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Steve Jobs' thermonuclear showdown with Samsung reaches US Supreme Court

Steve Jobs’ “"thermonuclear war"” against Samsung over smartphones has landed in the US Supreme Court. The US's court of courts will hear oral arguments from both sides on Tuesday. The case was launched by Apple five years ago and seeks $399m over claimed iPhone patent infringement by the electronics giant. Samsung has …
Andrew Cobley, 10 Oct 2016
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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

The cost of Microsoft’s white elephant entry into smartphone manufacturing has gone up by another $1bn. Microsoft is restructuring its smartphone hardware business in a move that will cost 1,850 jobs and $950m. Severance pay will claim $200m of that figure, with 1,350 staff losing their jobs at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland …
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2016

Samsung chuckles, swerves around Apple's Q1 phone sales crash

Samsung delivered what Apple couldn’t in the first three months of 2016 - increased smart phone sales. The chaebol today reported overall group net profit of 5.25 trillion won ($4.5bn), up 5.6 per cent for calendar Q1 on sales that grew 5.6 per cent to 49.7 trillion won ($43bn). The giant’s mobile unit reported eight per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2016
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Watch out, Barclays. Google pilots Hands Free mobile payment

Google is testing a mobile payment system for those loaded down with too much shopping. The ad-flinger is piloting Hands Free, a smartphone payment app that lets you pay for goods and services without removing your phone from your pocket or bag. Hands Free uses a combination of facial-recognition, phone sensors, Wi-Fi and …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Mar 2016

ARM: We've signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff

ARM Holdings has dodged the impact of slowing device sales with 41 customers signing new deals to license its chip technology. The company Tuesday announced a nine-per-cent jump in second-quarter profit to £68m on revenue that climbed seventeen per cent to £187.1m. Earnings per share increased 11 per cent to £3.91. But …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2014
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Ubuntu penguins strain to squeeze out bug backlog by mobe OS deadline

Ubuntu Linux maker Canonical is rushing to finish the smartphone-friendly version of its distro for its 17 October launch. Um Bongo engineer Nicholas Skaggs, writing here, confirmed version 1.0 of Ubuntu Touch will be based on Ubuntu 13.10, which is code named Saucy Salamander. “As part of that release [Saucy Salamander], …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2013
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Android chief leaves Google for Chinese fork seller Xiaomi

A senior Google’s Android product exec is leaving Mountain View for an up-and-coming Chinese smartphone-maker. Vice president of Android product management Hugo Barra has announced he’s joining Android smartphone maker Xiaomi as vice president of its global team to expand the device-maker’s product portfolio and worldwide …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2013

Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short

Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge crowd-funded smartphone will remain a Shuttleworthian dream, having failed to hit its $32m funding target. The phone raised $12.8m ahead of today's deadline on the Indiegogo site, less than half the figure stated necessary to fund production of 40,000 units when the campaign started on 23 July. …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2013
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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

Canonical has stabilised pricing for its proposed Ubuntu phone, Edge, at $695 to be paid by eager Penguins into an Indiegogo funding round. It has also landed a corporate patron, Bloomberg, which pledged $80,000 to the effort. Only financial backers of this funding round will get a phone – the actual mass-manufactured job won' …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Aug 2013

The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

Next time I hear Coldplay festively crooning "May all your troubles soon be gone, Oh Christmas Lights keep shinin' on," I'd like to think that far from lamenting some lost love, they're paying solemn tribute to the humble but illuminating LED. The Light Emitting Diode celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It's easy to …
Dave Wilby, 29 Dec 2012
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BBC deletes Blue Peter from BBC One

Blue Peter - home to four-legged rascal Shep, the coat-hanger advent crown and school-boy favourite Janet Ellis, is being turfed out of its home on BBC One. The 54-year-old show that gave kids the drama of hibernating tortoises, out-of-control baby elephants and, yes, Janet Ellis, will be shoved into the back end of Freeview. …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2012
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FCC forces data roaming on US wireless giants

The US Federal Communications Commission has approved roles that would let smartphone users affordably access the internet using their rival provider's network. A vote along by party lines by the Federal Communications Commission has gone in favor of forcing US carriers to offer data access at "reasonable" roaming rates, …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Apr 2011
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Media luvvin' tech analysts contract patent fever

Number crunchers Nielsen and ComSore have gotten too close to the tech sector. They've hit each other with patent-infringement claims. Nielsen has lodged suit against ComScore, claiming the latter infringed on of its five patents. Nielsen wouldn't comment on the case but directed us to a site here that lists what appears to be …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2011
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Deutsche Telekom eyes Orange Netherlands

Deutsche Telekom is close to making a €1.6bn ($2.2bn) bid for mobile operator Orange Netherlands - owned by France Telecom. Though Orange won't confirm the report, one source told Reuters the deal is "very nearly there". Orange Netherlands has been for sale since February. Both ABN Amro Capital and a private equity consortium …
Jan Libbenga, 23 May 2007
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O2 re-embraces HTC with XDA Argon launch

O2 has shown is second XDA smart phone to be made by Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC since the two companies kissed and made up after their mid-2006 falling out. The latest model, the Argon, sports a 3.5in display. O2 XDA Argon The 240 x 320, 65,536-colour screen is the Argon's stand-out feature - the rest is standard …
Tony Smith, 2 May 2007

Orange unpeels Samsung BlackBerry-esque i600

Orange will be bringing Samsung's Windows Mobile-based BlackBerry-like i600 smart phone to the UK and France, the carrier's website has revealed. It'll arrive toward the end of this month, others have claimed. Samsung i600 3G smart phone Orange UK hasn't formally announced the i600, and the handset's not yet listed on the …
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2007

Orange talks up Vox

Orange has begun punting its first Windows Mobile 6 device to its business buyers. Apparently based on HTC's 'Vox' smart phone: it is a candybar handset that incorporates a slide-out, mini QWERTY keyboard. Orange SPV e650 smart phone   Orange SPV e650 smart phone The Orange version is dubbed the SPV E650, and is being …
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2007

T-Mobile UK posts MDA Mail smart phone

T-Mobile UK has made its BlackBerry-like MDA Mail smart phone available to buyers, pitching the quad-band, QWERTY keyboard equipped handset with its Web'n'Walk data tariff for no more than £70. T-Mobile MDA Mail smart phone The device - better known, perhaps, as the HTC S620 'Excalibur' - weighs in at 130g and measures 11. …
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2007

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