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Official iPhone trade-in program reaches German Apple Stores

04/07, 9:16am

Initiative continues slow international expansion

Apple's iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program is now in effect in German Apple Stores. As elsewhere, the plan lets people get credit towards a new iPhone by trading in eligible older models. In Germany, Apple is offering up to €230 in credit, depending on the model and its condition.

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Hannover Apple Store likely due in April; Edinburgh store in progress

03/25, 9:32am

Shops could fill in key gaps

New photos may suggest that Apple's upcoming store in Hannover, Germany is almost finished. The outlet has been under development since April 2013, and construction facades are still in place on the inside of the building. An Apple logo is now on display outside the shop though, and is being lit up at night, although it's still covered. It's believed that the location could open as soon as next month.

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8GB version of iPhone 5c could ship as soon as Tuesday [u]

03/17, 10:27am

Could be attempt to revive device's sales

(Updated with photo of packaging label, iPad 4 rumor) Apple is preparing an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c and may ship it as soon as March 18, according to an alleged internal email from the German branch of O2. The message says that O2 will sell the phone tomorrow contract-free for €509 ($707), as compared to the €569 ($791) a 16GB model costs. It's unclear how that might affect the iPhone 4S, which is already at 8GB and currently serves as most carriers' "cheap" iPhone, often heavily discounted, or free on contract.

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Unwired Planet sues Google, HTC, Samsung, Huawei in the UK and Germany

03/11, 3:12pm

European 2G, 3G, 4G patents from Ericsson used by Unwired Planet in lawsuit

Huawei, Google, HTC, and Samsung have become the targets for two patent infringement lawsuits, filed simultaneously in the United Kingdom and Germany. Unwired Planet, the owner of 2,400 wireless patents it acquired from Ericsson last year, claims a total of six patents have been infringed by the technology company group. Although Unwired Planet has not estimated the possible value of the UK action, the company is seeking at least 30 million euro ($42 million) from the German case.

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UK, Germany to collaborate on 5G wireless network technology

03/10, 11:27am

High-speed network technology research announced by UK Prime Minister

United Kingdom will work with Germany to create the next generation of wireless communications technology, revealed UK Prime Minister David Cameron at CeBit in Germany. The two countries will collaborate together on the 5G connections, which Cameron hopes could cut the time it takes to download an 800MB file down from 4G's 40-second transfer time to just one second.

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German court tosses two IPCom lawsuits against Apple, one vs. HTC

02/28, 9:22am

One Apple suit valued at almost $2.2 billion

Germany's Mannheim Regional Court has dismissed two lawsuits against Apple and one against HTC, all of which were brought by IP holding firm IPCom, reports say. The cases revolved around a set of standards-essential 3G patents IPCom bought from Bosch after the latter exited the carphone industry. One of the suits, had it been successful, would have have demanded almost $2.2 billion in damages from Apple.

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Amazon to raise Prime rates in Germany

02/22, 12:15pm

Steep price increase comes with renamed Lovefilm service

Amazon is readying a price hike for its Prime service in Germany before the end of the month. On February 26, users will see a rate increase that comes after the company renamed its streaming video service Lovefilm to Amazon Prime Instant Video in order to pair it with existing Prime subscriptions.

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Apple picks up four .technology domains, applestore.berlin

02/20, 1:17pm

Issues blocks on still more domains

Apple has acquired the rights to several more domain names, made available through ICANN's continuing rollout of new generic top-level domains. The company now owns four .technology addresses: apple.technology, ipad.technology, iphone.technology, and mac.technology. It has also secured blocks against registering some domains, including apple.construction and macbook.technology.

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Two-step Apple ID verification reaches several new countries

02/20, 12:25pm

Supporting regions still under a dozen

Apple has brought its two-step verification process to several more countries, the company's support pages show. Until today, only the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand were supported. Now however the list also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.

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Apple, IPCom to square off in patent trial potentially worth over $2B

02/05, 11:29am

Plaintiff so far winning rulings against Nokia, HTC

On February 11th, Apple will go to trial at Mannheim Regional Court to defend itself against a patent infringement suit brought by German patent firm IPCom, reports say. The latter company accuses Apple of violating a standards-essential wireless patent upheld by the European Patent Office last month; another, separate patent is also at stake. IPCom is asking for €1.57 billion ($2.12 billion) in damages, plus pre-judgment interest.

