Two new intellectual property lawsuits have been launched against Apple by two smaller companies alleging patent violations. Openwave has announced legal action against both Apple and Research in Motion alleging that the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad infringe upon five of the company’s patents related to offline e-mail applications, secure client-server communications, application updating, user experience and cloud computing. In addition to the patent claim, Openwave has also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission requesting that the ITC bar the importation of the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch, iPad and iPad 2. Another claim has been launched by Wi-LAN against Apple, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, HTC, and others alleging infringement of two patents related to wireless technologies such as CDMA, HSPA, Wi-Fi and LTE.
Vito Technology has released an update to Solar Walk adding support for displaying content on an external 3D TV. Solar Walk is a 3D interactive virtual model of our solar system that allows users to navigate through space and time exploring the planets and their moons along with several of Earth’s satellites and hundreds of named places on Earth’s Moon, Mars, Earth and Venus. A Time Machine feature allows users to adjust time back or forward moving planets and satellites along their real trajectories. Version 1.8 adds support for connecting to an external screen including 3D TV support along with 3D models of Earth’s ten main satellites with real-time trajectories and more detailed Earth textures. The update also adds three new educational movies: Tidal Phenomena, Major Circles of Latitude and Zodiacal Constellations. Solar Walk 1.8 is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $3.
Zero1.tv has announced its new VooMote Zapper accessory for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Zapper is a small, dock-connecting universal remote featuring a colorful body and four built-in IR transmitters to allow for operation in a variety of positions. It works in conjunction with the company’s VooMote Zapper app, which offers an IR code database of “hundreds of thousands” of electronic devices, the ability to customize the remote layout, macro capabilities, and a graphical programming guide. The VooMote Zapper will be available in 11 Smart Cover-matching colors and will be available in October for $70; matching cases for the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch will also be offered.
iLounge is pleased to announce the Griffin PowerDock Dual Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for September, iLounge and Griffin Technology are giving away one of ten PowerDock Dual charging stations for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on September 30, 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
XtremeMac has rolled out three new speaker systems for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The Luna Voyager II is a low-profile, dual-alarm FM clock radio featuring a top-mounted, iPad-compatible dock and an orange front display. It is joined in the new lineup by the Soma Stand, a portable speaker system featuring a folding design, dual ported speaker legs, the ability to run off AC power or batteries, and a mid-mounted, iPad-compatible dock, and the Soma Travel, a small portable speaker system with a retractable, iPad-compatible dock, swing out legs for stability, and the ability to run off power supplied by the docked device. All three of XtremeMac’s new speakers will be available next month; pricing has yet to be announced.
Griffin Technology has introduced its new Stylus + Pen + Laser Pointer for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and other touchscreen devices. As the name suggests, the Stylus + Pen + Laser Pointer integrates a touchscreen-friendly, rubber-tipped stylus and a refillable ballpoint pen into a single unit with each tool on an opposite end, and sports a laser pointer integrated into the cap, which also boasts a integrated pocket clip. Griffin Technology’s Stylus + Pen + Laser Pointer is available now and sells for $50.
Apple has promoted its vice president of Internet services Eddy Cue to the position of Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. According to his Apple Press bio, Cue will be reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook, and his duties will include overseeing the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore, as well as iAd and iCloud services. In an email to Apple employees announcing the move, Cook credited Cue with playing a major role in the launch of the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003, and the App Store in 2008; the complete email is available at 9to5Mac.
Hulu has released an update to Hulu Plus adding limited support for displaying video content on an external display over HDMI on the iPad 2. With the release of the iPad 2 in March, Hulu Plus was originally able to provide HDMI output via the new display mirroring feature, however the company quickly moved to block this capability, releasing an update in April that disabled display mirroring when using the Hulu Plus application, presumably due to content licensing restrictions.
The release of Hulu Plus 2.4 adds HDMI output capabilities back into the application; rather than using the display mirroring feature, however, the app sends a separate, standard-definition video stream to an HDMI connected display. The update also adds the ability to save an entire season to the queue, adds closed captioning support to some content and renames “Subscriptions” to “Favorites.” Hulu Plus 2.4 is available from the App Store as a free download. HDMI output requires the Apple Digital AV Adapter and an iPad 2.
Makayama has unveiled its new Movie Mount accessory for the iPad 2. The Movie Mount securely holds the iPad 2 while allowing it to be attached to a standard tripod mount for smooth camera movements when shooting video, and also offers the ability to use 37mm conversion lenses, the ability to slide on-the-fly between the built-in lens and a conversion lens, the ability to attach shotguns microphones and external lights, and compatibility with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover. Makayama’s Movie Mount for iPad 2 is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship next month for $70. [via Engadget]
Apple has started to air its latest TV commercial for the iPad 2. Entitled “Learn,” the 30-second advertisement is similar in tone to the company’s prior iPad 2 commercials, and features a voiceover by Peter Coyote which states, “Are you curious about new ideas? Do you want to learn a new language, or just a new word? Maybe you want to know more about anatomy, or astronomy. You could master something new, or uncover a hidden talent. There’s never been a better time to learn.” The new commercial is available for viewing on Apple’s website.