Looks like the patent war between Motorola and Apple is actually resulting in something that affects customers – Apple’s had to pull the plug on push email for both iCloud and the old MobileMe for the whole of Germany.
We saw Panasonic unveil its Eluga yesterday, and although it’s a looker, we were a tad disappointed by its weakish specs. But it seems that’s just the first of a range of Euro-centric smartphones headed our way including a Lumix-branded and more premium models, which we’ll see at MWC next week.
We’ve been awaiting Panasonic’s re-entry into the European smartphone market with bated breath ever since we got wind that the Japanese electronics giant had its sights trained on our side of the world. Now we have a name to put to that pretty face – the Eluga.
Panasonic’s not the only Japanese electronics giant eyeing up the European phone market, as Fujitsu is set to launch a wide range of Windows Phone and Android smartphones and tablets in our waters at MWC next week.
We know HTC’s working on its Ice Cream Sandwich updates, but it seems a select group of European HTC owners will get the chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich a tad early. HTC wants to do a bit of in-the-field testing, and it wants Sensation and Sensation XE owners to be its guinea pigs.
New rulings from the European Parliament have placed new urgency on the allocation of 4G services, telling member nations that they must have "authorised the use" of the two main 4G spectrums by January 1st 2013.
When Samsung went on a patent lawsuit spree last year in the European courts, they may have reneged on an agreement they gave the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to license any "essential patents" to competitors "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory" terms. So now the EU is investigating Samsung on suspicion that they distorted competition in the mobile market. Fun!
The EU is planning to introduce new data-protection legislation to cover all of Europe, to protect us from being exploited by evil corporations and eventually save small businesses "2.3 billion euros" thanks to reduced admin costs.
Europe's collaborative nEUROn drone may be late to the invisible death from above party, but it sure is compensating with some scary looks. Check out the Cylon mug on this puppy as it greets the world for the first time.
We heard rumours of Panasonic's re-entry into the UK market, but now it's been confirmed that in March next year, we'll see a Euro-Panasonic smartphone roll-out. A 4.3-inch Android phone reference design was shown off too, which shows Panasonic's heading in the right direction for a decent looking phone, at the very least.
Looks like sunshine is just about to join oil, as yet another commodity to be exploited by Western powers in poorer countries. This time though, it doesn't sound like a half-bad idea. Set up large solar and wind farms in the African desert to power both the local region and Europe.
The European Court of Justice has rulled that ISPs can't be forced into filtering traffic for the purpose of copyright protection, which may impact on the recent court orders forcing BT to filter out Newzbin and The Pirate Bay.
The radioactive element Iodine-131 has been spreading around Europe in heightened concentrations and everyone is confused as to why it is happening or who is responsible. Hungary thinks they know who: the Budapest-based Institute of Isotopes.
Iodine-131 is a dangerous radioactive isotope. It can clog up your thyroid gland and contaminate food. It's been a big problem in Japan (for obvious reasons), but now it's been scarily detected throughout Europe. And nobody knows the source.