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Today's Tech: Samsung takes moral high ground against Apple and Instagram wants to sell your photos

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, 18 Dec 2012News
Today's Tech: Samsung takes moral high ground against Apple and Instagram wants to sell your photos

Samsung and Apple’s ongoing legal feud saw a Californian court throw out the Cupertino firm’s motion for an injunction against the retail of Samsung goods. The San Jose ruling is indicative of a possible turning of the tides in favour of the Korean manufacturer, as a series of court reversals and appeals call into question Apple's initial claims of patent infringement.

There was more legal drama to report on between the two technology monoliths, however, as Samsung decided to actually drop its European injunction requests against Apple. Citing a desire to “protect consumer choice,” the purveyor of all things Galaxy withdrew its sales ban requests against Apple in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. This should not be taken as a sign of pacifism from Samsung, as the Korean firm also asserted that it would persist in other litigation efforts against its US competitor.

In other news, Instagram has caused outrage among users after announcing that an amendment to its terms of use means that it now has the right to sell all photos to advertisers without notification. The move will essentially make the photo-sharing app the world’s largest stock photo agency. It has angered avid users of the app, with one New York photographer condemning it as “Instagram’s suicide note”. The news seems to echo the sentiments made earlier this month by Facebook exec Carolyn Everson. "Eventually we'll figure out a way to monetise Instagram," she said. It seems the world’s largest social network, which bought Instagram earlier this year in a landmark $715 million (£441 million) deal, has found a way to make money from it. But at what cost to its loyal fanbase? 

Hybrid is the name of the game when it comes to Windows 8-optimised hardware, and Lenovo is leading the charge with its tablet- and Ultrabook-convertibles. Joel Santo Domingo took one of those devices, the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, for a spin to find out just how it measures up. The Ultrabook, which he describes as a thinner version of the Lenovo ThinkPad X230t, excels at some things (its keyboard, familiar layout, screen quality), yet is middling at others (battery life, weight, five-point touch). It's ultimately a machine "produced with those people who want to make extensive use of the touch functions in Windows 8 in mind," he found. Follow the link for more details about the ThinkPad Twist's design, features and performance.

Lastly, computing has made huge strides in the last few years, but one innovation that is still a work in progress is the ability to get our computers to think cognitively. In its annual Next 5 in 5 list, tech giant IBM contended that we're now on the verge of entering an "era of cognitive computing" that will include "machines that can help us think" and be able to handle right-brained activities, like sensing. Accordingly, this annum's "5 in 5" focuses on how computers will come to mimic and in many instances alter the human senses in the near future, with IBM predicting a number of radical developments in the coming years. What are they? Click on to glimpse the future.

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