Twitter makes the Innovator’s Patent Agreement — good for innovation, and smart for defense

In theory. The Twitter Innovator’s Patent Agreement is a way for engineers creating some of Twitter’s features and technologies to file patents for their creations, but not to become “patent trolls”, so to speak, and go on the offensive, suing other companies and individuals over patents/ideas. In fact, the only applicable use of an offensive lawsuit based upon infringed property would be in the defense. In other words, it lets engineers and other stakeholders significant control over how their property might be used in litigation.

All of this comes from today’s official Twitter blog post, stating that, patents “may be used to impede the innovation of others,” and the Innovator’s Patent Agreement is built around the idea of not doing that. In fact, there’s already positive feedback on the new agreement: Loren Brichter, who worked on the Twitter app for more than a year and developed the iconic (and now also a pending patent application) pull-to-refresh gesture, jovially tweeted about it. Via: Innovator’s Patent Agreement

Halo 4 Release Date Is Nov. 6, Airs On Conan Tonight

Oh, goodie. Halo 4, the latest entry into the Master Chief saga will launch on November 6th for the Xbox 360. The new title has state-of-the-art graphics for any Halo game so far, along with a “darker” and “more compelling” storyline than we’ve seen previously within Halo games. This particular game is being designed and coded by 343 Industries, a company sprung up from many of the Bungie employees that made previous Halo games, along with some fresh minds. In it, 343 Industries plans to start the Reclaimer Saga and continue the Master Chief saga.

Apparently, there’s also going to be word about the game tonight with Conan O’Brien, on his TBS show at 11 p.m. Pacific. It’s locked and loaded from here on out for Halo 4.

Via: MarketWatch

HTC boots CFO who established Beats Audio deal

In a rather interesting turn of events, HTC CFO Winston Young has been moved over to a “corporate development role” after only a year as the CFO. He was with HTC during its highs and lows, and also established the Beats Audio deal for HTC devices, which hasn’t really been beneficial at all for the company. In his place there is a certain Chia-Lin Chang, a former Goldman Sachs partner and Motorola engineer who might be able to capitalize on the HTC One series, which could make or break the company. A reason has not been given as to why HTC made this decision, so analysts will purportedly debate why. Via: Reuters

Windows 8 Editions Revealed: Pro, RT, And 8

The 3 editions of Windows 8 have been announced. It’s plain and simple, just the way it should be. First off, Windows 8 is the version that mostly everyone will be using, which is mainly geared towards PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32-bit and 64-bit), followed by Windows 8 Pro which mostly adds “encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity”. Lastly, the ARM version of Windows 8 will be called Windows RT. And of course, there’s the Windows 8 Enterprise edition.  At the Windows Team Blog you can the see whole breakdown of different versions of the upcoming operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus with 4G LTE coming out on April 22nd for $200

The 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus is inbound to another carrier for $200 — Sprint, not Verizon, where the Nexus retails for a Benjamin more. Google Wallet users get $10 credit from the start, with an additional $40 given after 3 weeks. Plus, this version of the Galaxy Nexus is 300MHz faster, meaning 1.5GHz of dual-core processing power. Interesting news, no doubt. Press release below this sentence.

Via: Sprint

This morning, Sprint announced Galaxy Nexus will be available on April 22 for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Pre-order begins today at As an extra bonus, Sprint customers who activate a Google Wallet account within a week of activation of their Galaxy Nexus will receive a $10 instant credit on their Google Wallet account and an additional $40 credit within three weeks.

It boasts a Pure Google experience, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ contour display and dual cameras.

Crysis 3 Announced By EA, Launching Spring 2013

The first Crysis game had you fighting North Koreans, then it Crysis 2, Crytek had you fighting the American paramilitary corportation C.E.L.L, and now you’re going to still be in New York City in Crysis 3, however the entire city has been encased inside of Cell Corporation’s Nanodome, which turns NYC into an urban jungle, with seven distinct environments (known as the Seven Wonders). Apparently this setup is going to push the very boundaries of the Nanosuit and is to protect the city from the alien Ceph, however it’s simply the company’s conquest of world domination in the year of 2047. Oh, and the game runs on the fantastic and new CryENGINE 3.

Which is why you see our Nanosuit supersoldier (presumably Prophet) using a bow and arrow, yet with the Scarab automatic assault rifle on his back. Very, very cool indeed. There are also three different pre-order bonuses that can be had depending on which retailer players order Crysis 3 from. Personally, I can hardly wait.

Via: Crysis 

Samsung to unveil ‘next Galaxy’ smartphone on May 3rd in London

There’s not much to this: members of the press have been invited to a price even on May 3rd, in London, while outsiders will have access to a Facebook stream. In the invite, Samsung refers to what could possibly be called “the next Galaxy”, meaning that this indeed could be the next-generation Galaxy device that succeeds the Galaxy S II. Time to wait and see!

Via: Samsung Tomorrow

This Week On LaptopMemo: Up And Down Went The News

This week’s news was always centered around technology or gaming, but somehow it wasn’t hot enough to be called news per say. In this case, whenever there’s a rather slow week of news, I’ll usually refer to it as “nooz”. Moving on, here’s what happened this week: an Incredible 4G gets leaked, Crysis 3 teased, the new Chrome OS design, new Excite Ice Cream Sandwich tablets from Toshiba, Google+ was redesigned, I review the Crumpler Nhill Heist backpack, a new Nook with GlowLight, and the Lumia 900 sees a data connectivity fix. Also, an HTC One S press event in NYC (we’ll be attending!).

Indeed, that was an entirely thrilling week. Here’s the next one, that will actually contain some exciting things.