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Samsung gets Apple patent smackdown

Samsung gets Apple patent smackdown

Samsung's bid to block sales of Apple gadgets in the Netherlands over alleged infringement of standards-essential wireless patents has been blocked, with a Dutch court arguing a ban can't be applied while Apple shows willingness to negotiate. Meanwhile, Apple is free to continue selling iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, Dow Jones reports, though Samsung still insists that the hardware uses its patented technology without first agreeing on licensing.

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Carrier slashes new iPad price for data addicts

Carrier slashes new iPad price for data addicts

UK carrier Three is offering a new iPad for as little as £99 ($155), with new subsidies on the third-generation Apple tablet for those willing to eschew month-to-month data plans. Inking a two-year agreement nets you 15GB of data per month on Three's HSPA+ network, with a 16GB new iPad for £99 on a £29 ($45) per month plan or for £159 ($249) on £25 ($39) per month plan.

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US Cellular grabs Galaxy S II

US Cellular grabs Galaxy S II

Samsung's Galaxy S III may be just around the corner, but not everybody has the existing Galaxy S II yet: regional carrier US Cellular has just announced that the Super AMOLED Plus smartphone will be hitting its airwaves imminently. Priced at $229.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the US Cellular GSII will have a 4.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos C210 dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash.

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Apple antitrust complaint filed against Motorola Mobility

Apple antitrust complaint filed against Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility faces a potential antitrust investigation from the European Commission over potential misuse of FRAND patents, after Apple filed an official complaint against its rival. The news, revealed as part of Motorola's most recent SEC filing - in which the company also voices concerns that incoming tablets from Nokia among others might have a significant impact on its own market performance in 2012 -  makes Motorola one of a number of big players facing investigation, and comes on the heels of EC and DoJ approval of Google's acquisition of the company.

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ZTE Light Tab 2 hands-on

ZTE Light Tab 2 hands-on

Cheap Android tablets have become their own sorry little meme, but ZTE might have a minor gem on its  hands with the new Light Tab 2. The name may be naff but, for the budget price, you're getting a surprising amount for your money: a decent 7-inch display, solid build quality, and integrated quadband 3G/UMTS, among other things. Of course, there are some compromises to be made along the way, too; read on for our first impressions and some video fondling.

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Three Web Cube Review

Three Web Cube Review

Take the portability out of mobile broadband, and you're left with a plain old broadband connection, but what if your home or office doesn't get a high-speed hookup or you're only going to be around for a short chunk of the typical 12-24 month agreement? Carrier Three believes it has the answer with the Web Cube, in effect a mobile broadband router that can't go any further than an AC socket. In return, you get convenience, some degree of mobility and - every geek's favorite - blue LED lighting. But is a non-mobile mobile modem niche or nonsense? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Apple sales injunction suspended: German iPad/iPhone sales resume

Apple sales injunction suspended: German iPad/iPhone sales resume

Apple has been granted a suspension of the German injunction against 3G-enabled iOS devices, with the iPad WiFi + 3G, iPhone 4 and other gadgets back on sale through the company's online store. "All iPad and iPhone models will be back on sale through Apple's online store in Germany shortly" the company told us in a statement. "Apple appealed this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago."

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Apple pulls 3G iPads, iPhone 4, more from German online store

Apple pulls 3G iPads, iPhone 4, more from German online store

Apple has yanked the majority of its 3G-enabled devices from its German online store, including the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 WiFi + 3G, after Motorola Mobility secured a sales injunction over 3G/UMTS patents. The move, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports, is a response to a court win back in December 2011, rather than Motorola's permanent injunction success earlier today over a different patent, with the company apparently posting a €100m ($131m) bond to enact the late-2011 ruling.

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ZTE Optik offers 7-inches of Android for under $100

ZTE Optik offers 7-inches of Android for under $100

$99 for an Android tablet with 3G? The ZTE Optik demands a few compromises - and a two-year agreement - but the price is right: for your money you get 3G, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 multitouch display, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and full access to the Android Market. Inside is a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

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