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What the iPhone Needs to Keep the Android Hordes at Bay

A couple of days ago, a friend was trying to key my email address into his aging feature flip cellphone. He was muttering about how painful the process was and how stupid the phone was, and he remarked that he was getting a new phone for his birthday — can’t wait. Me, being the tech-curious guy I am, asked him what he wanted. “I don’t know,” he asked. “What do you recommend?”

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Nokia & Apple Headed to Court Over Patent Breach

Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, is suing Apple in a US court, alleging the iPhone infringes 10 of its wireless patents, in a move that could cost the Californian technology firm tens of millions of dollars.

The two companies have been locked in talks to agree a licensing deal that would see Nokia receive payments for the technology it has developed, which has become an industry-wide standard. Talks, however, failed to reach a settlement and Nokia has started legal proceedings, which are unlikely to enter court until the end of 2011.

A Nokia spokesman said that Apple would be able to continue developing the iPhone and shipping existing models, even though the company alleges that every device breaches its patents.

“We are not seeking to disrupt the business of any operator or the company, we are looking to get appropriate compensation for our intellectual property,” he said. “For Nokia, legal action is always a last resort.”

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“The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007,” Nokia said.

The company said it has invested billions in research and development over the past two decades and has successfully entered into licence agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors.

“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president, Legal & Intellectual Property, at Nokia. “Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation.”

The move came as rumours run rife that Google is about to unveil the latest version of its software platform. Android 2.0 is rumoured to be nicknamed eclair, following on from version 1.5, which was branded “cupcake”, and version 1.6, codenamed “donut”. Much of the naming speculation comes after a video surfaced on the internet showing Google staff placing a giant eclair on the lawn of the company’s Mountain View headquarters, next to the existing cupcake and donut whose appearance had heralded previous software releases.

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kgb Answers Mobile Application Hits Android and iPhone

kgb’s Answers to Any Question, Answered in Real Time by kgb Special Agents, Are Now Available on Smartphones with More Information in Every Answer.

Today kgb announced the release of their mobile application for Android and iPhone. kgb, is the global information company behind America’s most successful text answer service, kgb 542542, has introduced ‘kgb Answers,’ a new mobile answer application for the iPhone and Google Android¬†devices (TM). Now available for download in the iPhone App Store and the Google Android Marketplace, the kgb Answers mobile app delivers quick and accurate answers to any question while allowing consumers to take full advantage of the rich capabilities of their smartphones.

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Use of Google Android About To Explode

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is predicting that use of the company’s Android phone OS is about to explode. That’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect the CEO of Google to predict, but in this case the self-serving prediction looks like it might be accurate.

Recently we have started to see Android-based phones arrive in significant quantities, and while none of them appears to be a landmark device, they add up to a platform that’s likely to be the iPhone’s most formidable rival.

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No iPhone for Verizon?

First Verizon directly went after after AT&T and indirectly went after Apple and the iPhone with their “There’s a map for that commercial.

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