For transit riders, a smartphone will be the ticket — some day
News from Chicago Tribune:

Paperless ticketing is finally expected to debut on Metra as early as this fall, enabling riders to buy and display virtual tickets on their smartphones and pay with a Ventra account or a credit or debit card.

But transit officials are backing away from earlier promises that CTA and Pace riders will be using the new Ventra mobile application to pay their fares by early next year. Those riders will have to settle for being able to add money to their Ventra accounts via smartphones and other mobile devices.

The rollout of the free app — which will be available for iOS and Android devices — has been fraught with delays. The public launch is more than five months behind schedule, according to a contract with the developer who has not been paid yet, and the transit agencies still haven’t set an actual release date.

Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers and agency employees have been testing a beta version of the app for months to work out glitches.

“We promised that we would test, test, and test the app some more until it met our high standards and was an excellent product for our customers,” a CTA spokeswoman said.

The Tribune also tested the app this week. Overall, the app appears to offer many appealing features, albeit amid some annoyances.

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Apple wins ruling to end Samsung’s smartphone infringement
News from The Hill:

Samsung should have been forced to stop using three of Apple’s smartphone patents when they were found to be infringing, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday. 

The decision Thursday is a major victory for Apple over its largest manufacturing rival — and could have broader implications for the use of smartphone patents. 

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In a 2-1 decision, the three-judge panel ruled Apple was entitled to injunctive relief against Samsung, in addition to the nearly $ 120 million that a lower court already awarded the iPhone maker in the case. 

“The right to exclude competitors from using one’s property rights is important,” the court ruled. “And the right to maintain exclusivity — a hallmark and crucial guarantee of patent rights deriving from the Constitution itself — is likewise important.”

Judge Kimberly Moore wrote the decision, and Judge Jimmie Reyna concurred. Chief Judge Sharon Prost dissented. 

The case dates back to Apple’s lawsuit in 2012 alleging Samsung infringed on multiple patents for new touchscreen smartphones, including slide lock, autocorrect and the process in wh…………… continues on The Hill

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