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Apple to Motorola: your patents are worth  per iPhone to us

Apple and Motorola recently came to a rare agreement on patents in the German courts for Apple to pay a set per-device fee to license a bunch of “standard-essential” Motorola-held patents from the Google-owned company.

What that fee is, however, has not yet been settled. But in a separate US case, Apple has just revealed what it considers the maximum it is willing to pay Motorola to use its intellectual property: $1 per iPhone.

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HotUKDeals app hits App Store and Google Play

HotUKDeals app hits App Store and Google Play

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 30, 2012 at 14:00

Back in April, we met Basket Buddy, an app from the HotUKDeals network with a focus squarely on groceries. Food is fine, I guess, but we want TVs and phones and computer games and that.

Well, our prayers to the bargain gods have been answered, as HotUKDeals finally has a full app for iOS and Android.

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Apple’s radio streaming service to launch in Q1 2013?

Apple’s radio streaming service to launch in Q1 2013?

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 29, 2012 at 14:00

Apple has iTunes for all your music buying needs, and iTunes Match for cloud storage, but one thing they haven’t whipped out yet (emphasis on yet) is a balls-out radio streaming service.

Word on the cyber-street says the Californians have cranked up talks with record labels, and that we could see radio streaming from Apple in early 2013.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 27, 2012 at 13:00

Well, it’s been a busy friggin’ week (again), largely thanks to the iPad mini. We also had an unexpected contender for Story of the Year when Carphone Warehouse ‘accidentally’ published every last detail of the Nexus 4 ahead of Monday’s launch. And presumably received several thousand hits for their trouble.

Next week we have Google’s Android event and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch on the Monday, and, er, Halloween on the Wednesday. I’m dressing up as a German Irishman who doesn’t believe in fridges.

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Tough at the top: Samsung trumps Apple and Amazon in Q3 earnings

Tough at the top: Samsung trumps Apple and Amazon in Q3 earnings

Martin James  Oct. 26, 2012 at 19:00

Three of the big hitters in the tech game announced their latest quarterly figures overnight, and it was Korea's Samsung that came out with the most points in the press after hitting $7.4bn in Q3 profits.

That may be less than Apple's $8.2bn (and not £8.2bn as I suggested earlier today) but when it comes to analyst expectations, Samsung exceeded and Apple fell short, and that's what counts.

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iPad mini shipping time for various models hits 2 weeks already

Earlier today I penned Five reasons why the iPad mini sucks, but don’t let me put you off. I’m just teasing. Mostly.

One of the criticisms of the iPad mini is the higher-than-expected price, with the 16GB Wi-Fi only model starting at £269 - £110 more than the 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire. However, that hasn’t stopped an iPad mini pre-order frenzy, with the shipping time for many models already hitting 2 weeks.

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Apple’s Samsung-didn’t-copy-us statement goes live, contains much cheekiness

UK Judge Colin Birss made headlines – and a fair few fans, we imagine – back in July this year, when he ruled not only that Samsung didn’t rip off Apple, but that the Californians should issue a public statement absolving the South Koreans. Absolutely fantastic.

Needless to say Apple appealed the decision, and it looked like they might manage to wriggle out of it at one point, but the statement has now gone live. Hooray!

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Five reasons why the iPad mini sucks

Five reasons why the iPad mini sucks

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 26, 2012 at 13:00

Following the iPad mini launch on Tuesday evening, I penned Five reasons why the iPad mini will succeed, an entirely accurate – if a little one-sided – look at Apple’s diminutive tablet.

As a proudly objective journalist (as opposed to an Apple-loving blogger (shut it)), I’m obliged to present the other side of the story; the side that says: “Man, that iPad mini is the worst thing since the iPhone 5.” Or something.

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Tim Cook: we’ll never make a 7in tablet, iPad mini is in a ‘different league’

Tim Cook: we’ll never make a 7in tablet, iPad mini is in a ‘different league’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 26, 2012 at 12:00

Apple naysayers took great pleasure in pointing out that former CEO Steve Jobs was incredibly outspoken about “tweener” tablets, insisting that they’re too small to compete with the iPad. As such, the iPad mini marks a massively hypocritical move from Apple, right?

Au contraire, Tim Cook has explained why 7in tablets suck and the 7.9in iPad mini is pretty much the best thing ever.

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Fifth gen iPad rumours already begin

Fifth gen iPad rumours already begin

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 25, 2012 at 18:00

Hey, you! You’ve had enough iPad for one lifetime, with the third generation iPad announced in March followed by the fourth generation iPad and all-new iPad mini just the other night, right?

Well, the rumour mill, for one, is hungry for more, and it’s already looking ahead to the fifth generation iPad.

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