Fully Charged: Call of Duty advances to 2054, Samsung infringes on more Apple patents, and 50 Cent releases Star Wars headphones

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare revealed

Some wondered if Activision’s Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise would return to its World War II roots after several years of near-future action, but it’s quite the opposite, really. Instead, this year’s Advanced Warfare will fling the series forward to the year 2054.

With it comes powered exoskeletons, hover bikes, and cloaked airships—also actor Kevin Spacey, who provides his voice and likeness to Jonathan Irons, the head of a private military corporation that declares war on the United States.

Advanced Warfare is due out on 4 November for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Sledgehammer Games, the co-developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, is heading up development.

[Source: Call of Duty]

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Samsung owes Apple US$119+ million for infringement

The second big trial between Apple and Samsung finally reached its verdict on Friday, with a jury awarding Apple US$119,625,000 (RM748,134,750) in damages due to infringement of its patents by several Samsung devices.

That number is likely to change this week as the jury reconvenes to consider additional damages due to infringement by the Samsung Galaxy S2. Apple was also found to infringe on Samsung’s patents in the trial, but the damages awarded came to just US$158,400 (RM990,633).

Back in 2012, the first trial between the mobile heavyweights resulted in Apple being awarded US$1.05 (RM6.56 ) billion in damages, which was later reduced to US$939.8 (RM5,877) million. In both cases, the figure awarded was much smaller than Apple requested, but they help solidify the perception that Samsung’s success has come on the back of Apple’s various innovations.

[Source: The Verge]

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SMS Audio launches Star Wars-branded headphones

50 Cent’s SMS Audio celebrated Star Wars Day yesterday (“May the 4th be with you”) by releasing four different pairs of headphones inspired by characters and factions from the classic films.

The Star Wars First Edition models of the STREET by 50 On-Ear Wired headphones come in Galactic Empire (black and red), Rebel Alliance (silver and orange), Boba Fett (green and red) and Stormtrooper (white and black) varieties with their respective insignia. Each sells for USD$199.99 and they're all available in limited quantities, so if you want premium listening gear with Star Wars logos plastered on them, act fast.

[Source: SMS Audio]

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