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Nokia escapes IPCom patent attack as 3G appeal fails

Nokia escapes IPCom patent attack as 3G appeal fails

Nokia has secured victory in its ongoing legal battle with IPCom, with a UK appeals court today ruling that none of the Finnish firm's current products infringe a contentious 3G patent. IPCom had appealed a UK High Court ruling last year which found that the patent in question was not valid as granted; last month, the European Patent Office overturned the patent, though the appeals court today agreed that some of Nokia's old products would have clashed with it.

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4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot shares LTE, WiMAX and 3G

4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot shares LTE, WiMAX and 3G

Sierra Wireless has revealed the first triple-mode LTE, WiMAX and 3G mobile hotspot, the 4G LTE Tri-Fi, set to hit the Now Network later this month. Promising up to eight hours of active battery life and sharing for up to eight devices over WiFi b/g/n connections, the 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot also has a microSD card slot for working as a portable NAS using DLNA for easy access.

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Nokia celebrates as IPCom patent attack invalidated

Nokia celebrates as IPCom patent attack invalidated

Nokia may have been having a rough week last week, but a little patent good news today has put a smile on the Finns' faces. Having been found guilty of infringing a patent owned by IPCom with its N96 smartphone last year, the European Patent Office has now overturned the patent and deemed it invalid. Nonetheless, with the N96 being superseded all the way back in mid-2009, Nokia actually had no products on the market for IPCom to block sales of.

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Faux 4G needs rebranding for iPad insists Apple

Faux 4G needs rebranding for iPad insists Apple

Apple will argue high-speed 3G networks should be officially rebranded as 4G in its Australian battle over iPad WiFi + 4G nomenclature, insisting it's the local carriers at fault rather than it misleading buyers. As reported earlier, Apple filed a defense with the Australian courts over the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) allegations that it had behaved deceptively in calling the new iPad "4G-enabled" when it cannot actually connect to any of the 4G networks in the country. According to Apple, it's time carriers woke up to what 3G networks are capable of.

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AT&T wins 4G crown: WiMAX worse than 3G

AT&T wins 4G crown: WiMAX worse than 3G

AT&T and T-Mobile USA are the winners for 4G and 3G performance respectively in the US, according to a new survey, with WiMAX falling well behind its LTE rivals. AT&T's LTE network had the fastest download speeds tested, PCWorld found, though Verizon's LTE service did squeeze ahead for upload speeds. Meanwhile, in 3G tests, T-Mobile USA's HSPA+ 21Mbps - which the carrier in fact markets as 4G - held its own against 3G from others.

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Apple faces 4G iPad backlash

Apple faces 4G iPad backlash

Apple is seeing branding push-back from carriers outside of North America, over concerns that branding the new iPad as 4G-compatible is confusing consumers, and potentially inviting a regulatory spanking. Although international new iPad models are described as "WiFi + 4G", the LTE support in the third-gen tablet is only, in fact, compatible with the bands in use by either AT&T or Verizon Wireless in the US. European carriers are reportedly complaining to Apple that its advertising is misleading.

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New Verizon iPad able to connect to AT&T’s 3G network

New Verizon iPad able to connect to AT&T’s 3G network

If you’re lookng to pick up a 4G LTE model of the new iPad today and hoping for some cross network compatbility, you’re in luck. A MacRumors forum member decided to test if his Verizon 4G LTE model would work on AT&T’s GSM network. The result? Turns out that 4G iPads are unlocked.

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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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