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Ex-Sen. Caesar Trunzo Dies at Age 87

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Caesar TrunzoCaesar Trunzo, a former longtime New York State senator from Brentwood, died Tuesday night at age 87.Trunzo served in the state senate for 36 years, from 1972 to 2008, when he was unseated by Brian X. Foley, a one-term senator who was defeated in 2010 by Sen. Lee Zelden (R-Shirley).“He was a dedicated public servant who served with kindness and compassion,” State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), so-leader of the chamber, said in a statement.Skelos said Trunzo was known amongst friends as “C” and was proud of sponsoring legislation funding breast cancer research and protecting Long Island’s environment.He is survived by his children, Laura and Michael. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.last_img read more

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Microsoft had to license 51 patents for the Xbox Elite controller

first_imgOne of the unique features the Xbox One has over its rivals is the new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, which boasts a range of swappable components, lots of customization options, and “pro-level precision.” However, in order to develop such a controller Microsoft didn’t just put its hardware design team to work, it had to do a patent licensing deal behind closed doors.The reason? Many of the features of the Elite controller aren’t actually unique to Microsoft’s peripheral. In fact, a company called Scuf Gaming has been developing and offering such customization for a while, and they have the patents to backup their work. So, rather than face a potential lawsuit in the near future, Microsoft decided to work with Scuf.In total, Scuf has 17 patents, and 34 patents pending relating to the Elite Controller. How did Microsoft handle licensing those patents? By making Scuff the exclusive official third-party accessory partner for Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller.It seems likely Scuf will be getting some form of payment based on sales of the Elite Controller, but will also benefit from a lot of free marketing and association with the Xbox brand, which will no doubt have a positive impact on sales of all their controllers across all consoles.Depending on how popular the Elite Controller turns out to be, I’m sure Microsoft will be at least thinking about a Scuf acquisition down the line. Those patents are worth something, and may end up being useful if they find the competition is infringing. We all remember why the original PS3 Sixaxis controller didn’t have vibration built-in, don’t we?last_img read more

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