PC Briefs: Palm, Intel, BenQ

PC Briefs: Palm, Intel, BenQ

Palm appeal dismissed in Xerox suit

An appeals court judge has handed Xerox a partial victory in a continuing lawsuit against Palm but has left the door open for Palm to appeal a previous ruling. The long-running lawsuit centers on the Graffiti input technology that is a central part of Palm’s PDA platform. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, rejected an appeal by Palm lodged after a lower court ruling found that a patent held by Xerox regarding input technology was “valid and enforce­able”. The case dates from April 1997 when Xerox sued US Robotics, which was later acquired by 3Com. Xerox contended that the Graffiti input technology infringed on patents the company held for its Unistrokes handwriting recognition software.

Intel shows off Centrino at developer forum

Intel showed off some if its new technologies at the recent Intel Developer Forum, including notebooks featuring Centrino technology. Intel will launch Centrino on March 12. The vendor also discussed several reference designs for future desktop PCs. The Powersville and Statesboro reference designs are meant to provide system builders with a blueprint to create media devices that will serve content around the home. The Marble Falls design is for business users and includes two flat-screen displays and a small chassis. Marble Falls uses a motherboard design with the CPU at the front of the system.

BenQ slashes projector prices for IT resellers

BenQ has slashed the price of its projectors by up to 25 per cent. The vendor is also offering incentives for resellers that carry the entry level range in a bid to get more IT resellers selling its products. For a limited time, BenQ will offer a bonus 1.3 mega-pixel digital camera worth $209 with every purchase of the entry level IT models, the DS650 or DX650.

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