Apple has been embroiled in another patent battle regarding the iPhone’s emergency phone-dialling feature, the regional court of Mannheim, Germany said. German-patent holding company IPCom is demanding EUR 1.57 billion in damages from the tech giants. The trial, which involves a dispute over two patents, will start on February 11.
In a deal that is set to spell the end to Google Inc.’s venture into consumer mobile devices, Lenovo Group on Wednesday agree to buy the web giant’s Motorola handset division for USD 2.91 billion. The acquisition is the largest-ever tech deal for China, and will see Lenovo enter the US handset market currently dominated by Apple Inc.
Samsung Electronics and internet goliath Google have tied up a 10-year global patent deal. The cross-licensing agreement covers patents owned by the companies, as well as any filed in the next ten years. The companies issued a statement shortly after the deal, saying that the agreement “would lead to deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future projects”.
Britain’s online retail economy generated a trade surplus of £720 million in 2013, according to new research by OC&C Strategy Consultants and Google. The US and Germany were a distant second and third with trade surplus’ of £110 million and £12 million respectively. It’s thought that most of the UK’s online exports were generated by fashion, with brands such as Asos, Burberry and Dr Martens leading the charge.
Research by IBM has found that Christmas Day m-commerce sales were driven primarily by devices running Apple iOS software. Devices using the iOS software – including iPhones and iPads – accounted for more than five times the online sales of devices running Google Inc.’s Android, according to finds by the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.
Google has released its 2013 Google Zeitgeist, listing the most searched-for terms, people, places and moments throughout the calendar year. US leather goods brand Coach topped the list for most searched for fashion brand by UK Googlers this year, toppling Stella McCartney who was last year’s most searched-for fashion brand.
Former chief executive of Apple, John Sculley, is reportedly considering a move for smartphone rivals BlackBerry, according to the Globe and Mail. Speaking to the Canadian newspaper, Sculley said: “The only thing I would say is, I think there’s a lot of future value in Blackberry”.
Apple Inc. unveiled the new, sleeker and thinner “iPad Air” on Tuesday, as the company bids to combat its eroding market share ahead of the holiday season.
New data has shown that the UK is one of the world’s leading shopping hubs after a sharp increase in the amount of consumers searching for British retailers on the internet was noted by the British Retail Consortium and Google.
Online retail search volumes climbed 12 per cent year-on-year in Q3, according to the BRC-Google Online Retail Monitor. Search volumes on tablet devices continue to outpace any other device, up 100 per cent on last year, while search volumes on smartphone devices also showed impressive growth, up 58 per cent.
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