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ETSI confirms selecting Apple’s nano-SIM design

ETSI confirms selecting Apple’s nano-SIM design

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the new 4FF nano-SIM standard a week after it announced having chosen the final design. It was rumored that Apple's nano-SIM design won over the the one proposed by the Nokia, Motorola, and RIM consortium, but now we know that for sure. On top of that, the ETSI didn't make any alterations to Apple's design.

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Microsoft applies for dual-module mobile patent

Microsoft applies for dual-module mobile patent

Microsoft has recently filed for a patent that's worth some attention. The concept is quite intriguing and involves a mobile device comprised of two parts that can work together or independently. The two parts could be two displays that can connect to form one display and they would operate together through magnetic attraction.

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Wexler launches Flex ONE as first flexible e-reader

Wexler launches Flex ONE as first flexible e-reader

LG's flexible ePaper technology has been in development since 2010 and now the first ebook reader to sport the screen has arrived. Designed by Moscow-based brand Wexler, the Flex One is not only the first flexible e-reader but also claims to be the lightest and thinnest e-reader in the world. It weighs only 110g or 3.9oz with a thickness of only 4mm or 0.16-inches. In contrast, a Kindle Touch weighs almost double at 213g or 7.5oz and is more than twice the thickness at 10mm or 0.4 inches.

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Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

New sources from Bloomberg are confirming rumors that Apple may be replacing Google with Baidu for the Chinese version of iOS. The sources say that the announcement could come as soon as next week, when Apple will be hosting its annual WWDC event. The move adds to the notion that Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on Google products, following reports that Apple may replace Google Maps with its own in-house mapping service.

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Qualcomm developing LTE chip that supports 7 spectrum bands

Qualcomm developing LTE chip that supports 7 spectrum bands

Qualcomm has revealed that it is developing a new LTE chip that can support seven frequency bands, which would mean that future LTE devices equipped with the chip can be used on Verizon, AT&T, and Clearwire 4G. This eliminates the need for manufacturing different versions of a mobile device and solves the interoperability problem of LTE carriers in the US.

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Nokia Lumia 900 update fixes purple screen hue

Nokia Lumia 900 update fixes purple screen hue

Nokia has released a firmware update for its flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 900. The update will bring some new enhancements as well as fix a few bugs, such as a problem with the screen turning a purple hue in low light conditions. The company says that the update is in response to feedback it has received since the device launched a few months back and that it intends to roll out new updates and surprises in the near future.

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