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November 29, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Nov. 29, 2012

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Couple Names Newborn Daughter Hashtag

A couple’s love of Twitter has manifested itself in their newborn daughter’s name: Hashtag.

The Jameson family announced the arrival of their daughter via Facebook around 10 p.m. Nov. 24.

“Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 oclock last nite. She weys 8pounds and I luv her so much!!!!!” the Facebook post reads.

The jury is still out on whether the name is a prank or the real thing.

If the American couple really did choose Hashtag as their daughter’s name it will join the list of other odd baby names: Apple, Coco, Kyd, Sage Moonblood, Tu Morrow and Moxie Crimefighter to name a few.

The top 20 oddest celebrity baby names can be viewed here.

At least the children of celebrities have their parents’ money to protect them from bullying, but poor little Hashtag Jameson will be on her own.

Sharp to Launch Ultra-Thin 4K Monitor for $5,500

Sharp will debut the industry’s thinnest 32-inch-class 4K LCD monitor in Japan early next year for $5,500 U.S.

Dubbed the PN-K321, it is 3.5mm thick and uses Sharp’s new IGZO technology, meaning it can display up to 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, the equivalent of four full-HD screens.

“The PN-K321 is Sharp’s latest ultra-high-definition display and features smaller transistors (TFTs) in the LCD panel compared to conventional displays, thereby increasing the amount of transmitted light per pixel,” the company says in a press release.

“Because 4K2K displays enable clear, crisp display of large amounts of information ranging from small text to detailed images on one screen, they boost operational efficiency by sparing users the need to scroll frequently.

The screen will have two HDMI connectors, enabling users to connect a PC, home video equipment and two small speakers. It weighs about 16.5 pounds.

Samsung, Apple at Odds Over ‘Pinch-to-Zoom’ Patent

Samsung is claiming it has found a way to avoid violation of Apple’s pinch-to-zoom patent, but Apple says the South Korean company’s claims are pure “fiction.”

Apple and Samsung, who will be back in court with Judge Lucy Koh Dec. 6, are each scrambling for leverage in their ongoing patent war.

Apple is hoping to enter evidence that Samsung’s “work around,” to prevent patent violation “demonstrates continuing infringement of the ’915 patent.”

Professor Karan Singh, who reviewed Samsung’s modified code for Apple showed “that Samsung’s ‘modified code still infringes because it distinguishes between a single input point and multiple input points,” Apple says.

Samsung is attempting to stop Singh’s declaration from being included in the trial.

 

 

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