A judge rules Samsung Galaxy phones will have to stop selling via The Netherlands, but Android 3 might come to the rescue
Yesterday, it emerged the court had banned sales of three Samsung Galaxy phones in a number of European countries, but only because of an infringement of one Apple patent.
Today's ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive.
That patent, which relates to a photo scrolling function, would not be infringed by Android 3, otherwise known as Honeycomb, according to reports.
The ban on the Samsung Galaxy S, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Ace would come into force from 15 October.
Samsung therefore has to add Android 3 to those devices, or change the software so it does not infringe the photo scrolling patent, if it wants to be able to sell them across Europe.
As for the other patents being fought over, the judge did not uphold several of them, including claims Samsung had stolen design ideas from Apple.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not affected by the court ruling either.
Samsung welcomed the judgement, appearing convinced it would only affect Dutch customers, reports found.
However, as industry onlookers have noted, Samsung uses the Netherlands to import most of its devices into the EU, meaning the injunction would prevent sales in other European nations, including the UK.
“Today's ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive,” Samsung said in a statement.
"With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our Galaxy smartphones to Dutch consumers."As the patent infringement was related to Android issues and was upheld, it could mean Apple has grounds to take court cases to other competitors across Europe.
The hotel owners have an almost obsessive understanding of true luxury, with their attention to detail like nothing we had seen before. The walls are not simply clad in quality papers but they have taken the next step and sought the finest cashmere wall coverings with silk surrounds and Italian leathers in warm shades of sand, gold and autumn reds to give the eye a sense of calm.
A stunning Art lounge bar allows all guests to enjoy a welcome drink – a quenching cocktail of soda, ice, lime, and fresh strawberries. A display of classic instruments sits waiting for the evenings live music, complete with strings, piano, drums and microphone. Before the River Bank Restaurant you can find the Churchill Cigar Club with the finest Cubans in the world and bespoke crafted Italian leather arm chairs to discuss the latest market debates or business deals.
Each room comes complete with a well stocked mini bar, complimentary water, a selection of wardrobes, desks, tables and chairs to choose from. You can either use blinds, or add curtains to the equation ensuring you get the very deepest sleep and not even the 30 degree sunshine will awake you from your dreams.
Alexandra Coorssen was an exemplary hostess and showed us around the countless conference facilities, meeting rooms and other suites the hotel had to offer. The food in the hotel is also nothing short of Michelin starred. Whether it’s a breakfast of freshly baked pastries and breads coupled with quality preserves, or asking the chef to prepare you an omlette before your eyes the standard of both the food and the staff in the River Bank restaurant is second to none.
When the illustration is clicked on it returns search results on the literary giant and poet who is credited with pioneering the science fiction genre.
He was born in Buenos Aires on August 24 1899 and during his early year he was taught at home by his parents before attending school in Geneva, Switzerland.
After returning to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in surrealist literary journals.
Experts believe the influential writer, who honed his literary skills writing yogurt adverts, was ahead of his time with his writings and long before the internet or digital computers were established.
His short stories were connected by common themes including labyrinths, dreams, libraries and fictional writers.
The multi-linguist envisioned “a massive branching structure as a better way to organise data and to represent human experience”.
One of his most well known books was the short story “The Library of Babel,” in which his library is so vast it is constructed of countless hexagonal galleries.
Experts also believe that his other “hypertext” works from the 1940s, such as “Ficciones”, published in 1944, and “The Aleph”, 1949, were some of his best writings. He is also known for Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings,
Many believe he became a myth in his own lifetime for his “mythic riddlings”.
"I am not sure that I exist, actually,” he once said.
“I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities that I have visited, all my ancestors."
The cunningly named 'Docklands GP' (ExCeL London) and 'B20 Raceway' (NEC Birmingham) will take centre stage at this year's all-new show. The tracks will feature power laps by Top Gear’s very own tame racing driver The Stig as well as challenges for presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May. And, of course, a host of other celebrities vying for the top spot in Top Gear Live’s very own Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Join Top Gear favourites Sabine Schmitz, Tiff Needell, Derek Bell and a whole host of other celebrity guests, drivers and presenters at the brand new tracks where you can see a full programme of incredible action.
