Apple calls for several Samsung devices to be banned following court victory

After last week’s court ruling against Samsung found that the tech giant had violated Apple’s patents and awarded the latter more than $1 billion in damages, the technology world awaited both companies’ next moves, Tecca reports. Now we know that Apple is seeking to prevent the sale of eight Samsung smartphones in the U.S., according to a document filed today. While it might seem to be another huge blow for Samsung, the devices Apple is seeking to ban — notably the Galaxy S2 — are actually pretty dated at this point. The full list includes the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge, and Galaxy Prevail. While some of the Galaxy S2 models are still offered by carriers, the selection is already limited, as these devices have already been replaced with newer models. In addition to these devices, Apple is seeking to extend an existing ban on the wifi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 that went into effect in June to the 4G-enabled version of the tablet

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All Windows 8 apps will offer a try-it-before-you-buy-it feature

There’s nothing worse than shelling out a couple bucks on an app, only to find out that it’s absolutely terrible, right? Well, Microsoft has a plan to eliminate “app regret” — when you’re considering an app from the upcoming Windows 8 Store, you’ll be able to try it for free for seven days before you have to shell out cash for it, Tecca reports. The free trial program may be a necessary tool for Microsoft to overcome the challenges posed by their house minimum: All Windows 8 apps will have a price tag of $1.49 or higher (up to $999.99). That’s significantly higher than the Apple App Store’s 99-cent minimum. Microsoft no doubt hopes higher sales prices will mean more revenue — after all, the company just posted their first ever net loss last quarter. While you’re able to return Android apps for a refund within 15 minutes of purchase, Microsoft is truly offering a real try-it-before-you-buy-it option…

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Professor allegedly assaulted at McDonald’s for wearing futuristic eyewear

University of Toronto professor Steve Mann has been making and wearing his own futuristic eyewear since way before we’d even heard about Google Glass — you can even see him modeling his own creations on his Wikipedia page, Tecca reports. By the late 1990s, his wearable device evolved into the EyeTap Digital Eye Glass, an eyepiece equipped with a camera that can help people see better. And according to Mann’s newest post on his website, it may also be the reason why he was allegedly physically assaulted at a McDonald’s restaurant in Paris, France during a recent family trip. Since the EyeTap isn’t exactly easy to miss, he brings its documentation and a letter from his doctor wherever he goes. The first McDonald’s employee who asked about the device didn’t seem to have an issue with it. But after Mann and his family ordered and were seated, an employee flanked by two others reportedly tried to yank the eyewear from his head. Since that’s an impossible task — the EyeTap is screwed to Mann’s skull — they just pushed him out the door…

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Facebook launches App Center, makes app discovery a social experience

Today Facebook started rolling out the App Center: A mobile app portal within the social networking site. With 600 titles available at launch, App Center collects the apps that can post to Facebook as well as the ones that use the site for login authentication, Tecca reports. The list of titles includes many familiar hits like Draw Something, Instagram, Foursquare, and Words with Friends. Facebook App Center will recommend you not only apps your friends use, but also those that have exceptionally high ratings. And if you click on a title that you have to download on your phone or tablet (some titles are Facebook web apps), you’ll be redirected to the Apple App Store or Google Play where you can get it. We reached out to Facebook to ask if the new app hub is intended to be a competitor to existing app ecosystems like Apple’s App Store or to Google Play. According to a spokesperson from the company, “Actually, it’s quite the opposite. The App Center will drive growth for social apps whether they’re built on iOS, Android, mobile web, or on Facebook.” In May alone, Facebook sent people to Apple’s own App Store 83 million times…

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