Motorola Mobility lawsuits under investigation

Motorola Mobility lawsuits under investigation
Electronic giant Motorola Mobility's patent lawsuits have become the subject of two separate investigations by the European Commission. The action comes after Apple and Microsoft both complained Motorola tried to block sales of their products. Currently in the process of being taken over by fellow technology goliath Google, Motorola is accused of failing to license technologies on fair and reasonable terms. This contravenes the Frand…

Student’s app awaits Apple recognition

Student’s app awaits Apple recognition
Hawker College in Sydney will soon become a regularly searched item on Apple's App Store after a student submitted a self-designed school app. Year-11 student Josh Luongo is awaiting approval from Apple developers to have his Hawker College application made available for free downloading by youngsters that go to the institution. He may have to undergo a rigorous screening from app developers at the American…

1bn smart mobile phones shipped in 2011

1bn smart mobile phones shipped in 2011
Rising popularity of smart connected devices has grown in recent months and nearly one billion PCs, media tablets and mobile phones were shipped throughout the world in 2011. The 916 million units accounted for revenues surpassing US$489 billion ($470 billion) in 2011 and it is anticipated that this number of units could double by 2016. According to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC,…

‘Bill shock’ affects nearly half of mobile phone users

‘Bill shock’ affects nearly half of mobile phone users
A recent study has found that so-called bill shock is affecting nearly half of Australian mobile phone users. According to the State of the Mobile Nation report by Macquarie University, 45 per cent of mobile phone users suffered bill shock in the last year with the average overspend noted to be $40 per bill. It noted that these bills are costing the country more than…

Apple offers iPad refunds in Australia

Apple offers iPad refunds in Australia
Apple has offered to refund Australian customers who are said to have felt misled by the firm about the supposed 4G capabilities of the new iPad. The country's consumer watchdog has taken Apple to court for false advertising after the tablet has been unable to work on Australia's 4G network. Apple doesn't accept that it misled customers but a lawyer for the firm said it…

Samsung joins Telstra as 4G handset provider

Samsung joins Telstra as 4G handset provider
Telstra can now boast two 4G-capable mobile phone offerings for consumers in Australia to choose from. The latest handset to be offered by the firm is Samsung's Galaxy S II 4G, which is a 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED-equipped smartphone with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. It runs on Android 2.3.6 - or Gingerbread - but it is upgradeable to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.…

Fingerprint ID smartphone patent filed by Sony

Fingerprint ID smartphone patent filed by Sony
Technology that could allow smart mobile phone users to scan their fingerprints through their screens as a form of identity could soon be made available. Sony has filed papers to the US Patent and Trademark Office to use the technology it suggests would be carried out at the front of the device, which is different to the Motorola Atrix, which has a scanner on the…

ABC gets head start in mobile TV race

ABC gets head start in mobile TV race
ABC is set to steal a march on its commercial rivals when its catch-up TV service is made available to mobile phone users in Australia. It is set to spark the beginning of the so-called mobile TV revolution, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The corporation confirmed it is putting the finishing touches to the technology of its iview service that will allow the 3.7…