This year the Live Action Arena is bigger, noisier and more annoying at parties than ever before. The Presenters will be doing their best to direct the general chaos within, whilst desperately avoiding stunt cars howling past at enormous speeds in the dark. The Top Gear Stunt Team will also be joining them and showing off their practiced skills under the ever disapproving visor of their master, The Stig. Never look The Stig in the eye…
The TopGearLive production team is, as usual, keeping the details of the new show a closely guarded secret, but we know they were sourcing inspiration from all over the world during the last hugely successful global tour. Could we see a supercar shaped like the Eiffel Tower, a motorbike ramp mimicking Stonehenge and the Top Gear Live production team recreated as a Chinese Terracotta army?
Probably not… but whatever they have up their collective sleeves will be guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. To book tickets and for more information please visit:
Music and Life, Birmingham's newest community organisation, will be holding a special African event which aims to celebrate African culture and bring all communities together tomorrow Saturday 20th August.
The event, to be held at The Barn Social Club, will be the first of its kind in the city and will showcase the diverse culture, notably the music and arts of African people. In the spirit of the Big Society, organisers are hoping that both African and non-Africans will be attracted to the event to share in this rich diversity and as a first step towards promoting community cohesion.
In addition to music and arts, there will be African food and local African businesses will be showcasing their work..
The full address of the venue is: The Barn Social Club, Witton, B6 7AJ, Birmingham and the event will be held on 20 August, 2011 starting at 1pm till late. For more information please call 07949 344 600.
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered a modified form of the drug MDMA - commonly known as Ecstasy - which has 100 times more cancer-busting properties than the well known recreational drug, and which they hope may be able to be produced in a safe form to treat patients.
Research results published online this week in the journal Investigational New Drugs show significant success in ‘redesigning the designer drug’ for potential use as a cancer-killing agent in the treatment of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The new work builds on the Birmingham scientists’ discovery six years ago that more than half of the cancers of white blood cells they looked at responded in the test tube to the growth-suppressing properties of psychotropic drugs. These include amphetamine derivatives such as Ecstasy and weight-loss pills, and antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac).
At the time, the team stressed that translating their laboratory findings into a useable clinical compound would present significant problems, not least because the dose of MDMA required to treat a cancerous tumour would have proved fatal to the patient. They aimed to break down the actions of the drug to isolate its cancer-killing properties from its general toxicity.
Working with researchers from the University of Western Australia who produced the new compounds for them, Birmingham scientists found specially modified forms of Ecstasy boosted their ability to attack and destroy cancerous cells by a factor of 100. Importantly for the future, they believe they understand the mechanism behind this.
Lead author Professor John Gordon, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Immunology and Infection, explains: ‘Together, we were looking at structures of compounds that were more effective. They started to look more lipophilic, that is, they were attracted to the lipids that make up cell walls. This would make them more ‘soapy’ so they would end up getting into the cancer cells more easily and possibly even start dissolving them. By knowing this we can theoretically make even more potent analogues of MDMA and eventually reach a point where we will have in our drug cabinet the most potent form possible.’
He adds: ‘This is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer. While we would not wish to give people false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvement in treatments in years to come.’
The team now hopes to go on to develop pre-clinical studies.
Dr David Grant, Scientific Director of the national charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which part funded the research, comments: “The prospect of being able to target blood cancer with a drug derived from Ecstasy is a genuinely exciting proposition. Many types of lymphoma remain hard to treat and non-toxic drugs which are both effective and have few side effects are desperately needed. Further work is required but this research is a significant step forward indeveloping a potential new cancer drug.”
Mr Hunt visits Birmingham City University which is hosting the first of six summits to discuss the issues and benefits of new local TV services which are expected to launch on the digital terrestrial TV platform Freeview by 2015.
