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Today's Tech: Samsung's Apple patent fine halved, Galaxy S4 specs and video emerge, Sonos PlayBar reviewed

Apple may have been too quick to celebrate the now infamous $1.05 billion verdict awarded in its favour by a California jury last summer. After reviewing the damages process, Judge Lucy Koh found that it had been arrived at by giving too much credence to an expert witness on Apple's side and was therefore "based on a legally impermissible theory". Accordingly, Judge Koh slashed the original verdict by nearly 50 per cent (opens in new tab), striking more than a dozen Samsung devices from the original verdict. In a further slap to Apple, she handed down a ruling entitling Samsung to a new trial for the gadgets in question.

The latest legal events provide a welcome boost to Samsung as it ramps up the preparations for its Galaxy S4 launch on 14 March. Getting the momentum going today was the release of the first official teaser video (opens in new tab), but alas we have no exciting glimpses of the S4 itself. Instead we have an irritating child in a suit. But build-up is build-up, so check out the video and get in the spirit.

Providing more Galaxy S4 enlightenment today is a fresh leak allegedly from benchmark testing of the new device, which reveals a host of specifications (opens in new tab). Among them, we have apparent confirmation of the beastly eight-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, as well as a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 4.99in full HD 1920×1080 display, and a 13-megapixel camera. Read on for more on the story including the benchmark screenshots themselves.

So far in 2013, media outlets seem to have attracted a great deal of hackers’ ire. Most notably we had the attacks on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and the theme has spread to Europe with reports that three of the Czech Republic’s most prominent news sites have been breached by cyber criminals (opens in new tab). The old favourite DDoS attacks appear to have been deployed, causing crashing and slowing of the sites. Follow the link for more.

Sonos is widely regarded for its sleekly designed, high quality wireless audio speakers. And the Santa Barbara, California-based company is now taking a stab at enhancing your TV experience with its latest product, PlayBar. But can the boutique firm make the switch from wireless music streaming to cinematic playback? Riyad Emeran certainly thinks so, having tested out the £599 speaker bar. Among other things, Riyad praised PlayBar for its design (opens in new tab), TV sound, and seamless integration with existing Sonos products. Follow the link to find out more about why he gave it the coveted 'ITProPortal Best Buy' honour.

Will began working life as a technology journalist at ITProPortal as Senior Staff Writer. He's worked as a Copywriter, then Creative Lead across video, social, email, web and print. He is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Zone.