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Blink? You might’ve missed…

Blink? You might’ve missed…

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 5, 2012 at 13:00

The past few months in the world of mobile have been nothing short of absolutely mental, starting with a handful of new wares at IFA in Berlin back at the end of August, and climaxing in a fortnight that saw events held and/or announcements made by Apple, Microsoft and Google. Sweet Moses.

If you’ll indulge my propensity for compiling lists, and in the absence of a New Devices section (good idea, maybe?), I’m gonna charge ahead and list all the new stuff we’ve met in the past two-and-a-bit months. Yes, I am insane. Come join me.

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Apple: we considered various sizes for the iPad mini

Apple: we considered various sizes for the iPad mini

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 3, 2012 at 14:00

Not exactly shocking news here, or even brand new information, but hey it’s the weekend and stuff.

We’re hearing, once again, that everyone’s favourite multinational California-based corporation, Apple, considered various display sizes for the spanking new iPad mini before settling on 7.9in.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 3, 2012 at 13:00

This week we churned out what can only be described as a ton of news, with almost 50 mobile-based articles for your viewing pleasure, encompassing Windows Phone 8, three new Nexus devices, and shiploads more. Phe-ew.

I’m off to bathe my aching fingers in warm water, so I’m gonna fill this obligatory second paragraph with some waffle about me bathing my aching fingers in warm water.

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IDC: Android accounts for 75% of Q3 smartphones shipped

We do enjoy a spot of IDC action here at Mobot, even if the figures aren’t an exact science. The results are in for Q3 smartphones, and they make for suitably interesting reading.

The headline story here is that Android shipments in Q3 supposedly reached 136 million units, accounting for a whopping 75% of the 181.1 million total. Good lord.

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Munster: Apple could sell 1.5 million iPad minis in opening weekend

Munster: Apple could sell 1.5 million iPad minis in opening weekend

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 2, 2012 at 14:00

I recently penned Five reasons why the iPad mini will succeed, and the first reason was: hey, it’s Apple we’re talking about here.

One analyst on the ball enough (ahem) to realise Apple will inevitably sell loads of iPad minis in its opening weekend is Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster. He’s guessing 1-1.5 million.

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Apple Samsung statement: take 2

Apple Samsung statement: take 2

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 2, 2012 at 12:00

Back in July, UK judge Colin Birss ordered Apple to make a public announcement stating that Samsung had not in fact ripped off the iPad. The statement went live on the UK Apple site around a week ago, however it wasn’t exactly what the judge was looking for – cheekily mentioning, for example, that Samsung had been found guilty of patent infringement outside the UK.

Apple got a slap on the wrist and was told to try it again, sans cheekiness. Ready?

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Apple apology notice to Samsung: Once more please, with feeling

Apple has been ordered to clean up the non-apology to Samsung it has posted on its website after its lawsuit accusing the Korean firm of copying its patents was tossed out earlier this year.

It had been ordered to publish a notice on the Apple website – and take out ads in the papers – explicitly acknowledging the UK court ruling that Samsung did not copy its designs (despite rulings elsewhere that it had).

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Apple to Amazon: the iPad mini does have stereo speakers, you cheeky gits

Okay, so Apple didn’t say anything of the sort to Amazon. Not directly, anyway. Or even indirectly. Ahem. Let’s move on.

One of the question marks hanging over the iPad mini ahead of tomorrow's release was the presence - or lack - of stereo speakers. Well, big Phil Schiller himself has purportedly confirmed that the iPad mini does indeed blast sound in stereo.

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IHS: the iPad mini is the best thing ever

IHS: the iPad mini is the best thing ever

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 1, 2012 at 14:00

I recently penned a couple of articles about the iPad mini – covering both sides of the story, namely Five reasons why the iPad mini will succeed and Five reasons why the iPad mini sucks.

Now we have IHS explaining why, despite its shortcomings, the iPad mini is miles better than 7in tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7.

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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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