Archive for February, 2011

Kno maybe selling tablet hardware business, focusing on software instead

February 21, 2011

From all things Digital: Kno Student Tablet Start-Up in Talks to Sell Off Tablet Part of Its Business

Kno–the much-funded and high-profile Silicon Valley start-up aimed at making tablet computers focused at students–is considering selling off the entire hardware part of the business and is in talks with two major consumer electronics manufacturers to do so, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources said Kno execs have recently decided that the quicker-than-expected uptake in tablet production by a multitude of powerful device makers had made its efforts to package a seamless offering less critical.

Instead, the company will focus on its robust software and services to offer students on the Apple iPad, as well as upcoming tablets based on Google’s Android mobile operating system and others.


Leaving aside the effect this has had on those who had preordered tablets from Kno (here’s hoping the company finds a way to make it up to them) I think this is great move for Kno and one I had personally recommend to them through their advisory panel. I think working with a major manufacturer to keep the hardware costs low and including a digitizer that enables both finger and stylus input is the wave of the future. I am picturing Kno being an application running on top of Android or iOS  and enabling this functionality.  You could use Kno to then read and annotate a PDF file or case and then print it with markups/highlighting to use at trial.

The company is apparently still in a quiet period and has announced intentions to inform interested parties of their plans on April 14, 2011.   Though it is disappointing that the last update on their Press/News Page is from January 25th, 2011 touting their student ambassador program.



Kno Shipping update

February 17, 2011

Ironically, the same day I post an update talking about the Kno, the company has started calling customers who had preordered and letting them it would be approximately 60 days until the tablets shipped and not all pre-order would be filled. Kno’s facebook page also indicates that the company has laid personnel and is going through some significant changes.  Some of the posts are speculating that Kno maybe reconsidering its future as a hardware company and perhaps moving to a software only model.  As my previous post, mentioned the HTC Flyer supports a stylus and handwriting.  Further rumors are swirling that Google is building handwriting support in future releases of honeycomb (their tablet focused version of the Android OS).  In my mind, handwriting recognition and support is the differentiator that will drive tablets into the education space.

Stay tuned for future updates.

HTC Flyer vs. the Kno vs. the Xoom

February 16, 2011

Well HTC has just shown off their new table the HTC Flyer.  I am intrigued because they have heavily featured its ability to use a stylus.  As my posts about the Kno have said, I really think stylus will be a game changer for attorney’s and students. The ability to highlight (specifically listed for the Flyer, and it will automatically collate your highlights) and write directly on eBooks or documents may give HTC an edge. The 7″ form factor has not proven itself a success for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is now going to come in a 10″ model as well, so we will see if that holds back the Flyer.  There is also the possibility HTC will incorporate the same features into a 10″ model to compete with the Motorola Xoom.

Exciting times for Android and hopefully attorneys are ahead.  I will watching eagerly to see this technology make its way into the classroom and the court room.

As far as the Kno goes as of today, no updates have been released on their shipping delay.

Internet Retailer Limits Negative Online Reviews in Its Terms and Conditions – News – ABA Journal

February 15, 2011

An Internet retailer called Full House Appliances expressed its displeasure when a customer posted a negative review on the ResellerRatings website. The company dispatched an e-mail to the commenter warning that libel is a prosecutable offense in Washington State where it operates, and it intends to pursue legal action absent a mutually agreeable settlement, the New York Times reports in its Haggler column. The e-mail asserts that the customer had violated Full House Appliance’s terms and conditions—requirements that all consumers must accept before ordering from the company. The Times quotes from the terms and conditions, including this one: “I understand that libel is a prosecutable felony in the state where FHA operates. I agree that if I intend to provide negative feedback, the only legitimate one is based solely on verifiable and documented facts, i.e., the e-mail, live chat transcript and all the terms and conditions…

via Internet Retailer Limits Negative Online Reviews in Its Terms and Conditions – News – ABA Journal.

KindleLendingClub Forced By Amazon To Rebrand; Now

February 14, 2011

This post on TechCrunch discusses how a startup that allows users to work together to lend each other eBooks on their kindles, was asked to change its name by Amazon (maybe forced is too strong of a word).

KindleLendingClub is now rebranding as to enable it to continue in business.


Court Holds that Data About Car Speed and Brake Usage Stored in Car’s Computer Protected by Fourth Amendment

February 10, 2011

This is a link to a post by Orin Kerr covering that the data contained in a car’s “black box” is protected by the fourth amendment and that police (at least in that area of California) need to a get a search warrant before retrieving it.

Quote from State v. Xinos opinion:

We do not accept the Attorney General’s argument that defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the data contained in his vehicle’s SDM. The precision data recorded by the SDM was generated by his own vehicle for its systems operations. While a person’s driving on public roads is observable, that highly precise, digital data is not being exposed to public view or being conveyed to anyone else. . . . We conclude that a motorist’s subjective and reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to her or his own vehicle encompasses the digital data held in the vehicle’s SDM.

Internet Users Right to Anonymity and/or Privacy and protection from Subpoena

February 10, 2011

Another posts from Kashmir Hill on her blog THE NOT-SO PRIVATE PARTS covers the issue of the hosting site “fighting” subpoena aimed at discovering the identities of their users.  This is growing area of litigation that is yet to be settled.

Will Facebook and California Defense Attorney Continue to Fight the Killa Mobb?

Facebook’s lawyers have been looking for a rumble over the company’s responsibility to turn over user’s account information in legal cases. Now they’ve got one, thanks to a California juror and his grandstanding defense attorney.

Sony v. Geohot litigation heats up, SCEA demands YouTube give up Hotz and Fail0verflow’s personal info

February 10, 2011

Engadget has a post about Sony’s pursuit of the “programmer” who shared “jailbreak” codes for the PS3 on the internet.  To me the most interesting thing about the post is the following, “Casting its evidence-gathering net far and wide, SCEA has demanded that YouTube surrender not only information for Hotz’s account where his jailbreak video was posted, but also how many users accessed the video, the usernames of those with access to the video, and all usernames and IP addresses of everyone who posted or published comments to the vid.” (emphasis in original).  Just posting a comment on a publicly available video, may now open you up to discovery.  It will be interesting to see whether YouTube/Google simply complies or moves to quash the subpoena and notifies  those account holders giving them the chance to respond to the subpoena before their personal information is disclosed.

Via Sony v. Geohot litigation heats up, SCEA demands YouTube give up Hotz and Fail0verflow’s personal info


Case Settled: Union Employees, You Can Badmouth Your Boss on Facebook

February 9, 2011

Juror Study Shows More of a BlackBerry Effect than a ‘CSI’ Effect

February 8, 2011

The chief judge of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor, Mich., had heard a lot about the so-called CSI effect—said to increase jurors’ expectations that technology can solve crimes with lightning speed, just as it happens on the television show CSI. But he hadn’t seen the evidence. So Judge Donald Shelton devised two studies of people called for jury duty, and found more of a BlackBerry effect, NPR reports.

The story goes to on to say that the wealthy and more tech savvy the juror is, the more they expect scientific evidence as opposed to their familiarity with “tv science”.


via Juror Study Shows More of a BlackBerry Effect than a \’CSI\’ Effect – News – ABA Journal.


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