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Huawei launches Ascend Y530 in Germany with two-tone casing

02/02, 2:31pm

4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor in Ascend Y530

Huawei has launched a brightly-colored addition to its smartphone range in Europe, with the two-tone casing and physical design said by Huawei to be aimed at a younger audience. The Ascend Y530 is an entry-level Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch, 480x854-resolution display, with the restrained internal specifications matching its low launch price tag.

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Thieves in Germany steal $95K in Apple gear from moving truck

01/15, 8:50pm

Daring raid fraught with risk, removed loot from back at 50MPH or more

An unusual tale of a daring robbery of Apple equipment sounds like it came directly from an action thriller like the spy spoof Danger Diabolik. Thieves in Germany, copying similar thefts by a Romanian gang, apparently followed a moving truck full of Apple devices, broke open the lock on the rear of the truck and made off with about $95,000 (€70,000) worth of iPads, iPhones and other items -- all while travelling at around 50 miles per hour.

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Moto X launches in Europe with higher price, no Moto Maker

01/14, 5:16am

European Moto X launches 6 months after United States version

Motorola has launched the Moto X in Europe, at its launch event in London today. The flagship Motorola smartphone, originally launched in the United States in August, makes its way across the Atlantic to join the Moto G, though unlike the American version, the European model will not offer any Moto Maker customization options, instead offering just the standard black and white-backed models.

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PayPal begins testing In-Context Checkout feature on websites

01/13, 2:52pm

Testing of hands-free Beacon system expands

Transaction service PayPal has started testing a new web feature called In-Context Checkout, reports say. Normally, web-based PayPal transactions have to be completed at paypal.com. With the in-context code in place, choosing PayPal checkout at a retailer's website will simply conjure a pop-up, where billing and shipping information can be entered. At the moment only a handful of retailers have the option, but PayPal is promising that more vendors will adopt it in the first half of 2014.

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Thieves smash car into Berlin Apple Store, grab iPhones, iPads, Macs

12/23, 10:53am

City hit with several car-based robberies in recent times

Apple's Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin was rammed with a car earlier today during a smash-and-grab robbery, says German newspaper Bild. Around 4:15 in the morning, the thieves crashed an Opel Corsa through the doors, and proceeded to take a number of iPhones, iPads, and Macs before fleeing in a pair of Audis. So far there is no word on the progress of the police investigation.

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Briefly: Epson support for new Kindle, Google Play Music in Germany

12/06, 1:08pm

Epson adds printer support for Kindle Fire HD and HDX

Epson has announced its printing support for Kindle Fire Printing this week, offering an integrated wireless print function for Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets. By adding the Kindle Fire tablets to its mobile printing capabilities, a wide range of Epson Connect-enabled printers can now print with tablets that run Amazon Fire OS 3.1.

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Google updates Android, iOS search apps with new voice languages

12/05, 4:32pm

Apps were previously English-only

Google has updated its Android and iOS Search apps with voice support for French, German, and Japanese. The upgrades let people both speak commands and hear responses in the new languages. Previously, non-English speakers had to type in any search requests.

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German retailer claims 2013 Mac Pro to launch December 16

12/04, 2:53pm

Company already accepting pre-orders

A German retailer, Conrad Electronic, has begun taking pre-orders for the 2013 Mac Pro with an alleged December 16 release date. Quad- and six-core models are listed, priced at €2,999 and €3,999. The date is the first specific target from a retailer, although Apple has yet to announce a window beyond "December."

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Apple's European online stores offering zero-percent financing promo

12/02, 9:39am

Most countries participating

Most of Apple's online storefronts for Europe have announced zero-percent financing deals, available today through January 10th. Some participating countries include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The deals are only eligible on hardware purchases worth over €400, or £449, but let shoppers spread costs over time without incurring the interest Apple normally charges. Depending on the country, payments can be spread over 10 or 12 months.

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Samsung handed another setback in German SEP patent case

11/23, 12:19am

Case against Apple suspended while validity of Samsung patent decided

Just hours after a US jury restored more than half of the set-aside portion of damages from the first Apple vs Samsung trial, a separate case in Germany has been suspended because the court believes that the patent Samsung is attempting to sue Apple over is invalid. The matter will be put on hold until the Federal Patent Court of Germany can determine it. Even if the patent is eventually found valid, Apple will face no injunction over its use, since it is a standards-essential patent (SEP).

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Court rules Deutsche Telekom cannot throttle home broadband services

10/30, 2:28pm

Plan to cap speeds on fixed broadband connections stopped by German court

A court in Germany has ruled that Deutsche Telekom cannot throttle its home broadband service to a lower speed when a customer exceeds data allocations on a flat-rate package. Plans due to come into force in 2016 that would force customers down to a significantly slower connection than one they had originally paid for once they reach a data limit can no longer take place.

