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Apple outpaced Android in Q4 US growth says research

Apple outpaced Android in Q4 US growth says research

Apple has reclaimed the platform momentum crown with the iPhone, research suggests, with demand for the iPhone 4S contributing to faster growth than the market for Android devices in pre-holiday sales. In the twelve weeks until December 25, researchers Kantar Worldpanel ComTech say, Apple's share in the US was at 44.9-percent, the merest smudge ahead of Android share at 44.8-percent. In contrast, Windows Phone mustered a mere 2-percent.

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Griffin Woogie 2 demands your cuddles

Griffin Woogie 2 demands your cuddles

Geeks, cease your pacing restlessness: the Griffin Woogie 2 is here! Follow up to the surprisingly successful - and, near the holidays, darned tricky to find in stores - Woogie of 2010, the toddler-targeted huggable iPhone and iPod touch case now gains a personality thanks to the companion Woogie app, adding ten faces that respond to tickling, shaking and lovely warm cuddles.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 3.1.3 users blocked from App Store

iPhone and iPod touch iOS 3.1.3 users blocked from App Store

iPhone and iPod touch users running older versions of iOS have found themselves blocked from downloading software from Apple's App Store, owner complaints have revealed, with no official fix in sight. The issue, widely reported in Apple's support forums, affects devices running iOS 3.1.3 and leaves them unable to grab free or paid apps, rate software, view official screenshots or send details to others using the "tell a friend" option.

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iPhone explodes in holiday sales as Nokia struggles to penetrate

iPhone explodes in holiday sales as Nokia struggles to penetrate

Nokia's multi-million efforts to push its Windows Phone based Lumia 800 still hasn't resulted in strong holiday sales, according to the latest UK stats, with Apple's iPhone continuing to dominate the mobile market. Although the newest iPhone 4S was an unsurprising success, sales tracking firm GfK says, the aging iPhone 3GS still managed to make it into the top 15 handsets chart despite dating back to mid-2009. Android was also a winner, with Samsung's Galaxy S II a particular star.

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Motorola scores Apple iPhone/iPad injunction in Germany [Updated]

Motorola scores Apple iPhone/iPad injunction in Germany [Updated]

Motorola Mobility has won a wireless patent case against Apple in Germany this morning, meaning - unless Apple can secure a stay until an appeal can be heard - the iPhone and iPad could be blocked from sale in the country. A Germany court ruled that Apple's cellularly-enabled devices infringe European Patent 1010336, detailing a "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system" FOSS Patents reports, and deemed an essential component of the GPRS data standard. Motorola will have to cough up a €100m bond if it wants to chase a sales injunction, however.

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iTether iPhone covert tethering tool hits App Store [Update: Pulled!]

iTether iPhone covert tethering tool hits App Store [Update: Pulled!]

Apple has approved a tethering app that allows iPhone users to share their smartphone's data connection via a USB hook-up with their laptop, even if they don't have a tethering plan with their carrier. The app, iTether, has prompted questions over why Apple approved the app in the first place and how long it might last in the App Store, given carriers are unlikely to be impressed at their tethering revenue stream being curtailed.

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iOS number 1 on developer interest list while iPhone 4 best selling mobile phone in Q3 2011

iOS number 1 on developer interest list while iPhone 4 best selling mobile phone in Q3 2011

Everything appears to be turning up Apple as a couple of reports from analysts NPD Group and IDC find both that the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS were the top two selling mobile phone handsets in the USA in the third quarter of 2011 while their operating system, Apple's iOS, has been found to be the number one result on developer's interest lists. You can't deny that Apple's interest in mobile devices has and continues to be one where a near-perfect hardware and sales model appears to have been the key to success. As you'll find in two reports released this week on the matter, there's really no doubt that the iOS team is doing something right.

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