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Nokia sue Apple in Europe for finger wiping gesture

Nokia and Apple have been in legal wranglings for many years now, and the latest advancement in the legal proceedings took place this week. Nokia have sued Apple in The Netherlands, Germany and the UK. They are alleging that Apple are using 13 of their patents without their permission. Nokia’s …

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MacBook Pros and iMacs to get updated, soon.

Rumors have been circulating in Taipei for the last couple of days that Apple are going to update their MacBook Pro and iMac machines in the first half of 2011, with even one source saying Q1. Digitimes have also confirmed similar findings, although KitGuru spoke to one source last night …

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Apple revenues grow 3 times faster than operating expenses

Latest reports show that Apple are leveraging growth with revenues three times higher than their expenses. Goldman Sach’s, the new Apple analyst says that their unique design concepts are helping to feed their growth “Apple’s hardware products often capture the hearts of consumer with their innovative and elegant designs, and …

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Apple stores get robbed in smash and grabs

Apple are at the center of several smash and grab robberies lately. The latest store to get hit was in the Greenwich Conn location. Robbers broke the windows at 3am Tuesday morning and made away with thousands of pounds of merchanise from the store. The store in Greenwich Conn is …

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Apple work with Toshiba to build $1.2 billion factory

Toshiba are spending around $1.2 billion to build a factory to make small LCD panels for Apple iPhones. This new plant will be producing low temperature polysilicon LCD panels, which allow for high resolution images and work on the plant will be starting in Q1 of 2011 and production will …

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Authors of 帝國 Online speak to KitGuru

A few days ago, KitGuru published a story about new MMORPG title 帝國 Online. The report was based around some users saying that the game had charged their account with unauthorised in app purchases. Alwin Wong, from Lakoo, developer of the game emailed us to issue the following statement (unedited): …

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Apple investigate unauthorised purchases from MMORPG game

Apple are investigating claims from customers that a new iOS MMORPG has charged them with unauthorised in app purchases. The game called 帝國 Online is so far only available as a Chinese language version with the English translation still in beta format. All customer reviews so far have stated that …

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Dual Camera iPad2 coming soon – predictions are true

Sometimes we get our predictions wrong, but more often than not we get them right. Kitguru said months ago that Apple were coming out with a dual camera iPad and Reuters have just announced that their insiders have confirmed the new design. As everyone is already aware, the original iPad …

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iTunes now with 90 second previews

As we reported a few weeks ago, Apple were due to upgrade the iTunes store preview system from 30 seconds to 90 seconds. As promised this has just rolled out. The length of these song samples has been found to be key to a consumer’s decision to purchase music online. …

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Apple fix Macbook Air Display issues

KitGuru recently reported on the issues experienced by many new Macbook Air users. These involved screen flickering horizontal lines which would appear on the 13 inch model. Other people reported that displays were even discoloured when waking from sleep and Apples forums were rife with unhappy customers. Well thankfully Apple …

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Is Microsoft Windows Phone 7 a sales disaster?

Microsoft have put a lot of faith into their Windows Phone 7 platform to revitalise their flagging mobile percentages. MS executive Joe Belfiore was speaking at the Dive Into Mobile conference, but was not willing to be draw into any discussions at all on sales figures. Joe Belfiore is Microsoft’s …

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Foxconn to start shipping Apple iPad 2 Feb/March

Industry insiders last night confirmed to Kitguru that the iPad 2 should start shipping early 2011, with some estimates being made at late February/early March. While this has yet to be confirmed on any official level by Apple, reports have been circulating via our sources that Foxconn will be ready …

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread – improvements galore

Android 2.3 became official yesterday and we have had some time to play with the latest, and greatest operating system from Google. Android 2.3 offers video calling with support for multiple cameras, improved VoIP support, enhanced cut and paste support, gyroscopic support with improved orientation algorithms. There is also a …

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Tablets to overtake PC sales? IDC think so

According to research firm IDC, the shipments of tablets and smartphones will overtake those of the PC system within the next 18 months. The tablet and smartphone market has been booming in 2010, as more people latch onto the benefits of accessing email and browsing the net from remote locations. …

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Apple and Motorola step up the lawsuits

Apple have their gloves well and truly off. They have recently amended their lawsuit against Motorola to include 12 more patents. This now means that Apple have 24 patent infringements pending against Motorola, and Motorola still have 18 patents filed against Apple. The legal wranglings have been going on now …

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Design company to reinvigorate BlackBerry

Research In Motion have purchased a design company “The Astonishing Tribe”, a specialist outfit that specialise in the mobile phone and tablet user interface. It has not been a good year for RIM as they are continually losing customers to Apple iOs and Google Android platforms. The new purchase of …

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iPhone 4 16GB offer at RadioShack for $24

Our American readers will be very happy to hear that Radioshack are offering a mind boggling sale on the Applie iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. They are dropping the contract price by $50, meaning the iPhone 4 32gb model can be bought for $249 and the 16GB on offer for …

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Apple quality control issues with 27 inch display

There have been quite a few reports that owners of the new Apple 27 inch LED Cinema Display have been reporting sound problems with the speakers. Issues with the volume control and sound cut outs have been documented. While there is always going to be issues with new hardware, there …

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Google Editions bookstore has Apple and Amazon in sights

Google Editions, the search giant’s new foray into the ebook market is in the final stages of development, according to sources. It is set to debut before the end of the year and may cause a serious threat to the Apple and Amazon stores. Google product management director Scott Dougall …

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Richard Branson targets iPad domination with ‘Project’

Billionaire Richard Branson held a conference in the Crosby Street Hotel to showcase his new monthly iPad based publication entitled “Project”. He calls this ‘the first truly digital magazine for creative people about creative people’. This magazine has been developed in partnership with the UK Digital shop Seven Squared. The …

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Polls show Apple mobile users most loyal, Microsoft the worst

A recent GiK survey shows that 56 percent of smartphone owners in key global markets are keeping their options open regarding which phone they would buy next. Only Apple has shown a significant percentage of loyalty, which is not entirely that surprising. What is rather concerning however is that Microsoft’s …

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Ipad and Macbook Air sell well on Black Friday

Most UK people say ‘eh?’ when you talk about Black Friday, because, yes it isn’t a tradition in dreary old Blighty. All you lucky Canadian and American users end up with some sexy hardware for the price of a pancake breakfast. Analyst Gene Munster and his research buddies spent 7 …

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MSI AMD FX610 notebook hits Europe

MSI have released a fine looking AMD based laptop – The FX610. There are two models being offered, based around a dual core P340 Athlon II and the Tri core P840 Phenom II processor. The Phenom II model is going to retail at €699 (thats euros, we haven’t got confirmed …

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