and families have been directly impacted by this disaster, and our promise is to help them connect with their loved ones.”

Effective immediately:
T-Mobile USA is enabling phone calls to Japan for postpaid customers without charges for international long distance through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.

T-Mobile postpaid customers can make Wi-Fi calls to and from Japan free of charge through March 31, 2011, and retroactive to March 11, 2011.

Text (SMS) messaging is also free of charge to and from Japan for T-Mobile postpaid customers through March 31, 2011 and retroactive to March 11, 2011.

Ways Customers Can Directly Assist Relief Efforts
If you are a T-Mobile prepaid or postpaid customer interested in helping immediately, you can text “REDCROSS” to 90999, and your donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. This donation will be charged to your T-Mobile phone bill, and 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the Red Cross. There is no per-text fee for this service for T-Mobile customers who do not have a messaging plan, nor will the text be deducted from your messaging plan. Similarly, you can send donations via text message to a number of other relief organizations. T-Mobile does not charge for text messages sent to mobile giving campaigns.

Monday, February 28, 2011
News360 for iPad

Seems like news apps are dime a dozen in the App Store but some seem to stand out among the thousands available and News360 is one of them. Applying some Artificial Intelligence (AI) to figure out what is the freshest and most relevant news for your interests, News360 has been impressing many iPhone users with the results. Today, News360 comes to the iPad to fill the big screen with even more news.

Finding news that applies to you is a tricky job and a Google News search usually puts a news seeker through a frustrating task of clicking, reading, returning to the Google results, and looking for another possible link to your story you seek. For local news, the frustration is even more maddening. News360 uses over a thousand top news sources to aid in your search weeding out noise Google will often produce. This sets it apart from other news apps I’ve used that are just one source. In essence, you have a better chance of finding your article of interest. News360 even uses the iPads location finder to zero in on your local news.

News360 looks to be an interesting product that all news readers should give a look at.

Press Release

Palm Desert, CA – February 28, 2011 – DEMO Spring 2011 – News360 (Moscow) – an emerging leader in applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and semantic analysis technology to news stories – today announced the next generation of the company’s acclaimed news discovery and analysis platform for the Apple® iPad at DEMO Spring 2011.

News360 enables users to browse real-time information from hundreds of thousands of news articles (both local and worldwide), with the ability to achieve expert levels of depth on any given topic cited in the story. Each article is algorithmically evaluated for news “freshness” and source credibility in addition to a qualitative analysis of both text and photos. The previous iPhone-only generation of the platform was named by Apple as one of the top worldwide news apps in 2010 and became a best-seller in the App StoreSM.

The News360 app not only aggregates articles from more than a thousand leading news sources – it also uses semantic analysis and natural language processing to automatically identify and hyperlink more than 500,000 companies, people, brands and locations within the stories. A tap on any one of them leads the user to encyclopedic, interlinked wiki-like dossiers, filled with background information.

News360 uses the iPad’s GPS to show focused local news, anywhere in the world, and also allows users to connect to TripIt® and obtain news about upcoming travel destinations. The app also automatically generates live Twitter® feeds for each story, and allows the user to partake in the real-time conversation around a particular news event.

Users can use their Facebook® profile information to auto-create a personalized news feed based on their publicly-stated interests, or delve deeply into News360’s customization system, which allows them to create multiple customized feeds around varying preferences.

News360 allows users to manage the deluge of real-time news by bundling same-topic articles from different sources under one “story” umbrella and by providing a user-customized stream of headlines that have been matched with pictures identified by facial recognition and/or AI analysis as relevant to the story.

“News360 only gives you what you can consume at any given time,” said Roman Karachinsky, Chief Business Development Officer. “It doesn’t overwhelm you with a counter saying you have 5,000 unread articles, nor does it simply provide a pre-filtered magazine-style view with no deeper levels of content. With News360, you always feel in the loop because it delivers the cream of the crop in news – in the right sequence, in an entertaining and addictive format – from all sources. Tell it what you like, and it can become an indispensable tool, personally and professionally.”

“The events of the world, the news stories that shape and touch our lives both locally and globally, can become overwhelming,” concurs Matt Marshall, executive producer of DEMO. “News360 provides a level of not just clarity but understanding of the events, people and facts behind the news. The focus on iPad as a delivery mechanism for their new platform provides users with a truly mobile and innovative experience allowing them to not just read the news, but become immersed and interactive with it.”

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

USA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling print newspaper, announces the availability of Super Bowl XLV Preview, a 112-page glossy publication previewing the championship matchup of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Green Bay Packers on February 6, 2011. Retailing for $7.99, Super Bowl XLV Preview features a distinct cover for each team and is available at select newsstands and online at and

USA TODAY’s Super Bowl XLV Preview is a special commemorative edition highlighting the Packers’ and Steelers’ road to the championship game plus each team’s history, depth chart, and roster. Relive the biggest moments in football from the regular season to the playoffs.

This publication includes:
· The Steelers’ and Packers’ season in review and road to the national championship
· NFL season rewind with our picks for player and game of the week
· Steelers and Packers depth charts and rosters
· Steelers and Packers history plus Super Bowl history
· In-depth articles on the 2010 NFL season

Monday, January 17, 2011

Steve Jobs once again will be taking medical leave to concentrate on his health according to a just released Media Advisory from Apple today. Details were not given to the health concerns of Job but it is most likely related to the liver transplant Jobs that left him mysteriously absent from Apple last year. Instead of hiding in the shadows this time, and incur much media criticism, Jobs has decided to announce his medical absence this time.

Apple’s Media Advisory reads as follows:

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


T-Mobile Responds to Verizon iPhone

Author: Sven Rafferty
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A day after Verizon announced the most anticipated announcement since the iPhone itself, T-Mobile battles with “it’s about the network” rather than the phone campaign. In its new advertisement, we find two identical looking guys, only to be separated by the color of their ties, representing AT&T and Verizon, and a young hip looking lad, the iPhone, telling a pretty lady that he can’t run fast on either network. Thankfully, that pretty lady can be speedier at her craft since she’s on “the nations largest 4G network.” Mmm, while the debate still continues if High-Speed Downlink Packet Access Plus (HSDPA+) is truly 4G, T-Mobile showed off claimed speeds up to 42Mbps at last weeks CES hoping to silence the debate. Certainly faster than Verizon’s LTE and must faster than anything AT&T wished it had but real world tests have yet to surface. So, while T-Mobile doesn’t have the most sought after smartphone of all time, it at least can run the few others no one knows the names of at blazing speeds. The question is, is that good enough?