Apple vs Proview, Samsung
The Guangdong High Court in southern China is looking for Apple and Proview to settle their dispute regarding the iPad trademark.
“On the one hand, we are trying to process this case, and on the other, we are working on encouraging both sides to settle,” Zhao Le, an official at the foreign affairs office of the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong, said in interview.
Before a ruling is handed by the judge, Chinese law allows the opposing parties to enter a mediation procedure if they want to. The mediation procedure is voluntary and if talks are fruitful, the companies could settle. But if the two cannot compromise, then the hearing with push forward and the court would have to make a ruling.
“We started work, through the mediation of the court, on trying to get both sides to settle,” Roger Xie, a lawyer for Proview, said in an interview.
Representatives from Apple have yet to comment, but some experts are stating that there is a possibility for a settlement. ”I think there is some hope the talks will lead to a resolution,” Zhao Zhanling, a legal expert on China’s information technology law stated.
In other Apple news, the iPhone maker is appealing a case against Samsung in a Düsseldorf court in Germany. Apple is appealing an earlier ruling regarding their bid to ban Samsung’s tablets, which was denied by the court. The hearing is set for June 5th.
Skype Windows Phone app
Skype officially released their app for the Windows Phone OS at the Windows Phone Marketplace after some months in beta.
The app is available in 18 languages and is available for use on 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks. From their beta launch, Skype added more features like video calling in portrait mode and friend management capabilities including invite, accept invitations, block, and unblock contacts.
The app was tested on the following devices: Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 from Nokia, Titan and Radar from HTC, and Samsung Focus S a”and Samsung Focus Flash. However, Skype for Lumia 900 may not work correctly as it has a glitch on AT&T’s network.
Lookout partners with Deutsche Telekom
Lookout Mobile Security announced on their blog that they entered a partnership with Deutsche Telekom, one of the largest mobile carriers in Europe. The partnership will provide millions of Deutsche subscribers with a free Lookout app.
“This is an exciting milestone for Lookout,” said the post. “Deutsche Telekom has a reputation for cutting-edge innovation and delivering more value to its customers. With both companies laser-focused on developing the best mobile protection, you know to stay tuned for exciting new announcements and updates.”
The announcement comes just after Lookout partnered with Deutsche’s sister company, T-Mobile, where Lookout announced custom ringtones for Lookout users with T-Mobile devices.
Researchers at the University of Texas, Dallas designed a new imaging chip that would allow mobile devices to become X-ray devices.
“We’ve created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications,” Dr. Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at UT Dallas and director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence, said in a statement. ”The terahertz range is full of unlimited potential that could benefit us all.”
The researchers were able to tap into the terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum, a wavelength range that falls between microwave and infrared which hasn’t been accessible in today’s consumer devices. This technology will soon be available in consumer phones because of the new chip that utilizes the CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) technology which is the basis of most electronic devices these days.
“CMOS is affordable and can be used to make lots of chips,” O said. “The combination of CMOS and terahertz means you could put this chip and receiver on the back of a cell phone, turning it into a device carried in your pocket that can see through objects.”
Nokia’s Vietnam factory
Finnish phone maker Nokia today announced the start of the development of their manufacturing facility in Vietnam in order to keep up with the growing demand for their mobile devices.
“Thanks to the valued support from the Vietnamese government, our manufacturing program in Vietnam has been progressing well,” said Mary McDowell, Nokia Executive Vice President, Mobile Phones. “The new Nokia manufacturing plant will produce and provide new devices for compelling and affordable, localized mobile experiences, particularly in the growth markets.”
“Nokia is also committed to extending our positive reputation as an employer and as a corporate citizen. We expect to attract competent and energetic employees from the local skilled labor force. And in turn, employees at our new factory can expect a state-of-the-art facility and a positive, modern working environment with high professional and ethical standards,” continued McDowell.
The facility is located at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Bac Ninh province over 17 hectares of land and is expected to be operational by 2013.