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iPhone 5s up to 3.8 percent of global iPhone share

10/28, 2:48pm

iPhone 5c seeing most traction in US, data suggests

The iPhone 5s represents about 3.8 percent of active iPhones worldwide, according to new tracking data from Localytics. The iPhone 5c holds a share of just 1.7 percent; the most popular model at the moment remains the iPhone 5, sitting at 39.8 percent. The 4S is at 32.9 percent, while the three-year-old iPhone 4 is at 20.2.

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Apple I with original packaging going up for auction

10/15, 3:26pm

Computer could fetch as much as $500,000 or more

A working Apple I will go up for sale by Germany's Breker auction house on November 16th, according to an announcement. Making the item even rarer is that it includes the white box the system originally shipped with, and that it's listed as 46th out of the first 50 units hand-assembled by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Ultimately a total of just 200 Apple Is would be built, most of which are non-functional due to wear and their use of obsolete parts.

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German court stays Google injunction, restores iCloud push email

10/01, 6:25pm

Ban had stymied German users even after patent found likely invalid

As of 9PM local time in Germany, users in that country are finally -- after 19 months -- able to activate push email services from iCloud. The previous block was due to a patent dispute with Google-owned Motorola Mobility over a patent on a push-type messaging originally granted for beepers, and which has in the intervening months been found invalid for four separate reasons by a court in the UK, and later on in three different courts in Germany.

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German Apple TV users gain access to NHL, Vevo apps

10/01, 11:46am

Content already available elsewhere

Apple has quietly updated Germany Apple TVs with access to the official NHL and Vevo apps, reports say. The Vevo app a relatively recent addition to the Apple TV platform, having debuted in the US in August. The NHL app, though, dates back to 2011, and has already reached a number of other countries, making its German introduction unusually late.

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Apple keynote video used to invalidate 'bounce' patent in Germany

09/27, 2:09am

Jobs himself showed off technology months ahead of patent application

In a nearly-perfect example of how strange and convoluted patent law can become, an Apple patent on the "bounceback" effect when scrolling -- part of the family of patents known as "rubber-banding" technologies -- has been ruled invalid in Germany because Jobs demonstrated the effect during the iPhone announcement from January 2007, five months before the company applied for the patent. The law in Europe classifies this as "prior art" even though it is from the same company.

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Vodafone Germany hacked, 2M customer accounts, bank details seized

09/12, 12:41pm

Hack of Vodafone Germany servers believed to be an inside job

Vodafone Germany has revealed that customer data for more than two million accounts have been seized by hackers in a recent server intrusion. The theft, said to be an inside job, involved the names, addresses, date of birth, gender, bank sort code, and bank account numbers for a large chunk of its customer base, though Vodafone adds that credit card data, phone numbers, passwords, and call data was not accessed.

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Report: Vodaphone also planning to discontinue 32/64GB iPhone 5

09/05, 8:00pm

Follows from Telus report, suggests Apple to keep 16GB as entry model

Just one day after reports that Canadian carrier Telus is going to discontinue the larger-capacity iPhone 5 models on September 28 -- one day after the expected arrival of the forthcoming iPhone 5S -- Vodafone Germany has been seen to be taking the same action on both the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 units, as well as the 16GB iPhone 4S through the leak of an internal email. The move reinforces speculation that Apple plans to fully retire the iPhone 4 design and make the 16GB iPhone 5 its "entry level" phone, with the "iPhone 5C" as the mid-range offering.

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Deutsche Telekom statement may hint at LTE-A support for iPhone 5S

09/05, 10:58am

Could potentially double current LTE speeds

A new statement by Deutsche Telekom may suggest that the iPhone 5S will support LTE-A, also known as LTE+. Telekom is launching LTE+ service later this month, which will allow Germans to reach speeds up to 150Mbps. In its announcement, the carrier notes that Samsung is planning to offer an LTE+ version of the Galaxy S4, and that "appropriate devices from other manufacturers will follow the end of September."

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German appeals court lifts injuction on iCloud push email

09/03, 2:59pm

Feature should return in near future

The Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court has stayed enforcement of an injunction blocking push email for German iCloud users, reports say. The injunction stems from a lawsuit filed by Motorola, and was originally issued by the Mannheim Regional Court in February 2012. With the Karlsruhe ruling, push email should return as soon as Apple can post a bond, meant to ensure that Motorola can collect damages should it win the related lawsuit.

