Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nokia files second complaint against Apple

Nokia has filed a second complaint against Apple with the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Nokia says that "key features" of Apple products infringe on 7 of the Finnish based firm's patents. The features related to the patent are related to multitasking, data syncing, call quality, positioning and Bluetooth technology.

Paul Mellion, Nokia's VP of intellectual property, said, "Our latest ITC filing means we now have 46 Nokia patents in suit against Apple, many filed more than 10 years before Apple made its first iPhone. Nokia is a leading innovator in technologies needed to build great mobile products and Apple must stop building its products using Nokia's proprietary innovation."

The ITC recently ruled against Nokia in a previous filing made by the company against Apple. The Finnish company would not give up so easy and wants Apple to pay for what they did. Nokia also has patent infringement claims against Apple pending in the U.K., Netherlands and Germany and expects some of these claims to come to trial within the next few months.

Source 1: Bloomberg
Source 2: TmoNews

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Aircell is the first in-flight smartphone (Android powered)

The open model of Google's Android is everywhere. One part is in-flight communication, where Aircell has announced the first in-flight smartphone.

It's called the Aircell Smartphone and it operates on the 800MHz spectrum, which is reserved for Aircell's wireless communication. Aircell reports that the device will enable passengers to "place and receive voice calls aboard business aircraft as easily and conveniently as they do with mobile phones on the ground." And that desire for familiarity is probably what led them to choose Android.

Aircell's new device will be available later this year. As the device is a drop-in replacement for the Axxess systems currently on many business flights, we expect the Aircell Smartphone to be implemented fairly quickly.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nokia due to compensate its CEO Stephen Elop with $6 million for moving from Microsoft

Nokia's annual 20-F form shows that the Finnish giant is due to pay its current CEO Stephen Elop over his move from Microsoft is more than $6 million.

Nokia already paid Elop $3.18 million as a compensation for lost income, and is scheduled to pay a further $3.0 million later this year.

In case you were wondering, as a CEO of Nokia, Elop has a base salary of $1.45 million per year.

Stephen Elop has been a Nokia CEO for mere months, but these are some of the most turbulent times in Nokia's history. Since Elop's appointment, it was announced that Nokia is to make Windows Phone its main smartphone strategy, and that Symbian is not part of the Finnish company's long term plans. As for MeeGo, Nokia announced that it will be developed as a side project.

Does anyone think money is being wasted, or that Elop deserves them ? Let us know in the Comments Section !


Monday, March 7, 2011

Qualcomm shows off the new Snapdragon MSM 8660

It seems that Qualcomm plans to take mobile gaming to the next level, your are about to see the new Adreno 220 's gaming capabilities. Adreno 220 is the new powerful GPU found in the third generation of The Snapdragon processors, and they mean serious business. Graphics are now surpassing the details of a Playstation 2 gaming console.

The game demo could be seen on MWC at Qualcomm's booth, where the 3D action game was running on a 55-inch HD LCD display.

So, do you think mobile phone gaming is going to far? Or this shoould just be the beginning ? Tell us what do you think in the Comments Section !


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Photo of iPhone 5 screen shows larger diagonal

Latest rumor is a 4-inch screen Apple iPhone 5, but it's not the only one, there is also talk about a 3.5-inch screen in a smaller phone (iPhone 5 mini). There are mockups of both versions on the internet - you shouldn't put too much stock into them, but they can give you a general idea of the next iPhone.

The iPhone 5 should be official this June (Apple keeps to their product schedule). Aside from the screen, the 5 is rumored to have a dual-core Apple A5 CPU, better graphics and NFC.

There can only be one, so what would you prefer - same size iPhone with bigger screen, or same size screen with smaller iPhone?