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By July 19, 2012 Read More →

Apple to post online that Samsung did not copy them

samsung-apple-warsApple has been claiming that Samsung "slavishly copied" the looks of the iPad. However, it is proving tough to convince the courts. This is especially true for the U.K. Judge, Colin Birss. Bloomberg are reporting that this is the same judge that previously threw out Apple’s case against Samsung proclaiming that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with Apple’s iPad because they weren’t "cool enough." He has taken things a step further in his final ruling and has ordered Apple to publicly state on their own website that Samsung did not copy them. Here’s a quote with some additional detail:

A U.K. judge ordered Apple Inc. (AAPL) to publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad.
The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. website for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct the damaging impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, Birss said.
The order means Apple will have to publish "an advertisement" for Samsung, and is prejudicial to the company, Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court. "No company likes to refer to a rival on its website."

Apple may have to stand in the corner for the rest of lunch break and possibly have to send a letter of apology to Mr. Samsung for being such a big silly.

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By July 18, 2012 Read More →

Huawei drop off a monster tablet

HuaweiMediaPad10FHDAs we discussed in the podcast, there are a number of companies that have gone head to head with Apple to try and rustle up a little piece of the 10.1″ action. Asus, Samsung, Acer and more have had their go with varying degrees of success however Apple’s iPad managed to hold it’s ground maybe only accruing the odd bruise. The only way that any of the tablet manufacturers have been able gain any success is by targeting the market Apple did not already occupy, smaller, cheaper and less powerful devices. Google’s new Nexus 7 seems to be positioning itself to put the squeeze on the iPad, but again, it isn’t really in the same class.

Maybe one of our favourite underdog’s could come along and steal the thunder from the bloated fruit. Huawei is that new combatant. They are set to launch their new MediaPad 10 FHD in late August for only $475 dollars, and it has some surprisingly beastly specs:

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By July 18, 2012 Read More →

ZTE announce the Grand X

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Today in London saw ZTE launch their latest Android offering; the Grand X. Running Android 4.0, sporting a 4.3 qHD display and a  NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz processor the device may not have the best specs but for under £200 on pay as you go it looks rather appealing.

The device is planned for release next month (August) and will initially be available through Virgin Mobile and Phones 4U.

I got hands on with the device earlier today and it is pretty sweet. The design and build quality look great and speed wise it was pretty nippy. With the price so low I suspect ZTE may well be on to a winner with the Grand X.

Let us know your thoughts in the forum. You can catch the full press release and a few more photos below.

Posted in: Press Releases
By July 17, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 177: Jelly Bellies

Web bannerGareth and James chat about a recent “leaked” picture of the iPhone 5, James gets excited about the Olympics and compare notes on buying the same phone!

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By July 16, 2012 Read More →

Sony Xperia P now available from Three

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From today you can now order the Sony Xperia P from Three or grab it in store from tomorrow.

The sleek, aluminium-finished smartphone features a 4″ reality display with WhiteMagic technology to deliver the most colourful viewing experience, even in bright sunlight. The phone also features a 1GHz dual-core processor for super-fast performance.

Helping people take the perfect picture, the Sony Xperia P features an 8 megapixel HD camera with Exmor R sensor and unique Fast Capture technology allowing the phone to go from sleep mode to ‘snap mode’ in just one second. The Sony Xperia P also makes it simple to share photos, music and videos on TVs, laptops or Sony PlayStations® using an HDMI cable or wirelessly by DLNA.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, “The Sony Xperia P is an affordable and stylish smartphone, ideally suited for quick-fingered photographers. Running on Android, people can make the most of this great device by personalising their experience with countless photography apps like Instagram, downloadable through Google Play.”

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By July 16, 2012 Read More →

Campaign launched to stop mobile contract price increases

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Which has launched a new campaign after they discovered that 70% of consumers don’t know that mobile companies are entitled to increase charges at any point they wish during a mobile contract. A complaint has been submitted to Ofcom with a view to contracts having fixed rates for the period. With all the UK networks now pushing customer towards two year if would certainly be nice to have fixed rates for the term.

Today sees Three implement an increase of 3.6% on many of its customers which with the financial state many people are in will have a knock on affect.

Which have stated that: We estimate that with around 10.5 million adults affected by these price rises so far, consumers have already spent nearly £34.5m extra on phone contracts. Over 12 months this could make up to £90m for mobile phone companies.

Let’s see what Ofcom say. It could get interesting.

 

Via: Sky News

Posted by: James

Posted in: News
By July 14, 2012 Read More →

Fingers crossed for the HTC Vertex

htc-vertex-mockupHTC’s first foray into the Android tablet market didn’t set the world on fire. The HTC Flyer and the Jetstream, which was not released here in the UK, were hugely overpriced for their specs. Because of this, HTC stayed out of the tablet market for a while. However, now it seems that they are planning to attempt a return. A new device has appeared in Nenamark2 and Antutu benchmarks, called the HTC Vertex. Here’s the known specs at this time,

  • 10.1" display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 2MP rear / 1.3MP FF cameras
  • Bluetooth
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (although this might change if the device is released late enough)

Ultimately, the success of this device will be in how aggressively it is priced. There are a ridiculous amount of Android tablets saturating the market right now, with the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire at the top of the heap. HTC has a large hill to climb to be competitive. In fact, since this was a leak, it’s entirely possible that this is a scrapped project considering their current financial situation.

 

Posted by: Gareth

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By July 13, 2012 Read More →

Could this be the iPhone 5?

iphone-5-picture-2 When it comes to all things iPhone there’s never a shortage of rumours or alleged ‘leaks’ of information but ever since the widespread disappointment that was the iPhone 4S the internet seems to have exploded with iPhone 5 photos and claims from all manor of sources claiming to have the scoop on Apple’s next super phone.

However, a couple of new photos have come along which look to be about the most plausible images we’ve seen so far.

Have a look at these photos (Via Stuff) and they appear to show a larger device with a wider screen whilst retaining all of the existing design queues.

Make your own mind up but time will tell if this really is the new iPhone 5! 🙂

 

Posted in: Rumours
By July 12, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 176: And the bands played on

Web bannerGareth and James ignore the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast, partially due to James’ ignorance, and concentrate on the weeks most recent mobile news. O2 suffer from some outages, ZTE launch a super cheap exclusive and Samsung get the thumbs up from the Brits

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By July 11, 2012 Read More →

Is this the coolest unboxing video ever?

 

Dr Paul

Posted by: James

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