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European AppleCare+ expansion narrowed to six countries

08/30, 3:31pm

Apple partnering with AIG

Apple's rumored European expansion of AppleCare+ will initially reach just six countries, sources say. A launch is reportedly "imminent" in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the UK, although no exact dates are available. Apple is said to be partnering with AIG on the service; local AppleCare and Genius Bar workers started training for AppleCare+ earlier this week.

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Facebook transparency report shows US government makes most requests

08/27, 2:13pm

US asks for most user data, followed by India, UK, Italy, Germany

Government agencies representing 74 countries requested details from 38,000 Facebook accounts in the first half of the year, the social network has revealed. Its first Global Government Requests Report, similar to transparency reports published by Microsoft and Google, shows the governments of the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany as making the largest numbers of requests for user data from Facebook for the period.

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Apple extends adapter takeback program to UK, other countries

08/12, 4:54pm

New countries to join August 16th

Apple is extending the number of eligible countries in its USB adapter takeback program. The program began in China August 9th, and is coming to the US on August 16th. Now also joining on the 16th will be Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK.

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Online Apple Store, Apple Java update beset by technical problems

06/24, 9:24am

Early Java update may be faulty

Two significant technical problems hit Apple over the weekend, accounts say. The first is the discovery that early installers of last week's Lion/Mountain Lion Java update may have downloaded a premature build, xM4508, which can prevent some Java apps from working. The corrected version is xM4509, and is available via Software Update or Apple's support page. People can check which build they have installed by entering "/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.6 -exec java -version" into Terminal.

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Briefly: CBS shows on Lovefilm, Microsoft launches Bing For Schools

06/24, 9:14am

Amazon signs deal with CBS, Star Trek reaches Lovefilm in UK, Germany

Amazon has signed a multi-year deal with CBS Studios to stream shows from CBS and Showtime on Lovefilm in the UK and Germany. Subscribers of the streaming service will have access to episodes of Californication, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, and both the 1960s original Star Trek and Star Trek Voyager from today, with other shows heading to it in the future.

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Apple conforms warranty policies in Belgium, France, Germany

06/12, 2:53pm

Extends coverage to two-year period demanded by EU law

Apple has updated its default warranties in Belgium, France, and Germany to reflect European Union law, reports say. EU regulations require covering the sort of goods Apple sells for two years. Until now, though, Apple only marketed its warranties as covering one year in the above countries, drawing criticism from governments and consumer groups. The company was only giving two-year warranties to people paying for extended AppleCare packages.

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Apple Germany now allowing online store payments via PayPal

05/22, 2:45pm

Feature may be in testing for broader international launch

A German Mac enthusiast site has noticed that the Apple online store in Germany is now accepting PayPal as a payment option, a new wrinkle that could appear in the US and other countries over time. While PayPal has been an option for payment in the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store, it was never previously available for any kind of hardware or online retail purchase from Apple.

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German court overturns Google autocomplete defamation dismissal

05/14, 9:13pm

Case previously dismissed, appeal sends ruling back for review

The German Federal Court of Justice has demanded that Google must censor autocomplete suggestions if they are defamatory or insulting. An unidentified company selling nutritional supplements brought the suit, claiming that when the company name was entered on Google Germany's website, it alleged fraud, and directed searchers to controversial Scientology sites.

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German court rules against Apple data privacy terms

05/07, 12:07pm

Apple can't ask for 'global consent' for data use, court finds

A Berlin court has struck down eight provisions in Apple's terms of use for data because they violate German law, Bloomberg reports, citing local consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV). The ruling states that Apple can't ask for "global consent" to use personal data, including location information. Previous to the decision, Apple had already signed a binding agreement that it wouldn't use seven of the 15 provisions VZBV objected to prior to the lawsuit. Today's judgment invalidates the remaining eight, although Apple can appeal if it chooses.

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Apple erects product displays outside upcoming Berlin Apple Store

04/30, 4:20pm

Draws attention to otherwise low-key entrance

Apple has erected special displays promoting the iPhone 5 outside of its first Berlin Apple Store, scheduled to open May 3rd, notes German site ApfelPage. The displays -- featuring mock, oversized white iPhones -- are unusual for an Apple Store, but may be necessary to help draw attention to the outlet. Although the building the store is housed in has an elaborate facade, the only other signs of Apple's presence are two small logos by the doorways.