Media regulator Ofcom has identified 65 towns and cities in the UK where it is technically possible to launch a local TV service and licences for the first 10 to 20 are expected to be granted next summer. The discussion groups start in Birmingham today and move on to Manchester (tomorrow), Newcastle (24 Aug), Cardiff (26 Aug), Glasgow (9 Sep) and London (14 Sep). A govt consultation on the plans closes on 23 Sep
The Birmingham event will be hosted within the University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment at Millennium Point at Eastside in Birmingham’s city centre.
Eastside will also be home to phase one of the Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, which is due to open in 2013 and set to deliver “the biggest media studios between London and Salford”. The giant media hub will include TV, radio and photographic studios and will underpin the University’s media courses.
The panel will include Jeremy Hunt, Marc Reeves, editor of Business Desk (West Midlands), Phil Thickett, head of school of media at Birmingham City University, Debra Davis, chief executive of City TV Broadcasting, Peter Davies, director, radio content and broadcasting for Ofcom and Jamie Conway, managing director, Element TV.
The summit will be attended by potential bidders, media and creative companies, civic leaders and MPs, plus representatives from university and colleges.
Joanna Birch, Head of Enterprise Development at Birmingham City University, said "We are widely recognised locally and nationally for our excellence in media education so we are a natural host for the first national summit on local TV.
“Our longstanding partnerships with major broadcasters including BBC, ITV and Sky, as well as our extensive networks and contacts with local media production outlets have already been recognised by Skillset, a national skills organisation that ensures learning meets the real needs of the creative and media industries.
“Our latest work in developing specialist, industry-led training across gaming, TV, radio and digital platforms, along with our multi-million investment to create one of the UK’s biggest and best media education facilities reinforces our long-term commitment to this important sector.”
HUGO Just Different is for the man who takes inspiration from everything around him. His journey is unusual and the route he takes seems random; at every step his movement is fast, energetic, spontaneous. He sees the unexpected and he knows that a receptive mind is the key to his creative success and enrichment. He has the ability to see the world around him differently, he is the catalyst for new experiences, and together with his friends he turns the night upside down and back again.
Acclaimed musician, music video director and film actor, Jared Leto, who has been signed as the face of HUGO Just Different and HUGO Man, aptly personifies this creative and experimental spirit. The epitome of the curious cultural grazer, he is constantly on the look-out for original ideas and experiences from a multitude of sources.
“Inspiration can come from different sources: from a person, from a book, from a night, from an experience, from an encounter. And I certainly find inspiration in all of these things.” Jared Leto
HUGO Just Different – The Fragrance
HUGO Just Different is a reinvention of the classical, fresh, masculine Fougère fragrance type. Taking inspiration from the fundamental contrasts within the metropolitan environment which the HUGO man inhabits, it is characterised by the unexpected fusion of different ingredients, combining fresh coolness with a soft, underlying warmth. HUGO Just Different brings together an innovative blend of notes to produce a surprising new scent that leaves you invigorated, curious and ready to see things differently.
Top Note: A reinvention of the classic aromatic Fougère top note, it drives the freshness of the fragrance with a cool signature built on a complex ‘frozen’ mint accord, and is accentuated by vibrant aromatic notes. The camphoraceous and cooling effect of the mint stimulates the senses, capturing the thrill of life in the modern metropolis.
Heart Note: A surprisingly light and fruity floral character tempered with herbs, the heart accord combines freesia with basil and coriander. This playfully experimental blend accentuates the vibrancy of the scent and creates the unexpected connection between the top and base notes.
Base Note: The woody, ambery base accord features a rich blend of patchouli, cashmeran, oilbanum and labdanum which creates a smooth, rich dry-down with a soft warmth. Contrasted with the coolness of the mint top notes, this creates a juxtaposition which serves as an apt metaphor for the cool steel and glass of the cityscape infused with the underlying warmth and energy of its inhabitants. This completes the scented image of the reinvented Fougère fragrance.
