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  • Nokia wins patent skirmish – iPhone buyers pay royalties

    "We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees": Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop. Nokia, still the world's leading mobile phone maker, stated that its competitor Apple had agreed to pay royalties for using Nokia technology in its devices. This will end all of the related ongoing patent disputes. "The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement," Nokia said in a statement. The Finnish mobile phone giant said details of the contract were confidential. In...

  • Samsung Galaxy S II: The galaxy strikes back

    Samsung scored a smash hit with the Galaxy S, a phone that almost single-handedly established it (along with Android) as a viable threat to the iPhone hegemony on big, flat, beautiful, minimalist, keyboardless smartphones. Time passed, other phones came, Samsung got back to work. And now, ladies and gentlemen, live and in the plastic, the Galaxy S II. I had lunch with a friend yesterday. She has a Galaxy S. “Oh, you have the new one,” she said a little dismissively. An IT pro, she’s been up and down the tech block, round and round the upgrade carousel. "Whatever," her...

  • Electronic Arts merging big games, gadgets

    US videogame publishing titan Electronic Arts is merging blockbuster titles with social play, popular new gadgets and downloadable content in a changing world of interactive entertainment. "Historically, as a publisher, you developed a game, packed it on a disk, shipped it and then started work on your next game," said EA vice president and managing director of Southern Europe, Pascal Brochier. "The Web has helped us expand with multi-player and downloadable content to extend incredible gaming experiences," he continued during an interview at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week in Los Angeles. "Multi-platform enables us to follow gamers where they want to...

  • IBM: carbon nanotech coming soon to a phone near you

    A research team from IBM has managed to produce an integrated circuit on a sheet of graphene, a sheet of carbon a single molecule thick. Until now scientists have managed to fabricate discrete components such as transistors, but have struggled to find a technique that allows them to be integrated and fabricated as a wafer. Graphene, like its cousin, carbon nanotubes, exhibits fascinating electrical, optical, mechanical and thermal qualities – but finding ways to use them in commercial technology is elusive. The paper by the IBM team, published in Science (subscription) describes a broadband frequency mixer operating at up to...

  • Video Review: Olympus TG810

    Review: Olympus Tough TG-810. Hard. Proper hard. Waterproof to 10m, drop proof 2m. Dust proof. Crush proof. You could build a house out of them if you had enough. The Olympus TG-810 is designed for the accident-prone and the frantically outdoorsy adventurer. Before we do the Gearburn tear-it-a-new-A-hole (because we’re hyper-critical), let’s first pat Olympus on the back for what it did get right. 10m waterproof. Wow. Ten years back, if you wanted to take pics on a scuba dive you either coughed Greece’s sovereign debt for a waterproof enclosure, or you coughed the USA’s sovereign debt for a Sea and...

  • Tough as a brick shothouse

    Review: Olympus Tough TG-810. Hard. Proper hard. Waterproof to 10m, drop proof 2m. Dust proof. Crush proof. You could build a house out of them if you had enough. The Olympus TG-810 is designed for the accident-prone and the frantically outdoorsy adventurer. Before we do the Gearburn tear-it-a-new-A-hole (because we’re hyper-critical), let’s first pat Olympus on the back for what it did get right. 10m waterproof. Wow. Ten years back, if you wanted to take pics on a scuba dive you either coughed Greece’s sovereign debt for a waterproof enclosure, or you coughed the USA’s sovereign debt for a Sea and...

  • Wii U & Me

    So now we know what Nintendo had up its sleeves: the Wii U controller-tablet hybrid. There was talk that the new Nintendo console would be called simply “Nintendo”. I favoured of that name, since it brought back memories of the days when that word itself was a synonym for video games. Instead, the new Nintendo console is called Wii U, most likely to capitalize on the positive brand image of the original Wii. I was never a fan of the name Wii, and this isn’t lighting my fire either. Name aside, however, I’ll admit that I am intrigued by Nintendo’s...

  • HP’s TouchPad on sale in US on July 1

    Hewlett-Packard announced on Thursday that its rival to Apple's hot-selling iPad, the HP TouchPad, will go on sale in the United States on July 1. The touchscreen tablet computer, which is powered by the webOS software platform bought from Palm, will be available in Britain, France, Ireland and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, HP said in a statement. The device will go on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain later this year, the Palo Alto, California-based HP said. No news on African and other Asian markets. HP said the version of the...

  • Ubisoft jumps on Nintendo’s ‘Wii U’

    French videogame titan Ubisoft is throwing its weight behind Nintendo's second-generation Wii U videogame console. Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot and teams working on titles tailored to the new console starred at a Nintendo developers roundtable late Wednesday at the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo. "This is certainly a first during my presidency at Nintendo," Nintendo's global chief Satoru Iwata said as he introduced "a most important partner," Ubisoft. Ubisoft was the first third-party game publisher to have games ready for the original Wii when the consoles that transformed play with motion-sensing wand controls were released in 2006. The company is now pouncing on...

  • ‘Apple created Android’

    "Apple created Android, or at least they created the environment to allow Android to happen." Those were the words of Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop when he addressed the Open Mobile Summit in London on Thursday. The statement seems fairly innocuous until you start asking exactly what the head of the embattled Finnish communications giant meant by this? The statement, made just after denying fresh takeover rumours, suggests that Elop may be trying to justify Nokia’s decision to throw its lot in with his former employers Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 operating system. If we take the statement to mean...