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    There was quite a lot of buzz surrounding the storage space (and the available space) on the 32GB Surface tablet. The specifications include 32GB of storage but, as Microsoft itself has pointed out, File Explorer is only reporting 16GB free and accessible to the user, the rest being taken up be pre-installed applications, OS itself as well as a recovery partition. Because of that Microsoft has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly misleading customers. Los Angeles lawyer Andrew Sokolowski is taking Microsoft to court because he purchased a 32GB Surface tablet and he quickly ran out of the ...

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    Back in September after HTC unveiled its two Windows Phone devices there was a rumor that Nokia might sue HTC for design patents. Reason for the rumored lawsuit aside, the general idea was that with such a small market share Microsoft should do something and step in between its OEMs. Just recently HTC has signed a licensing deal with Apple but it looks like the Taiwanese company is caught in legal battles again, this time exactly with Nokia, but not over design patents. There are five venues where this battle is ongoing and the Finnish phone maker is suing HTC for 32 patents, including ...

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    HTC and Apple had their fair share of legal battles and you'll probably remember the HTC One X ban saga (where the U.S. International Trade Commission sided with Apple on December 19, 2011, when it imposed a formal import ban for HTC devices starting April 19, 2012). According to a joint press release the two companies have reached a global settlement alongside a ten-year long licensing agreement. While the exact terms of the agreement haven't been made public they guarantee that the two companies will no longer fight each other in the courtrooms for the matters settled (aside from ...

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    You know the drill: another week, another overload of tech news for three geeky guys to talk about. On this exiciting episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, though, things are a little different: in addition to the usual news from the three big mobile platforms, Michael, Anton, and Joe discuss issues of major import for the industry in our broadcast's new preshow segment. Today's "Thought Thread" covers the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and its impact on smartphones and tablets, as well as a little invention called CommBadge that has the potential to bring voice interface back into the ...

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    Following a ruling in the Apple versus Samsung case the UK court has found that Samsung products did not infringe on Apple's patents, as claimed by the Cupertino company, because, as the judge noted humorously, "they do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool." As an effect, Apple has to post, in its website and printed media, an acknowledgement that Samsung did not copy its products' design -- still subject to a possible Supreme Court appeal. The bottom part of Apple UK's website hosts a small link that ...

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    United States International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender ruled that Samsung was infringing on four Apple patents. These include a patent related to the front face of the iPhone as well as one co-invented by the late Steve Jobs referring to touch-screen technology. However, the judge's findings have to be reviewed by the Commission in its entirety but, if uphold, could result in banning South Korean-made products from the U.S. market. February 25, 2013 is the date at which the investigation is scheduled to end. Samsung recently lost one of the battles in the U.S. and had to pay, ...

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    While the jury was off yesterday the CEOs of Apple and Samsung had a planned settlement discussion. As with previous similar talks, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Chief Executive Kwon Oh Hyun, this one, too, has failed and the company leaders have not managed to reach a common ground. On another front of the legal battle Apple is being accused by Motorola in front of the US International Trade Commission of infringing seven of its now Google-owned patents. Motorola is willing to settle "these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but ...

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    Nobody knows exactly when the Apple vs. Samsung courtroom drama will ever stop (if) and what will the outcome be. According to some court documents the Cupertino-based company has asked Samsung, back in October of 2010, for royalty fees also saying they "would have preferred that Samsung request a license in advance". A total amount of $30 was requested for any touch-screen-enabled phone, let it be Windows Phone, Android of another platform (Bada, Symbian, etc.) and $40 for each tablet -- amount which would decrease to $30 over two years. There were also some discounts planned: phones ...

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    After ruling that Samsung's tablet was not as cool as the iPad, the U.K. court considered that a proper way to compensate the South Korean manufacturer was, among others things, for Apple to post a message which publicly clears Samsung of any accusations that it copied the iPad’s design. The fruit-company has managed to score a stay in the case, at least until October, when Apple can be heard in front of the court. Those of you who hoped to see a huge "Samsung did not copy us" message while going to Apple's website will have to wait a little bit more, at least until the beginning of Q4. ...

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    Here's an interesting twist in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit: the Cupertino-based company is preparing to use the Korean manufacturer's own words against it. According to an un-redacted Apple trial brief, Samsung not only had knowledge of what it was doing (in this case, copying Apple products) but it also deliberately did that, despite being advised by third parties (among which Google and designers) to not do so. The Apple brief states that "Samsung’s documents show the similarity of Samsung’s products is no accident or, as Samsung would have it, a ‘natural evolution' [...] Rather, ...

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    After successfully obtaining an injunction in the U.S. against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple managed to achieve the same for the Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Samsung, as expected, appealed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ruling and is now doing the same in case of the latest Google phone. A motion to stay the injunction was filed for the entire duration of the appeal; it includes seven points, among which, Samsung's assessment that "The Court's finding that Apple will suffer irreparable harm was based on legally insufficient evidence that Samsung and Apple are competitors", and "'People' and ...

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    Yesterday, Apple has been granted an injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S., granted, that Cupertino has to post a $2.6 million bond protecting Samsung from losses in case the ruling turns out to be wrong; only then will the injection become effective. Make no mistake, Apple already posted the bond like a champ, according to reports. Samsung, on its end, filed a motion to stay the injunction pending its appeal with the Federal Circuit and asked for an expedited hearing by Friday. Apple, according to reports, agreed to the expedite request, but asked for Monday as a ...

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    Apple filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. on May 19, having Cupertino's design patent at its core. Fast forward to the present and Apple managed to successfully block the sales of the Samsung tablet in the U.S., just a couple of hours before Google I/O kicks off. Well known by now U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has initially denied Apple's motion but an appeal's court considered it was time to review the order. The Judge said that "although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the ...

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    Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero was appointed to oversee settlement talks between Apple and Samsung -- ordered by Judge Lucy Koh from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California -- over the course of two days on Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22. This might come as no surprise to you but the two giants have not reached an agreement, according to reports. Samsung's CEO Choi Gee-sung and Head of the firm’s Mobile Division, Shin Jong-kyun, were present at the meeting on behalf of the South Korean manufacturer and Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, represented the ...

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    This is probably not the best way to sit down at the table, start negotiations, and try to settle -- as the court ordered Apple and Samsung for May 21 and 22; the Cupertino company has filed for an immediate U.S. preliminary injunction against Samsung and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, having a court order at its base recognizing Apple's design patent (in appeal). Samsung had to slightly redesign the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany -- because of Apple's design patent infringement claim -- where you can find the Galaxy Tab 10.1N (with the speakers being placed on the bezel to the left and right of ...

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