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Berlin Apple Store gets May 3 grand opening

04/25, 9:20am

Apple picks unusual Friday debut

Apple will finally open its first Berlin Apple Store on May 3 at 5 PM local time, according to the company's website. The timing of the Kurfrstendamm launch is unusual, as Apple normally prefers to host openings on Saturday mornings. Between May 3 and 5, the store will also be operating at unusual hours: on the 3rd and 4th it will be open until 10 PM, and on the 5th it will operate between 1 PM and 6 PM. The store's normal hours have it closing at 8 PM Monday through Saturday, and staying shut completely on Sundays.

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Nokia Google Play-related suit against HTC dismissed by Mannheim court

04/23, 11:29pm

Nokia suffers defeat after having settled with RIM, dealing with ViewSonic

Earlier today, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled on Nokia's assertion that HTC was infringing on its patent on "a communication network terminal for accessing Internet." Judge and Doctor Holger Kircher, presiding over the board of judges hearing the case, ruled that Nokia's case was dismissed based on a finding of non-infringement. The decision is appealable, but is unlikely to be overturned.

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Google fined $189,000 in Germany over Street View Wi-Fi data

04/22, 9:58am

Street View Wi-Fi data collection issue strikes again

Google has been fined 145,000 euros ($189,230) by a government regulator in Germany for collecting data from Wi-Fi connections in the country. The fine stems from when the company's Street View cars were in operation between 2008 and 2010, inadvertently collecting data packets from individuals and businesses as the fleet drove around the country.

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Berlin Apple Store edges closer to completion

04/17, 11:27am

Construction workers remove black facade in front of future outlet

Long in development, the first Apple Store in Berlin is almost finished, photos obtained by AppleInsider show. The outlet is being constructed inside a former movie theater at Kurfrstendamm 26, and earlier today construction workers began removing a black facade that was masking the front of the location. Kurfrstendamm is a major shopping street in Berlin, home to many high-end stores.

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Apple wins German invalidation of Samsung 3G patent

04/11, 9:35am

Comes shortly after invalidation of Apple patent

Germany's Federal Patent Court has ruled in favor of Apple, and invalidated the entirety of the German part of a Samsung patent on a "turbo encoding/decoding device and method for processing frame data according to QoS," says FOSS Patents. Samsung had declared the patent essential to the UMTS 3G standard. The ruling was handed down late Wednesday, and also discards any of Samsung's proposed amendments to the patent. Samsung still has the option of appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Justice.

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German court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

04/04, 5:49pm

Ruling helps Samsung, Motorola cases

Germany's Federal Patent Court has ruled that all claims of Apple's slide-to-unlock patent are invalid as granted, according to FOSS Patents. The court has moreover ruled that none of the 14 amendments Apple has proposed can be used. The decision comes after a full-day hearing in front of five judges, led by Judge Vivian Sredl; two of the judges are said to have come from an engineering background.

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Apple lays plans for new UK, German retail stores

03/18, 12:38pm

Leeds store marks rare Thursday opening

Plans for three new Apple Stores have emerged. Apple itself has announced a location in England; the Trinity Leeds outlet is launching on Thursday, in a shopping center opening on the same day. Thursday store openings are rare for Apple, which normally prefers weekends, especially Saturdays.

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Google Maps faces ban in Germany over patent infringement

03/08, 7:35am

Patent involves combining map data with a database

A German court has revealed it is inclined to ban Google Maps in the country, as part of ongoing patent litigation. Judge Dr Matthias Zigann of the Munich I Regional Court told Google and Motorola Mobility that it is currently looking at holding them liable for infringing a Microsoft patent, as the patent covers a big idea and deserves a "construction commensurate with said big idea."

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Samsung 'VoiceOver' suit stayed, waiting on patent ruling

02/23, 8:28pm

Parallel case could nullify Samsung patent at heart of dispute

Among the many other battles Samsung and Apple are fighting in various courts around the world, a particular case in Germany involves Samsung suing Apple, claiming that the latter's "VoiceOver" feature violates some Samsung patents. The case, being tried in Mannheim, has been put on hold as Apple has challenged the validity of the patents as a whole, which experts believe has a good chance of being successful. The judge in the case said that a possible nullification of the one remaining patent being asserted could render the current case moot.

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iPad mini now 'in stock' in many countries

02/19, 3:01pm

UK store still stuck at 1-3 business days

The iPad mini is now officially "in stock" at Apple's online store in many countries. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US have all made the change. Some notable exceptions include places like the UK, Germany, and France, where the tablet is listed as shipping in one to three business days.

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