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Atom for jailbroken iPhones is a welcome lockscreen overhaul

The iPhone lockscreen hasn’t changed much in the past six versions of iOS, with the exception of the addition of a camera slider. Atom is a new jailbreak tweak that seeks to completely redesign the lockscreen and add new functionality, and it does not disappoint.

Keep reading to find out how Atom can make your lockscreen even more useful.

Atom replaces the “slide to unlock” bar with a round grabber at the bottom of the screen. Dragging the circle around the grabber reveals the “atom,” a group of up to six app icons around an unlock icon in the center. You can pick your favorite six apps to build the atom from the tweak’s settings.

Animation is one thing that really shines in Atom. When you put your finger on the grabber, the atom icons “pop” in. When you hover the grabber over an icon, it grows and the others around it shrink. When you release the grabber, the icons pop back into the lockscreen and the grabber jumps back to the bottom of the screen. It’s all so smooth that when I first installed the tweak, I just dragged the grabber around the screen continuously playing with the icons and forgot why I was unlocking my phone in the first place.

Atom also smartly hides any active notifications on the lockscreen when the atom is visible so that the screen doesn’t get cluttered. When you release the grabber, the notifications reappear.

Some users may be disappointed that the icons on the atom don’t display notification badges, but I actually found that I preferred it without them after using the tweak for some time.

Atom is a great lockscreen replacement for users who jump around between a few key apps several times a day. The new unlock gesture takes some getting used to, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it during the development process definitely recommend giving it a try.

Atom works on jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches running iOS 5 or iOS 6. You can get it for $1.99 on the BigBoss repo today.

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Apple in court: Samsung infringes key text-selection patent, anti-poaching class action blocked, slide to unlock invalidated in Germany

Text-selectionApple’s decision to disable VPN on demand functionality on iOS due to the virnetX lawsuit isn’t the only patent related Apple news today. Head below for a roundup of Apple’s court woes and wins from earlier today:

Samsung infringes key text-selection patent: Reuters reports that the International Trade Commission has handed down a preliminary decision ruling Samsung infringed on an Apple patent related to a text-selection feature. However, the courts also ruled Samsung didn’t infringe another patent related to detecting when other devices are plugged into a microphone jack. If the text-selection decision is upheld, the result could be a U.S. import ban on Galaxy, Transform, and Nexus devices:

If it is upheld, the ITC can order any infringing device to be barred from importation into the United States. Apple has alleged that Samsung’s Galaxy, Transform and Nexus devices, among others, were among those made with the infringing technology.

Apple wins ruling blocking class action in anti-poaching lawsuit: Back in January we heard U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh had ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook to provide a deposition in the case related to an ongoing private lawsuit that claims Apple, Google, and others entered “no-poach” agreements. At the time the judge didn’t rule on a request to make the suit a class-action case, but today Bloomberg reports that Koh has blocked the lawsuit as proceeding as a class action:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) and six other companies won a court order to block potentially thousands of employees, from engineers to sous chefs, from proceeding in a group lawsuit… The case can’t proceed now as a class action, partly because “plaintiffs examples, though compelling, may not be sufficient to show that all or nearly all class members were affected by the anti-solicitation agreements without additional documentary support or empirical analysis,” Koh wrote.

Slide to unlock: After delays in the ongoing “slide to unlock” patent lawsuit in Germany, paid blogger Florian Mueller (most recently funded by Microsoft and Oracle) reported today that Motorola and Samsung have won a ruling in Germany invalidating Apple’s patent that covers the process of “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image.” Mueller reports Germany’s Federal Patent Court court ruled the patent “fails to meet the technicity requirement under European patent law,” which means it shouldn’t have a major impact on use of the patent in the US:

The court held that the only respect in which the claimed invention is new over the prior art — the fact that a swiping gesture for the purpose of unlocking a device — fails to meet the technicity requirement under European patent law. Software “as such” is not patentable in Europe unless it solves a technical problem with technical means. In this case, the mere fact that a sliding gesture has a visual representation was not deemed to constitute a technical innovation. The patent discloses elements that are undoubtedly technical, but the inventive step here (the delta between the claimed invention and the prior art) was not deemed technical — only “software as such”.

U.K. Judge Rules In Favor Of HTC In Apple Patent Case

Apple’s record in the courtroom takes a surprise hit.

A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of HTC over claims that the Taiwanese smartphone vendor infringes four of Apple’s patents for touchscreen technology, including its famous slide-to-unlock feature. Judge Christopher Floyd decided that HTC’s smartphones are not guilty of infringement, and that three of Apple’s four patents are invalid.

Apple is currently battling rivals like HTC and Samsung over alleged patent infringements on four continents, leading to preliminary injunctions against devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the HTC One X. The majority of these cases have gone Apple’s way in recent months, but not this one.

Floyd ruled that three of the four patents — which covered slide-to-unlock, tools used to scroll through photographs and change alphabets, and multitouch — were invalid; while the one valid patent, which covers photo-management, is not infringed by HTC.

Peter Bell, an attorney with Stevens & Bolton LLP, who isn’t involved with the case, said that the U.K. court ruling “marks a considerable defeat for Apple in the smartphone patent wars.”

“Two of Apple’s prize patents have been knocked out in the U.K.”

In a short statement to Bloomberg, Apple didn’t specifically mention today’s decision, choosing instead to provide a response we’ve heard many times from the company:

“Competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

As you would expect, HTC is delighted by today’s ruling, but it remains “disappointed that Apple continues to favor competition in the courtroom over competition in the marketplace.”

