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Red Nexus 5 now available from Google and Carphone Warehouse

The Nexus 5 is now available in "bright red" through the Google Play devices store and Carphone Warehouse. The new colour has launched on the Google Play Store at the same price point as the black and white versions — £299 for 16GB, rising to £339 for 32GB. The new coloured Nexus is set to ship in the next 1-2 days. The Carphone Warehouse will have exclusivity over the new colour option, with the device going on sale tomorrow at 6 a.m. The Carphone Warehouse’s pricing is the same as…

Carphone Warehouse stores to be Replaced by Samsung Stores across Europe

Carphone Warhouse stores across Europe are to be replaced by Samsung stores, after a ‘preferred partner’ agreement between the two. More than 60 Samsung stores will open within the next three months in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Between 10 and 15 of the shops are expected to be in the UK – with the rest in Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain (where there are  already three pilot stores). The stores will exclusively…

Learn about Qt on mobile at the Qt Mobile Roadshow

Digia is going on the road to tell you in person about Qt on Mobile platforms with their Qt Mobile Roadshow developer events! These events are a great opportunity to Hear the latest about Qt Mobile developer offering Meet exotic and bearded Scandinavian Qt experts in person.* See Qt demos running live on different mobile device Get real hands-on training to get ready to publish Qt apps to Google Play and App Store Meet other local mobile developers, have some lunch and great fun! The event is targeted…

German Court rules in favour of Nokia in HTC litigation

A German Court has ruled in favour of Nokia in litigation against HTC for patent infringement.  The Munich I Regional Court handed Nokia a Germany-wide patent injunction against all HTC Android devices (including the HTC One) that infringes on Nokia’s patent on connecting devices over NFC or Bluetooth to transfer resource information such as a URL (European Patent 1148681). Under German law, HTC can appeal this ruling but must convince an Appeals Court that they are “more likely than not” to succeed…

Patent war talks to be hosted by United Nations agency

A rash of recent patent lawsuits has prompted the United Nations to call smartphone makers and others mobile industry bodies together. It said the parties needed to address the “innovation-stifling use of intellectual property” which had led to several devices being banned from sale. It said innovations deemed essential to industry standards, such as 3G or Jpeg photos, would be the meeting’s focus. It noted that if just one patent holder demanded unreasonable compensation the cost of a device…

Nokia sues HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic for infringing 45 patents around the world

Nokia just announced that it’s suing HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic for patent infringement in the US and Germany. All told, there are 45 patent in the various lawsuits, covering what Nokia says are proprietary technologies — i.e., not industry standards. Specifically, Nokia’s patents cover hardware features like antennas, radios, and power management, as well as software features like multitasking, navigation, app stores, retrieving email attachments on mobile, “conversational” message…