We’ve officially entered the final week in August, which means that the autumn months are right around the corner. Today, Apple delivered a list of 8 Samsung devices it would like to see banned in the US, and the Galaxy S II – which is still a popular phone for Samsung – attracted the lion’s share of the attention. We caught a glimpse of the amended verdict form from the trial today, and Google made a rather interesting statement on the outcome of the suit. Unsurprisingly, Samsung’s stock took a stumble today, while the stock of some other phone manufacturers went up.
Samsung has demanded that the ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 be lifted since it wasn’t found to be infringing on Apple patents, and Microsoft and Nokia are only seeing this Samsung defeat as an opportunity for them. Though it got the short of the end of the stick with this particular trial, Samsung says it will keep fighting until its “arguments have been accepted.” Speaking of Samsung, the company released a new teaser for its Series 5 Hybrid, suggesting that it will be at IFA later this week. A full spec list for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has apparently been leaked, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested in Samsung’s latest phablet.
A leaked press shot for the LG Intuition might give us a hint at its Verizon release date, and NFC implementation has been spotted in an image of the purported front panel of the iPhone 5. The HTC Proto may be the Desire X in disguise, the iPad Mini might be headed for an October reveal, and the LG TM2792 Personal Smart TV was detailed with the promise of more information coming at IFA. The Nexus 7 was overclocked to 2GHz and predictably blew away the competition when it came to benchmarks. If you read that and decided that you absolutely need to have one, you might be pleased to learn that the tablet went on sale in France, Germany and Spain today.
The incoming LG Optimus Vu II will be getting a universal remote app, while the same company announced “Game World” for its CINEMA 3D line of smart TVs today. The Wii U might be arriving on November 18, and Sony’s challenger to Microsoft Surface has been spotted in the wild. Apple has convinced Bob Mansfield to come out of retirement, and it may not be long before we have robots searching for clues beneath the surface of Mars.
Finally tonight, we have a “first drive” of the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport from Vincent Nguyen. Enjoy the rest of your evening folks!