Source: Bloomberg

Slide To Unlock — Your Mac [OS X Tips]

You’ve been sliding to unlock your iPhone and your iPad since day one. Why not do the same on your Mac? Well, today’s tip will show you how, with a simple app download, you can be sliding and gesturing to unlock your Mac in no time at all.

Lock Screen 2, by iDevelop Co. Ltd, is a Mac app that lets you lock your Mac with a keystroke, and then unlock it with a swipe or gesture known only to you. Sneaky!

Download the app from the Mac App store for $1.99 now (regularly priced at $4.99), and let it load up into your Launchpad. Clicking on the icon to launch Lock Screen 2 will put the app into your menu bar, which can then be accessed by clicking on the little lock icon there.

By default, Command-L will lock your Mac’s screen, bringing up the Slide to Unlock message that can be set in the preferences. I set mine to say, “Slide Trackpad to Unlock.” The picture can also be customized using the current desktop picture, an image file from your Mac, or the default image that comes with the App.

For added security, you can also set up what the developers call a “Passpattern” on the keyboard, which allows you to swipe across specific keys in a row as a password gesture of sorts. You can also enable or disable Trackpad unlocking, which can be further secured by adding specific keyboard modifiers like the Control, Option, and/or Command keys along with a one, two, three, or four finger swipe to unlock.

[Via: Mac Life]

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Slide To Win In This Addictive But Frustrating iOS Game [Review]

Sort of woo, but sort of arrg

Slide is a free reflex-testing game for iOS that takes the unlock screen slider from your iPhone and puts it to work elsewhere – mainly, as physical exercise for your thumb.

The humble unlock slider is perhaps one of the most overlooked, yet iconic, symbols of iOS. After a while, you know exactly where to slide your thumb across the screen, and you can do it without even looking.

Slide is all about sliding sliders just like that. The faster you can slide, the more points you get.

There are five slots visible. If they all filled up with unslid sliders, it’s game over. Simple as that.

I downloaded this game with some trepidation. I didn’t expect it to be much fun – but to my horror and surprise, I did find myself smiling while I played. The pace starts slow and picks up very gradually. You’re soon aware of having to deal with two sliders on screen at a time, then three, then four. As the pace picks up, your thumb has to do a great deal of work to keep the screen clear.

So, more fun than expected, but the appeal is limited. It might entertain for a short while, but I wouldn’t call it a keeper. Of course, for a free game, you have to keep your expectations appropriately low.

What did annoy me about this game – and the same applies to many other free apps – is the intrusive advertising. Yes, I know even free games have to earn their makers some money somehow, and I don’t object to advertising generally. What I object to is advertising that feels like it’s constantly jabbing you in the face with a stick, yelling “HEY! YOU! BUY SOMETHING! HEY! BUY!”

And that’s the feeling I get from this game. The game over screen is followed by a full screen ad, which you can only dismiss by tapping a teeny tiny little “x” in the corner. Because it’s so small, it’s easy to miss the “x” and tap the ad instead. Instead of ending the game and thinking “Cool, that was fun, I’ll have another go,” my thoughts end up as “Dammit, stop hassling me.”

Which is not the sort of thought that’s going to encourage me to keep playing, to be honest.

Thankfully, there’s an in-app purchase (one dollar) that removes the ads (oh, and makes the sliders change color, but it’s the ads that matter). If you enjoy the game, this is an in-app purchase worth making.

Pro: It’s different, and offers more short-term entertainment than expected

Con: Advertising wants your soul, and doesn’t care how it gets it

Slide To Unlock Is Now A Crazy App Store Game

The screenshot above might look like the typical UI mess of an Android phone, but it’s actually an iOS reflex game called Slide To Unlock, in which the only goal of the game is to eponymously unlock slider after slider in all directions — up, down, left and right — but not through multiple dimensions, like time and space. It’s like a lock screen Simon.

Here’s a video of it in action, courtesy of FTWApps.

If this looks like your speed, there’s not much to lose, short of $0.99 over at the App Store.

Source: App Store
Via: Technabob

HTC fights ‘slide-to-unlock’ in London as Samsung continues patent war with Apple ahead of settlement talks

With court moderated settlement talks between Apple and Samsung executives set to take place within the next 90 days, Samsung has now filed a counterclaim in a California federal court alleging Apple’s iOS devices are infringing eight patents. The counterclaim is part of an original patent infringement lawsuit initiated by Apple in February. Foss Patents reported:

It comes as no surprise that Samsung retaliated with infringement claims. Samsung owns roughly 30,000 U.S. patents. It has from the outset of its dispute with Apple demonstrated its belief that a good offense is the best defense. So far, none of Samsung’s infringement claims against Apple has succeeded anywhere on Earth, despite efforts in nine different countries, but Samsung keeps on fighting.

Apple is also in the middle of patent infringement cases with HTC, which just told a court in London that its touchscreen devices, specifically its “slide-to-unlock” functionality, do not infringe on Apple’s patents. Bloomberg reported today that HTC’s lawyers described the functionality in question as “extremely simple implementations of commonly known techniques.” Apple’s lawyer Simon Thorley argued HTC is “attacking the validity of four patents” and claimed, “It is clear the inventions make the requisite contributions.”

If HTC is successful, it could have an impact in ongoing patent infringement related cases with Apple in Dutch and German courts. The report described the functionality Apple claims is covered in the patents:

HTC is disputing four Apple patents on zooming in and scrolling between photos, multiple touches on the same screen, unlocking phones, and the use of various alphabets in sending text messages.

Apple’s trial with HTC in London is expected to continue until May 4.