“With HUGO Just Different we wanted to create a fragrance that would capture the concept of ‘seeing things differently’ by offering an unusual twist of a well-known fragrance type. The result is a contemporary interpretation of a classic Fougère fragrance, which delivers a novel olfactory experience that is fresh, green and minty, but also has this unexpected flourish of warmth underneath. It truly turns upside down what you would normally expect from the scent a man might wear on a night out.” Will Andrews, P&G Fragrance Creation Team
Over the years, fashion weeks held in London, Paris, Milan, New York each celebrate the iconic trends of the seasons with lavish hair styles evoking futuristic queens, ostentatious office girls, or the classic Winehouse bouffant. So how do the world’s leading fashion designers create their powerful and stylish looks? Well you wouldn’t go far wrong in hiring a stylist who understands the benefit of using refined and well thought out salon tools.
The ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush is a must have for any mid length to long hair creation that needs extra body and flow. Used mainly in the process of blow drying, the ceramic barrel heats up quickly to speed up the blow dry. A long handle is completed in a black satin finish with a balanced weight for the perfect stroke. The ghd brand has positioned itself well as the luxury hair brand but at an affordable price for most budgets or special gifts.
Another quality product is the ghd Paddle brush, a classic used with mid length to long hair styles. Its broad flat base allows stylists to blow dry large sections of hair smooth and straight.
So too, a good pair of hair straighteners is one of the most useful and flexible tools you will ever own. High quality hair straighteners are not, as the name may suggest, only useful for straightening your hair. As long as the straighteners heat up to the correct temperatures, you can use those such as the classic Gold’s by ghd to style your hair in a variety of different ways.
Straightening your hair is perhaps the simplest style you can achieve, but as catwalk fashion moves increasingly closer to the high street, straighteners like ghd rise to the temperatures needed to break down the hydrogen bonds in your hair that make it curl.
The new identity reflects the heritage and brand values of the organisation as well as its commitment to innovation and customer service and has been incorporated into new website design, literature and social media campaigns.
To coincide with the brand launch, Wyatt PR developed a customer communications campaign called Styleability to reflect AKW’s commitment to offering choice, style and value.
Styleability communicates the message that style and choice does not have to be compromised. People with disabilities should feel safe and comfortable in a home that is styled around their needs and desires. The campaign aims to remove the negative perceptions that some people have of adapted kitchens or bathrooms, and prove that they too can be stylish.
As well as a customer magazine, the campaign also includes social media and PR, with longer term plans for increased online activity and presence and a roll out of activity in Europe.
Karen Bernie, Managing Director at Wyatt said: “We are very excited to be working with a company who are so passionate about giving people the best quality care. The new campaigns are proving to be a success and we are looking forward to helping the company build on this success in the future.”
NatWest today launches CommunityForce, a new initiative to help local charities, organisations and groups raise publicity of their work and attract volunteers. The programme also provides the opportunity to receive funding through the NatWest CommunityForce awards.
Through the initiative 158 individual CommunityForce areas have been created – one of which is available in Birmingham - offering local projects the chance to win one of three £6,000 awards.
Separate funds have been established in the Solihull and Sutton Coldfield areas.
Organisations and charities can apply for a CommunityForce award at www.natwest.com/communityforce or www.rbs.co.uk/communityforce between 25th July and 4th September 2011. An on-line public vote will then decide which three organisations will receive the awards, ensuring the winners are those that local people feel benefit their community most.
The new CommunityForce initiative will offer organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards, charities and projects will become part of a local online network giving them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area. NatWest’s people will also be volunteering their time and expertise, and supporting the bank’s commitment to deliver 7000 days of community volunteering in 2011.
Martin French the newly appointed Local Chief Executive Officer for NatWest in Birmingham, said: ‘NatWest has a long and proud history of supporting the community in Birmingham and I’m delighted that one of the first tasks in my new role is to launch CommunityForce locally. It is really important to me that the bank is giving the community the chance to vote for the award winners, ensuring these funds go to the organisations local people value the most.”
Martin added: “CommunityForce is part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities where we live and work; not just by donating funds, but also through volunteering our time and expertise”