In the Apple vs Samsung case here in the USA over patents and design on both parties parts, it appears that Samsung's claims have fallen completely flat. Samsung challenged Apple in this case on patent claims for UTMS standard technology as well as several other smaller items. Across the board, Apple was found not guilty - no wrongdoing in ay way at all.
The first of Samsung's seven patent infringement claims against Apple in Germany has been rejected by the courts, though it's unclear at present what impact the decision could have on the Korean company's remaining cases. Centered around 3G/UMTS wireless standards patents Samsung holds, the case alleges Apple has released products such as the iPhone without licensing the tech appropriately. At this stage, though, we don't know if the Mannheim Regional Court decided Apple escaped on a technical reason, FOSS Patents reports, or if it decided that the Cupertino company did indeed have a license.
T-Mobile USA owner Deutsche Telekom has gleefully set out exactly what it can expect from AT&T as its break-up fee, after the collapse of the acquisition deal this week. AT&T was originally to pay $39bn for T-Mobile USA; now, with regulators frowning on the deal, the carrier will be forced to cough up what Deutsche Telekom describes as a "record high break-up fee" of $3bn in cash and "a large package" of AT&T's AWS spectrum. A long-term US-wide UMTS roaming agreement is also mandatory.
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Meanwhile, Nokia argued that, since the two devices in question are no longer current, what the ruling really amounts to is validation that the company can continue selling those handsets Judge Floyd said did not infringe IPCom's patents.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."
Novatel Wireless' next-gen MiFi mobile hotspots have been caught passing through GCF certification. The MiFi 3352 and MiFi 3372 each support quadband GSM/EDGE and the 1900/2100 UMTS/HSDPA bands, with the 3352 throwing in 900MHz UMTS/HSDPA support and the 3372 having 850MHz UMTS/HSDPA support.
Samsung's Wave S8500 was a classic case of great hardware let down by mediocre software - in its case bada - and unfortunately we've no reason to assume its successor will be any different. The Samsung Wave II S8530 looks a whole lot like the original Wave but in fact has a bigger 3.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen rather than the S8500's 3.3-inch Super AMOLED panel.
Verizon's "global ready mobile hotspot" was caught in the wild all the way back in July, but it's getting its official unveil today. Working both on the carrier's own CDMA EVDO Rev.A network in the US and 850/1900/2100 UMTS/HSPA networks globally, the Verizon Wireless Fivespot can share its 3G connection with up to five WiFi devices.
LG's second Windows Phone 7 device, the LG E900, has emerged courtesy of a testing organization, with the smartphone - expected to go on sale in Europe and Asia - turning up at the Global Certification Forum. They've listed the E900 as having dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/2100 MHz) along with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, making it less than useful in North America.
AT&T has blamed software bugs in Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA hardware for the apparent 3G upload throttling observed by some users in the US recently. According to the AT&T statement, Alcatel-Lucent are working on a software fix for the bug - which is affecting less than 2-percent of AT&T's customers, the carrier claims - but until then users with HSUPA-capable devices will be limited to regular 3G UMTS upload speeds.
Acer have officially unveiled their latest netbook, the Acer Aspire One D260, boasting up to 8hrs runtime, Intel's latest Atom N455 1.66GHz processor (along with the N450 too) and up to 2GB of RAM. The D260 has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 200-nit display, GMA 3150 graphics and optional quadband 3G/UMTS. Unfortunately, there's no sign of the rumored Android OS option we heard about back in April, only Windows 7.