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Nokia and IPCom trade blows over N96 patent infringement suit

In patent rulings, it's generally pretty clear which side is the winner and which the loser, but both Nokia and German company IPCom seem to think they've come out on top in a recent UK IP case covering 3G technologies. Judge Christopher Floyd found in favor of IPCom's allegations, this week, that two Nokia devices infringed on UMTS patents bought by the company from Bosch in 2007; however, he also dismissed claims that a further twelve device variants fell foul of the same patents.

Meanwhile, Nokia argued that, since the two devices in question are no longer current, what the ruling really amounts to is validation that the company can continue selling those handsets Judge Floyd said did not infringe IPCom's patents. "We can continue selling those products, now with legal certainty" Nokia told SlashGear, going on to describe IPCom's accusations as "an aggressive tactic to put pressure on Nokia to agree to discriminatory and unrealistic licensing terms."

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BlackBerry PlayBook 3G Version Available Now

It was recently rumored that a cellular version of the BlackBerry PlayBook would be arriving soon and that it would be a 4G WiMAX version. A Google search for the words PlayBook 4G revealed a hidden product page from the big yellow carrier suggesting that it was readying the tablet for a WiMAX launch. But today, it's been revealed that the PlayBook will only be available in 3G for now.

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3G on my Ereader, not my Tablet

Amazon and B&N are taking pot-shots at each other this week, each competing on whose ereader lasts longest. As ereaders gain in popularity and become more mainstream, too, I'm increasingly asked which model I'd go for and, more often, whether I'd pay extra for those with integrated 3G or save my money and opt for WiFi-only instead. Funnily enough, my stance on 3G ereaders is the complete opposite of my thoughts on 3G tablets.

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Kindle 3G with Special Offers slices off $25 in return for ads

With Amazon's Kindle with Special Offers already being the best-selling model in the company's ereader range - despite having only hit virtual shelves in late April - it's little surprise that the retailer has rolled out a second version. After the WiFi-only original (with its $114 price tag) there's now a Kindle 3G with Special Offers, undercutting the regular 3G model by $25 at $164.

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Tablet 3G: The Connectivity Headache

"3G or not 3G; that is the question." The pun may be appalling, but the decision itself is more than enough to drive new tablet buyers to Hamlet-style distraction. Do they opt for cheaper, WiFi-only slates and potentially spend half their tableteering time chasing hotspots, or does a 3G-enabled model make more sense, albeit at greater expense and/or with a minimum data agreement?

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Incredible 2 unboxing and hands-on

There's something mighty familiar about Verizon's DROID Incredible 2 by HTC. True, it's the follow-up to the original Incredible, but it also bears more than a passing resemblance to the European HTC Incredible S we reviewed last month. Back then we praised the smartphone's distinctive industrial design, decent sized 4-inch Super-LCD WVGA display and all-day battery life, though weren't too keen on the Android 2.2 OS. Question is, will Verizon's CDMA version suffer the same fate?

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White iPhone 4 for T-Mobile caught in testing

Images of a white iPhone 4 test device with what looks to be support for T-Mobile USA's 3G bands have leaked, though whether that means the expected launch for the white variant this coming week will also mark its long-awaited debut on the network remains to be seen. BGR's sources sent them the shots, which show the white handset marked "confidential and proprietary" (just in case it's found in a bar) and with 3G support for T-Mobile's network.

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